June is National Dairy Month, a time to celebrate one of New York’s top agricultural businesses. In 2010, some 12.7 billion pounds of milk were produced in New York State, at a value of $2.2 billion. New York State is home to approximately 6,000 farms and 600,000 cows. New York is fourth in the Nation for milk production. As you purchase dairy products this month, keep in mind how crucial dairy farming is to our region and, specifically, to the Mohawk Valley. Not only do local farms provide direct employment, but food processing facilities such as the Fage yogurt plant in Johnstown represent major investments in the community.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I- Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting the New York State Dairy Princess, Courtney Luskin of Hoosic Valley High School in Rensselaer County, on March 4th in Albany. Part of Courtney's role is promoting milk and dairy products in New York State. Also pictured is Senator Kathleen Marchione.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced the New York State Senate ecently passed two bills that would help businesses save money by increasing commercial tax exemptions for heating fuel and helping dairy farms invest in energy-efficient technology. The measures would reduce the cost of doing business in New York State to help spur economic growth in agriculture and other key industries.
It’s hard to believe, but it is true. Fifty years after the 1963 Equal Pay Act was signed into law, pay discrimination in the workplace still exists in America.
In June, the Senate unanimously passed legislation to strengthen New York’s laws and ensure that women receive equal pay for equal work. However, action is still needed by the State Assembly on this bill.