Governor okays permanent rifle hunting seasons in area counties

Thomas F. O'Mara

July 22, 2011

Albany, N.Y., July 22–Legislation sponsored this legislative session by New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C-I, Corning) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) to permanently authorize rifle hunting in Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben and Yates counties has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The measures (S.5105/A.7380, Chapter 202 of the Laws of 2011, Schuyler County; and S.5106/A.7381, Chapter 203, for Chemung, Steuben and Yates counties) were approved in June by the Senate and Assembly. 

In a joint statement the area legislators said, “We appreciate Governor Cuomo’s recognition of the economic and recreational benefits to our region of a permanent rifle hunting season.  Area counties have had a safe and successful experience with rifle hunting, and we’ve been grateful for the opportunity to help make it a permanent part of the local landscape.”

State lawmakers first authorized rifle hunting for deer and bear in Chemung, Steuben and Yates counties, on a three-year trial basis, in 2008.  A local rifle hunting season was established in Schuyler County the following year.  The seasons were slated to expire this October.