Assembly and Senate Agriculture Chairs React to Proposal to Legalize Adult-Use Cannabis

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As part of his 2021 State of the State announcements, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday a proposal to legalize adult-use cannabis in New York. The Governor’s proposal would create an Office of Cannabis Management to oversee the new adult-use program, as well as the state’s existing medical and cannabinoid hemp programs. Following Wednesday’s announcement, Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (AD-123) and … Read More

Holiday Giving Boxes to Feed 85 Local Families

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Binghamton, NY – With overwhelming support from the community, the inaugural Holiday Giving Box program will help feed 85 local families this week. With more people facing hunger this year as a result of the pandemic, Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo enlisted the help of CHOW and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County for the inaugural initiative. “The spirit of giving in … Read More

COVID Trauma Focus of New Law

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Lupardo Cosponsors Bill Creating Advisory Council for Frontline Workers (ALBANY, NY) – The traumatic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on frontline workers will be addressed following the signing of a bill into law cosponsored by Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo. The legislation creates an advisory council that will address the behavioral health needs of essential workers as result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal is … Read More

eNews: November 2020

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Below are the Top 5 items from November 2020 1. COVID CASES EXPECTED TO RISE WITH MORE TIME SPENT INDOORS: As colder weather settles in and more time is spent indoors, cases of COVID-19 are expected to rise across the state and country. We’ve already seen an increase in numbers in New York, with the state approaching a 4.5% positivity … Read More

Governor Signs Food Supply Chain Bill

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Effort will identify solutions to issues exposed by pandemic (Albany, NY) – New York State will look at strategies designed to strengthen the state’s food supply chain under a bill (A10607/S8561) sponsored by Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo and Senator Jen Metzger signed into law this week. A diverse group of stakeholders will provide guidance and recommendations on New York’s food supply … Read More

Bill to Address Volunteer Fire Recruitment Signed into Law

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Legislation Cosponsored by Lupardo will Convene Task Force Facing a downward trend in members in recent years, volunteer fire departments are getting help from the state to boost their numbers. A bill cosponsored by Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, and signed into law on November 11th, creates a Task Force on Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment and Retention. “The vast majority of our region … Read More

Holiday Giving Boxes to Help Feed Families in Need

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Lupardo, CCE, & CHOW Team up to Raise Money for Effort With an increased demand for food assistance this year, Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County, and CHOW are teaming up to provide meals for families facing hunger this holiday season. The Holiday Giving Box initiative will raise funds from now until December 6th; all money donated … Read More

eNews: October 2020

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Below are the Top 5 items from October 2020 1. BROOME COUNTY REMAINS IN “YELLOW ZONE” CLUSTER: As new cases of COVID-19 have remained relatively low statewide, we unfortunately continue to see a steady, higher infection rate locally. According to recent information released by the State, New York has an average (over the past seven days) positivity rate of just under … Read More

New York Lawmakers & Nonprofits Call on Governor to Release Billions in Federal Funds

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Many Nonprofits Have Closed Their Doors Permanently (Albany, NY) Today, several NYS Senate and Assembly committee chairs, along with the Human Services Council, Urban Pathways, Northern Rivers, Lifespan of Greater Rochester, MHANYS, the Center for Community Alternatives, Chinese-American Planning Council, The Campaign Against Hunger, COMPA, Phoenix House, New York Association of Emerging Multicultural Providers, ASAP, Healthy Families, and more nonprofits … Read More

Letter to Governor Cuomo Regarding Food Insecurity

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October 21, 2020 Dear Governor Cuomo, We are writing to you today to request your immediate assistance to address escalating rates of food insecurity in New York State.  As you are aware, the term ‘food insecurity’ signifies a household’s limited access to adequate and nutritious food due to a lack of money and other resources. The Assembly’s Standing Committees on … Read More