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

eNews: September 2020

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Below are the Top 5 items from September 2020. 1. SEVERAL WAYS TO VOTE IN THIS YEAR’S ELECTION: There are several ways you can cast your ballot this year.  Any New Yorker can request an absentee ballot by selecting the “temporary illness” option due to the pandemic. You can request your ballot at any time and they can be mailed back as soon as … Read More

Lupardo Joins Environmental Groups in Calling for EIS on Battery Recycler

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Today, Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, joined several environmental groups in calling upon the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to conduct a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed SungEel MMC Americas LLC (SMCC) lithium-ion battery recycling facility slated for Endicott, NY.  Lupardo was joined by the Atlantic Chapter of the Sierra Club, the Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition, and No … Read More

Ag Chairs Ask USDA to postpone Interim Final Rule on Hemp

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Letter Urges Agency to Extend Language from 2014 US Farm Bill The Chairs of the New York State Assembly and Senate Agriculture Committees are calling on the USDA to postpone finalizing the US Domestic Hemp Production Program Final Rule. In a letter to Commissioner Sonny Purdue, Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo and Senator Jen Metzger described the proposed USDA hemp regulations as … Read More

Child Care Day of Action Leads to Release of CARES Act Funding

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Lupardo Calls for Next Round to Be Allocated without Restrictions Following a day of advocacy across the state, the Governor’s Office has released CARES Act funding to support the reopening and expansion of child care programming throughout New York. Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo helped organize a statewide Child Care Day of Action last Thursday which included public events in eleven different … Read More

eNews: August 2020

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1. COVID UPDATE – ADVOCATING FOR BUSINESSES AWAITING REOPENING GUIDANCE: New York continues to keep the COVID-19 pandemic under control, with three straight weeks of infection rates below 1%. Social distancing, mask wearing, and testing and tracing protocols have enabled us to keep residents safe. This progress is promising, yet the lack of guidance for certain industries that remain closed … Read More