eNews: May 2021

AdminLatest News

1. COVID NUMBERS IMPROVING; RESTRICTIONS LOOSENING: We’ve been making real progress in reducing the spread of COVID-19 with the Southern Tier leading the way with the number of people vaccinated. Appointments for vaccines are easy to get, and walk-ins are being taken at state-run vaccination sites. To everyone’s credit, the number of new COVID cases in Broome County is declining, … Read More

eNews: April 2021

AdminLatest News

1. BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS: Due to better than expected revenues and aid from the federal government, we were able to invest in New York’s recovery with measures such as further phasing in a middle-class income tax cut, a $2.4 billion fund for rent and mortgage relief, and $1 billion for a Small Business Recovery Fund. We were also able to make … Read More

Agriculture Chairs Secure Record Funding for New York Agriculture in FY 2022 State Budget

AdminLatest News

ALBANY, NY – Record levels of funding for agriculture are included in the New York State Budget, finalized by the Legislature on Wednesday. The two Agriculture Chairs in the State Legislature, Senator Michelle Hinchey and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo worked to successfully secure $8 million over the Executive’s original proposal for a total appropriation of over $35 million. This funding will … Read More

eNews: March 2021

AdminLatest News

1. UPDATE ON BUDGET NEGOTIATION: This year’s budget is complicated by the enormous need caused by the pandemic, along with the pent up demand to address long term problems with underfunded schools, human services, child care, nursing homes and more. Locally, struggling small businesses hurt by COVID closures, along with prevention of mortgage foreclosure and evictions due to hardship, are … Read More

BC Health Director Recognized for Women’s History Month

AdminLatest News

Nominated by Assemblywoman Lupardo for her Leadership (ALBANY, NY) – As Women’s History Month came to a close, Broome County Health Department Director Rebecca Kaufman is being honored at the state level. Each year, the NYS Legislative Women’s Caucus recognizes outstanding women leaders from across the state; this year’s focus was on essential workers. Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo nominated Kaufman as … Read More

Lupardo named American Red Cross 2021 State Legislator of the Year

AdminLatest News

The American Red Cross in New York State today celebrated six state legislators for their distinguished efforts in the State Capital and their partnership with the Red Cross in their home districts. The 2021 American Red Cross New York State Legislators of the Year are Asm. Donna Lupardo, Sen. Joseph Addabbo, Sen. John Brooks, Sen. Patrick Gallivan, Sen. Sue Serino, and … Read More

Historic Support for Agriculture in Assembly & Senate Budgets

AdminLatest News

One-House Bills Restore Critical Funding, Add New Investments (ALBANY, NY) – The importance of New York’s agriculture and food economy is being reflected with historic support in the State Assembly and Senate one-house budget resolutions. On Tuesday, Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo and Senator Michelle Hinchey, Chairs of the Assembly and Senate Agriculture Committees, announced the details. Assembly Agriculture Chair Donna Lupardo … Read More

Assemblywoman Lupardo & Senator Kavanagh Reintroduce Student Journalist Free Speech Act

AdminLatest News

Sponsor Joint Resolution Proclaiming February 26th as Student Press Freedom Day in New York State (NEW YORK, NY) – ) Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D-Broome) and  State Senator Brian Kavanagh (D-Manhattan and Brooklyn have reintroduced legislation that supports increased rights and protections for student reporters. The Student Journalist Free Speech Act (A4402/S2958), which the legislators also introduced last year, will provide student … Read More

FFA Member Addresses Assembly Ag Committee as State Assembly Recognizes FFA Week in New York State

AdminLatest News

(ALBANY, NY) – The National FFA Organization is being recognized across the country this week. As part of the NYS Assembly’s effort to celebrate FFA Week in New York, Cristian Gilces, Secretary of FFA Chapter at John Bowne High School in Queens, addressed the Assembly Agriculture Committee on Tuesday. He joined the committee meeting via Zoom and spoke about his … Read More

eNews: January 2021

AdminLatest News

Below are the Top 5 items from January 2021 1. COVID RATES BEGIN TO STABILIZE, VACCINE ROLLOUT FRUSTRATES MANY: In NY, cases of COVID-19 are beginning to stabilize after the holidays. The statewide positivity rate is now at 5.5%, down from 6.2% a week ago; in the Southern Tier, we’ve dropped from 3.5% to 2.6% in just seven days. These … Read More