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

Legislators Rally Around Child Care During Statewide Day of Action

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83 Lawmakers Sign On to Letter to Governor About CARES Act Funds Child Care is Essential to NYS Economic Recovery   (JOHNSON CITY, NY) –  Assemblymembers and Senators from across the state banded together Thursday to rally in support of the child care industry. Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo helped organize the statewide day of action, which included public events in Binghamton, … Read More

eNews: July 2020

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Below are the Top 5 items from July 2020 1. CONTINUING TO MONITOR COVID-19: A month into Phase IV of reopening in the Southern Tier, we continue to monitor COVID-19 in our community. Across the state, numbers of new cases remain low and hospitalizations continue to decrease. Locally, we’ve seen an uptick in cases over the last few weeks; some … Read More

Legislature Gives Autocycle Bill the Green Light

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Allows the Three-Wheeled Vehicles to be Operated without Motorcycle License (ALBANY, NY) – Drivers of autocycles would no longer need a motorcycle license under legislation passed by the State Legislature. The bill (A5390/S4580), sponsored by Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo and Senator Tim Kennedy, passed the State Senate Thursday; it was approved by the Assembly in March. “Because autocycles are driven like … Read More

Bill to Make New York’s Food Supply System More Resilient Passes Legislature

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Work group would identify solutions to issues exposed by COVID-19 pandemic (Albany, NY) – Legislation designed to improve the resiliency of New York’s food supply chain passed both houses of the State Legislature this week. The bill (A10607/S8561) from Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo and Senator Jen Metzger, the Agriculture Committee Chairs in their respective houses, would create a working group of … Read More

eNews: June 2020

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The Top 5 items from June 2020: 1. PHASE IV OF REOPENING UNDERWAY: On June 26th, the Southern Tier entered Phase 4 of the NY Forward reopening plan. This phase currently allows for low-risk outdoor and indoor arts and entertainment such as museums, zoos, and historical sites to reopen. Higher education, media production, and sporting events without spectators are also allowed … Read More

Lupardo Introduces Bill to Strengthen Food Supply Chain

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Work Group Would Identify Solutions to Issues Exposed by COVID-19 Pandemic (ALBANY, NY) – Legislation designed to improve the resiliency of New York’s food supply chain has been introduced by Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Agriculture.  The bill (A10607) would create a working group to provide advice, guidance, and recommendations on New York’s food supply and … Read More

UE Senior Awarded NYS Italian-American Legislators’ Scholarship

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Beats Out Hundreds of Applicants from Across the State (Endicott, NY) – A Union-Endicott senior has been chosen as the winner of the New York State Conference of Italian-American Legislators’ Assemblyman James D. Conte Memorial Academic Scholarship. Johnathen Rockwell was nominated by Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo and chosen as a winner from hundreds of applicants from across the state. This is … Read More