Lupardo introduces bill creating agricultural investment task force

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Legislation especially important in light of farm labor compromise (ALBANY, NY) – With a compromise reached on the issue of farm worker labor in New York (A8419/S6578), Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo introduced new legislation to create an agricultural investment task force (A8347). The short-term task force would develop budget and policy recommendations to address the sustainability of farming in NYS.  The … Read More

e-News: May 2019

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Below are the Top 5 items from May 2019. 1. SESSION WINDING DOWN AT THE STATE CAPITOL: There are less than three weeks left in the legislative session in Albany and this session has already produced a number of significant items passed by the State Legislature. Long-overdue voting reforms were signed into law in January; we passed a budget that … Read More

State Legislature Celebrates Dairy Day

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(Albany, NY) – Today, the New York State legislature celebrated Dairy Day to help kick off the designation of June as Dairy Month in the United States, a tradition dating back to 1937. Dairy Day celebrates the importance of New York’s more than 4,000 dairy farmers who care for more than 600,000 cows that produce over 12 billion pounds of … Read More

Assemblywoman Lupardo to host annual Martini Party

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Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo will welcome supporters at her 14th Annual Martini Party this Thursday. The event is scheduled to begin at 5:30 at Traditions at the Glen in Johnson City and will feature hors d’oeuvres, dinner, desserts, and of course signature martinis for all guests. Lupardo, who Chairs the Assembly Committee on Agriculture, notes that New York spirits, wines, and beer … Read More

e-News: April 2019

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Below are the Top 5 items from April 2019. 1. IMPORTANCE OF HOME HEALTH RECOGNIZED LOCALLY & IN ALBANY: An essential part of our healthcare system is the care provided to seniors at home. Home health aides care for seniors, helping them avoid more expensive hospital and nursing home care. On April 18th, I attended a luncheon honoring these hardworking … Read More

Student Press Day Brings Young Journalists to State Capitol

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High school students to advocate for Student Journalist Free Speech Act (ALBANY, NY) — Student journalists from six high schools around New York State gathered at the State Capitol Tuesday as part of Student Press Day. The focus of their advocacy was the Student Journalist Free Speech Act, a bill which was discussed in meetings with legislators throughout the day … Read More

UE Senior Named Presidential Scholar Semifinalist

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National Program Honors Top High School Seniors in the Country (ENDICOTT, NY) – A Union-Endicott High School Senior has been named one of just a few hundred semifinalists from around the country for the national Presidential Scholars Program. Jared Welch was nominated by Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo for the program’s Career and Technical Education component. Welch was one of approximately four … Read More

eNews: March 2019

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Below are items of interest from the 2019-20 State Budget. 1. TAX CAP MADE PERMANENT: The final budget makes the state property tax cap permanent, limiting the annual growth of local property taxes to two percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is lower. This cap, which was set to expire at the end of next year, was implemented in … Read More

State budget sweetens NY maple industry

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Mobile exhibit, educational outreach funded             (ALBANY, NY) – The newly adopted state budget provides funding to continue the promotion of the nation’s second-largest maple industry. In addition to its annual $225,000 allotment, the NYS Maple Producers’ Association received a one-time allocation of $63,000 to expand educational outreach throughout New York. “Maple is one of the state’s fastest growing industries … Read More

eNews: February 2019

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1. ENDICOTT EYESORE COMES DOWN: A sign of a growing Village when first built, the Endicott Inn on Washington Avenue has been a symbol of decline for many years now. On February 25th, I joined some of my local colleagues and the Marchuska Brothers as the demolition of this eyesore began. The State and private companies are investing money nearby … Read More