Raia Thanks Dairy For Strengthening Backbone Of Empire Economy

June 8, 2010

Assemblyman Andrew Raia (R,I,C-East Northport) today participated in the annual Dairy Day celebration in Albany, an event honoring the farming families who operate an estimated 6,400 dairy farms in the Empire State. June is National Dairy Month, and New York ranks third in the United States in total production of milk, cheeses, and other products. The industry adds an estimated $4.5 billion every year to our state’s economy, creating jobs, promoting eco-friendly tourism, and encouraging consumers to shop and eat locally. Raia was joined by farmers, dairy industry representatives and advocates, and vendors from around New York offering samples of their products.

“Long Island cannot have a successful agricultural sector with a failing dairy industry,” said Raia. “The two are intertwined: they keep jobs here and help to feed families across the United States. Long Island’s only dairy, Oak Tree Dairy, has been in our region since 1939 and is located in my Assembly District. I am proud of the great products they continue to produce and I am committed to fighting to protect the future of farming and dairy production on Long Island.”