Press Releases

Regulation of Hemp Extracts Passes Before Session Ends

Albany, NY – As the 2019 legislative session wrapped up early Friday morning, Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo and Senator Jen Metzger passed legislation that expands the state’s current industrial hemp law to regulate the production and marketing...

Lupardo Introduces Bill Creating Agricultural Investment Task Force

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...

State Legislature Celebrates Dairy Day

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...

Student Press Day Brings Young Journalists to State Capitol

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...

UE Senior Named Presidential Scholar Semifinalist

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...

State Budget Sweetens NY Maple Industry

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...

Agriculture Committee Chairs: Procurement Changes for NY Military Bases Would Harm Dairy Farmers

Albany, NY – State Senator Jen Metzger and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo are calling on the Department of Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) to reconsider a proposal that would hurt New York’s dairy farmers. In a joint letter sent this week, the...

Legislative Resolution Recognizes Student Press Freedom Day

Albany, NY – A New York State legislative resolution passed this week proclaims today, January 30th, as Student Press Freedom Day in the state. The day is recognized nationally by the Student Press Law Center and is part of an effort to secure more...

TechWorks! Honored for Receiving Top Computer Conservation Award

Binghamton, NY – Three historic Link Aviation Flight Simulators have helped one local museum land the world’s premier computer conservation award. The Center for Technology and Innovation, also known as TechWorks!, is the recipient of the 2018...

Legislature Passes Major Election Reforms

Albany, NY – Reforming New York State’s elections was priority number one for the New York State Assembly as the 2019 legislative session began. The Assembly passed a package of legislation Monday designed to ease the voter registration process,...

New Law Allows Central Arraignments at Broome County Jail

Town of Dickinson – Arraignments in Broome County just became easier following a law recently signed by the Governor. Under the new law, which was sponsored by Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo and Senator Fred Akshar and co-sponsored by Assemblyman Cliff...

Lupardo Reminds Enhanced STAR Recipients about Change to Program

A change to the New York State Enhanced STAR program takes effect in 2019. Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D-Endwell) is reminding property owners that qualify for this program to submit a new form that is required to receive the popular tax rebate.            ...

Lupardo Named Chair of Assembly Agriculture Committee

Albany, NY – As she enters her eighth term representing the 123rd Assembly District, Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo will take on a new leadership position. Speaker Carl Heastie announced Tuesday that he has selected Lupardo to Chair the Committee on...

EFD Strengthens Fleet with New Emergency Response Vehicle

Endicott, NY – A new vehicle has been added to the Endicott Fire Department’s fleet. Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo joined members of the department Friday to debut the new EMS/Medical Quick Response vehicle which was purchased through funding...

Family Enrichment Network Launches Growing Child Care Program

Johnson City, NY – A new program launched Monday will help increase the number of family child care providers in Broome County. Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo joined Family Enrichment Network to announce details of Growing Child Care, a pilot program...

Convention Reenactment & Historical Marker Celebrate Women’s Suffrage

Binghamton, NY – History came alive once again in Binghamton on October 6th during New York State’s Path Through History Weekend. The Broome-Tioga Suffrage Anniversary Committee and the Preservation Association of the Southern Tier teamed up...

$1.5 Million Nominated to Complete SUNY Broome Culinary Arts & Events Center

Binghamton, NY – With rehabilitation work underway, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie joined Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo at the former Carnegie Library in Binghamton to announce his intentions to nominate additional funding for the project. Speaker Heastie...

Work Begins to Restore Johnson City Landmark

Johnson City, NY – A half century after being shuttered, a Johnson City landmark is getting a new lease on life. Work is underway to restore the historic pagoda at C. Fred Johnson Park in the Village and is being supported by a $125,000 grant secured...

Rockin’ Through the Ages at Second Annual Lip Sync Challenge

Performing songs spanning the decades, local seniors took the stage at the second annual Lip Sync Challenge. Contestants mouthed the words and danced along to songs from a variety of musical genres at Binghamton High School’s Helen Foley Theater....

Local Libraries Awarded Funding for Efficiency, Modernization Efforts

As part of a series of construction grants awarded to libraries throughout New York State, Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo announced today nearly $165 thousand was awarded to two libraries in Broome County. “Our libraries are important...