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Assembly and Senate Agriculture Chairs React to Proposal to Legalize Adult-Use Cannabis

As part of his 2021 State of the State announcements, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday a proposal to legalize adult-use cannabis in New York. The Governor’s proposal would create an Office of Cannabis Management to oversee the new adult-use...

Holiday Giving Boxes to Feed 85 Local Families

Binghamton, NY – With overwhelming support from the community, the inaugural Holiday Giving Box program will help feed 85 local families this week. With more people facing hunger this year as a result of the pandemic, Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo...

COVID Trauma Focus of New Law

Albany, NY – The traumatic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on frontline workers will be addressed following the signing of a bill into law cosponsored by Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo. The legislation (creates an advisory council that will...

Governor Signs Food Supply Chain Bill

Albany, NY – New York State will look at strategies designed to strengthen the state’s food supply chain under a bill (A10607/S8561) sponsored by Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo and Senator Jen Metzger signed into law this week. A diverse group...

Bill to Address Volunteer Fire Recruitment Signed into Law

Facing a downward trend in members in recent years, volunteer fire departments are getting help from the state to boost their numbers. A bill cosponsored by Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, and signed into law on November 11th, creates a Task Force on Volunteer...

Holiday Giving Boxes to Help Feed Families in Need

With an increased demand for food assistance this year, Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County, and CHOW are teaming up to provide meals for families facing hunger this holiday season. The Holiday Giving Box initiative...

Letter from Ag Chairs to USDA Regarding Interim Final Rule on the US Domestic Hemp Production Program

The Honorable Sonny PerdueSecretary, United States Department of Agriculture1400 Independence Avenue, SWWashington, DC 20250Dear Secretary Perdue:We are writing to express our concerns over the Interim Rule being proposed by the USDA regarding the growing...

Child Care Day of Action Leads to Release of CARES Act Funding

Following a day of advocacy across the state, the Governor’s Office has released CARES Act funding to support the reopening and expansion of childcare programming throughout New York. Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo helped organize a statewide Child...

Testimony Submitted by Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, Chair, NYS Assembly Committee on Agriculture, to the Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act Wage Board Hearing

Thank you for allowing me to submit testimony regarding the overtime threshold for farm workers in New York State. As you may know, I did not support the Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practice Act when it passed in 2019, where farm laborers were given overtime...

Letter to the Governor Urging Guidance for State’s 30,000 Estheticians

Legislators Rally Around Child Care During Statewide Day of Action

Johnson City, NY – Assemblymembers and Senators from across the state banded together Thursday to rally in support of the childcare industry. Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo helped organize the statewide Child Care Day of Action, which included public...

Legislature Gives Autocycle Bill the Green Light

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;...

Bill that Aims to Make New York's Food Supply Chain More Resilient Passes Legislature

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...

UE Senior Awarded NYS Italian-American Legislators’ Scholarship

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...

Lupardo Introduces Bill to Strengthen Food Supply Chain

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...

Letter to Endicott Mayor Linda Jackson Regarding SungEel Battery Recycling Facility

Hon. Linda Jackson, MayorVillage of Endicott1009 East Main StreetEndicott, NY 13760 Dear Mayor Jackson,I just noticed that you were not forwarded a copy of the May 18, 2020 letter I sent to Basil Seggos, Commissioner of the Department of Environmental...

Letter to DEC Commissioner Seggos Regarding the SungEel Battery Recycling Facility

Basil Seggos, CommissionerDepartment of Environmental Conservation625 BroadwayAlbany, New York 12233-0001Dear Commissioner Seggos,I have received many questions from constituents regarding the SungEel battery recycling facility slated for Endicott. While...

Lupardo, CCE Team Up for Victory Gardens for Broome

With planting season beginning, Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County are sponsoring an initiative to encourage residents to start their own gardens. Victory Gardens for Broome will launch at the Broome Country...

Lupardo, Garnar: Help is Available

Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo joined Broome County Executive Jason Garnar to remind the public that important human service agencies remain open to help residents. Lupardo recently worked with the County Executive to convene a number of local providers...

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