Statement From Assemblyman Mark Walczyk on Farm Wage Labor Board Decision

“The board’s decision to recommend a 40-hour workweek to the state Department of Labor is another example of how short-sighted and out-of-touch Albany is with the realities of this state, and moreover the working people it claims to be working for. Simply put, this recommendation will put more farms into bankruptcy and foreclosure, and put farm workers out of jobs. If Albany wants to tell the rest of the world that New York is closed for business, they are certainly doing a great job at that — however, with the landscape and security of our food chain at stake, this issue is more than jobs and economics. It’s literally the food we all put on our tables. Albany, it’s time to wake up to the realities here and stop playing politics with people’s food.”