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A major victory was achieved tonight on behalf of the Upstate New York
agriculture industry, when the Farm Labor Bill that would have devastated
the Upstate farming industry was rejected by the New York State Senate.

This proposal was a clear example of New York City legislators who do not
understand the unique needs of our Upstate farms. The effects of this
ill-conceived legislation would have been catastrophic to our State’s top
industry. Thousands of farms would have gone under. Countless jobs at
local farms, orchards, processing plants and farm supply businesses would
have been lost.

This legislation, which was defeated in a 31-28 vote, would have created
the most repressive labor mandates in the entire country, adding
devastating costs to New York’s farms. There is no question that farms
would be shut down for good, and the economic fallout would send shockwaves
across the entire State.

As State Senator, I opposed this disastrous proposal from the very
beginning. In April, I fought hard along with several of my colleagues and
members of the New York State Farm Bureau to defeat the Farm Labor Bill in
the Senate Agriculture Committee.

The New York City legislators, with backing from the Working Families
Party, once again tried to force this legislation on Upstate New York’s
farm communities, and once again they were defeated. I voted against this
legislation and led the debate in opposition when the bill came before the
full Senate. You can click here to watch video of my remarks on the Senate
floor against this disastrous bill.

At a time when farmers are struggling, we need to do everything we can to
support our Upstate farms, not impose new regulations that will make it
harder for them to survive. I am pleased that the Farm Labor Bill has been
defeated and I will continue to advocate on behalf of New York’s
agricultural industry.


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1 Comment to "Farm Labor Bill Defeated"

  1. Anonymous Said,

    Depends how you look at the issue or who you are. This allows employers to make people work (hard labor)over forty hours a week and seven days a week not have to pay them any overtime pay. Regular pay is minumum wage most times or a buck or two more.
    All the problems created by this bill noted above I believe are probable true but, this is why we need a workable foriegn worker program.
    Migrants as most Americans will not do this work.

    Posted on Wed Aug 04, 09:51:00 AM EDT


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