2011Legislative Action by Ravena Grange
Ravena Grange took action on porposed USDA regulations that would ban winter manure spreading. The resolution was subsequently adopted by the Albany Co. Pomona Grange, the New York State Grange, and the National Grange. View here.
Ravena Grange addressed the DWI by Law Enforcement Personnel. The resolution was adopted by the Albany Co. Pomona Grange and the New York State Grange. View here.
Ravena Grange discussed the School Budget situation, and adopted a resolution in relation to commercial sponsorship of certain activities. The resolution was passed by Albany Co. Pomona Grange, but rejected by the New York State Grange. View here.
Following a presentation by the Coeymans Hollow Postmaster, Ravena Grange adopted a resolution in relation to the proposed Post Office closings. The resolution was adopted by the New York State Grange, and subdequently by the National Grange. View here.
Top State Grange Priorities for 2012
Agriculture & Environment
New York State Grange favors a fair market price for milk based on the regional average cost of production, addressing the impact of unregulated imports of concentrated dairy products.
New York State Grange favors a system that allows farm employers to more easily hire migrant labor without jeopardizing the security or domestic workforce of the United States and relieving farmers of responsibility for any fraudulent documentation of workers.
New York State Grange supports the use of good environmental management practices by all entities to ensure the protection of our water and air supplies.
New York State Grange opposes the concept of regional high schools.
New York State Grange opposes unfunded mandates that drive up costs for public schools.
New York State Grange urges the United States Postal Service to proceed with caution in relation to the proposed Post Office closures, taking into consideration the special needs of the community as well as the statistical analysis developed for closure criteria.
New York State Grange supports the federal government using money earmarked for lawsuits against the states they feel are in violation of the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution to properly enforce the existing Federal Immigration and Nationality Act to stop the influx of illegal immigrants.
New York State Grange supports legislation that would allow the purchase of medications from Canada, and we further support continued legislative efforts to control medication prices in the United States with price bargaining between the federal government and pharmaceutical companies.
New York State Grange calls upon the Governor and State Legislature to repeal costly unfunded mandates on local government, including: (1) raising the project cost thresholds before WICKS would be applicable; (2) reform prevailing wage; and (3) including the ability to pay, without taxes, as a priority consideration for binding arbitration panels.
A Complete listing of NYS Grange Legislative Priorities and Policy Statements can be found here.
State Legislative Representatives for the Town of Coeymans are:
Hon. Neil D. Breslin Hon. Steve McLaughlin
New Yor State Senate Member of Assembly
502 Capitol Bldg. 533 Legislative Office Bldg.
Albany, NY 12247 Ablany, NY 12248
ph: 518-455-2225 ph: 518-455-5777
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Contact your Representative TODAY to urge passage of the 2012 Farm Bill Details here
National Grange Blueprint for Rural America
Priority Issues of Concern to Rural Americans and our Nation’s Family Farmers, Ranchers, and Foresters in the Year 2011 Complete listing and details here