Regional Legislative Conference at Ravena Grange
On Saturday May 22 Ravena Grange hosted a regional Legislative Conference sponsored by the NYS Grange. Interested Grangers and friends from around eastern New York State gathered to hear Elected Officials and rural specialists speak and take questions on a variety of issues facing rural New York.
Featured were: Hon. Paul Tonko, Member of Congress, State Senator Neil Breslin, Assemblyman Tim Gordon, Allan Grattidge, member of NYS Association of Counties Blue Ribbon Task Force on Agriculture, and Steve Hadcock, Cornell Cooperative Extension.
Topics discussed included:
Late State Budget
Cuts to long established agricultural programs
Farm Labor & animal card
Corruption in Public Sector
Taxing and borrowing to balance State Budget
Education and Healthcare spending and investments (federal & state)
Future of NE Agriculture
Federal Stimulus Plan
Need for restructure of the National Electric Grid