I am pleased to announce that New York Farm Bureau has recently named state Sen. Pattie Ritchie to our annual Circle of Friends list.
This legislative award is granted based upon her record of legislative support for New York agriculture and the Farm Bureau. New York Farm Bureau is a nonpartisan organization and does not endorse elected officials or political candidates.
Sen. Ritchie joins a number of other legislators from both sides of the aisle in the Senate and Assembly who have a superior voting record on issues of concern to New York farmers during the 2013 state legislative session. Each member of the farm bureau Circle of Friends has demonstrated an understanding of the important topics affecting farmers and the considerable impact agriculture has on our economy and quality of life in every region of the state.
New York Farm Bureau, the states largest general farm advocacy organization, works closely with the legislature to strengthen and enhance agriculture in New York State. We have made significant gains over the past year including the passage of the 2 percent agricultural assessment cap to rein in rising property taxes.
This would not have been possible without significant support from Sen. Ritchie. With her continued leadership, agriculture will remain one of New Yorks most important economic engines.
We are pleased to provide the Circle of Friends designation to Sen. Pattie Ritchie to thank her for her hard work on behalf of farmers in her district and across New York State.
The writer is president of the New York Farm Bureau.