Assemblyman Bill Reilich (R,C,I-Greece) has once again been welcomed as a member of the Farm Bureau’s “Circle of Friends” for his continued support of New York state farmers. The award is extended annually to state legislators who demonstrate strong support and diligent work on behalf of the agricultural community in New York state.
"The Circle of Friends award is an indication of Assemblyman Reilich's support of New York agriculture and the Farm Bureau. While the award is not an endorsement, Assemblyman Reilich received the award this year because he has demonstrated that he understands the importance of agriculture and how the industry impacts the economy and the future of New York State. We greatly appreciate his support," said John W. Lincoln, President, New York Farm Bureau.
“I am honored to be recognized by the New York State Farm Bureau,” said Reilich. “Agriculture and its related industries contribute over $3.5 billion annually to the state’s economy and is a vital part of the upstate economy. The Legislature should do everything in its power to promote this industry and provide the necessary aid to support and revitalize farming in the state.”
To promote New York state’s agriculture industry and to provide aid to farmers, Assemblyman Bill Reilich worked to pass legislation this year that would:
- Cap property tax assessments on farmland at 10%, eliminating a discrepancy in the current formula that would have produced an average $500 increase in property taxes this year for farm owners;
- Expand Family Health Plus benefits to farm families by easing the eligibility requirements to give farm families access to benefits they would have previously been denied; and
- Create the Dairy Assistance Program to provide $30 million in cash payments to eligible dairy farmers. All eligible producers shall be reimbursed for up to 4,800,000 pounds of milk produced.
“These programs and others will help New York farmers succeed in the 21st century economy,” remarked Reilich. “I look forward to continuing my support for the state’s agriculture industry and farmers during next year’s legislative session.”