Assemblyman Matt Slater (R,C-Yorktown) welcomed several representatives from the Putnam and Westchester county New York Farm Bureau chapters to Albany Tuesday and discussed ways to protect the state’s most prominent industry for the next generation and ensure the livelihood of family farming. In recent years, New York Majority lawmakers have imposed new restrictions on overtime pay for farm workers, placing an insurmountable burden on the labor costs of small farming operations.
“Agriculture is one of New York’s most important economic drivers and it’s no surprise that our products are renowned in states across the country,” Slater said. “Unfortunately, as one Farm Bureau member told me, they are ‘getting pecked to death’ by disconnected legislators who care more about labor regulations than the viability of farming for the next generation – and that is deeply troubling. Our farmers are some of the hardest workers I know dealing with mountains of regulations, drought, flooding and constant challenges. I will always stand with the Farm Bureau and its members and make our voices heard loud and clear this budget season.”