Ninth District
Broome County Legislator


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Serving the towns of Colesville, Sanford, Windsor, and the villages of Deposit, Harpursville, and Windsor
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Agricultural Issues

Flood Mitigation
Public / Private
BC Field Office

The Susquehanna River flooding at Glen Cove Farm, just south of the Village of Windsor, in June of 2006.

At my request, an eastern Broome County farmer was appointed in 2007 to the county's Flood Mitigation Task Force.

Previously the task force had lacked representation both from eastern Broome and from agriculture. With the addition of Bill Olin of Nineveh, the task force now has a strong voice for both our district and for agriculture.

There are flood mitigation projects in the works. As these projects progress, we will keep you informed.


In a continuation of an initiative I started some time ago, I formed a public / private partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension, the United States Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Broome County Farm Bureau, the Broome County Soil and Water Conservation Service, and Broome County Government to create www.farmbroome.com a farm-friendly Broome-based website which promotes agriculture, agri-tourism, and related events.

I was particularly pleased that this fine resource was created without any additional tax dollars.


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When our area was threatened by a plan from the Federal Government to close our Broome County Farm Services Agency Field Office, I led a strong coalition of farmers, concerned citizens, business people, and government leaders to thwart this attempt.

Many people told us that the issue was already decided, that it was out of our hands, but we refused to give up that easily. We maintained that the officials recommending the closure needed to be educated about the importance of the field office to our area.

Our efforts were ultimately successful in keeping our local office open, thereby saving jobs within Broome County and assuring the continuance of accessible services for area agricultural producers. County representation to this office also remained intact.

Of the seventeen New York offices targeted for closure, only Broome and one other county office were saved.


last updated 9/28/2008

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