Finances the construction, reconstruction, improvement, expansion or rehabilitation of wholesale regional farmers' markets and food hubs that promote farm products grown in New York state.
Ayes (62): Adams, Addabbo, Alesi, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Duane, Espaillat, Farley, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Huntley, Johnson, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Kruger, Lanza, Larkin, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Martins, Maziarz, McDonald, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Mara, Oppenheimer, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Saland, Sampson, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the New York state urban development corporation act, in relation to developing local and regional wholesale farmers' markets to promote foods grown in New York state
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OR BILL: To provide Economic Development financing for construction and improvements to wholesale regional farmers' markets.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1: Adds a new paragraph l to subdivision 1 of section 16-m of Chapter 174 of the laws of 1968 creating the Urban Development Corporation (UDC). Paragraph j would authorize the UDC to provide loans and grants to businesses, municipalities, IDAs, economic development corporations, not-for-profits, business improvement districts, regional marketing authorities, agricultural cooperatives and other entities to finance construction, reconstruction, improvement, expansion, or rehabilitation of wholesale regional farmers' markets.
JUSTIFICATION: New York farmers produce large quantities of quality fruits, vegetables, meats and dairy products. Currently, there is an increasing recognition by consumers, restaurants, and chefs about the taste, quality and freshness of these locally grown farm products. Unfortunately, most food stores and restaurants in our larger cities find it difficult to buy food products at wholesale directly from New York farmers because of the lack of adequate wholesale farmers' markets even though there is huge potential for sales.
Providing financing for wholesale regional markets for new construction and renovations to meet the needs of these wholesale customers would help the farm economy by opening up valuable food service markets. A recent NYC Wholesale Farmers' Market study found that "...a New York City wholesale farmers' market would expand opportunities for mid-size and small producers of food and agricultural products from New York and adjacent states to sell their products directly to wholesale buyers in the city and that such a market facility - similar to those that have operated in NYC in the past - would also help meet the growing demand by thousands of NYC restaurants, retail stores, institutions and other wholesale buyers for locally-grown fresh farm products."
The economic benefits to farm regions from increased sales could lead to increased business activity and jobs in those communities and new jobs at the wholesale markets themselves. In addition, businesses and consumers in urban and suburban communities would benefit from the fresh, nutritious, quality food and meals available because of these projects.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2005/06 - A.8001 Referred to Agriculture 2007/08 - A.5025 - Referred to Agriculture 2010 - S.6183 - Referred to Corporations, Authorities, and Commissions. Reported to Finance
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately, provided that the amendments to section 16-m of section 1 of chapter 174 of the laws of 1968, constituting the New York Urban Development Corporation Act, made by section one of this act, shall not affect the expiration of such section and shall be deemed to expire therewith.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 627 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 5, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sens. KLEIN, BONACIC, KRUEGER, OPPENHEIMER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions AN ACT to amend the New York state urban development corporation act, in relation to developing local and regional wholesale farmers' markets to promote foods grown in New York state THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 16-m of section 1 of chapter 174 of the laws of 1968, constituting the New York state urban development corporation act, is amended by adding a new paragraph (l) to read as follows: (L) LOANS, LOAN GUARANTEES, INTEREST SUBSIDIES AND GRANTS TO BUSI- NESSES, MUNICIPALITIES, INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCIES AND LOCAL AND REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATIONS, NOT-FOR-PROFIT CORPORATIONS, BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICTS, REGIONAL MARKETING AUTHORITIES AND AGRI- CULTURAL COOPERATIVES ORGANIZED PURSUANT TO THE COOPERATIVE CORPORATIONS LAW, AND OTHER ENTITIES FOR THE CONSTRUCTION, RECONSTRUCTION, IMPROVE- MENT, EXPANSION OR REHABILITATION OF WHOLESALE REGIONAL FARMERS' MARKETS THAT FACILITATE THE SALE AND PROMOTION OF FARM PRODUCTS GROWN OR PRODUCED IN NEW YORK STATE. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately; provided that the amend- ments to section 16-m of section 1 of chapter 174 of the laws of 1968, constituting the New York state urban development corporation act, made by section one of this act, shall not affect the expiration of such section and shall be deemed to expire therewith.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD03711-01-1