Increases from 50 to 100 acres, the acreage of farm woodland that qualifies as land used in agricultural production for agricultural assessment purposes.
Ayes (9): Ritchie, Gallivan, O'Mara, Ranzenhofer, Seward, Young, Kennedy, Avella, Valesky
Absent (1): Montgomery
Ayes (60): 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, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Saland, Sampson, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Excused (2): Oppenheimer, Smith
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to increasing the acreage of farm woodland which qualifies as land used in agricultural production for agricultural assessment purposes
PURPOSE: This legislation would double the amount of woodlands eligible for an agricultural assessment.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends paragraph (d) of subdivision 4 of section 301 of the agricultural and markets law to change the maximum acreage for agricultural assessment of farm woodlands from fifty acres to one hundred acres.
JUSTIFICATION: Many farms have woodlands on their property which exceed fifty acres, but some only barely exceed that amount, causing local assessors to divide a single woodlot into two separate parcels so that one may be assessed at the "highest and best use" while the other receives an assessment based upon its agricultural value. In many instances the former is only a few small acres of land. As we continue farm preservation efforts and this legislation would allow farmers, particularly in areas of the state with greater development pressure, to remain stewards of their land for generations to come.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2009-2010: S.2474/A.5955 Referred to Agriculture 2007-2008: S.4453/A.6523 Passed Senate
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 847 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 5, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sens. YOUNG, RANZENHOFER -- read twice and ordered print- ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Agriculture AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to increas- ing the acreage of farm woodland which qualifies as land used in agri- cultural production for agricultural assessment purposes THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph d of subdivision 4 of section 301 of the agricul- ture and markets law, as amended by chapter 445 of the laws of 2002, is amended to read as follows: d. Farm woodland which is part of land which is qualified for an agri- cultural assessment, provided, however, that such farm woodland attrib- utable to any separately described and assessed parcel shall not exceed
[fifty]ONE HUNDRED acres. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD03444-01-1