New York Farm Bureau Names 2017 Circle of Friends in NYS Legislature

New York Farm Bureau has released its annual “Circle of Friends,” naming 172 New York State Legislators to the distinguished list. The award is an indication of the individual lawmaker’s support of New York agriculture and Farm Bureau.

The “Circle of Friends” honor is based upon each legislator’s voting record on issues of agricultural importance as well as other evidence of legislative support, including sponsorship of bills that New York Farm Bureau has either supported or opposed during the most recent legislative session.

“New York Farm Bureau selected these Senators and Assembly members because of their commitment to the hard working farm families in New York. We appreciated their support on a whole host of bills and budget items this year, and we look forward to collaborating with them as a new session is about to begin. It is imperative that we work together to support local food production and the agricultural economy that benefit all New Yorkers,” said David Fisher, President of New York Farm Bureau.

 The “Circle of Friends” is not an endorsement, and this distinction only recognizes the 2017 legislative session.

“Circle of Friends” recipients for 2017 are:

New York Senate:

Addabbo, Jr., Joseph

Akshar, Fred

Alcantara, Marisol

Amedore, Jr., George A.

Avella, Tony

Benjamin, Brian

Bonacic, John J.

Boyle, Philip M.

Breslin, Neil D.

Brooks, John

Carlucci, David

Comrie, Jr., Leroy G.

Croci, Thomas D.

DeFrancisco, John A.

Felder, Simcha

Flanagan, John J.

Funke, Rich

Gallivan, Patrick M.

Gianaris, Michael N.

Golden, Martin J.

Griffo, Joseph A.

Hamilton, Jesse E.

Hannon, Kemp

Helming, Pamela

Jacobs, Chris

Kaminsky, Todd

Kennedy, Timothy M.

Klein, Jeffrey D.

Lanza, Andrew J.

Larkin, Jr., William J.

Latimer, George S.

LaValle, Kenneth P.

Little, Elizabeth O'C.

Marcellino, Carl L.

Marchione, Kathleen A.

Montgomery, Velmanette

Murphy, Terrence P.

O'Mara, Thomas F.

Ortt, Robert G.

Peralta, Jose R.

Persaud, Roxanne

Phillips, Elaine

Ranzenhofer, Michael H.

Ritchie, Patricia A.

Rivera, J. Gustavo

Robach, Joseph E.

Savino, Diane J.

Serino, Susan J.

Seward, James L.

Squadron, Daniel

Stavisky, Toby Ann

Stewart-Cousins, Andrea

Tedisco, James

Valesky, David J.

Young, Catharine M. 

New York Assembly:

Abbate, Jr., Peter J.

Abinanti, Thomas J.

Aubry, Jeffrion L.

Barclay, William A.

Barnwell, Brian

Barrett, Didi

Benedetto, Michael R.

Blake, Michael A.

Blankenbush, Kenneth

Brabenec, Karl

Braunstein, Edward C.

Brindisi, Anthony J.

Bronson, Harry B.

Buchwald, David

Butler, Mark W.

Byrne, Kevin

Carroll, Robert

Castorina, Ronald

Crespo, Marcos A.

Crouch, Clifford W.

Curran, Brian F.

Cusick, Michael J.

DenDekker, Michael G.

DiPietro, David J.

D'Urso, Anthony

Errigo, Joe

Fahy, Patricia A.

Farrell, Jr., Herman D.

Finch, Gary D.

Fitzpatrick, Michael J.

Friend, Christopher S.

Galef, Sandra R.

Garbarino, Andrew R.

Giglio, Joseph M.

Gjonaj, Mark

Goodell, Andrew

Gottfried, Richard N.

Graf, Alfred C.

Gunther, Aileen M.

Harris, Pamela

Hawley, Stephen M.

Hevesi, Andrew D.

Hooper, Earlene

Hunter, Pamela

Hyndman, Alicia

Jenne, Addie A.E.

Johns, Mark C.

Jones, D. Billy

Joyner, Latoya

Kavanagh, Brian P.

Kearns, Michael P.

Kim, Ronald T.

Kolb, Brian M.

Lalor, Kieran Michael

Lavine, Charles D.

Lawrence, Peter A.

Lentol, Joseph R.

Lifton, Barbara S.

Lopez, Peter D.

Lupardo, Donna A.

Lupinacci, Chad A.

Magee, Bill

Magnarelli, William B.

Malliotakis, Nicole

Mayer, Shelley B.

McDonald, III, John T.

McDonough, David G.

McKevitt, Thomas

McLaughlin, Steven F.

Miller, Brian

Miller, Melissa

Miller, Michael G.

Montesano, Michael A.

Morelle, Joseph D.

Morinello, Angelo

Murray, Dean

Niou, Yuh-Line

Norris, Michael

Oaks, Robert C.

Otis, Steven

Palmesano, Philip A.

Palumbo, Anthony H.

Paulin, Amy R.

Pellegrino, Christine

Peoples-Stokes, Crystal D.

Perry, N. Nick

Pichardo, Victor

Pretlow, Gary J.

Ra, Edward P,

Raia, Andrew P.

Ramos, Philip R.

Rivera, Jose

Rozic, Nily D.

Ryan, Sean M.

Santabarbara, Angelo L.

Schimminger, Robin

Seawright, Rebecca A.

Simanowitz, Michael A.

Simotas, Aravella

Skartados, Frank K.

Skoufis, James G.

Solages, Michaelle C.

Stec, Daniel G.

Stirpe, Jr., Albert A.

Thiele, Jr., Fred W.

Titone, Matthew J.

Titus, Michele R.

Vanel, Clyde

Walker, Latrice Monique

Wallace, Monica

Walsh, Mary Beth

Walter, Raymond W.

Weprin, David I.

Williams, Jaime

Woerner, Carrie

Wright, Tremaine

Zebrowski, Kenneth P.