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Legislative Issues

Director: Cindy Benson-Pollard, 401 Charles Ave,  Syracuse, NY 13209
email Cindy Benson-Pollard Telephone: 315-487-2430

 

Building Better Granges & Stronger Communities…

 
 

A strong, diverse legislative program can be one of the most effective tools of the Grange to attract new members!
When the community becomes aware that your Grange is actively involved in helping to solve problems
and address issue that affect communities, the state and nation and our families, respect and prestige
will be a natural result. Neighbors will want to be a part of such a vital rural organization.

 

Legislative Conferences

April 23, 2016 Regional Legislative Conference, Cortland Co.

June 18, 2016 Regional Legislative Conference, Monroe Co.

September 24, 2016 State Legislative Day at NYS Grange Headquarters


Questions may be directed to Cindy Benson-Pollard, Legislative Director

 

STANDING COMMITTEE CO-CHAIRS: click on the underlined names to send an email

AGRICULTURE & ENVIRONMENT

Jared Woolley, 8903 Farmington Rd., Forestville, NY  14062                     David Tetor, 5626 Rt 82, Clinton Corners, NY 12514

 

EDUCATION
Carolyn Ostrander, 121 Victoria Place, Syracuse, NY 13210 315/423-3948   Leslie Rathbun, 3272 Co. Hw. 35, Schenevus, NY  12155

 

FEDERAL ISSUES
Carl Bullock, PO Box 276 McGraw, NY 13101 607-836-7647         
Mary Morgan, 664 Rock City Rd, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 


 

HEALTH
Barbara Lavier, 2590 McKinley Street, New Woodstock, NY 13122            Emilie Sission, 3861 SR 414, Seneca Falls, NY  

 

STATE ISSUES
Dorothy Rathbun, 3272 Co. Hwy. 35, Schenevus, NY 12155                             Cindy Bullock, PO Box 276 McGraw, NY 13101

 

TAXATION & FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY
Rosanna Clark, 4466 State Rt. 37, Malone, NY  12953            Bruce Croucher 2514 County Road 25, Clifton Springs NY 14432

 

 

Sections of the 2016 Legislative Handbook:
(Click on the name to display an easy to print copy of that section) Adobe Reader needed, 
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 Agriculture & Environment   Education   Federal Issues   Health   State Issues   Taxation & Fiscal Responsibility

 

Pages from the 2016-2017 General Handbook

All pages

OUR LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES

 Click here for a printable version of the Priorities

 

Legislative work is an important part of our total program. It gives the opportunity for local folks to extend their thoughts and influence far beyond their local communities. History attests to the    effectiveness of Grange initiatives down through the years. Complete information and
                suggestions in relation to creating and running an effective Legislative program can be found by
                clicking the link above, right down to writing an effective resolution.
  

 

 Links to Area Senators and Assembly Representatives

NY District Senators (with easy search tools)

Senator Mailing List (PDF document)

NY Assembly

 

 

 

How to write a resolution

HOW TO WRITE A RESOLUTION

Clear, concise title:

            While a resolution need not have a title when it is submitted to Pomona or State Grange, a title from the originating body is helpful.  It can be modified as the resolution moves along to higher bodies.  If there is no title for a resolution once it reaches the State Legislative Director, one will be assigned.

Whereas sections:

            State the problem or concern in the first section.  State facts, not opinions!!  Note that ‘WHEREAS,” is capitalized; and a comma is followed by “and” at the end of each paragraph.

            Each fact should be a separate paragraph, preceded by “WHEREAS,” and the last paragraph ends with “therefore be it.”

Resolve section:

            Calls for the desired action and by whom the action is required… usually in support of some action or opposes some action.  If there is more than one action or solution requested, tie them together with the words “and be it further” at the end of the first “Resolve” section.  Properly written, this paragraph is a summary of action desired and policy to be set.  REMEMBER, the resolve section(s) of a resolution should make sense if none of the WHEREAS sections are present.  Read the RESOLVE to see that the full meaning is clear when standing alone.

Signature/Date:

            A resolution submitted to a higher level of Grange or to elected officials should be signed by two Grange leaders:  Grange Master (President), Grange Secretary and/or Legislative Chairperson of that Grange.  If the Grange can provide a Grange seal on the document, all the better, but it is not required.  The date in the lower left hand corner is suggested so that the body receiving the resolution will know when the Grange adopted this position.

It is suggested that resolutions pass from Subordinate (Community) Granges through Pomona Granges and then, when adopted at that level, to be forwarded to State Grange when the issue is of state or national significance.

As the deadline for submission of resolutions to State Grange is September 1st of each year, a resolution from a Subordinate (Community) Grange must go directly to State Grange when there is no meeting of the respective Pomona Grange prior to the State Grange convention in October.

Resolutions postmarked or personally delivered after September 1st must have (30) copies provided to be considered by the delegates at the October meeting.

Resolutions submitted to State Grange are to be sent directly to the Legislative Director at her home address:

Cindy Benson-Pollard
401 Charles Ave,
Syracuse, NY 13209
Tel: 315/487-2430

WHEREAS:

DISTRICT DIALOGUE

Subordinate/Community Granges or Pomona Granges are encouraged to arrange a visit to their State Senator and/or State Assemblyman’s office sometime during the year.  During the Legislative Session (January through June), state-elected representatives are generally in Albany Monday through Thursday each week.  Good days to arrange a visit in the home office would be either Friday or Saturday. 

Be prepared to discuss a few issues that your Grange is more interested in.  Ask for the elected representative’s opinion.  Encourage their sponsorship of legislation that would bring about the desired action.  If their opinion differs from the Grange’s position, gather more information to share with your members back home which may influence a resolution to reverse our Grange position.  Maybe you can encourage them to reverse their opinion if it is different from the Grange’s stand. 

Above all, thank them for their time and for getting acquainted with members from the local Grange.  You might have a copy of the current State Grange Policy Manual and the current year’s priorities that you could leave with them.  Encourage them to continue the dialogue if they would like an opinion on other issues that they deal with.

 

RESOURCES

www.NationalGrange.org             www.nysgrange.org

www.senate.state.ny.us              www.assembly.state.ny.us

 Empire State Grange     National Grange Alerts 

National Grange View from the Hill     Community and Rural Development Institute

 

 

 

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