Benson-Pollard, 401 Charles Ave,
Syracuse, NY 13209
Benson-Pollard Telephone: 315-487-2430
Building Better Granges &
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
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
April 23, 2016 Regional Legislative Conference,
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
COMMITTEE CO-CHAIRS: click on the underlined names to send an
AGRICULTURE & ENVIRONMENT
Jared Woolley, 8903 Farmington Rd., Forestville, NY 14062
David Tetor, 5626 Rt 82, Clinton Corners, NY 12514
Carolyn Ostrander, 121 Victoria Place, Syracuse, NY 13210 315/423-3948
Leslie Rathbun, 3272 Co. Hw. 35, Schenevus, NY 12155
Bullock, PO Box 276 McGraw, NY 13101 607-836-7647 Mary
Morgan, 664 Rock City Rd, Ballston Spa, NY 12020
Barbara Lavier, 2590 McKinley Street, New Woodstock, NY
Sission, 3861 SR 414, Seneca Falls, NY
Dorothy Rathbun, 3272 Co. Hwy. 35, Schenevus, NY 12155
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)
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OUR LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES
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.
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.
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
Each fact should be a separate paragraph, preceded by
“WHEREAS,” and the last paragraph ends with “therefore be it.”
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.
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
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:
401 Charles Ave,
Syracuse, NY 13209
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.
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