Getting a bill through both the state Senate and Assembly is one thing.
The big news is when Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs it.
On Friday, Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner, D-Round Lake, got word that the governor had signed her bill that will allow local BOCES and municipalities to purchase more locally grown food.
“Agriculture is so important to our upstate economy, and one of my greatest priorities is supporting local farms here in Saratoga and Washington counties,” Woerner said in a news release. “This bill is just one example of the ways that I am working in a bipartisan manner to help the farmers in the communities I represent and across the state.”
New York State law currently allows state agencies to spend up to $200,000 annually in support of locally grown foods. Until now, local governments have been prevented from spending more than $20,000 to purchase local products. Under this legislation, BOCES and municipalities can be eligible for a multiplier threshold like the one school districts use to purchase New York State food products.