FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 19, 2013
Groups Applaud Governor Cuomo For Signing Important Local Food Bill
(ALBANY, NY) – A broad coalition of farming, conservation and environmental organizations today applauded Governor Andrew Cuomo approving legislation that will strengthen the state’s local-food economy and protect New York farms.
The Food Metrics Bill (S.4061/A.5102), sponsored by Sen. Patty Ritchie and Assemblywoman Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes, requires state agencies to establish a robust food purchasing, tracking and reporting system that will provide baseline data about money being spent on food and the geographic source of such food. The bill also lays the groundwork to encourage state institutions to buy more food grown on farms in New York. Governor Cuomo signed this legislation into law on Dec. 18, 2013. It was passed by the Senate on June 12, 2013, followed by the Assembly on June 20, 2013.