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Farm Labor Act

Fair Practices Act May Force Farms Out Of Business

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Fair Practices Act

May Force Farms

Out Of Business

By State Sen. JIM SEWARD • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Earlier this year the New York City-centric state Senate leadership, for political reasons, blocked Amazon and 25,000 jobs from coming to our state.  Now, in the closing hours of the 2019 legislative session, the same group of “leaders” are killing off existing jobs by targeting our state’s number one industry – agriculture.

To be clear, when New York was announced as the winning site for the Amazon HQ2 project, I raised questions.  The lack of transparency involved in constructing the deal was concerning.  I have stated very clearly that we need more accountability and input when it comes to all of New York’s economic incentive programs.

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