Grouse Posted May 4 Share Posted May 4 New York State Conservation Council · The New York State Conservation Council asks that everyone reach out to NYS Senate EnCon Committee and ask them to oppose the proposed legislation S04976-A that would prohibit the use of lead ammunition in the taking of wildlife on wildlife management areas, state forests, forest preserves, state parks or any other state owned land that is open for hunting and on land contributing surface water to the NYC water supply. This bill has passed the Assembly and has made its way to the Senate EnCon Committee. Below is the contact information of all of the NYS Senate EnCon Committee Members, please call them and ask them to oppose this bill, emailing them doesn't do much, so please call. Also below is the letter being sent to the committee members from NYSCC. NYS Senate EnCon Committee members: Note: the letters after a name are the party affiliation-D=Democrat, R=Republican, WF =Working Families, IP= Independent Party. The # after the entry is the Senate District. Committee Chairman: Pete Harckham (D, WF) Albany 518-2340, District office 914-241-4600 (40) [email protected] Daniel G. Stec (R, C, IP) Albany 518-455-2811, District office 518-743-0968 (45) [email protected] Patricia Canzoneri-Fitzpatrick (R, C) Albany 518-455-2400, District office 516-766-8383 (9) [email protected] Michelle Hinchy (D, WF) Albany 518-455-2350, District office 845-331-3810 (41) [email protected] Brian Kavanagh (D) Albany 518-455-2625, District office 718-875-1317 (27) [email protected] John Mannion (D) Albany 518-455-3511, District office 315-428-7632 (50) [email protected] Monica R. Martinez (D, WF) Albany 518-455-2765, District office 631-341-7111 (4) [email protected] Rachael May (D, WF) Albany 518-455-2838, District office 315-478-8745 (48) [email protected] Anthony Palumbo (R) Albany 518-455-3121, District office 631-461-9100 (1) [email protected] Jose M. Serrano (D, WF) Albany 518-455-2795, District office 212-828-5829 (29) [email protected] James Skoufis (D) Albany 518-455-3290, District office 845-567-1270 (42) [email protected] Request for Opposition of S04976-A, Prohibition on Lead Ammo Use Once again, The New York State Conservation Council requests that the NY State Senate oppose the proposed legislation S04976-A that would; “Prohibits the use of lead ammunition in the taking of wildlife on wildlife management areas, state forests, forest preserves, state parks or any other state-owned land that is open for hunting and on land contributing surface water to the New York City water supply.” The bill before the State Senate is S04976-A. It’s the same as bill A2084A which passed the State Assembly on April 28th and was forwarded to the State Senate Encon Committee. In last year’s session, it passed the Assembly and died in the Senate Encon Committee. The issue of banning lead ammo has been around for years and information from DEC and other groups does not factually support the action required in this bill. The New York State Conservation Council is a member and participant in the NYS Lead Ammo Working Group. Through the working group’s studies and research there still is not any definitive information to support this Bill’s action to prohibit the use of lead ammo on State Lands and the NYC Watershed. This bill is seen by many as just a disguised attempt to ban hunting. This action might be more credible if alternative ammo was readily available, but it is not. Present facts do not support this lead ammo ban. The NYS Conservation Council has been, and continues to be, a leading advocate for hunting and conservation. The outdoor sporting community’s contribution to the NYS economy has been estimated to be in excess of 8 billion dollars a year. Historically the sporting community’s contributions in dollars and in support of sound conservation practices has been a mainstay of the economy and recreation in the State. This bill does not deal with the facts. The ammo ban is unjustified and does not give a reasonable alternative. Please consider voting this bill down. Chuck Parker President, New York State Conservation Council Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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