Senator Kirsten Gillibrand discussed issues of local importance at three stops in the Finger Lakes Tuesday.
At Emerson Park in Auburn, the Senator called for an overhaul of regulations covering invasive species like the asian clam, calling the Lacey Act that governs such species antiquated.
At the Apple Shed in Fairville in Wayne County, Gillibrand pushed for passage of the Senate Farm Bill. She doesn't agree with the move by House Republicans to separate the food stamp program from the rest of the Farm Bill.
At the Cornell Ag Tech Park in Geneva, Gillibrand pushed for approval by the Commerce Department of Ontario County's request to be certified in the Foreign Trade Zone program. Ontario County Economic Development Corporation head Mike Manikowski says there are manufacturers who could take advantage of the program immediately.
The program reduces or eliminates duties paid on imported raw materials. Gillibrand explains the process for approval of the application.
The application would also help businesses in Wayne, Seneca, Yates, Livingston and Steuben Counties.
The Senator began her day by judging an Iron Chef competition at the State Fair with Congressman Dan Maffei.
Some of the Wayne County apple crop on display at the Apple Shed in Fairville
The Apple Shed's Jessica Wells welcomes Senator Gillibrand
Senator Gillibrand urges passage of the Senate Farm Bill
Senator Gillibrand is joined by Beth Claypool of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wayne Co.
The Senator greets a future voter
Senator Gillibrand welcomed to the Ag Tech Park by Executive Director Susan Noble
The Senator urges approval of Ontario County's Foreign Trade Zone application
Senator Gillibrand and Mike Manikowski, Ontario Co. Economic Development Corporation