Assemblywoman Buttenschon: Legislation to Increase Agricultural Representation Passed by Assembly

The New York State Assembly passed legislation, cosponsored by Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon (D-C Marcy), requiring Governor Hochul to appoint a member of a State agricultural advocacy organization to the State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council (A1080a).

“Agriculture is a crucial part of not just New York’s economy, but the economy of the 119th district. Because of this, it is essential that the agriculture industry has as much representation in our state government as possible," said Assemblywoman Buttenschon. "This bill will accomplish that by ensuring they have a voice on the State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council.”

The State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council is comprised of 17 members whom the Governor appoints. The council is tasked with maintaining the Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code and the State Energy Conservation Construction Code. Ensuring that the council has a representative from the agricultural industry will ensure that code changes do not negatively impact New York farmers.

Agriculture is one of the biggest Industries in Oneida County it assists in our municipalities in how to effectively develop this industry responsibly and we must ensure it is a priority.

"I am proud to support legislation that will ensure our farmers have representation on the state's building and fire code council," said Buttenschon. "In the Assembly, I will continue to work with my colleagues to ensure New York's farmers have a voice in Albany."