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3 state legislators who represent Orleans named Farm Bureau ‘friend’

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 2 January 2019 at 8:06 pm

ALBANY – The New York Farm Bureau has recognized three state legislators whose districts include part of Orleans County to the annual “Circle of Friends.”

The award is an indication of the individual lawmaker’s support of New York agriculture and Farm Bureau, NYFB said. The Circle of Friends includes 160 of the state’s 213 members of the Legislature.

State Sen. Rob Ortt, R-North Tonawanda, and Assembly members Steve Hawley, R-Batavia, and Michael Norris, R-Lockport, were all named to the Circle of Friends.

The designation is not an endorsement, and this distinction only recognizes the 2018 legislative session, NYFB said.

“New York Farm Bureau recognizes these Senators and Assembly members for their legislative work that has a positive impact on the diverse agricultural community in this state,” David Fisher, president of New York Farm Bureau, said about the 160 state legislators. “We appreciate their support of bills and budget items that matter to farm families, and we look forward to continuing the partnership in the 2019 session. The collaboration ultimately benefits the rural economy and all the people who value local food production.”

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