Monticello – Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther (D, I, WF- Forestburgh) has released a statement regarding news that the Governor has signed bill A10464-A into law.
“I am happy to see the passage of this vital bill to help our farmers,” said Assemblywoman Gunther. “The pandemic has and a huge impact on all of us but has had a devastating effect on our small farms throughout the district. Farms have had an immeasurable benefit to our local economy, and we have all seen the videos of our local farmers forced to dump their products due to lack of markets. This bill would ensure that farmers don't lose their agricultural property tax exemption due to the effects of the closures of businesses and lost sales as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every farm in the state in different ways. It has been especially challenging for those that lost markets due to disruptions in the food supply chain. The legislation signed today with the support of Assembly Member Gunther will assist farms that struggled to meet income requirements necessary to qualify for the agricultural assessment program. The program is a valuable tool for farm families to help rein in rising property taxes, and New York Farm Bureau appreciate the support to help these farms during the pandemic,” said David Fisher, New York Farm Bureau President.