I am pleased to announce that the New York Farm Bureau has recently named state Sen. Joseph Addabbo to our annual “Circle of Friends” list. This legislative award is granted based upon his record of legislative support for New York agriculture and the Farm Bureau. The New York Farm Bureau is a nonpartisan organization and does not endorse elected officials or political candidates.

Addabbo joins a number of other legislators in the New York State Senate and Assembly who have a superior voting record on issues and have shown strong support for New York farming during the 2012 state legislative session. Each member of the Farm Bureau “Circle of Friends” has demonstrated an understanding of the important issues impacting farmers and the considerable impact agriculture has on our economy and quality of life.

New York Farm Bureau, the state’s largest general farm advocacy organization, works closely with the state Legislature to strengthen and enhance agriculture in New York state. This year’s legislative session proved to be a challenging one for farmers, but with significant support from key legislators, such as Sen. Addabbo, agriculture will continue to be one of New York’s most important industries.

We are pleased to provide the “Circle of Friends” designation to Addabbo to thank him for his hard work on behalf of farmers in his district and across New York state.