Assemblyman and Ranking Minority Ways and Means Committee Member Robert Oaks (R, C-Macedon) has been named to New York Farm Bureau’s prestigious “Circle of Friends” for the 2013 Legislative session. The award is based upon the assemblyman’s voting record on issues of importance to New York agriculture, as well as other evidence of legislative support.
Oaks, who has received the Farm Bureau honor every year since taking office in 1993, said it is extremely gratifying to continue to be recognized by the organization because of his farm background.
“I grew up on a farm in North Rose and I have a personal understanding of the issues that challenge those who make their living from farms and farm-related businesses,” he said. “Agriculture is central to the economy of New York State, and particularly to my district. Any growth of agriculture has a positive effect; it triggers jobs in many industries. It fuels the economic vitality of the whole community while providing high-quality food.”
Farm Bureau is a non-partisan, volunteer organization. It does not endorse candidates for office. Rather, it encourages its members to become involved in the political process as individuals, supporting candidates who have like-minded views. The “Circle of Friends” award, while not an endorsement, is one of the highest honors New York Farm Bureau bestows upon state legislators.
“Membership in the ‘Circle of Friends’ is reserved only for those who actively support the farm families of New York State and is renewed at the end of each Legislative session,” said New York Farm Bureau President Dean Norton.
Assemblyman Oaks will be presented with the award by Wayne, Cayuga and Oswego County Farm Bureau representatives at their 2014 State Lobby Day in Albany in March.