Tompkins County
New York


A Resolution to Increase State Support for Cornell Cooperative Extension County Associations in the State of New York


Department:Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality CommitteeSponsors:
Category:FundingFunctions:Cooperative Extension


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Resolution/Document Body

              WHEREAS, Cornell Cooperative Extension is a formal collaboration among the National Institute of Food and Agriculture at the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture), New York State, county governments, and the citizens of the State, that is intended to provide unbiased, research-based knowledge, information, tools, and education from Cornell, New York’s Land Grant University, to the needs of New Yorkers and their communities for over 100 years, and


              WHEREAS, local Extension educators are key community partners in helping to implement State initiatives including maximizing benefits from agriculture and local food systems, strengthening the economy, promoting healthier eating habits and access to good nutrition, fighting poverty particularly in rural areas, protecting water quality and stewarding of New York’s natural resources, building opportunity through STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)-based youth education and leadership skills in 4-H Youth Development,  promoting renewable energy options while protecting farmland resources, and partnering where appropriate in Taste NY initiatives to promote tourism and local food and farm businesses, and


              WHEREAS, support from Federal, State, and county sources is essential to the continued success of locally-governed county cooperative extension associations, and


              WHEREAS, State appropriations for county cooperative extension associations to match county government appropriations as authorized by Section 224 (8) of the County Law have remained unchanged for at least seventeen years (17) while county appropriations have increased, and


              WHEREAS, State funding is needed to ensure that the Cornell Cooperative Extension system can equitably work for all New York residents through increased resources to support rural, suburban, and urban community development needs, now, therefore be it


              RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality Committee, That the Tompkins County Legislature supports increasing the State appropriation for Cornell Cooperative Extension associations to at least $8 million statewide with such funds to be distributed directly to the associations through Cornell University as agent for the State as provided by law.




Meeting History

Dec 7, 2017 3:00 PM  Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality Committee Regular Meeting

Mr. Schlather spoke of the State law that establishes Cooperative Extension Offices and the County has been very generous of Cooperative Extension. The State has not increased its funding allocation since 2000. This resolution is a request to the State to increase its funding to the County for Cooperative Extension.

MOVER:David McKenna, Member
SECONDER:Carol Chock, Member
AYES:Martha Robertson, Dooley Kiefer, Michael Sigler, David McKenna, Carol Chock
Dec 19, 2017 5:30 PM Media Tompkins County Legislature Regular Meeting
MOVER:Carol Chock, Member
SECONDER:Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Member
AYES:Will Burbank, Carol Chock, James Dennis, Rich John, Anna Kelles, Dooley Kiefer, Daniel Klein, Michael Lane, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, David McKenna, Glenn Morey, Shawna Black, Michael Sigler, Martha Robertson