Governor Cuomo heard your call to increase economic opportunity for farmers by serving nutritious locally grown food in state-run institutions and signed the Food Metrics Bill (S.4061 /A. 5102) into law yesterday. The new law requires state agencies to establish a robust food purchasing, tracking and reporting system that will provide baseline data about money being spent on food and the geographic source of such food and lays the groundwork to encourage state institutions to buy more food grown on farms in New York.
Governor Cuomo signed this legislation into law on Dec. 18, 2013. Sponsored by Sen. Patty Ritchie and Assemblywoman Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes, the bill was passed by the Senate on June 12, 2013, followed by the Assembly on June 20, 2013.
“This legislation is good for farmers and eaters in New York,” said David Haight, New York State Director for American Farmland Trust. “We applaud Governor Cuomo and the State legislature for taking this important step forward in using state dollars to expand economic opportunities for farmers while improving the health of our citizens.”