Elected in 2004, State Senator David Valesky represents the 53rd District in the New York State Senate. He joined the New York Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus in 2005 and currently serves as a Caucus Co-Chair.
Senator Valesky grew up fishing and enjoying the great outdoors in upstate New York. While in office, he has continuously fought to protect the traditions of sportsmen and women living in his home state. In 2014, he assisted in the opening of the new Chittenango Fishing Access site in Cazenovia. “Increasing access for hunters and anglers is crucial to protecting the sporting opportunities within our state,” Senator Valesky said.
Senator Valesky has worked to advance several other pieces of pro-sportsmen’s legislation, most notably by sponsoring a bill (now law) to introduce the crossbow as a harvesting tool in New York State. He supported legislation to lower the age eligibility requirement for a junior archery license from 14 to 12, allowing more young people to experience this outdoor recreational activity. He has also supported limiting the liability of landowners who open their land for recreational use. Such legislation would provide an incentive for landowners to allow sportsmen and women to use their property in the pursuit of game, increasing access for recreational activities.
As of 2011, New York is home to over 2 million hunters and anglers. Sportsmen and women contributed over $4.95 billion to the state’s economy, which is the second most spent by any state in the nation.
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- Facilitating voter registration at the time of hunting/fishing license purchase (5.26%)
- Addressing Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in deer populations (6.58%)
- Increasing public access to private lands (22.37%)
- Granting more fish and wildlife management authority to the states (48.68%)
- Other (17.11%)