Pesticides needed in Albany, but not for bugs


Here’s  an
update, such as it is, on the pesticide ban that might become law in New York State.
First, it’s unlikely that too much legislation is going to be enacted until the
state senate finishes up the insanely
dysfunctional shenanigans
 they’ve been up to over the past week or so.
I won’t get into it here—thank god this is not a political blog—but there was a
coup, the doors are locked, blah blah … suffice it to say that there won’t be any
votes on major issues until the internal meltdown resolves itself.

The state assembly did pass a bill to phase out the use of
pesticides on state property, which is not nearly so draconian as the alarmist
language in emails from the industry had inferred, but it is a good start. There
are also bills protecting wetlands, and other environmental initiatives
awaiting action in the senate. Looks like they’ll be waiting for a while, as
New York is down to one semi-operational legislative chamber for the time being.

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Elizabeth Licata

Elizabeth Licata has been a regular writer for  Garden Rant since 2007, after contributing a guest rant about the overuse of American flags in front gardens. She lives and gardens in Buffalo, N.Y., which, far from the frozen wasteland many assume it to be, is a lush paradise of gardens, historic architecture, galleries, museums, theaters, and fun. As editor of Buffalo Spree magazine,  Licata helps keep Western New Yorkers apprised about what is happening in their region. She is also a freelance writer and art curator, who’s been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, ArtNews, Art in America, the Village Voice, and many other publications. She does regularly radio segments for the local NPR affiliate, WBFO.

Licata is involved with Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest free garden tour in the US and possibly the world,and has written the text for a book about Garden Walk. She has also written and edited several art-related books. Contact Elizabeth: ealicata at


  1. Wasn’t it the Texas democrat legislators that left the state and went in hiding a few years ago to avoid some vote? ai think it was very smart of New York to have their capital out in the rural areas. They can do all kinds of stuff under the radar.

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