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Albany County, N.Y., Res. No. 496-a (Feb. 9, 2009)
Brief Summary
The resolution creates a “Local Food Purchasing Policy” and requires the county’s purchasing agent to consult with the Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets to set a percentage of foods that qualify as "locally produced" for foods purchased by county residential healthcare and correctional facilities.
Legal Strategies
Requires something, sets standards.
Reach
Limited scope. Only applies to procurement by the county's residential healthcare facilities and county correctional facility.
Food System Category: Distribute, Get
State: New York
Jurisdiction Type: County
Jurisdiction Name: Albany
Does the law refer to priority populations in some way?
Yes. Procurement guidelines apply to residential health care and correctional facilities.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to improving or protecting health?
Yes. Whereas clauses refer to policy promoting public health and safety, and local produce retaining more of its nutritional value (p. 1).
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal of fostering improved environmental conditions?
Yes. Whereas clause states one goal of policy is to fight global climate changel refers to diet based on local food needing less gas and oil (p.1).
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to promoting or supporting the community's economy?
Yes. "Whereas clause #1: ""intended to increase regional per capita income, provide incentives for job creation, attract economic investment,"" #3: ""according to a study by the New Economics Foundation in London, a dollar spent locally generates twice as much income for the local economy,"" also refers to locally produced food making farming more economically viable".
Does the law include findings (including jurisdiction-specific findings), or are there findings in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. Whereas clauses refer to several studies and include references to health, economic, environmental, and consumer choice benefits of buying and eating locally grown fresh produce.
Does the law have a stated intent or purpose, or is there an intent or purpose in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. First "whereas" clause states: "It is the policy of Albany County to promote the economic vitality and public health and safety of its communities, and this “Local Food Purchasing Policy” is intended to increase regional per capita income, provide incentives for job creation, attract economic investment, fight global climate change and promote the health and safety of its citizens and communities . . . " (p. 1).
Does the law include definitions, or are there definitions in the section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. Second whereas clause defines "locally produced food".
Does the law address implementation in some way?
Yes. County purchasing agent must consult with the Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets to set percentage of local food.
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
No.
Does the law include an evaluation component, beyond reporting on activity?
No.
Does the law require an extra or atypical financial or resource investment?
No.
Code context and ordinance history
Uncodified Resolution 496-a (2/9/09).