Send a Letter: Additional Information from AAS Editor: Deborah Kloughers

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Please take a few minutes to help get this passed. Together we can save honey bees from extermination in New York, but you have to take a few minutes to help! I wish I could make this as simple as one click, but since we live in many different places, each one of you has to take a few minutes to let your voice be heard. Please do take the time, as honey bee swarm season will be here before you know it, and colonies and swarms WILL be exterminated.

YOU will help save honey bees by sending letters in support. Remember, this is important if you eat food or know anyone who does!

Here’s how to help if you live in New York. Please copy and paste the letter found below (you can add to it, and/or compose your own if you’d like), and send it to your representatives.

You can find your senators contact information by following this link:

Your assembly members contact information can be found by following this link:

On the Senate side, the bill will have to pass through the Agriculture Committee, which Senator Metzger chairs. You might also want to share you feedback on the bill with her office. Her email is

If you represent a local, state, or national organization, please send to your letters of support to Senator Biaggi’s office:

In addition to emailing your personal representatives, you can email Senator Biaggi’s office with any question or concerns, and also to voice your support.

If you do not live in New York, please email your support letters to Senator Biaggi’s office.

Please copy and paste the letter below (you can add to it, and/or compose your own if you’d like), and send it to your representatives. Just be sure that you include the name and number of the bill and your contact information, including your address, in your letter of support. If you follow the link to find your representative, you won’t have to snail mail your letter, just a few clicks and you will become a big part in helping to save honey bees lives!

PLEASE ask your friends, family, and coworkers to do the same. They don’t have to sign the petition to send letters of support, but they will receive updates like if they sign the petition.

From the bottom of my heart, I am thankful for every single one of you for taking your time to help save honey bees. Deb

Dear Senator [Name of Senator] or

Dear Assemblyman/woman [Name of Assembly person]


I am writing to you in support of proposed legislation “PRESERVATION OF HONEY BEE COLONIES”, pending in the New York State Senate and Assembly, as bills S6763/A8704. The intent of this proposed legislation is to protect honey bee swarms and colonies from the threat of extermination by humans. In the Senate, please refer to bill number S6763, and in the Assembly, A8704.

Honey bees have been in decline in America for decades, and during the 2017-2018 period, New York lost 40.4% of its managed honey bee colonies. Honey bees are integral to our food supply and security, and this downward trend of honey bee colony decline is unsustainable. Honey bees are essential pollinators who not only pollinate food for humans, but they also help most of our flowering trees, bushes, and flowers reproduce; thereby providing food and shelter for wild life. Please do what you can, in your capacity as my representative, to make sure this important bill becomes a law. Honey bees deserve to live, and with your support of this legislation, you can directly help save honey bee colonies here in New York. Thank you for your support of this crucial issue. Remember, honey bees are important if you eat food or know anyone who does.


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