Spotted Lanternfly infestation in Upstate New York

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ALBANY, N.Y. Elected officials are raising the alarm on the presence of Spotted Lanternflies in Upstate New York.

In a press release, Senator Chuck Schumer called on the USDA to “deploy funds already secured” for combating the invasive species in the state. He also announced a push for $22 million in additional aid to reduce risk for New York wineries and other areas of tourism.

The senator said, “The Lanternfly has breached much of Upstate New York and now we need federal action.”