(143) "The New York State Agricultural Mediation Program (NYSAMP) provides the agricultural community with the opportunity to communicate clearly and negotiate effectively in order to find fair and workable solutions to challenges they face." (144) The New York State Dispute Resolution Association (NYSDRA
), which manages NYSAMP, is a non-profit organization that provides "quality conflict management and peaceful dispute resolution." (145) Additionally, NYSAMP provides services in every county in New York and they work with other mediation centers in order to provide free or low-cost services by professionals.
(149) Unlike in California and Texas, where the mediators also perform hearing officer functions, the New York State Education Department contracts its special education mediations to the New York State Dispute Resolution Association (NYSDRA
), which has twenty-four Community Dispute Resolution Centers in the state.
(21) See, e.g., NEW YORK STATE DISPUTE RESOLUTION ASSOC., INC., HISTORY OF ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION AND NYSDRA
(mentioning that the New York State Forum on Conflict and Consensus was created in 1993 and that the GLC hosted the Eighth New York State National Conference on Dispute Resolution in 1996), at http://www.nysdra.org/about/ about_history.html (last visited Apr.