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Sweet syrup could mean sweet success for Dutchess County

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It's Dutchess County's sweet secret, but as our Curtis Schick shows us, New York's Senior Senator thinks it could mean sweet success for the Hudson Valley.

DOVER PLAINS, N.Y. -- Senator Chuck Schumer can taste it. Sure, their maple syrup is good, but it's the sweet success he sees with Crown Maple's almost complete high end syrup production facility.

“More than $82 million in revenue is in the trees across New York State just waiting to be let out,” said Senator Chuck Schumer.

Crown's owners give New York's Senior Senator a taste and a tour Wednesday. Owners say this is the only super sugarhouse of its kind in New York.

They say starting last year they run more than 90 miles of pipes, helping collect 7,000 gallons of high end maple syrup, using unique methods that bring in three times more sap.

“We have used the latest technology to produce the finest maple syrup in the world,” said Wayne Neckles, Crown Maple general manager.

“The vision created here and the investment, there are not a lot of people who can do that. The fact that they have done that here is really going to change the landscape,” said Mike Oates.

Right now, Crown Maple has a little less than 20,000 taps like these on its property here in Dover Plains, but in the end it hopes it can support more than 400,000 taps.

“That will produce over 125,000 gallons of maple syrup a year,” said Neckles.

Plus, Neckles says maple is a sustainable sweetener, with environmental impacts far less than sugar farming.

As for Schumer, he hopes to impact Crown's business by passing his TAP Act. It's a law that among other things provides money to maple farmers to tap trees on private lands.

“It is good for their trees, good for their land; they will make a little money, and great for New York State jobs,” said Schumer.

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