Following Historic $1.4 Billion Aid Increase, Senate Republicans Act To Further Protect Students And Schools

Building on the $1.4 billion school aid increase that was the centerpiece of the 2015-16 state budget approved in March, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and his colleagues in the Senate Republican conference acted to further protect students and their schools by passing common-sense education reforms that will empower parents and teachers, restore local control, and aggressively address the problems caused by an overemphasis on standardized testing.

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Senate Passes Legislation To Protect Good Samaritans Who Rescue Children Locked In Cars

Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with his Senate colleagues to pass legislation (S240), sponsored by Senator Jack Martins (7th Senate District), that would help protect children who become trapped inside an overheated car. Under the legislation, Good Samaritans who forcibly enter a car to rescue a child locked inside are immune from liability.

This legislation would allow an individual to legally break a window or forcibly enter a parked car without liability if there is a reasonable belief that these actions would assist a child under the age of eight years old who would suffer harm if not immediately removed from the vehicle.

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SEN. FARLEY NOTES FOLLOWING HISTORIC $1.4 BILLION AID INCREASE, SENATE REPUBLICANS ACT TO FURTHER PROTECT STUDENTS AND SCHOOLS

school aid increase that was the centerpiece of the 2015-16 state budget approved in March, Senate Republicans recently passed common-sense education reforms that will empower parents and teachers, restore local control, and aggressively address the problems caused by an overemphasis on standardized testing.

The legislation (S5954) directs the State Education Department (SED) to release test questions and the corresponding correct answers to teachers by June 1st of the same school year. Doing so will encourage greater transparency and accountability, and ensure that the standardized tests are a learning tool, not just a data collection device.

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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO PROTECT SENIOR CITIZENS FROM ABUSE AND EXPLOITATION

 State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed a sweeping package of 10 bills to protect vulnerable senior citizens from predatory financial schemes and physical and emotional abuse. The legislation would create a statewide elder abuse reporting system and increase public awareness of elder mistreatment, facilitate the prosecution of individuals who endanger the welfare of seniors, and help ensure adequate care for the elderly in long-term care facilities.

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Senator Serrano Celebrates the 58th Annual Puerto Rican Day Parade

(Central Park, NY)- Senator Serrano marched in the 58th Annual Puerto Rican Day parade, which takes place along 5th Avenue in Manhattan. The parade is widely attended by hundreds of thousands of people of all nationalities and celebrates the history and culture of Puerto Rico. 

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Senator Farley Reflects on the Importance of Flag Day

Today, Sunday, June 14th, is Flag Day. Many communities and schools have been hosting events honoring the American flag this past week. I had the pleasure of participating in the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Flag Day parade last Thursday with my dear friends Charles and Pat Merriam, who were the Grand Marshals.

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Senator Farley Promotes Summer Reading

 

As the Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Libraries, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) encourages summer reading for children and families.

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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE NEW YORK’S AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced that he and his collegues in the New York State Senate recently passed legislation to help keep the state’s agricultural industry booming. Among the seven bills passed, two were given final passage and will be sent to the Governor for consideration. The agricultural industry has a substantial impact on the overall economic health and wellbeing of the state, and the measures passed today will help ensure that this industry will continue to thrive.

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Senator Flanagan And Long Island Blood Center Sponsor Blood Drive In Centereach

Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is joining with the Long Island Blood Center (LIBC) to host a blood drive in Centereach. The event will be held at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4927 located at 31 Horseblock Road from 1 pm to 7 pm on Thursday, June 18th.

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SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSES MEASURES TO SUPPORT AND HELP VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS AND OTHER EMERGENCY RESPONDERS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed four bills that recognize the daily sacrifice and courage of volunteer firefighters and other emergency responders by offering them additional tax credits and education benefits.

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