Senator Farley Notes March 2nd Is Read Across America Day

As Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Libraries, Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) notes Monday, March 2nd, is the National Education Association's Read Across America Day, which encourages people to read to children. This annual event is held around the anniversary of the birthday of Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel).

"What better way to honor this children’s author than to read to a child," Senator Farley said.


Feb. 28th Is Rare Diseases Day

Most people are familiar with health problems such as heart disease, breast cancer, diabetes and colon cancer. However, there are many rare diseases out there that people should be aware of and the ongoing need for diagnosis, support services and research. Saturday, Feb. 28th, is Rare Diseases Day and it is designed to highlight those diseases affecting fewer than 200,000 Americans. While these are considered rare diseases, there are more than 7,000 such diseases that together impact nearly 30 million Americans. Dealing with rare diseases not only affects the patient, but their entire families as well. To learn more about Rare Diseases Day, visit 




Senator Serrano Visits the Bronx Documentary Center

(Bronx, NY)- Senator Serrano visited the Bronx Documentary Center for a tour of their site and exhibits. The Bronx Documentary Center was founded in 2011 and is a non-profit gallery and educational space. The Center displays local photography, film, and new media and has rotating exhibits focusing on the community.  As the Senator frequently points out, local arts organizations add to our cultural fabric and act as an economic engine for the South Bronx. Senator Serrano is a long-time supporter of the arts and serves as the Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks & Recreation.


Senator Flanagan Announces Senate Passage Of Legislation Protecting Children From Sex Offenders

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with his colleagues in the New York State Senate today to take quick action on nine bills that would close dangerous loopholes in the laws protecting children and communities from sexual predators.  The measures, which have been sent to the Assembly for further action, would address critical issues raised by a recent Court of Appeals ruling that prevents local governments from enacting laws restricting sex offenders, as well as the saf



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 to crack down on cyber terrorism and its rapidly expanding threat to the state’s security and finances. The legislation would enact tougher penalties for cyber-related crimes, create cyber security programs to identify potential risks and threats, and require the state to perform a comprehensive review of all its cyber security measures every five years.

The Senate passed legislation (S3407) that would establish the New York State Cyber Security Initiative to ensure that the state has a proper cyber security defense system in place. It includes:


Senator Serrano Meets with I LOVE NEW YORK/Empire State Development Agency in Albany

(Albany, NY)- Senator Serrano, Ranking Member on the Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks & Recreation, met with Ross Levi and Gavin Landry from the I LOVE NEW YORK/Empire State Development agency. They met with the Committee to discuss  their agency's new app designed to help promote tourism in all the regions of New York State.


Senator Serrano Joins Councilwoman Gibson & Assemblywoman Joyner's Black History Month Celebration

(Bronx, NY)- Senator Serrano joined New York City Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson and Assemblymember Latoya Joyner for their Black History Month celebration at The Bronx Museum of the Arts. The widely attended event  included an awards ceremony and musical entertainment     


Serranos Honor Exemplary African-American Leaders During their Annual Black History Month Celebration

(Bronx, NY)- Senator Serrano and his father, Congressman José E. Serrano, honored four exceptional local community leaders in their annual celebration of Black History Month at The Bronx Museum of the Arts. The honorees were  Mary E.


Senate Report Reveals Sex Offenders Living Near Pre-K and Kindergarten Programs

The State Senate recently released the report, “Keeping Our Children Safe From Sex Offenders,” that has uncovered startling violations of residency restrictions and a major loophole in New York State law. It can be viewed at

The investigation found convicted pedophiles violating state law by living within 1,000 feet of grade schools with Pre-K programs. In addition, over a dozen sex offenders are residing within 1,000 feet of stand-alone Universal Pre-K programs not attached to grade schools.

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