Senator Farley Encourages Reading During Summer Months

As Chairman of the Senate’s Select Committee on Libraries, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady), helped kick off the New York State Library’s Summer Reading Program today at the Schenectady County Public Library. Called “Fizz! Boom! Read!,” the program is being launched by over a thousand public libraries across the State, giving children the opportunity to access the vast resources of New York’s public libraries to support their summer reading.

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A Defense for Toxic Chemicals in Children's Products?

It’s being reported that interests opposed to a bill banning the use of hazardous chemicals in children’s products are pressing hard for the bill’s defeat. The Child Safe Product Act has 40 sponsors in the Senate, including myself. Already passed in the Assembly, the legislation would require manufacturers to phase out certain chemicals used in children's products—such as arsenic, lead and mercury.

The legislation targets the influx of products manufactured in China that contain these, and many hazardous chemicals. However, chemical manufactures are arguing that banning the use of toxic, carcinogenic chemicals in children’s toys will impact their bottom line.

I’ve been waiting 2 years to vote AYE on the bill.

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Senator Dilan Joins Communities for Change, Workers in Support of #RaiseTheWage

Senator Dilan recently joined Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, New York Communities for Change and hundreds of workers in the Capitol in support of Senate Democratic Conference efforts to #RaiseTheWage to $10.10.

The increased minimum wage would be tied to the consumer price index and give localities the ability to adjust wages by as much as 30 percent, for regional markets.

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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE GIVES FINAL PASSAGE TO A BILL THAT STOPS IDENTITY THIEVES WHO TARGET CHILDREN

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently gave final legislative passage to a bill that protects children from identity thieves who steal information to establish fraudulent financial accounts. The bill (S6682B) helps stop identity thieves from victimizing children by requiring credit agencies to place a credit record freeze on the account of a minor when requested by a parent or guardian.

Millions of Americans are victims of identity theft each year. These criminals can even target children – using a minor’s Social Security number to apply for government benefits, open bank and credit card accounts, apply for a loan or utility service, or rent a place to live.

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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES WOMEN’S EQUALITY LEGISLATION

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported that the New York State Senate recently passed three bills – all part of the Senate’s Women’s Equality Agenda – that would prevent employment discrimination against people with families, stop housing discrimination against victims of domestic violence, and ensure women receive equal pay for equal work.

STOPPING DISCRIMINATION BASED ON FAMILY STATUS

The Senate unanimously passed legislation (S5875) to help working mothers by preventing discrimination in the hiring and promotion of people with families. The bill prohibits employers from denying work or promotions based on family status, such as parents and women who are pregnant.

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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE GIVES FINAL PASSAGE TO BILL CREATING A HOMELESS VETERANS ASSISTANCE FUND

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently gave final passage to a measure that will create a Homeless Veterans Assistance Fund to support military servicemen and women who need help with housing. The bill (S4760A) allows New Yorkers to contribute to the fund when filing their personal income taxes.

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SENATOR SERRANO'S ASTHMA STUDY LEGISLATION PASSES NEW YORK STATE SENATE

(Albany, NY) - On Tuesday, June 17th, the New York State Senate passed Senator José M.

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Senator Flanagan Supports Tougher Penalties For Multiple DWI Convictions

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently voted in favor of “Vince’s Law,” a bill (S7108) that would significantly toughen criminal penalties to get persistent drunk drivers off the road.

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