Senator Farley Inducts Hamilton County Veteran Into Senate Hall of Fame

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of inducting Major Frank Casazza, of Indian Lake, Hamilton County, into the New York State Senate’s Veterans’ Hall of Fame on May 19th at a ceremony at the Legislative Office Building in Albany.

"We all know and appreciate our veterans for keeping our country safe and free," Senator Farley said, "but we need to take the time to tell them. This Hall of Fame is the Senate’s way of saying 'thank you' -- that all of your sacrifices were worth it."

Casazza volunteered for the Army Air Corp Air Cadet Program during WWII, and two weeks after graduating from high school, was in basic training. On August 21, 1944, Frank earned his wings as an Army Air Corps Navigator. He was 19 years old.

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SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSES BILL TO CREATE A REGISTRY OF VIOLENT OFFENDERS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently approved The Domestic Violence Protection Act –Brittany’s Law, a bill that would increase the safety and awareness of communities by increasing access to information about convicted violent felons. The bill (S513) would create a publicly accessible registry of all individuals convicted of a violent felony and allow local law enforcement to keep track of their location.

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New York State Senate Passes Senator Serrano's Bill Designed to Prohibit Littering on State Park Lands

(Albany, NY) - On Wednesday, May 20th, the New York State Senate passed Senator Serrano's bill, S956, designed to help keep our beloved state parks and historic sites clean and beautiful by prohibiting littering on state park lands. 

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Senator Serrano Demands Fairer Wages for Our fast Food Workers

(Albany, NY) - Senator Serrano joined colleagues and advocates at a very important press conference demanding fairer wages for our fast food workers. 

"Governor Cuomo took historic action by convening a wage board to determine the minimum wage for our struggling fast food workers," said Senator Serrano. "This action also served as a major boost for our ongoing fight for $15 an hour for the thousands of hard working New Yorkers across our state. Fairer wages can lift so many working families out of poverty, and I encourage the newly impaneled wage board to consider economic benefits not just for the workers, but for the communities they call home."

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Senate Passes Legislation Making The Property Tax Cap Permanent

The New York State Senate today acted on one of its top end-of-session priorities by passing legislation to make the property tax cap permanent.  The bill (S5597), sponsored by Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-C-I, East Northport), would prevent the planned expiration of the tax cap to continue saving taxpayers billions of dollars each year, increase investments by businesses, and create more jobs.

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Senator Serrano's Park Protection Legislation Passes State Senate

(Albany, NY) - On Monday, May 18th, the New York State Senate passed Senator José M.

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Statement from Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan

With the end of the Legislative session quickly approaching, there are just 15 session days remaining to do the people’s business and conclude our work for the year.  That’s not a lot of time, but it’s enough to make a difference in the lives of hardworking New Yorkers and their families. 

First and foremost, we should make the property tax cap permanent in New York.  Doing so will bring certainty to taxpayers, help create good jobs and grow our economy for the future.  To that end, the Senate will act as early as this week to make the current property tax cap permanent in New York State.

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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILLS TO PROTECT VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND CHILD ABUSE

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed two measures to strengthen protections for victims of domestic violence and children at risk of abuse. The bills would create new safeguards for victims who testify against their abusers in court, as well as establish a commission to study and recommend methods of preventing child abuse in New York.

Statistics show that violent attacks against women are often committed by their domestic partners or someone close to them. As a result, these individuals fear reprisal and are less likely to testify against their abusers in court.

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SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSES BILL TO CONTINUE HELPING GROUND ZERO WORKERS SUFFERING FROM SEPTEMBER 11th RELATED HEALTH ISSUES

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed a bill to continue the September 11th Worker Protection Task Force Act for another five years and help those who have been afflicted with a disability as a result of working at the World Trade Center and other sites. The bill (S4711) would enable the Task Force to continue its work past the current authorization date of June 10, 2015.

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SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSES BILL TO CONTINUE HELPING GROUND ZERO WORKERS SUFFERING FROM SEPTEMBER 11th RELATED HEALTH ISSUES

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed a bill to continue the September 11th Worker Protection Task Force Act for another five years and help those who have been afflicted with a disability as a result of working at the World Trade Center and other sites. The bill (S4711) would enable the Task Force to continue its work past the current authorization date of June 10, 2015.

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