Wilmington, Delaware-- Senator Hugh T Farley (R) from Schenectady, NY, Vice President Pro Tempore of the Senate, received the W. Paul White Regional Leadership Award during the 55th Council of State Governments Eastern Regional Conference (CSG/ERC) Annual Meeting and Regional Policy Forum held in Wilmington, DE from August 16-19. The ERC Annual Meeting is the largest meeting of state government officials in the Northeast.
Today, August 26th, is national Women's Equality Day, which commemorates the anniversary of national women's suffrage. This day marks a turning point in history of the struggle for equal treatment of women and women's rights. This has been an historic year for New York State, as we successfully enacted several laws to help protect, strengthen and further advance women's rights.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) is pleased to announce eight libraries in his 49th Senatorial District were recently awarded public library construction funds that will allow them to improve their facilities.
“As the Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Libraries, I am pleased to see these State funds assisting our local libraries in improving the buildings that house vital information and allow organizations to keep up with the demands of their users.”
Senator Farley noted the construction grants are part of an extremely competitive process and are funded through construction moneys which are appropriated annually in the State budget. In addition, Senator Farley was able to secure some special grants for every public library in his district.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) enjoyed chatting with constituents and visiting with vendors at the annual Fulton County Office for the Aging picnic on Aug. 6th at the Concordia Club. Senator Farley and OFA Director Andrea Fettinger pose for a photo on stage at the picnic.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) enjoyed chatting with Baylee Simpson, Miss Fulton County for 2015, at the annual Fulton County Office for the Aging picnic on Aug. 6th at the Concordia Club.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) enjoyed chatting with constituents and visiting with vendors at the annual Fulton County Office for the Aging picnic on Aug. 6th at the Concordia Club. Senator Farley (middle) shares the stage with morning speakers at the OFA picnic including (left to right) Rich Giardino, Miss Fulton County Baylee Simpson, Dottie MacVean, Ellen Anadio, OFA Director Andrea Fettinger, Robin Wentworth, Greg Young, Margaret Luck, Louise Sira, Michael Smritc, Marie Bornt.
Tuesday, July 21st, kicks off the annual Saratoga County Fair. In addition to rides, games and fried food, county fairs are a great way to showcase our agricultural industry and support our local farmers.
With many people enjoying the outdoors this summer, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) wants to remind bicyclists of the importance of bike safety.
"Many people have been enjoying the local trails such as Fulton County's F J & G Bike-Hike Trail, Schenectady County's Mohawk-Hudson Bike Hike Trail and the Town of Ballston's Veterans' Memorial Bike Path," Senator Farley said. "Whether you want to explore trails in one of our region's parks or ride in your own neighborhood, safety is something to always consider."
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) reported that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate acted on an end-of-session measure that will bring $3.1 billion in new tax relief to property owners, extend the existing property tax cap to deliver additional savings and create new jobs, improve affordable housing statewide, and continue the Senate’s ongoing commitment to ensuring that every child has access to a quality education.
New Yorkers may fish for free without a license in any of the state's 7,500 lakes and ponds or 50,000 miles of rivers and streams on June 27th and 28th. In addition, there are a number of free events and fishing clinics taking place across the state to encourage New Yorkers to enjoy the great outdoors.
The New York State Senate today approved legislation (S4296B) that would require registered automobile owners to be notified of any manufacturer recalls during their annual motor vehicle inspection.
If the official inspection station finds that the motor vehicle is the subject of a safety recall, the owner would be notified in writing on the Vehicle Inspection Report that the automobile may be repaired at an authorized manufacturer dealer at no charge. As some car owners may ignore the recall notices they receive, the annual inspection would serve as an opportunity to remind them of a recall needing attention.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed legislation to help stop the spread of Lyme disease across the state. The three bills are part of the Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases’ continuing efforts to promote best practices for reducing public exposure to ticks, as well as identifying and responding to Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting the Niskayuna Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team on June 15th when they came to Capitol to be honored in the Senate Chamber. The Senator spoke to them about their winning the 2015 New York State Class A Lacrosse Championship.
The New York State Senate resolution honoring the team will be passed by the Senate in Sesson on June 16th.
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.
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.
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.