Hugh T. Farley's News items

SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TARGETING CYBER TERRORISM

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:

February 26, 2015
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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 http://www.nysenate.gov/files/pdfs/Keeping_our_Children_Safe.pdf

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.

February 23, 2015
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NYS Senate Celebrates Black History Month

In New York State, the month of February is designated as Black History Month. This an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their contributions in U.S. and our State's history. For more information, visit http://www.paththroughhistory.ny.gov/itineraries/civil-rights and http://www.africanamericanhistorymonth.gov/

February 11, 2015
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National Wear Red Day Highlights Heart Disease

If you see a lot of people wearing red today, Feb. 5th, it is because today is National Wear Red Day. For more information on heart disease, visit https://www.goredforwomen.org/home/know-your-risk/

February 6, 2015
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SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSES THE CRIMINAL STREET GANG ACT

For far too long, gang violence has posed a threat to public safety and security, while also wreaking havoc on local neighborhoods, families and young New Yorkers.

That's why I was proud to recently support legislation that provides a comprehensive structure for the prosecution and prevention of criminal gang activity.

The New York State Criminal Street Gang Act would:

• increase penalties for gang-related violence;

• provide gang prevention programs in schools;

• establish a new gang prevention fund; and

February 3, 2015
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Honor Veterans on Tuesday, Senator Farley Notes History Behind Holiday

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) reminds constituents that Tuesday, November 11th, is Veterans Day.

"Veterans Day essentially dates back to November 11, 1919. On that day, our nation first observed Armistice Day. This holiday sought to remember and celebrate the end of World War I, which occurred in 1918 on the eleventh day of the eleventh month on the eleventh hour. That is why many people observe a moment of silence at 11 a.m. In 1954, Armistice Day was re-designated as Veterans Day to honor and remember the sacrifices of all the men and women who have served our country in the military," Senator Farley said.

November 10, 2014
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Senator Farley Honored by Ballston Community Library

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) was deeply honored on October 7th when the Town of Ballston Community Library dedicated its new color digital sign to him for his unwavering support of libraries over the years.

The two existing exterior signs were replaced by the single digital sign, paid for in large part by a grant obtained by Senator Farley. The library trustees and staff worked with the Town of Ballston to assure that the sign would meet town guidelines and be a good fit for the neighborhood. Because it is programmable, it can be turned off at night to ensure that it will not disturb library neighbors.

October 8, 2014
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Town of Ballston Community Library to Honor Senator Farley

From http://toblibrary.sals.edu/ : The Town of Ballston Community Library Board of Trustees will recognize Senator Hugh Farley for his 34 years of ongoing support of public libraries with a presentation at 3 PM on Tuesday, October 7th. The 2013 Bullet Aid made it possible for the library to purchase a new digital sign.

October 7, 2014
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October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

ecent headlines have reminded all of us of the continuing problem of domestic violence, which rips apart the very fabric of families. It can afflict every segment of society and knows no economic, ethnic or geographic boundaries. While progress has been made in reducing these shameful crimes, more work must be done.

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month provides an opportunity to call attention to this problem and to the programs and services which are available to help victims.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline can be reached at 1-800-799-7233. The number for the New York State hotline is 1-800-942-6906.

October 2, 2014
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Senator Farley Reminds Constituents To Be Prepared For Possible Emergencies

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reminds constituents that September is designated as National Preparedness Month.

“With the volatile weather we have had over the past several years,” Senator Farley said, “We should be prepared in case a disaster -- natural or man-made -- happens.”

To highlight the designation of September as National Preparedness Month, Senator Farley offers the following tips:

September 4, 2014
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Senator Farley Participates in Airport Hangar Groundbreaking Ceremony

As seen in the Times Union article, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) recently enjoyed participating in the ground breaking ceremony for the new aircraft hangar at Schenectady County Airport on July 31st. Once completed, the new facility will double the current hangar capacity. The Times Union article can be accessed by visiting http://www.timesunion.com/business/article/Photos-New-aircraft-hangar-5660943.php#photo-6667873

August 4, 2014
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Senator Farley Says Beware E-ZPass E-mail Scam

Many New Yorkers have received an e-mail claiming to be from E-ZPass and saying they owe money for unpaid tolls.

If you receive this e-mail, which appears official-looking, do not open or respond to it. It is not from E-ZPass and should be deleted. To see an example of this email, click here.

If you have an E-ZPass account and have any questions about its status, call 1-800-333-8655.

 

July 14, 2014
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Senator Farley Offers Information on Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease continues to spread throughout New York State. Since 1986, about 100,000 cases have been confirmed in New York. It seems that everyone has had a personal experience with Lyme Disease or knows someone who has been infected with this illness, which in some cases can be seriously debilitating.

The New York State Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases has just issued an important report and action plan designed to enhance research, prevention, diagnosis and treatments for harmful tick-borne illnesses. The report’s recommendations focus on the need for:

     • Additional research and data about past, current and future disease trends;

     • Increased public awareness as the diseases spread to new communities;

July 9, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE GIVES FINAL PASSAGE TO BILL ADDING 25 NEW FAMILY COURT JUDGES THAT INCLUDES JUDGESHIP FOR SCHENECTADY

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced the New York State Senate gave final legislative passage today to legislation (S7883) that would help alleviate a backlog of cases in the state’s family courts by creating 25 new family court judgeships. One new judgeship would be established in each of 16 counties, and nine in New York City.

New family court judges would be elected in 2014 in Albany, Broome, Chautauqua, Franklin, Nassau, Oneida, Oswego, Schenectady, Suffolk, Ulster and Westchester counties, and take office January 1, 2015.

New family court judges would be elected in 2015 and seated in 2016 in Delaware, Dutchess, Erie, Monroe, and Warren counties.

June 20, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES COMPREHENSIVE PACKAGE TO ADDRESS STATEWIDE HEROIN AND OPIOID CRISIS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reports the New York State Senate passed a comprehensive package of bills to address the growing heroin and opioid crisis. The measures target prevention, treatment, and enforcement issues raised during extensive testimony provided by dozens of experts, parents, and concerned New Yorkers at the 18 forums held by the Senate Majority Coalition’s Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction.

 

June 20, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILL TO CLARIFY AGGRAVATED HARASSMENT LAW

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced thhe New York State Senate passed legislation (S7734A) that would clarify a state law related to the crime of Aggravated Harassment in the Second Degree, that was declared unconstitutional by the state Court of Appeals last year.

The bill addresses concerns cited by the Court and restores Aggravated Harassment in the Second Degree, which was a charge used thousands of times in cases of domestic violence. The Court ruled the law was vague and too broad.

This bill approved by the Senate will criminalize harassing communications that threaten to cause physical harm to a victim or the victim’s property where a defendant knows or should know that the communication will cause the victim to fear such harm.

June 20, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILL TO PROTECT SCHOOL CHILDREN WITH SEVERE ALLERGIES

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed legislation (S7262A) that authorizes schools to have and administer the life saving medicine, epinephrine, when a student has a severe allergic reaction.

According to Food Allergy Education and Research, food allergies affect one in every 13 children in the United States -- estimated to be two children per classroom. Allergic reactions can range from mild skin rashes to severe anaphylaxis -- a full-body and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction that can stop respiration and heartbeat within seconds. Among these children who have food allergies, 40 percent have already experienced severe allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis.

June 20, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE RELEASES TASK FORCE REPORT & RECOMMENDATIONS TO ADDRESS LYME AND TICK-BORNE DISEASES

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reports the New York State Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases recently released a report and legislation that provides a comprehensive set of recommendations for a state action plan to enhance research, prevention, diagnosis and treatment for harmful tick-borne illnesses. To date in 2014, more than 450 new cases of Lyme disease have been reported in New York alone, and the number is expected to continue rising each year as disease-laden ticks spread to more communities.

June 19, 2014
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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.

June 17, 2014
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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.

June 17, 2014
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