Hugh T. Farley's News items

SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSES BILLS TO STRENGTHEN PENALTIES FOR CRIMES AGAINST FIREFIGHTERS AND RETIRED POLICE

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed two bills to protect the first responders and law enforcement professionals who protect our communities. The bills would strengthen penalties for individuals who obstruct critical medical emergencies or assault retired police officers in acts of revenge. 

May 22, 2015
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILL MAKING THE PROPERTY TAX CAP PERMANENT, SAVING TAXPAYERS BILLIONS OF DOLLARS EACH YEAR

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently acted on one of its top end-of-session priorities by passing legislation to make the property tax cap permanent. The bill (S5597) 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.

May 21, 2015
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SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO HONOR AND HELP VETERANS IN NEW YORK

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed several measures dedicated to improving the lives of veterans and honoring them for their exceptional service. The Senate also recently celebrated the achievements of veterans from across the state during the Senate’s annual Veterans’ Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

The New York State Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame was created to honor and recognize outstanding veterans from the Empire State who have distinguished themselves both in military and civilian life. Information about the 58 veterans inducted into the Hall of Fame will be posted at http://www.nysenate.gov/initiative/honoring-our-veterans.

May 20, 2015
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Senator Farley's Veteran Hall of Fame Inductee Highlighted on WNYT 13

I am happy to report Frank Casazza, from Indian Lake, is highlighted in this report. http://wnyt.com/article/stories/S3801362.shtml?cat=300

May 20, 2015
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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.

May 18, 2015
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES MEASURES TO PROTECT CHILDREN

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed four bills to promote the safety and well-being of children and families. The measures would prevent felons from working in child day care programs, increase penalties for child endangerment, protect consumers by preventing unauthorized vendors from selling items like baby food, and help keep military families together by eliminating deployment as a barrier to child custody.

May 14, 2015
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Sen. Farley Notes May Is Military Appreciation Month

May is designated as Military Appreciation Month, a time of remembrance of those who have served our country, and especially those who lost their lives keeping our Nation safe. 

Also, this Saturday, May 16th , is Armed Forces Day, a time set aside to pay tribute to our military personnel who currently serve in our Nation’s Armed Forces.

May 13, 2015
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Senator Farley Named Nisky Children’s Advocate As Woman of

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of honoring Deborah Gordon Mullaney of Niskayuna with the State Senate’s Woman of Distinction award on May 5th. The program honored distinguished women whose outstanding work in their communities makes them deserving of special recognition by the State Senate.

“Debby is a dynamic, dedicated and passionate civic leader as well as a valued advocate for children,” Senator Farley said. “I am honored to present this award to her.”

May 6, 2015
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILL TARGETING PROFESSIONAL SHOPLIFTERS AND OTHER ORGANIZED RETAIL CRIMINALS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed legislation (S3822) to crack down on criminals who try to avoid harsher penalties by committing retail thefts in multiple counties. The bill would allow any county in the state to prosecute someone who participates in a pattern of organized retail theft when at least one of the offenses occurs in a neighboring county.

April 28, 2015
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Senator Farley Authors Unanimously Passed Resolution Creating Blue Friday

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of continuing the tradition of Blue Friday in New York State by authoring the State Senate Resolution which passed the Senate yesterday. In addition to making Blue Friday a commemoration in New York State, it highlighted the Capital Region fund-raising event slated for Friday, April 24th.

April 23, 2015
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Senator Farley Announces Final Passage of Legislation Protecting Victims of Human Trafficking

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) is pleased to report final legislative passage of important legislation in protecting the victims of human trafficking. The Senate passed the bill in 2013 and 2014, as well as this year, and it finally passed the Assembly this week. The legislation toughens penalties against those who buy and sell young women, men, and children and reduces the stigma defendants may face when they are victims of the massive $32 billion sex trafficking industry.

March 17, 2015
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Senator Farley Salutes Women's History Month

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) notes that March is Women’s History Month.

"From the women's suffrage movement some 150 years ago to the present day, women have played a crucial role in New York State's political, social and economic development," Senator Farley said. "Our State and our Nation have been greatly strengthened by these valuable contributions, and it is important to recognize, remember and honor these contributions."

March 16, 2015
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES MEASURES TO PREVENT DRUG USE IN NEW YORK COMMUNITIES

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed two drug prevention bills to combat the spread of methamphetamine use in New York and to stop parks and playgrounds from being used by drug dealers.

Bill S1150 would deter the growing use of methamphetamine in New York by strengthening penalties for the sale and possession of meth and make them consistent with penalties for crimes involving heroin and cocaine.

March 10, 2015
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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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