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Senator Hugh T. Farley Receives 2015 W. Paul White Award

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.  

August 26, 2015
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Senator Farley Announces Rexford Bridge Project Awarded Construction Contract

I am pleased to report that the long-awaited, and long-needed, replacement of the Rexford Bridge is finally taking place, as a construction contract has just been awarded for this project.

It is hoped that some construction could begin this fall, with a planned completion by the end of 2017.

August 18, 2015
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Senator Farley Announces Local County Fair Dates

 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.

Located not far from my District Office in Ballston Spa, the fair promises to have numerous days of fun-filled activities and educational events. For a list of activities at the fair, visit http://saratogacountyfair.org/. For FaceBook users, the Saratoga County fair also has a page located at https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Saratoga-County-Fair/204018675824

July 14, 2015
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Senator Farley Reflects on New York's Role in the Birth of This Nation

Independence Day is the anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

"As one of the original 13 states, New York played a key role in helping construct the freedoms and rights we all appreciate as Americans," Senator Farley said.

Five days after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, New Yorkers abandoned the British Provincial Congress and formed their own Convention of the Representatives of the State of New York.

"New Yorkers also had the privilege of seeing the American flag christened when the Stars and Stripes was first flown in battle at Fort Stanwix in Rome," Senator Farley said.

July 1, 2015
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO PROTECT SENIOR CITIZENS FROM ABUSE AND EXPLOITATION

 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.

June 16, 2015
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE NEW YORK’S AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced that he and his collegues in the New York State Senate recently passed legislation to help keep the state’s agricultural industry booming. Among the seven bills passed, two were given final passage and will be sent to the Governor for consideration. The agricultural industry has a substantial impact on the overall economic health and wellbeing of the state, and the measures passed today will help ensure that this industry will continue to thrive.

June 11, 2015
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SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSES MEASURES TO SUPPORT AND HELP VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS AND OTHER EMERGENCY RESPONDERS

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 that recognize the daily sacrifice and courage of volunteer firefighters and other emergency responders by offering them additional tax credits and education benefits.

June 10, 2015
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Senator Farley Salutes Sawyer

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) is pleased to announce the passage of a Senate Resolution honoring the local teen Sawyer Fredericks for representing upstate New York on “The Voice” television show recently.

“What a terrific young man,” Senator Farley said. “I am pleased that he won the high-profiled contest, but am also proud of him coming back to the region and saying ‘thank you’ to the communities that supported him throughout the process.”

Sixteen-year-old Sawyer performed at Saratoga Performing Arts Center last weekend and was in Fulton County’s Northville on June 4th at local businesses meeting fans.

Sawyer and his mother, Kirsten Fredericks, were on hand during the resolution vote at the Capitol this afternoon.

 

June 9, 2015
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILL TO HELP SUPPORT ALZHEIMER’S AND DEMENTIA PATIENTS AND THEIR CAREGIVERS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed legislation to help assist and support individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The bill (S3968) would create a dementia and Alzheimer’s disease program database to help coordinate resources available to patients and caregivers.

There are many programs across the state that are designed to assist and support individuals with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Innovative ideas are implemented at the local level, but it can be difficult for groups in other areas of the state to find out about them.

June 9, 2015
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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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