Hugh T. Farley's News items

Earth Day / Arbor Day 2014: New State Budget Investments Will Promote Clean Air, Clean Water, and Healthy Communities

Since the very first Earth Day back in 1970, we have marked April 22nd as a day to celebrate the importance of our natural environment, and to rededicate ourselves to ensuring clean air and water, open spaces, and green, healthy communities.

Similarly, Arbor Day, which falls on Friday April 25th, was established in 1872 as a way to encourage farmers and homesteaders to plant trees that would provide shade, shelter, food, fuel and beauty to the nation's open spaces. In 1907, former New York Governor and U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt issued an "An Arbor Day Proclamation to the School Children of the United States" highlighting the importance of forestry and trees to our nation's well-being.

April 22, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS 2014-15 BUDGET EXPANDS ACCESS TO QUALITY HEALTH CARE, INCREASES EPIC FOR SENIORS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate passed a 2014-15 state budget that will provide record support for a wide array of lifesaving health care services in communities across the state. Among the provisions in the budget are billions of dollars to ensure quality hospitals and nursing home facilities, funding for women’s and family health initiatives, a significantly expanded EPIC program to help our seniors afford their prescription medications, and new legislation to help eliminate “surprise” out-of-network medical bills.

Investments in Health Care Facilities and Patient Care

April 1, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS 2014-2015 STATE BUDGET MAKES INVESTMENTS IN HIGHER EDUCATION

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate passed the 2014-15 State Budget which includes major investments in New York’s higher education system. Aid includes support for the Tuition Assistance Program, public and private universities, and community colleges across the state.

The budget increases base aid support for community colleges by $75 for each full-time equivalent student, which represents a total increase of $15.1 million for SUNY and CUNY community colleges.

April 1, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS 2014-15 STATE BUDGET INCLUDES FUNDING TO PROMOTE AND SUSTAIN AGRICULTURE AND FAMILY FARMING IN NEW YORK STATE

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate passed a state budget that provides millions to support and strengthen New York State’s leading industry – agriculture. The 2014-2015 state budget includes $8 million in new budget funding, the highest level in six years. Funding will go to farming programs and initiatives, as well as towards research, education, and agriculture promotion throughout New York State.

April 1, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS 2014-15 BUDGET INVESTS IN STATE PARKS AND HELPS IMPROVE ENVIRONMENTAL INFRASTRUCTURE

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced the New York State Senate passed a 2014-15 state budget that helps protect and enhance New York’s natural resources and invests in key environmental initiatives that create jobs, increase tourism, and benefit communities throughout the state. The budget includes a $9 million increase to the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), bringing the total to $162 million, while also making significant investments in improvements to state park facilities and environmental infrastructure.

April 1, 2014
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Senator Farley Announces that the State Budget Encourages Theater and Film Production in Schenectady County

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) is pleased to announce the State Budget for Fiscal Year 2014-2015 includes a tax credit for touring stage productions that hold their technical rehearsals in New York State. Proctors Theatre in Schenectady is one local organization that would benefit from that credit.

March 31, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES MANDATORY DWI TESTING AFTER SERIOUS ACCIDENTS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reports that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed legislation this week that would help convict dangerous drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The bill (S1446) would require testing drivers suspected of being under the influence when an accident occurs and results in serious injury or death.

March 26, 2014
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Senator Farley Meets with Librarians for Library Advocacy Day

Wednesday, Feb. 26th, was Library Advocacy Day in Albany and as the Chair of the Senate Select Committees on Libraries, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) met with representatives from around the State to discuss legislative initiatives and the concerns librarians have with the proposed Executive Budget for 2014-2015. Many representatives opposed Governor Cuomo’s cut in Library Aid. Last year, Senator Farley led the charge to successfully restore a $4 million increase in library aid. Unfortunately, the Governor left this funding out of his Executive Budget, resulting in another cut in aid for libraries.

February 27, 2014
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Senator Farley Suggests Healthy Heart Tips for Valentine's Day

As people wish each other a Happy Valentine’s Day, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) notes that it is also a good time to focus on your heart’s health. February is designated as American Heart Month.

“February is the month for Valentines and paper hearts, which is a good reminder to focus on the health of your real heart,” Senator Farley said, “Cardiovascular disease is something that everyone needs to be concerned about. Cardiovascular disease includes high blood pressure, coronary heart disease; congestive heart failure and stroke.”

February 14, 2014
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Economic Development Joint Legislative Budget Hearing Slated for Feb. 10th

The 11th Joint Legislative Hearing in a series of 13 hearings will be held on Monday, February 10th.

During the Economic Development Hearing, which is part of the legislative process to review the 2014-2015 Executive Budget, testimony will be taken by the Senate and Assembly fiscal committees from Empire State Development and representatives of economic development advocacy organizations.

These joint legislative hearings will continue through Tuesday, February 11th, and are available for live viewing on the Senate and Assembly websites, but will be preempted when the houses are in Session. At the conclusion of the legislative deliberations, live televised coverage of the hearings will resume.

February 7, 2014
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JOINT LEGISLATIVE BUDGET HEARINGS CONTINUE ON TUESDAY, FEB. 4TH

The sixth Joint Legislative Budget Hearing, in a series of 13 hearings, will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, February 4th, at 9:30 a.m.

During the Housing Hearing, which is part of the legislative process to review the 2014-2015 Executive Budget, housing officials and representatives of affordable housing advocacy organizations will have an opportunity to address the Senate and Assembly fiscal committees.

The seventh Joint Legislative Budget Hearing -- the Human Services Hearing -- is part of the legislative process to review the 2014-2015 Executive Budget. It will be held at 1 p.m. and human service agency officials and representatives of human service advocacy organizations will have an opportunity to address the Senate and Assembly fiscal committees.

February 3, 2014
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JOINT LEGISLATIVE BUDGET SCHEDULE

An agreement between the New York State Senate and the Assembly on a joint Legislative State budget schedule has been made. The deadlines that are set will lead to the adoption of a fourth consecutive early state budget.

The agreed-to legislative budget schedule for 2014 is as follows:

On or before

 * February 25th -- Senate/Assembly Fiscal Committee Economic & Revenue Reports Released

 * February 26th -- Joint Revenue Forecasting Conference

 * March 1st -- Revenue Consensus Report

 * March 12th -- Senate & Assembly budget actions

 * March 12th -- Joint Senate/Assembly budget conference committees commence

 * March 19th -- Final Report of Joint Conference Committee

February 3, 2014
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Health-Medicaid Joint Legislative Budget Hearing Slated for Feb. 3rd

The fifth Joint Legislative Hearing, in a series of 13 hearings, will be held today, Monday, February 3rd.

During the Health-Medicaid hearing, which is part of the legislative process to review the 2014-2015 Executive Budget, health agency officials and representatives of health advocacy organizations will have an opportunity to address the Senate and Assembly fiscal committees.

These joint legislative hearings will continue through Tuesday, February 11th, and are available for live viewing on the Senate and Assembly websites, but will be preempted when the houses are in session. At the conclusion of the legislative deliberations, live televised coverage of the hearings will resume.

 

February 3, 2014
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Senator Farley Encourages Constituents to Use Libraries on Feb. 1st

Did you know Saturday, February 1st, is Take Your Child to the Library Day? In its third year, the day promotes spending time with your family and utilizing the many services local libraries have to offer.

January 30, 2014
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Elementary and Secondary Education Joint Legislative Budget Hearing Slated

The second Joint Legislative Hearing, in a series of 13 hearings, will be held today, Tuesday, January 28.

During the Elementary and Secondary Education hearing, which is part of the legislative process to review the 2014-2015 Executive Budget, education officials and representatives of education advocacy organizations will have an opportunity to address the Senate and Assembly fiscal committees.

These joint legislative hearings will continue through Tuesday, February 11 and are available for live viewing on the Senate and Assembly websites, but will be preempted when the houses are in session. At the conclusion of the legislative deliberations, live televised coverage of the hearings will resume.

 

January 28, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY PLEASED GOVERNOR SIGNS LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN OVERSIGHT OF PET DEALERS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) is pleased that the governor signed into law an important bill that he supported to better protect animals.

Legislation that was signed into law helps protect the health and safety of dogs and cats across New York State by authorizing local municipalities to adopt more stringent laws to regulate pet dealers.

The law authorizes municipal governments to enact more stringent laws than those currently existing at the state level by removing the current preemption on municipalities to enact their own laws regulating or licensing pet dealers. Any new local ordinance must be at least as stringent as state law and must not result in the banning of the sale of dogs and cats raised in a safe and healthy manner.

January 12, 2014
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Statement from Senator Farley Regarding the 2014 State-of-the-State Address

The Governor gave his State-of-the State Address on Wednesday January 8th, an outline of his goals for the year. It also kicks off the 2014 Legislative Session. You can read his written message by clicking here: http://www.governor.ny.gov/assets/documents/2014-SOS-Book.pdf

In the New York State Senate, my colleagues and I will work with the Governor and Assembly to pass another on-time budget, building on our previous passage of three consecutive early budgets.

We will be looking to pass a budget that controls spending and reduces taxes, while still making important investments in our future.

January 8, 2014
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December 19, 2013
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Senator Farley and Colleagues Introduce Bill That Would Create Disaster Fund

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) and several Senate colleagues who represent the Mohawk Valley and Niagara County have introduced legislation that would create a state disaster recovery fund.

The bill (S.5987) would create a supplemental fund to provide individual assistance, public assistance and hazard mitigation after a natural or man-made disaster. Aid would be available for a variety of disaster-related expenses, including home repairs and medical expenses for individuals. Municipalities would be eligible to receive funds for such items as public services expenses and debris removal. Infrastructure grants would be available to public schools.

December 3, 2013
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Senator Farley Promotes Supporting Small Businesses

As the holiday shopping season officially is under way with today’s “Black Friday” events, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) strongly suggests people to shop locally on Saturday, November 30th, which is also known as “Small Business Saturday.”

“Small businesses truly are the backbone of our communities,” Senator Farley said. “We rely on small businesses as the economic engine to keep New Yorkers working and raising their families here in New York State.”

To learn more about the Small Business Saturday initiative, Senator Farley recommends visiting http://www.sba.gov/about-sba/sba_initiatives/small_business_saturday_2013

 

November 29, 2013
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