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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO BOOST LOCAL AGRICULTURAL PURCHASES

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed the “Buy From the Backyard Act” to promote the purchase of locally grown and produced food. The bill (S978) would require that state agencies allocate 20 percent of their total contracts for food from within New York State.

The bill expands upon an existing law, which creates a program that encourages the purchase of local food products by state agencies. Mental health facilities, prisons, universities and state institutions that have food contracts would need at least 20 percent of the purchases to be grown, produced, harvested or processed in New York State.

The bill has been sent to the Assembly.

 

June 11, 2014
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Senator Farley Inducts Malta Veteran into Senate Hall of Fame

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of inducting David T. Wallingford of Malta into the New York State Senate’s Veterans’ Hall of Fame on May 20th at a ceremony at the Legislative Office Building in Albany.

May 21, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILL TO PROTECT STUDENTS FROM SEXUAL PREDATORS AT SCHOOL

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed legislation criminalizing any school employee or volunteer who has sexual contact with a student, even if that student is at the age of consent. The bill (S1358A) is intended to further protect full-time students of elementary and secondary schools from employees who engage in inappropriate relationships.

This bill deems an elementary or secondary school student incapable of consenting to sexual conduct with a school employee -- banning sexual conduct between a school employee and a student. Violations would be a Class E felony and carry a sentence of up to 4 years in prison.

May 20, 2014
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Senator Farley Names Clifton Park Physician As a Woman of Distinction

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of naming Constance Glasgow of Clifton Park as a New York State Senate Woman of Distinction. A ceremony will take place in Albany on May 13th.

“Dr. Glasgow has an extremely busy career, but takes time to volunteer in her community and also to mentor young women who are interested in going in the health care field,” Senator Farley said. “She is a remarkable woman and I am proud to honor her as a Senate Woman of Distinction.”

The Senate's "Women of Distinction" program was created in 1998 to honor New York women who exemplify personal excellence, or whose professional achievements, acts of courage, selflessness, integrity or perseverance serve as an inspiration to all New Yorkers.

May 14, 2014
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Senator Farley Inducts Malta Veteran into Senate Hall of Fame

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) will have the pleasure of inducting David T. Wallingford of Malta into the New York State Senate’s Veterans’ Hall of Fame on May 20th at a ceremony at the Legislative Office Building in Albany.

May 12, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE APPROVES BILLS TO FIGHT AUTO INSURANCE FRAUD

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate passed legislation to crack down on criminals and scam artists who commit auto insurance fraud that costs New Yorkers billion of dollars in higher insurance premiums, and has caused serious injuries and death to innocent victims.

The bills would significantly reduce auto insurance scams by increasing penalties for those who commit or assist in the fraud.

It has been almost 11 years since the tragic death of Alice Ross, a 71-year-old wife and grandmother who was killed as the result of a fraud-related, staged auto accident in Queens. One of the criminals drove into her car, causing her to lose control of her vehicle, strike a tree and die.

May 8, 2014
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SENATOR FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILL TO INCREASE PUNISHMENT OF PERSISTENT CRIMINAL OFFENDERS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate passed legislation (S3074) that would authorize courts to charge criminals with a felony if they are charged with a misdemeanor after three prior misdemeanor convictions. The bill would address the issue of criminal offenders who persistently commit misdemeanor crimes, including sex offenses, yet avoid more severe felony prison sentences, leaving them free to commit additional crimes.

May 8, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILL TO CREATE WEBSITE FOR WOMEN’S HEALTH

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced the New York State Senate recently passed legislation (S3817) that would direct the New York State Department of Health (DOH) to establish an internet website devoted to women's health initiatives.

The website would provide crucial and timely information on health issues and initiatives for women. The availability of such educational materials and resources will help raise awareness among women in the state of New York, while also encouraging use of services that are widely available.

May 8, 2014
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Senator Farley’s Community Service Legislation Passes Senate

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that the Senate today passed legislation allowing schools the option of requiring students to perform community service as an alternative to being suspended.

“Our bill would provide schools with greater flexibility in disciplining students,” Senator Farley said. “While suspension may be appropriate in many cases, there are other situations where an alternate approach may be more effective and more beneficial to both the student and the affected community.”

Under current law, schools impose a variety of penalties to students that include detention, in-school suspension and out-of-school suspension.

May 7, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSES BILL TO PROHIBIT REGISTERED SEX OFFENDERS FROM OPERATING A SCHOOL BUS OR PASSENGER BUS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced recently that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed legislation (S1519) that would keep communities safer from sexual predators by prohibiting registered sex offenders from working as bus drivers.

Under the provisions of the bill, the Department of Motor Vehicles is prohibited from issuing or renewing a commercial driver's license to operate a passenger or school bus to any individual who is required to register as a sex offender.

The bill was sent to the Assembly.

 

April 30, 2014
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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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