With October being National Fire Safety Month and residents preparing homes for the winter months, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) and the Tribes Hill Fire Department will co-host their third annual Fire Safety Expo on October 24th, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the fire department located at 280 Mohawk Drive, Tribes Hill. All interested persons are welcome to attend.
"Protecting our loved ones is the responsibility of every parent, neighbor and citizen," Senator Farley said.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) described this weekend's brutal beating and robbery of an 88-year-old Rotterdam woman as "a tragic reminder" of the need for increased penalties for criminals who commit crimes against the elderly.
He called on the State Assembly to pass "Granny's Law," which would classify assault against a vulnerable elderly person as a violent felony, punishable by up to seven years in prison without parole.
Governor Eliot Spitzer announced today that the Office for Small Cities and Empire State Development (ESD) are providing more than $1.1 million in economic development aid to help businesses in Schenectady, St. Lawrence and Wayne Counties create and retain nearly 160 jobs. The funding will help local businesses provide health care and other benefits, upgrade facilities and equipment, and invest in workforce training.
The state grants have been awarded to Newton Falls Fine Paper, LLC in Clifton, CEL Packing, LLC in Wolcott, and Duanesburg Area Community Center, Inc. in Duanesburg.
Following the Governor's veto of legislation protecting health insurance coverage for public sector retirees, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) has called for creation of an expert task force to recommend a solution to the issue by the next Legislative Session.
"Health insurance is crucially important for our retirees," Senator Farley noted, "with some telling me that access to affordable health care is perhaps more valuable to them than even their pensions.
New York State Canal Corporation Director Carmella R. Mantello today joined representatives from the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, Parks & Trails New York, State and local officials and community organizers at Mabee Farm Historic Site in Rotterdam Junction, Schenectady County, to kick off the 2nd annual Canal Splash!
Canal Splash! is a weekend-long celebration of the history, culture, recreational appeal and beauty of the New York State Canal System, the Canalway Trail and the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) announced that the 2007-08 Budget approved by the Senate and Assembly includes $2.62 million for 150 Senate "member initiatives" which he recommended for libraries, schools, local governments, fire departments, and nonprofit groups in his four-county Senate District. Senator Farley represents Fulton, Montgomery, Schenectady and part of Saratoga Counties.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) has obtained $165,000 for public safety programs in the City of Schenectady, most of which will be used to expand surveillance camera coverage to additional neighborhoods.
Three classes from the Corinth school district created special historical displays for State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) during Women's History Month this past spring. The Senator promised the children he would display them at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site as part of Ft. Hunter's Canal Days celebration. Hours of the exhibit will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 14th.
The exhibit was on display at Corinth Middle School in May.
"The children did a fabulous job with this assignment," Senator Farley said.
Now that summer is here, many residents and visitors like to spend their time on this State's great waterways. While a recent news article reported the number of zebra mussels has recently declined in nearby Lake George, boaters still need to remember to be careful when they move their boats so that they don’t inadvertently transport zebra mussels and aquatic weeds from one body of water to another.
Zebra mussel larvae can be carried in a boat bilge, live wells and engine cooling systems.
Ten school districts and local governments in the four-county 44th State Senate District have been awarded Documentary Heritage grants totaling nearly $234,000. The grants were made by the New York State Archives using funds from the Local Government Records Management Improvement Fund. They are used to enhance public access to government records.
"People have the right to know what their government does," said State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R-C, Schenectady), who helped establish the grant program in 1989.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) is teaming up with the Village of Northville for a Family Day in the Park event on Sunday, July 1st, from 3 to 8 p.m. in the Waterfront Park located behind the Main Street businesses in Northville.
This event is the official opening of the park for the 2007 summer season. Musical entertainment will be provided by various Sacandaga Valley Arts Network (SVAN) musicians, local church choirs, and the Actors Company. The classic rock group, The Bel-Aires, will perform from 5 to 7 p.m.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) is teaming up with the Hagaman Volunteer Fire Department to host a Home Safety Day on Saturday, June 30th, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the fire department, located at 126 South Pawling Street, Hagaman.
This event is being held in conjunction with the fire department's annual car and bike show. A time line of events includes:
* 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., registration and parking of vehicles for the car and bike show
* 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., car and bike show, with prizes awarded at 3 p.m.
The State Senate has unanimously passed a special budget amendment (S.6063) to appropriate $350,000 for the Schenectady Free Clinic. The legislation would restore State funding which was unexpectedly withdrawn by Governor Spitzer earlier this year.
"The Free Clinic is a national model in successfully delivering cost-effective patient-centered health care," said State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady), sponsor of the legislation. "I'm pleased that the Senate has acted to save the Clinic."
The Clinic was created by legislation authored by Senator Farley in 2002.
My colleagues and I in the Senate recently passed a comprehensive higher education package that would make obtaining a college education more affordable for New York’s students and help families with soaring tuition expenses.
My colleagues and I in the New York State Senate recently passed legislation that could potentially result in the elimination of residential school property taxes.
Called the New York Stop Taxing Our Property Reform Plan, it would give school districts the authority to eliminate residential property taxes over five years, with revenue replaced by additional State funding; impose an immediate freeze on property tax assessments for seniors; create a Blue Ribbon Commission on Property Tax Reform and enact comprehensive mandate relief measures to help lower costs for school
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) announced that the Senate is expected to pass legislation tomorrow exempting Bellevue Woman's Hospital from the closure requirements of the Berger Commission. The bill (S.847) has been strongly supported by many womens' organizations.
"This legislation recognizes that the Berger Commission made a mistake -- decreeing closure of this important womens' health care facility on the basis of misinformation and incorrect data," Senator Farley explained.
Yesterdaythe legislature passed a bill sponsored by Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C-Schenectady) and Assemblyman Paul D. Tonko (D-Amsterdam) which enables localities to allow veterans who qualify for a veterans' real property tax exemption to take advantage of the value of that exemption as of the date they purchase property. Currently, they must wait until the next taxable status date to have the exemption applied to taxes. The bill is designed to assist veterans who need this now more than ever.
Typically, less than five percent of eligible people donate blood. What that means, according to the American Red Cross, is that there is often an inadequate blood supply due to the lack of donations.
As a member of the New York State Senate Health Committee, I have met several times with representatives of the American Red Cross Blood Services, New York - Penn Region, about this issue. They have related to me stories of patients who have received a second lease on life because of blood transfusions.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) will honor Fulton County Judge Polly Hoye as a recipient of the New York State Senate’s annual "Women of Distinction" award at a ceremony to be held on Tuesday, June 5th, in Albany.
The program honors distinguished women whose outstanding work in their communities makes them deserving of special recognition by the State Senate.
"Polly Hoye was the first female district attorney and first female judge in Fulton County.
It’s hard to believe, but it is true. Fifty years after the 1963 Equal Pay Act was signed into law, pay discrimination in the workplace still exists in America.
In June, the Senate unanimously passed legislation to strengthen New York’s laws and ensure that women receive equal pay for equal work. However, action is still needed by the State Assembly on this bill.