State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady), Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno and other state lawmakers today joined with the family of Jonathan Carey to call on the Inspector General to investigate the Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD) and the Commission on Quality Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities (CQC) following the alleged mistreatment of 13 year old Jonathan Carey at the Anderson School, which led to his transfer to another facility and, ultimately, his tragic death.
My colleagues and I in the New York State Senate have been diligently going over the Executive budget proposal and are deeply concerned with several provisions, including the cuts to nursing homes and local hospitals. The Senate has passed its own budget -- a plan that will be fair to all New Yorkers.
When talking to constituents, I frequently hear concerns about high taxes, education and jobs.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) announced that Rosa Rivera of Amsterdam has been selected as an Outstanding Adult Student award recipient for 2007 by the New York Association of Continuing/Community Education (NYACCE).
Senator Farley recently met with Ms. Rivera at the Legislative Office Building in Albany and congratulated her on her achievements. "What an amazing woman," Senator Farley said. "She had to leave high school to help her parents support her family but never left the love of learning behind."
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) announced with fellow members of the New York State Senate Majority Conference that their new State Budget proposal includes a $10 million financial assistance package to help counties throughout Upstate New York that were impacted by the devastating floods which occurred in June and November of 2006.
The Senate's budget also includes a provision that will help to provide additional State aid to school districts in areas that suffered a reduction in property values of three percent or more as a result of the flooding.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) asks constituents to help support the New York State Maple Producers Association by patronizing local maple providers during their annual New York State Maple Weekends on March 17 - 18 and again on March 24 - 25.
"This is the time of year when maple providers tap trees and produce great maple products such as candy, syrup and ice cream," Senator Farley said. "There are over 100 producers in New York State and everything they produce is local.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) informs constituents that March 12th is the 95th anniversary of the Girl Scouts organization.
"Founded in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low, the Girl scouts was established to help girls build character and skills for success," Senator Farley said. According to the Girl Scouts website, www.girlscouts.org, the original membership of 18 girls in 1912 has grown to 3.6 million girls worldwide in 2007.
"There have been many famous women who were once Girl Scouts," Senator Farley said. "Lt. Col.
The Senate Majority recently issued a new report entitled, "Protecting Children in the Internet Age," that calls for aggressive measures to protect children throughout New York from the dangers posed by Internet predators, child pornography and child sexual abuse.
The report comes just days after a major international child pornography ring was uncovered involving more than 2,360 suspects in 77 countries, with news that the FBI is now investigating approximately 600 suspects in the United States.
I recently met with several local small business leaders, including aSchenectady businessman who is this year’s Chairman of the LeadershipCouncil of the National Federation of Independent Business. During ourmeeting, we discussed two of the biggest concerns of small businessestoday, which are health insurance costs and workers’ compensation costs. I am pleased to report that, a couple of days after this meeting,agreement was reached on reforming New York’s workers’ compensation laws.This has long been a priority of mine.
On Feb. 27th, new owner of the Amsterdam Mohawks baseball team David Dittman and Brian Spagnola, general manager of the Mohawk Baseball Club, visited Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) in Albany and showed the Senator the new plans future plans for the stadium located at Shuttleworth Park, Amsterdam, and the ball club's entry in the New York Collegiate Baseball League.
Over the past few years, Senator Farley has been able to secure several legislative grants for improvements to Shuttleworth Park and athletic fields.
As part of New York State's celebration of Women's History Month, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) is proud to announce Johnstown business woman Rose Knox was inducted into the Senate's historical "Women of Distinction" exhibit.
"Last year, I asked students to participate in a Women's History Month project that I hosted where they would create posters, essays and collages of famous local historical women," Senator Farley said. "Many of the children wrote about Rose Knox.
As we continue to hear about the theft of personal information of local shoppers that occurred when the computer system of T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and A.J. Wright were compromised, I cannot stress enough the importance of keeping an eye on your credit history and knowing your own credit report. By keeping tabs on what your credit is, you will know if someone has taken your identity and charged up your credit.
Ruined credit and identity theft are serious issues that take a lot of effort and time on the part of the victim to correct.
Over the past few weeks, my New York State Senate colleagues and I have outlined several new and exciting initiatives that we will tackle during this current Legislative Session. Many of our goals revolve around lowering taxes.
One of our main initiatives is to significantly expand the Senate-initiated property tax relief rebate program to provide $2.6 billion in property tax relief this year and $3.4 billion in 2008.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) reminds motorists who received vehicle inspection stickers in January and February 2006 with staggered expiration dates that the inspection will expire at the end of the month instead of the specific date stamped on the sticker.
"For all vehicles that received a January or February sticker that has no computer printing and instead has the three pre-printed date boxes at the top of the sticker, the inspection will actually expire at the end of the month just as it has in previous years," Senator Farley said.
“As we watch the unprecedented demographic shift in America, the most visible sign of which is the aging of the baby-boom generation, we understand that new approaches are required to seize the opportunities and meet the challenges that accompany this tremendous change,” said Neal E. Lane, director of the New York State Office for the Aging.
Recognizing that agriculture is one of the top industries in Fulton and Montgomery Counties, and that the Fonda Fair is an important economic generator in its own right, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) was able to secure a $100,000 grant in early August for the clean-up of the Fonda Fairgrounds.
Senator Farley officially presented the check to Fonda Fair organizers on August 31st at the main entrance Fairgrounds.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) joins Governor George E. Pataki in announcing that a new high-temperature superconducting (HTS) power cable developed by a partnership of companies, including SuperPower, Inc. of Schenectady, has been energized and will be monitored on the local utility grid for the first time anywhere in the world.
This live-grid demonstration is an important step in the development of cutting-edge technologies to meet increasing energy demands in large cities.
The forecast of record heat and humidity poses health hazards and also puts a strain on our energy system, said State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady).
"I strongly urge constituents to take precautions when being out in the heat," Senator Farley said. "Increase your fluid intake, regardless of your activity level. Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink. Avoid alcohol and sugar-saturated drinks. If you must be outside during the hottest hours of the day, pace yourself. Look for shaded areas to keep cool.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) and Assemblyman Paul D. Tonko (D - Schenectady) will be introducing "Xctasy's Law," closing a loophole in New York's child abuse reporting statute. The bill is named after Xctasy Garcia, a four-year-old Schenectady child who has been the victim of horrendous child abuse.
"This is a truly terrible case, and it is only through God's grace and the concern of many people in Schenectady that Xctasy was removed from the horrible situation, and is now in good care and recovering from her injuries," Senator Farley said.
Governor Pataki has approved legislation sponsored by State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) and Assemblymember John J. McEneny (D - Albany) making it easier for citizens to comment on regulations proposed by State agencies. The new law will enable Internet users to submit their views about many proposed regulations with a single "click."
"Agency regulations affect us all," Senator Farley said, "since they implement the specific provisions of laws passed by the Legislature.
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.