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.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) said that the new Medicaid Inspector General law approved last week by Governor Pataki makes a "triple" of the State's efforts to reduce the burden of Medicaid costs on local property taxpayers.
New Yorkers for Responsible Lending, a state coalition of 122 groups, praised New York State Governor George Pataki for signing into law yesterday the Home Equity Theft Prevention Act, which protects vulnerable homeowners from "foreclosure rescue" scams.
The bill, introduced in response to the alarming rise in home equity theft across New York State, reached the Governor’s desk after it was unanimously passed by both the Senate and Assembly.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) reported that historic sites owned and operated by New York State, such as Johnson Hall in Johnstown, are now waiving the fee for children 12 and under.
"This is the general admission fee," Senator Farley said, "so if a school group visits, they may be charged the group rate. This waiver entices families to come visit our local historic sites.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) is asking local non-profit and health-related organizations to participate in a Healthy Kids' Day health fair he is hosting on Friday, August 11th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Riverfront Center in Amsterdam.
"August can be a busy time of year for families as children get ready to head back to school. August is also National Immunization Month," Senator Farley said.
Last March, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) invited school children to create essays, poems, collages and posters on local historical women. These materials were complied into a display that traveled to schools such as D.H. Robbins Elementary School in St. Johnsville, St. Mary's Institute in Amsterdam and Park Terrace Elementary School in Gloversville. The exhibit will now be displayed on Saturday, July 8th, at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site as part of Ft. Hunter's Canal Days celebration. Hours of the exhibit will be 11 a.m.
As I write this column, it’s a hot, sunny Friday afternoon in the Mohawk Valley. The Thruway is crowded with families passing by as they get a start on the July 4th holiday weekend. However, for many local families and businesses, it’s a time for trying to clean up and cope with the recent flooding.
Given today’s sunshine, it’s hard to believe that it was only a few days ago that intense rains led to some of the worst flooding experienced by several communities in Montgomery, Fulton and Schenectady counties (as well as in other counties to the west and south).
Governor George E. Pataki announced that a toll-free number has been established to assist flood victims with the State's Individual and Family Grant applications.
"We have established a dedicated toll-free number to help New York flood victims as they recover from the impact of last week’s storms and I urge everyone in the affected regions to call for assistance," Governor Pataki said. "By working together, we can help our fellow New Yorkers recover and rebuild."
The phone number is 1-888-7-NYS-AID and operators will be available from Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) is teaming up with the Northville Waterfront Park Committee, Sacandaga Valley Arts Network (SVAN), and the Northville Civic Association for a night of Art in the Park and Summer Fun and Safety Fair on Friday, July 7th, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the new Waterfront Park located behind the Main Street businesses in Northville.
This event is being held in conjunction with the new park's official grand opening. Gary Van Slyke, a Sacandaga Valley Arts Network (SVAN) musician, will perform "Songs of Summer" from 6 to 7 p.m.
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.