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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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) offered his Amsterdam District Office at 2430 Riverfront Center as a drop-off point for the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce's relief effort. The Chamber is collecting nonperishable food, flashlights and batteries for Montgomery County flood victims.
"This is the least we can do," Senator Farley said, "to help our neighbors and friends in Montgomery County restore their daily lives.
Governor George E. Pataki today declared a State Disaster Emergency for 13 counties, including Mongtomery County that lies in Senator Hugh T. Farley's (R, C - Schenectady) Senatorial District.
"... Numerous State agencies have worked throughout the night and today assisting county and local officials in evacuation, response and recovery operations," Governor Pataki said. " have declared a state of emergency for the affected counties and ordered State agencies to continue to provide any and all assistance available to local governments.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting young artists from the Scotia-Glenville Central School District on June 5th at the 2006 Legislative Student Art Exhibit held in the lobby of the Legislative Office Building. This event is hosted by the New York State Art Teachers Association.
"The students are terribly bright and extremely talented," Senator Farley said.
Summer is here and with it comes vacations and time off from school and work. Because people are generally away from home, blood donations are lower during this season.
Over the past several years there has been a significant increase in the demand for blood due to advanced medical procedures requiring large amounts of blood and an aging population, and this is a trend that will continue to grow in the foreseeable future. Unfortunately, despite an increase in the demand for blood, there has not been a correlating increase in the number of blood donations.
While it was a blustery day, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) said the Home Safety Day he cosponsored with the Hagaman Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday, June 10th, was a success.Participants in the event included Smokey the Bear and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, GAVAC, Montgomery County Sheriff's Department, Amsterdam Police Department, MCAP, Catholic Charities, Community Health Center, Fulmont Community Action Agency's Head Start, and HFM Prevention Council.
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.