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.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) is asking constituents of the 44th District -- which consists of Fulton, Montgomery, Schenectady and parts of Saratoga counties -- to bow their heads in a few moments of silence onTuesday, June 6th, in honor of D-Day."It was on this day in 1944 that the Allied Invasion onto the Normandy beaches of France was the largest single assault in the most massive military conflict in history," Senator Farley said. "Unfortunately, over the years, some may have forgotten what that day meant.
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.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) is teaming up with the Northville Waterfront Park Committee, 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. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 7 p.m.
Lead by example. That's how New York State Trooper Matthew Swartz tries to live his life after his accident.
And that is why Senator Farley (R, C - Schenectady) will be giving him the New York State Senate's Achievers' Award on May 23rd during a Statewide ceremony in Albany.
It was a typical day for New York State Trooper Matthew Swartz on November 8, 2004. He was taking his wife to work that morning when the ordinary became tragic. A car drove into the side of the vehicle he was driving, causing his truck to spin out of control and crash.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) is teaming up with the Hagaman Volunteer Fire Department to host a Home Safety Day on June 10th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Sears Hardware parking lot, Town Square Plaza, Route 30 North, Amsterdam.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) is proud to announce that Audrey Bowman, an ombudsman for the Fulton County Office for the Aging, was given the Outstanding Contributions by a Senior Citizen award at a ceremony held at the Governor's Mansion in Albany on May 10th.
"May is Older Americans Month, a time to honor and celebrate the seniors who helped build our communities and gave so much to future generations," Senator Farley said.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady), Chair of New York State Senate Committee on Banks, announced the New York State Banking Department designated four new Banking Development Districts (BDDs) in the first quarter of 2006 and approved a fifth BDD on April 11th, effectively bringing banking services to five more underbanked neighborhoods in New York State.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) joined Governor George E. Pataki in announcing today that New York State will create the first State Park in Schenectady County on a 107-acre nature preserve along the Mohawk River in the Town of Niskayuna.
April is a time when we celebrate our communities and the people who selflessly work to improve them. National Volunteer Week is April 23rd through the 29th and a perfect time to stress the importance of volunteering.
Over the past years, we've been hearing about the decline of volunteers in our society.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley is proud to announce that he was able to secure a $300,000 grant through the New York State Senate to aid Bellevue Woman's Hospital in their commitment to healthy babies, for its national-award winning Before Your Baby Basics program. The program's creator, Deborah Chesky, was awarded the national "Eleanor Clark Award for Innovative Programs in Patient Care" in Houston, Texas. It is estimated that this program has saved the New York State Medicaid system approximately $1.3 million.
Each year, thousands of people are injured or killed as a result of violent crime. Surviving victims are often left with physical and emotional scars that can last a lifetime. To remind people of the pain involved in these crimes and to try to prevent future crimes from happening, April has been designated in New York State as Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
New York State has created general laws to help aid all crime victims.
Senator Hugh T. Farley joins the National Weather Service in promoting New York Weather Hazards Awareness Week, which is being observed during the week of April 2nd through April 8th. In conjunction with this week, Senator Farley also suggests residents create a disaster supply kit for possible emergencies.
"Year-round, our area faces the potential for hazardous weather. In February, parts of our area were hit by damaging wind storms. Remember the ice storms of 1997 that ravaged the North Country?
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) announced today that beginning Saturday, April 1st, all purchases of clothing and shoes priced up to $110 will now be exempt from New York State's portion of the sales tax.
"For the past few years, the State has given two sales-tax free weeks," Senator Farley said. "Now, every week is State sales tax-free week."
Senator Farley clarifies that it is only the State portion of the sales tax that is being eliminated. However, localities may choose to eliminate the local portion of the sales tax.
While over 27,000 organ transplants were performed in 2005, according to the Center for Donation and Transplant in Albany, some 17 people still die every day due to the shortage of organs for transplant. According to the New York State Department of Health, more than 90,000 people nationwide are on organ transplant waiting lists, including nearly 9,000 New Yorkers.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady), Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Libraries, said Library Week in New York State this year is April 2nd through April 8th.
"Libraries are a place of lifelong learning," Senator Farley added. "Librarians are truly amazing people. They inspire our youth and invite them into a library where there is an adventure on every shelf."
Cities, towns, and villages in the 44th State Senate District will receive record-breaking increases in State aid under a formula approved by the Joint Legislative Budget Subcommittee on General Government and Local Assistance. That panel is co-chaired by State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady).
"Local governments will be able to use this aid to reduce real property taxes," Senator Farley said.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) is pleased to report that the State Senate passed a bill (S.6269A) this week that would designate November 12th as Elizabeth Cady Stanton Day in New York State.
The State Assembly has also passed this legislation. The bill will be delivered to Governor Pataki for final consideration.
"March is Women's History Month and what a way to celebrate it," Senator Farley said.
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.