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Senator Farley's Thoughts When Touring Flood-damaged Canajoharie

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).

July 5, 2006

Senator Farley Gives Helpful Websites And Phone Numbers For Flood Victims

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.

July 5, 2006

Senator Farley Reflects On New York's Role In The Birth Of This Nation

As Americans celebrate Independence Day, State Senator Hugh T.

July 4, 2006

Senator Farley Appeals To Governor Pataki And Federal Representatives For Aide For Flood Stricken Montgomery And Schenectady Counties

The following are correspondences Senator Farley had with Governor Pataki and Senator Schumer about the floods in Montgomery and Schenectady Counties

------------------------------------------------------------------------The Honorable George E. PatakiGovernor of the State of New YorkExecutive Chamber, State CapitolAlbany, New York 12224

Dear George:

Thank you for your timely declaration of a State Disaster Emergency in Montgomery County.

June 30, 2006

Senator Farley Offers Amsterdam Office For Relief Effort

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.

June 30, 2006

Governor Declares State Disaster Emergency For Flood-ravaged

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.

June 29, 2006

Senator Farley Meets Young Artists From Scotia-glenville

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.

June 22, 2006

Senator Farley Says Donating Blood And Organs Can Save Lives

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.

June 15, 2006

Senator Farley Reminds Constituents That Today Is The Anniversary Of D-day

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.

June 6, 2006

Senator Farley Says Hagaman Home Safety Day A Success

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.

June 6, 2006

Senator Farley Seeks Participants For Summer Fun And Safety Fair On July 7th

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.

June 6, 2006

Sen. Farley Announces Purple Heart Stamp Available Memorial Day Weekend

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) reminds constituents that the United States Postal Service will re-issue the Purple Heart stamp, beginning Saturday, May 27th.


"This is a nice tribute by the Post Office for the Memorial Day holiday," Senator Farley said. The observance of Memorial Day this year is Monday, May 29th.

May 23, 2006

Senator Farley To Give NYS Trooper Matthew Swartz The Achievers' Award On May 23rd

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.

May 17, 2006

Senator Farley Seeks Participants For Home Safety Day On June 10th

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.


May 17, 2006

Sen. Farley Announces Gloversville's Audrey Bowman Named An Outstanding NYS Senior

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.

May 11, 2006

Sen. Farley And The Banking Department Announce New Banking Development Districts Approved In First Quarter 2006

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.

April 26, 2006

Sen. Farley And Gov. Pataki Announce First State Park In Schenectady County

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 20, 2006

Senator Farley Highlights The Importance Of Volunteering

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.

April 17, 2006
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