Hugh T. Farley's News items

Senator Farley Announces March 14th Is Pi Day

As a former teacher, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) informs constituents that March 14th is celebrated as Pi Day. This is an opportunity to get students excited about math and science and promote learning.

"Pi is the ratio between the diameter and circumference of a circle. Because Pi is an infinite decimal number that begins with 3.14, March 14th (3-14) is perfect to highlight Pi and promote math," Senator Farley explained.

Senator Farley reported that at least one school in his district is saluting Pi Day.

March 10, 2006
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Senator Farley Reports March Is Brain Injury Awareness Month

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some one million people naionwide receive a traumatic brain injury each year. These brain or skull injuries are typically caused by an external force such as an impact in an accident.

March 10, 2006
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Senator Farley Promotes Reading Activities

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) stresses the importance of reading and reminds families to help promote this educational and imaginative hobby.

"Reading is a fun activity that opens the mind to all sorts of adventures," Senator Farley said. "As Chairman of the New York State Senate Subcommittee on Libraries and a former teacher, I try to promote reading and learning as much as possible. Parents have a very important responsibility in their children’s growth and education.

March 8, 2006
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Senator Farley Highlights March 8th As International Women's Day By Saluting Amsterdam Labor Organizer Leonora Barry

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) reminds constituents that not only is March known as Women's History Month, but March 8th is International Women's Day.

"International Women's Day is designed to be a day to celebrate 'ordinary women as makers of history,'" Senator Farley said. "Leonora Barry (1849-1930) certainly fits that bill. She was a widowed mother living in Amsterdam who went to work in a factory to support her family.

March 8, 2006
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Senator Farley Says Agriculture Is Important To New York State

Agricultural Safety Awareness Week is being observed from March 5th through 11th. Not only is it a good time to highlight safe farming practices, it is a good time to reflect on the continuing importance of farms in New York State.

Agriculture is one of New York's top industries and is vital to our economy. Farms create jobs, generate significant economic activity and contribute to the tax revenue. According to the New York Farm Bureau, there are some 36,000 farms in our State, ninety-nine percent of which are family owned.

March 6, 2006
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Senator Farley Announces Demolition Project Will Improve Broadway Entrance To Schenectady

State, County and City agencies will work together to fund demolition of two derelict buildings at the intersection of I-890 and Broadway, a primary entrance to Schenectady for patrons of Proctors Theatre and other downtown attractions.

Schenectady County officials today announced plans to raze the former Dorp Salvage and G&G Equipment buildings on Broadway utilizing funding from Metroplex, the City and County Industrial Development Agencies and State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady).

March 2, 2006
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Senate Passes Legislation Extending Statute Of Limitations In Criminal Cases

The New York State Senate recently passed several bills that would hold violent criminals accountable for their actions by closing a loophole that allows them to escape prosecution and punishment for their crimes after five years.

A bill proposed by the Governor (S.5342) would eliminate the statute of limitations period in criminal cases where the identity of the offender is subsequently established by means of DNA evidence. Under current law, rapists and other violent criminals can escape prosecution when charges are not formally brought up within five years.

February 24, 2006
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Senator Farley Says Federal "milk Tax" Would Harm New York Dairy Farmers

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) today said that hundreds of dairy farms in New York could be harmed, and possibly forced out of business, by a new tax on milk production hidden away in the proposed 2007 federal budget.

"New York’s hard-working dairy farmers simply cannot afford any new taxes," said Senator Farley.

February 17, 2006
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Senator Farley Stresses The Importance Of Honoring Our Nation's Presidents

February is a great month for learning about our nation's history, as two of the great Presidents from the early years of our Nation's history were born then.

February 17, 2006
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Senator Farley Reminds Constituents Star Deadline Is Near

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) reminds constituents that the date for applying or reapplying for the School Tax Relief Program (STAR) is rapidly approaching.

"In most towns and cities, the deadline is March 1st," Senator Farley said.

February 17, 2006
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Senator Farley Announces Feb. 19th - 25th Is Engineers Week

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) notes that the week of February 19th through February 25th is designated as National Engineers Week. This week highlights the importance of engineers and their influences on our society.

"Our area's history is rich with contributions from local engineers and scientists," Senator Farley said. "One notable development in Schenectady's history dates back to the 1880s when Thomas Edison brought his company, Edison Machine Works, to the area.

February 17, 2006
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Senator Farley Announces Scholarship Applications Available

As a member of the American-Irish Legislators Society, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) announces that the Society's annual scholarship competition is again being offered to high school juniors and seniors in New York State.

"Not only is this an opportunity to get a college scholarship, it also helps our youth learn about Ireland and the influence of the Irish on our society," Senator Farley said. "Locally, this region has a strong tie to the Irish heritage. The early pioneers that settled along the Mohawk Valley included Celtic people.

February 16, 2006
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Senator Farley Says Make Your Health A Priority In 2006

February is Heart Month and a perfect time to get re-focused on your New Year's resolutions of getting fit and being healthy.

Contributing factors for heart disease come from tobacco smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, stress, diet and lack of exercise. Developing a healthy lifestyle is a very important factor in keeping your heart healthy.

The national movement called America on the Move has reported that Americans have become the most overweight nation in the world.

February 9, 2006
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Senator Farley And Assemblyman Tonko Honor Fonda-fultonville Team

The Fonda-Fultonville Cross Country Boys Team were honored by State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) and Assemblyman Paul Tonko (D-Amsterdam) in Albany on February 6th.

"Assemblyman Tonko and I were truly pleased to honor another State championship team from Montgomery County," Senator Farley said, referring to the Amsterdam Rugged Rams high school football Class A champions, who were also recently honored by the Senate and Assembly.

The Fonda-Fultonville high school team won the Class C New York State Cross Country Championship last November 12th.

February 7, 2006
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Senator Farley Announces Feb. 10th Is Blue Friday In New York State

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) reminds constituents that the second Friday in February is Blue Friday in New York State. This year Blue Friday falls on February 10th.

"2005 was the first year that this commemorative day was observed," Senator Farley explained.

February 3, 2006
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Senator Farley Reports State Gives More To Heap, Senate Proposes Energy Plan

Recently, the New York State Legislature passed a bill, which Governor George E. Pataki has signed into law, that provides an additional $100 million in home heating assistance to lower income New Yorkers.

Known as HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program), this federally-funded program gives qualified New Yorkers assistance with their heating bills. In past years, the program has run out of money long before the need did.

February 3, 2006
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Senator Farley Announces Feb. 5th - 11th Is National Consumer Protection Week

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) joins federal and State agencies in highlighting February 5th through February 11th as National Consumer Protection Week.

February 1, 2006
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Amsterdam Rams Honored In Albany

The New York State Senate gave high praise to the Amsterdam Rugged Rams football team on Tuesday, January 31st, said State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady).

"These State champions came to Albany as my and Assemblyman Paul Tonko's (D-Amsterdam) guests," Senator Farley said. "When they visited the Senate Chambers, my colleagues had nothing but high praise for them," referring to comments made by Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno and Lt.

February 1, 2006
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Senate Passes Senator Farley's Legislation To Help Seniors And Retirees

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to help senior citizens and retirees that would allow senior citizens to take state university courses for credit without tuition and helps protect the health insurance coverage of retired school district employees.

The Senate passed a bill (S.2481), sponsored by Senator Hugh Farley (R-C, Schenectady), that would allow senior citizens to take state university courses for credit without tuition on a space-available basis. Under current law, seniors are allowed to audit courses at state universities, but do not receive credit.

January 31, 2006
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Senator Farley Announces Cynthia Hamilton Of Bellevue Woman's Hospital Named Breast Cancer Research And Education Awardee

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) said he was honored to join Governor George E. Pataki in announcing that Cynthia Hamilton, coordinator of the Bellevue Woman's Hospital's Mobile Mammography program, will receive the Health Professional Award, one of the 2005 Innovation in Breast Cancer Research and Education Awards.

"I am proud of Ms. Hamilton and the hard work that she does," Senator Farley said. "The mobile mammography initiative was created in the 1990s so that more women, especially those in rural areas, can receive the critical screenings they need.

January 30, 2006
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