State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) is proud to join Governor George E. Pataki in announcing Fulton, Montgomery, Saratoga and Schenectady counties were awarded a combined $256,737.50 in grants for grooming snowmobile trails.
"This is terrific news," Senator Farley said. "Snowmobiling is so popular in these counties, a great winter pastime.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) wants to remind shoppers that New York State will hold its next Sales Tax Free Week on clothing from Monday, January 30th, through Sunday, February 5th.
"All purchases of clothing and footwear under $110 will be tax free during this time period," Senator Farley said. "In January 2005, New Yorkers saved $37.2 million in sales tax during this time period."
The upcoming tax-free week waives the state's four percent sales tax on clothing and footwear items costing up to $110.
Going into this year's Legislative Session, the New York State Senate was determined to strengthen Megan's Law concerning the confinement and registration of sex offenders.
One immediate issue was the fact that offenders would start to drop off the sex offender registry as of January 21st. The original Megan's Law had required sex offenders to register with law enforcement officials for 10 years and keep officers posted of their whereabouts.
Mark Quandt, Executive Director of the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, and Linda Comstock, Director of Major Gifts and Special Projects for the organization, recently visited State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) and presented him with a special award, honoring him for his efforts in helping the group finish its warehouse project.
"I am truly touched," Senator Farley said, looking at the hand-painted bowl with his name on it.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) announced some two dozen health and service providers are participating in his fifth annual Healthy Heart Day, slated for Tuesday, Feb. 14th, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Riverfront Center in Amsterdam.
"Having a healthy heart and being in good health means taking care of yourself physically, mentally and spiritually," Senator Farley said. "While the focus is on heart health Valentine's Day, groups will be available to discuss a wide variety of health issues."
Governor George E. Pataki kicked off 2006 with a State of the State Address that contained many goals similar to that of the New York State Senate.
My colleagues and I are all energized to tackle the issues before us such as toughening sex offender laws, providing energy relief and working on a solution for property tax relief.
As in past years, the Senate will work on legislation updating and expanding Megan's Law. Megan's Law requires incarcerated sex offenders, as well as those on probation or parole, to register with a Statewide registry.
January is known for its sales by retail stores, especially as this is the time that many people are returning and exchanging unwanted or unneeded Christmas gifts, or buying things with the gift cards they received. When out shopping, be sure to know your consumer rights.
While the New Year brings the start of a new Legislative Session, January 1st also represents the effective date for many of the laws that were passed during the 2005 Session. I would like to highlight a few of these laws.
The Transfer-on-Death (TOD) Security Registration Act (Chapter 325) will allow owners of investment securities to register their securities so that they automatically pass through to a beneficiary upon the owner's death.
Winter is here and with it comes the potential for severe snow and sleet storms, some of which we have already experienced this month.
It is always best to be prepared for the worst, especially if you must drive in unpleasant conditions. Whether your car breaks down or you are stuck in a winter storm or traffic emergency, you will want to have certain items available in the car with you. It's a good idea to carry an emergency supply kit for your vehicle in case you are stranded and waiting for help.
December has been designated as Safe Toys and Gifts Month to remind parents who are shopping for the holidays of the importance of purchasing age-appropriate toys.
Many toy-related injuries occur when parents overestimate a child’s abilities and biological development. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, "All toys can be dangerous when they are not used properly or are in poor condition.
As Chairman of the New York State Senate Subcommittee on Libraries, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) is extremely proud to announce that he has obtained a combined $242,500 in grants for the libraries in his district.
"I cannot stress enough how important libraries are to our communities," Senator Farley said. "Not only do they offer a wide variety of books, but they are also places for research and can help obtain documents. Some have outlets for Internet use, and some even provide story hours for children and are a part of community events.
This is the time of year when many charities ask that you spread your holiday cheer to those less fortunate. Unfortunately, there are some con artists out there who seek to take advantage of people's charitable nature. Be wary of aggressive phone solicitors, and especially wary of anyone who wants to come by your house to pick up a cash donation.
New York State law requires organizations that solicit money directly from the public to register with the Attorney General's Office.
"The apples have arrived!" State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) said with a laugh when State Senator Michael F. Nozzolio (R-Fayette) arrived at Senator Farley's Albany office on Tuesday, November 29th. The two had agreed upon a friendly wager on the Class A State championship football game between the Amsterdam Rams and the Geneva High School Panthers. The Amsterdam Rams won convincingly by a score of 35 to 14.
"Your guys were tough," Senator Nozzolio said to Senator Farley, referring to the Rams players. "That quarterback (T.J.
November is New York State History Month and a great time to learn about the rich heritage that is New York's past, the importance of our State in the discovery of things we see and use every day, and the State's vital role in setting a path for our Nation's future.
New York has always played a pivotal role in our nation’s history since its earliest days as a Dutch and British colony.
As we enjoy our bountiful Thanksgiving holiday meals and dream of the Christmas feast, it is a good time to remember that not everyone is as fortunate or as well fed.
This is the time of year when people are filled with the seasonal spirit of giving. How about giving to local food banks this year? In thinking of the problem of hunger, most people tend to think of the starving children in third world countries. While we don't see this level of starvation in our communities, hunger does have a profound impact.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) and State Senator Michael F. Nozzolio (R-Fayette) have agreed upon a friendly wager on this weekend’s Class A State championship football game between the Amsterdam Rams and the Geneva High School Panthers. The championship game is this Saturday, November 26th, at 5 p.m. at the Syracuse Carrier Dome.
"Amsterdam has a great winning tradition on the gridiron and I fully expect the Rams to be victorious.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) stays committed to his efforts to help area organizations by continuing to use his offices as drop-off points for eyeglasses, cell phones and old American flags.
"Since my District Offices opened in 2001, I have offered to collect used eyeglasses and hearing aids for local chapters of the Lions International Club, cell phones for domestic violence survivors and senior citizens, and old and torn American flags for proper disposal," Senator Farley said.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) announced his Amsterdam District Office will be participating in the C.A.R.E. (Community Alliance for Resource Exchange) Showcase of community agencies and organization on Tuesday, Nov. 15th, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Horace J. Inman Senior Citizens Center, 53 Guy Park Avenue, Amsterdam.
"Almost 40 agencies will be participating in this wonderful day," Senator Farley said. "Sometimes people just don't know what programs are available to them.
The holidays are approaching, a time when families gather around the table for reunions, celebrations and rejoicing. For some, this is a stressful time of year because they have a financial struggle and buying food, any time of the year, is terribly difficult. In the spirit of helping local groups, State Senator Hugh T.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) announced his office will be participating in the Children's Lead Carnival/Health Fair on Monday, Nov. 7th, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Harry Hoag Elementary School in Fort Plain.
"According to Montgomery County Public Health, lead poisoning is a major health concern in Montgomery County, especially in the Fort Plain and Amsterdam areas, due to the peeling and chipping of paint from houses built prior to 1968," 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.