To help keep dangerous drivers off the road, the State Senate has led the fight to strengthen our laws. The Senate also advocated for the passage of "Sean's Law," which allows for prompt suspension of a junior driver's license or permit for minors who are charged with alcohol-related traffic offenses.
Alcohol and drugs reduce all of the important physical and mental skills you need to drive safely. In New York State, a driver with a BAC of .08 is legally drunk.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) joins Governor George E. Pataki in announcing the approval of over $4 million in federal affordable housing awards which will enable the development and rehabilitation of housing in Fulton, Montgomery, Saratoga and Schenectady Counties.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) is pleased to announce that President George W. Bush signed the federal Highway Bill today that includes ending vicarious liability provisions for auto leasing. As a result, numerous car companies have agreed to resume leasing automobiles in New York, Senator Farley added.
"Vicarious liability is a law dating back to 1924. It was originally aimed at livery drivers, but in recent years it has been used to hold a leasing company liable for the actions of a negligent driver," Senator Farley explained.
Internet safety and online messages boards are big concerns for parents, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) said. Children may think they are being safe online, but predators are often able to find out personal information about the youth.
"Many recent media reports discuss teen-agers creating websites and posting on message boards," Senator Farley said. "The teens think they are being safe but a determined predator may pick up on subtle clues such as a teen wearing a T-shirt with the school's name.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) will be providing free identification booklets and a child fingerprinting service at the Back-to-School Child Fair on Saturday, Aug. 20th, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Good Shepherd Church, 27 Teller St., Amsterdam.
"This festival will be a great time for the whole family," Senator Farley said. "The Montgomery County Sheriff's Department, Big Brothers - Big Sisters, Amsterdam Free Library and many more organizations will be participating. There will be story time with Judge Felix Catena reading to children.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) is pleased to announce that Gov. George Pataki has signed into law legislation that will require prescription drug prices to be posted online to give consumers easy access to the drug price list.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) joined Governor George E. Pataki in announcing that nearly $4 million will be provided to 30 home care agencies across the State under the Telemedicine Demonstration Project, which will identify new technologies and help improve quality of care and disease management for home care patients across the State.
"New York is recognized as a leader in advancing initiatives that help fortify our world-class health care system," Governor Pataki said.
In this recent Session, the Legislature worked on toughening penalties for violations of the vehicle and traffic laws. Hopefully, these measures will help ensure that drivers think twice before being aggressive on the highway.
The Legislature approved a bill (S.4584), which the Governor signed into law (Chapter 49), that increases the criminal penalties for leaving the scene of an accident when someone is killed to up to seven years in prison. Under the provisions of the bill, jail time and fines would be increased for all levels of leaving the scene violations.
Senator Farley (R,C - Schenectady) and Governor George E. Pataki today announce $578,500 in Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) grants for five recreation, waterfront revitalization and preservation projects in Oneida and Montgomery counties.
"The State's Environmental Protection Fund has helped create new recreational opportunities, connect communities to their waterfronts and protect local historic properties throughout New York, enhancing our state's unique outdoor resources and cultural treasures," said Governor Pataki.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) announced the support of the New York State Senate for Governor George E. Pataki's plan to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Medicaid fraud in this State.
"The Senate passed a bill last May that would overhaul the State's Medicaid fraud detection effort with the goal of dramatically reducing corruption and waste, and thereby saving taxpayer money," Senator Farley said. "Unfortunately, the bill did not have any movement in the Assembly.
Those who are looking for adventures during the summer season can find a wealth of local attractions in Fulton and Montgomery Counties, a region that is filled with rich history and architectural treasures and a perfect place to explore.
Those fascinated with Native American history may want to travel along the Mohawk River and visit sites like the National Kateri Tekakwitha Shrine and Mohawk Caughnawaga Indian Museum near Fonda, or the Noteworthy Indian Museum and Walter Elwood Museum in Amsterdam.
Colonial and Revolutionary War-era history buffs m
State Senator Hugh T. Farley, Chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Libraries, and Renato Donato, Jr., Executive Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, have announced the availability of the new "Love Your Library" custom license plate.
Just because the school year is over, it doesn't mean it's time to stop learning. Reading is a wonderful adventure you go on every time you open a book. Whether you learn about a historical figure like President Lincoln or go on a fantasy adventure with Harry Potter, your mind is taking you to new and exciting adventures.
It is so important that we cultivate our children's love for reading.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) today honored Dr. Helen Blanchard of Amsterdam and Debrah DeLuke of Schenectady as two of the recipients of the New York State Senate’s annual "Women of Distinction" award.
They were recognized in a special reception earlier today in the Well of the Legislative Office Building in Albany. The program honors distinguished women whose outstanding work in their communities makes them deserving of special recognition by the State Senate.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) reminds constituentsthat Thursday, June 14th, is Flag Day. "Our forefathers stood up for freedom and liberty, creating theUnited States of America," Senator Farley said. "The flag represents thisstruggle for independence. Also, any time our military has fought onforeign soil, Americans have displayed the flag as an important way forthose of us at home to express our support and prayers for the courageousyoung men and women serving our country.