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.
November is New York State History Month and State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) is offering a local history quiz booklet.
"New York State, and particularly this region -- Fulton, Montgomery, Saratoga and Schenectady counties -- has a rich heritage ranging from its role in the American Revolution, to the economic impact of the Erie Canal, to the innovations of local industries," Senator Farley said.
"Did you know that Fulton County is the home of the oldest operating courthouse, which is located in the county seat of Johnstown?
Amy Ranucci, a Rotterdam resident and owner of Waggin' Tails, proves the adage "a dog is man's best friend" is true.
"Actually, she is the best friend in this scenario," State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) said. "Mrs. Ranucci, and her husband Michael, went to Mississippi to help the four-legged victims of Hurricane Katrina.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) is proud to announce Sparky the Fire Dog from Montgomery County Emergency Management will be on hand to greet children at the Fire Safety Expo on October 26th at Tribes Hill Fire Department, 280 Mohawk Drive, Tribes Hill, from 6 to 9 p.m.
"Children admire and respect Sparky and he is able to teach them about fire safety in a fun way," Senator Farley said.
As the Halloween festivities near, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) reminds families to be safe when trick-or-treating.
"Halloween is a fun time of year for the youngsters as they get to dress up as their favorite characters and collect candy," Senator Farley said. "But it can also be needlessly dangerous if precautions aren't taken."
Senator Farley suggests parents try to find costumes that are not only fashionable but also flame-resistant.
With October being National Fire Safety Month and residents preparing homes for the winter months, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) and the Tribes Hill Fire Department will host a Fire Safety Expo on October 26th at the fire department located at 280 Mohawk Drive, Tribes Hill. All interested persons are welcome to attend.
"Protecting our loved ones is the responsibility of every parent, neighbor and citizen," Senator Farley said.
With the heating season on us, it is best to make sure your heating source is clean and running properly. If it is not, you may be at risk of getting carbon monoxide poisoning. Colorless, odorless and tasteless, carbon monoxide is one of the leading causes of poisoning deaths in the United States.
Carbon monoxide acts to prevent blood from carrying needed oxygen.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) joined Governor George. E. Pataki recently in announcing more than $2.42 million in Environmental Restoration Program grants for the investigation of contamination at brownfield sites in nine communities across New York State, including a $234,000 for the investigation of environmental contamination at the former Chalmers Knitting Mill complex in Amsterdam, Montgomery County.
October 9th through the 15th is Fire Prevention Week and in honor of that commemoration, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) offers safety tips.
"Protecting our loved ones is the responsibility of every parent, neighbor and citizen," Senator Farley said. "That's why it is important to stay informed on fire safety and to take steps to protect yourself and your families."
Senator Farley and the Tribes Hill Fire Department will host a Fire Safety Expo on Wednesday, October 26th, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the fire department at 250 Mohawk Drive.
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among women in New York State, and nationally, is the leading cause of cancer deaths in women between the ages of 15 and 54. The single most important factor in the successful treatment of cancer is early detection.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) said influenza (flu) season is from late fall through March. Since it is now fall, Senator Farley suggests that constituents consider getting vaccinated for the flu.
"Health officials say the elderly, very young children and pregnant women are at a higher risk of getting the flu," Senator Farley said.
Fall is here and so is New York's apple picking season.
According to the New York Apple Association, this year's crops are sweeter due to great summer we had. Sunlight helps stimulate the sugar production in apples and this year we had a lot of sunshine.
New York State is home to almost 700 apple orchards that produce over 25 million bushels of apples every year. The most popular apples in this State are the McIntosh, Empire, Red Delicious, Rome, Cortland and Idared, according to the New York Apple Association.
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.