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.
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.
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.