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Elementary and Secondary Education Joint Legislative Budget Hearing Slated

The second Joint Legislative Hearing, in a series of 13 hearings, will be held today, Tuesday, January 28.

During the Elementary and Secondary Education hearing, which is part of the legislative process to review the 2014-2015 Executive Budget, education officials and representatives of education advocacy organizations will have an opportunity to address the Senate and Assembly fiscal committees.

These joint legislative hearings will continue through Tuesday, February 11 and are available for live viewing on the Senate and Assembly websites, but will be preempted when the houses are in session. At the conclusion of the legislative deliberations, live televised coverage of the hearings will resume.

 

January 28, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY PLEASED GOVERNOR SIGNS LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN OVERSIGHT OF PET DEALERS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) is pleased that the governor signed into law an important bill that he supported to better protect animals.

Legislation that was signed into law helps protect the health and safety of dogs and cats across New York State by authorizing local municipalities to adopt more stringent laws to regulate pet dealers.

The law authorizes municipal governments to enact more stringent laws than those currently existing at the state level by removing the current preemption on municipalities to enact their own laws regulating or licensing pet dealers. Any new local ordinance must be at least as stringent as state law and must not result in the banning of the sale of dogs and cats raised in a safe and healthy manner.

January 12, 2014
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Statement from Senator Farley Regarding the 2014 State-of-the-State Address

The Governor gave his State-of-the State Address on Wednesday January 8th, an outline of his goals for the year. It also kicks off the 2014 Legislative Session. You can read his written message by clicking here: http://www.governor.ny.gov/assets/documents/2014-SOS-Book.pdf

In the New York State Senate, my colleagues and I will work with the Governor and Assembly to pass another on-time budget, building on our previous passage of three consecutive early budgets.

We will be looking to pass a budget that controls spending and reduces taxes, while still making important investments in our future.

January 8, 2014
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December 19, 2013
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Senator Farley and Colleagues Introduce Bill That Would Create Disaster Fund

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) and several Senate colleagues who represent the Mohawk Valley and Niagara County have introduced legislation that would create a state disaster recovery fund.

The bill (S.5987) would create a supplemental fund to provide individual assistance, public assistance and hazard mitigation after a natural or man-made disaster. Aid would be available for a variety of disaster-related expenses, including home repairs and medical expenses for individuals. Municipalities would be eligible to receive funds for such items as public services expenses and debris removal. Infrastructure grants would be available to public schools.

December 3, 2013
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Senator Farley Promotes Supporting Small Businesses

As the holiday shopping season officially is under way with today’s “Black Friday” events, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) strongly suggests people to shop locally on Saturday, November 30th, which is also known as “Small Business Saturday.”

“Small businesses truly are the backbone of our communities,” Senator Farley said. “We rely on small businesses as the economic engine to keep New Yorkers working and raising their families here in New York State.”

To learn more about the Small Business Saturday initiative, Senator Farley recommends visiting http://www.sba.gov/about-sba/sba_initiatives/small_business_saturday_2013

 

November 29, 2013
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Senator Farley Joins Assemblyman Tedisco as Lead Senate Sponsor of “Knockout Game” Deterrent Act

Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Glenville) today announced that Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C,I-Niskayuna) will be the lead Majority sponsor in the New York State Senate of the “Knockout Game Deterrent Act” – a first in the nation law to protect innocent bystanders from being sucker-punched and assaulted by gangs of thugs, who in many cases are juveniles.

The Knockout Game has become an epidemic in New York and across the nation leading in several cases to serious injury and even death.

November 25, 2013
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SENATOR FARLEY DISCUSSES REPORT ON TAX REFORM

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) and his fellow Senate Republicans recently issued a comprehensive report on state taxes that calls for personal income taxes, business taxes, estate taxes and local property taxes to be reformed, simplified and reduced. The report makes sweeping recommendations for reducing the tax burden on all New Yorkers. The plan recommends enacting a permanent two-percent state spending cap and dedicating surplus revenues to tax reductions.

The report was developed based on testimony at a series of statewide public hearings. The report will be shared with the tax reform commissions established by Governor Cuomo for their review.

Highlights of the recommendations made in the preliminary Senate report include, among other things:

November 20, 2013
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November 13, 2013
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Gov. Cuomo Signs Legislation Sponsored by Sen. Farley to Ensure Flags Lowered to Half-Staff to Commemorate Fallen Soldiers are Given to Loved Ones

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that he signed legislation, sponsored by State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) to ensure that the flags lowered to half-staff at the State Capitol in honor of a fallen soldier are presented to the loved ones of the deceased.

November 10, 2013
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Utica Observer Dispatch Reports Senator Farley Named Farm Bureau Friend

Click on the link to read the Utica Observer Dispatch article about Senator Farley being named a member of the New York Farm Bureau Circle of Friends: http://www.uticaod.com/latestnews/x452545923/8-local-state-Legislators-honored-in-Farm-Bureau-listing

October 2, 2013
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Senator Farley Notes September Is Suicide Prevention Month in New York State

Several constituents have contacted my office this month, thanking me and my colleagues in the State Senate for our support in designating September as Suicide Prevention Month in New York State. A recent walk was held in Saratoga Springs that highlighted this designation and brought about the awareness that suicide is one of the top ten causes of all deaths in the Nation. Advocates of suicide prevention have also told me that suicide is the third leading cause of death among people ages 15 – 24 and the second cause of death among college students.

September 16, 2013
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Senator Farley Tours School in 49th Senatorial District

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) visited Niskayuna Central School officials on July 30th to discuss school aid and other educational issues. Pictured, from left, are Superintendent Susan Kay Salvaggio, Senator Farley, Board of Education President Deborah Oriola, and Board of Education member Bob Winchester.

For more information, visit http://www.niskayunaschools.org/district/news/2013-14/district-thanks-Senator-Farley-073013.htm .

July 30, 2013
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Senator Farley Announces Flood Helpline Available

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announces the State Flood Helpine has been activated.

“I wanted to let you know that Governor Cuomo activated the NYS Flood Helpline to aid residents affected by widespread flooding across areas of New York State,” said Senator Farley, who represents portions of Herkimer, Saratoga and Schenectady Counties as well as all of Fulton and Hamilton counties.

The NYS Flood Helpline is (888) 769-7243. New Yorkers can call the helpline for assistance, including local information for the Red Cross and Salvation Army, health and safety tips, where to go to receive a tetanus shot, and what to do in case of an oil spill or power outage. Life threatening emergencies should be reserved for 911.

July 2, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE GIVES FINAL PASSAGE TO BILL TO PROTECT OPWDD FROM FUNDING CUTS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced the New York State Senate recently gave final passage to legislation (S4777D) that would protect providers of services for the developmentally disabled from state funding cuts.

The legislation would appropriate up to $90 million, or as much as is needed, to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) to protect providers from funding reductions if recommended savings measures falls short of projections.

Senate Republicans strongly opposed the proposal in the Governor’s budget for $240 million in across-the-board funding cuts to OPWDD. The Senate’s budget resolution, passed in March, called for the full restoration of funding for OPWDD.

June 19, 2013
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Senator Farley Announces New York State Summer Reading Program Launched

The Senate’s Select Committee on Libraries Chair, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady), reports the New York State Library teamed up with more than 1,100 public libraries and neighborhood branches statewide to launch “Summer Reading at New York Libraries,” the 2013 New York State summer reading program. The annual program gives children the opportunity to access the vast resources of New York’s public libraries to support their summer reading.

Through participating in summer reading programs, children can receive reading lists and participate in activities at their local libraries. At the end of the program, participants receive formal recognition for their reading achievement.

June 17, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSES BILL TO BAN SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA AND BATH SALTS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced the New York State Senate recently passed legislation to address the threat posed to the public by “legal” but dangerous drugs. The bill (S1686) criminalizes the sale and possession of synthetic marijuana and “bath salts.”

Synthetic marijuana or “fake pot” are herbs sprayed with chemicals called “synthetic cannabinoids.” These products -- including Spice, K2, Cloud 9 and Black 9 -- have dangerous side effects, including rapid heart rate, tremors, loss of consciousness and hallucinations. “Bath salts,” or “substituted cathinones,” are chemically related to methamphetamines or ecstasy and cause harmful physical and psychological reactions.

June 12, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILL TO DETER RECRUITMENT BY TERRORISTS

State Senator hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate recently passed a measure to deter terrorist recruitment and punish those who seek to employ others for their criminal plans. The bill (S1520) would complement law enforcement’s efforts to expose groups who actively seek to engage in terrorist activity by creating a new crime to prosecute those who recruit others to assist them.

Terrorist organizations and their membership are in a perpetual search to recruit new members. This bill makes it a Class C felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison, when someone with the intent of committing a crime recruits, solicits, requests, commands, importunes or otherwise attempts another person to engage in terrorist conduct.

June 11, 2013
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