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.
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.
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.
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.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) joined Lieutenant Governor Mary Donohue in announcing more than $1.3 million in Building Skills in New York State (BUSINYS) job training grants for 33 area private-sector companies to upgrade the skills of 1,456 workers in New York’s Capital District and Mohawk Valley Regions. The announcement was made at Spray Nine Corporation in Johnstown, in Senator Farley's district.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) announces New York State has a toll-free hotline for "leaf-peepers," people who enjoy seeing the leaves change to their beautiful autumn colors.
"New York State is home to a variety of trees, and this region boasts some beautiful fall foliage," Senator Farley said. "One of the reasons New York State has such terrific fall colors is that it has a wide variety of broad-leaved trees.
As area residents begin to prepare for the colder months, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) offers suggestions on how to conserve energy and lower heating costs.
"Energy and heating homes are concerns to all of us," Senator Farley said. "As a result of a number of factors -- including recent natural disasters, crude oil shortages, and increased oil consumption throughout the world -- energy prices have skyrocketed.
Among American men, prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths. One in six men will get prostate cancer in his lifetime, and one in 33 will die of the disease.
While all men are at risk for prostate cancer, the chance goes up as a man gets older. Almost all prostate cancer patients are at least 50 years old, and more than 80 percent of such patients are over 65 years old.
As we continue to watch thenews from the Gulf Coast and provide assistance to the victims of Hurricane Katrina, we whould also take not of the fact that each September is designated as National Preparedness Month.
While most New York residents have not experienced the type of devastation that the survivors of Hurricane Katrina are currently coping with, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) reminds constituents they should be prepared in case a disaster -- natural or man-made -- happens.
"Remember the ice storms of 1997 that ravaged the North Country?
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) joins Governor George E. Pataki in announcing the Village of Canajoharie, Montgomery County, and the Town of Princetown, Schenectady County, were awarded $275,000 and $400,000, respectively, through the Small Cities Community Development Program.
While the summer season may be almost over, the mosquito season continues into the fall and, therefore, West Nile Virus season also continues.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the peak season for West Nile Virus corresponds with peak mosquito season, which is mid-summer to fall. The CDC also reported in August that since 1999, there have been 16,000 human cases of West Nile Virus nationwide.
September 17th is Constitution Day and State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) said the commemoration is being held to remind people of the uniqueness of our government and the importance of this document.
Senator Farley said on September 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution and sent copies to the state legislatures for ratification and to officially join the Union.
Schenectady County leaders today announced that the Senator Hugh T. Farley Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy on Erie Boulevard in downtown Schenectady has been selected to train over 40 new State Parole Officers. Many of the trainees will stay at the Holiday Inn in Schenectady. The new Parole Officers will receive training in police and criminal justice best practices at the newly renovated police training center.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) informs constituents that the New York State Museum in Albany continues to display an exhibit that honors the heroes and remembers those who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Congress has designated September 11th of each year as "Patriot Day."
"We will never forget how the tragedy of the terrorist attacks on September 11th changed our lives," Senator Farley said.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) reminds constituents that the New York State toll-free hotline number to report price gouging in gasoline is (800) 214-4372.
"In a time of crisis, most people come out to help their fellow man," Senator Farley said. "Unfortunately, disasters may bring out the worst in some people, too. From soaring prices, to limiting the availability of necessary goods, some businesses take advantage of consumers during natural disasters.
Library lovers can show their appreciation with a new "Love Your Library" license plate available from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), thanks to legislation sponsored by State Senator Hugh T.