State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) is pleased to announce a new law that requires the State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) to aid local governments and law enforcement agencies in planning for potential child abduction cases in their area.
"This latest development strengthens New York's Amber Alert Plan," Senator Farley said. "Statistics consistently show that time is of the essence and is one of the most crucial factors in finding a missing child.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady ) joins Governor George E. Pataki in announcing $15.5 million in funding awarded to support distributed generation and combined heat and power (DG/CHP) projects throughout the State, including Schenectady County.
I am pleased to report that Governor George Pataki recently signed into law a bill I co-sponsored to impose tougher penalties on those who take part in the manufacturing of methamphetamine, an illegal and highly addictive drug.
This new legislation amends the current penal laws to create specific crimes and penalties for the manufacturing of methamphetamine.
As families prepare for school to open this fall, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C- Schenectady) reminds both motorists and children of the importance of school bus safety."Starting school can be an exciting time of year for many youngsters but it can also be a dangerous time," Senator Farley said."Our bus drivers are doing a wonderful job of transporting children safely to and from school," Senator Farley said, "but accidents do happen.
As some families are getting ready for back-to-school supplies and others eye fall fashions, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) reminds shoppers that New York's Sales Tax Free Week on clothing will be held from Tuesday, August 30th through Monday, September 5th (Labor Day).
"This means all purchases of clothing and footwear items of less than $110 will be tax free between Aug. 30th and Sept. 5th," Senator Farley said. "Last January, New York shoppers saved $37.2 million during a sales tax free week.
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.
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) 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
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.