Hugh T. Farley's News items

Senator Farley Reports Senate Passes Dangerous Driver Legislation

The busy summer traveling season is almost here and this is typically a time when there are more motorists on the road and a chance for more accidents.

Aggressive driving has emerged as a leading traffic safety concern both nationally and in New York State. According to New York State statistics, aggressive driving behaviors -- unsafe lane changes, tailgating, failure to yield the right-of-way, disregard of traffic lights -- are a contributing factor in 59 percent of all crashes and 60 percent of fatal crashes where a cause is attributed.

April 29, 2005

Senator Farley And Governor Pataki Announce $615,000 For Montgomery County

Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) joinsed Governor George E. Pataki in announcing Montgomery County will receive $615,000 in grant funding through the Governor's Office for Small Cities (GOSC) Economic Development program to assist Power Pallet, Inc. with the relocation and expansion of its manufacturing facility.

April 27, 2005

Senator Farley To Receive National Recognition For His Library Efforts

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady), Chairman of the New York State Senate Subcommittee on Libraries, is one of the few selected honorees who will be saluted by the American Library Association during its Annual Conference this June in Chicago.

"I am very humbled by this award," Senator Farley said. "Only three people from New York are being honored this year and I am very proud to be part of this elite selection."

The other two to be honored in June are State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries Janet Martin Welch and the New York Times.

April 26, 2005

Senator Farley Reminds Constituents To Protect Against Lyme Disease

As the nice weather continues in this area, people are spending more time outdoors and State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) reminds constituents to be on guard for Lyme Disease.

"According to the State Department of Health, they have received over 45,000 reports of Lyme Disease since 1986," Senator Farley said. "In 2002 alone, there were 5,535 cases.

April 25, 2005

Senator Farley Says Take Steps To Help The Environment On Earth Day

April 22nd is Earth Day and with recent news reports of mercury and other contaminants found in fish from the Adirondacks, and problems with fires due to dry conditions, we need to remember to treat our environment with respect.

On the State level, we are trying to make a difference with laws such as requiring consumer products in which mercury has been added to have a label informing consumers that product needs to be properly disposed of or recycled. This law was passed in 2004 and it also bans manufacturers from selling these products without the proper label.

April 22, 2005

Senator Farley Announces Federal Aid Available For Flood Disaster Counties

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) joins Governor George E. Pataki in announcing residents of Schenectady County who were affected by the April 2nd flooding may be eligible for aid through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Individual and Households Program.

"What a difficult way to start spring," Senator Farley said about the April 2nd to 4th floods. "With the sunny weather we've recently had, we should not forget the intensity of those rainstorms and the damage suffered by many people.

April 20, 2005

Senator Farley Reminds Bicyclists Of The Rules Of The Road

With the extremely sunny weather this region has been experiencing, many people have been enjoying outdoor activities. State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) wants to remind bicyclists of the importance of bike safety.

"I've seen many people enjoying the local trails such as Fulton County's FJ&G Bike-Hike Trail, Schenectady County's Mohawk-Hudson Bike Hike Trail and the Town of Ballston's Veterans' Memorial Bike Path," Senator Farley said.

April 18, 2005

Senators Farley And Bruno Announce Capital Funding

Senator Hugh T. Farley (R-C, Schenectady) and Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno announced $9,772,048 in capital funding for Independent Colleges and Universities in the Capital Region. The funds come from the $150 million dollar Capital Matching Grants Program included in the 2005-06 state budget chapter amendment approved by the Legislature.

"Along with the state’s public colleges, our independent colleges and universities are playing an increasingly significant role in high technology and biotechnology research and economic development," said Senator Bruno.

April 18, 2005

With Prom Season Here, Senator Farley Reminds Families That Alcohol Is Illegal For All Those Under 21

April is Alcohol Awareness Month and high school students will soon be entering prom and graduation season. It is a good time to focus on the problems of drunk driving and alcohol abuse, including reminding families that alcohol is illegal for all those under the age of 21.

Our children are faced with tremendous peer pressure from classmates and friends. Some of these pressures facing children today are to try drugs and alcohol. With the "party" season of prom and graduation, the pressure to drink may be especially high.

April 14, 2005

Senator Farley Announces Senate Acts On Crime Victims Legislation During National Crime Victims' Rights Week

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) announced the New York State Senate is passing legislation during National Crime Victims' Rights Week that would provide further protection to crime victims and child witnesses and would prohibit convicted felons from suing their victims for damages.

"This week (April 10th through 16th) is National Crime Victims' Rights Week, a time to reflect on the people who are injured or killed as a result of violent crime," Senator Farley said.

April 12, 2005

Senator Farley Salutes The Mair Sisters At Senate West Point Recognition Day

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) recently saluted Marjana and Heba Mair at the New York State Senate's Recognition of West Point Day at the Capitol in Albany on April 6th.

"These two women are great role models for their peers," Senator Farley said. "They are extremely talented and bright individuals. I had the great pleasure of introducing the sisters to my colleagues at the distinguished event we had at the Senate Chamber."

Cadet Cpl. Marjana Mair, Class of 2007, and Cadet Pvt.

April 12, 2005

Senator Farley Discusses Child Abuse Awareness Month

April is Child Abuse Awareness Month and it is hard not to be aware of the horrible crimes inflicted on our children if you watch the latest media reports.

For example, an Albany man was recently arrested for attempting to purchase a young girl to use as a sex slave in a child-pornography sting. Also in the sting, another defendant was arrested for possession of child pornography.

Recently, parents in Hoosick Falls discovered they had been living next door to a sex offender for the past two months.

April 8, 2005

Senator Farley Announces State Disaster Emergency In Montgomery, Schenectady Counties

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) joins Governor George E. Pataki in announcing 14 counties, including Montgomery and Schenectady counties, are declared a State Disaster Emergency.

"Mother Nature let the flood gates open last weekend," Senator Farley said, commenting on the continual rains over the past weekend. "And as a result, Montgomery and Schenectady counties were hit with massive flooding.

April 7, 2005

Senator Farley Announces April 10th - 16th Is Library Week In New York State

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady), Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Libraries, said Library Week in New York State this year is April 10th through April 16th.

"Libraries are a place of lifelong learning," Senator Farley added. "Librarians are truly amazing people. They inspire our youth and invite them into a library where there is an adventure on every shelf."

During Library Week, from Tuesday to Thursday at 10 a.m.

April 7, 2005

Senator Farley Announces Fage Dairy Industry Comes To Johnstown

Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) joins Empire State Development Chairman Charles A. Gargano in announcing that FAGE Dairy Industry S.A., a leading dairy company based in Athens, Greece, has selected the Johnstown Industrial Park as the site to invest $27 million for the construction of a new facility – its first in North America -- to produce and distribute FAGE yogurt products.  The company plans to create up to 60 new jobs.

April 1, 2005

Senator Farley Announces $5 Million Funding For Superpower Project

Schenectady-based SuperPower, Inc., a world-leading high temperature superconducting technology (HTS) company, Union College and Schenectady County Community College have been awarded $5 million in the 2006 Legislative Budget to develop a highly skilled local workforce to enable SuperPower to successfully achieve its goal of manufacturing scale-up and commercial production of second generation (2G) HTS wire beginning in 2006. Funding is contingent on the final approval of the New York State budget.

April 1, 2005

Senator Farley Discusses NYS Legislature Passing An On-time Budget

I am very excited to report Friday, April 1st, we will have an on-time budget for the new State fiscal year.The New York State Legislature has passed an on-time budget this week, something my Senate colleagues and I have been fighting for over the years. I remember when passing the budget wasn't news, but a simple occurrence that happened every year on April 1st. It has been extremely difficult and frustrating to watch the budget process deteriorate.

March 31, 2005

Senator Farley Announces State Legislature Recommends To Keep Mt. Mcgregor Open

The New York State Budget for fiscal year 2005-06 includes $6 million to keep Camp Mt. McGregor open, announced State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady).

"I am proud to have lead the fight to keep this minimum-security correctional camp in Wilton open," Senator Farley said. "The budget that is being passed by the State Legislature will include funding to keep this facility open for the fiscal year 2005-06."

The Executive Budget included a proposal to close Mt. McGregor, as well as to close or downsize other correctional facilities throughout the state.

March 31, 2005

Senator Farley Announces Amsterdam, Gloversville To Receive Bus Funding

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) joins Governor George E. Pataki in announcing the cities of Amsterdam and Gloversville, and the County of Montgomery, will receive funding for new buses through the Federal Transit Administration Section 5311 Program.

"This is great news," Senator Farley said.

March 16, 2005

Senator Farley Says Eating A Good Breakfast Is Important To A Child's Growth

National School Breakfast Week, celebrated this year on March 7th through March 11th, emphasizes the importance of good nutrition for a good education.

According to the School Nutrition Association's website,, a nutritious breakfast can "improve a child's performance in academics, extracurricular activities and sports." In other words, if a child is sluggish, slow and concentrating on the empty stomach, he or she cannot focus on the task at hand and cannot excel in the lesson because of the distraction.

The American Dietetic

March 10, 2005
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