Hugh T. Farley's News items

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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SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSES BILL TO HELP PREVENT ENVIRONMENTAL CRIMES

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced the New York State Senate recently passed legislation that would prosecute those who intentionally or recklessly damage the environment while committing another crime. The bill (S1016) would deter thieves or other vandals from committing crimes that could result in contamination, and hold those accountable for financial and environmental damage from their actions.

May 29, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSES BILL TO KEEP VIOLENT REPEAT OFFENDERS IN PRISON

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced the New York State Senate recently passed legislation to require certain violent felons to serve their maximum prison term if there is evidence that their release would pose an imminent threat to society. The bill (S.3871) would help protect the public by keeping repeat offenders off the streets and limit “good behavior” and other rewards from reducing the time spent in prison.

May 29, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM SEX CRIMES

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced the New York State Senate recently passed legislation (S4791) that would increase criminal penalties for sexual contact between a child and a person in a position of trust.

The bill would create the new crimes of sexual assault against a child by a person in a position of trust in the first, second, and third degrees, punishable by up to 15 years in prison. There are prohibitions in law against sexual contact with a minor, however the law does not increase penalties if the crime is committed by a person in a position of trust.

May 28, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSES BILL TO REQUIRE MANDATORY JAIL SENTENCES FOR REPEAT DWI OFFENDERS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C, I – Schenectady) announced the New York State Senate recently passed legislation to require mandatory jail sentences for repeat DWI offenders.

Current law does not require repeat DWI offenders to spend any time in jail. Right now, repeat DWI offenders face class E or D felony charges punishable by up to four or seven years in jail and/or a fine between $1,000-$5,000 or $2,000-$10,000. However, judges have the discretion to sentence these offenders to only a fine or a fine and community service under the law.

The legislation (S750) would require drunk drivers with multiple DWI convictions to serve a jail sentence. Under the proposed law:

May 28, 2013
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Honoring Our Military on Memorial Day and Every Day

May is National Military Appreciation Month and today is Memorial Day, times to honor our military service men and women who protect our Nation.

Our veterans have sacrificed so much for keeping our country safe and free, but do we ever take the time to tell them? Next time you see a local veteran, shake his or her hand and say "thank you" -- that all of the sacrifices were worth it.

May 27, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES MEASURE TO ENCOURAGE ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY HOME BUILDING

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced the New York State Senate recently passed legislation to encourage the building of more “green” homes by creating a property tax exemption. The bill S1710 would help increase demand for environmentally friendly housing by allowing local municipalities to offer a real property tax exemption of 35 percent for a maximum of 20 years.

Green building increases a home’s value while decreasing utility expenses, maximizing the use of natural resources, and minimizing environmental impact. Green buildings are crafted to exceed building codes while remaining cost-effective to own and operate.

May 21, 2013
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Senator Farley Votes for Saratoga Women's Veterans Shelter in Facebook Contest

May is National Military Appreciation Month and State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R - Schenectady) said constituents can help our local veterans by voting on Facebook.

The Guardian House, located not far from Senator Farley's District Office in Ballston Spa, is a homeless shelter for female veterans. It is operated by the Saratoga County Rural Preservation Company with support from the Saratoga County Veterans Agency.

The Guardian House just won $25,000 from a Home Depot "Aprons in Action" Facebook contest and is currently in the running for a Home Deport Facebook prize of $250,000. The money would be used for the shelter and to help build a wellness center.

May 14, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE APPROVES BILLS TO FIGHT AUTO INSURANCE FRAUD

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R – Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate ecently passed legislation to crack down on auto insurance fraud which has led to injuries - even death - for innocent victims and costs hundreds of millions of dollars a year in higher premiums when New Yorkers already pay some of the highest auto insurance rates in the country.

The three bills approved would significantly cut down on auto insurance scams by increasing penalties for those who commit or assist in the fraud and by giving more flexibility to insurance companies to prevent criminals from getting policies and continuing to commit auto fraud.

According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), New York ranks among the top five states for fraudulent auto insurance claims.

May 9, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES VINCE’S LAW

In an effort to keep serial drunk drivers off the road, the New York State Senate recently passed “Vince’s Law,” which would establish a stronger penalty for multiple DWI convictions, reported State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R – Schenectady).

The bill (S.4267) creates a new Class C felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison, if a driver is convicted of three or more DWIs in a 25-year period. Currently, the law for multiple DWIs only includes offenses committed over a 10-year period.

The bill is named for Vincent Russo, an elderly Onondaga County man who was killed in 2011 by a drunk driver who was intoxicated behind the wheel, despite the driver having five DWI-related convictions, including four in the previous 17 years before the accident that killed Mr. Russo.

May 7, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSES BILL TO FACILITATE CARE FOR THE ELDERLY

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R - Schenectady) announced the New York State Senate recently gave final passage to a bill that would help make it easier and less expensive for legal guardians caring for the elderly or other relatives living out-of-state to carry out their responsibilities.

The measure (S2534) assists New Yorkers caring for adults in other states, as well as out-of-state individuals caring for elderly New Yorkers when they seek approval to fulfill health care, financial, and other legal responsibilities across state lines. It would create a registration form that would be used uniformly by participating states and replace a costly legal process that often required guardians to hire lawyers.

May 1, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILL TO CURB CHEATING ON ACADEMIC PAPERS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R - Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate recently passed a bill to prevent students from cheating by prohibiting the sale or purchase of dissertations, term papers, and similar academic documents online. The legislation (S2405) would prevent academic fraud by discouraging Internet-based services from selling educational papers to students.

Most academic institutions have plagiarism policies in place whereby students who engage in such activity are punished. However, currently there is no New York State law that deters online entities from offering educational papers for sale.

April 30, 2013
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SENATOR FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES EARTH DAY BILL PACKAGE

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate recently passed a package of six bills that celebrate Earth Day by promoting the use of renewable energy, reducing harmful pollutants, and protecting sharks and other vulnerable species.

New York State is experiencing a lag in the development of solar and energy storage segments of the energy sector. Senate bill S.2522 would help attract and retain these growing industries by providing a clear incentive for businesses to make capital investments in solar and energy storage manufacturing and development by providing tax credits. It would create new jobs, increase economic investment, reduce harmful emissions, and help New York meet its goals for renewable energy development.

April 24, 2013
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