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New Legislative Session for 2013 Starts Soon - New District Lines in Effect

Dear Friend:

Happy New Year! With the new year, the new Legislative District lines are in effect. One major change is that I will no longer be representing Montgomery County, which means I must close my Amsterdam district office. I expect to open a new office in Ballston Spa and will let you know the contact information when it is available.

January 7, 2013
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Senator Farley Offers Halloween Safety Tips

As the Halloween festivities begin, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - 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."

October 25, 2012
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Senator Farley Offers Safety Tips as Part of Fire Prevention Month

October is National Fire Prevention Month and as part of that commemoration, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - 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 said it is important that everyone in your family knows to call 911 from a safe location to report a fire or other emergency. Have your children practice what they would say on the phone in case of a real emergency.

October 23, 2012
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Senator Farley Salutes Fallen Firefighters

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) was proud to be a part of the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial Ceremony in Albany on October 9th.

"It is important that we always remember, and recognize, the service -- and sacrifice -- made by our firefighters," Senator Farley said at the ceremony. "On behalf of the New York State Senate, let me express our gratitude and appreciation to our firefighters and their families."

October 10, 2012
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INFORMATION ON NEW LEGISLATIVE DISTRICTS

Because of the redistricting that happens every ten years, Congressional and state legislative districts are changing this year.

For example, the 44th Senate District will be renumbered as the 49th District. The boundaries of this district have changed as well. The current district consists of Fulton, Montgomery, Schenectady and part of Saratoga counties. The new district will consist of Fulton and Hamilton counties, and part of Schenectady, Saratoga and Herkimer counties.

September 27, 2012
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EPIC Update from Senator Farley

This past year, we were successful in restoring funding to the EPIC program, which assists low-income seniors with the cost of their prescription drugs. I helped establish this program, and restoring these funds was an important priority for me.

These budget restorations will significantly benefit eligible seniors, and will result in the restoration of the two plan system: the EPIC fee program and the EPIC deductible plan.

The Health Department will be contacting all current EPIC members about these changes, so please keep an eye out for a letter from them.

September 13, 2012
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Senator Farley Suggests Visiting State Museum When Remembering 9/11

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."

September 10, 2012
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From Senator Farley: Twin Bridges Construction Notice

I've been asked to help spread the word about the construction work beginning this weekend on the Twin Bridges, which is expected to result in significant delays on the Northway for both north-bound and south-bound traffic.

Lanes will be closed on the bridge beginning tonight at 10 p.m. through Monday morning at 5 a.m. These lane closures will occur each weekend until the end of October (except for Columbus Day weekend).

For more information, visit the DOT project website at:

https://www.dot.ny.gov/twinbridges

September 7, 2012
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NY WORKS PROGRAM ADVANCES CAPITAL REGION BRIDGE PROJECTS WITH DESIGN-BUILD PROCESS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) joined Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in announcing that the New York State Department of Transportation has awarded a $31.3 million contract through the NY Works program for critical repairs to 13 bridges in the North Country and Capital Region. The contract was awarded under the design-build method, and the project is estimated to create 430 jobs.

August 20, 2012
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Senator Farley Notes June Is National Dairy Month

June is National Dairy Month, a time to celebrate one of New York’s top agricultural businesses. In 2010, some 12.7 billion pounds of milk were produced in New York State, at a value of $2.2 billion. New York State is home to approximately 6,000 farms and 600,000 cows. New York is fourth in the Nation for milk production. As you purchase dairy products this month, keep in mind how crucial dairy farming is to our region and, specifically, to the Mohawk Valley. Not only do local farms provide direct employment, but food processing facilities such as the Fage yogurt plant in Johnstown represent major investments in the community.

June 15, 2012
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SENATE UNVEILS "JOBS-NY" JOB CREATION PLAN

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently announced the Senatepassed legislation to implement the 2012 NEW JOBS-NY Job Creation Plan. The Senate's comprehensive plan will help create thousands of new private sector jobs by delivering tax relief to small businesses and manufacturers, reducing energy costs, and enacting major fiscal reforms to make New York State more economically competitive.

Senate Republicans first approved a small business tax cut plan as part of its budget resolution in early March. However, the tax cuts were not included in the enacted 2012-13 state budget.

June 5, 2012
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Activities Celebrating the Outdoors Slated for This Weekend

Enjoy the great outdoors this weekend as the area celebrates National Trails Day and Schenectady hosts a free fishing clinic.

June 1, 2012
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Honor Soldiers on Memorial Day

Monday, May 28th, is the observed commemoration of Memorial Day. It is a day when it is appropriate and important that we pause in our busy lives to remember those who fought for our Country and died. Memorial Day originally began as a time for the families of Civil War soldiers to commemorate the heroic actions of their deceased family members. Over the years, it came to serve as a co...mmemoration to remember all the U.S. men and women killed or missing in action when serving their country.

May 27, 2012
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Senator Farley Receives Award for Years of Dedication to Libraries

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C, I - Schenectady) was honored to receive the 2012 Distinguished Service Award from the Library Trustees Association of New York State. He was presented with the award on May 16th when the association's president Mary Ellen O'Connor came to the Senate Chamber in Albany to honor Senator Farley.

May 24, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO CRACK DOWN ON COLLEGE HAZING

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed legislation to prevent the tragic injuries and deaths that can occur due to hazing at colleges and universities. The bill (S.1937) would help cut down on hazing by strengthening a college or university's enforcement authority and increasing awareness of the consequences of hazing, underage drinking, and illegal drug use.

In spite of good faith efforts on the part of institutions of higher education to implement policies and procedures to combat hazing, problems continue and show no signs of decreasing.

May 22, 2012
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO HELP DISABLED VETERANS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed legislation (S.2423) that would give greater access to state contracts to veterans who were disabled during their service.

This bill would codify for New York an identical and highly successful program adopted for federal contracting. Given the increase in the number of veterans and disabled veterans due to recent overseas conflicts, this bill would provide a small measure of recognition that this group of selfless men and women deserve.

May 21, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO PROTECT TEENS FROM SEXUAL PREDATORS AT SCHOOLS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed legislation that would make it a crime for school employees to engage in sexual activity with students, including those who are older than New York’s legal age of consent. The bill (S.6714) addresses inappropriate student-school employee relationships by criminalizing sexual conduct between school employees and full-time students of elementary and secondary schools.

May 18, 2012
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION WHICH MAKES VIEWING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY A FELONY

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed legislation (S.7407) that would make the viewing of child pornography a felony crime. The bill amends current state law to say that a person is guilty of a crime when the person knowingly accesses child pornography with the intent to view.

The legislation comes after a state Court of Appeals ruling earlier this month that said viewing child pornography on the Internet is not a crime. This legislation closes that loophole.

The bill has been sent to the Assembly.

May 18, 2012
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SENATE CELEBRATES WEST POINT DAY AT THE CAPITOL

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) and his colleagues in the New York State Senate welcomed cadets and staff from the United States Military Academy at West Point as part of an annual day of recognition on April 26th. In honor of the celebration, the Senate passed several bills focusing on helping veterans obtain jobs and protect their rights.

May 1, 2012
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Senator Farley Announces NYS Senate Approved Its 2012 Budget Proposal

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) recently announced the State Senate approved its new State Budget proposal for 2012.

"Last year, I worked together with Governor Andrew Cuomo to pass an on-time budget that closed a $10 billion gap, reduced spending and avoided any new taxes and fees. We also approved a property tax cap and enacted a major middle class income tax cut -- bringing rates to the lowest level in 58 years," Senator Farley said.

We accomplished a great deal in 2011, but we still have lots of work to do to keep New York State moving in the right direction, he said.

The Senate's fiscally responsible budget plan will:

· Keep spending growth under 2% -- even less than what the Governor proposed;

March 13, 2012
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