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.
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.
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.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (r, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate today passed "Alix's Law" to close a legal loophole and hold intoxicated drivers accountable for leaving the scene of an accident.
The legislation (S1698A) responds to a drunk driving accident that killed a teenage girl in Amherst, Erie County. On July 8, 2011, 18-year-old Alix Rice was killed by a drunk driver as she road home on her longboard. The driver argued that he was not aware he had hit a person and he was acquitted on the felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed legislation toughening the penalties for drug dealers who sell to children or near alcohol and drug treatment facilities.
A bill (S.988) makes the sale of drugs by an adult to a child under the age of 14 a felony.
Also in another effort to protect the most vulnerable in our communities, the Senate passed legislation that makes it a crime to sell drugs on the grounds of a drug or alcohol treatment center.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced the New York State Senate passed legislation to create felony charges for wrong-way and other reckless drivers. The bill (S752) is in response to the significant number of recent vehicle crashes – often fatal - that involve individuals who knowingly or under the influence of alcohol or drugs drove the wrong way on highways and other roads.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced the New York State Senate passed legislation that would help encourage the installation of renewable energy technologies by making them more cost efficient and accessible.
The bill (S1111) would add solar, wind, fuel cells, micro-hydro-electric, farm-based biogas and residential Micro Combined Heat and Power (micro-CHP) to current state financing initiatives that help make energy efficiency upgrades more attractive to potential consumers, reduce fossil fuel consumption, and support job growth in the clean energy sector.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed a 2013-14 budget resolution, that focuses on helping businesses create new jobs, investing additional funds in education and transportation, providing mandate relief to local governments, and restoring proposed cuts to women's health programs as well programs for the developmentally disabled. The budget also includes a proposal for a permanent two-percent state spending cap.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley has established a new District Office in downtown Ballston Spa, which is open for business.
It is located at 199 Milton Avenue (Route 50), near the corner of Ford Street and Milton Avenue. The telephone number is (518) 885-1829.
"I am pleased to open a new office in this beautiful and historic small village which serves as the county seat for Saratoga," said Senator Farley. "With the new Senate lines, my district has shifted and I now represent about 60% of Saratoga by territory and 47% by population."
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) and his fellow Senate Republican colleagues have created a plan, "Grown in New York" that aims to help New York's family farms prosper. The goal is to strengthen the State's $5.2 billion agriculture industry by expanding markets for New York-grown products, improving the bottom lines of family farms, and investing in the future of farming.
The Senate's "Grown in New York" plan would:
Strengthening Family Farms by Reducing Taxes on Farmers
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.
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 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.
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."
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.
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.
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."
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:
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.