Hugh T. Farley's News items

NEW YORK STATE SUMMER READING PROGRAM LAUNCHED

 Albany, NY---The New York State Library, teaming up with the more than 1,100 public libraries and neighborhood branches statewide, today announced the kick-off of "Summer Reading at New York Libraries," the 2011 New York State summer reading programs. Through these programs, young people will have the opportunity to access the vast resources of New York’s public libraries to support their summer reading challenge and to gain recognition for what they achieve. ensure year-long learning success and cultivate a love of reading," King said.

June 24, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO ALLOW PRIVATE AIR AMBULANCE SERVICES TO OFFER MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTIONS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed legislation on June 20th that would allow private air ambulance services to offer membership subscriptions to private air ambulance services. This proposal would help ensure the continuation of air ambulance services in rural areas of New York State.

The low call volume and the expense of running a full-time air ambulance service, has made it difficult to attract companies to New York's rural regions. Allowing air ambulance companies to solicit membership subscriptions would mediate the high cost of doing business in New York.

June 21, 2011
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Bill Would Help Reduce the Potential for Fatalities From Drug Overdoses

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate gave final legislative passage on June 20th to a bill that would help reduce the potential for fatalities caused by drug overdoses. The bill (S.4454B) is known as a "Samaritan" measure because it limits the use of evidence of illicit activity when an individual seeks treatment for someone experiencing an accidental drug overdose.

June 21, 2011
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SENATE APPROVES BILL TO STRENGTHEN PROVISION OF MEDICAID LAW

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the State Senate approved legislation (S.3184) on June 20th to ensure appropriate due process protections for providers and recipients of Medicaid who come under the scrutiny of the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG).

The legislation adds to the law which created the OMIG in 2007, to assure fairness and procedural clarity when audits are conducted.

June 21, 2011
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SENATE GIVES FINAL LEGISLATIVE APPROVAL TO BILLS LIMITING MILITARY FUNERAL PROTESTS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate gave final legislative approval on June 16th to two measures that offer additional buffers and restrictions for protests or demonstrations seeking to disrupt military funerals, burials or memorial services. The bills balance the constitutional right of free speech with the ability of families to respectfully mourn the individuals who gave their lives in service to our country.

June 17, 2011
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION ALLOWING TOWNS TO SET SPEED LIMITS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed legislation June to allow towns throughout New York State to establish their own speed limits.

Currently, towns are required to seek permission from the New York State Department of Transportation to change a speed limit, a sometimes long and arduous process. However, villages, towns with populations greater than 50,000 residents, suburban class towns and all cities are not required to seek the same approval.

June 17, 2011
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SENATE GIVES FINAL PASSAGE OF "GOLD ALERT"

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate gave final passage on June 16th of legislation that expands an existing alert system to help locate missing vulnerable adults. The "Gold Alert" bill (S.3293B) creates a system to help authorities get proper notifications, coordinate resources, and investigate incidents where individuals, such as those with illnesses or disabilities, go missing.

June 17, 2011
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SENATE PASSES EXPANSION OF DNA DATABANK

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed a bill (S.5560) on June 16th that significantly expands the ability of law enforcement to solve crimes by requiring those convicted of all felonies and misdemeanors to submit DNA samples.

The bill would greatly enhance the DNA database to protect communities by keeping more criminals off the streets, while also reducing the financial costs and victims’ emotional strain by solving more crimes in an expeditious manner.

June 17, 2011
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Senator Farley Names Schenectady Veterans Advocate to State Hall of Fame

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) is pleased to announce James A. Wilson of Schenectady was inducted into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame on Flag Day, June 14th, in Albany.

 “I had the pleasure of nominating Jim, a person who has dedicated himself to assisting fellow veterans time and time again through multiple causes and organizations,” Senator Farley said. “I appreciate Mr. Wilson for keeping our country safe and free during his military career. I also truly respect him for his community service and dedication to our fellow citizens.”

 The New York State Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame was created to honor and recognize outstanding veterans who have distinguished themselves both in military and civilian life.

June 15, 2011
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SENATE PASSES ANTI-BULLYING LEGISLATION

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed comprehensive anti-bullying legislation on June 1st to help put an end to this destructive activity that often interferes with a student’s education and emotional well-being. The bill (S.4921) would help prevent cyber-bullying as well as conventional bullying on school grounds to create safer learning environments for children.

June 6, 2011
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Senator Farley Names Bonnie Daggett a Senate Woman of Distinction

 

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of naming life-long Schenectady County resident Bonnie Daggett as a New York State Senate Woman of Distinction at a ceremony in Albany on May 24th.

“Ms. Daggett has worked tirelessly for more than 30 years on behalf of people with disabilities,” Senator Farley said. “I admire her dedication and selflessness. I was truly honored and proud to bestow the award of Woman of Distinction to Ms. Daggett.”

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May 25, 2011
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Senator Farley Names Bonnie Daggett a Senate Woman of Distinction

 

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of naming life-long Schenectady County resident Bonnie Daggett as a New York State Senate Woman of Distinction at a ceremony in Albany on May 24th.

“Ms. Daggett has worked tirelessly for more than 30 years on behalf of people with disabilities,” Senator Farley said. “I admire her dedication and selflessness. I was truly honored and proud to bestow the award of Woman of Distinction to Ms. Daggett.”

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May 25, 2011
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM ABUSE

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed a measure on April 11th requiring camp directors to report suspected child abuse regardless of the location where abuse may have occurred. With many parents now beginning to think about summer camps, the bill (S.3777A) would protect children and facilitate the detection of abuse by camp staff.

April 13, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO REPEAL ANTI-JOB IDA TAX

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C, I - Schenectady) announced on March 9th that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed a bill (S.2682) to repeal a tax on local economic development agencies that hinders job growth and economic investment. The tax, first enacted in 2009, provides a direct obstacle to the ability of Industrial Development Agencies and Authorities (IDAs) to invest in new projects, support local businesses and create jobs.

The measure passed mirrors a proposal included in Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget to remove this tax and restore IDA funding.

March 10, 2011
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SENATE COMMITTEES TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARING MARCH 7TH ON AGENCY CONSOLIDATION PLANS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced today the New York State Senate will be holding a public hearing on the consolidation of state agencies proposed in the Executive Budget. The hearing will be on Monday, March 7, 2011, at 11 a.m. in Room 711A of the Legislative Office Building in Albany.

The hearing will further assist the Legislature in identifying and learning about concerns with the Executive Budget proposal, including impacts on the delivery of services, the state workforce and cost savings.

March 4, 2011
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Senator Farley Announces NYS Senate Passes Job Creation & Taxpayer Protection Act

Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) today announced the State Senate’s passage of the Job Creation and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2011. “This proposal is a three-part plan which encourages the creation of new private sector jobs and promotes fiscal responsibility by the State,” said Senator Farley. “These measures are essential to help revive our economy and provide relief to taxpayers.” The Job Creation and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2011 has three pieces:  1) INCENTIVES TO CREATE NEW JOBS The Senate passed bill S.1891 to provide businesses with a three-year tax credit of up to $5,000 for each new job created.

January 19, 2011
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Sen. Farley and Tribes Hill Fire Dept. to Host Annual Fire Safety Night on Oct. 20th


With October being National Fire Safety Month and residents preparing homes for the winter months, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C,I - Schenectady) and the Tribes Hill Fire Department will co-host their annual Fire Safety Night on Wednesday, October 20th, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the fire department located on Mohawk Drive, Tribes Hill. All interested persons are welcome to attend.

"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."

For more information, call Senator Farley's Amsterdam office at 843-2188.

October 12, 2010
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Senator Farley Secures Funds for Schenectady Free Health Clinic

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) today announced that he has obtained a $75,000 state grant to assist the Schenectady Free Health Clinic.

“I’m pleased to once again provide a hand to this volunteer-based organization that performs so many good works for the people of Schenectady County. It takes a special kind of medical staff to do this type of work for free,” said Senator Farley.

September 2, 2010
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Senator Farley Salutes the 90th Anniversary of Women's Equality Day

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) will be celebrating the 90th anniversary of Women's Equality Day on August 26th in Johnstown at a luncheon sponsored by the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Consortium

"I look forward to this event," Senator Farley said, "Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815 - 1902) is well known for her work in women's rights. She hailed from Johnstown, New York, which is in my Senate district, so I am especially pleased to participate in this day of commemoration. Not only is she important in the history of Fulton County and New York State, Elizabeth Cady Stanton played a vital role in our Nation's history."

Women's Equality Day commemorates the passage in 1920 of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote.

August 24, 2010
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Senator Hugh Farley Named a Guardian of Small Business

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) today named State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C,I - Schenectady) a 2010 Guardian of Small Business for his consistent support on issues that affect small businesses.

"Senator Farley has long been one of the staunchest supporters and defenders of small business in the Legislature," said Mike Elmendorf, NFIB/New York State Director. "Senator Farley has consistently stood in opposition to job-killing tax and fee increases and has fought for policies to lower New York’s high cost of doing business. We are grateful for Senator Farley’s support, and we are proud to name him a ‘Guardian of Small Business," Elmendorf continued.

August 18, 2010
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