Hugh T. Farley's News items

Senator Farley Reminds Constituents That Feb. 12th Is "Blue Friday"

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady)  welcomed law enforcement officials and staff from WGNA radio station to the Senate today for passage of his resolution recognizing as February 12th to be "Blue Friday" in New York State.

"The first year we started doing this was in 2005, and I worked with radio station WGNA in creating this official State day to salute fallen law enforcement officers, and to support the families of fallen officers," Senator Farley said.

February 24, 2010
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Statement from Senator Farley Concerning the Batchellerville Bridge

The grave situation involving the restriction of the Batchellerville Bridge is disturbing and I have contacted the Governor numerous times about the future of this bridge and the negative effects of both the current alternating one-way traffic and the future possible closure. I am calling for quick action to replace the bridge so this region does not have to go through a situation that citizens of Crown Point are currently facing --- a closed bridge with jobs on the line and potential emergencies becoming fatal due to slow response times.

 

October 28, 2009
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SEN. FARLEY BLASTS PLAN TO STRIP BUSINESSES OF EMPIRE ZONE BENEFITS

More than 2,000 companies across the State - - including several in State Senator Hugh T. Farley's district - - could retroactively lose their existing Empire Zone benefits under a drastic plan approved by Democrats in the State Budget that is now being implemented by the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC).

 

June 1, 2009
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SEN. FARLEY AND FELLOW REPUBLICANS UNVEIL TAXPAYER EMPOWERMENT ACT

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady), and his Republican colleagues in the Senate, today unveiled the "Taxpayer Empowerment Act" (TEA), a five-part program that addresses the root causes of New York’s fiscal and economic problems. Those problems specifically include spending too much and taxing too much.

June 1, 2009
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BILL TO FIX CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK PROBLEM CREATED BY ROCKEFELLER REFORMS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) will be reviewing a bill that was introduced by fellow Republican Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) that would fix a dangerous problem created by the Rockefeller drug law reforms enacted as part of the 2009-10 state budget.

Under the budget measure which takes effect on June 8th, courts may seal the criminal records of certain drug felons when they complete drug court, so there will be no record of their conviction when they apply for employment, Senator Farley reported.

May 27, 2009
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Senator Farley Praises Passage of Fire Truck Legislation Amending CDL Requirements

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) today voted in support of legislation (S.1624-C) he co-sponsored that will help firefighters with their training and with ceremonial duties such as participating in Memorial Day celebrations throughout the State. The bill passed the Senate and is on its way to the Governor for his consideration.raining, parades, funerals, and hydrant maintenance," Senator Farley said.

May 20, 2009
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Senator Farley Reminds Constituents of National Crime Victims' Rights Week

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C, I - Schenectady) reminds constituents this week, April 26th through May 2nd, is National Crime Victims' Rights Week.

"This is a time to reflect on the people who are injured or killed as a result of violent crime," Senator Farley said. "These survivors, and the families of the victims, are often left with physical or emotional scars that can last a lifetime."

April 27, 2009
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Senator Farley Commemorates April as National Child Abuse Awareness Month

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) reports the New York State Senate passed a resolution today, that the Senator co-sponsored, commemorating April as National Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month.

"It should never hurt to be a child," Senator Farley said. "Preventing child abuse and neglect is a community issue that depends on involvement of people throughout the community."

April 7, 2009
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Senator Farley Reports NYS Senate Acts On Jonathan’s Law

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate acted today on Jonathan’s Law to ensure that parents and guardians have access to records pertaining to allegations and investigations of abuse of children in residential care facilities. The legislation was introduced after the tragic death in February of 13-year-old Jonathan Carey, an autistic teen who lived at the state-run O.D. Heck Development Center in Niskayuna.

March 26, 2009
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State Senate Passes Bill To Save Bellevue Woman’s Hospital

The State Senate today unanimously passed legislation (S.847) to prevent the closure of Bellevue Woman's Hospital in Schenectady. The bill was strongly supported by women's organizations.

"This is important legislation because it preserves a nearly unique provider of specialized women's health care," said State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady), sponsor of the legislation.

March 26, 2009
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Senator Farley Honors Lexington’s Flame With Achievers’ Award

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) announced Lexington's musical group FLAME will receive the New York State Senate Achievers' Award on April 24th in a ceremony to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Legislative Office Building, Albany. The prestigious award recognizes individuals who have overcome personal physical challenges and honors their accomplishments on behalf of their community.

FLAME performed at last year's event when Fulton County resident and State Trooper Matthew Swartz was honored by Senator Farley.

March 26, 2009
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Senator Farley And Assemblyman Tonko Pass Xctasy’s Law

The legislature passed a bill sponsored by Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C-Schenectady) and Assemblyman Paul D. Tonko (D-Amsterdam) which closes a loophole in New York's child abuse reporting statute. The measure was named after Xctasy Garcia, a four-year-old Schenectady child who has been the victim of horrendous child abuse.

Under current law, local Social Services workers are only required to formally report and investigate child abuse which they observe, or which they learn about from contact with a child's parents or guardian.

March 26, 2009
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Senate Approves Governor’s Nominee For Superintendent Of Banks

The New York State Senate today voted to approve the Governor's nomination of Richard H. Neiman as State Superintendent of Banks.

Mr. Neiman appeared before the Senate Committee on Banks, chaired by Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady).

March 26, 2009
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Senator Farley Highlights March 8th As International Women’s Day By Saluting Amsterdam Labor Organizer Leonora Barry

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) reminds constituents that not only is March known as Women's History Month, but March 8th is International Women's Day.

March 26, 2009
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Governor Signs “Xctasy’s Law,” Strengthening Child Abuse Reporting Requirements

Governor Spitzer announced today that he has signed legislation that strengthens reporting requirements in instances of suspected child abuse to better protect New York’s children from violence and neglect.

March 26, 2009
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Senator Farley Announces Free Kidney Health Screening Available March 8th At Amsterdam’s Centro Civico

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) suggests constituents take advantage of the kidney health screening offered by the National Kidney Foundation of NENY at Centro Civico on Thursday, March 8th, from 2 to 6 p.m., located at 143 East Main Street in Amsterdam.

"March is National Kidney Month and this is an excellent way to remind people to keep their kidneys healthy," Senator Farley said.

March 26, 2009
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Senate Passes Senator Farley’s Bill To Simplify Income Tax Filing

As last-minute taxpayers raced to meet Tuesday's deadline, the State Senate today passed legislation (S.917) sponsored by Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) which would exempt over a half-million New Yorkers from having to file State income tax returns.

March 26, 2009
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GOP Efforts To Reduce Soaring Health Care Costs Squashed By Dems

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) announced today that a pair of Republican-sponsored amendments that would have reduced skyrocketing health care costs in New York were rejected.

March 20, 2009
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Senator Farley Proposes Amendment to Restore Funds to Libraries

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) and the Senate Republican Conference today proposed an amendment to deficiency budget legislation being advanced by Senate Democrats that would restore $2.7 million to libraries and $6.3 million to non-public schools. The Senate Democrats voted to defeat the amendment.

The funds were eliminated as part of last year’s budget and during last summer’s special session in August.

March 12, 2009
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Farley Urges Federal Delegation to Oppose Plan to Rescind Mortgage Tax Deduction

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) and his Senate Republicans colleagues are introducing a resolution urging members of New York’s congressional delegation to oppose a plan to take away the home mortgage and charitable deductions that millions of New Yorkers claim on their federal income taxes.

The plan included in President Obama’s proposed federal budget would cost New Yorkers more than $1 billion in increased federal taxes.

March 6, 2009
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