Governor David A. Paterson today urged the federal government to declare 23 New York counties agricultural disaster areas. In a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer, Governor Paterson requested disaster assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for farms that experienced crop damage from severe hail storms on June 16th.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley today announced Senate approval of capital construction grants for several local governments and non-profit organizations in his four-county Senate District. This week, the Senate passed a resolution allocating economic development funds which had been included in the 2008-2009 budget.
Governor David A. Paterson today announced the Division of Housing & Community Renewal (DHCR) is seeking applications from not-for-profits statewide to provide financial counseling and legal services for homeowners who hold a subprime or unconventional mortgage. As much as $20 million is available under the Subprime Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention Services Program.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) joined Governor David A. Paterson todayin annoucingan agreement with the Legislature to pass a critical subprime lending reform bill which will directly address the mortgage crisis in New York State by immediately helping to protect people from losing their homes and by mandating reforms which will help avoid another similar crisis in the future.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) announced that the 2008-2009 Budget approved by the Senate and Assembly includes $6.4 million for Senate "member initiatives" and other Senate grants which were requested by over 160 libraries, schools, local governments, fire departments, and nonprofit groups in his four-county Senate District. Senator Farley represents Fulton, Montgomery, Schenectady, and part of Saratoga Counties.
The New York State Assembly today gave final legislative passage to legislation (S.902B) increasing penalties for contamination of public drinking water supplies.
The bill, which passed the State Senate earlier this year, is sponsored by Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) and by Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh (D - Manhattan). It was prompted by concerns over pollution of the Great Flats Aquifer in Schenectady County, which serves Schenectady, Glenville, Niskayuna, Rotterdam, and Scotia.
The State Senate today unanimously passed legislation (S.7805) sponsored by Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) seeking to repeal an unfunded mandate on the Gloversville School district. If also approved by the Assembly and the Governor, the bill would remove Gloversville from the "Contract for Excellence" program which required the district to spend nearly two million dollars on new programs for students who have already successfully completed remedial programs and passed standardized tests.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) greeted Kayla Bogdan, Gabriella Dybas and Dillion Power of Tecler Elementary School on May 20th when the students came to Albany as part of the Statewide I*MA*GREEN*NATION ceremony. The Senate-sponsored competition is open to students in grades one through eight and encourages youngsters to take an interest in their environment and to use their imagination and creativity to identify challenges that face their community and offer their own insights on possible solutions.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) enjoyed the last concert of the 2007-08 school year at Canajoharie High School on June 5th. The Senator told the packed audience that he enjoyed elementary school music so much that he married an elementary school music teacher, Sharon Rose Farley. The Senator also revealed that he played the clarinet when he was a student.
The Senator had the pleasure to meet several gifted students at the school,10th grade students David Riley and Sarah Hopler, and Senator Farley.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) met with members of the Ayres Memorial Animal Shelter on June 5th at the Canajoharie High School and presented the group with a ceremonial check that symbolized the $15,000 legislative grant the Senator obtained for the organization.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) was pleased to announce Ladan Alomar, Executive Director of Centro Civico of Amsterdam, was named as a New York State Senate Woman of Distinction on June 3rd in Albany.
"Ladan is a tremendous asset not only to Centro Civico, but also to the Amsterdam and Montgomery County communities," Senator Farley said. "Ladan is a tireless worker for Centro Civico and she also contributes greatly to other organizations such as Fulmont Community Action Agency and St. Mary’s Hospital."
The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady), that would create a specialized missing persons registry to help law enforcement locate individuals with autism, Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia in the event they go missing.
Similar to the Operation Safe Child program, this registry would have participants and/or their families fill out a simple registration form that asks for identifying markings and a photo.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) is teaming up with the Hagaman Volunteer Fire Department to host a Home Safety Day on Sunday, July 13th, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the fire department, located at 126 South Pawling Street, Hagaman.
Governor David A. Paterson has signed a bill into law that eases restrictions to the New York College Choice Tuition Savings Program, allowing relatives, employers and others to contribute to State-sponsored college savings accounts.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) joins Governor David A. Paterson in announcing that Beech-Nut Nutrition Corporation is breaking ground on a new, 550,000-square-foot, "green certified" plant and headquarters in Florida, Montgomery County, which will expand New York’s manufacturing base, provide good jobs for residents and become a boon for local farmers.
Ten school districts in the four-county 44th State Senate District will share an additional $500,000 in State aid. State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) obtained the special aid to assist districts facing unusual financial pressures.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) will be honoring Ralph Cook of Amsterdam on May 6th with the New York State Senate Achievers’ Award. The prestigious award recognizes an individual’s ability to overcome personal physical challenges and honors the person’s accomplishments on behalf of his community. Last year, 26 extraordinary individuals from across New York State were recognized for their various achievements.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) met with Thomas Komp, Principal of Boulevard Elementary School in Gloversville, on April 29th when Mr. Komp toured the Capitol with several of his students. Senator Farley also congratulated Mr. Komp for being the School Administrators Association of New York State's Elementary Principal of the Year. Mr. Komp will receive the award during a dinner to be held at the Gideon Putnam in Saratoga Springs on May 9.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) joined New York State Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno and families of missing victims and members of the law enforcement community to announce an innovative program that seeks new leads concerning missing persons and unsolved homicides. Information regarding these crimes will be included on decks of playing cards that will be distributed to local county jails throughout New York State.
It’s hard to believe, but it is true. Fifty years after the 1963 Equal Pay Act was signed into law, pay discrimination in the workplace still exists in America.
In June, the Senate unanimously passed legislation to strengthen New York’s laws and ensure that women receive equal pay for equal work. However, action is still needed by the State Assembly on this bill.