"Blue Friday" falls on Friday, February 13th, this year, according to State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady).
Blue Friday originally started in 2005 as a salute to law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty. "2005 was the first year that this commemorative day was observed," Senator Farley explained. "I worked with radio station WGNA in creating this official day in New York State to salute fallen law enforcement officers, and to support the families of fallen officers."
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) reminds constituents that January 19th, Martin Luther King Day, is more than just a holiday to take off from school and work.
"This day was set aside by Congress in 1983 to honor Martin Luther King Jr. and the contributions he made to improving our society," Senator Farley said. "It is also a day to take steps against prejudice and discrimination."
SCHENECTADY— New York Power Authority (NYPA) President and Chief Executive Officer Richard M. Kessel and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Vice President for Programs Robert Callender today were joined by Schenectady City School District Superintendent Eric Ely to launch the first national side-by-side study of the performance of different hybrid school bus technologies. These buses are expected to operate more cleanly and efficiently than traditional school buses, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality.
October is Fire Safety and Prevention Month and in honor of that commemoration, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - 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."
With October being National Fire Safety Month and residents preparing homes for the winter months, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) and the Tribes Hill Fire Department will co-host their annual Fire Safety Night on Wednesday, October 15th, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the fire department located on Mohawk Drive, Tribes Hill. All interested persons are welcome to attend.
Those who cannot visit Albany and tour the Senate Chamber can now get a glimpse of the historic room at the Fonda Fair on Saturday, August 30th, according to State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady). A photographic back-drop of the Chamber and accompanying information will be housed at the Scott Hall building on the fairgrounds.
Assembly Minority Leader James Tedisco (R,C,I-Schenectady-Saratoga), Sen. Hugh T. Farley (R,C-Schenectady) and Assemblyman George Amedore (R,C-Rotterdam) today praised Gov. David A. Paterson for signing the Schenectady Metroplex Development Authority Act, which increases the authority’s bonding cap from $50 million to $75 million.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) is teaming up with the Village of Northville and the Sacandaga Valley Arts Network (SVAN) for Sacandaga Heritage Day on Sunday, August 24th, from 2 to 7 p.m. in the Waterfront Park located behind the Main Street businesses in Northville.
This event is in conjunction with SVAN’s last Sunday Summer Concert performance and will be held rain or shine.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) is pleased to announce that he will host a tour for Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R - Rockville Centre) on Thursday, July 17th, with stops that include a visit to the Fulton-Montgomery Community College.
A media availability will be conducted at 1 p.m. at the College Union building by both Senators Farley and Skelos to discuss Majority Leader Skelos’ Upstate New York Listening Tour and his views on issues that impact this region.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) announced that his exhibit honoring historic New York women whose achievements in arts, science, government, labor, education and social reform have earned them recognition as "Women of Distinction" will be on display at the Fort Hunter Canal Days on Saturday, July 12th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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.
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.
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.