Hugh T. Farley's Press releases

August 26th Is Women's Equality Day

Today, August 26th, is national Women's Equality Day, which commemorates the anniversary of national women's suffrage. This day marks a turning point in history of the struggle for equal treatment of women and women's rights. This has been an historic year for New York State, as we successfully enacted several laws to help protect, strengthen and further advance women's rights.

August 26, 2015
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Senator Farley Announces Local Libraries Awarded Construction Aid

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) is pleased to announce eight libraries in his 49th Senatorial District were recently awarded public library construction funds that will allow them to improve their facilities.

“As the Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Libraries, I am pleased to see these State funds assisting our local libraries in improving the buildings that house vital information and allow organizations to keep up with the demands of their users.”

Senator Farley noted the construction grants are part of an extremely competitive process and are funded through construction moneys which are appropriated annually in the State budget. In addition, Senator Farley was able to secure some special grants for every public library in his district.

August 10, 2015
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Senator Farley Reminds Bicyclists of the Rules of the Road; Highlights Some Local Trails That Are Enjoyable

With many people enjoying the outdoors this summer, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) wants to remind bicyclists of the importance of bike safety.

"Many people have been enjoying the local trails such as Fulton County's F J & G Bike-Hike Trail, Schenectady County's Mohawk-Hudson Bike Hike Trail and the Town of Ballston's Veterans' Memorial Bike Path," Senator Farley said. "Whether you want to explore trails in one of our region's parks or ride in your own neighborhood, safety is something to always consider."

July 7, 2015
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE ACTS ON BILL THAT PROVIDES $3.1 BILLION IN NEW PROPERTY TAX RELIEF, EXTENDS THE TAX CAP, AND IMPLEMENTS SIGNIFICANT EDUCATION REFORMS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) reported that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate  acted on an end-of-session measure that will bring $3.1 billion in new tax relief to property owners, extend the existing property tax cap to deliver additional savings and create new jobs, improve affordable housing statewide, and continue the Senate’s ongoing commitment to ensuring that every child has access to a quality education.

June 26, 2015
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS STATE SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION ON AUTOMOBILE RECALL NOTICES

The New York State Senate today approved legislation (S4296B) that would require registered automobile owners to be notified of any manufacturer recalls during their annual motor vehicle inspection.

If the official inspection station finds that the motor vehicle is the subject of a safety recall, the owner would be notified in writing on the Vehicle Inspection Report that the automobile may be repaired at an authorized manufacturer dealer at no charge. As some car owners may ignore the recall notices they receive, the annual inspection would serve as an opportunity to remind them of a recall needing attention.

June 19, 2015
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SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO FIGHT LYME DISEASE AND OTHER TICK-BORNE ILLNESSES

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed legislation to help stop the spread of Lyme disease across the state. The three bills are part of the Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases’ continuing efforts to promote best practices for reducing public exposure to ticks, as well as identifying and responding to Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections.

June 17, 2015
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SEN. FARLEY NOTES FOLLOWING HISTORIC $1.4 BILLION AID INCREASE, SENATE REPUBLICANS ACT TO FURTHER PROTECT STUDENTS AND SCHOOLS

school aid increase that was the centerpiece of the 2015-16 state budget approved in March, Senate Republicans recently passed common-sense education reforms that will empower parents and teachers, restore local control, and aggressively address the problems caused by an overemphasis on standardized testing.

The legislation (S5954) directs the State Education Department (SED) to release test questions and the corresponding correct answers to teachers by June 1st of the same school year. Doing so will encourage greater transparency and accountability, and ensure that the standardized tests are a learning tool, not just a data collection device.

June 16, 2015
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Senator Farley Reflects on the Importance of Flag Day

Today, Sunday, June 14th, is Flag Day. Many communities and schools have been hosting events honoring the American flag this past week. I had the pleasure of participating in the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Flag Day parade last Thursday with my dear friends Charles and Pat Merriam, who were the Grand Marshals.

June 14, 2015
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Senator Farley Promotes Summer Reading

 

As the Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Libraries, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) encourages summer reading for children and families.

June 13, 2015
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILLS TO COMBAT HEROIN CRISIS AND ENHANCE TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR OPIOID ABUSE

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed a package of bills to help decrease heroin deaths and put more drug dealers behind bars for peddling dangerous opioids. The measures are being put forth by the Senate’s Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid as part of their continuing examination of the issues created by increased heroin abuse that is causing hundreds of deaths in communities across the state.

June 10, 2015
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Senator Farley Salutes Flag Day

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) notes that Sunday, June 14th, is Flag Day.

“This day is meant to reflect on the true meaning and history of the American flag. Our forefathers stood up for freedom and liberty, creating the United States of America,” he said. “The flag represents this struggle for independence. Our American flag has long exemplified the spirit of those who lost their lives in battle, as well as those who fought valiantly and survived.”

Senator Farley has paper American Flags available for constituents to obtain for the holiday. For information, call his office at 455-2181. He recently supplied numerous elementary schools with paper flags, and brochures on the history and care of the flag, for their school Flag Day events.

June 9, 2015
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Senator Farley Notes June 6th Is Trails Days and Anniversary of D-Day

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) notes that Saturday, June 6th, is National Trails Day.

"This day is meant to promote public awareness and appreciation for our great outdoors and the trails that guide us through it," Senator Farley said.

Many events are being held in the 49th Senatorial District, including an organized hike with Gary Lee in Inlet; a festival in Northville at the trailhead (Waterfront Park) of the Northville-Lake Placid Trail; and the Clifton Park Trails Day Bicycle Ride that starts in Rexford. For more information and a list of other events, visit http://www.nationaltrailsday.org/

June 5, 2015
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE HOLDS ANNUAL ANIMAL ADVOCACY DAY EVENT AND PASSES LEGISLATION TO PROTECT ANIMALS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed legislation to further protect animals and people from harm and cruelty as part of the Legislature’s annual Animal Advocacy Day. The event brings together lawmakers, law enforcement, and hundreds of pet owners and advocates to raise awareness of important animal issues.

The bills passed today include:

June 3, 2015
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES THE “PROTECT OUR CHILDREN ACT”

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed crucial measures to help protect the most vulnerable children from abuse, maltreatment, and exploitation.

May 29, 2015
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILL TO PREVENT CRIMINALS FROM EVADING SUPERVISION

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed legislation (S2305) to protect the public from criminals who try to evade supervision by tampering with electronic monitoring devices. This bill would make it a new crime if someone tampers, damages, or alters court-ordered electronic monitoring equipment in an attempt to interfere with any signal, impulse, or data.

The purpose of the electronic monitoring equipment is to assist in the tracking and monitoring of an individual who has been convicted of a crime or is awaiting trial when they are released into the general public. If the electronic monitoring equipment is tampered with, authorities can no longer monitor their activities.

May 28, 2015
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SENATE PASSES BILL EXPANDING ACCESS TO EDUCATION FOR ADULT LEARNERS IN NEW YORK

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would expand the literacy and other educational opportunities available to adult learners in order to help them succeed. The bill (S2895), sponsored by Senator Hugh Farley (R-C, Schenectady), would enable public libraries to obtain additional state funds for their high school equivalency programs and employment training services that help adults get jobs.

May 20, 2015
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Senator Farley Inducts Hamilton County Veteran Into Senate Hall of Fame

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of inducting Major Frank Casazza, of Indian Lake, Hamilton County, into the New York State Senate’s Veterans’ Hall of Fame on May 19th at a ceremony at the Legislative Office Building in Albany.

"We all know and appreciate our veterans for keeping our country safe and free," Senator Farley said, "but we need to take the time to tell them. This Hall of Fame is the Senate’s way of saying 'thank you' -- that all of your sacrifices were worth it."

Casazza volunteered for the Army Air Corp Air Cadet Program during WWII, and two weeks after graduating from high school, was in basic training. On August 21, 1944, Frank earned his wings as an Army Air Corps Navigator. He was 19 years old.

May 20, 2015
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SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSES BILL TO CREATE A REGISTRY OF VIOLENT OFFENDERS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently approved The Domestic Violence Protection Act –Brittany’s Law, a bill that would increase the safety and awareness of communities by increasing access to information about convicted violent felons. The bill (S513) would create a publicly accessible registry of all individuals convicted of a violent felony and allow local law enforcement to keep track of their location.

May 20, 2015
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SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSES BILL TO CONTINUE HELPING GROUND ZERO WORKERS SUFFERING FROM SEPTEMBER 11th RELATED HEALTH ISSUES

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed a bill to continue the September 11th Worker Protection Task Force Act for another five years and help those who have been afflicted with a disability as a result of working at the World Trade Center and other sites. The bill (S4711) would enable the Task Force to continue its work past the current authorization date of June 10, 2015.

May 15, 2015
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SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSES BILL TO CONTINUE HELPING GROUND ZERO WORKERS SUFFERING FROM SEPTEMBER 11th RELATED HEALTH ISSUES

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed a bill to continue the September 11th Worker Protection Task Force Act for another five years and help those who have been afflicted with a disability as a result of working at the World Trade Center and other sites. The bill (S4711) would enable the Task Force to continue its work past the current authorization date of June 10, 2015.

May 15, 2015
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