Hugh T. Farley's Press releases

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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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILL TO HELP STOP PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE BY PREVENTING THE THEFT AND SALE OF BLANK PRESCRIPTION FORMS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed a measure to help stop illegal prescription drugs from entering the black market when criminals steal and sell blank prescription forms. The bill, S3402, creates new penalties for the theft, sale, and unauthorized possession of a blank New York State prescription form to prevent drug abuse and the criminal enterprises that help supply drug addictions.

May 15, 2015
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILLS TO STRENGTHEN LAWS FOR RECKLESS AND IRRESPONSIBLE DRIVING

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed four measures that would keep our roads safe by holding drivers accountable for reckless and irresponsible actions.

May 14, 2015
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Senator Farley Notes Bicentennial of Elizabeth Cady Stanton's Birthday

I am pleased to report the New York State Senate has passed a resolution I sponsored which celebrates the bicentennial of the birth of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, one of the founders and leading voices of the women’s rights movements who hailed from Johnstown, Fulton County. While her actual birthday isn’t until November 12th, celebrations and events honoring her have already been held across the State and more are slated throughout the year.

May 7, 2015
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SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSES BILL TO HELP PREVENT ENVIRONMENTAL CRIMES

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed legislation that would make it a criminal offense for those who intentionally or recklessly damage the environment while committing another crime. The bill (S834) would help deter criminal activity and prevent environmental crimes.

In one related incident that took place in the Town of Greece, Monroe County, criminals broke into a spare electrical transformer owned by Rochester Gas and Electric, and stole copper to resell for profit. Removal of the copper resulted in 4,800 gallons of oil being drained from the transformer, causing land and water contamination of the surrounding environment with an estimated remediation cost of over $1 million.

April 29, 2015
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SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES PASSAGE OF WOMEN’S EQUALITY PAY LEGISLATION

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) is pleased to report the State Assembly has followed the Senate’s actions of passing the women’s equality pay legislation this week.

April 28, 2015
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Senator Farley Names Nisky Children’s Advocate As Woman of Distinction

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) will have the pleasure of honoring Deborah Gordon Mullaney of Niskayuna with the State Senate’s Woman of Distinction award on May 5th at 5 p.m. in Albany. The program honors distinguished women whose outstanding work in their communities makes them deserving of special recognition by the State Senate.

“Debby is a dynamic, dedicated and passionate civic leader as well as a valued advocate for children,” Senator Farley said. “I am honored to present this award to her.”

April 27, 2015
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SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO HELP FAMILY CAREGIVERS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reports that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed a measure that would help caregivers receive the necessary resources to deliver care to older adults and others with long term health needs in a home setting. The CARE Act (S676A) would reduce future hospitalizations of patients by ensuring that caregivers are involved in and educated about patients’ needs and how to best meet them once they leave the hospital.

April 22, 2015
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILL TO SUPPORT LOCAL FARMERS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reports he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed legislation that will help New York farmers grow their businesses. The bill (S2250) would connect farmers to Industrial Development Agencies (IDAs), giving them additional resources to promote economic growth and increase job creation.

Under current law, IDAs can issue loans and provide technical support to manufacturers, processors, and warehousers of agricultural products, but not to those businesses that directly grow, harvest, or collect agricultural products.

April 22, 2015
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Senator Farley Announces Blue Friday Is April 24th

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) has the pleasure of continuing the tradition of Blue Friday in New York State. This year, the event is slated for Friday, April 24th.

April 22, 2015
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Area Fire Departments Slate Open House April 25th – 26th As Part of RecruitNY Initative

Volunteer firefighters put their lives on the line every day to make our communities safe. Their dedication cannot be overestimated. However, the number of volunteers has declined drastically over the past decade. As part of an initiative called Recruit NY,  volunteer fire departments from across the state will open their doors this Saturday, April 25th, (and, in some cases, Sunday, April 26th, as well) as they look for new volunteer members.

April 20, 2015
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Sen. Farley Notes Electronic Waste Collection Day Slated for April 18th in Capitol Region

Saturday, April 18th, is a special Electronic Waste Collection Day in this region, and Tri City Rentals is offering two free sites to drop off “e-waste” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They are: Crescent Village Apartments, 800 Walnut Drive, Clifton Park (Tel: 371-5800); and Hampshire Apartments, 2150 Rosa Road, Schenectady (Tel: 370-4242). E-waste includes computer towers, laptops, servers, monitors, keyboards, printers, fax machines, microwaves, cell phones, televisions, VCRs and DVD players.

April 14, 2015
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Senator Farley Salutes Volunteers

Every day, Americans across the country give back to their communities. This week is National Volunteer Week (April 12-18) and it is designed to recognize those who give so much and to encourage others to do the same. For more information, visit http://www.newyorkersvolunteer.ny.gov/ and http://www.pointsoflight.org/signature-events/national-volunteer-week

April 14, 2015
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Senator Farley Informs Constituents It Is National Library Week

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Libraries, noted this week is National Library Week. "Libraries are a place of lifelong learning," Senator Farley added. "Librarians are truly amazing people. They inspire our youth and invite them into a library where there is an adventure on every shelf." Senator Farley encourages people to use their local libraries. "Reading is a fun activity that opens the mind to all sorts of adventures," Senator Farley said. "Take the time in this upcoming week to stop in at your local library and tell the staff how great they are.”

April 13, 2015
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO PROHIBIT SEX OFFENDERS FROM LIVING IN COMMUNITY RESIDENCES WITH INDIVIDUALS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) said the New York State Senate passed legislation that would prohibit registered sex offenders from living with individuals with developmental disabilities in community residences operated or licensed by the state. The bill (S2885) strengthens current protections and helps ensure that individuals with developmental disabilities are living in a safe environment.

Currently, registered sex offenders are permitted to reside in facilities that provide supervised residence for individuals with developmental disabilities. This bill would prohibit registered sex offenders from residing in a community residence operated or licensed by the state Office of Mental Health or the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities.

March 17, 2015
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE GIVES FINAL PASSAGE TO BILL EXPEDITING INVESTIGATIONS OF MISSING CHILDREN

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) and his colleagues in the New York State Senate gave final passage to legislation that would expedite access to critical information in missing child cases. The bill (S3520A) is in response to a recent tragic child abuse case in Albany County and would help provide child abuse and maltreatment records to law enforcement agencies when that information is needed to find a missing child.

In December 2014, five-year-old Kenneth White was reported missing by his older cousin, who was watching him at the time. She claimed two masked men entered the house where Kenneth and his two siblings lived with their custodial aunt and abducted the boy.

March 17, 2015
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