There is a lot of concern about the potential impact of Hurricane Sandy. I have been in contact with the Governor’s office, and have urged that steps be taken now to lower reservoir levels in the area to help absorb any rainfall.
The Governor reports that measures are being implemented, and several other steps have been taken to prepare for a potential emergency.
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As October is designated as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in New York State, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) found it fitting that a new comprehensive package of legislation was signed into law this week by the Governor that protects victims of domestic violence and establishes stronger criminal penalties to punish individuals who commit acts of domestic violence.
"Although New York State already has a number of strong domestic violence protections, many domestic violence abusers repeatedly commit offenses," Senator Farley said. "This legislation will help the victim, as well as the prosecution of these crimes, and hopefully deter the offender from repeat actions."
Highlights of the domestic violence legislation include the following:
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) was honored to be named part of the New York State Farm Bureau's Circle of Friends for the 2012 Legislative Session.
Senator Farley has been a friend of the Farm Bureau for numerous years and this year's honor reaffirms his continued support for the farm community.
"We must remember agriculture is one of New York's top industries and is vital to our economy," Senator Farley. "Farms create jobs, generate significant economic activity and contribute to the tax revenue. Agritourism is also a wonderful asset to this area. We need to support our farmers as they support our area's economy and growth."
Senator Farley will be given the award at the NYS Farm Bureau's 2013 State Lobby Day in Albany.
New York State currently has over $12 billion in unclaimed funds, said State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady).
Banks, insurance companies, utilities and many other businesses with funds that have been dormant or forgotten must turn those funds over to the State Comptroller's Office, which acts as a custodian until the funds are returned to their rightful owner, reported Senator Farley.
Types of unclaimed funds include savings and checking accounts, uncashed checks, utility deposits and mortgage insurance refunds.
The 2012 legislative session ended in late June. Since that time, the Governor has been busy taking final action on the bills that were passed.
Here is a list of some of the bills which were recently signed into law. You can view a copy of the bill and the sponsor's memorandum in support by visiting the Senate's Open Legislation site at http://www.nysenate.gov/open (Enter the bill number preceded by S for a Senate bill or A for an Assembly bill, i.e. S---)
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) recently presented Albert “Albie” Ferrucci with the New York State Senate Liberty Medal, the highest honor extended by the State Senate. Mr. Ferrucci also received his New York State Medal for Merit and the New York State Conspicuous Service Star, which are awarded by the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs. The award presentation took place in Mr. Ferrucci’s Schenectady law office where he continues to practice law along with his son and daughter.
Unshackle Upstate, a coalition of business leaders, and the New York State Business Council, both released their annual report cards on State legislators and State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C, I - Schenectady) received high ratings from both groups.
Senator Farley received a 90 percent from the Business Council for his stance on spending control, pension reform and job creation legislation.
Senator Farley received a mark of 83 from Unshackle Upstate, for his efforts in supporting a property tax cap, controlling spending in the State budget and job creation legislation.
"Jobs have been, and always will be, a great priority for me," Senator Farley said. "We must do what we can to help businesses and our Upstate economy."
Internet safety and online message and social boards are big concerns for parents, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) said. Children may think they are being safe online, but predators are often able to find out personal information about the youth.
"The teens think they are being safe but a determined predator may pick up on subtle clues such as a teen wearing a T-shirt with the school's name. Once they know where the child lives, it is easy to initiate conversation with them or stalk them," Senator Farley said.
August is typically the time of year when families get children ready for school with new supplies and clothes. It is also a good time to get children ready with safety information, according to State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady).
Students should be reminded that, when boarding a bus, to stand outside the "danger zone" -- which is about 15 feet from the bus -- until it is fully stopped and the door is opened so they can board it. Children should never bend down near or under the bus where the driver cannot see them, Senator Farley said.
Senator Farley said bus safety reminders should also be given to motorists as well.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) suggests to parents that an eye exam is a good thing to put on the back-to-school supply list.
"This is the time of year when parents start purchasing back-to-school supplies. Why not add an eye exam to the list so your child is fully prepared for school and will be able to see classroom boards and focus better on learning," Senator Farley said.
Senator Farley reported that August has been designated since 1995 as the month to focus on children's eye health and safety. This national observance educates parents and educators about the critical link between vision and learning.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently responded to the need for increased protection against financial exploitation of elderly and vulnerable adults by passing legislation to make such actions a crime. The legislation (S6712) gives district attorneys and police the tools they need to prosecute instances of financial exploitation of vulnerable elderly or people with physical or mental disabilities.
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 help some breast cancer patients by requiring insurance companies to cover reconstruction for partial mastectomies.
The bill (S3801A) adds partial mastectomies to the law that already covers reconstruction for full mastectomies. It would ensure that breast cancer patients who undergo the partial loss of a breast have reconstruction as an option covered by insurance.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently gave final legislative passage to a bill (S6774A) which bans people from owning, selling, or manufacturing animal fighting paraphernalia. The Senate took up the bill on New York State Animal Advocacy Day at the Capitol, where legislators and animal advocates network, share ideas, and lobby for stronger anti-cruelty laws.
This legislation would ban people from owning any equipment or products that promote animal fighting. This includes breaking sticks, cat mills, which are instruments that encourage biting of other animals, spring-poles, and fighting pits.
The bill will be sent to the Governor for consideration.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (r, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently gave final legislative passage to a bill that protects New Yorkers from intrusive or unwanted telemarketing practices. The bill (S7567A) regulates all telemarketers who do business in New York, wherever they may be located, and adds new consumer protections from unwelcome prerecorded calls, known as robocalls, from telemarketers.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently gave final legislative passage to a bill (S7268A), that will ensure improved health and safety of pets sold in stores. The Senate took up the bill on New York State Animal Advocacy Day at the Capitol, where legislators and animal advocates network, share ideas, and lobby for stronger anti-cruelty laws.
Dogs and cats that are sold by some pet stores receive inadequate exercise, veterinary care, and protection from the spread of disease.
This legislation will provide that any licensed pet dealer must:
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 prohibits the sale of light bulbs that contain high levels of mercury – a known hazardous chemical. The bill (S7004) would protect the environment and public health by reducing the amount of mercury that ends up in homes and the waste stream.
The Federal Government is working to move consumers away from incandescent light bulbs, which is a good way to save energy, but it can also present a new hazard in the waste stream if those bulbs are not limited in the amount of mercury they can contain. This legislation details the amount of mercury to be allowed in fluorescent lamps, and normal lifetime and long lifetime bulbs.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed a bill (S.7110) that would allow a brew-pub owner to also open a restaurant.
Since the end of Prohibition, New York State has restricted owners of an alcohol manufacturer license from also having a retail license, limiting the ability to open the two types of businesses. The restrictions carried over to owners of brew-pubs who manufacture their own alcohol and also serve food, restricting them from also owning a second restaurant.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed a bill (S.7458) that would ensure the names of firefighters who are killed while performing services in the line of duty be included on the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial.
The Fallen Firefighters Memorial recognizes those firefighters from throughout the state who made the ultimate sacrifice for their community. The Memorial hosts an annual ceremony that draws firefighters from throughout New York and serves as an occasion for remembrance and healing.