Hugh T. Farley's Press releases

High Education Joint Legislative Budget Hearing Slated for Feb. 6th

The ninth Joint Legislative Hearing, in a series of 13 hearings, will be held on Thursday, February 6th.

During the Higher Education Hearing, which is part of the legislative process to review the 2014-2015 Executive Budget, higher education officials and representatives of higher education advocacy organizations will have an opportunity to address the Senate and Assembly fiscal committees.

These joint legislative hearings will continue through Tuesday, February 11th, and are available for live viewing on the Senate and Assembly websites, but will be preempted when the houses are in Session.

February 5, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Prevent Welfare Cards from Buying Tobacco, Alcohol and Being Used at Liquor Stores, Casinos and Strip Clubs

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) reports the Senate today passed the “Public Assistance Integrity Act" which would prohibit welfare benefits from being used to purchase alcohol and tobacco, or to be used at liquor stores, casinos and strip clubs in New York.

Parts of the Public Assistance Integrity Act were also added to Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget Proposal. The provisions added would make it illegal to use EBT Cards at liquor stores, strip clubs and casinos.

February 4, 2014
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FARLEY, FAHY INTRODUCE LEGISLATION THAT ALLOWS FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE IN PLACE OF SUSPENSION IN SCHOOLS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) joins Assemblymember Patricia A. Fahy (D-Albany) in introducing legislation that will allow for community service to be made an option to be in place of or in conjunction with suspension of students in public schools.

“I am pleased to join with Assemblywoman Fahy in sponsoring this legislation,” said Senator Farley. “Our bill would provide schools with greater flexibility in disciplining students. While suspension may be appropriate in many cases, there are other situations where an alternate approach may be more effective and more beneficial to both the student and the affected community.”

January 30, 2014
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Environmental Conservation Joint Legislative Budget Hearing Slated

The third Joint Legislative Hearing, in a series of 13 hearings, will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, January 29th.

During the Environmental Conservation hearing, which is part of the legislative process to review the 2014-2015 Executive Budget, environmental officials and representatives of environmental advocacy organizations will have an opportunity to address the Senate and Assembly fiscal committees.

These joint legislative hearings will continue through Tuesday, February 11th, and are available for live viewing on the Senate and Assembly websites but will be preempted when the houses are in session. At the conclusion of the legislative deliberations, live televised coverage of the hearings will resume.

 

January 28, 2014
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LOCAL GOVERNMENT/ GENERAL GOVERNMENT BUDGET HEARING SLATED FOR MONDAY, JAN. 27TH

The first Joint Legislative Hearing, in a series of 13 hearings, will be held on Monday, January 27th. During the Local Government /General Government hearing, which marks the beginning of the legislative review process for the 2014-2015 Executive Budget, government officials and representatives of local government groups will have an opportunity to address the Senate and Assembly fiscal committees. These joint legislative hearings will continue through Tuesday, February 11th, and are available for live viewing on the Senate and Assembly websites.

 

January 24, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY AND MAJORITY COALITION ISSUE REPORT ON REGULATORY REFORM

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced today the State Senate Majority Coalition issued a report that sheds light on New York State’s regulatory structure and identifies 2,219 specific rules, regulations and practices that put New York’s businesses at a disadvantage.

The report is the product of surveys, meetings, community outreach and the input of over 100 business owners, advocacy organizations and individuals that participated in public forums conducted throughout the State.

January 13, 2014
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Senator Farley Announces Joint Budget Hearing Schedule

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced the Joint Legislative Hearing Schedule on the 2014-2015 Executive Budget proposal.

These hearings, each of which focuses on a programmatic area, are intended to provide the appropriate legislative committees with public input on the executive budget proposal. The hearings will be available for viewing on the Senate and Assembly websites. The Legislative Channel (on cable systems throughout the state) also will carry the proceedings.

January 12, 2014
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New Laws to Take Effect on Wednesday, January 1, 2014

As we depart 2013 and head into 2014, the New York State Senate continues to focus on ways to reduce spending, cut taxes and help businesses create new jobs. In fact, my colleagues and I recently released a report in November outlining how taxes need to be reformed. We also gave recommendations that would create jobs. We look forward to working with the Governor and the Assembly in 2014 on these recommendations. (Click on the link to view the report: http://www.nysenate.gov/news/senator-farley-discusses-report-tax-reform)

In the meantime, starting the New Year, on January 1st, the following new laws will take effect that already support the focus of reducing taxes:

December 31, 2013
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Senator Farley Wishes a Safe and Happy Holiday Season

As we enter the Christmas and New Year’s holiday weeks, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) wishes constituents a happy and safe season.

“I wish you a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year to you and your loved ones,” Senator Farley said. “Please also take caution when driving to and from celebrations.”

Senator Farley reminds people that New York State has tough DWI laws, including, Leandra’s Law, which was strengthened earlier this year to provide new safeguards to keep drunken drivers off New York’s roads.

December 20, 2013
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Senator Farley Takes a Silent Moment for Pearl Harbor Day

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) asks constituents to bow their heads in a few moments of silence on Saturday, December 7th, in honor of Pearl Harbor Day. 

"It was on that day in 1941 that Japanese planes attacked the United States in Hawaii, killing some 2,000 Americans," Senator Farley said. "On this anniversary, we especially remember those who fought at Pearl Harbor, but also remember and honor all of our nation’s veterans. As we continue to fight in the War on Terrorism and have military loved ones overseas during the holidays, we must remember our fallen brothers and sisters who have given their lives for this Country."

December 5, 2013
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Senator Farley Reflects on the Meaning of the Thanksgiving Holiday

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the 49th Senatorial District!

Thanksgiving not only commemorates the Pilgrims' celebration of the fruitful crops of 1621, but it is also a day of giving thanks for everything we are grateful for in our daily lives -- it's a time to stop, smell the roses and think about what is truly precious to us.

November 26, 2013
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Senator Farley and Colleagues Conducted Cyber Security Hearing Nov. 18th

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) and six of his Senate colleagues hosted a hearing in Rome, NY, and heard testimony from experts in law enforcement, finance and computer science about the state’s preparedness against cyber-attacks on November 18th.

The hearing was open to the public and was streamed live on the Internet. It can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21IhSWt1V0w

Testimony was given by several experts, including:

• Benjamin Lawsky, Department of Financial Services superintendent

• Jerome Hauer, Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services commissioner

• Joseph D’Amico, State Police superintendent

November 22, 2013
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Statement from Senator Hugh T. Farley:

I am extremely disappointed that Governor Cuomo vetoed legislation I sponsored to expand the state’s film tax credit to the Capital Region and Hudson Valley. All parts of the state should be treated fairly and equally when it comes to offering this credit. We’re talking about economically distressed areas that could really benefit from the jobs and economic activity that would be generated by film production. I hope this veto is only a temporary setback. In his veto message, the Governor said expanding the film tax credit should be discussed as part of the 2014-15 budget and I look forward to pursuing it.

November 14, 2013
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Senator Farley Notes November is NYS History Month and Elizabeth Cady Stanton Day Is Nov. 12th

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) is pleased to inform constituents that November 12th is designated as Elizabeth Cady Stanton Day in New York State.

"This day was picked because Elizabeth's birthday is November 12th," Senator Farley explained. "November is also New York State History Month."

November 6, 2013
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Senator Farley Notes Monday Is Veterans Day

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) reminds constituents that Monday, November 11th, is Veterans Day.

"Veterans Day essentially dates back to November 11, 1919. On that day, our nation first observed Armistice Day. This holiday sought to remember and celebrate the end of World War I, which occurred in 1918 on the eleventh day of the eleventh month on the eleventh hour. That is why many people observe a moment of silence at 11 a.m. In 1954, Armistice Day was re-designated as Veterans Day to honor and remember the sacrifices of all the men and women who have served our country in the military," Senator Farley said.

November 4, 2013
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Senator Farley Offers Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is right around the corner and State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) reminds families to be safe when trick-or-treating.

"Halloween is a fun time of year for the youngsters as they get to dress up as their favorite characters and collect candy," Senator Farley said. "But it can also be needlessly dangerous if precautions aren't taken."

October 23, 2013
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Senator Farley Honors Fallen Firefighters

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the honor and privilege to speak at the 2013 Fallen Firefighters Memorial Ceremony in Albany on October 8th. The annual ceremony is held during Fire Prevention Week and honors those who gave their lives in the line of duty. The memorial was first dedicated in 1988 and now holds 2,381 names on the wall.

 

"It is important that we always remember, and recognize, the service -- and sacrifice -- made by our firefighters," Senator Farley said. "On behalf of the New York State Senate, let me express our gratitude and appreciation to our firefighters and their families."

 

October 9, 2013
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Senator Farley Offers Safety Tips as Part of Fire Prevention Month

October is National Fire Prevention Month and as part of that commemoration, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - 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."

Senator Farley said it is important that everyone in your family knows to call 911 to report a fire or other emergency. Have your children practice what they would say on the phone in case of a real emergency.

October 7, 2013
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Military Veterans Can Apply for Special Designation on Driver’s License

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced that starting today, military veterans -- who are residents of New York State -- will be able to apply for a special designation on their State driver’s license. Those interested individuals cannot apply by phone or online but must apply in person at a Department of Motor Vehicles office. The veteran status will be printed on all future NYS DMV photo documents. For more information, visit http://www.dmv.ny.gov/armedforces.htm#vetstat

October 3, 2013
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Senator Farley Reflects on Marie Valachovic

It is with deep sadness that I report my dear friend and Fulton County District Office Coordinator Marie Valachovic passed away earlier this week. I was pleased to name her Woman of Distinction earlier this year as Marie has touched so many people with her energy, enthusiasm and passion for life. A lifelong resident of Johnstown, she helped so many individuals and organizations. I am honored to have had Marie be a part of my life.

http://www.nysenate.gov/story/marie-valachovic

http://www.leaderherald.com/page/content.detail/id/559086/Marie-Valachovic.html?nav=5012

 

October 2, 2013
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