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.
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.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) said that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate Republican Majority will act this week on its “Brighter Future” budget plan that creates a new property tax rebate program for middle-class homeowners, extends historic opportunities to students and makes significant investments in New York’s infrastructure to create good-paying jobs.
The Senate expands upon the Executive’s tax relief proposal by creating a new property tax rebate program. The rebate, when combined with the existing property tax freeze credit, will provide the average New York homeowner with a rebate check totaling $458. Along with the STAR exemption, homeowners would receive the most property tax relief in state history this year.
Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) was promoted today to the Senate Leadership position of Vice President Pro Tempore of the Senate. This is the third highest position in the Senate Leadership.
“I am thrilled and humbled by this appointment,” said Senator Farley. “I have been honored to serve in the State Senate and am pleased that my Senate colleagues have expressed their confidence in me. I will continue to work with my fellow Senators to advance policies to improve our State, promote economic development and provide needed tax relief.”
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) and his fellow members of the Senate Republican Conference recently unveiled their new “Grown in New York” multi-part plan to help meet consumers’ demands for locally-grown food, support local farmers in their efforts to provide quality, fresh food, and strengthen rural communities.
As Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Libraries, Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) notes Monday, March 2nd, is the National Education Association's Read Across America Day, which encourages people to read to children. This annual event is held around the anniversary of the birthday of Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel).
"What better way to honor this children’s author than to read to a child," Senator Farley said.
Most people are familiar with health problems such as heart disease, breast cancer, diabetes and colon cancer. However, there are many rare diseases out there that people should be aware of and the ongoing need for diagnosis, support services and research. Saturday, Feb. 28th, is Rare Diseases Day and it is designed to highlight those diseases affecting fewer than 200,000 Americans. While these are considered rare diseases, there are more than 7,000 such diseases that together impact nearly 30 million Americans. Dealing with rare diseases not only affects the patient, but their entire families as well. To learn more about Rare Diseases Day, visit http://www.rarediseaseday.org/
Happy Birthday, President Lincoln! Today, Feb. 12th, is the celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday as well as his years as President of this Nation. Presidents’ Day, honoring him and all our Presidents, is Monday, Feb. 16th.
Families may want to visit the Hall of Governors at the State Capitol in Albany to learn more about Presidential connections to New York State. Martin Van Buren, Millard Fillmore, Chester Arthur, Grover Cleveland, Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt were all New Yorkers who became President. Presidents Van Buren, Cleveland and both Roosevelts had each served as Governor of New York.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady), along with his colleagues in the New York State Senate Majority, held a press conference in Albany today, and outlined their plan to abolish the notorious Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) and its impact on state funding to public schools. The Senate Republican Conference is proposing to return $1 billion to schools across the state by accelerating the complete elimination of the GEA in the 2015-16 state budget.
The GEA was first imposed on New Yorkers in 2010 by former Governor David Paterson and the Democrats who controlled the Senate and Assembly. The entire Senate Republican Conference voted against the GEA because it created severe cuts to the bottom lines for public schools.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reports that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed legislation that would help keep communities safer from sexual predators. The seven bills would help prevent the most dangerous offenders from having contact with children and college students, require more stringent residency reporting requirements for the sex offender registry, strengthen penalties for those who help sex offenders evade registration requirements, and create a public awareness program to educate schools, community groups, and clergy on issues related to sex offenders.
Legislation (S851) would prohibit Level 2 and 3 sex offenders from being placed in temporary and emergency housing or homeless shelters where children are present.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported recently the Joint Legislative Hearing Schedule on the 2015-2016 Executive Budget proposal has been released.
These hearings 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, which will be preempted when the houses are in session. At the conclusion of the legislative deliberations, the channel will resume televised coverage of the hearings.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced that in its first legislative act of 2015, the New York State Senate approved a comprehensive Women’s Equality Agenda that would enhance the rights of women and protect those who are most vulnerable to abuse and discrimination. These historic women’s measures are a top priority of the Senate Coalition and were passed unanimously on the first day the Senate began voting on legislation this session.
As we rapidly approach the New Year, I just wanted to touch base to let you know that a number of new laws will be taking effect on January 1, 2015. These include:
Hire a Veteran Tax Credit – Starting next year, businesses can receive a tax credit for hiring and employing a qualified veteran. The credit is equal to 10 percent of the total amount of wages paid to the qualified veteran during their first full year of employment. If the veteran is disabled, the credit amount is increased to 15 percent. The credit is capped at $5,000 per veteran or $15,000 per disabled veteran. Any unused credit may be carried forward to the following three years.
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."
While great strides have been made in the early detection and treatment of breast cancer -- and many women diagnosed with the disease are living long, healthy lives -- the fight against this deadly disease is far from over.
During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, women are encouraged to consult with their health care providers to learn more about the disease, discuss their concerns, and develop an appropriate plan for breast cancer screening -- because early detection can save lives.