Hugh T. Farley's Press releases

NEWEST FLOOD RECOVERY INFORMATION

It is amazing and wonderful to see the donations and help coming from area communities for the victims of Irene and Lee. It has been almost a month since the first of many natural disasters occurred in our area and still, people continue to help. A trailer full of food, water, cleaning supplies, personal items, etc., continues to be at Scott Hall at the Fonda fairgrounds. Area Presbyterian Church youth were supposed to be on a canoe retreat last weekend but switched gears and made the event a mission trip to Schoharie to help clean up buildings. A benefit dinner to help victims in Rotterdam Junction will be held on Oct. 2nd at Carm’s Restaurant, 140 Freemans Bridge Road, Scotia.

September 27, 2011
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FLOOD RECOVERY INFORMATION UPDATE

The State continues to focus on victims of Irene and Lee and now disaster food stamp benefits are available to those in Montgomery and Schenectady counties. Called the Disaster Food Stamp Benefits Program, this temporary help will aid those who were displaced from their homes and have become unemployed because of the storms. To learn more about the program and to apply, call (800) 342-3009 or contact your local Department of Social Services.

September 24, 2011
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Senator Farley Introduces New Bill to Help Flood Victims With Assessments

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) is co-sponsoring a bill that would establish the Flood Assessment Relief Act of 2011 for those areas that were declared a State disaster emergency area by Governor Cuomo during the time period of August 26th to September 11th. If this legislation becomes law, it would give local taxing authorities the option to assign a new taxable value to properties damaged 50 percent or more by Irene or Lee for the 2011 - 2012 tax cycle.

September 23, 2011
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ADDITIONAL FLOOD RECOVERY INFORMATION

The Schenectady County Bar Association emailed me this week asking me to relay to flood victims the announcement of a free clinic on Friday, Sept. 23rd, from 4 to 7 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 24th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Rotterdam Square Mall. Please note, this is strictly for those who have legal needs resulting from the recent natural disasters. A similar program is being conducted in Greene County by the New York State Trial Lawyers and this association said it is setting up dates to provide legal assistance to victims of Irene in Montgomery County. As soon as the dates are set, I will post the information.

September 22, 2011
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LATEST FLOOD RECOVERY INFORMATION

The New York State Library reached out to me this week stating FEMA will be holding special meetings for public libraries and other not-for-profit organizations who suffered from Hurricane Irene. In Schenectady County, the meeting will be held on Sept. 27th at 1 p.m. at South Schenectady Fire Department, 6 Old Mariaville Road, Rotterdam. In Montgomery County, the briefing will be held on Sept. 28th at 1 p.m. at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Fonda. My office is reaching out to the Walter Elwood Museum and Old Fort Johnson about these meetings so those groups can see if they are eligible for FEMA assistance. Libraries affected by the flooding should also reach out to the Division of Library Development at www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev

September 21, 2011
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ADDITIONAL FLOOD RECOVERY INFORMATION

Yesterday, the NYS Economic Development agency reached out to me to help encourage businesses affected by Irene and Lee to work first with their insurance companies and then apply for FEMA assistance. Businesses can also call the regular FEMA number at (800) 621-3362 as well as the SBA Disaster Customer Assistance Center at (800) 659-2955. The State agency also encourages businesses to go to its website at www.esd.ny.gov to fill out a questionnaire. This way, if other assistance becomes available, the agency knows how much damage has been done to entrepreneurs in this State. For businesses who have problems and concerns, call NYS Economic Development at (800) STATE-NY (1-800-782-8369).

September 15, 2011
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FLOOD RECOVERY INFORMATION UPDATE

I remind constituents in Montgomery and Schenectady Counties that FEMA Disaster Assistance Centers are still open at the Riverfront Center’s parking lot in Amsterdam and in the Rotterdam Square Mall. If you have not applied for FEMA assistance, I strongly urge you to go now before their offices close. Businesses are also encouraged to stop by the Disaster Assistance Centers as a federal SBA (Small Business Administration) office is also there. If residents cannot get to the centers, call FEMA at (800) 621-3362. Businesses can also call the regular FEMA number as well as the SBA Disaster Customer Assistance Center at (800) 659-2955.

September 14, 2011
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Newest Flooding Information

I am pleased to report that Schenectady County is now eligible for both municipal and individual FEMA assistance, same as Montgomery County. This means local governments, as well as homeowners, renters and businesses, can apply for FEMA aid. To register for FEMA assistance, call (800) 621-3362, or register online at http://www.disasterassistance.gov/

September 8, 2011
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Senator Farley Announces Help for Area Farmers Affected by Flooding

As local counties continue to get hammered by Mother Nature, a new State Agricultural and Community Recovery Fund has been established to help rebuild the farming industry in this region, according to State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady).

September 8, 2011
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Updated Flood Information

I am pleased to report that affected homeowners, renters and businesses in Montgomery, Saratoga and Schenectady Counties are now eligible for FEMA assistance. To register for FEMA assistance, call (800) 621-3362, or register online at http://www.disasterassistance.gov/

Residents in those counties still need help while the FEMA process is underway. The following is contact information for some of the organizations which can provide assistance to affected persons. Most of these organizations are also taking donations and/or volunteer help.

September 2, 2011
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Montgomery County Eligible for FEMA Assistance

I am pleased to report that Montgomery County is now eligible for FEMA assistance for both municipal and individual assistance, which includes homeowners, renters and businesses. To register for FEMA assistance, call (800) 621-3362, or register online at http://www.disasterassistance.gov/ Affected homeowners and businesses in Schenectady and Saratoga Counties can also apply for FEMA assistance.

September 2, 2011
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Senator Farley Calls on President to Expand Disaster Assistance for Montgomery County

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) called on President Obama and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to expand federal disaster assistance available to Montgomery County so home and business owners can apply for federal assistance.

While localities in Montgomery County will be eligible to receive federal assistance to pay for road, bridge and infrastructure repairs related to the storm, home and business owners were not included on the list.

September 1, 2011
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FEMA Designation Update

Update: The Governor’s Office called this afternoon asking residents to be reassured the FEMA disaster designation process for this region is not over. Again, strong concern was communicated to him that Montgomery County was left off the initial list and that residents and businesses were hit hard and are in desperate need.

August 31, 2011
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Additional Information on Dealing With Flood Recovery

 

Helpful Phone Numbers:

Here is contact information for organizations which can provide assistance to affected persons.

American Red Cross of Northeastern New York (Montgomery, Schenectady and Fulton Counties): 458-8111 or (800) 831-0927

Salvation Army (Amsterdam): 842-9941

Salvation Army (Fulton County): 725-4119

Catholic Charities (Fulton County): 762-8313

Catholic Charities (Saratoga County): 587-5000

Regional Food Bank: 786-3691

Schenectady City Mission: 346-2275

Valley Alliance Church (Montgomery County): 993-3458

Franklin Community Center (Saratoga Springs): 587-9826

August 31, 2011
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Sen. Farley Statement on FEMA Designation for Schenectady and Montgomery Counties

I am glad Schenectady County was included in the expedited declaration of being a disaster zone and being eligible for FEMA aid. However, I am deeply concerned that Montgomery County was not included in the initial round. Montgomery County residents and businesses were hit hard and are in desperate need of help. I understand that federal officials will be taking a closer look at other affected communities, like Montgomery County. I fully expect that Montgomery County will receive federal disaster designation, and I am strongly urging State and Federal agencies to act quickly to make Montgomery County eligible for federal assistance.

August 31, 2011
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Senator Farley Announces Improved Power Permitting Process

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) is pleased to announce Governor Cuomo signed legislation into law on August 4th that updates and improves the process for reviewing and siting electric generating facilities in New York State.

"This new law should help ensure that we have a reliable and adequate supply of electricity, which is generated by cleaner and more efficient facilities," said Senator Farley. "This is especially important to help promote economic development and jobs within the State."

August 5, 2011
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Senator Farley Reminds Bicyclists of the Rules of the Road

 

With summer here, many people have been enjoying outdoor activities. State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) wants to remind bicyclists of the importance of bike safety.

 

"I've seen many people enjoying the local trails such as Fulton County's FJ&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 27, 2011
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Senator Farley Offers Boating Safety Suggestions this Summer

With the hot weather here, many boaters are taking to our local waterways. State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) reminds boaters to be safe and to remember the laws that govern traveling on the water.

"Each year, over 1 million boaters take to our State's bodies of water. Boating, sailing and water skiing can be enjoyable family activities if boats are used safely and responsibly," Senator Farley said.

July 21, 2011
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Senator Farley Notes Civil War Exhibits

As the United States of America commemorates the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) says a new exhibit at the State Capitol focuses on the New York flags that were flown during the Civil War.

Located on the second floor of the Capitol in Albany, there are eight flags on display, Senator Farley said. Called "1861: Banners for Glory," the flags will be on display through June 2012. The flags have undergone restorations by staff from the New York State Military Museum. "Viewing these flags helps bring history to life," Senator Farley said. "This display is not only for Civil War enthusiasts but also a great educational opportunity for those visiting the Capitol as part of a family outing."

July 15, 2011
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