Hugh T. Farley's Press releases

SENATE GIVES APPROVAL TO BILL THAT PROTECTS NEW YORK'S WATER RESOURCES

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (r, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed a bill on June 16th protecting New York’s environmental and economic future by improving management of water supplies and preventing over-consumption by large-scale users. The bill (S.3798) ensures that water supplies will be protected to meet the needs of New York’s residents, industry, agriculture and environment now and into the future.

June 17, 2011
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SENATE GIVES APPROVAL TO BILL THAT PROTECTS NEW YORK'S WATER RESOURCES

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (r, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed a bill on June 16th protecting New York’s environmental and economic future by improving management of water supplies and preventing over-consumption by large-scale users. The bill (S.3798) ensures that water supplies will be protected to meet the needs of New York’s residents, industry, agriculture and environment now and into the future.

June 17, 2011
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SENATE PASSES RENEE'S LAW

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed "Renee’s Law" on June 15th, which would help protect staff of the state’s youth residential programs and ensure appropriate placement of youth based on their criminal history. The bill (S.5565) was prompted by the brutal 2009 murder of Renee Greco committed by youth in her care. Renee Greco was only 24-years-old when she was bludgeoned to death while supervising troubled teenagers at a group home in Lockport, Niagara County.

June 17, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BILL REQUIRING CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR BUS DRIVERS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed legislation on June 2nd that would help ensure bus safety. The bill requires bus drivers to submit to a criminal history check. The legislation aims to improve safety for bus passengers following a string of bus crashes caused by dangerous bus drivers with a history of criminal driving convictions.

June 6, 2011
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SENATE CELEBRATES MEMORIAL DAY WITH PASSAGE OF BILLS TO HELP VETERANS AND ACTIVE MILITARY

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate commemorated the upcoming Memorial Day observance by taking time during the May 25th Session to honor current and former military service members, and especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

May 26, 2011
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Saluting Our Military

May is National Military Appreciation Month. Armed Forces Day was observed on May 21st and Memorial Day will be observed at the end of the month, on May 30th.

Our veterans have sacrificed so much for keeping our country safe and free, but do we ever take the time to tell them? Next time you see a local veteran, shake his or her hand and say "thank you" -- that all of the sacrifices were worth it.Memorial Day originally began as a time for the families of Civil War soldiers to commemorate the heroic actions of their deceased family members. Over the years, it came to serve as a commemoration to remember all the U.S. men and women killed or missing in action when serving their country.

May 25, 2011
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Saluting Our Military by Senator Hugh T. Farley

May is National Military Appreciation Month. Armed Forces Day was observed on May 21st and Memorial Day will be observed at the end of the month, on May 30th.

Our veterans have sacrificed so much for keeping our country safe and free, but do we ever take the time to tell them? Next time you see a local veteran, shake his or her hand and say "thank you" -- that all of the sacrifices were worth it.Memorial Day originally began as a time for the families of Civil War soldiers to commemorate the heroic actions of their deceased family members. Over the years, it came to serve as a commemoration to remember all the U.S. men and women killed or missing in action when serving their country.

May 25, 2011
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SENATE ACTS TO PROTECT NEW YORK'S MOST VULNERABLE CHILDREN AND ADULTS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed a measure on May 24th to prevent child and adult abuse and expand the authority of protective workers to enable full investigations into allegations of abuse. The bill (S.3306B) is due to the murder and abuse of Laura Cummings, a mentally and physically challenged young adult from Erie County.

Twenty-three-year-old Laura Cummings was murdered last year by her mother and suffered a lifetime of physical, mental, and sexual abuse by her mother and half-brother. The abuse was reported to Social Services officials on numerous occasions but no actions were taken to prevent the terrible conditions Laura endured.

May 25, 2011
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SENATE PASSES ACADEMIC RESEARCH INFORMATION ACCESS ACT

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed legislation May 17th that would enable public and private academic and research libraries in New York State to create an information infrastructure unequaled in the world.

Known as ARIA, the Academic Research Information Access Act (S.3736-A), leverages the state’s public and private higher education sector – arguably the largest and most diverse in the nation – to facilitate collaboration and efficiencies by providing for the voluntary pooling of assets in order to obtain access to high-end electronic, peer-reviewed, information resources such as journals, serials, and databases.

May 19, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BRITTANY' LAW, CREATES STATEWIDE VIOLENT FELONY OFFENDER REGISTRY

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed Brittany’s Law (S.3645B) on May 17th, a bill that would establish a statewide violent felony offender registry by requiring offenders to register with the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services upon release from prison. The law is intended to increase the safety of all New Yorkers by providing access to the list of convicted violent offenders.

May 19, 2011
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SENATE PASSES "ADOPT-A-PARK" PROGRAM

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed the "Adopt-a-Park" bill on May 16th, which allows the state and municipalities to work together to develop agreements with volunteers to beautify parklands. Bill S.2686A would assist local governments in continuing to provide communities with safe and enjoyable public spaces by allowing volunteer groups to provide services to enhance and maintain parks.Modeled after the successful "Adopt-a-Highway" program, Adopt-a-Park gives local governments the ability to fully avail themselves of assistance offered by volunteer groups.

May 17, 2011
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SENATE ACTS TO CREATE NEW PANEL TO SUPPORT AGING VETERANS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate approved legislation on May 16th to help older veterans by creating an advisory committee that specifically assists state officials in addressing important veterans issues. New York has the second highest veteran population in the United States and bill S.3337 focuses on improving the care and state support available to aging veterans by creating a panel of gerontology and veterans’ issue experts.Older veterans represent a population in New York whose needs and problems pervade multiple geriatrics and gerontology disciplines.

May 17, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BOATER SAFETY BILL

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed a bill on May 16th that requires all individuals, regardless of age, who have been found guilty of operating a boat after consuming alcohol to take a boating safety course before they can operate a boat again. With peak boating season soon approaching, bill S.2903B, helps prevent accidents stemming from individuals who are guilty of boating while intoxicated. The state already requires those age 21 and older and who are convicted of boating while intoxicated to obtain a boating safety certificate before operating a vehicle.

May 17, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO END CRIMINALS' ABILITY TO PROFIT FROM CRIME

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed legislation on May 10th that protects the rights of victims by prohibiting criminals from profiting from crimes, regardless of their plea or conviction. The bill (S.4393) closes a loophole in the original Son of Sam law which was designed to prevent the Son of Sam, David Berkowitz, from profiting from his crime.

May 11, 2011
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Senator Farley Announces Local Libraries Awarded Construction Grants

A longtime library advocate, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) is pleased to announce seven libraries and library systems in his district were recently awarded public library construction funds that will allow them to improve their facilities.

"Libraries are a place of lifelong learning that are available to everyone," Senator Farley said. "These funds will help improve the buildings that house vital information and allow organizations to keep up with the demands of their users -- whether it be installing climate control systems so books do not detiorate, improving entrances for people with disabilities, or upgrading wiring for Internet and computer needs."

May 11, 2011
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SENATE PASSES MEASURE TO BOOST INVESTMENT IN CONSUMER-GENERATED RENEWABLE ENERGY

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed a bill on May 9th that builds upon existing net metering laws to allow certain electricity customer-generators to receive credit for off-site energy production. The legislation (S.3407A) enables small producers to plan for their long-term energy use and would increase participation in alternative energy investment.

May 10, 2011
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SENATE PASSES MICHELLE AND JORDAN'S LAW

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed legislation on May 9th to increase penalties for unlawful high-speed car racing which has caused numerous accidents across the state, including the deaths of a 17-year-old Staten Island girl and a 5-year-old Queens boy. Michelle and Jordan’s Law (S.2938A) stems from tragic crashes involving suspected drag racing at excessive speeds.

May 10, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO BAN SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed legislation on May 9th that would ban the sale of synthetic marijuana products throughout the State. This fake drug, which has been legally available under a variety of names like K2, Spike 99 and Spice at stores throughout New York State, including on Long Island and just blocks away from the State Capitol in Albany, is smoked as an alternative to marijuana and has similar effects.

May 10, 2011
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SENATE ACTS TO MAKE ROADS SAFER HELP RESIDENTS OBTAIN STAR TAX BENEFITS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed 18 bills on May 3rd that covered a variety of topics including the strengthening of penalties and prohibitions for dangerous driving, as well as helping certain property owners receive the STAR tax exemption benefits for which they are eligible.


Dangerous Driving

 

May 5, 2011
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN LAW ON TEXT MESSAGING WHILE DRIVING

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced on May 3rd that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed a bill (S.998B) that will make it easier for law enforcement to crack down on texting-while-driving offenses and prevent tragic accidents caused by drivers distracted by texting.

The bill would make text messaging while driving a primary violation rather than a secondary violation. Under the current law, a driver can only be cited for texting-while-driving if another violation, such as speeding, is also being cited.

May 5, 2011
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