The murder of community residence worker Renee Greco in Lockport and the shooting of Rochester Police Officer Anthony DiPonzio has spurred a special legislative task force to seek state records for answers related to the increase of youth violence.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) on November 10th joined dozens of local officials and community members from Crown Point, Essex County and Edinburg, Saratoga County to rally support for critically important investments in bridge and roadway projects.
The grave situation involving the restriction of the Batchellerville Bridge is disturbing and I have contacted the Governor numerous times about the future of this bridge and the negative effects of both the current alternating one-way traffic and the future possible closure. I am calling for quick action to replace the bridge so this region does not have to go through a situation that citizens of Crown Point are currently facing --- a closed bridge with jobs on the line and potential emergencies becoming fatal due to slow response times.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) criticizes, and warns constituents of, the new Department of Motor Vehicles fee increases that were included in Governor Paterson's budget and are scheduled to start September 1st.
"New York State drivers licenses and registrations will increase by 25 percent, and this will definitely hurt our upstate families who rely on vehicles to get to work, doctor's appointments and other necessary engagements. I strongly urge Governor Paterson to reconsider these hikes when we reconvene later this year to discuss budget issues."
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) is pleased to announce he has heard from Governor David Paterson's office that the changes to the controversial Great Sacandaga Lake permit system have been withdrawn for the time being.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) and his fellow members of the Senate Republican conference pushed on June 1st for legislation, supported by District Attorneys and concerned advocates throughout the State, that would fix a dangerous problem created by Democrats who changed the State’s drug laws as part of the 2009-10 state budget.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady), Assemblyman Marc Butler (R - Herkimer), and Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward (R, I – Willsboro) continue to be concerned with the latest development in the Great Sacandaga Lake permit system. At the recommendation of the State Department of Environmental Conversation (DEC), the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District (HRBRRD) is proposing to dramatically overturn the longstanding permit system and allow the entire lake's shorelines to become completely open to the public.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced recently that the New York State Senate Republican Program Development Committee will be hosting the first in a series of public forums across the State to assist in development of the Senate Republican’s 2010 legislative action plan on Thursday, May 28th at Mercy College in Yorktown Heights.
Starting June 1st, New Yorkers will be paying more for bottled water, paying more for purchases made over the Internet and paying more for auto insurance as a result of tax increases passed by Democrats in the Senate and Assembly as part of the 2009-10 state budget, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) said.
In addition, June 1st tax hikes will hit companies that transport employees in and out of New York and double a state fee on auto insurance policies.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) and his fellow members of the Senate Republican Conference sent a letter on May 5th to Governor David Paterson, Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, urging them to address a problem created in the state budget, that is forcing businesses located in Empire Zones to give the state what amounts to an interest-free loan of more than half a billion dollars.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) is asking fellow New Yorkers to join him in fighting to restore STAR rebate checks to homeowners through an amendment that was voted down by the Senate Democrats.
It’s hard to believe, but it is true. Fifty years after the 1963 Equal Pay Act was signed into law, pay discrimination in the workplace still exists in America.
In June, the Senate unanimously passed legislation to strengthen New York’s laws and ensure that women receive equal pay for equal work. However, action is still needed by the State Assembly on this bill.