Hugh T. Farley's Press releases

SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILL TO TOUGHEN CARJACKING PENALTIES WHEN A CHILD IS INSIDE THE VEHICLE

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate this last week passed legislation that would increase criminal penalties for carjacking when a child under the age of 16 is present in the vehicle. The bill (S1905), would make it a class B felony, punishable by up to 25 years in prison.

Last year, a woman and her 10-year-old daughter were abducted in a carjacking in the Syracuse suburb of Clay, Onondaga County. The mother was fatally stabbed, and the child escaped the vehicle, after being raped. In July, David J. Renz pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and predatory sexual assault against a child.

The bill was sent to the Assembly.

March 16, 2014
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Joint Budget Subcommittee Scheduled for March 17th

The Joint Budget Subcommittee Schedule has been slated for Monday, March 17th, starting at 12:30 p.m. in Hearing Room B. It is the following:

 

Cycle A – 1:30 PM

 

Public Protection/Criminal Justice/Judiciary – Hearing Room A

 

Mental Hygiene – Hearing Room B

 

Higher Education – Hearing Room C

 

 

 

Cycle B – 2:00 PM

 

Environment/Agriculture/Housing – Hearing Room A

 

Transportation – Hearing Room B

 

Human Services/Labor – Hearing Room C

 

 

 

Cycle C – 2:30 PM

 

Economic Development – Hearing Room A

 

Health – Hearing Room B

 

March 16, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY AND REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES UNVEIL PLAN TO SECURE THE FUTURE OF FAMILY FARMING

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) and fellow members of the Senate Republican Conference unveiled their “Young Farmers NY” plan on March 4th to address issues related to the advancing average age of New York farmers and to preserve the future of family farming. The initiative will support and encourage a new generation of farmers and help strengthen the state’s leading industry for decades to come.

“Young Farmers NY” is a series of proposals to smooth the transfer of farmland to the next generation, preserve existing farmland, and help young farmers overcome obstacles to give them a greater opportunity for a successful career in agriculture.

March 4, 2014
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Senator Farley Notes March Is Women's History Month

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) notes that March is Women’s History Month and the New York State Senate has developed a booklet which honors some Women of Distinction. To view, visit http://www.nysenate.gov/files/pdfs/Historic%20WOD%20Book.pdf

"Women have played a crucial role in New York State's political, social and economic development," Senator Farley said, “and Women’s History Month is a great time to take stock of the enormous contributions of great women from our past. The Senate’s Women of Distinction exhibit highlights some extraordinary people as an example of women’s achievements that continue to this very day.” The exhibit includes some women from our area.

March 3, 2014
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Senator Farley Encourages Parents To Read To Children As March 2nd Is Read Across America Day

As Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Libraries, Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) informs families that Sunday, 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). Many schools and libraries will be holding events throughout the week.

"What better way to honor this children’s author than to read to a child," Senator Farley said. "I always loved reading to my children and grandchildren. I read all the favorites and I never tire of it."

February 28, 2014
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Senator Farley Salutes Presidents’ Day

As Presidents' Day and local schools' February break approach, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) suggests families may want to visit the recently renovated Hall of Governors at the State Capitol in Albany to learn more about Presidential connections to New York State.

"Did you know that a number of Presidents have been closely associated with the history of New York State?" Senator Farley asked. "Martin Van Buren, Millard Fillmore, Chester Arthur, Grover Cleveland, Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt were all New Yorkers. Presidents Van Buren, Cleveland and both Roosevelts had each served as Governor of New York."

February 12, 2014
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TWO JOINT LEGISLATIVE BUDGET HEARINGS SLATED FOR TUESDAY, FEB. 11TH

The 12th and 13th Joint Legislative Hearings, in a series of 13 hearings, will be held on Tuesday, February 11th.

During the Hearing on Mental Hygiene, which is part of the legislative process to review the 2014-2015 Executive Budget, officials of state mental hygiene agencies and representatives of mental health advocacy organizations will have an opportunity to address the Senate and Assembly fiscal committees. This hearing will be held at 9:30 a.m.

During the Hearing on Workforce Development, which will be held at 1 p.m., state workforce development officials and representatives of public employee advocacy organizations will have an opportunity to address the Senate and Assembly fiscal committees.

February 10, 2014
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Senator Farley Notes February Is Black History Month

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced the New York State Senate recently passed a resolution commemorating February as Black History Month, a time of observance and remembrance of the role African American People played in shaping our Nation and its history.

February 7, 2014
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Wear Red and Join the Fight Against Heart Disease in Women

For more than a decade, millions of women have united to raise their voices about heart disease as part of the Go Red For Women movement. These efforts have helped saved lives and improve the health of thousands of women across the country.

While we've made remarkable progress, heart disease is still the No. 1 killer of women — killing more women than all forms of cancer combined.

National Wear Red Day — the first Friday each February — is a special day to bring attention to this silent killer of women.

On behalf of the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women Campaign, please join me in celebrating National Wear Red Day on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 to help fight women’s No. 1 killer — heart disease.

February 6, 2014
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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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