Hugh T. Farley's Press releases

Senator Farley and Colleagues Conducted Cyber Security Hearing Nov. 18th

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) and six of his Senate colleagues hosted a hearing in Rome, NY, and heard testimony from experts in law enforcement, finance and computer science about the state’s preparedness against cyber-attacks on November 18th.

The hearing was open to the public and was streamed live on the Internet. It can be viewed at

Testimony was given by several experts, including:

• Benjamin Lawsky, Department of Financial Services superintendent

• Jerome Hauer, Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services commissioner

• Joseph D’Amico, State Police superintendent

November 22, 2013

Statement from Senator Hugh T. Farley:

I am extremely disappointed that Governor Cuomo vetoed legislation I sponsored to expand the state’s film tax credit to the Capital Region and Hudson Valley. All parts of the state should be treated fairly and equally when it comes to offering this credit. We’re talking about economically distressed areas that could really benefit from the jobs and economic activity that would be generated by film production. I hope this veto is only a temporary setback. In his veto message, the Governor said expanding the film tax credit should be discussed as part of the 2014-15 budget and I look forward to pursuing it.

November 14, 2013

Senator Farley Notes November is NYS History Month and Elizabeth Cady Stanton Day Is Nov. 12th

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) is pleased to inform constituents that November 12th is designated as Elizabeth Cady Stanton Day in New York State.

"This day was picked because Elizabeth's birthday is November 12th," Senator Farley explained. "November is also New York State History Month."

November 6, 2013

Senator Farley Notes Monday Is Veterans Day

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) reminds constituents that Monday, November 11th, is Veterans Day.

"Veterans Day essentially dates back to November 11, 1919. On that day, our nation first observed Armistice Day. This holiday sought to remember and celebrate the end of World War I, which occurred in 1918 on the eleventh day of the eleventh month on the eleventh hour. That is why many people observe a moment of silence at 11 a.m. In 1954, Armistice Day was re-designated as Veterans Day to honor and remember the sacrifices of all the men and women who have served our country in the military," Senator Farley said.

November 4, 2013

Senator Farley Offers Halloween Safety Tips

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."

October 23, 2013

Senator Farley Honors Fallen Firefighters

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the honor and privilege to speak at the 2013 Fallen Firefighters Memorial Ceremony in Albany on October 8th. The annual ceremony is held during Fire Prevention Week and honors those who gave their lives in the line of duty. The memorial was first dedicated in 1988 and now holds 2,381 names on the wall.


"It is important that we always remember, and recognize, the service -- and sacrifice -- made by our firefighters," Senator Farley said. "On behalf of the New York State Senate, let me express our gratitude and appreciation to our firefighters and their families."


October 9, 2013

Senator Farley Offers Safety Tips as Part of Fire Prevention Month

October is National Fire Prevention Month and as part of that commemoration, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) offers safety tips.

"Protecting our loved ones is the responsibility of every parent, neighbor and citizen," Senator Farley said. "That's why it is important to stay informed on fire safety and to take steps to protect yourself and your families."

Senator Farley said it is important that everyone in your family knows to call 911 to report a fire or other emergency. Have your children practice what they would say on the phone in case of a real emergency.

October 7, 2013

Military Veterans Can Apply for Special Designation on Driver’s License

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced that starting today, military veterans -- who are residents of New York State -- will be able to apply for a special designation on their State driver’s license. Those interested individuals cannot apply by phone or online but must apply in person at a Department of Motor Vehicles office. The veteran status will be printed on all future NYS DMV photo documents. For more information, visit

October 3, 2013

Senator Farley Reflects on Marie Valachovic

It is with deep sadness that I report my dear friend and Fulton County District Office Coordinator Marie Valachovic passed away earlier this week. I was pleased to name her Woman of Distinction earlier this year as Marie has touched so many people with her energy, enthusiasm and passion for life. A lifelong resident of Johnstown, she helped so many individuals and organizations. I am honored to have had Marie be a part of my life.


October 2, 2013

Have a Healthy Fall -- Support Your Local Apple Grower!

With 2013 shaping up to be one of the best years yet for New York State’s apple growers, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectay) encourages all New Yorkers (and tourists!) to visit a local apple orchard this autumn.

There are 654 apple orchards around the state offering a variety of apple products, including cider, doughnuts, wine and apples. To find the nearest u-pick orchard, visit It's a great way to support our local farmers

September 26, 2013

Senator Farley Reminds Constituents to Be Prepared for Possible Emergencies

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) reminds constituents they should be prepared in case a disaster happens.

To highlight the designation of September as National Preparedness Month, Senator Farley offers the following tips:

* Prepare a disaster supply kit that would keep you and your family self-sufficient for three days, including: one gallon of water per person per day, stored in clean plastic containers; non-perishable food; first aid kit, including information on prescription medications and eyeglasses; battery-operated radio, flashlight and extra batteries; extra clothing; blankets or sleeping bags; and important papers such as identification, credit cards and cash.

September 16, 2013

Senator Farley Announces Constitution Week

This week is Constitution Week and State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) said the commemoration is being held to remind people of the uniqueness of our government and the importance of this document.

Senator Farley said on September 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution and sent copies to the state legislatures for ratification and to officially join the Union. On July 26, 1788, New York State became the 11th state to approve the U.S. Constitution.

September 16, 2013

Senator Farley Reminds Constituents of the State Museum’s 9/11 Exhibit

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C, I - Schenectady) informs constituents that the New York State Museum in Albany continues to display an exhibit that honors the heroes and remembers those who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Congress has designated September 11th of each year as "Patriot Day."

September 10, 2013

Senator Farley announces Tech Career Expo on September 12th

The Capital Region is playing a leading role in technological advances, and a free Tech Career Expo is being held this Thursday September 12th at SEFCU Arena on the campus of the University at Albany.

The event will include exhibitors and panel discussions, providing a forum to learn about career opportunities and technological advances that affect a wide variety of businesses.

For more information about the event, visit

September 10, 2013

BASIC STAR Registration Fact Sheet

New legislation will require all homeowners receiving a Basic STAR exemption to register with the New York State Tax Department in order to receive STAR exemptions in 2014 and subsequent years.  Registration will begin on August 19 and continue through December 31, 2013.  For more information on this registration requirement, please click on the box below for a STAR fact sheet. 

August 16, 2013

Two Upcoming Adirondack Festivals Showcase Local Talents and Culture

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) is pleased to alert people to report two events being held this weekend in his district that highlight Adirondack activities and talent.

“Starting Friday, July 19th, the annual Northville Rotary Woodworking & Fine Arts Weekend will be held at the Town Park on Main Street,” Senator Farley said. “The festival starts with an artists’ reception on Friday and continues on Saturday and Sunday with music, vendors and more.”

For more information on the festival nestled in the foothills of the Adirondacks, visit and

July 18, 2013


Mohawk Valley state senators Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta), Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R/C/I-Rome), Senator Hugh T. Farley (R/C/I-Schenectady) and Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today announced a multi-prong strategy to assist local businesses and residents recover and rebuild from devastating June/July flooding.

July 12, 2013

Senator Farley Reflects on New York's Role in the Birth of This Nation

As Americans celebrate Independence Day, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) reflects on the birth of this nation and New York State's role in the development of our nation.

Independence Day is the anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

"As one of the original 13 states, New York played a key role in helping construct the freedoms and rights we all appreciate as Americans," Senator Farley said.

July 3, 2013

Senator Farley Announces Local Libraries Awarded Construction Grants

As a longtime library advocate and Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Libraries, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) is pleased to announce four libraries in his 49th Senatorial 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 is installing climate control systems so books do not deteriorate, improving entrances for people with disabilities, or upgrading wiring for Internet and computer needs.”

June 24, 2013


State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate recently approved the “Public Assistance Integrity Act” that would help cut down on the flagrant abuse of EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) cards by prohibiting welfare recipients from using cash assistance to purchase tobacco, alcoholic beverages, lottery tickets or to gamble.

EBT cards work like a debit card for welfare recipients. This card contains both Food Stamps and Cash Assistance. Food Stamps have strict regulations on what can be purchased, Cash Assistance does not. Cash Assistance is intended for items that can’t be purchased using food stamps, like soap, toothpaste, school supplies and toiletries.

June 19, 2013
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