Hugh T. Farley's Press releases

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 www.nyapplecountry.com/pick.php. It's a great way to support our local farmers

September 26, 2013
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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
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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
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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
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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 www.timesunion.com/techcareerexpo

September 10, 2013
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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
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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 http://www.northvilleny.com/ and www.northvillerotary.com.

July 18, 2013
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MOHAWK VALLEY SENATORS ADVANCE FLOOD RECOVERY STRATEGY

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
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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
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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
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES PUBLIC ASSISTANCE INTEGRITY ACT

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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Senator Farley Supported Bill to Stop Sales of Lighters That Look Like Toys

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reports that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate today passed a bill to promote fire safety by prohibiting the sale and distribution of novelty lighters. The Gloversville Common Council asked Senator Farley to support this bill (S933A) that would remove novelty lighters - which have features like music, lights, and toy-like designs – from store shelves and prevent them from getting into the hands of children who may not understand the fire risk.

June 13, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE APPROVES BILL TO PREVENT INTOXICATED DRIVERS FROM AVOIDING PROSECUTION

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate passed legislation recently to prevent drunk and drugged drivers from evading prosecution. The legislation would allow law enforcement to seek court orders to compel whenever suspected drunk or drugged drivers refuse to submit to a chemical intoxication test.

 

Chemical tests, such as breath, blood and urine tests, determine a suspected drunk or drugged driver’s level of intoxication. Chemical tests are a critical piece of evidence used in a trial to prosecute a drunk or drugged driver for their crimes.

 

June 12, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO PROTECT PET OWNERS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate today passed a bill that would allow consumers more protections when purchasing a pet. The bill (S.3723B) would provide consumers with more information about the origins of their pet, and more protections should their pet become ill, under what is known as the “pet lemon law.”

The pet lemon law gives rights to consumers on their newly purchased pets. If a pet is diagnosed with a congenital malformation, is ill, or has a contagious infection or disease, the law covers consumers within fourteen business days. However, many times these congenital defects or illnesses do not show up in very young animals.

June 12, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSES BILL TO STOP CAREER CRIMINALS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced the New York State Senate recently passed a bill to stop perpetual repeat offenders who continue to commit misdemeanor crimes. The bill (S1521) establishes a new felony-level crime of aggravated criminal conduct to bring stronger penalties against those who commit a misdemeanor after having been already convicted for multiple misdemeanors within the past five years.

The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services reports that 8,824 individuals had been convicted of five or more misdemeanors within the three years that ended Dec. 31, 2010. Of those criminals, 1,600 of them had 10 or more convictions in the same time frame, and a staggering 169 criminals had 20 or more convictions.

June 11, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY APPROVES BILLS TO CUT RED TAPE THAT HURTS JOB CREATION

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed 14 regulatory reform bills as the first part of a major initiative, that includes statewide public forums, to identify and eliminate thousands of costly and unnecessary government regulations that inhibit job creation and drive up local property taxes.

The regulatory reform initiative is highlighted by the creation of a Berger Commission-style Task Force. The panel will have extraordinary power to review state rules, regulations, and public authorities and make recommendations for the repeal of ones that are determined to be unnecessary. The Task Force recommendations would be binding unless they are rejected by the Legislature.

June 11, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSES BILLS TO REDUCE ENERGY COSTS FOR BUSINESSES

 State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced the New York State Senate ecently passed two bills that would help businesses save money by increasing commercial tax exemptions for heating fuel and helping dairy farms invest in energy-efficient technology. The measures would reduce the cost of doing business in New York State to help spur economic growth in agriculture and other key industries.

May 30, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILL TO PROTECT INEXPERIENCED DRIVERS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate recently passed a bill to protect young and inexperienced drivers by helping to remove distractions that could lead to accidents. The legislation (S1511A) prohibits the use of cell phones – including hands-free devices – by drivers who hold learner’s permits.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reports that young drivers make up just seven percent of the driving population, but are involved in 15 percent of the fatal crashes. The NTSB recommended that all states prohibit holders of learner's permits or a class DJ or MJ license from using wireless mobile telephones while driving.

May 30, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILL TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM JEWELRY MADE WITH HARMFUL MATERIALS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate recently passed legislation that creates comprehensive safety requirements for children’s jewelry to prevent exposure to harmful materials. The bill (S3947) regulates heavy metals, magnets, and batteries in jewelry intended for use by children aged 12 and younger, consistent with the federal Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act.

Children can be exposed to harmful substances in jewelry by accidentally swallowing a piece of jewelry or by putting it in their mouth. When the jewelry becomes bitten, scratched, or damaged - which is likely with continued use by young children - exposure risk increases.

May 29, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES MEASURE TO INCREASE PENALTIES FOR SELLING DRUGS IN PARKS OR ON PLAYGROUNDS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate recently passed a bill increasing penalties for people who sell drugs in playgrounds and parks. The bill (S.2173A) would further protect kids and their families from the dangers of people who prey on children.

Current New York State law penalizes people who sell drugs on school grounds or day-care centers and this bill expands that to include parks and playgrounds. Drug dealers who target children are especially dangerous to society and should be subjected to stiffer penalties for selling or trying to sell drugs to children in this manner. This legislation takes the next step in targeting drug dealers who lurk in parks and playgrounds in an effort to take advantage of children.

May 29, 2013
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