Hugh T. Farley's Press releases

SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES WOMEN’S EQUALITY LEGISLATION

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported that the New York State Senate recently passed three bills – all part of the Senate’s Women’s Equality Agenda – that would prevent employment discrimination against people with families, stop housing discrimination against victims of domestic violence, and ensure women receive equal pay for equal work.

STOPPING DISCRIMINATION BASED ON FAMILY STATUS

The Senate unanimously passed legislation (S5875) to help working mothers by preventing discrimination in the hiring and promotion of people with families. The bill prohibits employers from denying work or promotions based on family status, such as parents and women who are pregnant.

June 17, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES PACKAGE OF BILLS TO FIGHT THE FINANCIAL EXPLOITATION OF SENIOR CITIZENS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reports that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed a package of eight bills to prevent criminals from using financial schemes to prey upon senior citizens. The measures were recommended in a report released by the Senate Majority Coalition in May that examined this growing issue that affects thousands of senior New Yorkers each year.

June 16, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILL TO MAKE RESIDENTIAL YOUTH FACILITIES SAFER

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reports that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed a measure to protect the staff and youth in group homes and other youth residential facilities. “Renee’s Law” (S2625B) increases the criminal history and other information available to those involved in residential placements for violent youth offenders so that a thorough evaluation of the youth's rehabilitation and the risk they pose to the community can be performed.

The measure was named for Renee Greco, a 24-year-old youth care worker who was killed at a group home for troubled youths in Lockport, Niagara County

June 13, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE GIVES FINAL PASSAGE TO “VINCE’S LAW”

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently gave final legislative passage to “Vince’s Law,” a bill that would significantly toughen criminal penalties to get persistent drunk drivers off the road.

Bill S7108 would extend the period of time in which multiple Driving While Intoxicated convictions can occur in order to be considered a felony. Under the bill, an individual convicted of three or more DWIs within 15 preceding years would be charged with a Class D felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

June 13, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILL TO END PREGNANCY DISCRIMINATION IN THE WORKPLACE

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reports that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate unanimously passed legislation today that would require employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with pregnancy-related medical conditions.

Bill S5880 would require employers to perform a reasonable accommodation analysis for employees with conditions related to pregnancy and childbirth. A pregnancy-related condition would be treated as a temporary disability. Additionally, it would codify in law a regulation that an employee must provide medical or other information to verify the existence of the condition. The reasonable accommodation would not have to be granted if it imposed an undue hardship on an employer.

June 12, 2014
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Senator Farley Announces Local Libraries Awarded Construction Aid

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 six 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 “These funds will help improve the buildings that house vital information and allow organizations so keep up with the demands of their users – whether it is installing climate control systems to books do not deteriorate, improving entrances for people with disabilities, or increasing space due to growing demands.”

June 12, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE GIVES FINAL PASSAGE TO STRONGER “CAMPUS SAFETY ACT”

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently gave final legislative passage to a measure (S2753B) that will assist victims of violent crimes and students who may have gone missing by requiring the timely notification of law enforcement.

The bill strengthens the existing College Safety Act by requiring colleges and universities to notify law enforcement within 24 hours of receiving a report of a violent felony or when a student who resides in campus housing is missing.

June 12, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES TAX RELIEF LEGISLATION

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported that he and his colleagues in the State Senate recently passed seven bills that would provide tax relief to businesses, expand exemptions from the job-killing MTA payroll tax, encourage historic preservation projects, reduce energy taxes, protect forestland, and provide tax benefits to disabled veterans, as well as teachers who purchase school supplies.

The bills approved by the Senate included:

Expanding the Historic Preservation Tax Credit

June 11, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS RESOLUTION COMMEMORATES 70th ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY INVASION

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate honored World War II veterans on June 2nd by adopting a resolution that commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Allied Army invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, a defining day in world history that marked the beginning of the liberation of Europe and the eventual end of World War II; as well as passing a package of legislation to benefit veterans, and men and women in active military duty.

June 3, 2014
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Senator Farley Honors Scotia-Glenville Basketball Team Today in Senate Chamber

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) honored members of the 2013-2014 State Champion Scotia-Glenville Boys’ Varsity Basketball Team on Tuesday, May 20th, at the State Capitol with a State Senate Resolution honoring the team.

The Resolution congratulates the Scotia-Glenville High School Boys' Varsity Basketball Team upon the occasion of winning the NYSPHSAA Class A State Championship.

The resolution text is as follows:

WHEREAS, Excellence in competitive sports can be achieved only through strenuous practice, team play and team spirit, nurtured by dedicated coaching and strategic planning; and

May 20, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILL TO BOOST STATE FUNDING FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate passed legislation to direct more state economic development funding to small businesses so they can become more economically competitive, grow, and create more jobs. The bill (S1530) would require state agencies that award economic development assistance to give preference to small businesses and entrepreneurs because they are most in need of assistance and are significant job creators.

May 8, 2014
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Senator Farley to Honor Union Hockey on Senate Floor on May 7th

Members of the Union College Men’s Hockey Team will be the guests of State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) on Wednesday, May 7th, in the Senate Chamber at the new York State Capitol. The Senator will present a New York State Senate Resolution honoring the team and they will be introduced to the entire New York State Senate.

The resolution congratulates the Union College Men’s Hockey Team and Coach Rick Bennett upon the occasion of winning the NCAA Division 1 Championship.

 

May 6, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE BILL CREATES HARSHER PENALTIES FOR METHAMPHETAMINE PRODUCTION

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) recently announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed legislation to reduce the number of clandestine methamphetamine laboratories, which pose dangerous threats to public health and safety. The bill (S3639) implements a series of increasingly severe felony offenses to strengthen the criminal penalties for methamphetamine manufacturing and the possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material.

Methamphetamine manufacturing involves the use of highly explosive, flammable and toxic chemicals, and meth labs pose a significant public health and safety threat, especially if they are located in residential neighborhoods.

April 30, 2014
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Senator Farley Salutes Neil Golub

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of presenting President and Chief Executive Officer of the Golub Corporation and Price Chopper Supermarkets Neil Golub with a New York State Senate Resolution on April 23rd. The resolution honored Mr. Golub for recently receiving the Sidney R. Rabb Award from the Food Marketing Institute.

Senator Farley was proud to present the resolution to the Schenectady County resident and commended him for his role in the community.

In 2006, Mr. Golub was awarded the New York State Liberty Medal upon the recommendation of Senator Farley for his life’s work as a leading businessman, community leader, and philanthropist.

April 24, 2014
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Senator Farley Reminds Constituents Blue Friday is April 25th

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of promoting Blue Friday, April 25th, with his friends Sean and Richie at 107.7 WGNA Radio Station this morning.

"The first year we started doing this was in 2005, and I worked with radio station WGNA in creating this official State day to salute fallen law enforcement officers, and to support the families of fallen officers," Senator Farley said.

He was also honored to receive a plaque from Blue Friday of New York, recognizing the Senator for his unwavering support of Blue Friday over the years.

Blue Friday New York is a nonprofit organization that helps survivors of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty by serving as a clearinghouse for benefits, information, and resources.

April 22, 2014
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Senator Farley Announces April 13th – 19th Is Library Week

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Libraries, noted this week is National Library Week.

"Libraries are a place of lifelong learning," Senator Farley added. "Librarians are truly amazing people. They inspire our youth and invite them into a library where there is an adventure on every shelf."

April 14, 2014
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Senator Farley Says National Volunteer Week (April 6th - 12th) Is a Great Time to Get Involved

State Senator Hugh T. Farley(R, C, I – Schenectady) says National Volunteer Week, April 6th – 12th, helps celebrate ordinary people doing extraordinary things, and is designed to highlight the enormous contributions that volunteers make every day. Established in 1974, this year marks the 40th anniversary of National Volunteer Week, a clear reflection of the long and proud tradition of volunteerism in our nation.

Whether it's mentoring a student who needs help and guidance, or volunteering time at a local library, VA hospital, nursing home or firehouse, volunteers help make our nation and our local communities more vibrant, compassionate and strong, Senator Farley said.

April 4, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS 2014-15 STATE BUDGET CUTS TAXES TO CREATE NEW JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL NEW YORKERS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported the 2014-15 State Budget, approved by the State Senate, includes significant tax relief to businesses to encourage them to grow and create new job opportunities for New Yorkers.

Highlights of business tax reductions include the following:

Lower Taxes on Manufacturers – The budget includes major new tax cuts for manufacturers throughout the state, helping them reduce costs and compete more effectively. It eliminates the following: corporate tax calculations for manufacturers the business income tax, which is lowered from 5.9 percent to zero for all manufacturers in 2014 and thereafter; the capital base, and the alternative minimum tax.

April 1, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES EDUCATION BUDGET PROVIDING $1.1 BILLION INCREASE IN SCHOOL AID

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate passed the 2014-15 education budget that will increase school aid by $1.1 billion, bringing total support for public schools to $22.1 billion. The 2014-15 State Budget distributes school aid fairly and equitably across the state, will help reduce pressure on local property taxpayers, provides additional support for charter schools and for early education programs, and makes important changes to address serious concerns raised about the Common Core program.

Education highlights of the 2014-15 State Budget include the following:

April 1, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS 2014-15 BUDGET PROVIDES ALMOST $5 BILLION IN PROPERTY TAX RELIEF

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported there will be property tax relief from the 2014-15 state budget, including a record amount of funding for the STAR program -- $3.4 billion -- and $1.5 billion in relief over the next three years from a new property tax freeze program.

* New Property Tax Rebates – The new property tax rebate program would provide direct relief to taxpayers in school districts and municipalities that stay within the two percent property tax cap and submit efficiency plans to the state that result in local cost savings of at least one percent or have already implemented cost reduction plans at the local level.

April 1, 2014
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