Hugh T. Farley's Press releases

Stay Informed Throughout the State Budget Process

Governor Cuomo has just unveiled his Executive Budget proposal for the State Fiscal Year 2013-14, marking the start of the annual budget debate and negotiation process.

I am carefully reviewing all aspects of the Governor's plan, in order to ensure that it meets the needs of our local communities, as well as our state as a whole. I am already concerned about the school aid portion of his proposed budget and will be examining the numbers thoroughly. I have already heard concerns from schools in my district about their figures. I also share the concerns of local municipalities and schools that we need more action on mandate relief.

January 29, 2013
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Subject: Key Priorities as 2013 Session gets Underway

With the Governor kicking off the 2013 Legislative Session on Wednesday with the annual State of the State Address, I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight some of my key priorities as the new Legislative Session gets underway.

Providing Tax Relief: Mandate relief continues to be a priority to me as counties, local municipalities and schools struggle with their budgets. I will also be redoubling my efforts to fight for additional tax relief at the State and local levels.

Creating Jobs: We must also focus on pursuing policise that will help revitalize our economy, strengthen small businesses and create thousands of good, new jobs for our local economy.

January 10, 2013
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Senator Farley Wishes Constituents a Happy Holiday Season

During this busy holiday season, I hope you are finding the time to gather with family, friends and those you care about to celebrate and share.

I also want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve as your representative in the State Senate.

In the New Year, please know that I will continue to work to make New York State a great place to live

December 23, 2012
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Senator Farley Notes Elizabeth Cady Stanton Day in NYS Is Nov. 12th

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - 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 5, 2012
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Storm Update and Preparation

There is a lot of concern about the potential impact of Hurricane Sandy. I have been in contact with the Governor’s office, and have urged that steps be taken now to lower reservoir levels in the area to help absorb any rainfall.

The Governor reports that measures are being implemented, and several other steps have been taken to prepare for a potential emergency. 

I wanted to share with you some web links that you may find helpful.

To follow the path of the hurricane, visit http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

Information about New York State’s efforts and recommendations can be found at http://www.dhses.ny.gov/

October 26, 2012
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Senator Farley Announces Domestic Violence Legislation Signed Into Law

As October is designated as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in New York State, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) found it fitting that a new comprehensive package of legislation was signed into law this week by the Governor that protects victims of domestic violence and establishes stronger criminal penalties to punish individuals who commit acts of domestic violence.

"Although New York State already has a number of strong domestic violence protections, many domestic violence abusers repeatedly commit offenses," Senator Farley said. "This legislation will help the victim, as well as the prosecution of these crimes, and hopefully deter the offender from repeat actions."

Highlights of the domestic violence legislation include the following:

October 26, 2012
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Senator Farley a "Friend" of NYS Farm Bureau

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) was honored to be named part of the New York State Farm Bureau's Circle of Friends for the 2012 Legislative Session.

Senator Farley has been a friend of the Farm Bureau for numerous years and this year's honor reaffirms his continued support for the farm community.

"We must remember agriculture is one of New York's top industries and is vital to our economy," Senator Farley. "Farms create jobs, generate significant economic activity and contribute to the tax revenue. Agritourism is also a wonderful asset to this area. We need to support our farmers as they support our area's economy and growth."

Senator Farley will be given the award at the NYS Farm Bureau's 2013 State Lobby Day in Albany.

October 12, 2012
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Senator Farley Advises Constituents to Check With Comptroller's Unclaimed Funds Website

New York State currently has over $12 billion in unclaimed funds, said State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady).

Banks, insurance companies, utilities and many other businesses with funds that have been dormant or forgotten must turn those funds over to the State Comptroller's Office, which acts as a custodian until the funds are returned to their rightful owner, reported Senator Farley.

Types of unclaimed funds include savings and checking accounts, uncashed checks, utility deposits and mortgage insurance refunds.

To see if you have any unclaimed funds, visit website http://www.osc.state.ny.us/ouf/index.htm

October 6, 2012
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Legislative Update From Senator Hugh T. Farley

The 2012 legislative session ended in late June. Since that time, the Governor has been busy taking final action on the bills that were passed.

Here is a list of some of the bills which were recently signed into law. You can view a copy of the bill and the sponsor's memorandum in support by visiting the Senate's Open Legislation site at http://www.nysenate.gov/open (Enter the bill number preceded by S for a Senate bill or A for an Assembly bill, i.e. S---)

September 13, 2012
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Senator Farley Salutes Schenectady Veteran

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) recently presented Albert “Albie” Ferrucci with the New York State Senate Liberty Medal, the highest honor extended by the State Senate. Mr. Ferrucci also received his New York State Medal for Merit and the New York State Conspicuous Service Star, which are awarded by the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs. The award presentation took place in Mr. Ferrucci’s Schenectady law office where he continues to practice law along with his son and daughter.

August 23, 2012
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Senator Farley Receives High Marks from Pro-Business Organizations

Unshackle Upstate, a coalition of business leaders, and the New York State Business Council, both released their annual report cards on State legislators and State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C, I - Schenectady) received high ratings from both groups.

Senator Farley received a 90 percent from the Business Council for his stance on spending control, pension reform and job creation legislation.

Senator Farley received a mark of 83 from Unshackle Upstate, for his efforts in supporting a property tax cap, controlling spending in the State budget and job creation legislation.

"Jobs have been, and always will be, a great priority for me," Senator Farley said. "We must do what we can to help businesses and our Upstate economy."

 

August 22, 2012
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Senator Farley Gives Tips for Online Safety: New York State Also Passes New Cyberbullying Law

Internet safety and online message and social boards are big concerns for parents, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) said. Children may think they are being safe online, but predators are often able to find out personal information about the youth.

"The teens think they are being safe but a determined predator may pick up on subtle clues such as a teen wearing a T-shirt with the school's name. Once they know where the child lives, it is easy to initiate conversation with them or stalk them," Senator Farley said.

August 15, 2012
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Sending Children Back to School Safely in September

August is typically the time of year when families get children ready for school with new supplies and clothes. It is also a good time to get children ready with safety information, according to State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady).

Students should be reminded that, when boarding a bus, to stand outside the "danger zone" -- which is about 15 feet from the bus -- until it is fully stopped and the door is opened so they can board it. Children should never bend down near or under the bus where the driver cannot see them, Senator Farley said.

Senator Farley said bus safety reminders should also be given to motorists as well.

August 10, 2012
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August Is National Eye Exam Month

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) suggests to parents that an eye exam is a good thing to put on the back-to-school supply list.

"This is the time of year when parents start purchasing back-to-school supplies. Why not add an eye exam to the list so your child is fully prepared for school and will be able to see classroom boards and focus better on learning," Senator Farley said.

Senator Farley reported that August has been designated since 1995 as the month to focus on children's eye health and safety. This national observance educates parents and educators about the critical link between vision and learning.

July 25, 2012
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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 2, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO CREATE NEW CRIME OF EXPLOITING THE ELDERLY AND VULNERABLE ADULTS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently responded to the need for increased protection against financial exploitation of elderly and vulnerable adults by passing legislation to make such actions a crime. The legislation (S6712) gives district attorneys and police the tools they need to prosecute instances of financial exploitation of vulnerable elderly or people with physical or mental disabilities.

June 21, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO HELP BREAST CANCER PATIENTS RECOVER FROM A PARTIAL MASTECTOMY

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed legislation that would help some breast cancer patients by requiring insurance companies to cover reconstruction for partial mastectomies.

The bill (S3801A) adds partial mastectomies to the law that already covers reconstruction for full mastectomies. It would ensure that breast cancer patients who undergo the partial loss of a breast have reconstruction as an option covered by insurance.

June 21, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL BANNING OWNERSHIP OF ANIMAL FIGHTING PARAPHERNALIA

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently gave final legislative passage to a bill (S6774A) which bans people from owning, selling, or manufacturing animal fighting paraphernalia. The Senate took up the bill on New York State Animal Advocacy Day at the Capitol, where legislators and animal advocates network, share ideas, and lobby for stronger anti-cruelty laws.

This legislation would ban people from owning any equipment or products that promote animal fighting. This includes breaking sticks, cat mills, which are instruments that encourage biting of other animals, spring-poles, and fighting pits.

The bill will be sent to the Governor for consideration.

June 21, 2012
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SENATE GIVES FINAL PASSAGE TO BILL PROTECTING CONSUMERS FROM INTRUSIVE TELEMARKETERS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (r, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently gave final legislative passage to a bill that protects New Yorkers from intrusive or unwanted telemarketing practices. The bill (S7567A) regulates all telemarketers who do business in New York, wherever they may be located, and adds new consumer protections from unwelcome prerecorded calls, known as robocalls, from telemarketers.

June 21, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO IMPROVE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF DOGS AND CATS SOLD BY PET STORES

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently gave final legislative passage to a bill (S7268A), that will ensure improved health and safety of pets sold in stores. The Senate took up the bill on New York State Animal Advocacy Day at the Capitol, where legislators and animal advocates network, share ideas, and lobby for stronger anti-cruelty laws.

Dogs and cats that are sold by some pet stores receive inadequate exercise, veterinary care, and protection from the spread of disease.

This legislation will provide that any licensed pet dealer must:

June 21, 2012
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