Hugh T. Farley's Press releases

Coming This Weekend: Your Chance to be a Hero

In communities like ours, neighbors are always willing to pitch in and help out during times of crisis.

Unfortunately, in recent years many communities across New York have seen a decline in the number of volunteers joining local fire departments and emergency squads.

With this in mind, many volunteer departments across the state are hosting open houses this weekend to help recruit new volunteers.

As part of an initiative called Recruit NY, these open houses will provide information about free training programs, responsibilities and what a typical day-in-the-life of a volunteer firefighter involves. You will also learn about some of the benefits you can receive from volunteering, like tax breaks offered by the state and some local communities.

April 20, 2012
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Senator Farley's Community Wellness Day Slated for April 10th

On April 10th I will be co-hosting the annual Community Wellness Day with The Family Room from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Upper Level of the Riverfront Center in Amsterdam. This health fair is designed to put people of all ages in touch with some 60 Capital Region area health and community service providers for important information on a wide variety of health issues such as heart and dental diseases, as well as blood pressure checks and body mass index testing. There will also be children's crafts and activities.

April 3, 2012
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SENATE COMPLETES SECOND CONSECUTIVE EARLY PASSAGE OF STATE BUDGET

For the second consecutive year, the New York State Senate has completed an early passage of the state budget. The 2012-13 state budget achieves the Senate Republicans’ goals of reducing state spending, not raising taxes and creating new private sector jobs. The new state fiscal year begins April 1st.

April 2, 2012
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AGREEMENT REACHED ON 2012-2013 FINAL BUDGET

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver today announced an agreement on the 2012-2013 New York State Budget.

The Budget continues the Governor’s commitment to fiscal responsibility while creating jobs and strengthening communities across the state. It closes a multi-billion dollar deficit with no new taxes, fees or gimmicks, limits spending growth to two percent or below for the second year in a row, and launches the New York Works Task Force to invest billions of dollars to rebuild the state's roads, bridges, parks, and other infrastructure and create tens of thousands of jobs.

March 29, 2012
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Senator Farley Announces Community Health Fair Slated for April 10th

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) will be hosting his annual health fair on Tuesday, April 10th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the lower level of the Riverfront Center, Amsterdam.

"Called the Community Wellness Day, this event has always been successful in delivering information on services that local agencies provide to the public," Senator Farley said.

The Family Room of Catholic Charities is co-hosting the event. The health fair is geared towards people of all ages and is set during the break week for local schools so families can participate. Those unable to attend can call Senator Farley’s office to obtain brochures and weblinks on health topics.

March 27, 2012
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SENATOR FARLEY: SENATE, ASSEMBLY & GOVERNOR JOIN FORCES TO EXPAND DNA DATABANK

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) today announced that the State Senate has voted to approve legislation that will implement the largest expansion of the State’s DNA databank since it was first created in 1994.

The databank expansion, which has been agreed to by Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State Assembly, will help close thousands of unsolved cases, bring justice to crime victims, and help prevent dangerous criminals from committing additional crimes.

March 15, 2012
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Senator Farley Continues Annual Salute of Blue Friday

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) recognized and honored police officers in today's Senate Legislative Session as part of the commemoration of Blue Friday in New York State.

"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.

March 7, 2012
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Senator Farley Participates in Library Advocacy Week

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) spoke at the March 6th rally for New York State Libraries. This week is the New York State Library Association's Advocacy Week. As Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Libraries, Senator Farley conducted a Roundtable Discussion on March 5th discussing the need to support our local and public libraries. Also on March 5th, Senator Farley attended NYLA's dinner and was deeply honored to receive the organization's Ex Libris Award in recognition of his efforts on behalf of libraries. He will also be meeting with representatives from the Southern Adirondack Library System and the Mohawk Valley Library System on March 6th to discuss their legislative priorities.

March 6, 2012
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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 Friday, 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).

"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."

March 1, 2012
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Senator Farley and Assemblyman Tedisco join families, advocates to call for new law to terminate driving privileges forever for repeat drunk, dangerous drivers

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) and Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Schenectady-Saratoga) joined with advocates and families who lost loved ones to drunk and dangerous drivers to call for new legislation to help make our roads safer by permanently terminating the driver’s license privileges for serial drunk and dangerous drivers.

On Wednesday, Anthony Gallo, who had 10 suspensions on his driver’s license, was indicted for aggravated vehicular homicide among other charges for being under the influence of drugs and running a red light when he struck and killed 19-year-old Casssandra Boone in November 2011 as she walked across the street at the intersection of Erie Boulevard and State Street in Schenectady.

February 17, 2012
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Sen. Farley Reports NYS Senate Passes Legislation to Crack Down on Illegal Prescription Drug Abuse

With the abuse of illegally-obtained prescription narcotics growing rapidly, the New York State Senate has recently passed several bills to curb the black market in prescription pain killer.

This legislation includes calling for greater controls on Hydrocodone and Tramadol, highly addictive prescription pain medications, and increasing criminal penalties for physicians and pharmacists who illegally divert prescription drugs. It also calls for criminalizing the illegal sale of a controlled substance by a practitioner or pharmacist to address practitioners operating "mills," which fuel the black market for controlled substance medication, and it would also criminalize the first-degree illegal sale of a controlled substance to a minor under the age of 14.

February 14, 2012
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Senator Farley Suggests Giving the Gift of Life As Part of a Valentine's Day Celebration

Valentine's Day is almost here and it is a day of giving.

The American Red Cross needs to collect 22,000 units of blood each weekday and around 15,000 units each weekend to meet patient needs. In fact, someone needs blood every two seconds, every day, 365 days a year.

For a list of upcoming blood drives, or for a donation facility near you, click below for the Red Cross website. Just type in your zip code on the right hand side and it will give you locations in your area: http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood

Your blood donation could potentially save someone’s life… and it’s a truly great way to show that you’ve got a big heart!

February 10, 2012
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Senator Farley Announces Community Health Fair Slated for April 10th

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) will be hosting his annual health fair on Tuesday, April 10th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the lower level of the Riverfront Center, Amsterdam.

"Called the Community Wellness Day, this event has always been successful in delivering information on services that local agencies provide to the public," Senator Farley said. "I’m currently in the planning stages for this year’s event and am looking for local non-profit and health organizations to participate."

The health fair is geared towards people of all ages and is set during the break week for local schools so families can participate. Those unable to attend can call Senator Farley’s office to obtain brochures and weblinks on health topics.

February 7, 2012
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SENATOR FARLEY REMINDS CONSTITUENTS OF FACEBOOK APP THAT TRACKS SEX OFFENDERS

The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) has both a regular website and a Facebook page where locations of local sex offenders can be obtained, said State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady).

The Sex Offender Locator application, which is accessible via the New York State Public Safety Facebook page, makes it easier for parents who want to quickly look up information regarding Level 2 and Level 3 Sex Offenders within their immediate area.

February 3, 2012
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SENATOR FARLEY ANNOUNCES JOINT LEGISLATIVE BUDGET SCHEDULE

The agreed-to legislative budget schedule for 2012 is as follows:

On or before

February 29 -- Joint Revenue Forecasting Conference

February 29 -- Senate/Assembly Fiscal Committee Economic & Revenue Reports Released

March 1 -- Revenue Consensus Report

March 12 -- Senate & Assembly budget actions

March 13 -- Joint Senate/Assembly budget conference committees commence

March 19-20 -- Final Report of Joint Conference Committee

March 19-22 -- Joint Legislative budget bills taken up by Senate & Assembly

January 30, 2012
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Senator Farley Reports Four Key Votes To Get Dangerous Drivers Off the Road

The State Senate this week sent a loud and clear message that New York State must have zero tolerance when it comes to drunk, impaired or reckless driving.

In a strong showing of bi-partisan cooperation, we overwhelmingly approved four separate measures designed to save lives, punish offenders and keep dangerous drivers off the streets.

· The first bill, which seeks to combat wrong way and reckless drivers, would establish a new class E felony crime of aggravated reckless driving. The new crime would be punishable by a sentence of up to 4 years in prison.

· The second bill would close a loophole in current law which allows someone arrested for DUI while driving with a conditional license to face only a traffic infraction.

January 25, 2012
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Senator Farley Announces Executive State Budget to Be Released on Jan. 17th

On January 17th, Governor Cuomo will release his Executive Budget for State Fiscal Year 2012-13. Once it is released, the specific details will be available at http://www.governor.ny.gov/ and also at the Budget Division's website at http://www.budget.ny.gov/

January 13, 2012
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Senator Farley Reminds Employment Seekers of Job Express Website

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) informs constituents of a website designed to help New Yorkers who are seeking employment.

The NYS Labor Department's " Express" website takes thousands of jobs listed on the New York State Jobs Bank and sorts them by region to help job seekers evaluate what industries are growing in their area and find out what opportunities are available in specific economic sectors.

To visit Jobs Express, visit http://www.labor.ny.gov/jobs/regional.shtm

January 12, 2012
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Senator Farley Announces Establishment of Senate Library Committee

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C, I - Schenectady) reports that he was named Chairman of a newly-created Senate Select Committee on Libraries. This 19-member bipartisan body was established on January 10th through passage of a Senate resolution.

“This new committee will help the Senate in promoting libraries and addressing their needs,” said Senator Farley.  “I am proud to have been a lifelong advocate for libraries, and will continue my efforts to assist them in meeting the needs of the public.

January 10, 2012
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Senator Farley Announces Renovated Hall of Governors Now Open to the Public

It was my pleasure to be a part of the ribbon cutting for the Capitol renovations and improvements on January 4th. The renovations and new displays are very impressive. I suggest if you are planning a trip to Albany or a tour of the Capitol, you should include these displays on your itinerary. Click here for more information and a virtual tour of the new exhibits: http://hallofgovernors.ny.gov/

January 6, 2012
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