Hugh T. Farley's Press releases

FLOOD RECOVERY INFORMATION UPDATE

I remind constituents in Montgomery and Schenectady Counties that FEMA Disaster Assistance Centers are still open at the Riverfront Center’s parking lot in Amsterdam and in the Rotterdam Square Mall. If you have not applied for FEMA assistance, I strongly urge you to go now before their offices close. Businesses are also encouraged to stop by the Disaster Assistance Centers as a federal SBA (Small Business Administration) office is also there. If residents cannot get to the centers, call FEMA at (800) 621-3362. Businesses can also call the regular FEMA number as well as the SBA Disaster Customer Assistance Center at (800) 659-2955.

September 14, 2011
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Newest Flooding Information

I am pleased to report that Schenectady County is now eligible for both municipal and individual FEMA assistance, same as Montgomery County. This means local governments, as well as homeowners, renters and businesses, can apply for FEMA aid. To register for FEMA assistance, call (800) 621-3362, or register online at http://www.disasterassistance.gov/

September 8, 2011
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Senator Farley Announces Help for Area Farmers Affected by Flooding

As local counties continue to get hammered by Mother Nature, a new State Agricultural and Community Recovery Fund has been established to help rebuild the farming industry in this region, according to State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady).

September 8, 2011
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Updated Flood Information

I am pleased to report that affected homeowners, renters and businesses in Montgomery, Saratoga and Schenectady Counties are now eligible for FEMA assistance. To register for FEMA assistance, call (800) 621-3362, or register online at http://www.disasterassistance.gov/

Residents in those counties still need help while the FEMA process is underway. The following is contact information for some of the organizations which can provide assistance to affected persons. Most of these organizations are also taking donations and/or volunteer help.

September 2, 2011
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Montgomery County Eligible for FEMA Assistance

I am pleased to report that Montgomery County is now eligible for FEMA assistance for both municipal and individual assistance, which includes homeowners, renters and businesses. To register for FEMA assistance, call (800) 621-3362, or register online at http://www.disasterassistance.gov/ Affected homeowners and businesses in Schenectady and Saratoga Counties can also apply for FEMA assistance.

September 2, 2011
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Senator Farley Calls on President to Expand Disaster Assistance for Montgomery County

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) called on President Obama and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to expand federal disaster assistance available to Montgomery County so home and business owners can apply for federal assistance.

While localities in Montgomery County will be eligible to receive federal assistance to pay for road, bridge and infrastructure repairs related to the storm, home and business owners were not included on the list.

September 1, 2011
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FEMA Designation Update

Update: The Governor’s Office called this afternoon asking residents to be reassured the FEMA disaster designation process for this region is not over. Again, strong concern was communicated to him that Montgomery County was left off the initial list and that residents and businesses were hit hard and are in desperate need.

August 31, 2011
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Additional Information on Dealing With Flood Recovery

 

Helpful Phone Numbers:

Here is contact information for organizations which can provide assistance to affected persons.

American Red Cross of Northeastern New York (Montgomery, Schenectady and Fulton Counties): 458-8111 or (800) 831-0927

Salvation Army (Amsterdam): 842-9941

Salvation Army (Fulton County): 725-4119

Catholic Charities (Fulton County): 762-8313

Catholic Charities (Saratoga County): 587-5000

Regional Food Bank: 786-3691

Schenectady City Mission: 346-2275

Valley Alliance Church (Montgomery County): 993-3458

Franklin Community Center (Saratoga Springs): 587-9826

August 31, 2011
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Sen. Farley Statement on FEMA Designation for Schenectady and Montgomery Counties

I am glad Schenectady County was included in the expedited declaration of being a disaster zone and being eligible for FEMA aid. However, I am deeply concerned that Montgomery County was not included in the initial round. Montgomery County residents and businesses were hit hard and are in desperate need of help. I understand that federal officials will be taking a closer look at other affected communities, like Montgomery County. I fully expect that Montgomery County will receive federal disaster designation, and I am strongly urging State and Federal agencies to act quickly to make Montgomery County eligible for federal assistance.

August 31, 2011
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Senator Farley Announces Improved Power Permitting Process

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) is pleased to announce Governor Cuomo signed legislation into law on August 4th that updates and improves the process for reviewing and siting electric generating facilities in New York State.

"This new law should help ensure that we have a reliable and adequate supply of electricity, which is generated by cleaner and more efficient facilities," said Senator Farley. "This is especially important to help promote economic development and jobs within the State."

August 5, 2011
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Senator Farley Reminds Bicyclists of the Rules of the Road

 

With summer here, many people have been enjoying outdoor activities. State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) wants to remind bicyclists of the importance of bike safety.

 

"I've seen many people enjoying the local trails such as Fulton County's FJ&G Bike-Hike Trail, Schenectady County's Mohawk-Hudson Bike Hike Trail and the Town of Ballston's Veterans' Memorial Bike Path," Senator Farley said. "Whether you want to explore trails in one of our region's parks or ride in your own neighborhood, safety is something to always consider."

 

July 27, 2011
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Senator Farley Offers Boating Safety Suggestions this Summer

With the hot weather here, many boaters are taking to our local waterways. State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) reminds boaters to be safe and to remember the laws that govern traveling on the water.

"Each year, over 1 million boaters take to our State's bodies of water. Boating, sailing and water skiing can be enjoyable family activities if boats are used safely and responsibly," Senator Farley said.

July 21, 2011
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Senator Farley Notes Civil War Exhibits

As the United States of America commemorates the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) says a new exhibit at the State Capitol focuses on the New York flags that were flown during the Civil War.

Located on the second floor of the Capitol in Albany, there are eight flags on display, Senator Farley said. Called "1861: Banners for Glory," the flags will be on display through June 2012. The flags have undergone restorations by staff from the New York State Military Museum. "Viewing these flags helps bring history to life," Senator Farley said. "This display is not only for Civil War enthusiasts but also a great educational opportunity for those visiting the Capitol as part of a family outing."

July 15, 2011
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SENATE PASSES PROPERTY TAX CAP LEGISLATION

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed property tax relief legislation that enacts a cap on the growth of local property taxes.

The bill (S.5856) will cap school and local government taxes to less than two percent or the Consumer Price Index (CPI), whichever is lower. Mandate relief is also included, with $127 million in savings to local governments, in addition to the creation of a Mandate Relief Council to identify and repeal unsound, unduly burdensome laws and regulations.

This tax levy cap would shift the focus from total spending to the actual property taxes levied to support school district and local government expenses. The bill includes the following provisions:

June 27, 2011
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BILL WOULD ALLOW LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO 'PIGGY-BACK' ON PROCUREMENT CONTRACTS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate approved legislation (S.5525B) on June 20th that would allow local governments to cooperatively purchase, or piggy-back, on contracts already approved for other government agencies, including those of other states or the federal government.

The same terms and conditions of a contract already awarded would apply and there is a provision in the legislation to ensure that competitive bidding standards consistent with state law must have been used.

June 21, 2011
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO ESTABLISH FIXED SCHOOL TAX RATE FOR SENIORS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed legislation on June 20th that would establish a fixed real property school tax rate for seniors who are eligible for the enhanced STAR exemption, providing much needed tax relief to hundreds of thousands of seniors throughout New York State.

Under the bill (S.2998), homeowners aged 70 or older and meet the eligibility requirements for the enhanced STAR exemption would be eligible to apply annually for the fixed real property school tax rate at local option. The state would reimburse school districts for lost revenue caused by freezing the tax rates for seniors.

The bill was sent to the Assembly.

June 21, 2011
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SENATE PASSES "STREETS" LEGISLATION

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed on June 20th the "Streets" legislation which would help make roadways safer for all who use them. The bill (S.5411A) requires state, county, and local transportation agencies to consider roadway design features that increase the safety of pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists.

June 21, 2011
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION PROHIBITING HARMFUL LEVELS OF TOXICS IN CHILDREN'S JEWELRY

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed a measure June 16th that would prohibit the sale of children’s jewelry which may contain harmful levels of cadmium and other hazardous substances. The bill (S.4055A) protects children from accidentally ingesting cadmium, often used in inexpensive charm bracelets, pendants and other jewelry.

Cadmium is a known carcinogen, which can hinder brain development in children and cause kidney, lung and intestinal damage. A 2009 report by the Associated Press found that Chinese manufacturers have been substituting cadmium for lead to make inexpensive jewelry which is then being sold by retailers in New York and other states.

June 17, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BILL IMPOSING JAIL TIME ON MULTIPLE DWI OFFENDERS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed a measure on June 16th that would impose mandatory jail time for individuals who chose to drive again under the influence of drugs or alcohol after having been previously convicted of such a crime. The bill (S.2597) is intended to increase the penalties for multiple DWI offenders.

Under the measure:

* Drunk drivers convicted of two DWI crimes within ten years would be guilty of a Class E felony, face up to four years in jail and/or a fine between $1,000-$5,000, and receive a mandatory minimum jail sentence of 30 days.

June 17, 2011
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