Several constituents have contacted my office this month, thanking me and my colleagues in the State Senate for our support in designating September as Suicide Prevention Month in New York State. A recent walk was held in Saratoga Springs that highlighted this designation and brought about the awareness that suicide is one of the top ten causes of all deaths in the Nation. Advocates of suicide prevention have also told me that suicide is the third leading cause of death among people ages 15 – 24 and the second cause of death among college students.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) met with members of NAMI (Naltional Alliance for Mental Illness) on January 28th in Albany and discussed the proposed State budget as it related to mental health issues. Representatives from the Schenectady area that met with Senator Farley (seated) included (left to right) Bill DeVita, Bob Corliss, Patty, Costa and Roy Neville.
It’s hard to believe, but it is true. Fifty years after the 1963 Equal Pay Act was signed into law, pay discrimination in the workplace still exists in America.
In June, the Senate unanimously passed legislation to strengthen New York’s laws and ensure that women receive equal pay for equal work. However, action is still needed by the State Assembly on this bill.