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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE ACTS ON BILL THAT PROVIDES $3.1 BILLION IN NEW PROPERTY TAX RELIEF, EXTENDS THE TAX CAP, AND IMPLEMENTS SIGNIFICANT EDUCATION REFORMS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) reported that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate  acted on an end-of-session measure that will bring $3.1 billion in new tax relief to property owners, extend the existing property tax cap to deliver additional savings and create new jobs, improve affordable housing statewide, and continue the Senate’s ongoing commitment to ensuring that every child has access to a quality education.

June 26, 2015
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Senator Farley Notes Free Fishing Weekend Is June 27-28

New Yorkers may fish for free without a license in any of the state's 7,500 lakes and ponds or 50,000 miles of rivers and streams on June 27th and 28th. In addition, there are a number of free events and fishing clinics taking place across the state to encourage New Yorkers to enjoy the great outdoors.

June 22, 2015
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS STATE SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION ON AUTOMOBILE RECALL NOTICES

The New York State Senate today approved legislation (S4296B) that would require registered automobile owners to be notified of any manufacturer recalls during their annual motor vehicle inspection.

If the official inspection station finds that the motor vehicle is the subject of a safety recall, the owner would be notified in writing on the Vehicle Inspection Report that the automobile may be repaired at an authorized manufacturer dealer at no charge. As some car owners may ignore the recall notices they receive, the annual inspection would serve as an opportunity to remind them of a recall needing attention.

June 19, 2015
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SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO FIGHT LYME DISEASE AND OTHER TICK-BORNE ILLNESSES

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed legislation to help stop the spread of Lyme disease across the state. The three bills are part of the Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases’ continuing efforts to promote best practices for reducing public exposure to ticks, as well as identifying and responding to Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections.

June 17, 2015
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Senator Farley Salutes Niskayuna Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting the Niskayuna Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team on June 15th when they came to Capitol to be honored in the Senate Chamber. The Senator spoke to them about their winning the 2015 New York State Class A Lacrosse Championship.

The New York State Senate resolution honoring the team will be passed by the Senate in Sesson on June 16th.

The resolution (Number 2921) is as follows:

June 16, 2015
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SEN. FARLEY NOTES FOLLOWING HISTORIC $1.4 BILLION AID INCREASE, SENATE REPUBLICANS ACT TO FURTHER PROTECT STUDENTS AND SCHOOLS

school aid increase that was the centerpiece of the 2015-16 state budget approved in March, Senate Republicans recently passed common-sense education reforms that will empower parents and teachers, restore local control, and aggressively address the problems caused by an overemphasis on standardized testing.

The legislation (S5954) directs the State Education Department (SED) to release test questions and the corresponding correct answers to teachers by June 1st of the same school year. Doing so will encourage greater transparency and accountability, and ensure that the standardized tests are a learning tool, not just a data collection device.

June 16, 2015
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO PROTECT SENIOR CITIZENS FROM ABUSE AND EXPLOITATION

 State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed a sweeping package of 10 bills to protect vulnerable senior citizens from predatory financial schemes and physical and emotional abuse. The legislation would create a statewide elder abuse reporting system and increase public awareness of elder mistreatment, facilitate the prosecution of individuals who endanger the welfare of seniors, and help ensure adequate care for the elderly in long-term care facilities.

June 16, 2015
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Senator Farley Reflects on the Importance of Flag Day

Today, Sunday, June 14th, is Flag Day. Many communities and schools have been hosting events honoring the American flag this past week. I had the pleasure of participating in the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Flag Day parade last Thursday with my dear friends Charles and Pat Merriam, who were the Grand Marshals.

June 14, 2015
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Senator Farley Participates in Dolgeville Parade

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) enjoyed chatting with Dolgeville Mayor Bruce Lyon at the Dolgeville Violet Festival where he participated in the annual parade on June 13th.

 

June 13, 2015
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Senator Farley Promotes Summer Reading

 

As the Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Libraries, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) encourages summer reading for children and families.

June 13, 2015
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Senator Farley Salutes Flag With Annual Parade Participation

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) enjoyed participating in the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Flag Day on June 11th.

June 12, 2015
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Senator Farley Participates in Annual Flag Day Parade

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) enjoyed participating in the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Flag Day on June 11th.

June 12, 2015
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Senator Farley Meets Mayfield Students

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) enjoyed meeting the fourth grade classes from Mayfield Elementary School on June 10th as they were in Albany to tour the Capitol. Students in  Megan Guttenberg and Nancy Walrath’s classes were on the tour.

June 11, 2015
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Senator Farley Salutes Mayfield Elementary

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) enjoyed meeting the fourth grade classes from Mayfield Elementary School on June 10th as they were in Albany to tour the Capitol. Students in Celia VanDenburg’s class were on the tour.

June 11, 2015
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Senator Farley Greets Mayfield Elementary

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) enjoyed meeting the fourth grade classes from Mayfield Elementary School on June 10th as they were in Albany to tour the Capitol. Students in Kimberly McKeough’s class were on the tour.

June 11, 2015
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE NEW YORK’S AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced that he and his collegues in the New York State Senate recently passed legislation to help keep the state’s agricultural industry booming. Among the seven bills passed, two were given final passage and will be sent to the Governor for consideration. The agricultural industry has a substantial impact on the overall economic health and wellbeing of the state, and the measures passed today will help ensure that this industry will continue to thrive.

June 11, 2015
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Senator Farley Chats with Local Breweries

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) met with members of the New York State Brewers Association on June 9th in Albany. They discussed issues surrounding small businesses and breweries in New York State. Pictured (left to right) with Senator Farley are Shelby Schneider of Clifton Park’s Shmaltz Brewing Company, John Carr of Lake George’s Adirondack Brewery, Jeremy Cowan of Shmaltz, Neil Evans of Albany Pump Station and Kevin Mullen of Rare Form Brewing Company.

June 10, 2015
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SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSES MEASURES TO SUPPORT AND HELP VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS AND OTHER EMERGENCY RESPONDERS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed four bills that recognize the daily sacrifice and courage of volunteer firefighters and other emergency responders by offering them additional tax credits and education benefits.

June 10, 2015
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Senator Farley Salutes Roger Kopa's Students

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting students from Pashley Elementary School on June 9th when they were in Albany visiting the Capitol. He discussed New York State history and government with the group. Students from Roger Kopa’s fourth grade class were included on the tour.

June 10, 2015
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