State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) and members of the Shenendehowa High School football team enjoyed greeting participants in the annual Buddy Walk, sponsored by the Center for Disability Services & Down Syndrome Aim High Resource Center, on Sept. 28th in Schenectady. The event is held in celebration of National Down Syndrome Awareness Month.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of participating in the fifth annual Great Adirondack Moose Festival, sponsored by the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce, on Sept. 27th
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) recently had the pleasure of chatting with new acting Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Haggen. She was sworn into Sept. 19th and is Saratoga County’s first female D.A. The Ballston Spa native has worked in that office as an assistant D.A. for the past 23 years. “I wish her well in her new position and look forward to discussing law enforcement issues with her in the future,” Senator Farley said.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of participating in the ribbon cutting ceremony for Helping Hands School in Clifton Park on Sept. 23rd. Helping Hands School, which serves children with special needs, celebrated its move from its home for 33 years in Halfmoon to its new facility in Clifton Park. Collision Experts, an auto body repair business with shops in Clifton Park and Schenectady, donated the entire $52,000 for the ADA-compliant playground and helped transport salvageable playground equipment to the new site. The playground also had a celebration on Sept. 23rd.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of participating in the ribbon cutting ceremony for The Memphis King, a new BBQ restaurant in Schenectady, on Sept. 19th. He chatted with Robert Canton, Owner/Cook, and Brandon Canton, Owner/Pit Master, about the Southern smokehouse cusine.
A new State “Combat Heroin” campaign has been launched to inform and educate New Yorkers about the risks of heroin and prescription opioid use, the signs of addiction, and the resources available to help.
This new awareness initiative was created as a direct result of the work performed by the Senate’s bipartisan Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction in examining the alarming rise in use of heroin and opioids across New York State and in successfully advocating for significant funding to be included for this measure in the budget.
Earlier this year, task force members held 18 forums throughout New York where they spoke with more than 200 panelists, and listened to over 50 hours of testimony to prepare an extensive report on heroin and opioid addiction in the state.
The autumn season is a great time to take advantage of some of the best things the Empire State has to offer, including fall foliage, football and apple farms.
Did you know that New York is the #2 apple producer in the country? Or that New York grows more varieties of apples than any other state?
There are over 600 apple orchards around the state offering a variety of apple products, including cider, doughnuts, wine and, of course, apples. To find the nearest u-pick orchard, visit www.nyapplecountry.com/pick.php.
I encourage all New Yorkers (and tourists!) to visit a local apple orchard this autumn. It’s great family fun, great for our health and a great way to support for our local farmers.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of attending a pep rally at Gloversville High School and presenting a New York State Senate Liberty Medal to teacher Charles Giglio, who was named the 2015 state Teacher of the Year by the New York State Board of Regents.
This Friday, September 19th, marks National POW/MIA Recognition Day.
With more than more 83,000 Americans currently listed as missing and unaccounted-for, dating back to World War II, this day provides an opportunity to recognize the missing and show support for their families.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting with Fulton County officals on Sept. 17th at the Johnstown-Gloversville Holiday Inn and introducing the new President and CEO of Fulton County Center for Regional Growth, Mr. Ronald Peters.
During the 2014 Legislative Session, several bills were enacted to address important health issues. This report summarizes some of these measures, and gives website addresses where you can obtain more information on these topics.
The Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Program (EPIC), which I helped create, has assisted many senior citizens over the years with the cost of their prescription drugs. This year, legislation was enacted to significantly increase the income eligibility thresholds for the EPIC deductible plan. To learn more, visit http://www.health.ny.gov/health_care/epic/ or call 1-800-332-3742.
Two hundred years ago during the night of Sept. 13th - 14th, the British bombardment of Ft. McHenry inspired Francis Scott Key to write “Star Spangled Banner,” which became our National anthem. The song became popular and, over time, it was played at increasingly large-scale public ceremonies, such as parades and sporting events. President Wilson, in 1916, had it played at military ceremonies, causing it to become the unofficial National Anthem. In 1931, Congress passed legislation to officially make it the National Anthem.
September 11th, is designated as Patriot Day. Thirteen years ago on this day, terrorists attacked our Country and lives were lost. We cherish the memories of those who are gone and we honor the heroes who helped that day. I encourage people to fly their American flags at half-staff on Sept. 11th, known as Patriot Day, and observe a moment of silence in honor of the 3,000 people who died that day.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of participating in the Malta Avenue Elementary School Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Sept. 3rd. Part of the Ballston Spa School District, the building was recently restored and renovated. Senator Farley, pictured third from the left, was pleased to tour the building, view historical displays, and look at children’s projects.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of attending NAMI-Schenectady’s annual picnic in Central Park, Schenectady, on September 4th. NAMI Schenectady is affiliated with NAMI NYS (naminys.org) and NAMI National( nami.org). According to the local organization’s website, “We are family members and friends of someone with a brain disorder (also called mental illness) Originally, more than 30 years ago, a group of parents in Schenectady founded a support group to help one another cope with the effects of a family member's devastating mental illness. The Schenectady Relatives Group became incorporated as AMI-Schenectady in January 1988.
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.