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NYS Senate Celebrates Black History Month

In New York State, the month of February is designated as Black History Month. This an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their contributions in U.S. and our State's history. For more information, visit http://www.paththroughhistory.ny.gov/itineraries/civil-rights and http://www.africanamericanhistorymonth.gov/

February 11, 2015
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE REPUBLICANS CALL FOR A BUDGET THAT RETURNS $1 BILLION TO SCHOOLS BY ENDING THE GEA THIS YEAR

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady), along with his colleagues in the New York State Senate Majority, held a press conference in Albany today, and outlined their plan to abolish the notorious Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) and its impact on state funding to public schools. The Senate Republican Conference is proposing to return $1 billion to schools across the state by accelerating the complete elimination of the GEA in the 2015-16 state budget.

The GEA was first imposed on New Yorkers in 2010 by former Governor David Paterson and the Democrats who controlled the Senate and Assembly. The entire Senate Republican Conference voted against the GEA because it created severe cuts to the bottom lines for public schools.

February 10, 2015
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Feb. 7th Is Take Your Child to the Library Day

Did you know tomorrow, Feb. 7th, is Take Your Child to the Library Day? The day promotes spending time with your family and utilizing the many services local libraries have to offer.

February 6, 2015
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National Wear Red Day Highlights Heart Disease

If you see a lot of people wearing red today, Feb. 5th, it is because today is National Wear Red Day. For more information on heart disease, visit https://www.goredforwomen.org/home/know-your-risk/

February 6, 2015
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SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSES THE CRIMINAL STREET GANG ACT

For far too long, gang violence has posed a threat to public safety and security, while also wreaking havoc on local neighborhoods, families and young New Yorkers.

That's why I was proud to recently support legislation that provides a comprehensive structure for the prosecution and prevention of criminal gang activity.

The New York State Criminal Street Gang Act would:

• increase penalties for gang-related violence;

• provide gang prevention programs in schools;

• establish a new gang prevention fund; and

February 3, 2015
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February 2, 2015
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES PACKAGE OF BILLS TO TOUGHEN PENALTIES FOR SEX OFFENDERS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reports that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed legislation that would help keep communities safer from sexual predators. The seven bills would help prevent the most dangerous offenders from having contact with children and college students, require more stringent residency reporting requirements for the sex offender registry, strengthen penalties for those who help sex offenders evade registration requirements, and create a public awareness program to educate schools, community groups, and clergy on issues related to sex offenders.

Legislation (S851) would prohibit Level 2 and 3 sex offenders from being placed in temporary and emergency housing or homeless shelters where children are present.

January 27, 2015
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Governor Releases His Budget Proposals, Legislature Begins to Review

The Governor has now announced his budget and policy proposals, and the Legislature has already begun its review of these initiatives.You can view his State of the State agenda at the following webpage: https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/2015_Opportunity_Agenda_Book.pdf

January 21, 2015
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Library Use Up in New York State

As Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Libraries, I found this report on library usage interesting. http://wnyt.com/article/stories/S3682319.shtml

January 21, 2015
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NYS Legislature Schedules Joint Budget Hearings

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported recently the Joint Legislative Hearing Schedule on the 2015-2016 Executive Budget proposal has been released.

These hearings provide the appropriate legislative committees with public input on the executive budget proposal. The hearings will be available for viewing on the Senate and Assembly websites. The Legislative Channel (on cable systems throughout the state) also will carry the proceedings, which will be preempted when the houses are in session. At the conclusion of the legislative deliberations, the channel will resume televised coverage of the hearings.

January 20, 2015
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SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSES WOMEN’S EQUALITY PACKAGE

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced that in its first legislative act of 2015, the New York State Senate approved a comprehensive Women’s Equality Agenda that would enhance the rights of women and protect those who are most vulnerable to abuse and discrimination. These historic women’s measures are a top priority of the Senate Coalition and were passed unanimously on the first day the Senate began voting on legislation this session.

January 13, 2015
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Important New Laws Taking Effect January 1, 2015

As we rapidly approach the New Year, I just wanted to touch base to let you know that a number of new laws will be taking effect on January 1, 2015. These include:

Hire a Veteran Tax Credit – Starting next year, businesses can receive a tax credit for hiring and employing a qualified veteran. The credit is equal to 10 percent of the total amount of wages paid to the qualified veteran during their first full year of employment. If the veteran is disabled, the credit amount is increased to 15 percent. The credit is capped at $5,000 per veteran or $15,000 per disabled veteran. Any unused credit may be carried forward to the following three years.

December 29, 2014
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Senator Farley Notes Nov. 12th Is Elizabeth Cady Stanton Day

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) reminds constituents that November 12th is Elizabeth Cady Stanton Day in New York State.

November 12th was picked as the day of commemoration because Ms. Stanton was born on November 12th, 1815, in Johnstown, New York.

"Not only is she important in the history of Fulton County and New York State, Elizabeth Cady Stanton played a vital role in our Nation's history," Senator Farley said.

November 11, 2014
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Honor Veterans on Tuesday, Senator Farley Notes History Behind Holiday

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) reminds constituents that Tuesday, November 11th, is Veterans Day.

"Veterans Day essentially dates back to November 11, 1919. On that day, our nation first observed Armistice Day. This holiday sought to remember and celebrate the end of World War I, which occurred in 1918 on the eleventh day of the eleventh month on the eleventh hour. That is why many people observe a moment of silence at 11 a.m. In 1954, Armistice Day was re-designated as Veterans Day to honor and remember the sacrifices of all the men and women who have served our country in the military," Senator Farley said.

November 10, 2014
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Senator Farley Gives Students Tour of Senate Chambers

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of visiting with students from Birchwood Elementary School, Niskayuna school district, on Oct. 30th when they came to the Capitol for a tour. The Senator brought the students to the Senate Chamber floor to show them where legislation is discussed.

Students in Ms. Castren’s fourth grade class that were on the tour included Hussain Ali, Nihal Amineni, Nik Bratten, Anna Brown, Vidhu Bulumulla, Paedyn Carpenter, Aleesha Choudry, Kaitlyn Doom, Mary Dutcher, Adelyn Farrell, Justin Gan, Carson Hale, Eva Hilt, Krista Katsoudas, Lila Kerr, Anjana Kurian, Maya Melendez, Emma Nobes, Camryn Ronan, Jonathan Rush, Justin Sargent, Jason Serotta, Samarbir Singh, Brielle Sparks, Kaleigh West.

 

November 3, 2014
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Senator Farley Salutes Birchwood Elementary

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of visiting with students from Birchwood Elementary School, Niskayuna school district, on Oct. 30th when they came to the Capitol for a tour. The Senator brought the students to the Senate Chamber floor to show them where legislation is discussed.

November 3, 2014
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Fall Back This Weekend

I just wanted to give you a heads up that Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend. Clocks are to be set back one hour in the early morning of Sunday, November 2nd. They won’t “spring” forward until March 8, 2015. As always, fire officials suggest changing batteries in smoke detectors twice a year and recommend doing it when changing the clocks for Daylight Savings Time, ensuring they are fresh and up-to-date.

October 30, 2014
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Senator Farley Offers Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is right around the corner and State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) reminds families to be safe when trick-or-treating.

"Halloween is a fun time of year for the youngsters as they get to dress up as their favorite characters and collect candy," Senator Farley said. "But it can also be needlessly dangerous if precautions aren't taken."

October 28, 2014
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Happy Birthday, Teddy Roosevelt!

 Happy Birthday, Teddy Roosevelt!

A Governor of New York State and a President of our Nation, this great New Yorker was born on October 27th in 1858.

A sickly child, he overcame his childhood illnesses to become an American politician, author, naturalist, soldier, explorer, and historian, in addition to being Governor and President.

October 27, 2014
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