State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) announced that the 2008-2009 Budget approved by the Senate and Assembly includes $6.4 million for Senate "member initiatives" and other Senate grants which were requested by over 160 libraries, schools, local governments, fire departments, and nonprofit groups in his four-county Senate District. Senator Farley represents Fulton, Montgomery, Schenectady, and part of Saratoga Counties.
The New York State Assembly today gave final legislative passage to legislation (S.902B) increasing penalties for contamination of public drinking water supplies.
The bill, which passed the State Senate earlier this year, is sponsored by Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) and by Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh (D - Manhattan). It was prompted by concerns over pollution of the Great Flats Aquifer in Schenectady County, which serves Schenectady, Glenville, Niskayuna, Rotterdam, and Scotia.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) greeted Kayla Bogdan, Gabriella Dybas and Dillion Power of Tecler Elementary School on May 20th when the students came to Albany as part of the Statewide I*MA*GREEN*NATION ceremony. The Senate-sponsored competition is open to students in grades one through eight and encourages youngsters to take an interest in their environment and to use their imagination and creativity to identify challenges that face their community and offer their own insights on possible solutions.
The State Senate today unanimously passed legislation (S.7805) sponsored by Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) seeking to repeal an unfunded mandate on the Gloversville School district. If also approved by the Assembly and the Governor, the bill would remove Gloversville from the "Contract for Excellence" program which required the district to spend nearly two million dollars on new programs for students who have already successfully completed remedial programs and passed standardized tests.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) met with members of the Ayres Memorial Animal Shelter on June 5th at the Canajoharie High School and presented the group with a ceremonial check that symbolized the $15,000 legislative grant the Senator obtained for the organization.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) enjoyed the last concert of the 2007-08 school year at Canajoharie High School on June 5th. The Senator told the packed audience that he enjoyed elementary school music so much that he married an elementary school music teacher, Sharon Rose Farley. The Senator also revealed that he played the clarinet when he was a student.
The Senator had the pleasure to meet several gifted students at the school,10th grade students David Riley and Sarah Hopler, and Senator Farley.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) was pleased to announce Ladan Alomar, Executive Director of Centro Civico of Amsterdam, was named as a New York State Senate Woman of Distinction on June 3rd in Albany.
"Ladan is a tremendous asset not only to Centro Civico, but also to the Amsterdam and Montgomery County communities," Senator Farley said. "Ladan is a tireless worker for Centro Civico and she also contributes greatly to other organizations such as Fulmont Community Action Agency and St. Mary’s Hospital."
The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady), that would create a specialized missing persons registry to help law enforcement locate individuals with autism, Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia in the event they go missing.
Similar to the Operation Safe Child program, this registry would have participants and/or their families fill out a simple registration form that asks for identifying markings and a photo.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) is teaming up with the Hagaman Volunteer Fire Department to host a Home Safety Day on Sunday, July 13th, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the fire department, located at 126 South Pawling Street, Hagaman.
Governor David A. Paterson has signed a bill into law that eases restrictions to the New York College Choice Tuition Savings Program, allowing relatives, employers and others to contribute to State-sponsored college savings accounts.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) joins Governor David A. Paterson in announcing that Beech-Nut Nutrition Corporation is breaking ground on a new, 550,000-square-foot, "green certified" plant and headquarters in Florida, Montgomery County, which will expand New York’s manufacturing base, provide good jobs for residents and become a boon for local farmers.
Ten school districts in the four-county 44th State Senate District will share an additional $500,000 in State aid. State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) obtained the special aid to assist districts facing unusual financial pressures.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) met with Thomas Komp, Principal of Boulevard Elementary School in Gloversville, on April 29th when Mr. Komp toured the Capitol with several of his students. Senator Farley also congratulated Mr. Komp for being the School Administrators Association of New York State's Elementary Principal of the Year. Mr. Komp will receive the award during a dinner to be held at the Gideon Putnam in Saratoga Springs on May 9.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) will be honoring Ralph Cook of Amsterdam on May 6th with the New York State Senate Achievers’ Award. The prestigious award recognizes an individual’s ability to overcome personal physical challenges and honors the person’s accomplishments on behalf of his community. Last year, 26 extraordinary individuals from across New York State were recognized for their various achievements.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) joined New York State Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno and families of missing victims and members of the law enforcement community to announce an innovative program that seeks new leads concerning missing persons and unsolved homicides. Information regarding these crimes will be included on decks of playing cards that will be distributed to local county jails throughout New York State.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady)received the following information from the National Weather Service in Albany. He is passing the information along to his constituents because the "Red Flag Warning" has been issued for all of his district, that includes Fulton, Montgomery, Saratoga and Schenectady Counties.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) presented Shannon Miller a special Senate Certificate on April 15th at the Capitol for Miss Miller’s efforts in being named the "Youth of the Year" recently by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady County.
The State Senate unanimously passed a bill (S.6776) improving New York's College Choice Tuition Savings accounts, commonly called "529" accounts.
The legislation permits persons other than the account holder to make deposits into these tax-advantaged savings accounts, which are established under federal law to assist families in saving for college expenses.
The legislation is sponsored by Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady), who is Professor Emeritus of Business Law at the University at Albany.
Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno today joined a rally of hundreds of corrections officers and police officers to announce that the agreed-upon state budget will keep open Camp McGregor in Saratoga County, as well as three other correctional facilities. The Executive Budget proposed by former Governor Spitzer proposed closing these facilities.