Since the very first Earth Day back in 1970, we have marked April 22nd as a day to celebrate the importance of our natural environment, and to rededicate ourselves to ensuring clean air and water, open spaces, and green, healthy communities.
Similarly, Arbor Day, which falls on Friday April 25th, was established in 1872 as a way to encourage farmers and homesteaders to plant trees that would provide shade, shelter, food, fuel and beauty to the nation's open spaces. In 1907, former New York Governor and U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt issued an "An Arbor Day Proclamation to the School Children of the United States" highlighting the importance of forestry and trees to our nation's well-being.
Dear Students,Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest. This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 49th Senatorial District.Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state. I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2014 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:Reuel RobertMartin Luther King Magnet SchoolGrade 4
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Libraries, noted this week is National Library Week.
"Libraries are a place of lifelong learning," Senator Farley added. "Librarians are truly amazing people. They inspire our youth and invite them into a library where there is an adventure on every shelf."
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) attended the Yellow Ribbon Ceremony on April 9th in Saratoga County. He presented Carol Hotaling of Clifton Park with copies of the New York State Senate Resolution recognizing April 9th as Yellow Ribbon Day in New York State. Hotaling, known as the “Yellow Ribbon Lady”, created the day to remind people about the sacrifices made by America’s military personnel, and honor and remember U.S. prisoners of war and those missing in action around the world. Also at the ceremony were Southern Saratoga Chamber President Peter Bardunias and Past President of the Blue Star Mother’s Janet Moran.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady had the pleasure of meeting fifth grade students from Chango Elementary School, part of the Shenendehowa Central School District in Clifton Park, on March 20th when they came to Albany to tour the Capitol.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley(R, C, I – Schenectady) says National Volunteer Week, April 6th – 12th, helps celebrate ordinary people doing extraordinary things, and is designed to highlight the enormous contributions that volunteers make every day. Established in 1974, this year marks the 40th anniversary of National Volunteer Week, a clear reflection of the long and proud tradition of volunteerism in our nation.
Whether it's mentoring a student who needs help and guidance, or volunteering time at a local library, VA hospital, nursing home or firehouse, volunteers help make our nation and our local communities more vibrant, compassionate and strong, Senator Farley said.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported the 2014-15 State Budget, approved by the State Senate, includes significant tax relief to businesses to encourage them to grow and create new job opportunities for New Yorkers.
Highlights of business tax reductions include the following:
Lower Taxes on Manufacturers – The budget includes major new tax cuts for manufacturers throughout the state, helping them reduce costs and compete more effectively. It eliminates the following: corporate tax calculations for manufacturers the business income tax, which is lowered from 5.9 percent to zero for all manufacturers in 2014 and thereafter; the capital base, and the alternative minimum tax.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate passed a 2014-15 state budget that will provide record support for a wide array of lifesaving health care services in communities across the state. Among the provisions in the budget are billions of dollars to ensure quality hospitals and nursing home facilities, funding for women’s and family health initiatives, a significantly expanded EPIC program to help our seniors afford their prescription medications, and new legislation to help eliminate “surprise” out-of-network medical bills.
Investments in Health Care Facilities and Patient Care
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate passed the 2014-15 education budget that will increase school aid by $1.1 billion, bringing total support for public schools to $22.1 billion. The 2014-15 State Budget distributes school aid fairly and equitably across the state, will help reduce pressure on local property taxpayers, provides additional support for charter schools and for early education programs, and makes important changes to address serious concerns raised about the Common Core program.
Education highlights of the 2014-15 State Budget include the following:
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate passed the 2014-15 State Budget which includes major investments in New York’s higher education system. Aid includes support for the Tuition Assistance Program, public and private universities, and community colleges across the state.
The budget increases base aid support for community colleges by $75 for each full-time equivalent student, which represents a total increase of $15.1 million for SUNY and CUNY community colleges.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported there will be property tax relief from the 2014-15 state budget, including a record amount of funding for the STAR program -- $3.4 billion -- and $1.5 billion in relief over the next three years from a new property tax freeze program.
* New Property Tax Rebates – The new property tax rebate program would provide direct relief to taxpayers in school districts and municipalities that stay within the two percent property tax cap and submit efficiency plans to the state that result in local cost savings of at least one percent or have already implemented cost reduction plans at the local level.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate passed a state budget that provides millions to support and strengthen New York State’s leading industry – agriculture. The 2014-2015 state budget includes $8 million in new budget funding, the highest level in six years. Funding will go to farming programs and initiatives, as well as towards research, education, and agriculture promotion throughout New York State.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate passed transportation budget bills that provide critically important funding for roads, bridges, transit. The unprecedented new investments in our state’s infrastructure and transportation not only improves the quality of life for all New Yorkers, but also keeps our economy moving.
Some of the highlights of the transportation budget include:
* Local Road Improvement Funding: The budget sustains record-level funding of $438 million for the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPs). These investments will benefit counties, cities, towns, and villages throughout New York and help municipalities undertake new infrastructure repair projects.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced the New York State Senate passed a 2014-15 state budget that helps protect and enhance New York’s natural resources and invests in key environmental initiatives that create jobs, increase tourism, and benefit communities throughout the state. The budget includes a $9 million increase to the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), bringing the total to $162 million, while also making significant investments in improvements to state park facilities and environmental infrastructure.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) is pleased to announce the State Budget for Fiscal Year 2014-2015 includes a tax credit for touring stage productions that hold their technical rehearsals in New York State. Proctors Theatre in Schenectady is one local organization that would benefit from that credit.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting Ned Hirt, Division Director for Human Resources at Lexington Center, on March 24th in Albany. They discussed issues of importance to Lexington that are before the State Legislature this year.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) participated in the Herkimer County Chamber of Commerce’s Legislative Breakfast earlier in March at the Knights Inn of Little Falls. Discussions took place on topics such as the effects of taxes, the minimum wage increase, and workers’ compensation on businesses. To view an article on the event, visit http://www.littlefallstimes.com/article/20140321/News/140329790
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced the agreed-on 2014-15 state budget includes some key priorities goals of his and his fellow Senate Republican Conference, including: more than $1 billion in additional aid to schools that is distributed fairly across the state; additional property relief for hardworking families; tax cuts to help businesses create new job opportunities; and comprehensive ethics and election reforms.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reports that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed legislation this week that would help convict dangerous drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The bill (S1446) would require testing drivers suspected of being under the influence when an accident occurs and results in serious injury or death.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) met with representatives from New York State Catholic Conference on March 19th in Albany. The group (left to right) included Peg Ellett of Community Maternity Services, Viviane Strain of Glenville, Bill Dever of Niskayuna, Deacon Miguel Fabian of Clifton Park, Aaron Howland of Catholic Charities of the Albany Diocese, and Deacon Gary Riggi of Scotia.
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.