State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R - Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate recently passed two bills that would prevent prescription drug fraud, theft and abuse. The measures address the illegal distribution of controlled substances by helping to reduce the availability of black market prescription forms and prosecuting "pill mills" that issue prescriptions and knowingly dispense controlled substances for profit.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R - Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate recently passed a bill to prevent students from cheating by prohibiting the sale or purchase of dissertations, term papers, and similar academic documents online. The legislation (S2405) would prevent academic fraud by discouraging Internet-based services from selling educational papers to students.
Most academic institutions have plagiarism policies in place whereby students who engage in such activity are punished. However, currently there is no New York State law that deters online entities from offering educational papers for sale.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R - Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate recently passed legislation known as Teresita's Law, which makes it a felony if an unlicensed driver causes death to another person. The bill (S.1888) recognizes that the unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, that ends in death, should be treated as a serious crime.
Currently, unlicensed operation that ends in the death of a person is only a felony if someone has 10 or more suspensions or if a license has been permanently revoked. This bill would make it a felony when a person drives with even one suspension and causes a death.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R - Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting members of the Class of 2013 from West Point Academy at West Point Day, an event held by the New York State Senate, on April 24th at the Capitol. Senator Farley (middle) is pictured with Cadet Lieutenant Brian James Trainor of Clifton Park and the cadet's family. On far left is the cadet's father, James Trainor, and on the far right is Brigadier General Timothy Trainor, the cadet's uncle.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R - Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting members of the Class of 2013 from West Point Academy at West Point Day, an event held by the New York State Senate, on April 24th at the Capitol. Senator Farley is pictured with Cadet Corporal Thomas Gerard McGuiness of Glenville.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R - Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting students from Johnstown High School when teachers Anne Bagot and Jeff Kolakowski brought them to the Capitol on April 24th. He discussed New York State government and history with the students.
With renewed calls for vigilance and increased public safety following the tragic bombings in Boston and the foiling of a terrorist plot to attack a train traveling across the state between New York and Toronto, the New York State Senate today passed a package of anti-crime legislation including a bill that would require convicted terrorists to serve their full prison sentence, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) reported.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate recently passed a package of six bills that celebrate Earth Day by promoting the use of renewable energy, reducing harmful pollutants, and protecting sharks and other vulnerable species.
New York State is experiencing a lag in the development of solar and energy storage segments of the energy sector. Senate bill S.2522 would help attract and retain these growing industries by providing a clear incentive for businesses to make capital investments in solar and energy storage manufacturing and development by providing tax credits. It would create new jobs, increase economic investment, reduce harmful emissions, and help New York meet its goals for renewable energy development.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) reports the New York State Senate recently passed a package of legislation that would crack down on anyone participating in Organized Retail Crime.
Senate bill 2926-A would allow any county in the state to prosecute someone who participates in a pattern of organized retail crimes when at least one of the offenses occurred within their jurisdiction. These highly intelligent criminals are well aware of the jurisdictional limitations under current law and avoid committing multiple offenses in the same county to avoid harsher penalties. This bill would give law enforcement officials another tool in curbing organized retail crime.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R - Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting constituent Sarah Koniszewski on April 16th in Albany. Ms. Koniszewski is a resident of Clifton Park and went to the Capitol to meet her new State Senator and discuss issues that are before the Senate. "With the new Senate lines, my district has shifted and I now represent about 60% of Saratoga by territory and 47% by population," Senator Farley said. The Saratoga County towns of Clifton Park, Malta and Milton are new to Senator Farley's district; he also continues to represent the towns of Ballston, Charlton, Corinth, Day, Edinburg, Galway, Hadley, Providence and portions of the city of Saratoga Springs.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R - Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting Kateryna Bob and Martin Thode, foreign exchange students currently attending Niskayuna High School, on April 15th in Albany. The students are pictured with the Senator on the Senate Chamber floors. They discussed New York State government and history.
You may have heard that the new budget will require all current recipients of the basic STAR property tax exemption to re-register on a one-time basis in order to root out fraud in the system. The registration deadline is not until April of next year, and I will post information when the Tax Department announces the process for re-registering.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (r, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate today passed "Alix's Law" to close a legal loophole and hold intoxicated drivers accountable for leaving the scene of an accident.
The legislation (S1698A) responds to a drunk driving accident that killed a teenage girl in Amherst, Erie County. On July 8, 2011, 18-year-old Alix Rice was killed by a drunk driver as she road home on her longboard. The driver argued that he was not aware he had hit a person and he was acquitted on the felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident.
Members of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms visited State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) on March 19th in Albany and also watched the Senate in Session. Members include Carol Jordon, Philip Miklie, Tom Krasko, Dale West, Madeline Derwin, Sarah Cook, Bethany Cook and Bob Slegel.
Members of Bishop Maginn High School in Albany came to the Capitol on March 20th to discuss issues before the New York State Legislature with State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady). The visit was part of the Catholic Conference Lobby Day. Pictured left to right are: Senator Farley, Assistant Superintendent for Administration for Catholic Diocese of Albany Joe Soja, Reverend Dan Quinn, teacher Mallory Cairo, Dean of Students Rich Gilooly, Superintendent of Schools for Catholic Diocese of Albany Michael Pizzingrillo, and Head of School for Bishop Maginn Joe Salamack.
Members of Bishop Maginn High School government class in Albany, along with Head of School Joe Salamack of Johnstown, came to the Capitol on March 20th to discuss New York State government with State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady). The visit was part of the Catholic Conference Lobby Day.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed legislation toughening the penalties for drug dealers who sell to children or near alcohol and drug treatment facilities.
A bill (S.988) makes the sale of drugs by an adult to a child under the age of 14 a felony.
Also in another effort to protect the most vulnerable in our communities, the Senate passed legislation that makes it a crime to sell drugs on the grounds of a drug or alcohol treatment center.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady_ announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed a package of bills cracking down on rapists and sex offenders by creating new crimes and increasing penalties.
Legislation (S.1459) ensures significantly longer prison sentences for serial rapists. Under current law, it is possible for a judge to issue concurrent sentences for multiple counts arising from separate and distinct acts of rape. The legislation would require consecutive prison sentences for each separate count of first-degree rape when an individual is convicted of multiple counts, keeping dangerous felons off the streets for as long as possible.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) and Mayors Dayton King (Gloversville), Sarah Slingerland (Johnstown) and Ann Thane (Amsterdam) were among the guest speakers at the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber's "Meet the Legislators" breakfast held on March 15th at the Perthshire in Perth.