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SEN. FARLEY AND MAJORITY COALITION ISSUE REPORT ON REGULATORY REFORM

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced today the State Senate Majority Coalition issued a report that sheds light on New York State’s regulatory structure and identifies 2,219 specific rules, regulations and practices that put New York’s businesses at a disadvantage.

The report is the product of surveys, meetings, community outreach and the input of over 100 business owners, advocacy organizations and individuals that participated in public forums conducted throughout the State.

January 13, 2014
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Senator Farley Announces Joint Budget Hearing Schedule

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced the Joint Legislative Hearing Schedule on the 2014-2015 Executive Budget proposal.

These hearings, each of which focuses on a programmatic area, are intended to 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.

January 12, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY PLEASED GOVERNOR SIGNS LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN OVERSIGHT OF PET DEALERS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) is pleased that the governor signed into law an important bill that he supported to better protect animals.

Legislation that was signed into law helps protect the health and safety of dogs and cats across New York State by authorizing local municipalities to adopt more stringent laws to regulate pet dealers.

The law authorizes municipal governments to enact more stringent laws than those currently existing at the state level by removing the current preemption on municipalities to enact their own laws regulating or licensing pet dealers. Any new local ordinance must be at least as stringent as state law and must not result in the banning of the sale of dogs and cats raised in a safe and healthy manner.

January 12, 2014
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Statement from Senator Farley Regarding the 2014 State-of-the-State Address

The Governor gave his State-of-the State Address on Wednesday January 8th, an outline of his goals for the year. It also kicks off the 2014 Legislative Session. You can read his written message by clicking here: http://www.governor.ny.gov/assets/documents/2014-SOS-Book.pdf

In the New York State Senate, my colleagues and I will work with the Governor and Assembly to pass another on-time budget, building on our previous passage of three consecutive early budgets.

We will be looking to pass a budget that controls spending and reduces taxes, while still making important investments in our future.

January 8, 2014
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New Laws to Take Effect on Wednesday, January 1, 2014

As we depart 2013 and head into 2014, the New York State Senate continues to focus on ways to reduce spending, cut taxes and help businesses create new jobs. In fact, my colleagues and I recently released a report in November outlining how taxes need to be reformed. We also gave recommendations that would create jobs. We look forward to working with the Governor and the Assembly in 2014 on these recommendations. (Click on the link to view the report: http://www.nysenate.gov/news/senator-farley-discusses-report-tax-reform)

In the meantime, starting the New Year, on January 1st, the following new laws will take effect that already support the focus of reducing taxes:

December 31, 2013
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Senator Farley Wishes a Safe and Happy Holiday Season

As we enter the Christmas and New Year’s holiday weeks, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) wishes constituents a happy and safe season.

“I wish you a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year to you and your loved ones,” Senator Farley said. “Please also take caution when driving to and from celebrations.”

Senator Farley reminds people that New York State has tough DWI laws, including, Leandra’s Law, which was strengthened earlier this year to provide new safeguards to keep drunken drivers off New York’s roads.

December 20, 2013
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December 19, 2013
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Senator Farley Takes a Silent Moment for Pearl Harbor Day

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) asks constituents to bow their heads in a few moments of silence on Saturday, December 7th, in honor of Pearl Harbor Day. 

"It was on that day in 1941 that Japanese planes attacked the United States in Hawaii, killing some 2,000 Americans," Senator Farley said. "On this anniversary, we especially remember those who fought at Pearl Harbor, but also remember and honor all of our nation’s veterans. As we continue to fight in the War on Terrorism and have military loved ones overseas during the holidays, we must remember our fallen brothers and sisters who have given their lives for this Country."

December 5, 2013
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Join Senator Farley’s efforts to protect your tax dollars!

Yes Senator, I agree with you that public assistance should not be used to purchase items such as alcohol, lottery tickets and cigarettes, and by signing this petition I encourage the State Assembly to pass the Public Assistance Integrity Act.

December 3, 2013
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Senator Farley and Colleagues Introduce Bill That Would Create Disaster Fund

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) and several Senate colleagues who represent the Mohawk Valley and Niagara County have introduced legislation that would create a state disaster recovery fund.

The bill (S.5987) would create a supplemental fund to provide individual assistance, public assistance and hazard mitigation after a natural or man-made disaster. Aid would be available for a variety of disaster-related expenses, including home repairs and medical expenses for individuals. Municipalities would be eligible to receive funds for such items as public services expenses and debris removal. Infrastructure grants would be available to public schools.

December 3, 2013
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Senator Farley Promotes Supporting Small Businesses

As the holiday shopping season officially is under way with today’s “Black Friday” events, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) strongly suggests people to shop locally on Saturday, November 30th, which is also known as “Small Business Saturday.”

“Small businesses truly are the backbone of our communities,” Senator Farley said. “We rely on small businesses as the economic engine to keep New Yorkers working and raising their families here in New York State.”

To learn more about the Small Business Saturday initiative, Senator Farley recommends visiting http://www.sba.gov/about-sba/sba_initiatives/small_business_saturday_2013

 

November 29, 2013
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Senator Farley Celebrates 1st National Bank of Scotia’s 90th Anniversary

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of presenting a New York State Senate Citation to the 1st National Bank of Scotia for its 90th Anniversary on November 22nd at its Customer Appreciation Day. The Senator presented the Citation to Bank President John Buhrmaster at the bank’s Main Office on Mohawk Avenue in Scotia.

November 27, 2013
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Senator Farley Reflects on the Meaning of the Thanksgiving Holiday

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the 49th Senatorial District!

Thanksgiving not only commemorates the Pilgrims' celebration of the fruitful crops of 1621, but it is also a day of giving thanks for everything we are grateful for in our daily lives -- it's a time to stop, smell the roses and think about what is truly precious to us.

November 26, 2013
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Senator Farley Joins Assemblyman Tedisco as Lead Senate Sponsor of “Knockout Game” Deterrent Act

Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Glenville) today announced that Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C,I-Niskayuna) will be the lead Majority sponsor in the New York State Senate of the “Knockout Game Deterrent Act” – a first in the nation law to protect innocent bystanders from being sucker-punched and assaulted by gangs of thugs, who in many cases are juveniles.

The Knockout Game has become an epidemic in New York and across the nation leading in several cases to serious injury and even death.

November 25, 2013
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NYS Senate Cyber Security Hearing

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) and five of his Senate colleagues hosted a hearing in Rome, NY, and heard testimony from experts in law enforcement, finance and computer science about the state’s preparedness against cyber-attacks on November 18th.

November 22, 2013
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Senator Farley and Colleagues Conducted Cyber Security Hearing Nov. 18th

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) and six of his Senate colleagues hosted a hearing in Rome, NY, and heard testimony from experts in law enforcement, finance and computer science about the state’s preparedness against cyber-attacks on November 18th.

The hearing was open to the public and was streamed live on the Internet. It can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21IhSWt1V0w

Testimony was given by several experts, including:

• Benjamin Lawsky, Department of Financial Services superintendent

• Jerome Hauer, Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services commissioner

• Joseph D’Amico, State Police superintendent

November 22, 2013
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SENATOR FARLEY DISCUSSES REPORT ON TAX REFORM

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) and his fellow Senate Republicans recently issued a comprehensive report on state taxes that calls for personal income taxes, business taxes, estate taxes and local property taxes to be reformed, simplified and reduced. The report makes sweeping recommendations for reducing the tax burden on all New Yorkers. The plan recommends enacting a permanent two-percent state spending cap and dedicating surplus revenues to tax reductions.

The report was developed based on testimony at a series of statewide public hearings. The report will be shared with the tax reform commissions established by Governor Cuomo for their review.

Highlights of the recommendations made in the preliminary Senate report include, among other things:

November 20, 2013
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Senator Farley Receives Patriot Award

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) was honored to receive the First Patriot Award on November 9th at the Saratoga Hilton from Patriot Hills of New York for his ongoing support and dedication to veterans. He received the award during the organization’s Military Ball and Veterans Gala, a night dedicated to the military. Patriot Hills provides support to veterans and their families with issues such as reintegration, job placement and educational opportunities.

November 18, 2013
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Senator Farley Honored for Work With Veterans

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) was honored to receive the First Patriot Award on November 9th at the Saratoga Hilton from Patriot Hills of New York for his ongoing support and dedication to veterans. He received the award during the organization’s Military Ball and Veterans Gala, a night dedicated to the military. Patriot Hills provides support to veterans and their families with issues such as reintegration, job placement and educational opportunities.

November 18, 2013
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