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Senator Farley Meets Johnstown High Students

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.

April 25, 2013
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SENATOR FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES PUBLIC SAFETY LEGISLATION

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.

Full Prison Time for Terrorists

April 24, 2013
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SENATOR FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES EARTH DAY BILL PACKAGE

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.

April 24, 2013
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Senator Farley Reports Senate Passes Bills Targeting Organized Retail Crime

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.

April 23, 2013
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Discussing New York State Government

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R - Schenectady) and Robert Farley (right) discuss New York State government with student Ryan Stern on April 23rd. They are in the Senate Chambers in Albany.

April 23, 2013
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Senator Farley Meets Clifton Park Constituent

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.

April 18, 2013
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Senator Farley Greets Students

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.

April 16, 2013
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Senator Farley Clears Up Confusion on STAR

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.

March 27, 2013
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Senator Farley Reports Senate Passes "Alix's" Law

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.  

March 26, 2013
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Senator Farley Talks With New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms

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.

March 25, 2013
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Senator Farley Meets With Members of Catholic Conference

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.

March 25, 2013
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Senator Farley Visits With Bishop Maginn Students

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.

March 25, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILLS INCREASING PENALTIES FOR DRUG DEALERS

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. 

March 25, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILLS TO TOUGHEN PENALTIES FOR SEX CRIMES

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.  

March 25, 2013
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Senator Farley Participates in "Meet the Legislators" Breakfast

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.

March 15, 2013
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SENATOR FARLEY ANNOUNCES BILL TO STRENGTHEN PENALTIES FOR WRONG-WAY AND RECKLESS DRIVERS

 

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced the New York State Senate passed legislation to create felony charges for wrong-way and other reckless drivers. The bill (S752) is in response to the significant number of recent vehicle crashes – often fatal - that involve individuals who knowingly or under the influence of alcohol or drugs drove the wrong way on highways and other roads. 

March 14, 2013
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Senator Farley Discusses Educational Issues With Burnt Hills - Ballston Lake Board

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) met with Elizabeth Herkenham and Lee-Ann Mertzlufft, members of the Board of Education at Burnt Hills - Ballston Lake Central School District on March 11th. They discussed educational issues and school funding.

March 14, 2013
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Senator Farley Announces Senate Bill to Expand Renewable Energy Technology Use

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced the New York State Senate passed legislation that would help encourage the installation of renewable energy technologies by making them more cost efficient and accessible. 

The bill (S1111) would add solar, wind, fuel cells, micro-hydro-electric, farm-based biogas and residential Micro Combined Heat and Power (micro-CHP) to current state financing initiatives that help make energy efficiency upgrades more attractive to potential consumers, reduce fossil fuel consumption, and support job growth in the clean energy sector.

March 13, 2013
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Senator Farley Announces Senate Bill Targets Prescription Black Market

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced the New York State Senate acted on legislation that would crack down on the growing black market in non-controlled prescription drugs which puts patients at risk and rips off taxpayers through Medicaid fraud.  Legislation makes it a crime to fraudulently prescribe, buy, and sell these types of medications.

These expensive medications are most often paid for by Medicaid and sold on the street for a fraction of their actual value. The criminals who buy the medications often bring them to a stash house where they are collected and resold to unscrupulous pharmacies or shipped to other countries. 

March 13, 2013
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Senator Farley Honors New York State Superintendent of the Year

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) met with Shenendehowa Central School District representatives on March 11th in Albany and discussed education issues and school funding. At the meeting, Senator Farley also had the pleasure of honoring Dr. L. Oliver Robinson as the New York State Superintendent of the Year. Dr. Robinson received the award from the New York State Council of School Superintendents and Senator Farley presented him with a Senate Citation recognizing the honor. At Shenendehowa, Dr. Robinson's "Commitment to Excellence" resulted in a Regents graduation rate of over 90 percent, and all K-8 schools exceeding annual yearly progress benchmarks. Also representing Shenendehowa at the meeting were Gary DiLallo, Rick Mincher and John Phelan.

March 13, 2013
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