State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting students from Boulevard Elementary School, Gloversville, NY, on October 8th when they traveled to Albany to tour the Capitol.
Pictured with Senator Farley are students from Ms. Clough’s class. They include Abigail Curtis, Andrew Hickok, Austin Eagan, Breanna Reynolds, Colin Quigley, Daisy King, Hannah Parillo, Jamal Shaw, Kaylie Sturgess-Mansell, Marisa Gagliardi, Sophia Schumaker, Sterling Rulison, Thomas Frank, Trae Metzger and Victoria Coulter.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the honor and privilege to speak at the 2013 Fallen Firefighters Memorial Ceremony in Albany on October 8th. The annual ceremony is held during Fire Prevention Week and honors those who gave their lives in the line of duty. The memorial was first dedicated in 1988 and now holds 2,381 names on the wall.
"It is important that we always remember, and recognize, the service -- and sacrifice -- made by our firefighters," Senator Farley said. "On behalf of the New York State Senate, let me express our gratitude and appreciation to our firefighters and their families."
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced that starting today, military veterans -- who are residents of New York State -- will be able to apply for a special designation on their State driver’s license. Those interested individuals cannot apply by phone or online but must apply in person at a Department of Motor Vehicles office. The veteran status will be printed on all future NYS DMV photo documents. For more information, visit http://www.dmv.ny.gov/armedforces.htm#vetstat
It is with deep sadness that I report my dear friend and Fulton County District Office Coordinator Marie Valachovic passed away earlier this week. I was pleased to name her Woman of Distinction earlier this year as Marie has touched so many people with her energy, enthusiasm and passion for life. A lifelong resident of Johnstown, she helped so many individuals and organizations. I am honored to have had Marie be a part of my life.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) recently met with representatives of New York Providers Alliance (NYPA) at his Ballston Spa District Office to discuss issues facing upstate New York nursing homes. Pictured, left to right, are Michael McPartlon, CEO and President of Kingsway Community; Senator Farley; and Keith Chambery, Executive Director of NYPA.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting with members of the Saratoga Agricultural Society on September 26th in his Ballston Spa District Office to discuss future projects. Pictures, left t right, are Frank Griffio, vice president of Saratoga County Fair; Dan Lewza, Town of Milton Supervisor; Senator Farley; Jeff Townsend, General Manager of the Saratoga County Fair; and William Schwed, President of Saratoga County Agricultural Society and Executive Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) participated in the Stop Mt. McGregor Closure rally on September 25th. At the rally, he pledged he and his fellow colleagues in the Senate Republican Conference will fight the prison closure plan.
With 2013 shaping up to be one of the best years yet for New York State’s apple growers, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectay) encourages all New Yorkers (and tourists!) to visit a local apple orchard this autumn.
There are 654 apple orchards around the state offering a variety of apple products, including cider, doughnuts, wine and apples. To find the nearest u-pick orchard, visit www.nyapplecountry.com/pick.php. It's a great way to support our local farmers
Several constituents have contacted my office this month, thanking me and my colleagues in the State Senate for our support in designating September as Suicide Prevention Month in New York State. A recent walk was held in Saratoga Springs that highlighted this designation and brought about the awareness that suicide is one of the top ten causes of all deaths in the Nation. Advocates of suicide prevention have also told me that suicide is the third leading cause of death among people ages 15 – 24 and the second cause of death among college students.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) reminds constituents they should be prepared in case a disaster happens.
To highlight the designation of September as National Preparedness Month, Senator Farley offers the following tips:
* Prepare a disaster supply kit that would keep you and your family self-sufficient for three days, including: one gallon of water per person per day, stored in clean plastic containers; non-perishable food; first aid kit, including information on prescription medications and eyeglasses; battery-operated radio, flashlight and extra batteries; extra clothing; blankets or sleeping bags; and important papers such as identification, credit cards and cash.
This week is Constitution Week and State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) said the commemoration is being held to remind people of the uniqueness of our government and the importance of this document.
Senator Farley said on September 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution and sent copies to the state legislatures for ratification and to officially join the Union. On July 26, 1788, New York State became the 11th state to approve the U.S. Constitution.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C, I - Schenectady) informs constituents that the New York State Museum in Albany continues to display an exhibit that honors the heroes and remembers those who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Congress has designated September 11th of each year as "Patriot Day."
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) saluted the Glove Theatre on August 19th with a NYS Citation honoring the theatre’s 100th anniversary. He enjoyed a tour of the theatre and also visited the Glove’s Museum. Glove Executive Director Richard Samrov (right) hosted Senator Farley and showed him both facilities, located on Main Street in Gloversville.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) visited the Gloversville Public Library on August 19th and view the window restoration project with Board President Christine Pesses (left) and Director Barbara Madonna (right). Senator Farley has a passion for libraries as he is the Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Libraries.
New legislation will require all homeowners receiving a Basic STAR exemption to register with the New York State Tax Department in order to receive STAR exemptions in 2014 and subsequent years. Registration will begin on August 19 and continue through December 31, 2013. For more information on this registration requirement, please click on the box below for a STAR fact sheet.
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.