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BASIC STAR Registration Fact Sheet

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. 

August 16, 2013
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Senator Farley Tours School in 49th Senatorial District

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) visited Niskayuna Central School officials on July 30th to discuss school aid and other educational issues. Pictured, from left, are Superintendent Susan Kay Salvaggio, Senator Farley, Board of Education President Deborah Oriola, and Board of Education member Bob Winchester.

For more information, visit http://www.niskayunaschools.org/district/news/2013-14/district-thanks-Senator-Farley-073013.htm .

July 30, 2013
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Two Upcoming Adirondack Festivals Showcase Local Talents and Culture

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) is pleased to alert people to report two events being held this weekend in his district that highlight Adirondack activities and talent.

“Starting Friday, July 19th, the annual Northville Rotary Woodworking & Fine Arts Weekend will be held at the Town Park on Main Street,” Senator Farley said. “The festival starts with an artists’ reception on Friday and continues on Saturday and Sunday with music, vendors and more.”

For more information on the festival nestled in the foothills of the Adirondacks, visit http://www.northvilleny.com/ and www.northvillerotary.com.

July 18, 2013
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MOHAWK VALLEY SENATORS ADVANCE FLOOD RECOVERY STRATEGY

Mohawk Valley state senators Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta), Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R/C/I-Rome), Senator Hugh T. Farley (R/C/I-Schenectady) and Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today announced a multi-prong strategy to assist local businesses and residents recover and rebuild from devastating June/July flooding.

July 12, 2013
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Senator Farley Reflects on New York's Role in the Birth of This Nation

As Americans celebrate Independence Day, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) reflects on the birth of this nation and New York State's role in the development of our nation.

Independence Day is the anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

"As one of the original 13 states, New York played a key role in helping construct the freedoms and rights we all appreciate as Americans," Senator Farley said.

July 3, 2013
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Senator Farley Announces Flood Helpline Available

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announces the State Flood Helpine has been activated.

“I wanted to let you know that Governor Cuomo activated the NYS Flood Helpline to aid residents affected by widespread flooding across areas of New York State,” said Senator Farley, who represents portions of Herkimer, Saratoga and Schenectady Counties as well as all of Fulton and Hamilton counties.

The NYS Flood Helpline is (888) 769-7243. New Yorkers can call the helpline for assistance, including local information for the Red Cross and Salvation Army, health and safety tips, where to go to receive a tetanus shot, and what to do in case of an oil spill or power outage. Life threatening emergencies should be reserved for 911.

July 2, 2013
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Senator Farley Announces Local Libraries Awarded Construction Grants

As a longtime library advocate and Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Libraries, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) is pleased to announce four libraries in his 49th Senatorial District were recently awarded public library construction funds that will allow them to improve their facilities.

“Libraries are a place of lifelong learning that are available to everyone,” Senator Farley said. “These funds will help improve the buildings that house vital information and allow organizations to keep up with the demands of their users – whether it is installing climate control systems so books do not deteriorate, improving entrances for people with disabilities, or upgrading wiring for Internet and computer needs.”

June 24, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE GIVES FINAL PASSAGE TO BILL TO PROTECT OPWDD FROM FUNDING CUTS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced the New York State Senate recently gave final passage to legislation (S4777D) that would protect providers of services for the developmentally disabled from state funding cuts.

The legislation would appropriate up to $90 million, or as much as is needed, to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) to protect providers from funding reductions if recommended savings measures falls short of projections.

Senate Republicans strongly opposed the proposal in the Governor’s budget for $240 million in across-the-board funding cuts to OPWDD. The Senate’s budget resolution, passed in March, called for the full restoration of funding for OPWDD.

June 19, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES PUBLIC ASSISTANCE INTEGRITY ACT

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate recently approved the “Public Assistance Integrity Act” that would help cut down on the flagrant abuse of EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) cards by prohibiting welfare recipients from using cash assistance to purchase tobacco, alcoholic beverages, lottery tickets or to gamble.

EBT cards work like a debit card for welfare recipients. This card contains both Food Stamps and Cash Assistance. Food Stamps have strict regulations on what can be purchased, Cash Assistance does not. Cash Assistance is intended for items that can’t be purchased using food stamps, like soap, toothpaste, school supplies and toiletries.

June 19, 2013
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Senator Farley Announces New York State Summer Reading Program Launched

The Senate’s Select Committee on Libraries Chair, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady), reports the New York State Library teamed up with more than 1,100 public libraries and neighborhood branches statewide to launch “Summer Reading at New York Libraries,” the 2013 New York State summer reading program. The annual program gives children the opportunity to access the vast resources of New York’s public libraries to support their summer reading.

Through participating in summer reading programs, children can receive reading lists and participate in activities at their local libraries. At the end of the program, participants receive formal recognition for their reading achievement.

June 17, 2013
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Senator Farley Supported Bill to Stop Sales of Lighters That Look Like Toys

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reports that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate today passed a bill to promote fire safety by prohibiting the sale and distribution of novelty lighters. The Gloversville Common Council asked Senator Farley to support this bill (S933A) that would remove novelty lighters - which have features like music, lights, and toy-like designs – from store shelves and prevent them from getting into the hands of children who may not understand the fire risk.

June 13, 2013
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Senator Farley Salutes Herkimer County Health Net

On June 11th in Albany, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of honoring Herkimer County Health Net for being a 2013 recipient of the Parks and Trails New York’s Get Outdoors award. Herkimer County Health Net’s program, Creating Healthy Places to Live Work and Play, implemented 18 park and trail projects in the county’s villages and towns. Pictured with Senator Farley are Herkimer County Health Net Executive Director Adam Hutchinson and Project Coordinator Alison Swartz.

June 12, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE APPROVES BILL TO PREVENT INTOXICATED DRIVERS FROM AVOIDING PROSECUTION

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate passed legislation recently to prevent drunk and drugged drivers from evading prosecution. The legislation would allow law enforcement to seek court orders to compel whenever suspected drunk or drugged drivers refuse to submit to a chemical intoxication test.

 

Chemical tests, such as breath, blood and urine tests, determine a suspected drunk or drugged driver’s level of intoxication. Chemical tests are a critical piece of evidence used in a trial to prosecute a drunk or drugged driver for their crimes.

 

June 12, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSES BILL TO BAN SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA AND BATH SALTS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced the New York State Senate recently passed legislation to address the threat posed to the public by “legal” but dangerous drugs. The bill (S1686) criminalizes the sale and possession of synthetic marijuana and “bath salts.”

Synthetic marijuana or “fake pot” are herbs sprayed with chemicals called “synthetic cannabinoids.” These products -- including Spice, K2, Cloud 9 and Black 9 -- have dangerous side effects, including rapid heart rate, tremors, loss of consciousness and hallucinations. “Bath salts,” or “substituted cathinones,” are chemically related to methamphetamines or ecstasy and cause harmful physical and psychological reactions.

June 12, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO PROTECT PET OWNERS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate today passed a bill that would allow consumers more protections when purchasing a pet. The bill (S.3723B) would provide consumers with more information about the origins of their pet, and more protections should their pet become ill, under what is known as the “pet lemon law.”

The pet lemon law gives rights to consumers on their newly purchased pets. If a pet is diagnosed with a congenital malformation, is ill, or has a contagious infection or disease, the law covers consumers within fourteen business days. However, many times these congenital defects or illnesses do not show up in very young animals.

June 12, 2013
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Senator Farley Greets Geyser Road Elementary School Students

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting Vanessa Flynn , Marc Baldwin and Denise Reilly’s fourth grade students from Geyser Road Elementary School, Saratoga Springs, on June 10th when they came to Albany for a tour of the Capitol. The Senator discussed New York State history and government with the youth. Pictured with Senator Farley are students from Marc Baldwin's class.

June 12, 2013
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Geyser Road Elementary School Students Chat with Senator Farley

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting Vanessa Flynn, Marc Baldwin and Denise Reilly’s fourth grade students from Geyser Road Elementary School, Saratoga Springs, on June 10th when they came to Albany for a tour of the Capitol. The Senator discussed New York State history and government with the youth. Pictured with Senator Farley are students from Denise Reilly's class.

June 12, 2013
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Geyser Road Elementary School Students Meet Senator Farley

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting Vanessa Flynn, Marc Baldwin and Denise Reilly’s fourth grade students from Geyser Road Elementary School, Saratoga Springs, on June 10th when they came to Albany for a tour of the Capitol. The Senator discussed New York State history and government with the youth. Pictured with Senator Farley are students from Vanessa Flynn's class.

June 12, 2013
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Senator Farley Meets Inlet Students

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting fourth grade students from Debbie Daiker’s Inlet Common School class on June 7th when they came to Albany for a tour of the Capitol. The Senator discussed New York State history and government with the youth.

June 12, 2013
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Senator Farley Discusses NYS Government with Pashley

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting students from Pashley Elementary School on June 4th in Albany. The students toured the Capitol and discussed New York State government with Senator Farley. Pashley is part of the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District. Students in Mrs. Benson’s class were on the trip.

June 11, 2013
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