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SENATE PASSES BILL BANNING OWNERSHIP OF ANIMAL FIGHTING PARAPHERNALIA

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently gave final legislative passage to a bill (S6774A) which bans people from owning, selling, or manufacturing animal fighting paraphernalia. The Senate took up the bill on New York State Animal Advocacy Day at the Capitol, where legislators and animal advocates network, share ideas, and lobby for stronger anti-cruelty laws.

This legislation would ban people from owning any equipment or products that promote animal fighting. This includes breaking sticks, cat mills, which are instruments that encourage biting of other animals, spring-poles, and fighting pits.

The bill will be sent to the Governor for consideration.

June 21, 2012
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SENATE GIVES FINAL PASSAGE TO BILL PROTECTING CONSUMERS FROM INTRUSIVE TELEMARKETERS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (r, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently gave final legislative passage to a bill that protects New Yorkers from intrusive or unwanted telemarketing practices. The bill (S7567A) regulates all telemarketers who do business in New York, wherever they may be located, and adds new consumer protections from unwelcome prerecorded calls, known as robocalls, from telemarketers.

June 21, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO IMPROVE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF DOGS AND CATS SOLD BY PET STORES

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently gave final legislative passage to a bill (S7268A), that will ensure improved health and safety of pets sold in stores. The Senate took up the bill on New York State Animal Advocacy Day at the Capitol, where legislators and animal advocates network, share ideas, and lobby for stronger anti-cruelty laws.

Dogs and cats that are sold by some pet stores receive inadequate exercise, veterinary care, and protection from the spread of disease.

This legislation will provide that any licensed pet dealer must:

June 21, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO REDUCE MERCURY IN LIGHT BULBS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed legislation that prohibits the sale of light bulbs that contain high levels of mercury – a known hazardous chemical. The bill (S7004) would protect the environment and public health by reducing the amount of mercury that ends up in homes and the waste stream.

The Federal Government is working to move consumers away from incandescent light bulbs, which is a good way to save energy, but it can also present a new hazard in the waste stream if those bulbs are not limited in the amount of mercury they can contain. This legislation details the amount of mercury to be allowed in fluorescent lamps, and normal lifetime and long lifetime bulbs.

June 21, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL ALLOWING BREW-PUB OWNERS TO ALSO OPEN RESTAURANTS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed a bill (S.7110) that would allow a brew-pub owner to also open a restaurant.

Since the end of Prohibition, New York State has restricted owners of an alcohol manufacturer license from also having a retail license, limiting the ability to open the two types of businesses. The restrictions carried over to owners of brew-pubs who manufacture their own alcohol and also serve food, restricting them from also owning a second restaurant.

June 21, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO HONOR FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed a bill (S.7458) that would ensure the names of firefighters who are killed while performing services in the line of duty be included on the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial.

The Fallen Firefighters Memorial recognizes those firefighters from throughout the state who made the ultimate sacrifice for their community. The Memorial hosts an annual ceremony that draws firefighters from throughout New York and serves as an occasion for remembrance and healing.

June 21, 2012
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Senator Farley Notes June Is National Dairy Month

June is National Dairy Month, a time to celebrate one of New York’s top agricultural businesses. In 2010, some 12.7 billion pounds of milk were produced in New York State, at a value of $2.2 billion. New York State is home to approximately 6,000 farms and 600,000 cows. New York is fourth in the Nation for milk production. As you purchase dairy products this month, keep in mind how crucial dairy farming is to our region and, specifically, to the Mohawk Valley. Not only do local farms provide direct employment, but food processing facilities such as the Fage yogurt plant in Johnstown represent major investments in the community.

June 15, 2012
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Senator Farley Visits With Northville Elementary

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting the third and fourth grade students from Northville Central School on June 14th in Albany. The students took a tour of the Capitol, talked with Senator Farley about New York State history, and visited the Observation Deck at the Corning Tower on the Empire State Plaza.

Students in Ed Lent’s third-fourth multi-age class that were on the tour included: Kobe Cox, Jocelyn Daum, Jason Deming, James DeRonda, Tyler Dickinson, Kelly Donovan, Madeline Downing, Avery Feldman, Kerrigan Groff, Cassidy Lerke, Logan Martinez, Emma Millington, Brianna Moore, Austin Oare, Nathaniel Ostrander, Robert Qullian III, Madison Rhodes, Christian Rowe, Kaylee Van Nostrand, and Timothy Wadsworth Jr.

June 15, 2012
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Senator Farley Greets Northville 3rd and 4th Grade Students at the Capitol

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting the third and fourth grade students from Northville Central School on June 14th in Albany. The students took a tour of the Capitol, talked with Senator Farley about New York State history, and visited the Observation Deck at the Corning Tower on the Empire State Plaza.

Students in Rebecca Pratt’s third-fourth multi-age class that were on the tour included: Alyssa Goodrich, Caitlyn Person, Calib Warner, Cassandra Baurle, Curtis Arnold, Dylan Smith, Emma Biche, Grace Millington, Hannah Lent, Jacob Jensen, Jake Halloran, Jason Ellsworth, Josie Mannix, Kelly Driscoll, Lilly Pertell, Madi Whittaker, Maddy Klingbeil, Marshall Pettit, Matt Hurst, and Morgan Mackey.

June 15, 2012
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Senator Farley Salutes Northville Elementary

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting the third and fourth grade students from Northville Central School on June 14th in Albany. The students took a tour of the Capitol, talked with Senator Farley about New York State history, and visited the Observation Deck at the Corning Tower on the Empire State Plaza.

Students in Carla Williams’ third-fourth multi-age class that were on the tour included: Peyton Ausfeld, Seth Bailey, John Buyce, Chloe Edwards, Jenna Ellsworth, Adam LaPort, Daniel Lastro, Lily Millington, Jordan Morales, Katrina Reilly, Daphne Russell, Ali Schermerhorn, Emily Shepard, Ava Trimarchi, Deana Tuthill, Megan Van Nostrand, Chase Wood, Sandra Zarub, and T.J. Payne.

June 15, 2012
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SENATE PASSES DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LEGISLATION

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced recently that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed legislation that will protect victims of domestic violence and establish stronger criminal penalties to punish individuals who commit acts of domestic violence.

The bill (S7638) represents a three-way agreement among the Senate, Governor Cuomo and the Assembly. It includes several important provisions included in bills that have already passed the Senate this year, such as bail reforms and increased penalties for domestic violence crimes.

Highlights of the domestic violence legislation include the following:

June 13, 2012
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SENATE PASSES "I-STOP" TO REDUCE PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) reported recently that in response to the escalating problem of prescription drug abuse, the state Senate passed legislation that would make significant changes to the way prescription drugs are distributed and monitored in New York State.

The bill (S7637) includes "real time" prescription tracking to provide more information to doctors and pharmacists, in an effort to prevent deaths from abuse and overdoses of prescription drugs, particularly painkillers.

The provisions of the legislation include:

June 12, 2012
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NEW YORK STATE SUMMER READING PROGRAM LAUNCHED

The New York State Library, teaming up with the more than 1,100 public libraries and neighborhood branches statewide, today announced the kick-off of "Summer Reading at New York Libraries," the 2012 New York State summer reading programs. Through these programs, young people will have the opportunity to access the vast resources of New York’s public libraries to support their summer reading and to gain recognition for what they achieve.

Through participation in these programs young people can receive reading lists and participate in programs and activities at their local libraries. At the end of the program, participants receive formal recognition for their reading achievement.

June 6, 2012
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SENATE UNVEILS "JOBS-NY" JOB CREATION PLAN

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently announced the Senatepassed legislation to implement the 2012 NEW JOBS-NY Job Creation Plan. The Senate's comprehensive plan will help create thousands of new private sector jobs by delivering tax relief to small businesses and manufacturers, reducing energy costs, and enacting major fiscal reforms to make New York State more economically competitive.

Senate Republicans first approved a small business tax cut plan as part of its budget resolution in early March. However, the tax cuts were not included in the enacted 2012-13 state budget.

June 5, 2012
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NYS Legislators Led By Farley, Tedisco, Amedore, Lopez and Senate Agriculture Chair Ritchie Call for “Family Farmers and Apple Growers Relief Act"

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady), Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Schenectady-Saratoga), Assemblyman George Amedore (R,C,I-Rotterdam) and Assemblyman Pete Lopez (R,C,I-Schoharie) today joined with Senate Agriculture Chair Patty Ritchie (R,C-Oswegatchie) and farmers to announce new legislation, the “*Family Farmers and Apple Growers Relief Act*” to help apple growers and farmers who have lost a significant amount of their crops due to the extreme weather state area has experienced this year.

At the beginning of the 2012 growing season, New York farmers experienced widespread damage and loss to their crops as a result of an extremely rare and severe frost.

June 3, 2012
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Activities Celebrating the Outdoors Slated for This Weekend

Enjoy the great outdoors this weekend as the area celebrates National Trails Day and Schenectady hosts a free fishing clinic.

June 1, 2012
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Senator Farley Honors Outstanding Schenectady Bands at NYS Senate

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of introducing the band students from Schenectady High School and its John Sayles School of Fine Arts to his colleagues at the New York State Senate on May 30th as he sponsored a Senate Resolution honoring their achievements at a recent music festival in Williamsburg, Virginia.

"These students are truly amazing," Senator Farley said. "Their dedication and accomplishments should be admired. They are an inspiration to their fellow students and their community," Senator Farley said.

June 1, 2012
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Celebrate New York's Museums May 31st - June 6th

I had the pleasure of supporting a New York State Senate Resolution today that officially kicks off the 1st Annual New York State Museum Week, which starts today, May 31st, and runs through June 6th. This week is a great time to visit and support local museums and enjoy the unique attractions our areas provide, ranging from historical homes to living history museums and cultural attractions. About a dozen museums and historic sites in my district are officially partaking in this event. For information on the overall week and participating museums, visit http://www.iloveny.com/summer/themes/museum-week.aspx My district also includes numerous treasures like the Johnstown Historical Society Museum.

May 31, 2012
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