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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILL TO GET LOCALLY-GROWN PRODUCE TO SENIOR CITIZENS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R – Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate recently passed legislation (S2149) that would create a farm-to-senior program to promote the purchase of New York State farm products by senior centers and other institutions for the aging.

The program would replicate a similar effort, the farm-to-school program, which was established in 2002 to enable schools to purchase locally-grown farm produce for school children. The bill would give that same access to seniors.

May 9, 2013
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Senator Farley Greets Long Lake Volunteer

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R – Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting James McIntyre of Long Lake, an honoree from his district at the 2013 Senior Citizens Recognition Day on May 7th at the Capitol. The event is hosted by the State Office for the Aging and recognizes older volunteers for their service to fellow New Yorkers. Senator Farley also had the pleasure of recognizing the recipient in the Senate Chamber during Session. Mr. McIntyre severed his country with honor in the Army and is an active member and former Commander of the Long Lake American Legion. He contributes his time to Warren-Hamilton Counties Community Action, Hamilton County Council of Senior Citizens, and the Office for the Aging Advisory Council.

May 8, 2013
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Senator Farley Greets Senior Citizens Recognition Day Honoree

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R – Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting honoree Linda Walsh from his district at the 2013 Senior Citizens Recognition Day on May 7th at the Capitol. The event is hosted by the State Office for the Aging and recognizes older volunteers for their service to fellow New Yorkers. Senator Farley also had the pleasure of recognizing the recipients in the Senate Chamber during Session.

May 8, 2013
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Senator Farley Salutes Older Volunteers

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R – Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting several honorees from his district at the 2013 Senior Citizens Recognition Day on May 7th at the Capitol. The event is hosted by the State Office for the Aging and recognizes older volunteers for their service to fellow New Yorkers. Senator Farley also had the pleasure of recognizing the recipients in the Senate Chamber during Session.

May 8, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILLS TO INCREASE “GREEN” BUILDING CONSTRUCTION AND REDUCE ENERGY COSTS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R – Schenectady) reports the New York State Senate recently passed bills that would continue to promote the construction of environmentally-friendly buildings and the cost-saving benefits of net metering for utility bills. Both bills would help reduce the consumption of limited natural resources, promote the use of renewable energy, and lower energy costs.

May 7, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES VINCE’S LAW

In an effort to keep serial drunk drivers off the road, the New York State Senate recently passed “Vince’s Law,” which would establish a stronger penalty for multiple DWI convictions, reported State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R – Schenectady).

The bill (S.4267) creates a new Class C felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison, if a driver is convicted of three or more DWIs in a 25-year period. Currently, the law for multiple DWIs only includes offenses committed over a 10-year period.

The bill is named for Vincent Russo, an elderly Onondaga County man who was killed in 2011 by a drunk driver who was intoxicated behind the wheel, despite the driver having five DWI-related convictions, including four in the previous 17 years before the accident that killed Mr. Russo.

May 7, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILL TO PROTECT STUDENTS FROM SEXUAL PREDATORS AT SCHOOL

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R – Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate recently passed legislation that makes it a crime for any school employee or volunteer to have sexual contact with a student, even if that student is at the age of consent. The bill (S.1358) is intended to further protect full-time students from employees who engage in inappropriate relationships.

New York State’s legal age of consent is 17. By taking a child’s school status into consideration, this bill removes an elementary or secondary school student’s ability to consent and bans sexual conduct between a school employee and a student. Violations would be a class E felony and carry a sentence of up to 4 years in prison.

May 7, 2013
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Senator Farley Salutes Award Winning Girl Scout

State Senator HughT. Farley (R – Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting Girl Scout Julia Jaikin and her father, Manheim Town Councilman Peter Jaikan (right), at the annual Girl Scouts Legislators’ Showcase Day in Albany on April 30th. Ms. Jaikin recently won the Gold Award for her display featuring the consequences of texting while driving. At the Capitol, Senator Farley had the pleasure of viewing her exhibit and discussing texting while driving laws in New York State.

May 6, 2013
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Senator Farley Salutes Wood Road Student Council

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R – Schenectady) had the pleasure of talking with representatives of the Wood Road Elementary School Student Council, Ballston Spa Central School District, on May 1st when they came to the Capitol for a tour. Their advisor is Laura Henault.

May 2, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSES BILL TO PROTECT VICTIMS OF SEVERE CHILD ABUSE

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R – Schenectady) announced the New York State Senate recently gave final passage to legislation that would provide important protections for child victims who have been severely abused by their parents or guardians. The bill (S4082) improves Family Court procedures to reduce the trauma abused children can potentially experience and helps expedite the finding of a new, permanent home.

May 2, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSES BILL TO FACILITATE CARE FOR THE ELDERLY

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R - Schenectady) announced the New York State Senate recently gave final passage to a bill that would help make it easier and less expensive for legal guardians caring for the elderly or other relatives living out-of-state to carry out their responsibilities.

The measure (S2534) assists New Yorkers caring for adults in other states, as well as out-of-state individuals caring for elderly New Yorkers when they seek approval to fulfill health care, financial, and other legal responsibilities across state lines. It would create a registration form that would be used uniformly by participating states and replace a costly legal process that often required guardians to hire lawyers.

May 1, 2013
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Senator Farley Discusses Legislation at Right to Life Event

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R - Schenectady) attended the New York State Right to Life Legislative Breakfast on April 30th in Albany and discussed issues with attendees, such as Joan Kehoe (pictured) that are before the Legislature.

May 1, 2013
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Senator Farley Greets Milton Terrace South Student Council

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R - Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting Milton Terrace South Elementary School's Student Council and their advisors Carol Mitchell and Megan LaRowe on April 29th when they came to the Capitol for a tour. The students are part of the Ballston Spa Central School District.

April 30, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES MEASURES TO COMBAT PRESCRIPTION DRUG FRAUD AND ABUSE

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R - Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate recently passed two bills that would prevent prescription drug fraud, theft and abuse. The measures address the illegal distribution of controlled substances by helping to reduce the availability of black market prescription forms and prosecuting "pill mills" that issue prescriptions and knowingly dispense controlled substances for profit.

April 30, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILL TO CURB CHEATING ON ACADEMIC PAPERS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R - Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate recently passed a bill to prevent students from cheating by prohibiting the sale or purchase of dissertations, term papers, and similar academic documents online. The legislation (S2405) would prevent academic fraud by discouraging Internet-based services from selling educational papers to students.

Most academic institutions have plagiarism policies in place whereby students who engage in such activity are punished. However, currently there is no New York State law that deters online entities from offering educational papers for sale.

April 30, 2013
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SENATOR FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES TERESITA'S LAW

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R - Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate recently passed legislation known as Teresita's Law, which makes it a felony if an unlicensed driver causes death to another person. The bill (S.1888) recognizes that the unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, that ends in death, should be treated as a serious crime.

Currently, unlicensed operation that ends in the death of a person is only a felony if someone has 10 or more suspensions or if a license has been permanently revoked. This bill would make it a felony when a person drives with even one suspension and causes a death.

The bill was sent to the Assembly.

April 30, 2013
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West Point Day Held at NYS Senate

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R - Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting members of the Class of 2013 from West Point Academy at West Point Day, an event held by the New York State Senate, on April 24th at the Capitol. Senator Farley (middle) is pictured with Cadet Lieutenant Brian James Trainor of Clifton Park and the cadet's family. On far left is the cadet's father, James Trainor, and on the far right is Brigadier General Timothy Trainor, the cadet's uncle.

April 29, 2013
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Senator Farley Salutes West Point Cadets

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R - Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting members of the Class of 2013 from West Point Academy at West Point Day, an event held by the New York State Senate, on April 24th at the Capitol. Senator Farley is pictured with Cadet Corporal Thomas Gerard McGuiness of Glenville.

 

April 29, 2013
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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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