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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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Senator Farley Greets Pashley Elementary School

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 Roger Kopa’s class were on the trip.

June 11, 2013
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Senator Farley Chats With Pashley Students

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 Ms. O’Rourke’s class were on the trip.

June 11, 2013
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Senator Farley Salutes Pashley Elementary

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 Shannon Nusbaum’s class were on the trip

June 11, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSES BILL TO STOP CAREER CRIMINALS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced the New York State Senate recently passed a bill to stop perpetual repeat offenders who continue to commit misdemeanor crimes. The bill (S1521) establishes a new felony-level crime of aggravated criminal conduct to bring stronger penalties against those who commit a misdemeanor after having been already convicted for multiple misdemeanors within the past five years.

The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services reports that 8,824 individuals had been convicted of five or more misdemeanors within the three years that ended Dec. 31, 2010. Of those criminals, 1,600 of them had 10 or more convictions in the same time frame, and a staggering 169 criminals had 20 or more convictions.

June 11, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILL TO DETER RECRUITMENT BY TERRORISTS

State Senator hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate recently passed a measure to deter terrorist recruitment and punish those who seek to employ others for their criminal plans. The bill (S1520) would complement law enforcement’s efforts to expose groups who actively seek to engage in terrorist activity by creating a new crime to prosecute those who recruit others to assist them.

Terrorist organizations and their membership are in a perpetual search to recruit new members. This bill makes it a Class C felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison, when someone with the intent of committing a crime recruits, solicits, requests, commands, importunes or otherwise attempts another person to engage in terrorist conduct.

June 11, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY APPROVES BILLS TO CUT RED TAPE THAT HURTS JOB CREATION

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed 14 regulatory reform bills as the first part of a major initiative, that includes statewide public forums, to identify and eliminate thousands of costly and unnecessary government regulations that inhibit job creation and drive up local property taxes.

The regulatory reform initiative is highlighted by the creation of a Berger Commission-style Task Force. The panel will have extraordinary power to review state rules, regulations, and public authorities and make recommendations for the repeal of ones that are determined to be unnecessary. The Task Force recommendations would be binding unless they are rejected by the Legislature.

June 11, 2013
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Senator Farley Salutes 4th Grade Students from Hillside

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting fourth grade students from Hillside Elementary School, Niskayuna School District, on June 5th when they came to Albany to tour the Capitol.

Students on the trip in Carol Herrington’s class included Eman Abdelmagiol, Carsten Renken, Rebecca Barr, Nolan Beattie, Daniel Chillrud, Julianna DellaPorta, Emma Edwards, David Garvey, Colby Geer, Etienne Gervasio, Anna Hehler, Jesse Hoogs, Trey Kalvass, Trey LaVigne, Lucas Mastroianni, Amiya McGough, Suchi Metha, Courtney Meola, Jessica Monterroso, Lucinda Moore, Leo O’Brien, Julia Pacheo, Noah Pollick, Alexandria Salerno, Amelia Sauter, Maclyn Sauter, Maclyn Seeger, Lexie Thompson, Emma Whelan.

June 5, 2013
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Senator Farley Greets Hillside Elementary Students

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting fourth grade students from Hillside Elementary School, Niskayuna School District, on June 5th when they came to Albany to tour the Capitol.

Students on the trip in Chris Lasher’s class included Erin Andrews, Luke Bennett, Nadia Budrakey, Thomas Choi, Patrick Daley, Douglas Gilloolely, Abbigail Helstowski, Adrianna Holden, Ethan Hunt, Evan Kessler, Jeremy Lawson, Brynn Lecakes, Lucas Lynch, Katarina Mills, Olivia Reeves, Ganon Riordon, Mary-Margaret Russo, Sophia Rzonca, Colin Sanderson, Jack Shiavo, Luke Sheeran, Carline Skrebutenas, Paige Splendido, Logan Stafford, Phillip Torok, Maria Tsakalakos, Luke Zink, Tekhi Terry.

 

June 5, 2013
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