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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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SENATOR FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES EARTH DAY BILL PACKAGE

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate recently passed a package of six bills that celebrate Earth Day by promoting the use of renewable energy, reducing harmful pollutants, and protecting sharks and other vulnerable species.

New York State is experiencing a lag in the development of solar and energy storage segments of the energy sector. Senate bill S.2522 would help attract and retain these growing industries by providing a clear incentive for businesses to make capital investments in solar and energy storage manufacturing and development by providing tax credits. It would create new jobs, increase economic investment, reduce harmful emissions, and help New York meet its goals for renewable energy development.

April 24, 2013
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Senator Farley Reports Senate Passes Bills Targeting Organized Retail Crime

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) reports the New York State Senate recently passed a package of legislation that would crack down on anyone participating in Organized Retail Crime. 

Senate bill 2926-A would allow any county in the state to prosecute someone who participates in a pattern of organized retail crimes when at least one of the offenses occurred within their jurisdiction.  These highly intelligent criminals are well aware of the jurisdictional limitations under current law and avoid committing multiple offenses in the same county to avoid harsher penalties.  This bill would give law enforcement officials another tool in curbing organized retail crime.

April 23, 2013
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Discussing New York State Government

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R - Schenectady) and Robert Farley (right) discuss New York State government with student Ryan Stern on April 23rd. They are in the Senate Chambers in Albany.

April 23, 2013
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Senator Farley Meets Clifton Park Constituent

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R - Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting constituent Sarah Koniszewski on April 16th in Albany. Ms. Koniszewski is a resident of Clifton Park and went to the Capitol to meet her new State Senator and discuss issues that are before the Senate. "With the new Senate lines, my district has shifted and I now represent about 60% of Saratoga by territory and 47% by population," Senator Farley said. The Saratoga County towns of Clifton Park, Malta and Milton are new to Senator Farley's district; he also continues to represent the towns of Ballston, Charlton, Corinth, Day, Edinburg, Galway, Hadley, Providence and portions of the city of Saratoga Springs.

April 18, 2013
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Senator Farley Greets Students

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R - Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting Kateryna Bob and Martin Thode, foreign exchange students currently attending Niskayuna High School, on April 15th in Albany. The students are pictured with the Senator on the Senate Chamber floors. They discussed New York State government and history.

April 16, 2013
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Senator Farley Clears Up Confusion on STAR

You may have heard that the new budget will require all current recipients of the basic STAR property tax exemption to re-register on a one-time basis in order to root out fraud in the system. The registration deadline is not until April of next year, and I will post information when the Tax Department announces the process for re-registering.

March 27, 2013
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