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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILL TO CLARIFY AGGRAVATED HARASSMENT LAW

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced thhe New York State Senate passed legislation (S7734A) that would clarify a state law related to the crime of Aggravated Harassment in the Second Degree, that was declared unconstitutional by the state Court of Appeals last year.

The bill addresses concerns cited by the Court and restores Aggravated Harassment in the Second Degree, which was a charge used thousands of times in cases of domestic violence. The Court ruled the law was vague and too broad.

This bill approved by the Senate will criminalize harassing communications that threaten to cause physical harm to a victim or the victim’s property where a defendant knows or should know that the communication will cause the victim to fear such harm.

June 20, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILL TO PROTECT SCHOOL CHILDREN WITH SEVERE ALLERGIES

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed legislation (S7262A) that authorizes schools to have and administer the life saving medicine, epinephrine, when a student has a severe allergic reaction.

According to Food Allergy Education and Research, food allergies affect one in every 13 children in the United States -- estimated to be two children per classroom. Allergic reactions can range from mild skin rashes to severe anaphylaxis -- a full-body and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction that can stop respiration and heartbeat within seconds. Among these children who have food allergies, 40 percent have already experienced severe allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis.

June 20, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILL FOR UNIVERSAL SIGNAGE TO WARN OF AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES THREAT

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reports that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate gave final legislative passage to a bill (S7643A) that directs the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to design and post at public boat launches a universal sign warning of the threat of aquatic invasive species.

Aquatic invasive species (AIS), such as zebra mussels, asian clams and hydrilla, pose a serious threat to the ecosystems and economies of the communities around lakes, rivers and other bodies of waters.

The legislation requires the DEC, within one year of the effective date of the law, to conspicuously post or provide for the posting of a universal sign at each public boat launch site in the state.

June 20, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE RELEASES TASK FORCE REPORT & RECOMMENDATIONS TO ADDRESS LYME AND TICK-BORNE DISEASES

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reports the New York State Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases recently released a report and legislation that provides a comprehensive set of recommendations for a state action plan to enhance research, prevention, diagnosis and treatment for harmful tick-borne illnesses. To date in 2014, more than 450 new cases of Lyme disease have been reported in New York alone, and the number is expected to continue rising each year as disease-laden ticks spread to more communities.

June 19, 2014
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Senator Farley Encourages Reading During Summer Months

As Chairman of the Senate’s Select Committee on Libraries, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady), helped kick off the New York State Library’s Summer Reading Program today at the Schenectady County Public Library. Called “Fizz! Boom! Read!,” the program is being launched by over a thousand public libraries across the State, giving children the opportunity to access the vast resources of New York’s public libraries to support their summer reading.

June 18, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE GIVES FINAL PASSAGE TO A BILL THAT STOPS IDENTITY THIEVES WHO TARGET CHILDREN

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently gave final legislative passage to a bill that protects children from identity thieves who steal information to establish fraudulent financial accounts. The bill (S6682B) helps stop identity thieves from victimizing children by requiring credit agencies to place a credit record freeze on the account of a minor when requested by a parent or guardian.

Millions of Americans are victims of identity theft each year. These criminals can even target children – using a minor’s Social Security number to apply for government benefits, open bank and credit card accounts, apply for a loan or utility service, or rent a place to live.

June 17, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES WOMEN’S EQUALITY LEGISLATION

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported that the New York State Senate recently passed three bills – all part of the Senate’s Women’s Equality Agenda – that would prevent employment discrimination against people with families, stop housing discrimination against victims of domestic violence, and ensure women receive equal pay for equal work.

STOPPING DISCRIMINATION BASED ON FAMILY STATUS

The Senate unanimously passed legislation (S5875) to help working mothers by preventing discrimination in the hiring and promotion of people with families. The bill prohibits employers from denying work or promotions based on family status, such as parents and women who are pregnant.

June 17, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE GIVES FINAL PASSAGE TO BILL CREATING A HOMELESS VETERANS ASSISTANCE FUND

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently gave final passage to a measure that will create a Homeless Veterans Assistance Fund to support military servicemen and women who need help with housing. The bill (S4760A) allows New Yorkers to contribute to the fund when filing their personal income taxes.

June 17, 2014
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Senator Farley Chats With Skano Elementary School at the Capitol

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting fourth grade students from Skano Elementary School, Shenendehowa Central School District, on June 12th when they came to Albany to tour the Capitol. Also pictured is Assemblyman James Tedisco.

June 17, 2014
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Senator Farley Chats With Miss Delaney's Skano Elementary School Class

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting fourth grade students from Skano Elementary School, Shenendehowa Central School District, on June 12th when they came to Albany to tour the Capitol. Also pictured is Assemblyman James Tedisco.

June 17, 2014
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Senator Farley Visits With Mr. Brown's Class from Skano Elementary

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting fourth grade students from Skano Elementary School, Shenendehowa Central School District, on June 12th when they came to Albany to tour the Capitol. Also pictured is Assemblyman James Tedisco.

June 17, 2014
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Senator Farley Salutes Mrs. Britz's Class from Skano Elementary

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting fourth grade students from Skano Elementary School, Shenendehowa Central School District, on June 12th when they came to Albany to tour the Capitol. Also pictured is Assemblyman James Tedisco.

June 17, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES CPR IN SCHOOLS BILL

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reports that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed legislation recently that would enable high school students to be trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of automated defibrillators (AEDs).

According to the American Heart Association, about 400,000 people have sudden cardiac arrest outside of a hospital every year, and only about 10 percent of them survive, most likely because they don’t receive timely CPR. Given right away, CPR doubles or triples survival rates.

June 16, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILLS TO MAKE COLLEGE MORE AFFORDABLE

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reports that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed five bills to make college more affordable for students and their families, while setting students up for success. These bills provide opportunities to help New York students thrive by increasing awards in the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) to equal the cost per semester of SUNY and CUNY tuition, alleviating student loan debt, giving access to free community college to eligible students, and providing targeted work-training programs.

The college affordability bills approved by the Senate today include the following legislation:

Increasing TAP Awards

June 16, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES PACKAGE OF BILLS TO FIGHT THE FINANCIAL EXPLOITATION OF SENIOR CITIZENS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reports that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed a package of eight bills to prevent criminals from using financial schemes to prey upon senior citizens. The measures were recommended in a report released by the Senate Majority Coalition in May that examined this growing issue that affects thousands of senior New Yorkers each year.

June 16, 2014
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Senator Farley Salutes Flag Day

Saturday, June 14th, is Flag Day. This day is meant to reflect on the true meaning and history of the American flag. Our forefathers stood up for freedom and liberty, creating the United States of America. The flag represents this struggle for independence. Our American flag has long exemplified the spirit of those who lost their lives in battle, as well as those who fought valiantly and survived. As a former teacher and a history enthusiast, Senator Farley would like to share a few Flag Day and flag facts.

June 13, 2014
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Hillside Elementary Meets Senator Farley

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting students from Mr. Lasher and Mrs. Herrington’s classes from Hillside Elementary School, Niskayuna, NY, on June 10th when they came to Albany to tour the Capitol.

June 13, 2014
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Senator Farley Greets Hillside Elementary

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting students from Mr. Lasher and Mrs. Herrington’s classes from Hillside Elementary School, Niskayuna, NY, on June 10th when they came to Albany to tour the Capitol.

June 13, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILL TO MAKE RESIDENTIAL YOUTH FACILITIES SAFER

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reports that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed a measure to protect the staff and youth in group homes and other youth residential facilities. “Renee’s Law” (S2625B) increases the criminal history and other information available to those involved in residential placements for violent youth offenders so that a thorough evaluation of the youth's rehabilitation and the risk they pose to the community can be performed.

The measure was named for Renee Greco, a 24-year-old youth care worker who was killed at a group home for troubled youths in Lockport, Niagara County

June 13, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE GIVES FINAL PASSAGE TO “VINCE’S LAW”

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently gave final legislative passage to “Vince’s Law,” a bill that would significantly toughen criminal penalties to get persistent drunk drivers off the road.

Bill S7108 would extend the period of time in which multiple Driving While Intoxicated convictions can occur in order to be considered a felony. Under the bill, an individual convicted of three or more DWIs within 15 preceding years would be charged with a Class D felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

June 13, 2014
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