State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting Greg Baker’s student government class from Corinth Central School on May 4th when they toured the Capitol. Those students on the tour included Jonathan Rumpf, Erika Spieldenner, Hannah Corlew, Jenny Kelley, Sara Jensen, Markus Messore, Phoebe Wells, Lisa Eggleston, Tyler Ellis, Lillee Parker, Richelle Poisson, and Kevin Cahill. Principal Brian Testani and teacher Jim Dunbar were also a part of the trip.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed 18 bills on May 3rd that covered a variety of topics including the strengthening of penalties and prohibitions for dangerous driving, as well as helping certain property owners receive the STAR tax exemption benefits for which they are eligible.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced on May 3rd that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed a bill (S.998B) that will make it easier for law enforcement to crack down on texting-while-driving offenses and prevent tragic accidents caused by drivers distracted by texting.
The bill would make text messaging while driving a primary violation rather than a secondary violation. Under the current law, a driver can only be cited for texting-while-driving if another violation, such as speeding, is also being cited.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) has joined with the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program in its annual Mother’s Day campaign to urge women to get mammograms.
"Mother’s Day is a significant time to remind women to get mammograms," said Senator Farley. "I hope that this Mother’s Day women will take the time to make an appointment for a mammogram. Some 95 percent of all mammograms prove to be normal."
For more information and to locate an accredited mammography facility nearby, call the Adelphi New York State Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program at (800) 877-8077. Callers can also get emotional support from the hotline’s specially trained volunteers, most of whom are women who have had breast cancer.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) discusses his role as a State Senator with Joshua Goldstein and Dana Mancini, both 12th grade students at Schenectady High School, when they shadowed him on April 12th as part of the League of Women Voters "Students Inside Albany Day."
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) enjoyed chatting with several school groups over the past few weeks when they came to Albany to tour the Capitol and other State buildings. The Senator discussed State government with the students and answered questions about how legislation becomes laws. Students from Roberta DelVecchio’s class at McNulty Academy, Amsterdam, met Senator Farley on April 4th at the Legislative Office Building.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) chats with Mrs. Case’s class from Glen Worden Elementary School, Scotia-Glenville school district, on March 31st when they came to Albany for a tour of the Capitol.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) met the Glen Worden Elementary School students from Mrs. Smith’s class on March 31st in Albany. The Senator discussed State government with the students and answered questions about how legislation becomes laws.
In honor of National Donate Life Month, the New York State Senate was joined by 11-year-old heart transplant survivor Lauren Shields on April 13th and passed life saving legislation to significantly increase organ and tissue donation. Lauren’s Law (S.3885) would increase the number of eligible and willing organ donors by requiring driver’ license applicants to specifically indicate their donation decision.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed legislation on April 12th to help speed up the delivery of tax refunds owed to taxpayers by the state. The bill (S.2631) addresses excessive delays of up to two months from when taxpayers file their return to when they may actually see the refund from the state Department of Taxation and Finance.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced on April 12th that he and his Senate Majority colleagues are urging the Assembly to act on a meaningful property tax cap bill. The Senate overwhelmingly passed Governor Cuomo’s property tax cap legislation with bipartisan support earlier this year.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed a measure on April 11th requiring camp directors to report suspected child abuse regardless of the location where abuse may have occurred. With many parents now beginning to think about summer camps, the bill (S.3777A) would protect children and facilitate the detection of abuse by camp staff.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) reported that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed several anti-crime bills on April 5th to strengthen penalties and create new charges for offenses relating to sexual abuse, bank robberies, home invasions and driving irresponsibly. The measures will help deter criminals, hold violators accountable and create safer communities throughout the state.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) listened to the performance by the Fourth and Fifth Grade Chorus from Dorothy Nolan Elementary School, Saratoga Springs City School District, when they came to the Empire State Plaza Concourse in Albany as part of the New York State School Music Association’s "Music In Our Schools Month" on March 31st. The chorus performed under the direction of Deborah Craig and Mary Rocco.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting members of the Fonda-Fultonville High School Select Chorus when they performed on March 31st at the Empire State Plaza Concourse in Albany as part of the New York State School Music Association’s "Music In Our Schools Month." The chorus performed under the direction of Lisa Vosburgh.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) will be co-hosting his annual health fair with Catholic Charities Family Room on Tuesday, April 19th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the upper level of the Riverfront Center, Amsterdam.
"Called the Community Wellness Day, this event has always been successful in delivering information on services that local agencies provide to the public," Senator Farley said. The health fair is geared towards people of all ages and is set during the break week for local schools so families can participate.
Those unable to attend can call Senator Farley’s Amsterdam District Office at 843-2188 to obtain brochures. A list of helpful websites you may want to visit for healthy information is listed below.
The New York State Senate has completed passage of the 2011-12 state budget one day prior to the April 1st budget deadline. The budget, which has now received final approval by the Assembly, achieves the critically important goals of reducing state spending, not raising taxes and creating new private sector jobs.
To learn more about the State's new fiscally responsible budget plan, I encourage you to review the documents below.
It’s hard to believe, but it is true. Fifty years after the 1963 Equal Pay Act was signed into law, pay discrimination in the workplace still exists in America.
In June, the Senate unanimously passed legislation to strengthen New York’s laws and ensure that women receive equal pay for equal work. However, action is still needed by the State Assembly on this bill.