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SENATE ACTS TO CREATE NEW PANEL TO SUPPORT AGING VETERANS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate approved legislation on May 16th to help older veterans by creating an advisory committee that specifically assists state officials in addressing important veterans issues. New York has the second highest veteran population in the United States and bill S.3337 focuses on improving the care and state support available to aging veterans by creating a panel of gerontology and veterans’ issue experts.Older veterans represent a population in New York whose needs and problems pervade multiple geriatrics and gerontology disciplines.

May 17, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BOATER SAFETY BILL

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed a bill on May 16th that requires all individuals, regardless of age, who have been found guilty of operating a boat after consuming alcohol to take a boating safety course before they can operate a boat again. With peak boating season soon approaching, bill S.2903B, helps prevent accidents stemming from individuals who are guilty of boating while intoxicated. The state already requires those age 21 and older and who are convicted of boating while intoxicated to obtain a boating safety certificate before operating a vehicle.

May 17, 2011
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Senator Farley Salutes Northville's Fourth Grade Students

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting students from Ed Lent’s Northville Central School fourth grade class on May 17th when they traveled to Albany to tour the Capitol. Students on the tour included Austin Akey, Trey Ausfeld, Moriah Boyd, Daniella Brown, Keith Buyce, Joseph Carnevale, MacKenzie Cramer, Adeline Crosby, Michael Dickey, Alex Flickinger, Breanna Godfrey, Joey Grega, Jessica Miller, Carina Oare, Cody Payne, Alyssa Quillan, Nate Reidell, John Sira, Ryan Snell and Breanna Strouse.

May 17, 2011
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Sen. Farley Meets Johnstown Students

State Senator Hugh T. Farey (R, C, I - Schenectady) met with students from Anne Bagot’s Johnstown High School class on May 9th when they came to Albany for a tour of the Capitol. Those on the tour included: Eric Brower, Jared Brower, Laura Bueltmann, Amanda Cline, MaryBeth DeCuyke, Mallory Hansen, Abigail Heroth, Emma Heroth, Brynn Hlozansky, Alex Hollister, Hannah Keener, Marketa Lapackova, Andrew Licciardi, Pierre Mevel, Brittney Oathout, Tayna Orlyk, Sarah Pinger, Jason Roth, Brett Schlesier, Taylor Smiek and Alexis Swatt.

May 12, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO END CRIMINALS' ABILITY TO PROFIT FROM CRIME

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed legislation on May 10th that protects the rights of victims by prohibiting criminals from profiting from crimes, regardless of their plea or conviction. The bill (S.4393) closes a loophole in the original Son of Sam law which was designed to prevent the Son of Sam, David Berkowitz, from profiting from his crime.

May 11, 2011
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Senator Farley Announces Local Libraries Awarded Construction Grants

A longtime library advocate, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) is pleased to announce seven libraries and library systems in his district were recently awarded public library construction funds that will allow them to improve their facilities.

"Libraries are a place of lifelong learning that are available to everyone," Senator Farley said. "These funds will help improve the buildings that house vital information and allow organizations to keep up with the demands of their users -- whether it be installing climate control systems so books do not detiorate, improving entrances for people with disabilities, or upgrading wiring for Internet and computer needs."

May 11, 2011
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Bonnie Daggett

Bonnie (Buckley) Daggett’s legacy of compassion is an inspiration to all, as she perpetually shows where there is a will, there is a way.

A life-long resident of Schenectady County, Ms. Daggett graduated from Linton High School, received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from SUNY Albany, and earned her Master’s Degree in Technical Communication from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

As a tribute to her daughter Audrey, Ms. Daggett has worked tirelessly for more than 30 years on behalf of people with disabilities, specifically devoting much of her e‑ orts to Wildwood Programs.

May 11, 2011
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SENATE PASSES MEASURE TO BOOST INVESTMENT IN CONSUMER-GENERATED RENEWABLE ENERGY

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed a bill on May 9th that builds upon existing net metering laws to allow certain electricity customer-generators to receive credit for off-site energy production. The legislation (S.3407A) enables small producers to plan for their long-term energy use and would increase participation in alternative energy investment.

May 10, 2011
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SENATE PASSES MICHELLE AND JORDAN'S LAW

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed legislation on May 9th to increase penalties for unlawful high-speed car racing which has caused numerous accidents across the state, including the deaths of a 17-year-old Staten Island girl and a 5-year-old Queens boy. Michelle and Jordan’s Law (S.2938A) stems from tragic crashes involving suspected drag racing at excessive speeds.

May 10, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO BAN SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed legislation on May 9th that would ban the sale of synthetic marijuana products throughout the State. This fake drug, which has been legally available under a variety of names like K2, Spike 99 and Spice at stores throughout New York State, including on Long Island and just blocks away from the State Capitol in Albany, is smoked as an alternative to marijuana and has similar effects.

May 10, 2011
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Senator Farley Chats With Corinth Students

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.

May 5, 2011
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SENATE ACTS TO MAKE ROADS SAFER HELP RESIDENTS OBTAIN STAR TAX BENEFITS

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.


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May 5, 2011
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN LAW ON TEXT MESSAGING WHILE DRIVING

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.

May 5, 2011
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Senator Farley Urges Mammograms for Mother's Day

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.

April 28, 2011
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Senator Farley and His "Shadows"

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."

April 20, 2011
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Senator Farley Salutes McNulty Academy

Carmello Sollecito-Pritchard and her class from McNulty Academy, Amsterdam, talk with Senator Farley about New York State history and government on April 4th in Albany.

April 15, 2011
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Visiting With Senator Farley

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.

April 15, 2011
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Sen. Farley Chats With Glen Worden Students

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.

April 15, 2011
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Sen. Farley Discusses State Government With School Group

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.

April 15, 2011
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SENATE PASSES LAUREN'S LAW TO INCREASE ORGAN DONATION

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.

April 15, 2011
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