My colleagues and I in the New York State Senate Majority unveiled recently an agenda for this region called "Upstate Now."
This 10-point plan includes reducing taxes for small businesses, manufacturers and key industries; building and investing in a 21st Century infrastructure for the upstate economy; making upstate an international powerhouse in new and emerging technologies; and reducing energy costs for employers and promoting energy independence.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) and his colleagues in the New York State Senate Majority Conference prepared the "Upstate Now" agenda, a comprehensive job creation and economic growth plan that will help revitalize the local economy and create upstate jobs.
"More than any other issue, my constituents talk to me about needing good, steady jobs," Senator Farley said. "There is no single solution to retaining and creating good jobs in our communities. That is why the Senate's comprehensive plan is so important.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) announced today with Governor Eliot Spitzer and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver that Beech-Nut Nutrition Corporation, producer of all-natural baby foods, is investing more than $124 million in the construction of a new 650,000 square-foot processing and packaging plant in the town of Florida and relocating its corporate headquarters to this new facility.
Beech-Nut is currently headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. The company is replacing its aging Canajoharie plant.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) met and awarded 10 Draper Middle School students on May 15th with Statewide awards for theirfor environmental awareness through the New York State Senate's 16th annual "I*MA*GREEN*NATION" competition.
The Draper Middle School students won first place in Science and Technology Division IV.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) announced that checks, averaging $5,000 each, are in the mail to provide relief to nearly 5,100 strapped dairy farmers across New York State, thanks to a $30 million Dairy Assistance Program that was spearheaded and championed by the state Senate Republican Majority during this year’s contentious budget process.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) is teaming up with the Village of Northville for a Family Day in the Park event on Sunday, July 1st, from 3 to 8 p.m. in the Waterfront Park located behind the Main Street businesses in Northville.
This event is an official kick-off to summer in the Fulton County village and the opening of the park for the 2007 summer season. Musical entertainment will be conducted by various Sacandaga Valley Arts Network (SVAN) musicians, with a special performance from 5 to 7 p.m.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) is teaming up with the Hagaman Volunteer Fire Department to host a Home Safety Day on Saturday, June 30th, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the fire department, located at 126 South Pawling Street, Hagaman.
This event is being held in conjunction with the fire department's annual car and bike show. A time line of events includes:
* 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., registration and parking of vehicles for the car and bike show
I support genuine campaign financing reform, such as some type of public funding for candidates for Statewide office. If the Governor is truly interested in "leveling the playing field," among candidates, I would be happy to work with him to develop such a program.
Unfortunately, the Governor's "campaign financing reform" will ensure that only people with great personal wealth -- such as Governor Spitzer and Mayor Bloomberg -- can afford to run for public office.
I believe that average citizens should be able to run for office.
While passing the New York State budget was an important success this year, we still have much work to do in the New York State Legislature. Earlier this month, my colleagues and I in the Senate outlined our agenda for the final two months of the 2007 Session.
Our priorities include: help for small businesses, additional property tax relief for senior citizens and lawsuit reforms.
The Senate's proposed budget included an energy tax credit to help small businesses afford the rising costs of energy.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) announced his office will be hosting a table at the Family Fun Day, sponsored by Fulton and Hamilton County Reality Check and Johnstown High School Girls Lacrosse Team, on Saturday, April 21st, from noon to 10:30 p.m. at the Johnstown Area Community Center, 1 Prindle Avenue, Johnstown.
"This event should be a fun time for the whole family," Senator Farley said.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) reminds dairy farmers the deadline is near for applications to the new State Dairy Assistance Program, a $30 million program that was included in the 2007-08 State budget to provide immediate financial relief to dairy farmers.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) applauded the work of upstate Senators in obtaining financial relief for the State's dairy farmers.
Senator Farley's remarks coincided with a news conference held today at the Hourigan Dairy in Elbridge formally announcing the Dairy Investment Act, a $30 million program included in the 2007-08 State budget.
"Urban consumers, and the legislators who represent them, all too often believe that milk originates in a bottle in the dairy case at the supermarket," Senator Farley noted.
The Governor has signed a new law -- the Flood Assessment Relief Act of 2007 -- allowing Mohawk Valley and Southern Tier municipalities and school districts to refund property taxes paid on homes and businesses destroyed or severely damaged by last June's catastrophic flooding.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady), Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Libraries, announces that Library Week in New York Stateis April 15th through April 21st.
"Libraries are a place of lifelong learning," Senator Farley said. "Librarians are truly amazing people. They inspire young people and invite them into a library where there is an adventure on every shelf. Librarians and their staff help the public, and alsowork behind the scenes,maintaining the cataloguing system, processing and preparing books and audiovisual materials, and keeping library shelves full.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) announced his office will be hosting a table on Fridays in April at the Amsterdam Wal-Mart as part of the Montgomery County Child Advocacy's efforts of highlighting April as Child Abuse Prevention Month and showcasing what resources are available to families in the Amsterdam and Montgomery County areas.
"As many child protective and health care workers have said to me, it shouldn't hurt to be a child," Senator Farley said.
A very dear constituent and friend passed away earlier this month and as far as his friends and family know, he had no will.
His family lives in various parts of the world and will try to do what they think is best. However, if he had a will, then they would do what he would have wanted. For this reason, it is important that your wishes are written down. If it is in a legal document, you can name anyone the executor of your estate, the guardian of your children, and leave your possessions to whomever you deem fit whether you are related to the beneficiary or not.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) is pleased to report that his Johnstown District Office, located at City Hall, received over six boxes of food to be donated to local food pantries.
"The people of Johnstown are very generous and compassionate," Senator Farley said about the donations. "I am also pleased to report that several Lexington clients took on this cause as a personal project.