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Senator Farley Salutes 4-H

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting 4-H representatives from Herkimer County on April 30th when they came to Albany for a tour of the Capitol.

April 30, 2014
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Senator Farley Meets With Credit Union Representative

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) met with representatives of credit unions on April 30th in Albany and discussed State regulations regarding their organizations. One of the representatives, Jane Slack of Old Forge, was in Albany on behalf of Reliant Community Credit Union.

April 30, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSES BILL TO PROHIBIT REGISTERED SEX OFFENDERS FROM OPERATING A SCHOOL BUS OR PASSENGER BUS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced recently that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed legislation (S1519) that would keep communities safer from sexual predators by prohibiting registered sex offenders from working as bus drivers.

Under the provisions of the bill, the Department of Motor Vehicles is prohibited from issuing or renewing a commercial driver's license to operate a passenger or school bus to any individual who is required to register as a sex offender.

The bill was sent to the Assembly.

 

April 30, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE BILL CREATES HARSHER PENALTIES FOR METHAMPHETAMINE PRODUCTION

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) recently announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed legislation to reduce the number of clandestine methamphetamine laboratories, which pose dangerous threats to public health and safety. The bill (S3639) implements a series of increasingly severe felony offenses to strengthen the criminal penalties for methamphetamine manufacturing and the possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material.

Methamphetamine manufacturing involves the use of highly explosive, flammable and toxic chemicals, and meth labs pose a significant public health and safety threat, especially if they are located in residential neighborhoods.

April 30, 2014
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Senator Farley Promotes Becoming "Digitally Literate," 4-22-14

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady), Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Libraries, had the pleasure of attending a kickoff event by the Ballston Senior Connection at the Town of Ballston Community Library on April 22nd. The event promoted a town-wide survey that encourages seniors to access the Internet and to become “digitally literate.”

April 30, 2014
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Many Volunteer Fire Departments Hosting Open Houses This Weekend

Volunteer firefighters put their lives on the line every day to make our communities safe. Their dedication cannot be overestimated. However, the number of volunteers has declined drastically over the past decade. As part of an initiative called Recruit NY, man volunteer fire departments from across the state will open their doors this Saturday and Sunday, April 26th and 27th, as they look for new volunteer members.

These open houses will provide information about free training programs, responsibilities and what a typical day-in-the-life of a volunteer firefighter involves. A complete schedule can be found at www.recruitny.org/opendoors.php.

April 25, 2014
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Senator Farley Salutes Neil Golub

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of presenting President and Chief Executive Officer of the Golub Corporation and Price Chopper Supermarkets Neil Golub with a New York State Senate Resolution on April 23rd. The resolution honored Mr. Golub for recently receiving the Sidney R. Rabb Award from the Food Marketing Institute.

Senator Farley was proud to present the resolution to the Schenectady County resident and commended him for his role in the community.

In 2006, Mr. Golub was awarded the New York State Liberty Medal upon the recommendation of Senator Farley for his life’s work as a leading businessman, community leader, and philanthropist.

April 24, 2014
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Senator Farley Reminds Constituents Blue Friday is April 25th

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of promoting Blue Friday, April 25th, with his friends Sean and Richie at 107.7 WGNA Radio Station this morning.

"The first year we started doing this was in 2005, and I worked with radio station WGNA in creating this official State day to salute fallen law enforcement officers, and to support the families of fallen officers," Senator Farley said.

He was also honored to receive a plaque from Blue Friday of New York, recognizing the Senator for his unwavering support of Blue Friday over the years.

Blue Friday New York is a nonprofit organization that helps survivors of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty by serving as a clearinghouse for benefits, information, and resources.

April 22, 2014
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Earth Day / Arbor Day 2014: New State Budget Investments Will Promote Clean Air, Clean Water, and Healthy Communities

Since the very first Earth Day back in 1970, we have marked April 22nd as a day to celebrate the importance of our natural environment, and to rededicate ourselves to ensuring clean air and water, open spaces, and green, healthy communities.

Similarly, Arbor Day, which falls on Friday April 25th, was established in 1872 as a way to encourage farmers and homesteaders to plant trees that would provide shade, shelter, food, fuel and beauty to the nation's open spaces. In 1907, former New York Governor and U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt issued an "An Arbor Day Proclamation to the School Children of the United States" highlighting the importance of forestry and trees to our nation's well-being.

April 22, 2014
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Earth Day 2014 Poster Contest: District 49

Dear Students,Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest. This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 49th Senatorial District.Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state. I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2014 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:Reuel RobertMartin Luther King Magnet SchoolGrade 4

April 17, 2014
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Senator Farley Announces April 13th – 19th Is Library Week

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Libraries, noted this week is National Library Week.

"Libraries are a place of lifelong learning," Senator Farley added. "Librarians are truly amazing people. They inspire our youth and invite them into a library where there is an adventure on every shelf."

April 14, 2014
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Senator Farley Joins Yellow Ribbon Day Ceremony

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) attended the Yellow Ribbon Ceremony on April 9th in Saratoga County. He presented Carol Hotaling of Clifton Park with copies of the New York State Senate Resolution recognizing April 9th as Yellow Ribbon Day in New York State. Hotaling, known as the “Yellow Ribbon Lady”, created the day to remind people about the sacrifices made by America’s military personnel, and honor and remember U.S. prisoners of war and those missing in action around the world. Also at the ceremony were Southern Saratoga Chamber President Peter Bardunias and Past President of the Blue Star Mother’s Janet Moran.

April 10, 2014
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Senator Farley Greets Chango Elementary

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady had the pleasure of meeting fifth grade students from Chango Elementary School, part of the Shenendehowa Central School District in Clifton Park, on March 20th when they came to Albany to tour the Capitol.

April 8, 2014
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Senator Farley Says National Volunteer Week (April 6th - 12th) Is a Great Time to Get Involved

State Senator Hugh T. Farley(R, C, I – Schenectady) says National Volunteer Week, April 6th – 12th, helps celebrate ordinary people doing extraordinary things, and is designed to highlight the enormous contributions that volunteers make every day. Established in 1974, this year marks the 40th anniversary of National Volunteer Week, a clear reflection of the long and proud tradition of volunteerism in our nation.

Whether it's mentoring a student who needs help and guidance, or volunteering time at a local library, VA hospital, nursing home or firehouse, volunteers help make our nation and our local communities more vibrant, compassionate and strong, Senator Farley said.

April 4, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS 2014-15 STATE BUDGET CUTS TAXES TO CREATE NEW JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL NEW YORKERS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported the 2014-15 State Budget, approved by the State Senate, includes significant tax relief to businesses to encourage them to grow and create new job opportunities for New Yorkers.

Highlights of business tax reductions include the following:

Lower Taxes on Manufacturers – The budget includes major new tax cuts for manufacturers throughout the state, helping them reduce costs and compete more effectively. It eliminates the following: corporate tax calculations for manufacturers the business income tax, which is lowered from 5.9 percent to zero for all manufacturers in 2014 and thereafter; the capital base, and the alternative minimum tax.

April 1, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS 2014-15 BUDGET EXPANDS ACCESS TO QUALITY HEALTH CARE, INCREASES EPIC FOR SENIORS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate passed a 2014-15 state budget that will provide record support for a wide array of lifesaving health care services in communities across the state. Among the provisions in the budget are billions of dollars to ensure quality hospitals and nursing home facilities, funding for women’s and family health initiatives, a significantly expanded EPIC program to help our seniors afford their prescription medications, and new legislation to help eliminate “surprise” out-of-network medical bills.

Investments in Health Care Facilities and Patient Care

April 1, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES EDUCATION BUDGET PROVIDING $1.1 BILLION INCREASE IN SCHOOL AID

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate passed the 2014-15 education budget that will increase school aid by $1.1 billion, bringing total support for public schools to $22.1 billion. The 2014-15 State Budget distributes school aid fairly and equitably across the state, will help reduce pressure on local property taxpayers, provides additional support for charter schools and for early education programs, and makes important changes to address serious concerns raised about the Common Core program.

Education highlights of the 2014-15 State Budget include the following:

April 1, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS 2014-2015 STATE BUDGET MAKES INVESTMENTS IN HIGHER EDUCATION

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate passed the 2014-15 State Budget which includes major investments in New York’s higher education system. Aid includes support for the Tuition Assistance Program, public and private universities, and community colleges across the state.

The budget increases base aid support for community colleges by $75 for each full-time equivalent student, which represents a total increase of $15.1 million for SUNY and CUNY community colleges.

April 1, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS 2014-15 BUDGET PROVIDES ALMOST $5 BILLION IN PROPERTY TAX RELIEF

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported there will be property tax relief from the 2014-15 state budget, including a record amount of funding for the STAR program -- $3.4 billion -- and $1.5 billion in relief over the next three years from a new property tax freeze program.

* New Property Tax Rebates – The new property tax rebate program would provide direct relief to taxpayers in school districts and municipalities that stay within the two percent property tax cap and submit efficiency plans to the state that result in local cost savings of at least one percent or have already implemented cost reduction plans at the local level.

April 1, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS 2014-15 STATE BUDGET INCLUDES FUNDING TO PROMOTE AND SUSTAIN AGRICULTURE AND FAMILY FARMING IN NEW YORK STATE

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate passed a state budget that provides millions to support and strengthen New York State’s leading industry – agriculture. The 2014-2015 state budget includes $8 million in new budget funding, the highest level in six years. Funding will go to farming programs and initiatives, as well as towards research, education, and agriculture promotion throughout New York State.

April 1, 2014
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