The State Senate unanimously passed a bill (S.6776) improving New York's College Choice Tuition Savings accounts, commonly called "529" accounts.
The legislation permits persons other than the account holder to make deposits into these tax-advantaged savings accounts, which are established under federal law to assist families in saving for college expenses.
The legislation is sponsored by Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady), who is Professor Emeritus of Business Law at the University at Albany.
Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno today joined a rally of hundreds of corrections officers and police officers to announce that the agreed-upon state budget will keep open Camp McGregor in Saratoga County, as well as three other correctional facilities. The Executive Budget proposed by former Governor Spitzer proposed closing these facilities.
The New York State Senate today passed legislation increasing penalties for contamination of public drinking water supplies. The bill, sponsored by Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady), was prompted by concerns over pollution of the Great Flats Aquifer in Schenectady County, which serves Schenectady, Glenville, Niskayuna, Rotterdam, and Scotia.
To celebrate Women's History Month, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) announced that an exhibit honoring historic New York women will be on display at the upper level of the Riverfront Center in Amsterdam. The display will be open to the public Mondays through Fridays during business hours, throughout the month of March.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) had the honor of presenting Donald Hirshorn of Niskyuana with a New York State Senate Citation on February 6th at the Senator's Albany Office. Mr. Hirshorn recently retired asCounsel from the Retired Public Employees Association (RPEA).Below is the Citation:
Honoring Donald P. Hirshorn
Upon His Retirement from the Retired Public Employees Association
As Chairman of the State Senate Subcommittee on Libraries, Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) informs families that Monday, March 3rd is the National Education Association's Read Across AmericaDay, which encourages people to read to children. This annual event is always held around the anniversary of the March 2nd birthday of Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel).
"What better way to honor this children’s author than to read to a child," Senator Farley said. "I always loved reading to my children and grandchildren. I read all the favorites and I never tire of it."
The New York State Senate Youth Fitness Campaign will be promoted at the "Leap Into Wellness" event on Friday, Feb. 29th, at 6 p.m. at the Johnstown High School.
"I initially introduced this 10-week program last summer," Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) explained, "but it can be used at any time of the year because it encourages children to adopt a more healthy and active lifestyle. Children should be active all year, not just summertime."
Through this 10-week program, children log in their exercise activity and report it back to Senator Farley.
"Blue Friday" falls on Friday, February 8th, this year, according to State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady).
Blue Friday originally started in 2005 as a salute to law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty. "2005 was the first year that this commemorative day was observed," Senator Farley explained. "I worked with radio station WGNA in creating this official day in New York State to salute fallen law enforcement officers, and to support the families of fallen officers."
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) joined his colleagues in the New York State Senate Majority Conference in introducing legislation that will strengthen the State’s Parole Laws to help restrict the release of violent felons.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) will be on hand as the Gloversville Central Council Parent Teacher Association hosts its annual Founders' Day dinner at Vincenza's Banquet House, Gloversville, on Tuesday, February 5th.
As part of the night's festivities, Senator Farley will be presented the Community Service Award as a "thank you" for his continued support of the community of Gloversville and the Gloversville Enlarged School District.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) announced the New York State Senate today passed legislation that would make it a felony to endanger the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person. The legislation is related to Jonathan’s Law which was enacted last year.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) announced over 40 health providers, government agencies and non-profit organizations are participating in his fifth annual Healthy Heart Day, slated for Thursday, Feb. 14th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Riverfront Center in Amsterdam.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) is inviting non-profit health organizations to participate in "Healthy Heart Day" on Monday, February 14th, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the Riverfront Center in Amsterdam."I’ve been hosting this event for the past several years and each time it has been terribly successful," Senator Farley said. "People typically make resolutions at the start of the year to improve their health. Having this health fair a month after people make their resolutions can help re-energize those who may have lost sight of their goals.
Edinburg Common School District held a celebration on January 4th for the 20th anniversary of its Johnson Road School. State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) sent a Citation to the school and commented on the wonderful event.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) joined the Governor in announcing the cities of Amsterdam, Gloversville and Schenectady, along with the village of St. Johnsville, were awarded a combined $7.5 million in grants through the Restore-NY program (Restore New York's Communities Initiative), a program designed to aid municipalities in rehabilitating or removing obsolete or rundown commercial and residential properties, making these sites attractive to residents and businesses searching for new investment opportunities.
This is the time of year when many charities ask that you spread your holiday cheer to those less fortunate. Unfortunately, there are some con artists out there who seek to take advantage of people's charitable nature. Be wary of aggressive phone solicitors, and especially wary of anyone who wants to come by your house to pick up a cash donation.
With holiday shopping underway, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) reminds consumers about their rights under New York State’s Gift Card Law."Gift cards are a very popular purchase that individuals make for loved ones and friends, but consumers need to know their rights in order to protect their gift card from being diminished by hidden fees," said Senator Farley. "The law requires companies to disclose any terms or conditions that apply to the gift card, ensuring that consumers know the facts before they make their purchase."
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) announced on December 19th, that the New York State Senate recently passed legislation to combat computer crimes against children. The bill (S.1921) establishes a felony offense, Computer Sex Crime, when an offender uses a computer to facilitate and commit a sex crime against a child.
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.