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Statement from Senator Farley Concerning the Batchellerville Bridge

The grave situation involving the restriction of the Batchellerville Bridge is disturbing and I have contacted the Governor numerous times about the future of this bridge and the negative effects of both the current alternating one-way traffic and the future possible closure. I am calling for quick action to replace the bridge so this region does not have to go through a situation that citizens of Crown Point are currently facing --- a closed bridge with jobs on the line and potential emergencies becoming fatal due to slow response times.

 

October 28, 2009
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Senator Farley Criticizes Upcoming DMV Fee Increase

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) criticizes, and warns constituents of, the new Department of Motor Vehicles fee increases that were included in Governor Paterson's budget and are scheduled to start September 1st.

"New York State drivers licenses and registrations will increase by 25 percent, and this will definitely hurt our upstate families who rely on vehicles to get to work, doctor's appointments and other necessary engagements. I strongly urge Governor Paterson to reconsider these hikes when we reconvene later this year to discuss budget issues."

August 6, 2009
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Senator Farley Is Pleased Great Sacandaga Lake Permit Rules Put on Hold

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) is pleased to announce he has heard from Governor David Paterson's office that the changes to the controversial Great Sacandaga Lake permit system have been withdrawn for the time being.

 

June 11, 2009
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SEN. FARLEY FIGHTS TO FIX PROVISION THAT WOULD HIDE CRIMINAL RECORDS OF DRUG DEALERS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) and his fellow members of the Senate Republican conference pushed on June 1st for legislation, supported by District Attorneys and concerned advocates throughout the State, that would fix a dangerous problem created by Democrats who changed the State’s drug laws as part of the 2009-10 state budget.

June 1, 2009
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SEN. FARLEY BLASTS PLAN TO STRIP BUSINESSES OF EMPIRE ZONE BENEFITS

More than 2,000 companies across the State - - including several in State Senator Hugh T. Farley's district - - could retroactively lose their existing Empire Zone benefits under a drastic plan approved by Democrats in the State Budget that is now being implemented by the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC).

 

June 1, 2009
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SEN. FARLEY AND FELLOW REPUBLICANS UNVEIL TAXPAYER EMPOWERMENT ACT

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady), and his Republican colleagues in the Senate, today unveiled the "Taxpayer Empowerment Act" (TEA), a five-part program that addresses the root causes of New York’s fiscal and economic problems. Those problems specifically include spending too much and taxing too much.

June 1, 2009
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Senator Farley, Assemblyman Butler, Assemblywoman Sayward Continue to be Concerned by Regulatory Proposal to Open Great Sacandaga Lake Shorelines

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady), Assemblyman Marc Butler (R - Herkimer), and Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward (R, I – Willsboro) continue to be concerned with the latest development in the Great Sacandaga Lake permit system. At the recommendation of the State Department of Environmental Conversation (DEC), the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District (HRBRRD) is proposing to dramatically overturn the longstanding permit system and allow the entire lake's shorelines to become completely open to the public.

May 28, 2009
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BILL TO FIX CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK PROBLEM CREATED BY ROCKEFELLER REFORMS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) will be reviewing a bill that was introduced by fellow Republican Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) that would fix a dangerous problem created by the Rockefeller drug law reforms enacted as part of the 2009-10 state budget.

Under the budget measure which takes effect on June 8th, courts may seal the criminal records of certain drug felons when they complete drug court, so there will be no record of their conviction when they apply for employment, Senator Farley reported.

May 27, 2009
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NYS SENATE REPUBLICAN PANEL SOLICITS INPUT FROM BUSINESSES, TAXPAYERS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced recently that the New York State Senate Republican Program Development Committee will be hosting the first in a series of public forums across the State to assist in development of the Senate Republican’s 2010 legislative action plan on Thursday, May 28th at Mercy College in Yorktown Heights.

 

May 26, 2009
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Senator Farley Praises Passage of Fire Truck Legislation Amending CDL Requirements

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) today voted in support of legislation (S.1624-C) he co-sponsored that will help firefighters with their training and with ceremonial duties such as participating in Memorial Day celebrations throughout the State. The bill passed the Senate and is on its way to the Governor for his consideration.raining, parades, funerals, and hydrant maintenance," Senator Farley said.

May 20, 2009
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SENATOR FARLEY WARNS MORE NEW TAXES STARTING JUNE 1ST

Starting June 1st, New Yorkers will be paying more for bottled water, paying more for purchases made over the Internet and paying more for auto insurance as a result of tax increases passed by Democrats in the Senate and Assembly as part of the 2009-10 state budget, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) said.

 

In addition, June 1st tax hikes will hit companies that transport employees in and out of New York and double a state fee on auto insurance policies.

May 20, 2009
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Senator Farley Greets Ms. Klingbail's Class

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (pictured in front on far left) greets students from Emily Klingbail's class on May 4th when they toured the Capitol in Albany. Mayfield Elementary School students on the trip included: Connor Akowicz, Cody Beman, Julian Capobianco, Ian Chamberlaine, Blaine Deal, Ernest Fancher III, Carter Ivancic, Nicholas Lamphear, Morgan Lathrop, Angelina Mannino, Jordan Marshall, Gabrielle Ringer, Breanna Smith, Lucas VanNostrand, Lashuana Varin, Dakotah Vitus.

May 11, 2009
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Mohawk Valley Library System Honors Senator Hugh Farley

The Mohawk Valley Library System honored State Senator Hugh Farley for his advocacy and support of libraries at the system’s 50th annual dinner on May 7, 2009. 

May 11, 2009
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Senator Farley Salutes Glenville Resident as Silver Helmet Awardee

From left, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) was pleased to present Glenville veteran "E J" Knapik (middle) with a New York State Senate Citation on April 28th at the Senate Chambers in Albany, saluting him for being the 2009 recipient of the Silver Helmet AMVET of the Year. Schenectady County Legislator Robert T. Farley (right) was also on hand for the presentation. Mr.

May 6, 2009
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SEN. FARLEY AND REPUBLICANS URGE GOV. AND LEADERS TO FIX EMPIRE ZONE PROBLEM

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) and his fellow members of the Senate Republican Conference sent a letter on May 5th to Governor David Paterson, Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, urging them to address a problem created in the state budget, that is forcing businesses located in Empire Zones to give the state what amounts to an interest-free loan of more than half a billion dollars.

 

May 5, 2009
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Fall Prevention Tips Available for Seniors

As the former Chairman of the New York State Senate Committee on Aging, I was proud to work closely with the Capital District Senior Issues Forum, the Elder Network for the Capital Region and the State Office for the Aging several years ago to create a brochure highlighting safety tips for senior citizens.

May 4, 2009
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Senator Farley Fights to Restore the STAR Rebate Check

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) is asking fellow New Yorkers to join him in fighting to restore STAR rebate checks to homeowners through an amendment that was voted down by the Senate Democrats.

May 4, 2009
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Senator Farley Is "Shadowed" by Nisky Student

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) poses with Niskayuna High School junior Morgan Schmitt on April 21st in front of the Senate Chambers in Albany. Morgan was chosen to attend the 9th annual Students Inside Albany conference, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New York State Education Foundation, Inc.

May 4, 2009
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Senator Farley With New Fulton County Family Court Judge Edward F. Skoda

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) greets Maureen Skoda and new Fulton County Family Court Judge Edward F. Skoda on April 21st at the New York Senate Chambers in Albany. On April 21st, The state Senate unanimously confirmed Gov. David Paterson's nomination of Republican attorney Edward F. Skoda of Johnstown for the vacant Fulton County Family Court judge position.

May 4, 2009
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Senator Farley Greets Ms. Miller's Class

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) met with students from Kimberly Miller's Boulevard Elementary School class on April 27th in Albany as they toured the State Capitol. The Gloversville school students on the tour included: Abbey Cooper, Addison Nellis, Alexander Gunneson, Alyssa Deming, Andrew Allen, Brenden Davey, Brodie Bleau, Chris Czelusniak, Christina Pavlovsky, Emily Ross, Jacob Billa, Jada Diodato, Jonathan Mureness, Justin Lindquist, Kayla Murphy, Logan Darling, Morgan Fogg, Taylor McCredie and Tyler Brady.

April 29, 2009
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