As seen on the far left in the photo, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) was privileged to listen to the talent of the Fonda Fultonville High School Select Chorus, under the direction of Lisa Vosbugh, on March 30th in Albany. The chorus participated in the annual Music in Our School Month program, sponsored by NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association), and performed in the South Concourse at the Empire State Plaza.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate acted today on Jonathan’s Law to ensure that parents and guardians have access to records pertaining to allegations and investigations of abuse of children in residential care facilities. The legislation was introduced after the tragic death in February of 13-year-old Jonathan Carey, an autistic teen who lived at the state-run O.D. Heck Development Center in Niskayuna.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) announced Lexington's musical group FLAME will receive the New York State Senate Achievers' Award on April 24th in a ceremony to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Legislative Office Building, Albany. The prestigious award recognizes individuals who have overcome personal physical challenges and honors their accomplishments on behalf of their community.
FLAME performed at last year's event when Fulton County resident and State Trooper Matthew Swartz was honored by Senator Farley.
The legislature passed a bill sponsored by Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C-Schenectady) and Assemblyman Paul D. Tonko (D-Amsterdam) which closes a loophole in New York's child abuse reporting statute. The measure was named after Xctasy Garcia, a four-year-old Schenectady child who has been the victim of horrendous child abuse.
Under current law, local Social Services workers are only required to formally report and investigate child abuse which they observe, or which they learn about from contact with a child's parents or guardian.
Governor Spitzer announced today that he has signed legislation that strengthens reporting requirements in instances of suspected child abuse to better protect New York’s children from violence and neglect.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) suggests constituents take advantage of the kidney health screening offered by the National Kidney Foundation of NENY at Centro Civico on Thursday, March 8th, from 2 to 6 p.m., located at 143 East Main Street in Amsterdam.
"March is National Kidney Month and this is an excellent way to remind people to keep their kidneys healthy," Senator Farley said.
As last-minute taxpayers raced to meet Tuesday's deadline, the State Senate today passed legislation (S.917) sponsored by Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) which would exempt over a half-million New Yorkers from having to file State income tax returns.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) and the Senate Republican Conference today proposed an amendment to deficiency budget legislation being advanced by Senate Democrats that would restore $2.7 million to libraries and $6.3 million to non-public schools. The Senate Democrats voted to defeat the amendment.
The funds were eliminated as part of last year’s budget and during last summer’s special session in August.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) and his Senate Republicans colleagues are introducing a resolution urging members of New York’s congressional delegation to oppose a plan to take away the home mortgage and charitable deductions that millions of New Yorkers claim on their federal income taxes.
The plan included in President Obama’s proposed federal budget would cost New Yorkers more than $1 billion in increased federal taxes.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C – Schenectady) and his fellow New York State Senate Republicans recently offered a comprehensive budget savings plan that spends less than the Executive Budget proposed, rejects $6.2 billion in taxes and fees proposed by Governor Paterson, implements a spending cap to restrain future spending growth and helps businesses create jobs to strengthen the State’s economy.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) announced his main Albany office has been relocated to room 706 in the Legislative Office Building.
"My contact phone number is the same," Senator Farley said. "I still have the two District Offices in Amsterdam and Johnstown and the contact information there remains the same. The only change is my mailing address."
"Blue Friday" falls on Friday, February 13th, 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) reminds constituents that January 19th, Martin Luther King Day, is more than just a holiday to take off from school and work.
"This day was set aside by Congress in 1983 to honor Martin Luther King Jr. and the contributions he made to improving our society," Senator Farley said. "It is also a day to take steps against prejudice and discrimination."
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.