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Senator Farley Lists Session Priorities

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.

April 20, 2007
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Senator Farley's Office To Participate In Johnstown Family Day On April 21st

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.

April 19, 2007
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Senator Farley Reminds Dairy Farmers Of April 27th Assistance Deadline

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.

April 17, 2007
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Senator Farley Announces $30 Million In Relief For 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.

April 11, 2007
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New Law Allows Property Tax Refunds On Properties Destroyed Or Damaged By Last Summer's Mohawk Valley Flooding

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.

 

April 10, 2007
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April 15 - 21 Is Library Week In New York

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.

April 9, 2007
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Senator Farley Reports New State Budget Delivers On Senate Promises

The Senate has worked hard to deliver real results for the people of New York State.

April 6, 2007
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Sen. Farley's Office To Participate In Montgomery County Child Advocacy Task Force's Child Abuse Prevention Month Events

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.

April 5, 2007
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Senator Farley Reports NYS Senate Legislation Would Impose Stiffer Penalties For Attacks On Elderly

The New York State Senate recently passed legislation (S.3684) toimpose tougher penalties for physical assaults on senior citizens.

March 30, 2007
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Senator Farley Notes The Importance Of Planning Ahead

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.

March 26, 2007
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Senator Farley Continues To Host Collection Sites For Local Food Pantries

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.

March 23, 2007
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Senator Farley Notes March 21st Is New York Agriculture Day

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) encourages parents and educators to promote local farms during New York Agriculture in the Classroom Day on March 21st.

According to Cornell University, this day was established in 1985 to educate youth, teachers, and consumers about agriculture and the food and fiber system.

"Agriculture is New York's number one industry," Senator Farley said. "Farms in our area make significant contributions to the economy of our communities, and farm families should be recognized.

March 20, 2007
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Senator Farley Announces Library Construction Grants

As the Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Libraries, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) was able to add $14 million in last year's State budget for Library Construction Grants. He was also able to secure $5 million in additional operating aid for libraries.

These construction grants were offered Statewide on a competitive basis. The following three local applicants were recently awarded construction funds:

* Ballston Spa Public Library, Saratoga County, $62, 096.

March 20, 2007
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Senator Farley Reports The Senate Calls For Increased Penalties Following Abuse, Death Of Jonathan Carey

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady), Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno and other state lawmakers today joined with the family of Jonathan Carey to call on the Inspector General to investigate the Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD) and the Commission on Quality Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities (CQC) following the alleged mistreatment of 13 year old Jonathan Carey at the Anderson School, which led to his transfer to another facility and, ultimately, his tragic death.

March 19, 2007
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Senator Farley Reports On The Senate's State Budget Plan

My colleagues and I in the New York State Senate have been diligently going over the Executive budget proposal and are deeply concerned with several provisions, including the cuts to nursing homes and local hospitals. The Senate has passed its own budget -- a plan that will be fair to all New Yorkers.

When talking to constituents, I frequently hear concerns about high taxes, education and jobs.

March 19, 2007
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Senator Farley Salutes Rosa Rivera As Outstanding Adult Learner

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) announced that Rosa Rivera of Amsterdam has been selected as an Outstanding Adult Student award recipient for 2007 by the New York Association of Continuing/Community Education (NYACCE).

Senator Farley recently met with Ms. Rivera at the Legislative Office Building in Albany and congratulated her on her achievements. "What an amazing woman," Senator Farley said. "She had to leave high school to help her parents support her family but never left the love of learning behind."

Ms.

March 14, 2007
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Senator Farley Announces Senate Budget Provides Critical Flood Relief

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) announced with fellow members of the New York State Senate Majority Conference that their new State Budget proposal includes a $10 million financial assistance package to help counties throughout Upstate New York that were impacted by the devastating floods which occurred in June and November of 2006.

The Senate's budget also includes a provision that will help to provide additional State aid to school districts in areas that suffered a reduction in property values of three percent or more as a result of the flooding.

March 13, 2007
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Senator Farley Announces New York State Maple Weekends Are March 17 - 18 And March 24 - 25

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) asks constituents to help support the New York State Maple Producers Association by patronizing local maple providers during their annual New York State Maple Weekends on March 17 - 18 and again on March 24 - 25.

"This is the time of year when maple providers tap trees and produce great maple products such as candy, syrup and ice cream," Senator Farley said. "There are over 100 producers in New York State and everything they produce is local.

March 13, 2007
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Senator Farley Announces Girl Scouts Celebrate Anniversary In March

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) informs constituents that March 12th is the 95th anniversary of the Girl Scouts organization.

"Founded in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low, the Girl scouts was established to help girls build character and skills for success," Senator Farley said. According to the Girl Scouts website, www.girlscouts.org, the original membership of 18 girls in 1912 has grown to 3.6 million girls worldwide in 2007.

"There have been many famous women who were once Girl Scouts," Senator Farley said. "Lt. Col.

March 12, 2007
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Senator Farley Reports NYS Senate Passes Sex Offender Legislation

The Senate Majority recently issued a new report entitled, "Protecting Children in the Internet Age," that calls for aggressive measures to protect children throughout New York from the dangers posed by Internet predators, child pornography and child sexual abuse.

The report comes just days after a major international child pornography ring was uncovered involving more than 2,360 suspects in 77 countries, with news that the FBI is now investigating approximately 600 suspects in the United States.

March 9, 2007
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