State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) reminds constituents that Saturday, June 4th, is National Trails Day.
"This day is meant to promote public awareness and appreciation for our great outdoors and the trails that guide us through it," Senator Farley said. "Cyclists, joggers and walkers in this area have access to some great recreational trails, including the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail in Schenectady County, sections of the Canalway Trail in Montgomery County and the FJ&G Bike-Hike Trail in Fulton County.
Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) joins Governor George E. Pataki today in announcing the results of a two-month coordinated IMPACT operation conducted through an historic partnership among the three Capital Region IMAPCT task forces.
Earlier this Spring, members of the Albany, Troy and Schenectady IMPACT Task Forces -- co-chaired by the respective district attorneys and police chiefs -- expanded their IMPACT operations and implemented an extensive covert and overt collaboration amongst the three IMPACT Task Forces.
Senator Farley salutes Trish Smith of Schenectady with a NYS Senate Citation. Ms. Smith, age 14, is the 2005 Youth of the Year for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Schenectady. Ms. Smith is a member of the Yates Village unit and has been an active participant for the past five years. Ms. Smith says, "I come to the Club because it allows me to explore both my inter- and inner-personalities. Inter in that I am able to assist others with problems ranging from homework, Power Hour, to answer questions related to maturation, SMART kids. I enjoy helping the other members with their struggles.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) announces the New York State Senate today began passage of the New York Armed Services Recognition and Support Plan, a sweeping package of bills that expands benefits -- including providing combat life insurance for all New Yorkers serving in war zones, expanding opportunities for higher education, and lower property taxes -- in honor of their service.
"Memorial Day originally began as a time for the families of Civil War soldiers to commemorate the heroic actions of their deceased family members.
With Memorial Day Weekend being the unofficial beginning of the summer season, many boaters will take to our local waterways. State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) reminds boaters to be safe and to remember the laws that govern traveling on the water.
"Each year, over 1 million boaters take to our State's bodies of water.
Intermagnetics General Corporation’s Energy Technology subsidiary, SuperPower, Inc., today announced the launch of a collaboration with Schenectady County Community College and Union College, both of Schenectady, NY, to develop the highly skilled technical workforce that SuperPower will need to produce second generation (2G) high temperature superconducting (HTS) wire. With the support of New York State Senator Hugh T.
Representatives from the Montgomery County Public Health department stopped by my Amsterdam District Office recently and reminded me that May is Rabies Awareness Month.
While locally we may typically hear of only a few rabies cases in the summer time, it is still a threat. According to the State Department of Health, since 1990, some 30,000 New Yorkers have been exposed to rabies and had to receive treatment.
Rabies is currently prevalent in the wild species, particularly raccoons.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) said the patriotic season has begun, with the recent 60th anniversary of V-E Day on May 8th and the upcoming Memorial Day on May 30th.
"We all know and appreciate our veterans for keeping our country safe and free," Senator Farley said, "but do we ever take the time to tell them? Next time you see a local veteran, shake his or her hand and say 'thank you' -- that all of the sacrifices were worth it.
Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady), Schenectady County officials, and the Schenectady Military Affairs Committee (SMAC) will review the impact of the base realignment and closure (BRAC) list on the Stratton Air National Guard Base in Glenville. The proposed list of base closures issued by the Pentagon today supports retaining the unique Polar Mission and ten ski-equipped C-130 aircraft at the local base.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) announced his office will be participating in the annual free health carnival and lead screening on May 25th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Catholic Charities parking lot, 1 Kimball Street, Amsterdam.
"This is a terrific health fair complete with free lead screenings for children," Senator Farley said. "Under New York State law, all children ages one and two are required to have lead screenings. Parents also need to provide proof of a child's lead screening before the child is enrolled in a nursery school, day care or preschool.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) is extremely proud of students from Amsterdam's Tecler Elementary School, Corinth Central School and Schenectady's Yates Arts in Education Magnet School for their interest in protecting the environment.
"For the past several years, students from these schools have participated in the New York State Senate's annual I*MA*GREEN*NATION awards celebration and every time they do, they submit excellent work," Senator Farley said. "In fact, Yates won first place in the audio and video Division 2 by producing an outstanding video on recycling.
Governor George E. Pataki today awarded $8.5 million for seven municipal landfill closure projects across New York State. The landfills are being closed in accordance with stringent State requirements that will prevent pollution and protect public health and the environment.
"Over the last decade, New York has provided unprecedented funding for important environmental projects across the State that are helping protect our natural resources and improve the quality of life for our residents," Governor Pataki said.
The busy summer traveling season is almost here and this is typically a time when there are more motorists on the road and a chance for more accidents.
Aggressive driving has emerged as a leading traffic safety concern both nationally and in New York State. According to New York State statistics, aggressive driving behaviors -- unsafe lane changes, tailgating, failure to yield the right-of-way, disregard of traffic lights -- are a contributing factor in 59 percent of all crashes and 60 percent of fatal crashes where a cause is attributed.
Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) joinsed Governor George E. Pataki in announcing Montgomery County will receive $615,000 in grant funding through the Governor's Office for Small Cities (GOSC) Economic Development program to assist Power Pallet, Inc. with the relocation and expansion of its manufacturing facility.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady), Chairman of the New York State Senate Subcommittee on Libraries, is one of the few selected honorees who will be saluted by the American Library Association during its Annual Conference this June in Chicago.
"I am very humbled by this award," Senator Farley said. "Only three people from New York are being honored this year and I am very proud to be part of this elite selection."
The other two to be honored in June are State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries Janet Martin Welch and the New York Times.
April 22nd is Earth Day and with recent news reports of mercury and other contaminants found in fish from the Adirondacks, and problems with fires due to dry conditions, we need to remember to treat our environment with respect.
On the State level, we are trying to make a difference with laws such as requiring consumer products in which mercury has been added to have a label informing consumers that product needs to be properly disposed of or recycled. This law was passed in 2004 and it also bans manufacturers from selling these products without the proper label.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) joins Governor George E. Pataki in announcing residents of Schenectady County who were affected by the April 2nd flooding may be eligible for aid through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Individual and Households Program.
"What a difficult way to start spring," Senator Farley said about the April 2nd to 4th floods. "With the sunny weather we've recently had, we should not forget the intensity of those rainstorms and the damage suffered by many people.
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.