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Senator Farley Highlights The Importance Of Volunteering

April is a time when we celebrate our communities and the people who selflessly work to improve them. National Volunteer Week is April 23rd through the 29th and a perfect time to stress the importance of volunteering.

Over the past years, we've been hearing about the decline of volunteers in our society.

April 17, 2006
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Senator Farley Announces $300,000 Grant For Bellevue Woman's Hospital's Nationally-recognized Prenatal Incentive Program

State Senator Hugh T. Farley is proud to announce that he was able to secure a $300,000 grant through the New York State Senate to aid Bellevue Woman's Hospital in their commitment to healthy babies, for its national-award winning Before Your Baby Basics program. The program's creator, Deborah Chesky, was awarded the national "Eleanor Clark Award for Innovative Programs in Patient Care" in Houston, Texas. It is estimated that this program has saved the New York State Medicaid system approximately $1.3 million.

April 13, 2006
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Senator Farley Discusses Help For Crime Victims

Each year, thousands of people are injured or killed as a result of violent crime. Surviving victims are often left with physical and emotional scars that can last a lifetime. To remind people of the pain involved in these crimes and to try to prevent future crimes from happening, April has been designated in New York State as Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

New York State has created general laws to help aid all crime victims.

April 7, 2006
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Sen. Farley Suggests Constituents Prepare Disaster Supply Kit For Possible Emergencies

Senator Hugh T. Farley joins the National Weather Service in promoting New York Weather Hazards Awareness Week, which is being observed during the week of April 2nd through April 8th. In conjunction with this week, Senator Farley also suggests residents create a disaster supply kit for possible emergencies.

"Year-round, our area faces the potential for hazardous weather. In February, parts of our area were hit by damaging wind storms. Remember the ice storms of 1997 that ravaged the North Country?

April 6, 2006
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Senator Farley Announces State Sales Tax On Clothing To End April 1st

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) announced today that beginning Saturday, April 1st, all purchases of clothing and shoes priced up to $110 will now be exempt from New York State's portion of the sales tax.

"For the past few years, the State has given two sales-tax free weeks," Senator Farley said. "Now, every week is State sales tax-free week."

Senator Farley clarifies that it is only the State portion of the sales tax that is being eliminated. However, localities may choose to eliminate the local portion of the sales tax.

March 31, 2006
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Senator Farley Says April Is Donate Life Month

While over 27,000 organ transplants were performed in 2005, according to the Center for Donation and Transplant in Albany, some 17 people still die every day due to the shortage of organs for transplant. According to the New York State Department of Health, more than 90,000 people nationwide are on organ transplant waiting lists, including nearly 9,000 New Yorkers.

March 31, 2006
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Senator Farley Announces April 2nd - 8th Is Library Week

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady), Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Libraries, said Library Week in New York State this year is April 2nd through April 8th.

 

"Libraries are a place of lifelong learning," Senator Farley added. "Librarians are truly amazing people. They inspire our youth and invite them into a library where there is an adventure on every shelf."

March 29, 2006
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Legislative Budget Proposes Record Increases In State Aid To Local Governments

Cities, towns, and villages in the 44th State Senate District will receive record-breaking increases in State aid under a formula approved by the Joint Legislative Budget Subcommittee on General Government and Local Assistance. That panel is co-chaired by State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady).

"Local governments will be able to use this aid to reduce real property taxes," Senator Farley said.

March 27, 2006
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Senator Farley Announces Final Passage Of Bill To Designate Elizabeth Cady Stanton Day

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) is pleased to report that the State Senate passed a bill (S.6269A) this week that would designate November 12th as Elizabeth Cady Stanton Day in New York State.

The State Assembly has also passed this legislation. The bill will be delivered to Governor Pataki for final consideration.

"March is Women's History Month and what a way to celebrate it," Senator Farley said.

March 21, 2006
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Senator Farley Reports March Is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and a good time for persons over the age of 50 to make an appointment with their doctor to have a colon check-up.

According to the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation's website, www.preventcancer.org, "Colorectal cancer -- cancer of the colon or rectum -- is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States for both men and women combined."

This organization also reported that in 2006, an estimated 148,000 people will be diagnosed with this colon disease.

March 17, 2006
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Senator Farley Warns Of An Internet Scam Concerning The Irs

With this being tax season, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) stresses constituents should be leery if they receive an e-mail from the Internal Revenue Service asking them for personal information.

"This e-mail is a scam and is not from the IRS. This fake message promises the IRS will give you a tax refund if you give them some personal information such as a Social Security number," Senator Farley said.

March 16, 2006
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Senator Farley Announces Maple Weekend Is March 18th And 19th

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 on March 18th and 19th.

"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 14, 2006
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Senator Farley Welcomes Racing And Wagering Board To Downtown Schenectady

Schenectady, N.Y., March 13, 2006 – Schenectady County officials today officially welcomed the New York State Racing and Wagering Board to downtown Schenectady. The agency, which regulates casinos, charitable gaming and pari-mutuel betting in New York, has relocated its headquarters and 70 jobs to the Broadway Center Building in downtown Schenectady.

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March 13, 2006
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Senator Farley Reports March Is Brain Injury Awareness Month

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some one million people naionwide receive a traumatic brain injury each year. These brain or skull injuries are typically caused by an external force such as an impact in an accident.

March 10, 2006
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Senator Farley Announces March 14th Is Pi Day

As a former teacher, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) informs constituents that March 14th is celebrated as Pi Day. This is an opportunity to get students excited about math and science and promote learning.

"Pi is the ratio between the diameter and circumference of a circle. Because Pi is an infinite decimal number that begins with 3.14, March 14th (3-14) is perfect to highlight Pi and promote math," Senator Farley explained.

Senator Farley reported that at least one school in his district is saluting Pi Day.

March 10, 2006
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Senator Farley Promotes Reading Activities

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) stresses the importance of reading and reminds families to help promote this educational and imaginative hobby.

"Reading is a fun activity that opens the mind to all sorts of adventures," Senator Farley said. "As Chairman of the New York State Senate Subcommittee on Libraries and a former teacher, I try to promote reading and learning as much as possible. Parents have a very important responsibility in their children’s growth and education.

March 8, 2006
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Senator Farley Highlights March 8th As International Women's Day By Saluting Amsterdam Labor Organizer Leonora Barry

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) reminds constituents that not only is March known as Women's History Month, but March 8th is International Women's Day.

"International Women's Day is designed to be a day to celebrate 'ordinary women as makers of history,'" Senator Farley said. "Leonora Barry (1849-1930) certainly fits that bill. She was a widowed mother living in Amsterdam who went to work in a factory to support her family.

March 8, 2006
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Senator Farley Says Agriculture Is Important To New York State

Agricultural Safety Awareness Week is being observed from March 5th through 11th. Not only is it a good time to highlight safe farming practices, it is a good time to reflect on the continuing importance of farms in New York State.

Agriculture is one of New York's top industries and is vital to our economy. Farms create jobs, generate significant economic activity and contribute to the tax revenue. According to the New York Farm Bureau, there are some 36,000 farms in our State, ninety-nine percent of which are family owned.

March 6, 2006
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Senator Farley Announces Demolition Project Will Improve Broadway Entrance To Schenectady

State, County and City agencies will work together to fund demolition of two derelict buildings at the intersection of I-890 and Broadway, a primary entrance to Schenectady for patrons of Proctors Theatre and other downtown attractions.

Schenectady County officials today announced plans to raze the former Dorp Salvage and G&G Equipment buildings on Broadway utilizing funding from Metroplex, the City and County Industrial Development Agencies and State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady).

March 2, 2006
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Senate Passes Legislation Extending Statute Of Limitations In Criminal Cases

The New York State Senate recently passed several bills that would hold violent criminals accountable for their actions by closing a loophole that allows them to escape prosecution and punishment for their crimes after five years.

A bill proposed by the Governor (S.5342) would eliminate the statute of limitations period in criminal cases where the identity of the offender is subsequently established by means of DNA evidence. Under current law, rapists and other violent criminals can escape prosecution when charges are not formally brought up within five years.

February 24, 2006
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