As Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banks, Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) announced that Richard H. Neiman, State Superintendent of Banks, will appear before a public meeting of the Senate Banks Committee to brief the Committee members on the issues of subprime lending and foreclosures in New York State, including an update on the efforts of the interagency Halt Abusive Lending Transactions (HALT) Task Force.The public meeting will be conducted on Thursday, December 13th, at 10 a.m., in Room 124 in the State Capitol.
With holiday shopping underway, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) reminds consumers about their rights under New York State’s Gift Card Law."Gift cards are a very popular purchase that individuals make for loved ones and friends, but consumers need to know their rights in order to protect their gift card from being diminished by hidden fees," said Senator Farley.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the 44th Senatorial District!Thanksgiving not only commemorates the Pilgrims' celebration of thefruitful crops of 1621, but it is also a day of giving thanks foreverything we are grateful for in our daily lives -- it's a time to stop,smell the roses and think about what is truly precious to us.I'm sure you are like me when I say I give thanks for my lovely family andterrific friends.
As the Halloween festivities begin, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) reminds families to be safe when trick-or-treating.
"Halloween is a fun time of year for the youngsters as they get to dress up as their favorite characters and collect candy," Senator Farley said. "But it can also be needlessly dangerous if precautions aren't taken."
Senator Farley suggests parents try to find costumes that are not only fashionable but also flame-resistant. If children are at houses where there are open flames or decorations that use candles, the costumes could be a hazard.
The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would stop Governor Spitzer’s plan to issue drivers licenses to illegal aliens by requiring a social security number or proof of authorized presence in the United States to obtain a New York State drivers license or non-driver identification card.
"I have never seen such strong and united opposition to a proposal by the Governor," Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno said.
The New York State Senate will act today on legislation that would stop Governor’s Spitzer’s plan to issue drivers license to illegal aliens by requiring a social security number or proof of authorized presence in the United States to obtain a New York State drivers license or non-driver identification card.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) announced his office will be hosting a table on Fridays in October at the Amsterdam Wal-Mart as part of the Montgomery County Domestic Violence Task Force's efforts of highlighting October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
"These free community events showcase what resources are out there to help families and children in the Amsterdam and Montgomery County areas, and to also pass on safety information," Senator Farley said.
With October being National Fire Safety Month and residents preparing homes for the winter months, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) and the Tribes Hill Fire Department will co-host their third annual Fire Safety Expo on October 24th, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the fire department located at 280 Mohawk Drive, Tribes Hill. All interested persons are welcome to attend.
"Protecting our loved ones is the responsibility of every parent, neighbor and citizen," Senator Farley said.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) described this weekend's brutal beating and robbery of an 88-year-old Rotterdam woman as "a tragic reminder" of the need for increased penalties for criminals who commit crimes against the elderly.
He called on the State Assembly to pass "Granny's Law," which would classify assault against a vulnerable elderly person as a violent felony, punishable by up to seven years in prison without parole.
Governor Eliot Spitzer announced today that the Office for Small Cities and Empire State Development (ESD) are providing more than $1.1 million in economic development aid to help businesses in Schenectady, St. Lawrence and Wayne Counties create and retain nearly 160 jobs. The funding will help local businesses provide health care and other benefits, upgrade facilities and equipment, and invest in workforce training.
The state grants have been awarded to Newton Falls Fine Paper, LLC in Clifton, CEL Packing, LLC in Wolcott, and Duanesburg Area Community Center, Inc. in Duanesburg.
Following the Governor's veto of legislation protecting health insurance coverage for public sector retirees, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) has called for creation of an expert task force to recommend a solution to the issue by the next Legislative Session.
"Health insurance is crucially important for our retirees," Senator Farley noted, "with some telling me that access to affordable health care is perhaps more valuable to them than even their pensions.
New York State Canal Corporation Director Carmella R. Mantello today joined representatives from the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, Parks & Trails New York, State and local officials and community organizers at Mabee Farm Historic Site in Rotterdam Junction, Schenectady County, to kick off the 2nd annual Canal Splash!
Canal Splash! is a weekend-long celebration of the history, culture, recreational appeal and beauty of the New York State Canal System, the Canalway Trail and the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) announced that the 2007-08 Budget approved by the Senate and Assembly includes $2.62 million for 150 Senate "member initiatives" which he recommended for libraries, schools, local governments, fire departments, and nonprofit groups in his four-county Senate District. Senator Farley represents Fulton, Montgomery, Schenectady and part of Saratoga Counties.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) has obtained $165,000 for public safety programs in the City of Schenectady, most of which will be used to expand surveillance camera coverage to additional neighborhoods.
Three classes from the Corinth school district created special historical displays for State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) during Women's History Month this past spring. The Senator promised the children he would display them at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site as part of Ft. Hunter's Canal Days celebration. Hours of the exhibit will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 14th.
The exhibit was on display at Corinth Middle School in May.
"The children did a fabulous job with this assignment," Senator Farley said.
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.