Senator Farley Clarifies Rumors Regarding Telemarketing To Cell Phone Numbers

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) said several constituents have recently e-mailed him with concerns after hearing rumors that cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketers.

"This is an Internet hoax, or an urban legend if you will," Senator Farley said. "This 'warning' has been circulating for at least a year. However, as the Federal Trade Commission notes, no one is releasing these numbers to telemarketers. Furthermore, FCC regulations prohibit telemarketers from using their automated dialing systems to call people on their cell phones.

January 27, 2006

Senator Farley And Assemblyman Tonko To Honor Fonda-fultonville Cross Country Team In Albany

The Fonda-Fultonville Cross Country Boys Team will be heading to Albany on Monday, February 6th, to be honored by State Senator Hugh T.

January 27, 2006

Senator Farley Announces Over $250,000 For Snowmobile Trail Grooming In Fulton, Montgomery, Saratoga And Schenectady Counties

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) is proud to join Governor George E. Pataki in announcing Fulton, Montgomery, Saratoga and Schenectady counties were awarded a combined $256,737.50 in grants for grooming snowmobile trails.

"This is terrific news," Senator Farley said. "Snowmobiling is so popular in these counties, a great winter pastime.

January 26, 2006

Senator Farley And Assemblyman Tonko To Honor Amsterdam Rams In Albany

The Amsterdam Rugged Rams will be heading to Albany on Tuesday, January 31st, to be honored by State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) and Assemblyman Paul Tonko (D-Amsterdam).

The local high school team became New York State Class A champions last November, defeating the Geneva High School Panthers by a score of 35 to 14. Senator Farley and Assemblyman Tonko have co-sponsored a New York State resolution honoring the team.

"Amsterdam has a great winning tradition on the gridiron and there was no doubt in my mind that the Rams would be victorious.

January 26, 2006

Senator Farley Reminds Shoppers Sales Tax Free Week On Clothing

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) wants to remind shoppers that New York State will hold its next Sales Tax Free Week on clothing from Monday, January 30th, through Sunday, February 5th.

"All purchases of clothing and footwear under $110 will be tax free during this time period," Senator Farley said. "In January 2005, New Yorkers saved $37.2 million in sales tax during this time period."

The upcoming tax-free week waives the state's four percent sales tax on clothing and footwear items costing up to $110.

January 25, 2006

Regional Food Bank Of Northeastern New York Honors Senator Farley For His Support Of Local Organization

Mark Quandt, Executive Director of the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, and Linda Comstock, Director of Major Gifts and Special Projects for the organization, recently visited State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) and presented him with a special award, honoring him for his efforts in helping the group finish its warehouse project.

"I am truly touched," Senator Farley said, looking at the hand-painted bowl with his name on it.

January 20, 2006

Senator Farley Reports Megan's Law Extended Beyond January 21st Deadline

Going into this year's Legislative Session, the New York State Senate was determined to strengthen Megan's Law concerning the confinement and registration of sex offenders.

One immediate issue was the fact that offenders would start to drop off the sex offender registry as of January 21st. The original Megan's Law had required sex offenders to register with law enforcement officials for 10 years and keep officers posted of their whereabouts.

January 20, 2006

Almost 2 Dozen Groups To Participate In Senator Farley's Healthy Heart Day

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) announced some two dozen health and service providers are participating in his fifth annual Healthy Heart Day, slated for Tuesday, Feb. 14th, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Riverfront Center in Amsterdam.

"Having a healthy heart and being in good health means taking care of yourself physically, mentally and spiritually," Senator Farley said. "While the focus is on heart health Valentine's Day, groups will be available to discuss a wide variety of health issues."

In honor of Valentine's Day.

January 17, 2006

Senator Farley Reports On A New Energy For A New Legislative Year

Governor George E. Pataki kicked off 2006 with a State of the State Address that contained many goals similar to that of the New York State Senate.

My colleagues and I are all energized to tackle the issues before us such as toughening sex offender laws, providing energy relief and working on a solution for property tax relief.

As in past years, the Senate will work on legislation updating and expanding Megan's Law. Megan's Law requires incarcerated sex offenders, as well as those on probation or parole, to register with a Statewide registry.

January 6, 2006

Senator Farley Advises Consumers Should Know Their Rights

January is known for its sales by retail stores, especially as this is the time that many people are returning and exchanging unwanted or unneeded Christmas gifts, or buying things with the gift cards they received. When out shopping, be sure to know your consumer rights.

December 30, 2005

Senator Farley Announces New Laws Taking Effect In New Year

While the New Year brings the start of a new Legislative Session, January 1st also represents the effective date for many of the laws that were passed during the 2005 Session. I would like to highlight a few of these laws.

The Transfer-on-Death (TOD) Security Registration Act (Chapter 325) will allow owners of investment securities to register their securities so that they automatically pass through to a beneficiary upon the owner's death.

December 28, 2005

Senator Farley Reports December Is Safe Toys And Gifts Month

December has been designated as Safe Toys and Gifts Month to remind parents who are shopping for the holidays of the importance of purchasing age-appropriate toys.

Many toy-related injuries occur when parents overestimate a child’s abilities and biological development. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, "All toys can be dangerous when they are not used properly or are in poor condition.

December 19, 2005

Senator Farley Says Be Prepared When Driving This Winter

Winter is here and with it comes the potential for severe snow and sleet storms, some of which we have already experienced this month.

It is always best to be prepared for the worst, especially if you must drive in unpleasant conditions. Whether your car breaks down or you are stuck in a winter storm or traffic emergency, you will want to have certain items available in the car with you. It's a good idea to carry an emergency supply kit for your vehicle in case you are stranded and waiting for help.

December 19, 2005

Senator Farley Announces Grants To Local Libraries

As Chairman of the New York State Senate Subcommittee on Libraries, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) is extremely proud to announce that he has obtained a combined $242,500 in grants for the libraries in his district.

"I cannot stress enough how important libraries are to our communities," Senator Farley said. "Not only do they offer a wide variety of books, but they are also places for research and can help obtain documents. Some have outlets for Internet use, and some even provide story hours for children and are a part of community events.

December 8, 2005

Senator Farley Says Be Sure Your Donation Goes To A Reputable Charity

This is the time of year when many charities ask that you spread your holiday cheer to those less fortunate. Unfortunately, there are some con artists out there who seek to take advantage of people's charitable nature. Be wary of aggressive phone solicitors, and especially wary of anyone who wants to come by your house to pick up a cash donation.

New York State law requires organizations that solicit money directly from the public to register with the Attorney General's Office.

December 5, 2005

Senator Farley's Apples Have Been Delivered To His Amsterdam Office

"The apples have arrived!" State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) said with a laugh when State Senator Michael F. Nozzolio (R-Fayette) arrived at Senator Farley's Albany office on Tuesday, November 29th. The two had agreed upon a friendly wager on the Class A State championship football game between the Amsterdam Rams and the Geneva High School Panthers. The Amsterdam Rams won convincingly by a score of 35 to 14.

"Your guys were tough," Senator Nozzolio said to Senator Farley, referring to the Rams players. "That quarterback (T.J.

November 29, 2005

Senator Farley Says November Is New York State History Month

November is New York State History Month and a great time to learn about the rich heritage that is New York's past, the importance of our State in the discovery of things we see and use every day, and the State's vital role in setting a path for our Nation's future.

New York has always played a pivotal role in our nation’s history since its earliest days as a Dutch and British colony.

November 25, 2005

Senator Farley Says Help The Hungry This Holiday Season

As we enjoy our bountiful Thanksgiving holiday meals and dream of the Christmas feast, it is a good time to remember that not everyone is as fortunate or as well fed.

This is the time of year when people are filled with the seasonal spirit of giving. How about giving to local food banks this year? In thinking of the problem of hunger, most people tend to think of the starving children in third world countries. While we don't see this level of starvation in our communities, hunger does have a profound impact.

November 23, 2005