The New York State Senate today passed legislation to help senior citizens and retirees that would allow senior citizens to take state university courses for credit without tuition and helps protect the health insurance coverage of retired school district employees.
The Senate passed a bill (S.2481), sponsored by Senator Hugh Farley (R-C, Schenectady), that would allow senior citizens to take state university courses for credit without tuition on a space-available basis. Under current law, seniors are allowed to audit courses at state universities, but do not receive credit.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) said he was honored to join Governor George E. Pataki in announcing that Cynthia Hamilton, coordinator of the Bellevue Woman's Hospital's Mobile Mammography program, will receive the Health Professional Award, one of the 2005 Innovation in Breast Cancer Research and Education Awards.
"I am proud of Ms. Hamilton and the hard work that she does," Senator Farley said. "The mobile mammography initiative was created in the 1990s so that more women, especially those in rural areas, can receive the critical screenings they need.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) announces that the Resource Center for Independent Living (RCIL) will host a presentation on Medicare Part D and Medicaid Buy-In, at 10:30 a.m., during his Healthy Heart Day on Tuesday, February 14th, at the Riverfront Center, Amsterdam.
The Senator's health fair will run from 9 a.m. to noon, with this special presentation to be conducted by Evelyn Byrne-Richardson. Some 40 vendors are participating in Healthy Heart Day. In addition to Ms.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.