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Senator Farley Reminds Constituents That May Is Rabies Awareness Month

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.

May 17, 2005
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Senator Farley Says "thank You" To Veterans

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.

May 16, 2005
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Base Closure List Maintains Key Missions/jobs At Stratton Air National Guard Base

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.

May 13, 2005
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Senator Farley's Office To Participate At Health Carnival And Lead Screening In Amsterdam On May 25th

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.

May 13, 2005
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Senator Farley Congratulates Local Participants In Statewide Environmental Contest

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.

May 12, 2005
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Senator Farley Joins Governor Pataki In Announcing $8.5 Million For Landfill Closure Projects

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.

May 9, 2005
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Senator Farley Reports Senate Passes Dangerous Driver Legislation

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.

April 29, 2005
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Senator Farley And Governor Pataki Announce $615,000 For Montgomery County

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.

April 27, 2005
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Senator Farley To Receive National Recognition For His Library Efforts

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 26, 2005
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Senator Farley Reminds Constituents To Protect Against Lyme Disease

As the nice weather continues in this area, people are spending more time outdoors and State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) reminds constituents to be on guard for Lyme Disease.

"According to the State Department of Health, they have received over 45,000 reports of Lyme Disease since 1986," Senator Farley said. "In 2002 alone, there were 5,535 cases.

April 25, 2005
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Senator Farley Says Take Steps To Help The Environment On Earth Day

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.

April 22, 2005
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Senator Farley Announces Federal Aid Available For Flood Disaster Counties

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.

April 20, 2005
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Senators Farley And Bruno Announce Capital Funding

Senator Hugh T. Farley (R-C, Schenectady) and Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno announced $9,772,048 in capital funding for Independent Colleges and Universities in the Capital Region. The funds come from the $150 million dollar Capital Matching Grants Program included in the 2005-06 state budget chapter amendment approved by the Legislature.

"Along with the state’s public colleges, our independent colleges and universities are playing an increasingly significant role in high technology and biotechnology research and economic development," said Senator Bruno.

April 18, 2005
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Senator Farley Reminds Bicyclists Of The Rules Of The Road

With the extremely sunny weather this region has been experiencing, many people have been enjoying outdoor activities. State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) wants to remind bicyclists of the importance of bike safety.

"I've seen many people enjoying the local trails such as Fulton County's FJ&G Bike-Hike Trail, Schenectady County's Mohawk-Hudson Bike Hike Trail and the Town of Ballston's Veterans' Memorial Bike Path," Senator Farley said.

April 18, 2005
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With Prom Season Here, Senator Farley Reminds Families That Alcohol Is Illegal For All Those Under 21

April is Alcohol Awareness Month and high school students will soon be entering prom and graduation season. It is a good time to focus on the problems of drunk driving and alcohol abuse, including reminding families that alcohol is illegal for all those under the age of 21.

Our children are faced with tremendous peer pressure from classmates and friends. Some of these pressures facing children today are to try drugs and alcohol. With the "party" season of prom and graduation, the pressure to drink may be especially high.

April 14, 2005
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Senator Farley Announces Senate Acts On Crime Victims Legislation During National Crime Victims' Rights Week

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) announced the New York State Senate is passing legislation during National Crime Victims' Rights Week that would provide further protection to crime victims and child witnesses and would prohibit convicted felons from suing their victims for damages.

"This week (April 10th through 16th) is National Crime Victims' Rights Week, a time to reflect on the people who are injured or killed as a result of violent crime," Senator Farley said.

April 12, 2005
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Senator Farley Salutes The Mair Sisters At Senate West Point Recognition Day

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) recently saluted Marjana and Heba Mair at the New York State Senate's Recognition of West Point Day at the Capitol in Albany on April 6th.

"These two women are great role models for their peers," Senator Farley said. "They are extremely talented and bright individuals. I had the great pleasure of introducing the sisters to my colleagues at the distinguished event we had at the Senate Chamber."

Cadet Cpl. Marjana Mair, Class of 2007, and Cadet Pvt.

April 12, 2005
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Senator Farley Discusses Child Abuse Awareness Month

April is Child Abuse Awareness Month and it is hard not to be aware of the horrible crimes inflicted on our children if you watch the latest media reports.

For example, an Albany man was recently arrested for attempting to purchase a young girl to use as a sex slave in a child-pornography sting. Also in the sting, another defendant was arrested for possession of child pornography.

Recently, parents in Hoosick Falls discovered they had been living next door to a sex offender for the past two months.

April 8, 2005
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Senator Farley Announces State Disaster Emergency In Montgomery, Schenectady Counties

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) joins Governor George E. Pataki in announcing 14 counties, including Montgomery and Schenectady counties, are declared a State Disaster Emergency.

"Mother Nature let the flood gates open last weekend," Senator Farley said, commenting on the continual rains over the past weekend. "And as a result, Montgomery and Schenectady counties were hit with massive flooding.

April 7, 2005
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Senator Farley Announces April 10th - 16th Is Library Week In New York State

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 10th through April 16th.

"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."

During Library Week, from Tuesday to Thursday at 10 a.m.

April 7, 2005
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