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Senator Farley Announces Tougher Laws Passed To Ensure Safer Roads

In this recent Session, the Legislature worked on toughening penalties for violations of the vehicle and traffic laws. Hopefully, these measures will help ensure that drivers think twice before being aggressive on the highway.

The Legislature approved a bill (S.4584), which the Governor signed into law (Chapter 49), that increases the criminal penalties for leaving the scene of an accident when someone is killed to up to seven years in prison. Under the provisions of the bill, jail time and fines would be increased for all levels of leaving the scene violations.

July 20, 2005
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Senator Farley Joins Governor Pataki In Announcing Grants For Oneida, Montgomery Counties

Senator Farley (R,C - Schenectady) and Governor George E. Pataki today announce $578,500 in Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) grants for five recreation, waterfront revitalization and preservation projects in Oneida and Montgomery counties.

"The State's Environmental Protection Fund has helped create new recreational opportunities, connect communities to their waterfronts and protect local historic properties throughout New York, enhancing our state's unique outdoor resources and cultural treasures," said Governor Pataki.

July 20, 2005
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Senator Farley Supports Governor's Plan To Combat Medicaid Fraud

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) announced the support of the New York State Senate for Governor George E. Pataki's plan to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Medicaid fraud in this State.

"The Senate passed a bill last May that would overhaul the State's Medicaid fraud detection effort with the goal of dramatically reducing corruption and waste, and thereby saving taxpayer money," Senator Farley said. "Unfortunately, the bill did not have any movement in the Assembly.

July 19, 2005
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Senator Farley Suggests Visiting Attractions Close To Home

Those who are looking for adventures during the summer season can find a wealth of local attractions in Fulton and Montgomery Counties, a region that is filled with rich history and architectural treasures and a perfect place to explore.

Those fascinated with Native American history may want to travel along the Mohawk River and visit sites like the National Kateri Tekakwitha Shrine and Mohawk Caughnawaga Indian Museum near Fonda, or the Noteworthy Indian Museum and Walter Elwood Museum in Amsterdam.

Colonial and Revolutionary War-era history buffs m

July 7, 2005
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Senator Farley Announces Funds For Adirondack Research Library

Governor George E. Pataki and State Senator Hugh T. Farley have announced $100,000 in State funding to

assist in the completion of the Center for the Forest Preserve and

Adirondack Research Library located in the Town of Niskayuna, Schenectady

County at the former residence of the noted conservationist Paul Schaefer.

Mr.

July 4, 2005
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Senator Farley Announces "love Your Library" License Plate

State Senator Hugh T. Farley, Chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Libraries, and Renato Donato, Jr., Executive Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, have announced the availability of the new "Love Your Library" custom license plate.

July 4, 2005
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Senator Farley Says Keep Kids Reading This Summer

Just because the school year is over, it doesn't mean it's time to stop learning. Reading is a wonderful adventure you go on every time you open a book. Whether you learn about a historical figure like President Lincoln or go on a fantasy adventure with Harry Potter, your mind is taking you to new and exciting adventures.

It is so important that we cultivate our children's love for reading.

June 27, 2005
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Senator Farley Honors Amsterdam Doctor And Schenectady Volunteer As Women Of Distinction

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) today honored Dr. Helen Blanchard of Amsterdam and Debrah DeLuke of Schenectady as two of the recipients of the New York State Senate’s annual "Women of Distinction" award.

They were recognized in a special reception earlier today in the Well of the Legislative Office Building in Albany. The program honors distinguished women whose outstanding work in their communities makes them deserving of special recognition by the State Senate.

June 13, 2005
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Senator Farley Salutes Flag Day

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) reminds constituentsthat Thursday, June 14th, is Flag Day. "Our forefathers stood up for freedom and liberty, creating theUnited States of America," Senator Farley said. "The flag represents thisstruggle for independence. Also, any time our military has fought onforeign soil, Americans have displayed the flag as an important way forthose of us at home to express our support and prayers for the courageousyoung men and women serving our country.

June 12, 2005
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Senate Passes "amber Alert" Legislation

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate gave final legislative passage this week to a bill that would help every community in the state implement Amber Alert plans to respond immediately to missing child reports.

"When a child is missing, every second counts and a prompt response can make a potentially life saving difference," Senator Dean Skelos, sponsor of the bill,said.

June 7, 2005
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Senator Farley Salutes Gloversville Students For Completion Of Reading Program

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) was proud to be in attendance at the Gloversville Enlarged School District's celebration of their elementary students reading over 4,500 books throughout the school year.

"What a great job," Senator Farley said to a packed auditorium in the Gloversville Middle School on June 6th. "You should be proud of yourselves. 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. I am so proud of all of you.

June 6, 2005
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Senator Farley Reports NYS Senate To Take Tougher Action On Identity Theft

Last month, people who had accounts with Bank of America and Wachovia Corp. learned there was a breach of security in which account information was given out illegally, possibly compromising up to a million people's credit.

Identity thieves obtain a piece of personal information such as a Social Security number or credit card number, and use it to run up credit card balances, write bad checks, take out loans, and ultimately, ruin the victim's credit rating.

June 5, 2005
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Senator Farley Asks Children To Participate In Summer Reading Program

The school year is coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean the excitement of reading needs to stop, says State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady).

"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.

June 1, 2005
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Senator Farley Salutes National Trails Day By Offering Biking Safety Tips

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) reminds constituents that Saturday, June 4th, is National Trails Day.

"This day is meant to promote public awareness and appreciation for our great outdoors and the trails that guide us through it," Senator Farley said. "Cyclists, joggers and walkers in this area have access to some great recreational trails, including the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail in Schenectady County, sections of the Canalway Trail in Montgomery County and the FJ&G Bike-Hike Trail in Fulton County.

May 31, 2005
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Senator Farley And Governor Pataki Announce Coordinated Capital Region Impact Operations

Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) joins Governor George E. Pataki today in announcing the results of a two-month coordinated IMPACT operation conducted through an historic partnership among the three Capital Region IMAPCT task forces.

Earlier this Spring, members of the Albany, Troy and Schenectady IMPACT Task Forces -- co-chaired by the respective district attorneys and police chiefs -- expanded their IMPACT operations and implemented an extensive covert and overt collaboration amongst the three IMPACT Task Forces.

May 30, 2005
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Senator Farley Salutes Trish Smith Of Schenectady

Senator Farley salutes Trish Smith of Schenectady with a NYS Senate Citation. Ms. Smith, age 14, is the 2005 Youth of the Year for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Schenectady. Ms. Smith is a member of the Yates Village unit and has been an active participant for the past five years. Ms. Smith says, "I come to the Club because it allows me to explore both my inter- and inner-personalities. Inter in that I am able to assist others with problems ranging from homework, Power Hour, to answer questions related to maturation, SMART kids. I enjoy helping the other members with their struggles.

May 26, 2005
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Senator Farley Announces NYS Senate Passes Legislation To Honor Veterans

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) announces the New York State Senate today began passage of the New York Armed Services Recognition and Support Plan, a sweeping package of bills that expands benefits -- including providing combat life insurance for all New Yorkers serving in war zones, expanding opportunities for higher education, and lower property taxes -- in honor of their service.

"Memorial Day originally began as a time for the families of Civil War soldiers to commemorate the heroic actions of their deceased family members.

May 24, 2005
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Senator Farley Offers Boating Safety Suggestions This Summer

With Memorial Day Weekend being the unofficial beginning of the summer season, many boaters will take to our local waterways. State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) reminds boaters to be safe and to remember the laws that govern traveling on the water.

"Each year, over 1 million boaters take to our State's bodies of water.

May 23, 2005
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NYS Senate Passes Child Protection Legislation

The New York State Senate recently passed additional legislation aimed at protecting children, including passage of "Suzanne's Law" that would increase criminal penalties for crimes on school grounds.

May 22, 2005
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