Senator Farley Notes The Importance Of Planning Ahead

A very dear constituent and friend passed away earlier this month and as far as his friends and family know, he had no will.

His family lives in various parts of the world and will try to do what they think is best. However, if he had a will, then they would do what he would have wanted. For this reason, it is important that your wishes are written down. If it is in a legal document, you can name anyone the executor of your estate, the guardian of your children, and leave your possessions to whomever you deem fit whether you are related to the beneficiary or not.

March 26, 2007

Senator Farley Continues To Host Collection Sites For Local Food Pantries

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) is pleased to report that his Johnstown District Office, located at City Hall, received over six boxes of food to be donated to local food pantries.

"The people of Johnstown are very generous and compassionate," Senator Farley said about the donations. "I am also pleased to report that several Lexington clients took on this cause as a personal project.

March 23, 2007

Senator Farley Notes March 21st Is New York Agriculture Day

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) encourages parents and educators to promote local farms during New York Agriculture in the Classroom Day on March 21st.

According to Cornell University, this day was established in 1985 to educate youth, teachers, and consumers about agriculture and the food and fiber system.

"Agriculture is New York's number one industry," Senator Farley said. "Farms in our area make significant contributions to the economy of our communities, and farm families should be recognized.

March 20, 2007

Senator Farley Announces Library Construction Grants

As the Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Libraries, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) was able to add $14 million in last year's State budget for Library Construction Grants. He was also able to secure $5 million in additional operating aid for libraries.

These construction grants were offered Statewide on a competitive basis. The following three local applicants were recently awarded construction funds:

* Ballston Spa Public Library, Saratoga County, $62, 096.

March 20, 2007

Senator Farley Reports The Senate Calls For Increased Penalties Following Abuse, Death Of Jonathan Carey

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady), Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno and other state lawmakers today joined with the family of Jonathan Carey to call on the Inspector General to investigate the Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD) and the Commission on Quality Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities (CQC) following the alleged mistreatment of 13 year old Jonathan Carey at the Anderson School, which led to his transfer to another facility and, ultimately, his tragic death.

March 19, 2007

Senator Farley Reports On The Senate's State Budget Plan

My colleagues and I in the New York State Senate have been diligently going over the Executive budget proposal and are deeply concerned with several provisions, including the cuts to nursing homes and local hospitals. The Senate has passed its own budget -- a plan that will be fair to all New Yorkers.

When talking to constituents, I frequently hear concerns about high taxes, education and jobs.

March 19, 2007

Senator Farley Salutes Rosa Rivera As Outstanding Adult Learner

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) announced that Rosa Rivera of Amsterdam has been selected as an Outstanding Adult Student award recipient for 2007 by the New York Association of Continuing/Community Education (NYACCE).

Senator Farley recently met with Ms. Rivera at the Legislative Office Building in Albany and congratulated her on her achievements. "What an amazing woman," Senator Farley said. "She had to leave high school to help her parents support her family but never left the love of learning behind."


March 14, 2007

Senator Farley Announces Senate Budget Provides Critical Flood Relief

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) announced with fellow members of the New York State Senate Majority Conference that their new State Budget proposal includes a $10 million financial assistance package to help counties throughout Upstate New York that were impacted by the devastating floods which occurred in June and November of 2006.

The Senate's budget also includes a provision that will help to provide additional State aid to school districts in areas that suffered a reduction in property values of three percent or more as a result of the flooding.

March 13, 2007

Senator Farley Announces New York State Maple Weekends Are March 17 - 18 And March 24 - 25

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) asks constituents to help support the New York State Maple Producers Association by patronizing local maple providers during their annual New York State Maple Weekends on March 17 - 18 and again on March 24 - 25.

"This is the time of year when maple providers tap trees and produce great maple products such as candy, syrup and ice cream," Senator Farley said. "There are over 100 producers in New York State and everything they produce is local.

March 13, 2007

Senator Farley Announces Girl Scouts Celebrate Anniversary In March

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) informs constituents that March 12th is the 95th anniversary of the Girl Scouts organization.

"Founded in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low, the Girl scouts was established to help girls build character and skills for success," Senator Farley said. According to the Girl Scouts website,, the original membership of 18 girls in 1912 has grown to 3.6 million girls worldwide in 2007.

"There have been many famous women who were once Girl Scouts," Senator Farley said. "Lt. Col.

March 12, 2007

Senator Farley Reports NYS Senate Passes Sex Offender Legislation

The Senate Majority recently issued a new report entitled, "Protecting Children in the Internet Age," that calls for aggressive measures to protect children throughout New York from the dangers posed by Internet predators, child pornography and child sexual abuse.

The report comes just days after a major international child pornography ring was uncovered involving more than 2,360 suspects in 77 countries, with news that the FBI is now investigating approximately 600 suspects in the United States.

March 9, 2007

Senator Farley Reports NYS Legislature To Reform Workers Compensation

I recently met with several local small business leaders, including aSchenectady businessman who is this year’s Chairman of the LeadershipCouncil of the National Federation of Independent Business. During ourmeeting, we discussed two of the biggest concerns of small businessestoday, which are health insurance costs and workers’ compensation costs. I am pleased to report that, a couple of days after this meeting,agreement was reached on reforming New York’s workers’ compensation laws.This has long been a priority of mine.

March 2, 2007

Senator Farley Reminds Constituents To Change Clocks On March 11th For Daylight Savings Time

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) reminds constituents that March 11th is the day to change clocks ahead one hour as part of the Daylight Savings Time initiative.

"In 2005, the federal government changed Daylight Savings Time for the year 2007 as part of an energy conservation plan," Senator Farley said.

March 1, 2007

Senator Farley Views New Plans For Amsterdam Mohawk's Stadium At Shuttleworth Park

On Feb. 27th, new owner of the Amsterdam Mohawks baseball team David Dittman and Brian Spagnola, general manager of the Mohawk Baseball Club, visited Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) in Albany and showed the Senator the new plans future plans for the stadium located at Shuttleworth Park, Amsterdam, and the ball club's entry in the New York Collegiate Baseball League.

Over the past few years, Senator Farley has been able to secure several legislative grants for improvements to Shuttleworth Park and athletic fields.

March 1, 2007

Senator Farley Announces Rose Knox Inducted In State Women Of Distinction Honor

As part of New York State's celebration of Women's History Month, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) is proud to announce Johnstown business woman Rose Knox was inducted into the Senate's historical "Women of Distinction" exhibit.

"Last year, I asked students to participate in a Women's History Month project that I hosted where they would create posters, essays and collages of famous local historical women," Senator Farley said. "Many of the children wrote about Rose Knox.

March 1, 2007

Senator Farley Warns To Keep A Regular Eye On Your Credit History

As we continue to hear about the theft of personal information of local shoppers that occurred when the computer system of T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and A.J. Wright were compromised, I cannot stress enough the importance of keeping an eye on your credit history and knowing your own credit report. By keeping tabs on what your credit is, you will know if someone has taken your identity and charged up your credit.

Ruined credit and identity theft are serious issues that take a lot of effort and time on the part of the victim to correct.

January 29, 2007

Senator Farley Discusses Busy Agenda For 2007 New York State Senate Legislative Session

Over the past few weeks, my New York State Senate colleagues and I have outlined several new and exciting initiatives that we will tackle during this current Legislative Session. Many of our goals revolve around lowering taxes.

One of our main initiatives is to significantly expand the Senate-initiated property tax relief rebate program to provide $2.6 billion in property tax relief this year and $3.4 billion in 2008.

January 12, 2007

Senator Farley Reminds Drivers That Dmv Repealed The Staggered 10-day Vehicle Inspection Dates

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) reminds motorists who received vehicle inspection stickers in January and February 2006 with staggered expiration dates that the inspection will expire at the end of the month instead of the specific date stamped on the sticker.


"For all vehicles that received a January or February sticker that has no computer printing and instead has the three pre-printed date boxes at the top of the sticker, the inspection will actually expire at the end of the month just as it has in previous years," Senator Farley said.

December 28, 2006

Senator Farley Announces Elder Network Receives Boost From The Governor And State Legislators

“As we watch the unprecedented demographic shift in America, the most visible sign of which is the aging of the baby-boom generation, we understand that new approaches are required to seize the opportunities and meet the challenges that accompany this tremendous change,” said Neal E. Lane, director of the New York State Office for the Aging.

December 13, 2006

Senator Farley Presented Fonda Fair With $100,000 Check

Recognizing that agriculture is one of the top industries in Fulton and Montgomery Counties, and that the Fonda Fair is an important economic generator in its own right, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) was able to secure a $100,000 grant in early August for the clean-up of the Fonda Fairgrounds.

Senator Farley officially presented the check to Fonda Fair organizers on August 31st at the main entrance Fairgrounds.

August 31, 2006