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

Sen. Farley And Gov. Pataki Announce World's First Demonstration Of High-capacity Superconducting Power Cable On Live Utility Grid

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) joins Governor George E. Pataki in announcing that a new high-temperature superconducting (HTS) power cable developed by a partnership of companies, including SuperPower, Inc. of Schenectady, has been energized and will be monitored on the local utility grid for the first time anywhere in the world.

This live-grid demonstration is an important step in the development of cutting-edge technologies to meet increasing energy demands in large cities.

August 3, 2006

Senator Farley And Assemblyman Tonko Introduce "xctasy's Law"

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) and Assemblyman Paul D. Tonko (D - Schenectady) will be introducing "Xctasy's Law," closing a loophole in New York's child abuse reporting statute. The bill is named after Xctasy Garcia, a four-year-old Schenectady child who has been the victim of horrendous child abuse.

"This is a truly terrible case, and it is only through God's grace and the concern of many people in Schenectady that Xctasy was removed from the horrible situation, and is now in good care and recovering from her injuries," Senator Farley said.

August 1, 2006

Sen. Farley Encourages Safety And Energy Conservation During Record Heat

The forecast of record heat and humidity poses health hazards and also puts a strain on our energy system, said State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady).

"I strongly urge constituents to take precautions when being out in the heat," Senator Farley said. "Increase your fluid intake, regardless of your activity level. Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink. Avoid alcohol and sugar-saturated drinks. If you must be outside during the hottest hours of the day, pace yourself. Look for shaded areas to keep cool.

August 1, 2006

Senator Farley Reports Governor Signs Law Encouraging Public Comments On Proposed Regulations

Governor Pataki has approved legislation sponsored by State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) and Assemblymember John J. McEneny (D - Albany) making it easier for citizens to comment on regulations proposed by State agencies. The new law will enable Internet users to submit their views about many proposed regulations with a single "click."

"Agency regulations affect us all," Senator Farley said, "since they implement the specific provisions of laws passed by the Legislature.

July 31, 2006

Senator Farley Says New Medicaid Inspector General Law Will Help Taxpayers

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) said that the new Medicaid Inspector General law approved last week by Governor Pataki makes a "triple" of the State's efforts to reduce the burden of Medicaid costs on local property taxpayers.

July 31, 2006

Sen. Farley And New Yorkers For Responsible Lending Announce State Enacts Law To End "foreclosure Rescue" Scams

New Yorkers for Responsible Lending, a state coalition of 122 groups, praised New York State Governor George Pataki for signing into law yesterday the Home Equity Theft Prevention Act, which protects vulnerable homeowners from "foreclosure rescue" scams.

The bill, introduced in response to the alarming rise in home equity theft across New York State, reached the Governor’s desk after it was unanimously passed by both the Senate and Assembly.

July 28, 2006

Senator Farley Announces State Historic Sites Waive Children's Fee

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) reported that historic sites owned and operated by New York State, such as Johnson Hall in Johnstown, are now waiving the fee for children 12 and under.

"This is the general admission fee," Senator Farley said, "so if a school group visits, they may be charged the group rate. This waiver entices families to come visit our local historic sites.

July 20, 2006