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

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 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

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

Senator Farley Seeks Participants For Children's Health Fair On Aug. 11th

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) is asking local non-profit and health-related organizations to participate in a Healthy Kids' Day health fair he is hosting on Friday, August 11th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Riverfront Center in Amsterdam.

"August can be a busy time of year for families as children get ready to head back to school. August is also National Immunization Month," Senator Farley said.

July 19, 2006

Senator Farley Announces Aid For Libraries Affected By Mohawk Valley Flooding

State Senator Hugh T. Farley today announced that he had secured two emergency grants of $25,000 each to help the Canajoharie Library and the Fort Plain Free Library recover from flood damage.

"Libraries are an important part of the community," said Senator Farley, "and these two entities incurred significant damage to their collections and facilities.

July 12, 2006

Senator Farley Announces Student Displays On Historical Women To Be At Canal Days On July 8th

Last March, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) invited school children to create essays, poems, collages and posters on local historical women. These materials were complied into a display that traveled to schools such as D.H. Robbins Elementary School in St. Johnsville, St. Mary's Institute in Amsterdam and Park Terrace Elementary School in Gloversville. The exhibit will now be displayed on Saturday, July 8th, at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site as part of Ft. Hunter's Canal Days celebration. Hours of the exhibit will be 11 a.m.

July 6, 2006

Sen. Farley To Participate In Northville Safety Fair On July 7th

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) is teaming up with the Northville Waterfront Park Committee, Sacandaga Valley Arts Network (SVAN), and the Northville Civic Association for a night of Art in the Park and Summer Fun and Safety Fair on Friday, July 7th, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the new Waterfront Park located behind the Main Street businesses in Northville.

This event is being held in conjunction with the new park's official grand opening. Gary Van Slyke, a Sacandaga Valley Arts Network (SVAN) musician, will perform "Songs of Summer" from 6 to 7 p.m.

July 5, 2006

Senator Farley's Thoughts When Touring Flood-damaged Canajoharie

As I write this column, it’s a hot, sunny Friday afternoon in the Mohawk Valley. The Thruway is crowded with families passing by as they get a start on the July 4th holiday weekend. However, for many local families and businesses, it’s a time for trying to clean up and cope with the recent flooding.

Given today’s sunshine, it’s hard to believe that it was only a few days ago that intense rains led to some of the worst flooding experienced by several communities in Montgomery, Fulton and Schenectady counties (as well as in other counties to the west and south).

July 5, 2006

Senator Farley Gives Helpful Websites And Phone Numbers For Flood Victims

Governor George E. Pataki announced that a toll-free number has been established to assist flood victims with the State's Individual and Family Grant applications.

"We have established a dedicated toll-free number to help New York flood victims as they recover from the impact of last week’s storms and I urge everyone in the affected regions to call for assistance," Governor Pataki said. "By working together, we can help our fellow New Yorkers recover and rebuild."

The phone number is 1-888-7-NYS-AID and operators will be available from Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.

July 5, 2006

Senator Farley Reflects On New York's Role In The Birth Of This Nation

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July 4, 2006

Senator Farley Appeals To Governor Pataki And Federal Representatives For Aide For Flood Stricken Montgomery And Schenectady Counties

The following are correspondences Senator Farley had with Governor Pataki and Senator Schumer about the floods in Montgomery and Schenectady Counties

------------------------------------------------------------------------The Honorable George E. PatakiGovernor of the State of New YorkExecutive Chamber, State CapitolAlbany, New York 12224

Dear George:

Thank you for your timely declaration of a State Disaster Emergency in Montgomery County.

June 30, 2006

Senator Farley Offers Amsterdam Office For Relief Effort

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) offered his Amsterdam District Office at 2430 Riverfront Center as a drop-off point for the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce's relief effort. The Chamber is collecting nonperishable food, flashlights and batteries for Montgomery County flood victims.

"This is the least we can do," Senator Farley said, "to help our neighbors and friends in Montgomery County restore their daily lives.

June 30, 2006

Governor Declares State Disaster Emergency For Flood-ravaged

Governor George E. Pataki today declared a State Disaster Emergency for 13 counties, including Mongtomery County that lies in Senator Hugh T. Farley's (R, C - Schenectady) Senatorial District.

"... Numerous State agencies have worked throughout the night and today assisting county and local officials in evacuation, response and recovery operations," Governor Pataki said. " have declared a state of emergency for the affected counties and ordered State agencies to continue to provide any and all assistance available to local governments.

June 29, 2006

Senator Farley Meets Young Artists From Scotia-glenville

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting young artists from the Scotia-Glenville Central School District on June 5th at the 2006 Legislative Student Art Exhibit held in the lobby of the Legislative Office Building. This event is hosted by the New York State Art Teachers Association.

"The students are terribly bright and extremely talented," Senator Farley said.

June 22, 2006