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Environmental Conservation Joint Legislative Budget Hearing Slated

The third Joint Legislative Hearing, in a series of 13 hearings, will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, January 29th.

During the Environmental Conservation hearing, which is part of the legislative process to review the 2014-2015 Executive Budget, environmental officials and representatives of environmental advocacy organizations will have an opportunity to address the Senate and Assembly fiscal committees.

These joint legislative hearings will continue through Tuesday, February 11th, and are available for live viewing on the Senate and Assembly websites but will be preempted when the houses are in session. At the conclusion of the legislative deliberations, live televised coverage of the hearings will resume.

 

January 28, 2014
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Elementary and Secondary Education Joint Legislative Budget Hearing Slated

The second Joint Legislative Hearing, in a series of 13 hearings, will be held today, Tuesday, January 28.

During the Elementary and Secondary Education hearing, which is part of the legislative process to review the 2014-2015 Executive Budget, education officials and representatives of education advocacy organizations will have an opportunity to address the Senate and Assembly fiscal committees.

These joint legislative hearings will continue through Tuesday, February 11 and are available for live viewing on the Senate and Assembly websites, but will be preempted when the houses are in session. At the conclusion of the legislative deliberations, live televised coverage of the hearings will resume.

 

January 28, 2014
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Senator Farley Salutes Firefighters

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) recently had the pleasure of attending the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Fire District No. 1 inspection dinner. Also in attendance was Saratoga County Sheriff Mike Zurlo. "It is important that we always remember, and recognize, the service -- and sacrifice -- made by our firefighters," Senator Farley said. "On behalf of the New York State Senate, let me express our gratitude and appreciation to our firefighters."

January 27, 2014
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LOCAL GOVERNMENT/ GENERAL GOVERNMENT BUDGET HEARING SLATED FOR MONDAY, JAN. 27TH

The first Joint Legislative Hearing, in a series of 13 hearings, will be held on Monday, January 27th. During the Local Government /General Government hearing, which marks the beginning of the legislative review process for the 2014-2015 Executive Budget, government officials and representatives of local government groups will have an opportunity to address the Senate and Assembly fiscal committees. These joint legislative hearings will continue through Tuesday, February 11th, and are available for live viewing on the Senate and Assembly websites.

 

January 24, 2014
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Senator Farley Salutes the Goebels for 50 Years of Marriage

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of presenting a New York State Senate Resolution to Richard and Audrey Goebel of Johnstown on January 23rd at the Senate Chambers in Albany for their 50th wedding. To learn more about the Goebels, visit http://www.leaderherald.com/page/content.detail/id/560304/50th-anniversary-celebrated.html?nav=5025

January 23, 2014
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Honoring January As Birth Defects Prevention Month

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) met with representatives from March of Dimes on January 22nd at the Legislative Office Building in Albany. Honoring January as Birth Defects Prevention Month, the staff and volunteers discussed with Senator Farley the March of Dime’s mission to reduce birth defects, premature births, and infant mortality. Pictured, left to right, are Senator Farley, Caitlin Conner, Amy Hines Kramer, Samantha Coratti, and Dave Smingler.

January 23, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY AND MAJORITY COALITION ISSUE REPORT ON REGULATORY REFORM

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced today the State Senate Majority Coalition issued a report that sheds light on New York State’s regulatory structure and identifies 2,219 specific rules, regulations and practices that put New York’s businesses at a disadvantage.

The report is the product of surveys, meetings, community outreach and the input of over 100 business owners, advocacy organizations and individuals that participated in public forums conducted throughout the State.

January 13, 2014
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Senator Farley Announces Joint Budget Hearing Schedule

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced the Joint Legislative Hearing Schedule on the 2014-2015 Executive Budget proposal.

These hearings, each of which focuses on a programmatic area, are intended to provide the appropriate legislative committees with public input on the executive budget proposal. The hearings will be available for viewing on the Senate and Assembly websites. The Legislative Channel (on cable systems throughout the state) also will carry the proceedings.

January 12, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY PLEASED GOVERNOR SIGNS LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN OVERSIGHT OF PET DEALERS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) is pleased that the governor signed into law an important bill that he supported to better protect animals.

Legislation that was signed into law helps protect the health and safety of dogs and cats across New York State by authorizing local municipalities to adopt more stringent laws to regulate pet dealers.

The law authorizes municipal governments to enact more stringent laws than those currently existing at the state level by removing the current preemption on municipalities to enact their own laws regulating or licensing pet dealers. Any new local ordinance must be at least as stringent as state law and must not result in the banning of the sale of dogs and cats raised in a safe and healthy manner.

January 12, 2014
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Statement from Senator Farley Regarding the 2014 State-of-the-State Address

The Governor gave his State-of-the State Address on Wednesday January 8th, an outline of his goals for the year. It also kicks off the 2014 Legislative Session. You can read his written message by clicking here: http://www.governor.ny.gov/assets/documents/2014-SOS-Book.pdf

In the New York State Senate, my colleagues and I will work with the Governor and Assembly to pass another on-time budget, building on our previous passage of three consecutive early budgets.

We will be looking to pass a budget that controls spending and reduces taxes, while still making important investments in our future.

January 8, 2014
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New Laws to Take Effect on Wednesday, January 1, 2014

As we depart 2013 and head into 2014, the New York State Senate continues to focus on ways to reduce spending, cut taxes and help businesses create new jobs. In fact, my colleagues and I recently released a report in November outlining how taxes need to be reformed. We also gave recommendations that would create jobs. We look forward to working with the Governor and the Assembly in 2014 on these recommendations. (Click on the link to view the report: http://www.nysenate.gov/news/senator-farley-discusses-report-tax-reform)

In the meantime, starting the New Year, on January 1st, the following new laws will take effect that already support the focus of reducing taxes:

December 31, 2013
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Senator Farley Wishes a Safe and Happy Holiday Season

As we enter the Christmas and New Year’s holiday weeks, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) wishes constituents a happy and safe season.

“I wish you a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year to you and your loved ones,” Senator Farley said. “Please also take caution when driving to and from celebrations.”

Senator Farley reminds people that New York State has tough DWI laws, including, Leandra’s Law, which was strengthened earlier this year to provide new safeguards to keep drunken drivers off New York’s roads.

December 20, 2013
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December 19, 2013
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Senator Farley Takes a Silent Moment for Pearl Harbor Day

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) asks constituents to bow their heads in a few moments of silence on Saturday, December 7th, in honor of Pearl Harbor Day. 

"It was on that day in 1941 that Japanese planes attacked the United States in Hawaii, killing some 2,000 Americans," Senator Farley said. "On this anniversary, we especially remember those who fought at Pearl Harbor, but also remember and honor all of our nation’s veterans. As we continue to fight in the War on Terrorism and have military loved ones overseas during the holidays, we must remember our fallen brothers and sisters who have given their lives for this Country."

December 5, 2013
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Join Senator Farley’s efforts to protect your tax dollars!

Yes Senator, I agree with you that public assistance should not be used to purchase items such as alcohol, lottery tickets and cigarettes, and by signing this petition I encourage the State Assembly to pass the Public Assistance Integrity Act.

December 3, 2013
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Senator Farley and Colleagues Introduce Bill That Would Create Disaster Fund

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) and several Senate colleagues who represent the Mohawk Valley and Niagara County have introduced legislation that would create a state disaster recovery fund.

The bill (S.5987) would create a supplemental fund to provide individual assistance, public assistance and hazard mitigation after a natural or man-made disaster. Aid would be available for a variety of disaster-related expenses, including home repairs and medical expenses for individuals. Municipalities would be eligible to receive funds for such items as public services expenses and debris removal. Infrastructure grants would be available to public schools.

December 3, 2013
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Senator Farley Promotes Supporting Small Businesses

As the holiday shopping season officially is under way with today’s “Black Friday” events, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) strongly suggests people to shop locally on Saturday, November 30th, which is also known as “Small Business Saturday.”

“Small businesses truly are the backbone of our communities,” Senator Farley said. “We rely on small businesses as the economic engine to keep New Yorkers working and raising their families here in New York State.”

To learn more about the Small Business Saturday initiative, Senator Farley recommends visiting http://www.sba.gov/about-sba/sba_initiatives/small_business_saturday_2013

 

November 29, 2013
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Senator Farley Celebrates 1st National Bank of Scotia’s 90th Anniversary

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of presenting a New York State Senate Citation to the 1st National Bank of Scotia for its 90th Anniversary on November 22nd at its Customer Appreciation Day. The Senator presented the Citation to Bank President John Buhrmaster at the bank’s Main Office on Mohawk Avenue in Scotia.

November 27, 2013
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Senator Farley Reflects on the Meaning of the Thanksgiving Holiday

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the 49th Senatorial District!

Thanksgiving not only commemorates the Pilgrims' celebration of the fruitful crops of 1621, but it is also a day of giving thanks for everything we are grateful for in our daily lives -- it's a time to stop, smell the roses and think about what is truly precious to us.

November 26, 2013
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