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SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSES BILL TO HELP PREVENT ENVIRONMENTAL CRIMES

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced the New York State Senate recently passed legislation that would prosecute those who intentionally or recklessly damage the environment while committing another crime. The bill (S1016) would deter thieves or other vandals from committing crimes that could result in contamination, and hold those accountable for financial and environmental damage from their actions.

May 29, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILL TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM JEWELRY MADE WITH HARMFUL MATERIALS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate recently passed legislation that creates comprehensive safety requirements for children’s jewelry to prevent exposure to harmful materials. The bill (S3947) regulates heavy metals, magnets, and batteries in jewelry intended for use by children aged 12 and younger, consistent with the federal Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act.

Children can be exposed to harmful substances in jewelry by accidentally swallowing a piece of jewelry or by putting it in their mouth. When the jewelry becomes bitten, scratched, or damaged - which is likely with continued use by young children - exposure risk increases.

May 29, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSES BILL TO KEEP VIOLENT REPEAT OFFENDERS IN PRISON

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced the New York State Senate recently passed legislation to require certain violent felons to serve their maximum prison term if there is evidence that their release would pose an imminent threat to society. The bill (S.3871) would help protect the public by keeping repeat offenders off the streets and limit “good behavior” and other rewards from reducing the time spent in prison.

May 29, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES MEASURE TO INCREASE PENALTIES FOR SELLING DRUGS IN PARKS OR ON PLAYGROUNDS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate recently passed a bill increasing penalties for people who sell drugs in playgrounds and parks. The bill (S.2173A) would further protect kids and their families from the dangers of people who prey on children.

Current New York State law penalizes people who sell drugs on school grounds or day-care centers and this bill expands that to include parks and playgrounds. Drug dealers who target children are especially dangerous to society and should be subjected to stiffer penalties for selling or trying to sell drugs to children in this manner. This legislation takes the next step in targeting drug dealers who lurk in parks and playgrounds in an effort to take advantage of children.

May 29, 2013
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Senator Farley Salutes Boulevard Elementary

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting Boulevard Elementary School’s  fifth grade students and Principal Thomas Komp on May 23rd when they came to Albany for a tour of the Capitol. Boulevard is part of the Gloversville Enlarged School District in Fulton County. 

May 28, 2013
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Senator Farley Discusses NYS Government with Gloversville Students

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting Boulevard Elementary School’s  fifth grade students and Principal Thomas Komp on May 23rd when they came to Albany for a tour of the Capitol. Boulevard is part of the Gloversville Enlarged School District in Fulton County. 

May 28, 2013
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Senator Farley Meets Boulevard Elementary Students

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting Boulevard Elementary School’s fifth grade students and Principal Thomas Komp on May 23rd when they came to Albany for a tour of the Capitol. Boulevard is part of the Gloversville Enlarged School District in Fulton County.

May 28, 2013
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Senator Farley Chats with Students from Gloversville

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting Boulevard Elementary School’s fifth grade students and Principal Thomas Komp on May 23rd when they came to Albany for a tour of the Capitol. Boulevard is part of the Gloversville Enlarged School District in Fulton County.

May 28, 2013
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Senator Farley Greets Boulevard Students

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting Boulevard Elementary School’s fifth grade students and Principal Thomas Komp on May 23rd when they came to Albany for a tour of the Capitol. Boulevard is part of the Gloversville Enlarged School District in Fulton County. Pictured are Senator Farley, fifth grade student Jack Robinson, and Jack’s father Gloversville Councilman James Robinson.

May 28, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSES MEASURE TO INCREASE PENALTIES FOR DRIVERS WHO PASS STOPPED SCHOOL BUSES

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced he New York State Senate recently passed a bill that would increase the fines for passing a stopped school bus. The bill (S.1064) also requires criminal penalties for drivers who injure or kill a person by doing so.

The bill significantly increases the fines for passing a school bus. The maximum fine for a first offense would increase from $400 to $700. The maximum fine for a second offense would be $1,500.

This legislation also requires that if a driver injures someone while passing a school bus, the driver would be charged with aggravated vehicular assault. The charge would be criminally negligent homicide if the person is killed in the incident.

May 28, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM SEX CRIMES

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced the New York State Senate recently passed legislation (S4791) that would increase criminal penalties for sexual contact between a child and a person in a position of trust.

The bill would create the new crimes of sexual assault against a child by a person in a position of trust in the first, second, and third degrees, punishable by up to 15 years in prison. There are prohibitions in law against sexual contact with a minor, however the law does not increase penalties if the crime is committed by a person in a position of trust.

May 28, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILL THAT WOULD INCREASE PENALTIES FOR LEAVING THE SCENE OF A BOATING ACCIDENT

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate recently passed a bill toughening the penalties for leaving the scene of a boating accident without making a report. The bill (S.339) is in response to serious boating accidents that have happened in recent years.

The bill would increase the penalty to an A misdemeanor for a first offense of leaving the scene of a boating accident when a person knows or should know there has been an injury to another person. A second offense within five years of the first offense would be a felony.

The bill also would stiffen the penalties for the crime of leaving the scene of a boating accident, that resulted in property damage, without reporting it.

The bill has been sent to the Assembly

May 28, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSES BILL TO REQUIRE MANDATORY JAIL SENTENCES FOR REPEAT DWI OFFENDERS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C, I – Schenectady) announced the New York State Senate recently passed legislation to require mandatory jail sentences for repeat DWI offenders.

Current law does not require repeat DWI offenders to spend any time in jail. Right now, repeat DWI offenders face class E or D felony charges punishable by up to four or seven years in jail and/or a fine between $1,000-$5,000 or $2,000-$10,000. However, judges have the discretion to sentence these offenders to only a fine or a fine and community service under the law.

The legislation (S750) would require drunk drivers with multiple DWI convictions to serve a jail sentence. Under the proposed law:

May 28, 2013
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Honoring Our Military on Memorial Day and Every Day

May is National Military Appreciation Month and today is Memorial Day, times to honor our military service men and women who protect our Nation.

Our veterans have sacrificed so much for keeping our country safe and free, but do we ever take the time to tell them? Next time you see a local veteran, shake his or her hand and say "thank you" -- that all of the sacrifices were worth it.

May 27, 2013
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Senator Farley Honors Clifton Park Veteran with Induction into Hall of Fame

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of inducting World War II veteran Allan Atwell of Clifton Park into the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame on May 21st in Albany.

“Mr. Atwell is an amazing individual,” Senator Farley said. “He was a typical small town, upstate boy who went into the Army at age 18 in 1943, and the private first class ended up aiding in the liberation of France in 1944. Not only did he protect our Country, he was a protector for France as well.”

May 22, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILLS TO HELP NEW YORK FARMERS EXPAND TO NEW MARKETS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced the New York State Senate recently passed three bills to help farmers succeed by improving agricultural marketing efforts and better connecting farms to consumers across the state.

The “Buy From the Backyard Act” (S978) requires state agencies with food contracts to buy at least 20 percent of their food from New York sources. The bill expands upon an existing law that encourages state agencies to purchase local food products. Mental health facilities, prisons, universities, and state institutions that have food contracts would be required to purchase at least 20 percent that is grown, produced, harvested or processed in New York State.

May 21, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES MEASURE TO ENCOURAGE ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY HOME BUILDING

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced the New York State Senate recently passed legislation to encourage the building of more “green” homes by creating a property tax exemption. The bill S1710 would help increase demand for environmentally friendly housing by allowing local municipalities to offer a real property tax exemption of 35 percent for a maximum of 20 years.

Green building increases a home’s value while decreasing utility expenses, maximizing the use of natural resources, and minimizing environmental impact. Green buildings are crafted to exceed building codes while remaining cost-effective to own and operate.

May 21, 2013
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Senator Farley Salutes Guardian House

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R - Schenectady) with Mary Lasky, financial director at Saratoga County Rural Preservation Company. The group oversees the Guardian House, a home that helps women veterans. The Guardian House just won $25,000 from a Home Depot "Aprons in Action" Facebook contest and is currently in the running for a Home Deport Facebook prize of $250,000. The money would be used for the shelter and to help build a wellness center. Visit the "Aprons in Action" Facebook page, located at https://apps.facebook.com/apronsinaction/, and vote throughout the month of May for the Saratoga County RPC-VETHELP.

May 17, 2013
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Senator Farley Proposes Legislation to Help Veterans

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R - Schenectady) is pictured with U.S. Army Major General Peter S. Lennon and his wife, Elaine Lennon, on May 17th at the Guardian House in Saratoga County. The Senator unveiled legislation that would create a voluntary tax check-off for New Yorkers to contribute to programs and services for veterans. The bill, A5409/S4349, creates a voluntary tax check-off fund for New Yorkers to contribute to veterans programs and services like the Guardian House for women.

May 17, 2013
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Senator Farley Calls for New Voluntary Tax Check-Off to Support Veterans Services

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R - Schenectady) with volunteer Diane Bristol (left) and Dianna Rios, Specialist with Services to the Armed Forces at the American Red Cross, Northeastern New York Region. The Red Cross personnel were on hand at Saratoga County's Guardian House to hear Senator Farley and Assemblyman Jim Tedisco unveil legislation that would create a voluntary tax check-off for New Yorkers to contribute to programs and services for veterans.

May 17, 2013
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