I am pleased to report that Schenectady County is now eligible for both municipal and individual FEMA assistance, same as Montgomery County. This means local governments, as well as homeowners, renters and businesses, can apply for FEMA aid. To register for FEMA assistance, call (800) 621-3362, or register online at http://www.disasterassistance.gov/
Sunday is the 10th annual commemoration of 9-11. I remember that day is if it happened yesterday. Shortly after the attacks, I was part of a delegation that went to Ground Zero. We toured the damage and met many emergency personnel. This was truly a devastating event, but the human spirit is amazing as Americans came together to help the victims of this tragedy. It is important to remember this event in order to honor the victims and rescue workers, and to reaffirm our commitments to prevent future acts of terrorism.
As local counties continue to get hammered by Mother Nature, a new State Agricultural and Community Recovery Fund has been established to help rebuild the farming industry in this region, according to State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady).
I am pleased to report that affected homeowners, renters and businesses in Montgomery, Saratoga and Schenectady Counties are now eligible for FEMA assistance. To register for FEMA assistance, call (800) 621-3362, or register online at http://www.disasterassistance.gov/
Residents in those counties still need help while the FEMA process is underway. The following is contact information for some of the organizations which can provide assistance to affected persons. Most of these organizations are also taking donations and/or volunteer help.
I am pleased to report that Montgomery County is now eligible for FEMA assistance for both municipal and individual assistance, which includes homeowners, renters and businesses. To register for FEMA assistance, call (800) 621-3362, or register online at http://www.disasterassistance.gov/ Affected homeowners and businesses in Schenectady and Saratoga Counties can also apply for FEMA assistance.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) called on President Obama and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to expand federal disaster assistance available to Montgomery County so home and business owners can apply for federal assistance.
While localities in Montgomery County will be eligible to receive federal assistance to pay for road, bridge and infrastructure repairs related to the storm, home and business owners were not included on the list.
Update: The Governor’s Office called this afternoon asking residents to be reassured the FEMA disaster designation process for this region is not over. Again, strong concern was communicated to him that Montgomery County was left off the initial list and that residents and businesses were hit hard and are in desperate need.
I am glad Schenectady County was included in the expedited declaration of being a disaster zone and being eligible for FEMA aid. However, I am deeply concerned that Montgomery County was not included in the initial round. Montgomery County residents and businesses were hit hard and are in desperate need of help. I understand that federal officials will be taking a closer look at other affected communities, like Montgomery County. I fully expect that Montgomery County will receive federal disaster designation, and I am strongly urging State and Federal agencies to act quickly to make Montgomery County eligible for federal assistance.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) asks constituents to bow their heads in a few moments of silence on Friday, 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. "Unfortunately, over the years, some may have forgotten what that day meant and how President Franklin Roosevelt was right when he said it will live in infamy. 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."
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of presenting a New York State Senate Citation to Trooper Sean Wells of Ballston Spa upon his graduation from the New York State Police Academy on May 29th at the Empire State Plaza. Trooper Wells was among a class of some 200 graduates.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting local student artists on March 6th when they visited the Legislative Office Building and displayed their pieces as part of the annual New York State Art Teachers Association's exhibit.
Senator Farley enjoyed meeting Erin O'Keefe of Notre Dame - Bishop Gibbons School and viewing her artwork on March 6th in Albany.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) chatted with seniors today at the annual Fulton County OFA picnic in Gloversville. This is the 25th anniversary of the picnic and Senator Farley said he had the pleasure of attending all 25 years of the festive event.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of naming Supreme Court Justice Ann Crowell as a New York State Senate Woman of Distinction at a ceremony in Albany on May 15th.
"Judge Crowell is an amazing woman," Senator Farley said. "She made history in 2011 when she became the first woman to be elected to the Supreme Court in New York’s Fourth Judicial District, which covers eleven counties." She also served as president of the Saratoga County Bar Association and a board member of both the Capital District and Adirondack Women's bar associations. She is a graduate of Leadership Saratoga and the NYS Governor's Leadership Program. She is also a dedicated Hospice volunteer.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of presenting the Schalmont Girls Soccer Team with a New York State Senate Resolution on January 31st for winning last fall's New York State Class B Championship. Present for the event at the Senate Chambers were Head Coach Angelo Caschera, Schalmont Athletic Director Joe Gallo, and players Karley Murray, Angelina Gazzillo, Katie Saccocio, Hannah Saccocio, Madeline Saccocio, Nicoletta Cuttita, Hailee Metzold, Rachael Gac, Jenna Saccocio, Ciara Vitallo, Megan Strijek, Amanda Mascitelli, Allie Gallo, Isabella Borini, Taylor Florio, Shanna Reagan, Alexandra Cardinal, Diana DiCocco, and Gabrielle Juers.
It was my pleasure to be a part of the ribbon cutting for the Capitol renovations and improvements on January 4th. The renovations and new displays are very impressive. I suggest if you are planning a trip to Albany or a tour of the Capitol, you should include these displays on your itinerary. Click here for more information and a virtual tour of the new exhibits: http://hallofgovernors.ny.gov/
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced the Riverfront Center in Amsterdam and City Center in Saratoga Springs will be two locations for "New York Remembers" exhibitions that will be held as part of the 9-11 commemoration. Thirty locations throughout the state will be open to the public starting the week of August 29th and continuing throughout September.
"We will never forget how the tragedy of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11th changed our lives. These exhibits will help us to remember that day and those loved ones we lost, and to reflect on the heroic service of volunteers and emergency service personnel. I encourage my constituents to take the time to visit these exhibits," Senator Farley said.