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SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSES BILL TO STOP CAREER CRIMINALS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced the New York State Senate recently passed a bill to stop perpetual repeat offenders who continue to commit misdemeanor crimes. The bill (S1521) establishes a new felony-level crime of aggravated criminal conduct to bring stronger penalties against those who commit a misdemeanor after having been already convicted for multiple misdemeanors within the past five years.

The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services reports that 8,824 individuals had been convicted of five or more misdemeanors within the three years that ended Dec. 31, 2010. Of those criminals, 1,600 of them had 10 or more convictions in the same time frame, and a staggering 169 criminals had 20 or more convictions.

June 11, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILL TO DETER RECRUITMENT BY TERRORISTS

State Senator hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate recently passed a measure to deter terrorist recruitment and punish those who seek to employ others for their criminal plans. The bill (S1520) would complement law enforcement’s efforts to expose groups who actively seek to engage in terrorist activity by creating a new crime to prosecute those who recruit others to assist them.

Terrorist organizations and their membership are in a perpetual search to recruit new members. This bill makes it a Class C felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison, when someone with the intent of committing a crime recruits, solicits, requests, commands, importunes or otherwise attempts another person to engage in terrorist conduct.

June 11, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY APPROVES BILLS TO CUT RED TAPE THAT HURTS JOB CREATION

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed 14 regulatory reform bills as the first part of a major initiative, that includes statewide public forums, to identify and eliminate thousands of costly and unnecessary government regulations that inhibit job creation and drive up local property taxes.

The regulatory reform initiative is highlighted by the creation of a Berger Commission-style Task Force. The panel will have extraordinary power to review state rules, regulations, and public authorities and make recommendations for the repeal of ones that are determined to be unnecessary. The Task Force recommendations would be binding unless they are rejected by the Legislature.

June 11, 2013
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Senator Farley Salutes 4th Grade Students from Hillside

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting fourth grade students from Hillside Elementary School, Niskayuna School District, on June 5th when they came to Albany to tour the Capitol.

Students on the trip in Carol Herrington’s class included Eman Abdelmagiol, Carsten Renken, Rebecca Barr, Nolan Beattie, Daniel Chillrud, Julianna DellaPorta, Emma Edwards, David Garvey, Colby Geer, Etienne Gervasio, Anna Hehler, Jesse Hoogs, Trey Kalvass, Trey LaVigne, Lucas Mastroianni, Amiya McGough, Suchi Metha, Courtney Meola, Jessica Monterroso, Lucinda Moore, Leo O’Brien, Julia Pacheo, Noah Pollick, Alexandria Salerno, Amelia Sauter, Maclyn Sauter, Maclyn Seeger, Lexie Thompson, Emma Whelan.

June 5, 2013
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Senator Farley Greets Hillside Elementary Students

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting fourth grade students from Hillside Elementary School, Niskayuna School District, on June 5th when they came to Albany to tour the Capitol.

Students on the trip in Chris Lasher’s class included Erin Andrews, Luke Bennett, Nadia Budrakey, Thomas Choi, Patrick Daley, Douglas Gilloolely, Abbigail Helstowski, Adrianna Holden, Ethan Hunt, Evan Kessler, Jeremy Lawson, Brynn Lecakes, Lucas Lynch, Katarina Mills, Olivia Reeves, Ganon Riordon, Mary-Margaret Russo, Sophia Rzonca, Colin Sanderson, Jack Shiavo, Luke Sheeran, Carline Skrebutenas, Paige Splendido, Logan Stafford, Phillip Torok, Maria Tsakalakos, Luke Zink, Tekhi Terry.

 

June 5, 2013
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Edinburg Students Visit the Capitol

Tom Moore's sixth grade class from Edinburg Common School visited the State Capitol on June 3rd and learned about New York State history and government.

June 5, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSES BILLS TO REDUCE ENERGY COSTS FOR BUSINESSES

 State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced the New York State Senate ecently passed two bills that would help businesses save money by increasing commercial tax exemptions for heating fuel and helping dairy farms invest in energy-efficient technology. The measures would reduce the cost of doing business in New York State to help spur economic growth in agriculture and other key industries.

May 30, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILL TO PROTECT INEXPERIENCED DRIVERS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate recently passed a bill to protect young and inexperienced drivers by helping to remove distractions that could lead to accidents. The legislation (S1511A) prohibits the use of cell phones – including hands-free devices – by drivers who hold learner’s permits.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reports that young drivers make up just seven percent of the driving population, but are involved in 15 percent of the fatal crashes. The NTSB recommended that all states prohibit holders of learner's permits or a class DJ or MJ license from using wireless mobile telephones while driving.

May 30, 2013
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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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