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Sen. Farley Reports NYS Senate Passes Legislation to Crack Down on Illegal Prescription Drug Abuse

With the abuse of illegally-obtained prescription narcotics growing rapidly, the New York State Senate has recently passed several bills to curb the black market in prescription pain killer.

This legislation includes calling for greater controls on Hydrocodone and Tramadol, highly addictive prescription pain medications, and increasing criminal penalties for physicians and pharmacists who illegally divert prescription drugs. It also calls for criminalizing the illegal sale of a controlled substance by a practitioner or pharmacist to address practitioners operating "mills," which fuel the black market for controlled substance medication, and it would also criminalize the first-degree illegal sale of a controlled substance to a minor under the age of 14.

February 14, 2012

Senator Farley Salutes Presidents' Day

As Presidents' Day and local schools' February break approach, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) suggests families may want to visit the recently renovated Hall of Governors at the State Capitol in Albany to learn more about Presidential connections to New York State.

"Did you know that a number of Presidents have been closely associated with the history of New York State?" Senator Farley asked. "Martin Van Buren, Millard Fillmore, Chester Arthur, Grover Cleveland, Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt were all New Yorkers. Presidents Van Buren, Cleveland and both Roosevelts had each served as Governor of New York."

February 14, 2012

Senator Farley Suggests Giving the Gift of Life As Part of a Valentine's Day Celebration

Valentine's Day is almost here and it is a day of giving.

The American Red Cross needs to collect 22,000 units of blood each weekday and around 15,000 units each weekend to meet patient needs. In fact, someone needs blood every two seconds, every day, 365 days a year.

For a list of upcoming blood drives, or for a donation facility near you, click below for the Red Cross website. Just type in your zip code on the right hand side and it will give you locations in your area:

Your blood donation could potentially save someone’s life… and it’s a truly great way to show that you’ve got a big heart!

February 10, 2012

Senator Farley Announces Community Health Fair Slated for April 10th

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) will be hosting his annual health fair on Tuesday, April 10th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the lower level of the Riverfront Center, Amsterdam.

"Called the Community Wellness Day, this event has always been successful in delivering information on services that local agencies provide to the public," Senator Farley said. "I’m currently in the planning stages for this year’s event and am looking for local non-profit and health organizations to participate."

The health fair is geared towards people of all ages and is set during the break week for local schools so families can participate. Those unable to attend can call Senator Farley’s office to obtain brochures and weblinks on health topics.

February 7, 2012


The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) has both a regular website and a Facebook page where locations of local sex offenders can be obtained, said State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady).

The Sex Offender Locator application, which is accessible via the New York State Public Safety Facebook page, makes it easier for parents who want to quickly look up information regarding Level 2 and Level 3 Sex Offenders within their immediate area.

February 3, 2012


Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that the State Senate has approved legislation to implement the largest expansion of the State’s DNA databank since it was first created in 1994. The expansion would help law enforcement close thousands of unsolved cases, bring justice to crime victims, and help prevent dangerous criminals from committing additional crimes.

Senator Farley and his colleagues in the Senate Majority held a press conference on January 31st about this legislation. Schenectady County District Attorney, and former president of the New York Stat District Attorneys Association, Bob Carney was on hand for the presentation.

February 2, 2012

Senator Hugh Farley honors the Schalmont Soccer team in Senate Session

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.

Below is the text from the resolution.


February 1, 2012

McNulty Academy Visits Senator Farley

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting with students from McNulty Academy, Amsterdam, on January 30th when they came to Albany to tour the State Capitol and learn about New York State history and government.

February 1, 2012

Senator Farley Greets McNulty Academy

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting with students from McNulty Academy, Amsterdam, on January 30th when they came to Albany to tour the State Capitol and learn about New York State history and government.

Students on the tour included Alexia Caraballo, Jaccob Fabrizio, Elena Fedullo, Kolby Fifield, Katie Garcia, Simone Hunt, William LoBaina, Jose Merced, Kylie Myers, Tyler Nelli, Dayna Ocasio, Christopher Parker, Vivienne Phemister, Isabella Porter, Jacob Reed, Jazlyn Rivera, Jordan Roe, Eliza Santiago, Heather Vlasuk, Mackenzie Chinchilla, Nayelie Nazario, Milagros Ortiz, Kayla Kamanu, Lily Aesch. Chaperones were Mrs. Morley, Mr. Nelli, Mr. Porter, Mr. Zuppardi, Mrs. Fedullo, Ms. Snell, Ms. Arsenault, Ms. Lewis.

February 1, 2012


The agreed-to legislative budget schedule for 2012 is as follows:

On or before

February 29 -- Joint Revenue Forecasting Conference

February 29 -- Senate/Assembly Fiscal Committee Economic & Revenue Reports Released

March 1 -- Revenue Consensus Report

March 12 -- Senate & Assembly budget actions

March 13 -- Joint Senate/Assembly budget conference committees commence

March 19-20 -- Final Report of Joint Conference Committee

March 19-22 -- Joint Legislative budget bills taken up by Senate & Assembly

January 30, 2012

Senator Farley Reports Four Key Votes To Get Dangerous Drivers Off the Road

The State Senate this week sent a loud and clear message that New York State must have zero tolerance when it comes to drunk, impaired or reckless driving.

In a strong showing of bi-partisan cooperation, we overwhelmingly approved four separate measures designed to save lives, punish offenders and keep dangerous drivers off the streets.

· The first bill, which seeks to combat wrong way and reckless drivers, would establish a new class E felony crime of aggravated reckless driving. The new crime would be punishable by a sentence of up to 4 years in prison.

· The second bill would close a loophole in current law which allows someone arrested for DUI while driving with a conditional license to face only a traffic infraction.

January 25, 2012

Senator Farley Announces New Residential Energy Finance Program to Begin Jan. 30th

A new program that will be administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will go into effect on January 30th and will provide an opportunity for homeowners to finance energy-efficent home improvements through their monthly power bills.

January 18, 2012

Senator Farley Announces Executive State Budget to Be Released on Jan. 17th

On January 17th, Governor Cuomo will release his Executive Budget for State Fiscal Year 2012-13. Once it is released, the specific details will be available at and also at the Budget Division's website at

January 13, 2012

Senator Farley Reminds Employment Seekers of Job Express Website

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) informs constituents of a website designed to help New Yorkers who are seeking employment.

The NYS Labor Department's " Express" website takes thousands of jobs listed on the New York State Jobs Bank and sorts them by region to help job seekers evaluate what industries are growing in their area and find out what opportunities are available in specific economic sectors.

To visit Jobs Express, visit

January 12, 2012

Senator Farley Announces Establishment of Senate Library Committee

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C, I - Schenectady) reports that he was named Chairman of a newly-created Senate Select Committee on Libraries. This 19-member bipartisan body was established on January 10th through passage of a Senate resolution.

“This new committee will help the Senate in promoting libraries and addressing their needs,” said Senator Farley.  “I am proud to have been a lifelong advocate for libraries, and will continue my efforts to assist them in meeting the needs of the public.

January 10, 2012

Senator Farley Notes Jobs, Tax Relief and Cutting Government Continue to Be Senate's Priorities

This afternoon, Governor Cuomo gave his annual State-of-the-State Address, which is a vision, or a road map, of what the Governor would like to see happen in New York State in 2012.

The Governor’s speech is the official kickoff to the 2012 Session. We must continue to work together and build on the momentum that we have achieved in the past year. In 2011, we cut State spending and closed a $10 Billion deficit without raising taxes and fees. We enacted a property tax cap, lowered income tax rates and reduced taxes for upstate manufacturers. For 2012, we will continue with the goal for an on-time, fiscally responsible State budget. We plan to do this by cutting spending again and avoiding any additional taxes or fees.

January 4, 2012

Senator Farley Notes State-of-the State Message to Be Delivered Jan. 4th

Tomorrow, January 4th, the Governor will open the 2012 Legislative Session with his annual State-of-the-State Address. This speech will be given at 1:30 p.m. It will be broadcast live on public television, and can also be viewed online at The text of his message will also be posted on his website.

The State-of-the-State is a vision, or a road map, of what the Governor would like to see happen in New York State in 2012.

January 3, 2012

Happy New Year from Senator Farley



As we depart 2011 and head into 2012, New York State continues to make real progress in reducing spending, cutting taxes and helping businesses create new jobs.

In fact, one big accomplishment – tax cuts for middle-class taxpayers -- will go into effect on January 1, 2012.

This new law will reduce tax rates on middle class taxpayers to their lowest levels in more than 50 years. About 4.4 million middle class taxpayers will receive a total of $690 million in personal income tax relief.

December 27, 2011

Happy Holidays from Senator Farley


During this busy holiday season, I hope you are finding the time to gather with family, friends and those you care about to celebrate and share.

I also want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve as your representative in the State Senate.

Over the past year, we've made real progress in our effort to turn New York around. We’ve cut taxes on businesses and middle class families, taken steps to help create jobs, and worked together to help make life in our community just a little better.

December 20, 2011