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Subject: Key Priorities as 2013 Session gets Underway

With the Governor kicking off the 2013 Legislative Session on Wednesday with the annual State of the State Address, I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight some of my key priorities as the new Legislative Session gets underway.

Providing Tax Relief: Mandate relief continues to be a priority to me as counties, local municipalities and schools struggle with their budgets. I will also be redoubling my efforts to fight for additional tax relief at the State and local levels.

Creating Jobs: We must also focus on pursuing policise that will help revitalize our economy, strengthen small businesses and create thousands of good, new jobs for our local economy.

January 10, 2013
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New Legislative Session for 2013 Starts Soon - New District Lines in Effect

Dear Friend:

Happy New Year! With the new year, the new Legislative District lines are in effect. One major change is that I will no longer be representing Montgomery County, which means I must close my Amsterdam district office. I expect to open a new office in Ballston Spa and will let you know the contact information when it is available.

January 7, 2013
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Senator Farley Wishes Constituents a Happy Holiday Season

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.

In the New Year, please know that I will continue to work to make New York State a great place to live

December 23, 2012
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Senator Farley Salutes Living Resources

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) was on hand at the ribbon cutting ceremony, held October 31st, officially recognizing Living Resources as a full service certified home care agency for 10 counties. Pictured with Dr. Fred Elrich, Senator Farley was also pleased to celebrate the organization's 25 years of assisting people with developmental disabilities in the Capital Region.

November 1, 2012
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Senator Farley Salutes Schenectady Physicians

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) recently had the pleasure of presenting the New York State Senate Liberty Medal to Dr. Clifford Tepper and Dr. Arnold Ritterband, co-medical directors of the Schenectady Free Clinic. Both are retiring after dedicating numerous years of free medical knowledge to uninsured residents of Schenectady.

In 2002, Drs. Ritterband and Tepper were advocates of Senator Farley's legislation that authorized the creation of the volunteer-based organization. In 2006, another Farley-sponsored measure made the Schenectady County pilot program permanent, and in 2008 Senator Farley sponsored the law which expanded the program Statewide.

November 1, 2012
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Storm Update and Preparation

There is a lot of concern about the potential impact of Hurricane Sandy. I have been in contact with the Governor’s office, and have urged that steps be taken now to lower reservoir levels in the area to help absorb any rainfall.

The Governor reports that measures are being implemented, and several other steps have been taken to prepare for a potential emergency. 

I wanted to share with you some web links that you may find helpful.

To follow the path of the hurricane, visit http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

Information about New York State’s efforts and recommendations can be found at http://www.dhses.ny.gov/

October 26, 2012
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Senator Farley Announces Domestic Violence Legislation Signed Into Law

As October is designated as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in New York State, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) found it fitting that a new comprehensive package of legislation was signed into law this week by the Governor that protects victims of domestic violence and establishes stronger criminal penalties to punish individuals who commit acts of domestic violence.

"Although New York State already has a number of strong domestic violence protections, many domestic violence abusers repeatedly commit offenses," Senator Farley said. "This legislation will help the victim, as well as the prosecution of these crimes, and hopefully deter the offender from repeat actions."

Highlights of the domestic violence legislation include the following:

October 26, 2012
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Senator Farley Offers Halloween Safety Tips

As the Halloween festivities begin, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) reminds families to be safe when trick-or-treating.

"Halloween is a fun time of year for the youngsters as they get to dress up as their favorite characters and collect candy," Senator Farley said. "But it can also be needlessly dangerous if precautions aren't taken."

October 25, 2012
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Senator Farley Offers Safety Tips as Part of Fire Prevention Month

October is National Fire Prevention Month and as part of that commemoration, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) offers safety tips.

"Protecting our loved ones is the responsibility of every parent, neighbor and citizen," Senator Farley said. "That's why it is important to stay informed on fire safety and to take steps to protect yourself and your families."

Senator Farley said it is important that everyone in your family knows to call 911 from a safe location to report a fire or other emergency. Have your children practice what they would say on the phone in case of a real emergency.

October 23, 2012
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Senator Farley a "Friend" of NYS Farm Bureau

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) was honored to be named part of the New York State Farm Bureau's Circle of Friends for the 2012 Legislative Session.

Senator Farley has been a friend of the Farm Bureau for numerous years and this year's honor reaffirms his continued support for the farm community.

"We must remember agriculture is one of New York's top industries and is vital to our economy," Senator Farley. "Farms create jobs, generate significant economic activity and contribute to the tax revenue. Agritourism is also a wonderful asset to this area. We need to support our farmers as they support our area's economy and growth."

Senator Farley will be given the award at the NYS Farm Bureau's 2013 State Lobby Day in Albany.

October 12, 2012
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Senator Farley Salutes Fallen Firefighters

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) was proud to be a part of the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial Ceremony in Albany on October 9th.

"It is important that we always remember, and recognize, the service -- and sacrifice -- made by our firefighters," Senator Farley said at the ceremony. "On behalf of the New York State Senate, let me express our gratitude and appreciation to our firefighters and their families."

October 10, 2012
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Senator Farley Advises Constituents to Check With Comptroller's Unclaimed Funds Website

New York State currently has over $12 billion in unclaimed funds, said State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady).

Banks, insurance companies, utilities and many other businesses with funds that have been dormant or forgotten must turn those funds over to the State Comptroller's Office, which acts as a custodian until the funds are returned to their rightful owner, reported Senator Farley.

Types of unclaimed funds include savings and checking accounts, uncashed checks, utility deposits and mortgage insurance refunds.

To see if you have any unclaimed funds, visit website http://www.osc.state.ny.us/ouf/index.htm

October 6, 2012
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INFORMATION ON NEW LEGISLATIVE DISTRICTS

Because of the redistricting that happens every ten years, Congressional and state legislative districts are changing this year.

For example, the 44th Senate District will be renumbered as the 49th District. The boundaries of this district have changed as well. The current district consists of Fulton, Montgomery, Schenectady and part of Saratoga counties. The new district will consist of Fulton and Hamilton counties, and part of Schenectady, Saratoga and Herkimer counties.

September 27, 2012
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Legislative Update From Senator Hugh T. Farley

The 2012 legislative session ended in late June. Since that time, the Governor has been busy taking final action on the bills that were passed.

Here is a list of some of the bills which were recently signed into law. You can view a copy of the bill and the sponsor's memorandum in support by visiting the Senate's Open Legislation site at http://www.nysenate.gov/open (Enter the bill number preceded by S for a Senate bill or A for an Assembly bill, i.e. S---)

September 13, 2012
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EPIC Update from Senator Farley

This past year, we were successful in restoring funding to the EPIC program, which assists low-income seniors with the cost of their prescription drugs. I helped establish this program, and restoring these funds was an important priority for me.

These budget restorations will significantly benefit eligible seniors, and will result in the restoration of the two plan system: the EPIC fee program and the EPIC deductible plan.

The Health Department will be contacting all current EPIC members about these changes, so please keep an eye out for a letter from them.

September 13, 2012
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Senator Farley Suggests Visiting State Museum When Remembering 9/11

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) informs constituents that the New York State Museum in Albany continues to display an exhibit that honors the heroes and remembers those who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Congress has designated September 11th of each year as "Patriot Day."

September 10, 2012
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From Senator Farley: Twin Bridges Construction Notice

I've been asked to help spread the word about the construction work beginning this weekend on the Twin Bridges, which is expected to result in significant delays on the Northway for both north-bound and south-bound traffic.

Lanes will be closed on the bridge beginning tonight at 10 p.m. through Monday morning at 5 a.m. These lane closures will occur each weekend until the end of October (except for Columbus Day weekend).

For more information, visit the DOT project website at:

https://www.dot.ny.gov/twinbridges

September 7, 2012
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Senator Farley Salutes Schenectady Veteran

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) recently presented Albert “Albie” Ferrucci with the New York State Senate Liberty Medal, the highest honor extended by the State Senate. Mr. Ferrucci also received his New York State Medal for Merit and the New York State Conspicuous Service Star, which are awarded by the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs. The award presentation took place in Mr. Ferrucci’s Schenectady law office where he continues to practice law along with his son and daughter.

August 23, 2012
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Senator Farley Receives High Marks from Pro-Business Organizations

Unshackle Upstate, a coalition of business leaders, and the New York State Business Council, both released their annual report cards on State legislators and State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C, I - Schenectady) received high ratings from both groups.

Senator Farley received a 90 percent from the Business Council for his stance on spending control, pension reform and job creation legislation.

Senator Farley received a mark of 83 from Unshackle Upstate, for his efforts in supporting a property tax cap, controlling spending in the State budget and job creation legislation.

"Jobs have been, and always will be, a great priority for me," Senator Farley said. "We must do what we can to help businesses and our Upstate economy."

 

August 22, 2012
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Senator Farley Gives Tips for Online Safety: New York State Also Passes New Cyberbullying Law

Internet safety and online message and social boards are big concerns for parents, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) said. Children may think they are being safe online, but predators are often able to find out personal information about the youth.

"The teens think they are being safe but a determined predator may pick up on subtle clues such as a teen wearing a T-shirt with the school's name. Once they know where the child lives, it is easy to initiate conversation with them or stalk them," Senator Farley said.

August 15, 2012
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