State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) said that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate Republican Majority will act this week on its “Brighter Future” budget plan that creates a new property tax rebate program for middle-class homeowners, extends historic opportunities to students and makes significant investments in New York’s infrastructure to create good-paying jobs.
The Senate expands upon the Executive’s tax relief proposal by creating a new property tax rebate program. The rebate, when combined with the existing property tax freeze credit, will provide the average New York homeowner with a rebate check totaling $458. Along with the STAR exemption, homeowners would receive the most property tax relief in state history this year.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed two drug prevention bills to combat the spread of methamphetamine use in New York and to stop parks and playgrounds from being used by drug dealers.
Bill S1150 would deter the growing use of methamphetamine in New York by strengthening penalties for the sale and possession of meth and make them consistent with penalties for crimes involving heroin and cocaine.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) met with representatives of the New York School Nutrition Association on Feb. 10th in Albany. Teal Carpenter of the Gloversville Enlarged School District, Melinda Madison of HFM BOCES and Northville Central School District, and Clifton Park resident John Ricci of ConAgra Food, discussed budget issues and the “farm-to-school” program.
Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) was promoted today to the Senate Leadership position of Vice President Pro Tempore of the Senate. This is the third highest position in the Senate Leadership.
“I am thrilled and humbled by this appointment,” said Senator Farley. “I have been honored to serve in the State Senate and am pleased that my Senate colleagues have expressed their confidence in me. I will continue to work with my fellow Senators to advance policies to improve our State, promote economic development and provide needed tax relief.”
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) and his fellow members of the Senate Republican Conference recently unveiled their new “Grown in New York” multi-part plan to help meet consumers’ demands for locally-grown food, support local farmers in their efforts to provide quality, fresh food, and strengthen rural communities.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) met with representatives of the Schenectady Community Action Program on March 2nd in his Albany office as they came to discuss the State Department of Labor’s Displaced Homemaker Program.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting with constituents Pastor Mark Appell, of the Perth Bible Church, and Chris Gardener on Feb. 26th at the Capitol as they were in town to discuss State issues with the Senator.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting local 4-H students and 4-H educators at the annual 4-H Legislative Breakfast on March 3rd in Albany. The breakfast, as part of 4-H Capital Days, gives youth an opportunity to meet and interact with legislators and tell their 4-H story, create an awareness of career opportunities in New York State government, better understand state government, and network with delegates from other counties. Senator Farley meets Fulton-Montgomery 4-H Educator MacKenzie Moore.
As Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Libraries, Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) notes Monday, March 2nd, is the National Education Association's Read Across America Day, which encourages people to read to children. This annual event is held around the anniversary of the birthday of Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel).
"What better way to honor this children’s author than to read to a child," Senator Farley said.
Most people are familiar with health problems such as heart disease, breast cancer, diabetes and colon cancer. However, there are many rare diseases out there that people should be aware of and the ongoing need for diagnosis, support services and research. Saturday, Feb. 28th, is Rare Diseases Day and it is designed to highlight those diseases affecting fewer than 200,000 Americans. While these are considered rare diseases, there are more than 7,000 such diseases that together impact nearly 30 million Americans. Dealing with rare diseases not only affects the patient, but their entire families as well. To learn more about Rare Diseases Day, visit http://www.rarediseaseday.org/
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed four bills to crack down on cyber terrorism and its rapidly expanding threat to the state’s security and finances. The legislation would enact tougher penalties for cyber-related crimes, create cyber security programs to identify potential risks and threats, and require the state to perform a comprehensive review of all its cyber security measures every five years.
The Senate passed legislation (S3407) that would establish the New York State Cyber Security Initiative to ensure that the state has a proper cyber security defense system in place. It includes:
The investigation found convicted pedophiles violating state law by living within 1,000 feet of grade schools with Pre-K programs. In addition, over a dozen sex offenders are residing within 1,000 feet of stand-alone Universal Pre-K programs not attached to grade schools.
Happy Birthday, President Lincoln! Today, Feb. 12th, is the celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday as well as his years as President of this Nation. Presidents’ Day, honoring him and all our Presidents, is Monday, Feb. 16th.
Families may want to visit the Hall of Governors at the State Capitol in Albany to learn more about Presidential connections to New York State. Martin Van Buren, Millard Fillmore, Chester Arthur, Grover Cleveland, Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt were all New Yorkers who became President. Presidents Van Buren, Cleveland and both Roosevelts had each served as Governor of New York.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady), along with his colleagues in the New York State Senate Majority, held a press conference in Albany today, and outlined their plan to abolish the notorious Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) and its impact on state funding to public schools. The Senate Republican Conference is proposing to return $1 billion to schools across the state by accelerating the complete elimination of the GEA in the 2015-16 state budget.
The GEA was first imposed on New Yorkers in 2010 by former Governor David Paterson and the Democrats who controlled the Senate and Assembly. The entire Senate Republican Conference voted against the GEA because it created severe cuts to the bottom lines for public schools.