April 28th was New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence Advocacy Day in Albany and State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) met with several area representatives to discuss legislative priorities. Included in the meeting with Senator Farley were Program Director Elizabeth Bliss from Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Service of Saratoga County (also known as Wellspring), Patty Daily and Kathy Donnellan.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed legislation that would make it a criminal offense for those who intentionally or recklessly damage the environment while committing another crime. The bill (S834) would help deter criminal activity and prevent environmental crimes.
In one related incident that took place in the Town of Greece, Monroe County, criminals broke into a spare electrical transformer owned by Rochester Gas and Electric, and stole copper to resell for profit. Removal of the copper resulted in 4,800 gallons of oil being drained from the transformer, causing land and water contamination of the surrounding environment with an estimated remediation cost of over $1 million.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed legislation (S3822) to crack down on criminals who try to avoid harsher penalties by committing retail thefts in multiple counties. The bill would allow any county in the state to prosecute someone who participates in a pattern of organized retail theft when at least one of the offenses occurs in a neighboring county.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting with participants and vendors at the third annual Adirondack Day in the “Well” of the Legislative Office Building in Albany on April 27th. As a native of the Adirondacks, hailing from Indian Lake, Senator Farley enjoyed the annual event celebrating the Adirondacks and its tourism, recreation, history and culture. Senator Farley chatted with Adirondack representatives, including Executive Director of the Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages and Mayfield resident Carol Hart, and President of the North Country Chamber of Commerce Garry Douglas.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) will have the pleasure of honoring Deborah Gordon Mullaney of Niskayuna with the State Senate’s Woman of Distinction award on May 5th at 5 p.m. in Albany. The program honors distinguished women whose outstanding work in their communities makes them deserving of special recognition by the State Senate.
“Debby is a dynamic, dedicated and passionate civic leader as well as a valued advocate for children,” Senator Farley said. “I am honored to present this award to her.”
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of continuing the tradition of Blue Friday in New York State by authoring the State Senate Resolution which passed the Senate yesterday. In addition to making Blue Friday a commemoration in New York State, it highlighted the Capital Region fund-raising event slated for Friday, April 24th.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) enjoyed spending time with 4-H’ers from Herkimer County on April 21st when they came to Albany to tour the Capital. He discussed State government and history with the group. The students and chaperones on the trip hailed from Herkimer County towns such as Town of Webb, Poland, Dolgeville, Central Valley, and Frankfort Schuyler.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reports that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed a measure that would help caregivers receive the necessary resources to deliver care to older adults and others with long term health needs in a home setting. The CARE Act (S676A) would reduce future hospitalizations of patients by ensuring that caregivers are involved in and educated about patients’ needs and how to best meet them once they leave the hospital.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reports he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed legislation that will help New York farmers grow their businesses. The bill (S2250) would connect farmers to Industrial Development Agencies (IDAs), giving them additional resources to promote economic growth and increase job creation.
Under current law, IDAs can issue loans and provide technical support to manufacturers, processors, and warehousers of agricultural products, but not to those businesses that directly grow, harvest, or collect agricultural products.
Volunteer firefighters put their lives on the line every day to make our communities safe. Their dedication cannot be overestimated. However, the number of volunteers has declined drastically over the past decade. As part of an initiative called Recruit NY, volunteer fire departments from across the state will open their doors this Saturday, April 25th, (and, in some cases, Sunday, April 26th, as well) as they look for new volunteer members.
Saturday, April 18th, is a special Electronic Waste Collection Day in this region, and Tri City Rentals is offering two free sites to drop off “e-waste” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They are: Crescent Village Apartments, 800 Walnut Drive, Clifton Park (Tel: 371-5800); and Hampshire Apartments, 2150 Rosa Road, Schenectady (Tel: 370-4242). E-waste includes computer towers, laptops, servers, monitors, keyboards, printers, fax machines, microwaves, cell phones, televisions, VCRs and DVD players.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Libraries, noted this week is National Library Week. "Libraries are a place of lifelong learning," Senator Farley added. "Librarians are truly amazing people. They inspire our youth and invite them into a library where there is an adventure on every shelf." Senator Farley encourages people to use their local libraries. "Reading is a fun activity that opens the mind to all sorts of adventures," Senator Farley said. "Take the time in this upcoming week to stop in at your local library and tell the staff how great they are.”
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) met with members of the Schenectacy City School District Board of Education on March 16th in Albany to discuss education issues. Pictured with Senator Farley are (left to right) Dharam Hitlall, Cathy Lewis, Andrew Chestnut, Ann Reilly, John Foley.
Eileen Weis and representatives from First Presbyterian Church in Schenectady met with Senator Farley during the annual Legislative Day held by the New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms on March 17th in Albany.
Greg Groh and representatives of Grace Chapel Church of Clifton Park met with Senator Farley during the annual Legislative Day held by the New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms on March 17th in Albany.