With 2013 shaping up to be one of the best years yet for New York State’s apple growers, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectay) encourages all New Yorkers (and tourists!) to visit a local apple orchard this autumn.
There are 654 apple orchards around the state offering a variety of apple products, including cider, doughnuts, wine and apples. To find the nearest u-pick orchard, visit www.nyapplecountry.com/pick.php. It's a great way to support our local farmers
Several constituents have contacted my office this month, thanking me and my colleagues in the State Senate for our support in designating September as Suicide Prevention Month in New York State. A recent walk was held in Saratoga Springs that highlighted this designation and brought about the awareness that suicide is one of the top ten causes of all deaths in the Nation. Advocates of suicide prevention have also told me that suicide is the third leading cause of death among people ages 15 – 24 and the second cause of death among college students.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) reminds constituents they should be prepared in case a disaster happens.
To highlight the designation of September as National Preparedness Month, Senator Farley offers the following tips:
* Prepare a disaster supply kit that would keep you and your family self-sufficient for three days, including: one gallon of water per person per day, stored in clean plastic containers; non-perishable food; first aid kit, including information on prescription medications and eyeglasses; battery-operated radio, flashlight and extra batteries; extra clothing; blankets or sleeping bags; and important papers such as identification, credit cards and cash.
This week is Constitution Week and State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) said the commemoration is being held to remind people of the uniqueness of our government and the importance of this document.
Senator Farley said on September 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution and sent copies to the state legislatures for ratification and to officially join the Union. On July 26, 1788, New York State became the 11th state to approve the U.S. Constitution.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C, I - 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."
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) saluted the Glove Theatre on August 19th with a NYS Citation honoring the theatre’s 100th anniversary. He enjoyed a tour of the theatre and also visited the Glove’s Museum. Glove Executive Director Richard Samrov (right) hosted Senator Farley and showed him both facilities, located on Main Street in Gloversville.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) visited the Gloversville Public Library on August 19th and view the window restoration project with Board President Christine Pesses (left) and Director Barbara Madonna (right). Senator Farley has a passion for libraries as he is the Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Libraries.
New legislation will require all homeowners receiving a Basic STAR exemption to register with the New York State Tax Department in order to receive STAR exemptions in 2014 and subsequent years. Registration will begin on August 19 and continue through December 31, 2013. For more information on this registration requirement, please click on the box below for a STAR fact sheet.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) visited Niskayuna Central School officials on July 30th to discuss school aid and other educational issues. Pictured, from left, are Superintendent Susan Kay Salvaggio, Senator Farley, Board of Education President Deborah Oriola, and Board of Education member Bob Winchester.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) is pleased to alert people to report two events being held this weekend in his district that highlight Adirondack activities and talent.
“Starting Friday, July 19th, the annual Northville Rotary Woodworking & Fine Arts Weekend will be held at the Town Park on Main Street,” Senator Farley said. “The festival starts with an artists’ reception on Friday and continues on Saturday and Sunday with music, vendors and more.”
Mohawk Valley state senators Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta), Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R/C/I-Rome), Senator Hugh T. Farley (R/C/I-Schenectady) and Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today announced a multi-prong strategy to assist local businesses and residents recover and rebuild from devastating June/July flooding.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announces the State Flood Helpine has been activated.
“I wanted to let you know that Governor Cuomo activated the NYS Flood Helpline to aid residents affected by widespread flooding across areas of New York State,” said Senator Farley, who represents portions of Herkimer, Saratoga and Schenectady Counties as well as all of Fulton and Hamilton counties.
The NYS Flood Helpline is (888) 769-7243. New Yorkers can call the helpline for assistance, including local information for the Red Cross and Salvation Army, health and safety tips, where to go to receive a tetanus shot, and what to do in case of an oil spill or power outage. Life threatening emergencies should be reserved for 911.
As a longtime library advocate and Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Libraries, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) is pleased to announce four libraries in his 49th Senatorial District were recently awarded public library construction funds that will allow them to improve their facilities.
“Libraries are a place of lifelong learning that are available to everyone,” Senator Farley said. “These funds will help improve the buildings that house vital information and allow organizations to keep up with the demands of their users – whether it is installing climate control systems so books do not deteriorate, improving entrances for people with disabilities, or upgrading wiring for Internet and computer needs.”
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced the New York State Senate recently gave final passage to legislation (S4777D) that would protect providers of services for the developmentally disabled from state funding cuts.
The legislation would appropriate up to $90 million, or as much as is needed, to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) to protect providers from funding reductions if recommended savings measures falls short of projections.
Senate Republicans strongly opposed the proposal in the Governor’s budget for $240 million in across-the-board funding cuts to OPWDD. The Senate’s budget resolution, passed in March, called for the full restoration of funding for OPWDD.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate recently approved the “Public Assistance Integrity Act” that would help cut down on the flagrant abuse of EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) cards by prohibiting welfare recipients from using cash assistance to purchase tobacco, alcoholic beverages, lottery tickets or to gamble.
EBT cards work like a debit card for welfare recipients. This card contains both Food Stamps and Cash Assistance. Food Stamps have strict regulations on what can be purchased, Cash Assistance does not. Cash Assistance is intended for items that can’t be purchased using food stamps, like soap, toothpaste, school supplies and toiletries.