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NYS Legislators Led By Farley, Tedisco, Amedore, Lopez and Senate Agriculture Chair Ritchie Call for “Family Farmers and Apple Growers Relief Act"

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady), Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Schenectady-Saratoga), Assemblyman George Amedore (R,C,I-Rotterdam) and Assemblyman Pete Lopez (R,C,I-Schoharie) today joined with Senate Agriculture Chair Patty Ritchie (R,C-Oswegatchie) and farmers to announce new legislation, the “*Family Farmers and Apple Growers Relief Act*” to help apple growers and farmers who have lost a significant amount of their crops due to the extreme weather state area has experienced this year.

At the beginning of the 2012 growing season, New York farmers experienced widespread damage and loss to their crops as a result of an extremely rare and severe frost.

June 3, 2012
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Activities Celebrating the Outdoors Slated for This Weekend

Enjoy the great outdoors this weekend as the area celebrates National Trails Day and Schenectady hosts a free fishing clinic.

June 1, 2012
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Senator Farley Honors Outstanding Schenectady Bands at NYS Senate

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of introducing the band students from Schenectady High School and its John Sayles School of Fine Arts to his colleagues at the New York State Senate on May 30th as he sponsored a Senate Resolution honoring their achievements at a recent music festival in Williamsburg, Virginia.

"These students are truly amazing," Senator Farley said. "Their dedication and accomplishments should be admired. They are an inspiration to their fellow students and their community," Senator Farley said.

June 1, 2012
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Celebrate New York's Museums May 31st - June 6th

I had the pleasure of supporting a New York State Senate Resolution today that officially kicks off the 1st Annual New York State Museum Week, which starts today, May 31st, and runs through June 6th. This week is a great time to visit and support local museums and enjoy the unique attractions our areas provide, ranging from historical homes to living history museums and cultural attractions. About a dozen museums and historic sites in my district are officially partaking in this event. For information on the overall week and participating museums, visit http://www.iloveny.com/summer/themes/museum-week.aspx My district also includes numerous treasures like the Johnstown Historical Society Museum.

May 31, 2012
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Honor Soldiers on Memorial Day

Monday, May 28th, is the observed commemoration of Memorial Day. It is a day when it is appropriate and important that we pause in our busy lives to remember those who fought for our Country and died. Memorial Day originally began as a time for the families of Civil War soldiers to commemorate the heroic actions of their deceased family members. Over the years, it came to serve as a co...mmemoration to remember all the U.S. men and women killed or missing in action when serving their country.

May 27, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO KEEP VIOLENT REPEAT OFFENDERS IN PRISON

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed legislation torequire certain violent felons to serve their maximum prison term if there is evidence that their release would pose an imminent threat to society.

The bill (S.6020A) would help protect the public by keeping repeat offenders off the streets and limit “ behavior” and other rewards fromreducing the time spent in prison.

May 26, 2012
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO REQUIRE INMATES TO MAKE MEDICAL COPAYMENTS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed a bill (S.476) that would protect the taxpayers of New York State by requiring state and county correctional facility inmates to make copayments for health care visits.

May 25, 2012
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Farley, Tedisco, McLaughlin Join Families, Advocates and Stop DWI Coordinators to Take Drunk, Dangerous Drivers Off the Highways

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady), Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Schenectady-Saratoga) and Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C-Melrose) joined families, advocates and Stop DWI Coordinators in advance of the busy Memorial Day travel weekend, to urge safe driving this summer and call for tougher laws to get repeat drunk and dangerous drivers off the roads.

Tedisco, Farley and McLaughlin are calling for new legislation supported by Stop DWI Coordinators that would direct the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to implement regulations to permanently terminate driver’s license privileges for serial drunk and dangerous drivers.

May 24, 2012
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Senator Farley Receives Award for Years of Dedication to Libraries

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C, I - Schenectady) was honored to receive the 2012 Distinguished Service Award from the Library Trustees Association of New York State. He was presented with the award on May 16th when the association's president Mary Ellen O'Connor came to the Senate Chamber in Albany to honor Senator Farley.

May 24, 2012
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Senator Farley Receives Library Award

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C, I - Schenectady) was honored to receive the 2012 Distinguished Service Award from the Library Trustees Association of New York State. He was presented with the award on May 16th when the association’s president Mary Ellen O’Connor came to the Senate Chambers in Albany to honor Senator Farley in front of his colleagues.

May 24, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BRIDGE REFORM ACT

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed the Bridge and Road Investment and Dedicated Fund Guaranteed Enforcement Reform Act, also known as the BRIDGE Reform Act. The bill (S.1071) will ensure that the dedicated fund, originally enacted in 1991, will go towards rebuilding, replacing and reconditioning highways and bridges to improve the safety of drivers who travel them.

May 24, 2012
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Senator Farley Inducts Scotia Veteran into Senate Hall of Fame

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of inducting Master Sergeant Corine Lombardo of Scotia into the New York State Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame on May 22nd in Albany.

"Corine is an outstanding veteran, an amazing person and a true asset to her community," Senator Farley said. "Not only has she served our State and our Country, she continues to help her fellow servicemen and women by connecting them with information on benefits and programs that will help them return to civilian life."

The New York State Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame was created to honor and recognize outstanding veterans who have distinguished themselves both in military and civilian life.

May 23, 2012
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St. John the Evangelist School Students Meet Senator Farley

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting with students from St. John the Evangelist School, Schenectady, on May 15th when they came to Albany to tour the Capitol. The students are in Brian Cummings’s sixth grade class .

May 23, 2012
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Senator Farley Greets Students from St. John the Evanglist School

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting with students from St. John the Evangelist School, Schenectady, on May 15th when they came to Albany to tour the Capitol. The students are in Patricia Plate’s fifth grade class.

May 23, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO CRACK DOWN ON COLLEGE HAZING

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed legislation to prevent the tragic injuries and deaths that can occur due to hazing at colleges and universities. The bill (S.1937) would help cut down on hazing by strengthening a college or university's enforcement authority and increasing awareness of the consequences of hazing, underage drinking, and illegal drug use.

In spite of good faith efforts on the part of institutions of higher education to implement policies and procedures to combat hazing, problems continue and show no signs of decreasing.

May 22, 2012
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO HELP DISABLED VETERANS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed legislation (S.2423) that would give greater access to state contracts to veterans who were disabled during their service.

This bill would codify for New York an identical and highly successful program adopted for federal contracting. Given the increase in the number of veterans and disabled veterans due to recent overseas conflicts, this bill would provide a small measure of recognition that this group of selfless men and women deserve.

May 21, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO PROTECT TEENS FROM SEXUAL PREDATORS AT SCHOOLS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed legislation that would make it a crime for school employees to engage in sexual activity with students, including those who are older than New York’s legal age of consent. The bill (S.6714) addresses inappropriate student-school employee relationships by criminalizing sexual conduct between school employees and full-time students of elementary and secondary schools.

May 18, 2012
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION WHICH MAKES VIEWING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY A FELONY

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed legislation (S.7407) that would make the viewing of child pornography a felony crime. The bill amends current state law to say that a person is guilty of a crime when the person knowingly accesses child pornography with the intent to view.

The legislation comes after a state Court of Appeals ruling earlier this month that said viewing child pornography on the Internet is not a crime. This legislation closes that loophole.

The bill has been sent to the Assembly.

May 18, 2012
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SENATE RENEWS CALL FOR MEASURES TO FIGHT AUTO INSURANCE FRAUD

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently joined law enforcement, insurance advocates, and victims to press for the Assembly's passage of three auto insurance fraud prevention bills before the end of the Legislative Session.

The package of legislation passed by the Senate would cut down on auto insurance scams by increasing penalties for those who commit or assist in the fraud and gives more flexibility to insurance companies to prevent such criminals from getting policies and committing auto fraud, Senator Farley reported.

May 10, 2012
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