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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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Sending Children Back to School Safely in September

August is typically the time of year when families get children ready for school with new supplies and clothes. It is also a good time to get children ready with safety information, according to State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady).

Students should be reminded that, when boarding a bus, to stand outside the "danger zone" -- which is about 15 feet from the bus -- until it is fully stopped and the door is opened so they can board it. Children should never bend down near or under the bus where the driver cannot see them, Senator Farley said.

Senator Farley said bus safety reminders should also be given to motorists as well.

August 10, 2012
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August Is National Eye Exam Month

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) suggests to parents that an eye exam is a good thing to put on the back-to-school supply list.

"This is the time of year when parents start purchasing back-to-school supplies. Why not add an eye exam to the list so your child is fully prepared for school and will be able to see classroom boards and focus better on learning," Senator Farley said.

Senator Farley reported that August has been designated since 1995 as the month to focus on children's eye health and safety. This national observance educates parents and educators about the critical link between vision and learning.

July 25, 2012
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Senator Farley Reflects on New York's Role in the Birth of This Nation

As Americans celebrate Independence Day, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) reflects on the birth of this nation and New York State's role in the development of our nation.

Independence Day is the anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

"As one of the original 13 states, New York played a key role in helping construct the freedoms and rights we all appreciate as Americans," Senator Farley said.

July 2, 2012
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Discover Local Treasures and Learn About Our Rich Heritage This Summer

Dear Friend:

Our area has a rich heritage and I have highlighted some of the wonderful opportunities for tourism and recreation in Fulton, Montgomery, Saratoga and Schenectady counties. Filled with history, architectural treasures, geological wonders and natural beauty, this area offers many interesting attractions for both tourists and residents.

I'd like to share with you some of these special places, and I encourage you to discover -- or rediscover -- many of the resources in our own backyard. Along the way, be sure to stop in and support our many fine local restaurants, shops and other attractions.

The following list contains links to websites highlighting historical sites and museums. I do recommend calling ahead to confirm the hours of operation.

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June 22, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO CREATE NEW CRIME OF EXPLOITING THE ELDERLY AND VULNERABLE ADULTS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently responded to the need for increased protection against financial exploitation of elderly and vulnerable adults by passing legislation to make such actions a crime. The legislation (S6712) gives district attorneys and police the tools they need to prosecute instances of financial exploitation of vulnerable elderly or people with physical or mental disabilities.

June 21, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO HELP BREAST CANCER PATIENTS RECOVER FROM A PARTIAL MASTECTOMY

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 help some breast cancer patients by requiring insurance companies to cover reconstruction for partial mastectomies.

The bill (S3801A) adds partial mastectomies to the law that already covers reconstruction for full mastectomies. It would ensure that breast cancer patients who undergo the partial loss of a breast have reconstruction as an option covered by insurance.

June 21, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL BANNING OWNERSHIP OF ANIMAL FIGHTING PARAPHERNALIA

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently gave final legislative passage to a bill (S6774A) which bans people from owning, selling, or manufacturing animal fighting paraphernalia. The Senate took up the bill on New York State Animal Advocacy Day at the Capitol, where legislators and animal advocates network, share ideas, and lobby for stronger anti-cruelty laws.

This legislation would ban people from owning any equipment or products that promote animal fighting. This includes breaking sticks, cat mills, which are instruments that encourage biting of other animals, spring-poles, and fighting pits.

The bill will be sent to the Governor for consideration.

June 21, 2012
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SENATE GIVES FINAL PASSAGE TO BILL PROTECTING CONSUMERS FROM INTRUSIVE TELEMARKETERS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (r, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently gave final legislative passage to a bill that protects New Yorkers from intrusive or unwanted telemarketing practices. The bill (S7567A) regulates all telemarketers who do business in New York, wherever they may be located, and adds new consumer protections from unwelcome prerecorded calls, known as robocalls, from telemarketers.

June 21, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO IMPROVE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF DOGS AND CATS SOLD BY PET STORES

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently gave final legislative passage to a bill (S7268A), that will ensure improved health and safety of pets sold in stores. The Senate took up the bill on New York State Animal Advocacy Day at the Capitol, where legislators and animal advocates network, share ideas, and lobby for stronger anti-cruelty laws.

Dogs and cats that are sold by some pet stores receive inadequate exercise, veterinary care, and protection from the spread of disease.

This legislation will provide that any licensed pet dealer must:

June 21, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO REDUCE MERCURY IN LIGHT BULBS

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 prohibits the sale of light bulbs that contain high levels of mercury – a known hazardous chemical. The bill (S7004) would protect the environment and public health by reducing the amount of mercury that ends up in homes and the waste stream.

The Federal Government is working to move consumers away from incandescent light bulbs, which is a good way to save energy, but it can also present a new hazard in the waste stream if those bulbs are not limited in the amount of mercury they can contain. This legislation details the amount of mercury to be allowed in fluorescent lamps, and normal lifetime and long lifetime bulbs.

June 21, 2012
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