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Senator Farley Announces Community Health Fair Slated for April 10th

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) will be hosting his annual health fair on Tuesday, April 10th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the lower level of the Riverfront Center, Amsterdam.

"Called the Community Wellness Day, this event has always been successful in delivering information on services that local agencies provide to the public," Senator Farley said.

The Family Room of Catholic Charities is co-hosting the event. The health fair is geared towards people of all ages and is set during the break week for local schools so families can participate. Those unable to attend can call Senator Farley’s office to obtain brochures and weblinks on health topics.

March 27, 2012
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Senator Farley Greets Students from Glencliff Elementary

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) met with fifth grade students from Glencliff Elementary School on March 20th as they toured the State Capitol with their teachers Mr. Cipriano, Mrs. Montrello and Ms. Cotrupi. Senator Farley spoke with the students about State government and how bills become State laws.

March 26, 2012
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Senator Farley Salutes Dorothy Nolan Elementary's Chorus

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) was proud to represent a Saratoga Springs City school as the concourse at the Empire State Plaza was filled with music from Dorothy Nolan Elemetnary School’s 4th and 5th Grade Chorus on March 21st as part of New York State School Music Association's Music in Our Schools Month celebration. According to the association, it "began as a single statewide celebration in 1973, and has grown over the decades to encompass a day, then a week, and then in 1985 to become a month long celebration of school music. The purpose is to raise awareness of the importance of music education for all children – and to remind citizens that school is where all children should have access to music."

March 26, 2012
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Senator Farley Meets with New Yorkers for Constitutional Freem

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting constituents at the annual New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedom Advocacy Day on March 20th in Albany. Senator Farley was a guest speaker to some 1,500 people from across the State, including those from Adirondack Baptist Church of Fulton County, Baptist Church of Northville, Perth Bible Church, First Baptist of Johnstown, First Baptist Church of Corinth, and First Presbyterian Church of Schenectady. Later, he met with Pastor Mark Appell and constituents in his office from Perth Bible Christian Academy.

March 26, 2012
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Senator Farley Salutes Miss Empire Rose

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting Katelynn Smith of Fulton County, the current 2012 Miss Empire Rose, on March 14th when she came to Albany as part of Mental Health Matters Legislative Advocacy Day. Smith’s platform is suicide prevention and she spoke to Senator Farley about this topic. Smith has a blog and wrote about her day at http://missempirerose12.blogspot.com/

March 16, 2012
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SENATOR FARLEY: SENATE, ASSEMBLY & GOVERNOR JOIN FORCES TO EXPAND DNA DATABANK

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) today announced that the State Senate has voted to approve legislation that will implement the largest expansion of the State’s DNA databank since it was first created in 1994.

The databank expansion, which has been agreed to by Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State Assembly, will help close thousands of unsolved cases, bring justice to crime victims, and help prevent dangerous criminals from committing additional crimes.

March 15, 2012
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Senator Farley Announces NYS Senate Approved Its 2012 Budget Proposal

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) recently announced the State Senate approved its new State Budget proposal for 2012.

"Last year, I worked together with Governor Andrew Cuomo to pass an on-time budget that closed a $10 billion gap, reduced spending and avoided any new taxes and fees. We also approved a property tax cap and enacted a major middle class income tax cut -- bringing rates to the lowest level in 58 years," Senator Farley said.

We accomplished a great deal in 2011, but we still have lots of work to do to keep New York State moving in the right direction, he said.

The Senate's fiscally responsible budget plan will:

· Keep spending growth under 2% -- even less than what the Governor proposed;

March 13, 2012
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Senator Farley Continues Annual Salute of Blue Friday

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) recognized and honored police officers in today's Senate Legislative Session as part of the commemoration of Blue Friday in New York State.

"The first year we started doing this was in 2005, and I worked with radio station WGNA in creating this official State day to salute fallen law enforcement officers, and to support the families of fallen officers," Senator Farley said.

March 7, 2012
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Senator Farley Salutes Saratoga County 4-H

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting 4-H youth from Saratoga County on March 6th as they participated in the 4-H Capital Days Legislative Breakfast in Albany. Representatives from the 4-H program, under the direction of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County, included Gavin Alger of Middle Grove and Emma Briceland of Ballston Spa.

March 6, 2012
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Senator Farley Salutes Schenectady County 4-H Youth

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting 4-H youth from Schenectady County on March 6th as they participated in the 4-H Capital Days Legislative Breakfast in Albany. Representatives from the 4-H program, under the direction of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schenectady County, included Chelsea Arndell of Delanson and Dan Hulseapple.

March 6, 2012
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Senator Farley Salutes 4-H Youth from Fulton and Montgomery Counties

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting 4-H youth from Fulton and Montgomery Counties on March 6th as they participated in the 4-H Capital Days Legislative Breakfast in Albany. Representatives from the 4-H program, under the direction of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Fulton and Montgomery Counties, included Jesse Cressy of Glen, Kaitlyn Duseler of St. Johnsville, Deborah Johnson of Pattersonville and Sabrine Krutz of Johnstown.

March 6, 2012
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Senator Farley Participates in Library Advocacy Week

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) spoke at the March 6th rally for New York State Libraries. This week is the New York State Library Association's Advocacy Week. As Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Libraries, Senator Farley conducted a Roundtable Discussion on March 5th discussing the need to support our local and public libraries. Also on March 5th, Senator Farley attended NYLA's dinner and was deeply honored to receive the organization's Ex Libris Award in recognition of his efforts on behalf of libraries. He will also be meeting with representatives from the Southern Adirondack Library System and the Mohawk Valley Library System on March 6th to discuss their legislative priorities.

March 6, 2012
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Senator Farley Encourages Parents To Read To Children As March 2nd Is Read Across America Day

As Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Libraries, Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) informs families that Friday, 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. "I always loved reading to my children and grandchildren. I read all the favorites and I never tire of it."

March 1, 2012
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Senator Farley and Assemblyman Tedisco join families, advocates to call for new law to terminate driving privileges forever for repeat drunk, dangerous drivers

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) and Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Schenectady-Saratoga) joined with advocates and families who lost loved ones to drunk and dangerous drivers to call for new legislation to help make our roads safer by permanently terminating the driver’s license privileges for serial drunk and dangerous drivers.

On Wednesday, Anthony Gallo, who had 10 suspensions on his driver’s license, was indicted for aggravated vehicular homicide among other charges for being under the influence of drugs and running a red light when he struck and killed 19-year-old Casssandra Boone in November 2011 as she walked across the street at the intersection of Erie Boulevard and State Street in Schenectady.

February 17, 2012
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Sen. Farley Reports NYS Senate Passes Legislation to Crack Down on Illegal Prescription Drug Abuse

With the abuse of illegally-obtained prescription narcotics growing rapidly, the New York State Senate has recently passed several bills to curb the black market in prescription pain killer.

This legislation includes calling for greater controls on Hydrocodone and Tramadol, highly addictive prescription pain medications, and increasing criminal penalties for physicians and pharmacists who illegally divert prescription drugs. It also calls for criminalizing the illegal sale of a controlled substance by a practitioner or pharmacist to address practitioners operating "mills," which fuel the black market for controlled substance medication, and it would also criminalize the first-degree illegal sale of a controlled substance to a minor under the age of 14.

February 14, 2012
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Senator Farley Salutes Presidents' Day

As Presidents' Day and local schools' February break approach, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) suggests families may want to visit the recently renovated Hall of Governors at the State Capitol in Albany to learn more about Presidential connections to New York State.

"Did you know that a number of Presidents have been closely associated with the history of New York State?" Senator Farley asked. "Martin Van Buren, Millard Fillmore, Chester Arthur, Grover Cleveland, Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt were all New Yorkers. Presidents Van Buren, Cleveland and both Roosevelts had each served as Governor of New York."

February 14, 2012
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Senator Farley Suggests Giving the Gift of Life As Part of a Valentine's Day Celebration

Valentine's Day is almost here and it is a day of giving.

The American Red Cross needs to collect 22,000 units of blood each weekday and around 15,000 units each weekend to meet patient needs. In fact, someone needs blood every two seconds, every day, 365 days a year.

For a list of upcoming blood drives, or for a donation facility near you, click below for the Red Cross website. Just type in your zip code on the right hand side and it will give you locations in your area: http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood

Your blood donation could potentially save someone’s life… and it’s a truly great way to show that you’ve got a big heart!

February 10, 2012
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Senator Farley Announces Community Health Fair Slated for April 10th

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) will be hosting his annual health fair on Tuesday, April 10th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the lower level of the Riverfront Center, Amsterdam.

"Called the Community Wellness Day, this event has always been successful in delivering information on services that local agencies provide to the public," Senator Farley said. "I’m currently in the planning stages for this year’s event and am looking for local non-profit and health organizations to participate."

The health fair is geared towards people of all ages and is set during the break week for local schools so families can participate. Those unable to attend can call Senator Farley’s office to obtain brochures and weblinks on health topics.

February 7, 2012
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SENATOR FARLEY REMINDS CONSTITUENTS OF FACEBOOK APP THAT TRACKS SEX OFFENDERS

The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) has both a regular website and a Facebook page where locations of local sex offenders can be obtained, said State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady).

The Sex Offender Locator application, which is accessible via the New York State Public Safety Facebook page, makes it easier for parents who want to quickly look up information regarding Level 2 and Level 3 Sex Offenders within their immediate area.

February 3, 2012
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SENATOR FARLEY VOTES TO APPROVE HISTORIC EXPANSION OF DNA DATABANK - – KEY MEASURE TO HELP SOLVE CRIMES, COMBAT SEXUAL PREDATORS

Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that the State Senate has approved legislation to implement the largest expansion of the State’s DNA databank since it was first created in 1994. The expansion would help law enforcement close thousands of unsolved cases, bring justice to crime victims, and help prevent dangerous criminals from committing additional crimes.

Senator Farley and his colleagues in the Senate Majority held a press conference on January 31st about this legislation. Schenectady County District Attorney, and former president of the New York Stat District Attorneys Association, Bob Carney was on hand for the presentation.

February 2, 2012
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