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Senator Farley Promotes New York State History Month

Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) is offering a fun and educational quiz in honor of New York State History Month, a time to celebrate the history of New York State and recognize the contributions of State and local historians.

"November is a great time to reflect on our State’s unique history. New York has played a pivotal role in our nation’s history since its earliest days as a Dutch and British colony. Our State was the scene of many battles fought in the American Revolution, including the crucial victory at Saratoga," Senator Farley said.

Since 1997, November has been officially designated as New York State History Month.

November 1, 2011
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Visiting With Senator Farley

Senator Farley speaks with Anna Kate Richardson and her uncle Adam Richardson about New York State government when Anna Kate’s Birchwood Elementary School class visited Albany on Oct. 19th.

October 21, 2011
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Birchwood Elementary Students Chat With Senator Farley

Students from Birchwood Elementary School in Niskayuna toured the Capitol on Oct. 19th and spoke with State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I) - Schenectady. He discussed the history of the buildings, how the Senate works, and what his role as a Senator is like on a daily basis. Pictured with Senator Farley are students from Mrs. Albanese’s fourth grade class. Students on the trip included Sydney Anderson, Evan Belkin, Jackson Bishop, Lucas Blowers, Brian Bowman, Estella Chan, Francesco D’Amato-Neff, Sarah Decker, Ansley Deronceray, Johanna DiCerbo, Ireland Farrell, Olivia Franjieh, Luke Grice, Adriel Jones, Payton Kufta, Sophia Macchi, John Mendrysa, Lucas Michalisin, Jaden Pigliavento, Christine St. Jeanos, Dylan Stella, Phebe Zeiser, Jessica Zhang.

October 21, 2011
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Senator Farley Discusses NYS Government With Local Students

Pictured with Senator Farley are students from Mrs. Johnston’s fourth grade class. Students on the trip included Layla Abdoun, Benjamin Asmara, David Belkin, Demetra Bobarakis, Madeleine Castle, William Codd, Olivia Cooper, Hussein Elfayoumy, Risa Fromowitz, Bradley Herrgesell, Patrick Hill, Paige Kuzniar, Jacqueline Lasek, Ethan McCarthy, Oscar Mirkovic, Anjalee Modasra, Matthew O’Brien, Leslie Perlee, Michael Plekan, Mihir Randive, Anna Kate Richardson, Rachel Seemann, Samson Zhang.

October 21, 2011
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Senator Farley Salutes Birchwood Elementary

Students from Birchwood Elementary School in Niskayuna toured the Capitol on Oct. 19th and spoke with State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I) - Schenectady. He discussed the history of the buildings, how the Senate works, and what his role as a Senator is like on a daily basis. Pictured with Senator Farley are students from Mrs. Luyckx’s fourth grade class. Students on the trip included Abigail Apkarian, Justin Batemen, Evan Belkin, Kayla Burns, Josephine Canestrari, Alyse Cerone, Andrew D’Allaird, Jacob Ethier, Zoey Ferrara, Wyatt Hale, Putnam Kerr, Alexandra Macchi, Cole McLaughlin, Sakhi Naik, Madison O’Brien, Kayla Oppe, Justina Pardi, Sebastian Stone, Yvonne Tang, Max Tao, Alexis VanPatten, Ian Vernooy, Nick Viggiani, Benjamin Yao.

October 21, 2011
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Senator Farley Promotes Fire Safety and Emergency Preparedness Information at Tribes Hill

Many people came out to the annual Fire Safety Night held by Senator Farley and the Tribes Hill Fire Department. GAVAC showed off their ambulance and gear and the Hagaman Fire Department gave tours of their fire safety house. Tribes Hill firemen gave a demonstration on extracting people from a vehicle in the parking lot while 10 vendors were inside the firehouse giving away information on a variety of safety and health topics. Montgomery County Emergency Management was also on hand and presented a slide show of the recent disasters and rescues that occurred.

Pictured with Senator Hugh T. Farley are John Laurent from the NYS Comptroller’s Unclaimed Fund Unit (left) and Montgomery County Emergency Management Director Dwight Schwabrow (right).

October 20, 2011
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Fire Safety Night in Tribes Hill a Success

Many people came out to the annual Fire Safety Night held by Senator Farley and the Tribes Hill Fire Department. GAVAC showed off their ambulance and gear and the Hagaman Fire Department gave tours of their fire safety house. Tribes Hill firemen gave a demonstration on extracting people from a vehicle in the parking lot while 10 vendors were inside the firehouse giving away information on a variety of safety and health topics. Montgomery County Emergency Management was also on hand and presented a slide show of the recent disasters and rescues that occurred.

October 20, 2011
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Sen. Farley Visits Historic Site Showcasing Modern Technology

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) toured the new George E. Franchere Education Center at the Mabee Farm, Rotterdam Junction, on Oct. 7th. The 13,000 square-foot building is "green," meaning it is energy efficient with 100 solar panels and is environmentally friendly. The cost of the project was some $2 million and Senator Farley was able to obtain two grants totaling $100,000 for it. For more information on the George E. Franchere Education Center and the historic Mabee Farm, visit website http://www.schist.org/mabee.htm

October 11, 2011
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Sen. Farley and Tribes Hill Fire Dept. to Host Annual Fire Safety Night on Oct. 19th

With October being National Fire Safety Month and residents preparing homes for the winter months, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) and the Tribes Hill Volunteer Fire Department will co-host their annual Fire Safety Night on Wednesday, October 19th, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the fire department located on Mohawk Drive, just off Route 5, Tribes Hill. All interested persons are welcome to attend.

"Protecting our loved ones is the responsibility of every parent, neighbor and citizen," Senator Farley said. "That's why it is important to stay informed on fire safety and to take steps to protect yourself and your families."

October 6, 2011
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Senator Farley Cosponsors Medicaid Takeover Bill

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced today that he has signed on as a cosponsor to legislation that would phase-out the burden of Medicaid costs on real property taxpayers.

Bill S.5889-B would provide for an immediate freeze of local contributions to the cost of Medicaid. It would then phase-out the local contribution over an 8-year period.

"Real relief is needed for struggling families and businesses. This phase-out is a reasonable and realistic way for the State to fully fund the Medicaid program. It will remove the cost of the program from the local real property tax," Senator Farley said.

October 4, 2011
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Senator Farley Offers Safety Tips as Part of Fire Prevention Month

October is National Fire Prevention Month and as part of that commemoration, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) offers safety tips.

"Protecting our loved ones is the responsibility of every parent, neighbor and citizen," Senator Farley said. "That's why it is important to stay informed on fire safety and to take steps to protect yourself and your families."

Senator Farley said it is important that everyone in your family knows to call 911 to report a fire or other emergency. Have your children practice what they would say on the phone in case of a real emergency.

Senator Farley also encourages people to practice fire drills at least twice a year. The Senator suggests holding family drills at night with all the lights out and doors closed.

October 3, 2011
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NEWEST FLOOD RECOVERY INFORMATION

It is amazing and wonderful to see the donations and help coming from area communities for the victims of Irene and Lee. It has been almost a month since the first of many natural disasters occurred in our area and still, people continue to help. A trailer full of food, water, cleaning supplies, personal items, etc., continues to be at Scott Hall at the Fonda fairgrounds. Area Presbyterian Church youth were supposed to be on a canoe retreat last weekend but switched gears and made the event a mission trip to Schoharie to help clean up buildings. A benefit dinner to help victims in Rotterdam Junction will be held on Oct. 2nd at Carm’s Restaurant, 140 Freemans Bridge Road, Scotia.

September 27, 2011
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Senator Farley Salutes Glendaal's Grant Award to Get Kids Moving

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) is happy to relay the news that Glendaal Elementary School in Scotia was only one of 50 nationwide recipients to received $2,500 grant to help students be fit and active.

The funding comes from the ING Run for Something Better School Awards program, presented by ING and National Association for Sport and Physical Education.

Glendaal will use the grant to execute an 8-week running program that will conclude with a physical event that celebrates student participation and achievements.

September 27, 2011
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Sen. Farley and Tribes Hill Fire Dept. to Host Annual Fire Safety Night on Oct. 19th; Seek Vendors

With October being National Fire Safety Month and residents preparing homes for the winter months, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) and the Tribes Hill Volunteer Fire Department will co-host their annual Fire Safety Night on Wednesday, October 19th, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the fire department located on Mohawk Drive, Tribes Hill. All interested persons are welcome to attend.

"Protecting our loved ones is the responsibility of every parent, neighbor and citizen," Senator Farley said. "That's why it is important to stay informed on fire safety and to take steps to protect yourself and your families."

September 26, 2011
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FLOOD RECOVERY INFORMATION UPDATE

The State continues to focus on victims of Irene and Lee and now disaster food stamp benefits are available to those in Montgomery and Schenectady counties. Called the Disaster Food Stamp Benefits Program, this temporary help will aid those who were displaced from their homes and have become unemployed because of the storms. To learn more about the program and to apply, call (800) 342-3009 or contact your local Department of Social Services.

September 24, 2011
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Senator Farley Introduces New Bill to Help Flood Victims With Assessments

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) is co-sponsoring a bill that would establish the Flood Assessment Relief Act of 2011 for those areas that were declared a State disaster emergency area by Governor Cuomo during the time period of August 26th to September 11th. If this legislation becomes law, it would give local taxing authorities the option to assign a new taxable value to properties damaged 50 percent or more by Irene or Lee for the 2011 - 2012 tax cycle.

September 23, 2011
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ADDITIONAL FLOOD RECOVERY INFORMATION

The Schenectady County Bar Association emailed me this week asking me to relay to flood victims the announcement of a free clinic on Friday, Sept. 23rd, from 4 to 7 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 24th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Rotterdam Square Mall. Please note, this is strictly for those who have legal needs resulting from the recent natural disasters. A similar program is being conducted in Greene County by the New York State Trial Lawyers and this association said it is setting up dates to provide legal assistance to victims of Irene in Montgomery County. As soon as the dates are set, I will post the information.

September 22, 2011
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LATEST FLOOD RECOVERY INFORMATION

The New York State Library reached out to me this week stating FEMA will be holding special meetings for public libraries and other not-for-profit organizations who suffered from Hurricane Irene. In Schenectady County, the meeting will be held on Sept. 27th at 1 p.m. at South Schenectady Fire Department, 6 Old Mariaville Road, Rotterdam. In Montgomery County, the briefing will be held on Sept. 28th at 1 p.m. at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Fonda. My office is reaching out to the Walter Elwood Museum and Old Fort Johnson about these meetings so those groups can see if they are eligible for FEMA assistance. Libraries affected by the flooding should also reach out to the Division of Library Development at www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev

September 21, 2011
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TEDISCO, FARLEY INTRODUCE NEW BILL TO HELP FLOOD VICTIMS REBUILD HOMES, BUSINESSES

 State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) and Assemblyman Jim Tedisco are introducing new legislation that would eliminate state sales tax on essentials for victims of Tropical Storms Irene and Lee.

The sales tax credits are for moving expenses (renting a truck, placing belongings in storage) and for replacing sump pumps, furnaces, refrigerators, washers, dryers, dehumidifiers, boilers, furniture, construction materials and clothing. Governor Cuomo recently announced that NYSERDA will be offering rebates for replacement of some household appliances.

September 20, 2011
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