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BILL WOULD ALLOW LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO 'PIGGY-BACK' ON PROCUREMENT CONTRACTS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate approved legislation (S.5525B) on June 20th that would allow local governments to cooperatively purchase, or piggy-back, on contracts already approved for other government agencies, including those of other states or the federal government.

The same terms and conditions of a contract already awarded would apply and there is a provision in the legislation to ensure that competitive bidding standards consistent with state law must have been used.

June 21, 2011
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Bill Would Help Reduce the Potential for Fatalities From Drug Overdoses

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate gave final legislative passage on June 20th to a bill that would help reduce the potential for fatalities caused by drug overdoses. The bill (S.4454B) is known as a "Samaritan" measure because it limits the use of evidence of illicit activity when an individual seeks treatment for someone experiencing an accidental drug overdose.

June 21, 2011
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO ESTABLISH FIXED SCHOOL TAX RATE FOR SENIORS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed legislation on June 20th that would establish a fixed real property school tax rate for seniors who are eligible for the enhanced STAR exemption, providing much needed tax relief to hundreds of thousands of seniors throughout New York State.

Under the bill (S.2998), homeowners aged 70 or older and meet the eligibility requirements for the enhanced STAR exemption would be eligible to apply annually for the fixed real property school tax rate at local option. The state would reimburse school districts for lost revenue caused by freezing the tax rates for seniors.

The bill was sent to the Assembly.

June 21, 2011
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SENATE APPROVES BILL TO STRENGTHEN PROVISION OF MEDICAID LAW

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the State Senate approved legislation (S.3184) on June 20th to ensure appropriate due process protections for providers and recipients of Medicaid who come under the scrutiny of the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG).

The legislation adds to the law which created the OMIG in 2007, to assure fairness and procedural clarity when audits are conducted.

June 21, 2011
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SENATE PASSES "STREETS" LEGISLATION

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed on June 20th the "Streets" legislation which would help make roadways safer for all who use them. The bill (S.5411A) requires state, county, and local transportation agencies to consider roadway design features that increase the safety of pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists.

June 21, 2011
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SENATE GIVES FINAL LEGISLATIVE APPROVAL TO BILLS LIMITING MILITARY FUNERAL PROTESTS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate gave final legislative approval on June 16th to two measures that offer additional buffers and restrictions for protests or demonstrations seeking to disrupt military funerals, burials or memorial services. The bills balance the constitutional right of free speech with the ability of families to respectfully mourn the individuals who gave their lives in service to our country.

June 17, 2011
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION PROHIBITING HARMFUL LEVELS OF TOXICS IN CHILDREN'S JEWELRY

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed a measure June 16th that would prohibit the sale of children’s jewelry which may contain harmful levels of cadmium and other hazardous substances. The bill (S.4055A) protects children from accidentally ingesting cadmium, often used in inexpensive charm bracelets, pendants and other jewelry.

Cadmium is a known carcinogen, which can hinder brain development in children and cause kidney, lung and intestinal damage. A 2009 report by the Associated Press found that Chinese manufacturers have been substituting cadmium for lead to make inexpensive jewelry which is then being sold by retailers in New York and other states.

June 17, 2011
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION ALLOWING TOWNS TO SET SPEED LIMITS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed legislation June to allow towns throughout New York State to establish their own speed limits.

Currently, towns are required to seek permission from the New York State Department of Transportation to change a speed limit, a sometimes long and arduous process. However, villages, towns with populations greater than 50,000 residents, suburban class towns and all cities are not required to seek the same approval.

June 17, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BILL IMPOSING JAIL TIME ON MULTIPLE DWI OFFENDERS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed a measure on June 16th that would impose mandatory jail time for individuals who chose to drive again under the influence of drugs or alcohol after having been previously convicted of such a crime. The bill (S.2597) is intended to increase the penalties for multiple DWI offenders.

Under the measure:

* Drunk drivers convicted of two DWI crimes within ten years would be guilty of a Class E felony, face up to four years in jail and/or a fine between $1,000-$5,000, and receive a mandatory minimum jail sentence of 30 days.

June 17, 2011
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SENATE GIVES FINAL PASSAGE OF "GOLD ALERT"

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate gave final passage on June 16th of legislation that expands an existing alert system to help locate missing vulnerable adults. The "Gold Alert" bill (S.3293B) creates a system to help authorities get proper notifications, coordinate resources, and investigate incidents where individuals, such as those with illnesses or disabilities, go missing.

June 17, 2011
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SENATE GIVES APPROVAL TO BILL THAT PROTECTS NEW YORK'S WATER RESOURCES

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (r, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed a bill on June 16th protecting New York’s environmental and economic future by improving management of water supplies and preventing over-consumption by large-scale users. The bill (S.3798) ensures that water supplies will be protected to meet the needs of New York’s residents, industry, agriculture and environment now and into the future.

June 17, 2011
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SENATE PASSES EXPANSION OF DNA DATABANK

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed a bill (S.5560) on June 16th that significantly expands the ability of law enforcement to solve crimes by requiring those convicted of all felonies and misdemeanors to submit DNA samples.

The bill would greatly enhance the DNA database to protect communities by keeping more criminals off the streets, while also reducing the financial costs and victims’ emotional strain by solving more crimes in an expeditious manner.

June 17, 2011
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SENATE PASSES RENEE'S LAW

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed "Renee’s Law" on June 15th, which would help protect staff of the state’s youth residential programs and ensure appropriate placement of youth based on their criminal history. The bill (S.5565) was prompted by the brutal 2009 murder of Renee Greco committed by youth in her care. Renee Greco was only 24-years-old when she was bludgeoned to death while supervising troubled teenagers at a group home in Lockport, Niagara County.

June 17, 2011
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Jefferson Elementary Students Visit Senator Farley

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) met with students from Jeffereson Elementary School, Schenectady, New York, and discussed the history of the Capitol building when they came to Albany on June 14th for a tour. Students in Susan DiCaprio, Mrs. Murphy, Kathy Cathell and Amy Glick’s classes on the tour included Marissa Angerami, Oliva Bourst, Jordan Bush, Caitlin Buzas, Gabriel Comenzo, Cole Cookingham, Arianna Coones, Eli Donofrio, Madison Dunham, Mike Farina, Josh Feulner, Sydnie Ford, Wade Funk, Jenna Giombetti, Chloe Kaiser, Tess Leiby, Ben Masick, Emily Pahl, Amanda Peno, L.J. Randle, Mia Rockenstyre, A.J.

June 16, 2011
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Senator Farley Meets Hillside

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting fourth grade students from Hillside Elementary School, Niskayuna School District, on June 7th when they came to Albany for a field trip and tour of the Capitol. Senator Farley spoke with students from Carol Herrington, Christopher Lasher and Danielle Druzynski’s classes and discussed New York State government and how a State bill becomes law. Assemblyman James Tedisco also greeted the children. Senator Farley greets Danielle Druzynski’s class.

June 16, 2011
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Senator Farley Greets Hillside

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting fourth grade students from Hillside Elementary School, Niskayuna School District, on June 7th when they came to Albany for a field trip and tour of the Capitol. Senator Farley spoke with students from Carol Herrington, Christopher Lasher and Danielle Druzynski’s classes and discussed New York State government and how a State bill becomes law. Assemblyman James Tedisco also greeted the children. Senator Farley talks with Christopher Lasher’s class.

June 16, 2011
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Senator Farley Salutes Hillside Elementary

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting fourth grade students from Hillside Elementary School, Niskayuna School District, on June 7th when they came to Albany for a field trip and tour of the Capitol. Senator Farley spoke with students from Carol Herrington, Christopher Lasher and Danielle Druzynski’s classes and discussed New York State government and how a State bill becomes law. Assemblyman James Tedisco also greeted the children. Senator Farley chats with Carol Herrington’s class.

June 16, 2011
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Senator Farley Names Schenectady Veterans Advocate to State Hall of Fame

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) is pleased to announce James A. Wilson of Schenectady was inducted into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame on Flag Day, June 14th, in Albany.

 “I had the pleasure of nominating Jim, a person who has dedicated himself to assisting fellow veterans time and time again through multiple causes and organizations,” Senator Farley said. “I appreciate Mr. Wilson for keeping our country safe and free during his military career. I also truly respect him for his community service and dedication to our fellow citizens.”

 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.

June 15, 2011
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Senator Farley Salutes Military Personnel on Flag Day

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of thanking Cori Lombardo of Scotia for her service to our Country on Flag Day, June 14th, in Albany. Lombardo, of Scotia, is a Master Sergeant in the New York National Guard.

June 15, 2011
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