It was my pleasure to be a part of the ribbon cutting for the Capitol renovations and improvements on January 4th. The renovations and new displays are very impressive. I suggest if you are planning a trip to Albany or a tour of the Capitol, you should include these displays on your itinerary. Click here for more information and a virtual tour of the new exhibits: http://hallofgovernors.ny.gov/
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced the Riverfront Center in Amsterdam and City Center in Saratoga Springs will be two locations for "New York Remembers" exhibitions that will be held as part of the 9-11 commemoration. Thirty locations throughout the state will be open to the public starting the week of August 29th and continuing throughout September.
"We will never forget how the tragedy of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11th changed our lives. These exhibits will help us to remember that day and those loved ones we lost, and to reflect on the heroic service of volunteers and emergency service personnel. I encourage my constituents to take the time to visit these exhibits," Senator Farley said.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) is pleased to announce Governor Cuomo signed legislation into law on August 4th that updates and improves the process for reviewing and siting electric generating facilities in New York State.
"This new law should help ensure that we have a reliable and adequate supply of electricity, which is generated by cleaner and more efficient facilities," said Senator Farley. "This is especially important to help promote economic development and jobs within the State."
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) enjoys music at the Fulton County Office for the Aging picnic with Maureen Phillips, member of the Perth Senior Center, and Assemblyman Marc Bulter. The picnic was held on Aug. 4th in Gloversville and over 400 seniors attended the day affair.
With summer here, many people have been enjoying outdoor activities. State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) wants to remind bicyclists of the importance of bike safety.
"I've seen many people enjoying the local trails such as Fulton County's FJ&G Bike-Hike Trail, Schenectady County's Mohawk-Hudson Bike Hike Trail and the Town of Ballston's Veterans' Memorial Bike Path," Senator Farley said. "Whether you want to explore trails in one of our region's parks or ride in your own neighborhood, safety is something to always consider."
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) and Assemblyman Marc Butler (left) participated in the 60th anniversary festivities for the Caroga Lake Volunteer Fire Company on July 23rd. The Senator presented the firemen with a New York State Senate Citation at an open house at the fire station.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) recently co-sponsored legislation that would help protect children from cruel and repeated abuse.
"In response to the murder cases of Caylee Anthony and 8-year-old Brooklyn resident Leiby Kletzky, I have received over a thousand emails from constituents asking for laws that ensure that children are protected and perpetrators are punished," Senator Farley said.
The bill that Senator Farley co-sponsored in the New York State Senate, also called "Protect Our Children Act" (S.5862), would create the new crime of aggravated murder of a child with a sentence of life without parole.
With the hot weather here, many boaters are taking to our local waterways. State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) reminds boaters to be safe and to remember the laws that govern traveling on the water.
"Each year, over 1 million boaters take to our State's bodies of water. Boating, sailing and water skiing can be enjoyable family activities if boats are used safely and responsibly," Senator Farley said.
As the United States of America commemorates the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) says a new exhibit at the State Capitol focuses on the New York flags that were flown during the Civil War.
Located on the second floor of the Capitol in Albany, there are eight flags on display, Senator Farley said. Called "1861: Banners for Glory," the flags will be on display through June 2012. The flags have undergone restorations by staff from the New York State Military Museum. "Viewing these flags helps bring history to life," Senator Farley said. "This display is not only for Civil War enthusiasts but also a great educational opportunity for those visiting the Capitol as part of a family outing."
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed property tax relief legislation that enacts a cap on the growth of local property taxes.
The bill (S.5856) will cap school and local government taxes to less than two percent or the Consumer Price Index (CPI), whichever is lower. Mandate relief is also included, with $127 million in savings to local governments, in addition to the creation of a Mandate Relief Council to identify and repeal unsound, unduly burdensome laws and regulations.
This tax levy cap would shift the focus from total spending to the actual property taxes levied to support school district and local government expenses. The bill includes the following provisions:
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) had the opportunity to met New York State and Glens Falls native Jimmer Fredette recently at the New York State Capitol. Yesterday, Fredette went through the NBA draft and will play for the Sacramento Kings.
Albany, NY---The New York State Library, teaming up with the more than 1,100 public libraries and neighborhood branches statewide, today announced the kick-off of "Summer Reading at New York Libraries," the 2011 New York State summer reading programs. Through these programs, young people will have the opportunity to access the vast resources of New York’s public libraries to support their summer reading challenge and to gain recognition for what they achieve. ensure year-long learning success and cultivate a love of reading," King said.
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 allow private air ambulance services to offer membership subscriptions to private air ambulance services. This proposal would help ensure the continuation of air ambulance services in rural areas of New York State.
The low call volume and the expense of running a full-time air ambulance service, has made it difficult to attract companies to New York's rural regions. Allowing air ambulance companies to solicit membership subscriptions would mediate the high cost of doing business in New York.
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.
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.