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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 Sunday, 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). Many schools and libraries will be holding events throughout the week.

"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."

February 28, 2014
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Senator Farley Discusses Legislative Issues with Occupational Therapy Students

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) met with occupational therapy students from Maria College and the University at Buffalo, who also reside in the 49th Senatorial District, on Feb. 26th in Albany. They discussed a variety of issues concerning health and education during the New York State Occupational Therapy Association Lobby Day.

February 27, 2014
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Senator Farley Participates in Library Advocacy Day

Library Advocacy Day was Feb. 26th in Albany and as the Chair of the Senate Select Committees on Libraries, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) met with representatives from around the State, including members of the Central New York Library Association and the Mid York Library System, to discuss legislative initiatives and the concerns librarians have with the proposed Executive Budget for 2014-2015.

February 27, 2014
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Senator Farley Meets with Librarians for Library Advocacy Day

Wednesday, Feb. 26th, was Library Advocacy Day in Albany and as the Chair of the Senate Select Committees on Libraries, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) met with representatives from around the State to discuss legislative initiatives and the concerns librarians have with the proposed Executive Budget for 2014-2015. Many representatives opposed Governor Cuomo’s cut in Library Aid. Last year, Senator Farley led the charge to successfully restore a $4 million increase in library aid. Unfortunately, the Governor left this funding out of his Executive Budget, resulting in another cut in aid for libraries.

February 27, 2014
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Senator Farley Suggests Healthy Heart Tips for Valentine's Day

As people wish each other a Happy Valentine’s Day, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) notes that it is also a good time to focus on your heart’s health. February is designated as American Heart Month.

“February is the month for Valentines and paper hearts, which is a good reminder to focus on the health of your real heart,” Senator Farley said, “Cardiovascular disease is something that everyone needs to be concerned about. Cardiovascular disease includes high blood pressure, coronary heart disease; congestive heart failure and stroke.”

February 14, 2014
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Senator Farley Notes Feb. 14th Kicks Off National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans Week

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February 14, 2014
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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 12, 2014
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TWO JOINT LEGISLATIVE BUDGET HEARINGS SLATED FOR TUESDAY, FEB. 11TH

The 12th and 13th Joint Legislative Hearings, in a series of 13 hearings, will be held on Tuesday, February 11th.

During the Hearing on Mental Hygiene, which is part of the legislative process to review the 2014-2015 Executive Budget, officials of state mental hygiene agencies and representatives of mental health advocacy organizations will have an opportunity to address the Senate and Assembly fiscal committees. This hearing will be held at 9:30 a.m.

During the Hearing on Workforce Development, which will be held at 1 p.m., state workforce development officials and representatives of public employee advocacy organizations will have an opportunity to address the Senate and Assembly fiscal committees.

February 10, 2014
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Economic Development Joint Legislative Budget Hearing Slated for Feb. 10th

The 11th Joint Legislative Hearing in a series of 13 hearings will be held on Monday, February 10th.

During the Economic Development Hearing, which is part of the legislative process to review the 2014-2015 Executive Budget, testimony will be taken by the Senate and Assembly fiscal committees from Empire State Development and representatives of economic development advocacy organizations.

These joint legislative hearings will continue through Tuesday, February 11th, and are available for live viewing on the Senate and Assembly websites, but will be preempted when the houses are in Session. At the conclusion of the legislative deliberations, live televised coverage of the hearings will resume.

February 7, 2014
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Senator Farley Notes February Is Black History Month

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced the New York State Senate recently passed a resolution commemorating February as Black History Month, a time of observance and remembrance of the role African American People played in shaping our Nation and its history.

February 7, 2014
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Wear Red and Join the Fight Against Heart Disease in Women

For more than a decade, millions of women have united to raise their voices about heart disease as part of the Go Red For Women movement. These efforts have helped saved lives and improve the health of thousands of women across the country.

While we've made remarkable progress, heart disease is still the No. 1 killer of women — killing more women than all forms of cancer combined.

National Wear Red Day — the first Friday each February — is a special day to bring attention to this silent killer of women.

On behalf of the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women Campaign, please join me in celebrating National Wear Red Day on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 to help fight women’s No. 1 killer — heart disease.

February 6, 2014
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High Education Joint Legislative Budget Hearing Slated for Feb. 6th

The ninth Joint Legislative Hearing, in a series of 13 hearings, will be held on Thursday, February 6th.

During the Higher Education Hearing, which is part of the legislative process to review the 2014-2015 Executive Budget, higher education officials and representatives of higher education advocacy organizations will have an opportunity to address the Senate and Assembly fiscal committees.

These joint legislative hearings will continue through Tuesday, February 11th, and are available for live viewing on the Senate and Assembly websites, but will be preempted when the houses are in Session.

February 5, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Prevent Welfare Cards from Buying Tobacco, Alcohol and Being Used at Liquor Stores, Casinos and Strip Clubs

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) reports the Senate today passed the “Public Assistance Integrity Act" which would prohibit welfare benefits from being used to purchase alcohol and tobacco, or to be used at liquor stores, casinos and strip clubs in New York.

Parts of the Public Assistance Integrity Act were also added to Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget Proposal. The provisions added would make it illegal to use EBT Cards at liquor stores, strip clubs and casinos.

February 4, 2014
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JOINT LEGISLATIVE BUDGET HEARINGS CONTINUE ON TUESDAY, FEB. 4TH

The sixth Joint Legislative Budget Hearing, in a series of 13 hearings, will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, February 4th, at 9:30 a.m.

During the Housing Hearing, which is part of the legislative process to review the 2014-2015 Executive Budget, housing officials and representatives of affordable housing advocacy organizations will have an opportunity to address the Senate and Assembly fiscal committees.

The seventh Joint Legislative Budget Hearing -- the Human Services Hearing -- is part of the legislative process to review the 2014-2015 Executive Budget. It will be held at 1 p.m. and human service agency officials and representatives of human service advocacy organizations will have an opportunity to address the Senate and Assembly fiscal committees.

February 3, 2014
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JOINT LEGISLATIVE BUDGET SCHEDULE

An agreement between the New York State Senate and the Assembly on a joint Legislative State budget schedule has been made. The deadlines that are set will lead to the adoption of a fourth consecutive early state budget.

The agreed-to legislative budget schedule for 2014 is as follows:

On or before

 * February 25th -- Senate/Assembly Fiscal Committee Economic & Revenue Reports Released

 * February 26th -- Joint Revenue Forecasting Conference

 * March 1st -- Revenue Consensus Report

 * March 12th -- Senate & Assembly budget actions

 * March 12th -- Joint Senate/Assembly budget conference committees commence

 * March 19th -- Final Report of Joint Conference Committee

February 3, 2014
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Health-Medicaid Joint Legislative Budget Hearing Slated for Feb. 3rd

The fifth Joint Legislative Hearing, in a series of 13 hearings, will be held today, Monday, February 3rd.

During the Health-Medicaid hearing, which is part of the legislative process to review the 2014-2015 Executive Budget, health agency officials and representatives of health advocacy organizations will have an opportunity to address the Senate and Assembly fiscal committees.

These joint legislative hearings will continue through Tuesday, February 11th, and are available for live viewing on the Senate and Assembly websites, but will be preempted when the houses are in session. At the conclusion of the legislative deliberations, live televised coverage of the hearings will resume.

 

February 3, 2014
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FARLEY, FAHY INTRODUCE LEGISLATION THAT ALLOWS FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE IN PLACE OF SUSPENSION IN SCHOOLS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) joins Assemblymember Patricia A. Fahy (D-Albany) in introducing legislation that will allow for community service to be made an option to be in place of or in conjunction with suspension of students in public schools.

“I am pleased to join with Assemblywoman Fahy in sponsoring this legislation,” said Senator Farley. “Our bill would provide schools with greater flexibility in disciplining students. While suspension may be appropriate in many cases, there are other situations where an alternate approach may be more effective and more beneficial to both the student and the affected community.”

January 30, 2014
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Senator Farley Encourages Constituents to Use Libraries on Feb. 1st

Did you know Saturday, February 1st, is Take Your Child to the Library Day? In its third year, the day promotes spending time with your family and utilizing the many services local libraries have to offer.

January 30, 2014
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Transportation Joint Legislative Budget Hearing

The fourth Joint Legislative Hearing, in a series of 13 hearings, will be held on Thursday, January 30th.

During the Transportation hearing, which is part of the legislative process to review the 2014-2015 Executive Budget, transportation agency officials and representatives of transportation infrastructure advocacy organizations will have an opportunity to address the Senate and Assembly fiscal committees.

These joint legislative hearings will continue through Tuesday, February 11th, and are available for live viewing on the Senate and Assembly, but will be preempted when the houses are in session. At the conclusion of the legislative deliberations, live televised coverage of the hearings will resume.

 

January 29, 2014
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Senator Farley Chats with Galway Library Representatives

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) met with members of the Galway Public Library on January 28th in Albany and discussed State legislation as it pertains to libraries. Pictured, left to right, are Phylis Keeler, Senator Farley, Neil Goer and President of the Library Board of Trustees Arlene Rhodes.

January 29, 2014
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