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SENATE PASSES LAUREN'S LAW TO INCREASE ORGAN DONATION

In honor of National Donate Life Month, the New York State Senate was joined by 11-year-old heart transplant survivor Lauren Shields on April 13th and passed life saving legislation to significantly increase organ and tissue donation. Lauren’s Law (S.3885) would increase the number of eligible and willing organ donors by requiring driver’ license applicants to specifically indicate their donation decision.

April 15, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO HELP TAXPAYERS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed legislation on April 12th to help speed up the delivery of tax refunds owed to taxpayers by the state. The bill (S.2631) addresses excessive delays of up to two months from when taxpayers file their return to when they may actually see the refund from the state Department of Taxation and Finance.

April 15, 2011
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SENATE REPUBLICANS STEP UP PRESSURE ON ASSEMBLY TO PASS PROPERTY TAX BILL

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced on April 12th that he and his Senate Majority colleagues are urging the Assembly to act on a meaningful property tax cap bill. The Senate overwhelmingly passed Governor Cuomo’s property tax cap legislation with bipartisan support earlier this year.

April 13, 2011
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM ABUSE

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 April 11th requiring camp directors to report suspected child abuse regardless of the location where abuse may have occurred. With many parents now beginning to think about summer camps, the bill (S.3777A) would protect children and facilitate the detection of abuse by camp staff.

April 13, 2011
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SENATE PASSES ANTI-CRIME PACKAGE

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) reported that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed several anti-crime bills on April 5th to strengthen penalties and create new charges for offenses relating to sexual abuse, bank robberies, home invasions and driving irresponsibly. The measures will help deter criminals, hold violators accountable and create safer communities throughout the state.

April 6, 2011
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Sen. Farley Enjoys Nolan Elementary Chorus Performance

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) listened to the performance by the Fourth and Fifth Grade Chorus from Dorothy Nolan Elementary School, Saratoga Springs City School District, when they came to the Empire State Plaza Concourse in Albany as part of the New York State School Music Association’s "Music In Our Schools Month" on March 31st. The chorus performed under the direction of Deborah Craig and Mary Rocco.

April 6, 2011
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Senator Farley Salutes Fonda-Fultonville Select Chorus

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting members of the Fonda-Fultonville High School Select Chorus when they performed on March 31st at the Empire State Plaza Concourse in Albany as part of the New York State School Music Association’s "Music In Our Schools Month." The chorus performed under the direction of Lisa Vosburgh.

April 6, 2011
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Senator Farley Announces Community Health Fair Slated for April 19th

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) will be co-hosting his annual health fair with Catholic Charities Family Room on Tuesday, April 19th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the upper 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 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 Amsterdam District Office at 843-2188 to obtain brochures. A list of helpful websites you may want to visit for healthy information is listed below.

April 1, 2011
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Senator Farley Discusses Higher Education Issues

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) spoke with Dr. Alan Davis, President of Empire State College, about higher education issues on March 15th in Albany. Pictured, left to right, are Senator Roy McDonald, Dr. Davis, and Senator Farley.

March 28, 2011
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Sen. Farley Discusses Youth Build Program With Participants

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting participants of Northeast Parent & Child Society’s Youth Build program on March 16th in Albany. According to Northeast Parent & Child Society’s website, Youth Build is a "12-month program that helps young adults ages 18 to 24 from Schenectady County earn a GED while getting paid to build affordable housing. Participants receive six months of classroom instruction and onsite construction training and six months of job placement and support services." Senator Farley discussed the importance of the Youth Build program with Tabatha Cole, Carlton Thompson, Kevin Phipps, Elise Martin and Rebecca Ilowiecki.

March 28, 2011
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Senator Farley Salutes St. Helen's School

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting Brittney Bigley's fourth grade class, and Terri Mueller's fifth grade class, on March 23rd as they toured the Legislative Office Building in Albany. The students from St. Helen's School in Schenectady talked with the Senator about New York State history and discussed State government.

March 28, 2011
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Sen. Farley Discusses Budget Issues With Local Officials

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) and Senator McDonald meet with county officials on March 25th in the State Capitol to focus on the problem of unfunded mandates and to discuss other priority issues for local governments.

March 28, 2011
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Sen. Farley Enjoys VanAntwerp Chamber Strings Performance

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of listening to music performed by VanAntwerp Middle School’s chorus and chamber strings on March 24th when the students performed in Albany as part of Music In Our Schools Month, sponsored by the New York State School Music Association and Music Educators’ National Conference. This is the 39th annual year for Music in Our Schools Month and performances were held throughout the month of March at the South Concourse of the Empire Plaza. Pictured are Senator Farley (left) with the VanAntwerp Middle School chamber strings and Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (right).

March 25, 2011
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Senator Farley Salutes VanAntwerp Chorus

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of listening to music performed by VanAntwerp Middle School’s chorus and chamber strings on March 24th when the students performed in Albany as part of Music In Our Schools Month, sponsored by the New York State School Music Association and Music Educators’ National Conference. This is the 39th annual year for Music in Our Schools Month and performances were held throughout the month of March at the South Concourse of the Empire Plaza. Pictured are Senator Farley (left) with the VanAntwerp Middle School chorus and Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (right).

March 25, 2011
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Sen. Farley Salutes Northville High School Music

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of listening to music performed by Northville Central School’s high school band under the direction of Jennifer Henzler on March 24th when the students performed in Albany as part of Music In Our Schools Month, sponsored by the New York State School Music Association and Music Educators’ National Conference. This is the 39th annual year for Music in Our Schools Month and performances were held throughout the month of March at the South Concourse of the Empire Plaza.

March 25, 2011
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Sen. Farley Discusses Government With Fonda-Fultonville Students

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) met with political science students and teacher Mary Brown from Fonda-Fultonville High School on March 22nd. The students asked Senator Farley budget-related questions as part of a class assignment. The students were Nicolette Angioli, Kayla Bloom, Jaimyn Chang, Justin Danise, Michael Downing, Kyle Geniti, Zachary Godfrey, Chelsa Hutchins, Joshua Krajewski, Jessica Lozier and Ashley Paton.

March 24, 2011
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Senator Farley Meets With Highway Superintendents

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) met with local members of the New York State county Highway Superintendents Association on March 9th when they came to Albany to discuss their 2011 Local Roads Matter Advocacy Program. Discussion topics included CHIPS (Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program) funding, establishing a local bridge and culvert initiative, and reforming the Dedicated Highway and Bridge Trust Fund.

March 24, 2011
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Senator Farley Gives an Update on State Budget

 

April 1st is nearing, which is the deadline to pass an on-time, balanced budget for the State of New York.

The last few weeks, I have sat on several Senate committees and conducted public hearings on key pieces of the budget that include education and local government assistance. I’ve also held joint hearings with the Assembly and now we are in the stage where the two houses are in the final negotiations with Governor Cuomo.

March 23, 2011
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