State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that the Senate today passed legislation allowing schools the option of requiring students to perform community service as an alternative to being suspended.
“Our bill would provide schools with greater flexibility in disciplining students,” Senator Farley said. “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.”
Under current law, schools impose a variety of penalties to students that include detention, in-school suspension and out-of-school suspension.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting new interim Superintendent of Niskayuna Central School District John Yagielski on May 6th in Albany. They discussed legislative issues as they relate to education.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) enjoyed the exhibits at Adirondack Day, held in the Well of the Legislative Office Building in Albany on May 5th. A day designed to promote the Adirondack region, exhibits included animals, food samples, demonstrations such as fly fishing, and music.
Members of the Union College Men’s Hockey Team will be the guests of State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) on Wednesday, May 7th, in the Senate Chamber at the new York State Capitol. The Senator will present a New York State Senate Resolution honoring the team and they will be introduced to the entire New York State Senate.
The resolution congratulates the Union College Men’s Hockey Team and Coach Rick Bennett upon the occasion of winning the NCAA Division 1 Championship.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) met with representatives from the Northeastern Retail Lumber Association on April 28th in Albany to discuss legislation that concerns the lumber retail industry. The representatives included Chris Curtis, Lisa Yorks and Jason Hanna of Curtis Lumber in Ballston Spa, and Rich Keating of Andersen Windows of Ballston Spa.
Saturday May 3rd, is I Love My Park Day in New York State. Organized by the State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and Parks & Trails New York, the day is designed to celebrate and enhance New York’s parks and historic sites. Volunteers will participate in cleanup, improvement, and beautification events on May 3rd. Participating parks include Johnson Hall, Grant cottage, and Saratoga Spa State Park. For more information, or to volunteer, visit http://www.ptny.org/ilovemypark/
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) met with a group from the Schenectady YWCA on April 29th in Albany to discuss domestic violence issues. Representatives in the meeting included Kim Siciliano, Luann Santabarbara, Bonita Friedlander, Kathy Gorman-Coombs, Celeste Barrett-Tollivec, Lorinda Mainetti, Tanya Scime, Wendi Gapczynski-Bekkeang.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) met with representatives of credit unions on April 30th in Albany and discussed State regulations regarding their organizations. One of the representatives, Jane Slack of Old Forge, was in Albany on behalf of Reliant Community Credit Union.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced recently that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed legislation (S1519) that would keep communities safer from sexual predators by prohibiting registered sex offenders from working as bus drivers.
Under the provisions of the bill, the Department of Motor Vehicles is prohibited from issuing or renewing a commercial driver's license to operate a passenger or school bus to any individual who is required to register as a sex offender.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) recently announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed legislation to reduce the number of clandestine methamphetamine laboratories, which pose dangerous threats to public health and safety. The bill (S3639) implements a series of increasingly severe felony offenses to strengthen the criminal penalties for methamphetamine manufacturing and the possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material.
Methamphetamine manufacturing involves the use of highly explosive, flammable and toxic chemicals, and meth labs pose a significant public health and safety threat, especially if they are located in residential neighborhoods.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady), Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Libraries, had the pleasure of attending a kickoff event by the Ballston Senior Connection at the Town of Ballston Community Library on April 22nd. The event promoted a town-wide survey that encourages seniors to access the Internet and to become “digitally literate.”
Volunteer firefighters put their lives on the line every day to make our communities safe. Their dedication cannot be overestimated. However, the number of volunteers has declined drastically over the past decade. As part of an initiative called Recruit NY, man volunteer fire departments from across the state will open their doors this Saturday and Sunday, April 26th and 27th, as they look for new volunteer members.
These open houses will provide information about free training programs, responsibilities and what a typical day-in-the-life of a volunteer firefighter involves. A complete schedule can be found at www.recruitny.org/opendoors.php.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of presenting President and Chief Executive Officer of the Golub Corporation and Price Chopper Supermarkets Neil Golub with a New York State Senate Resolution on April 23rd. The resolution honored Mr. Golub for recently receiving the Sidney R. Rabb Award from the Food Marketing Institute.
Senator Farley was proud to present the resolution to the Schenectady County resident and commended him for his role in the community.
In 2006, Mr. Golub was awarded the New York State Liberty Medal upon the recommendation of Senator Farley for his life’s work as a leading businessman, community leader, and philanthropist.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of promoting Blue Friday, April 25th, with his friends Sean and Richie at 107.7 WGNA Radio Station this morning.
"The first year we started doing this was in 2005, and I worked with radio station WGNA in creating this official State day to salute fallen law enforcement officers, and to support the families of fallen officers," Senator Farley said.
He was also honored to receive a plaque from Blue Friday of New York, recognizing the Senator for his unwavering support of Blue Friday over the years.
Blue Friday New York is a nonprofit organization that helps survivors of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty by serving as a clearinghouse for benefits, information, and resources.
Since the very first Earth Day back in 1970, we have marked April 22nd as a day to celebrate the importance of our natural environment, and to rededicate ourselves to ensuring clean air and water, open spaces, and green, healthy communities.
Similarly, Arbor Day, which falls on Friday April 25th, was established in 1872 as a way to encourage farmers and homesteaders to plant trees that would provide shade, shelter, food, fuel and beauty to the nation's open spaces. In 1907, former New York Governor and U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt issued an "An Arbor Day Proclamation to the School Children of the United States" highlighting the importance of forestry and trees to our nation's well-being.
Dear Students,Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest. This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 49th Senatorial District.Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state. I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2014 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:Reuel RobertMartin Luther King Magnet SchoolGrade 4
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Libraries, noted this week is National Library Week.
"Libraries are a place of lifelong learning," Senator Farley added. "Librarians are truly amazing people. They inspire our youth and invite them into a library where there is an adventure on every shelf."