State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed legislation to strengthen New York’s cyber security measures to combat cyber terrorism. The bills would help advance protocols to protect state assets, facilitate the sharing of information about threats, and secure the state’s cyber systems.

A bill (S3407A) would establish the New York State Cyber Security Initiative to ensure that the state has a proper cyber security defense system in place. It includes:

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting with students from Glen Worden Elementary School, Scotia-Glenville Central School District, on May 3rd when they came to Albany to visit the Capitol with their teachers Monica Allin and Marcia Smith. Assemblyman James Tedisco also visited with the students.

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed a measure to prevent threats of school violence that not only disrupt schools, but can also cause significant distress among the entire community. The bill (S430A) would help update the law to reflect the changing nature of threats made against schools, often due to social media.

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I –Schenectady) reported that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed legislation to further protect the men and women who protect our communities from violent criminals. The bills strengthen penalties to help prevent members of the military and law enforcement from being targeted and assaulted while performing their important work.

I wanted to share with you the news that, after much discussion with my family, I will not be seeking re-election to the 49th Senate District this fall.

The love of my life, Sharon, my wife of 57 years, is now dealing with several health issues and it is my desire and responsibility to spend more time with her and my family.

I have loved my Senate career and feel I have served with honor and integrity.  I accomplished more than I ever could have dreamed.  I am especially proud to be known as the “Father of Hospice,” having passed the first hospice law in the nation. 

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As the Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Libraries, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) is pleased to be celebrating National Library Week. Held April 10th – 16th, it is a time to celebrate the contributions of libraries to our communities and education, as well as to promote library use and support. For more information, visit http://www.ala.org/ and https://www.usa.gov/libraries

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed legislation to extend critical benefits to volunteer firefighters as they risk their health and safety to protect others. The bill (S3891) amends the Volunteer Firefighters’ Benefit Law to provide heightened levels of protections for firefighters that contract certain cancer-related diseases while serving as volunteers.  

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed three measures to reduce the tax burden facing small businesses and farmers so that they can have more resources to invest, grow, and create jobs. The bills significantly expand income tax exemptions to reduce small business costs and substantially increase the Farm Workforce Retention Credit to help provide additional relief to support New York’s critically important agriculture industry.

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently recognized April as “National Donate Life” month, passing legislation and a resolution to encourage more New Yorkers to become organ and tissue donors. The bills focus on enhancing public awareness and increasing the number of New Yorkers who sign up to help save lives through organ, tissue, bone marrow, and blood donation.

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