Today, the New York State Senate passed Senator Jose M. Serrano’s arts and cultural districts bill, S.6271-A. This important legislation would create arts and cultural districts throughout the state in order to promote the growth and development of the arts and culture sector.

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting with students from Hillside Elementary School, Niskayuna Central School District, on June 9th when they came to Albany to tour the Capitol. Students in Mrs. Herrington’s class were on the trip. Students in Ms. McKee’s class were on the trip.

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting with students from Hillside Elementary School, Niskayuna Central School District, on June 9th when they came to Albany to tour the Capitol. Students in Mrs. Herrington’s class were on the trip.

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting with students from Hillside Elementary School, Niskayuna Central School District, on June 9th when they came to Albany to tour the Capitol. Students in Mr. Lasher’s class were on the trip.

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate gave final passage to legislation that makes it easier for the family of someone who dies to get access to important online accounts. Bill S7604A removes barriers faced by estates and other legal guardians so that they can gain access and manage digital assets when authorized by the account owners.

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate helped address the regulatory burden that businesses face by giving final passage to a measure that enhances the public’s ability to provide input on proposed regulations and passing legislation to prevent businesses from being penalized for unintentionally submitting outdated forms.

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed a measure to further prevent the extremely dangerous activity of directing laser pointers at aircraft. Bill S6815 provides state and local law enforcement with greater authority to prevent and punish individuals who use laser pointers that can distract pilots and endanger airline safety.

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate gave final passage to a measure that would help make it easier to become a farmer for people new to the profession. Bill S7011A makes more potential farmland available to new farmers by creating an inventory of state lands that could be purchased or leased for agricultural purposes.

The Senate Democratic Conference recently held an important round table to create a plan of action to address climate change in New York State. Included in the plan, created by the Democratic Policy Group, in which Senator Serrano is a member, are proposals to achieve a 100% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions below 1990 levels by 2050 as well as a commitment to block any future sweeps or raids of environmental protection funds to ensure these resources are used to combat climate change and grow the green economy.

Senator Serrano introduced a series of bills looking to put an end to the use of dangerous pesticide chemicals in our environment.   Pesticides pose a variety of human health risks and negative impacts on the environment. Pesticide exposure has been associated with an increased risk of certain cancers, developmental disorders in children, and have been linked to a disruption of endocrine function. 

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