State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate this week passed a package of legislation to make it less expensive and more efficient to do business in New York. The measures include those that reverse a costly regulatory change that is driving up health care expenses for some employers and employees, require the state to pay businesses in a timely manner, as well as review and reduce outdated regulations that negatively affect New York businesses.

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I –Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed legislation to prevent costly unfunded mandates from burdening municipal and school budgets and their taxpayers. The bill (S3144A), helps curtail potential property tax increases or cuts to existing services by lessening the affect of state actions on local governments’ bottom lines.

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) met with representatives from the New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association on May 12th in Albany. Toby Hogan, Ray Rivera, Sean Gittens and Keith Jacques.

Senator Urges Assembly Passage of Kirby Quigley Law

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting with representatives of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Herkimer County and youth from its 4-H Government Intern Program on May 5th when they came to the Capitol in Albany. Assemblyman Marc Butler also visited with the youth.

 State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) joined other State representatives and numerous Montgomery County animal organizations in calling upon the Assembly Speaker to bring “Kirby & Quigley’s Law” to the Assembly floor for a vote.

Senator Serrano is a proud co-sponsor of the Voter Empowerment Act of New York (S.2538B), which creates an easy and effective registration process for all potential voters and helps eliminate potential hurdles for a voter when they move.

The New York State Senate passed Senator José M. Serrano's bill S705A which limits the ability of municipalities to sell off parkland without following established procedures--including the replacement of any public parkland that is taken away from the public. Public parkland greatly enhances quality of life, community character and acts as an economic engine throughout New York State. Serrano's bill makes the process of acquiring public park space for private use more stringent and transparent.

Senator Serrano and the Department of Education announced the addition of 54 "Pre-K For All" slots for children on Roosevelt Island. "Pre-K For All" gives children stronger math and reading skills in elementary school and a better chance at success in life. Studies show that early childhood education improves performance throughout a child's school experience. In these high-quality programs, children develop and learn how to interact with others, share, wait their turns, and listen.

Senator Serrano welcomed the opening of a new community health center in the South Bronx that will offer primary care to everyone who needs it, regardless of ability to pay. The new facility will provide primary care, dental, child and adult behavioral healthcare, specialty services, and an on-site pharmacy. The site will be able to treat over 10,000 patients when at full capacity.