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. 

Senator Serrano gave the opening remarks while co-hosting an immigration fraud roundtable hosted by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Serrano was also joined by fellow co-hosts Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson & Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner. The important discussion focused on ways to protect the Bronx's immigrant community from predatory schemes.

Senator Serrano joined his fellow Bronx elected officials, community groups and residents in celebrating all things Bronx. Senator Serrano attended many Bronx Week 2016 events in the 29th Senate District, as well as celebrating Bronx Day 2016 in Albany.

Senator Serrano presented Mrs. Lorraine Nanko with a proclamation honoring her for her extraord inar y service to the community as a teacher at Cardinal Hayes High School for the last 46 years. Mrs. Nanko arrived at the renowned Cardinal Hayes Memorial H.S. for Boys in the fall of 1969, and taught music appreciation, as well as the Cardinal Singers, the school's chorale group. She was the Musical Director for the school's annual theatrical productions for 36 years.

New York State Senator Jose M. Serrano honored four influential women from the 29th Senate District in his district office for their accomplishments. The honorees for the first 29th Senate District Women of Distinction Awards brunch were Anita Antonetty, Diane Collier, Dolores Green, and Y. Felicia Thomas.

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate participated in the Legislature’s sixth annual Animal Advocacy Day and passed legislation to further protect animals and people from harm and abuse. This year’s event brought together lawmakers, law enforcement, and hundreds of pet owners and advocates to raise awareness of important animal issues.

The bills passed today include:

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed legislation to prohibit unfunded mandates from burdening local governments, schools, and their taxpayers. Bill S2295 would require certain state mandated programs imposed on municipalities and school districts to be funded by the state.

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently gave final passage to legislation that would help educate and increase awareness among school-aged children to protect them from Lyme disease and tick-borne infections. Bill S5804A requires the state to create age-appropriate educational materials that would be readily available to schools so students can learn how to identify ticks, the procedures for safe removal, and the best practices for protection from ticks.