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.

Last month, Senator Serrano's off-site constituent hours focused on creating awareness about the ways in which our communities can contribute to a more sustainable city and planet. Our office teamed up with GrowNYC and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in bringing free environmental conservation programs to the communities of the 29th Senate District. 

Senator Serrano attended a historic gathering of Puerto Rican elected officials from all over the United States. This meeting was the first of its kind in the history of the Puerto Rican Diaspora. The collection of elected officials discussed the fiscal crisis in Puerto Rico, voter registration and education campaigns, as well as working towards a unified voice in the upcoming presidential, state and local elections.  

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.