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.

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) was pleased to participated in the 200th birthday celebration of Hamilton County on April 12th at the County Court House in Lake Pleasant. The celebration kicked off with speeches, followed by a toast and birthday cake, and then ringing of the bells in honor of the county's birthday. Senator Farley presented county officials with a framed New York State Senate Citation honoring the event. Senator Farley also had the pleasure of meeting with students from both Lake Pleasant and Wells schools.

Senator Serrano recently introduced a bill in the Senate, S7114, that would require the next President of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) to be a resident of Roosevelt Island within six months of appointment. The legislation which was originally drafted and introduced in the Legislature by Assembly Member Seawright,is designed to make sure the President of RIOC better understands the ins and outs of the community.

The New York State Senate unanimously passed Senator Serrano's bill, S956, designed to help keep our beloved state parks and historic sites clean and beautiful by increasing penalties for littering on state park lands.

"This bill represents an important step towards protecting and enhancing our state park lands by creating a stronger deterrent to littering. It is important that we all work together to make sure our beloved State Parks are kept clean and inviting for future generations to come."

Senator Serrano joined U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Congressman Charles B. Rangel, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and Assemblyman Robert Rodriguez in calling for the Army Corps of Engineers to include coastal protection projects along the waterfront communities of East Harlem. The lawmakers urged the Army Corps to make sure to create protection projects for East Harlem and its surrounding communities. East Harlem is currently vulnerable to flooding because it does not currently have adequate long-term federally-funded resiliency projects.

Senator Serrano and Assembly Member Marcos Crespo co-hosted a very important panel about Puerto Rico's economic crisis during the SOMOS El Futuro Conference in Albany. Among the panelists were Congressman Jose E. Serrano, and Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez. The important discussion provided up-to-date information on what precipitated the economic crisis and what is to come if the situation is notaddressed. The Panelists also discussed what must be done to help the island address its immediate fiscal challenges and achieve long-term economic stability.

Senator Serrano was joined by the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, The Tenant Support Unit of HRA and The New York County District Attorney's Office for this month's off-site constituent service hours. These organizations met with constituents throughout the district in order to share information about the immigration services available to them. Representatives from these offices assisted individuals who needed free legal support through the Mayor's Action NYC initiative and helped people sign up for their free IDNYC municipal identification cards.

Senator Serrano sponsored a resolution on the State Senate floor commemorating Earth Hour throughout New York State. Earth Hour is a global event in which people across the globe turn off their lights and non-essential electronics for one hour. It is an international call to action and a worldwide phenomenon that grows bigger every year. By reducing overall power consumption for an hour, and thereby reducing fossil fuel usage at power plants, Earth Hour has a real and lasting effect around the world. This year's Earth Hour took place on Saturday, March 19th, from 8:30 pm-9:30 PM. 

Senator Dilan, Advocates Call on Passage of Elevator Safety Act

State Senator Martin Malavé Dilan today joined local leaders and elevator technicians outside the Espoir apartment building in Williamsburg to mark six months since an elevator failure in that building caused the death of Queens resident Eran Modan.