Hugh T. Farley
Occupation: State Senator; Law Professor Emeritus
Political Affiliation: Republican
Senator Hugh T. Farley grew up in Indian Lake and graduated from high school in Watertown. He is a graduate of Mohawk Valley Community College and SUNY Albany, and he obtained his law degree from the American University School of Law in Washington, D.C. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany, and taught Business Law at the University at Albany. As a State Senator, Senator Farley has served as the Chairman of the Aging Committee, the Environmental Conservation Committee, the Banks Committee, the Select Committee on Interstate Cooperation, and the Subcommittee on Libraries. He and his wife have three children and six grandchildren.
Why do you want to sit on the New York Senate?
I have been honored to serve as Senator, and enjoy working with constituents to ensure that their concerns and needs are heard and addressed. Our State faces many challenges, but the current leadership has been taking us in the wrong direction, and I am working to fix that.
How do you plan to deal with the current budget and how would you ensure this year's budget fiasco doesn't repeat itself?
Difficult choices need to be made, but cuts must be applied evenly in a way that is fair to upstate. We especially need to address Medicaid spending, which costs 70% more than the national average. One major disappointment is the failure of downstate leaders to hold required public conference committees.
What are your thoughts/ideas on how to give New Yorkers property tax relief?
I support a property tax cap, but we also need to aggressively pursue measures to reduce costly mandates and make governments and schools more efficient, including cost-effective consolidations. STAR helps, and I am alarmed by the chipping away at STAR and the repeal of the STAR rebate program.