Farley to leave County Legislature

GOP minority leader might pursue teaching opportunities

For more than 15 years, Republican Robert Farley has sat on the Schenectady County Legislature, but come January, that seat will belong to someone else.

Farley announced Wednesday, May 4, he wouldn't be seeking re-election after having held his District 3 Legislature seat since being first elected in 1993. He said his decision to not run again is based on personal reasons, and he doesn't have any immediate plans to seek another elected position. Farley is currently the legislature's minority leader, but he served as chairman when Republicans held the majority.

Farley said he would like to look into more teaching opportunities. He currently teaches one night a week at the University at Albany.

I only do it one night a week, but I love it, said Farley. "There is only so many hours in the day, and if you are going to do that, it is going to be hard to serve on the County Legislature."

He said his family was happy to hear he wouldn't be seeking another term or other political office. In the future, he said, he may be able to serve his constituents in a different way.

"When I did tell my children I wasn't running, my youngest daughter came up to me and gave me a high five," said Farley. "If I had any doubt of the decision, that helped me make it."

He also didn't express a solid intent to pursue his father, Sen. Hugh Farley's, seat on the state Senate when the elder Farley eventually steps down. While it might be something he is interested in, he said, it wasn't something that would happen in the near future.

Farley said he was honored to represent the residents of his district for so many years and thanked them for their support.

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