"The thing I am proudest of is trying to represent the community," said Farley. "No one ever knows why you get elected, but I suspect one of the reasons why that may have been is because I listened to the district and I tried to be responsive to the citizens' needs."
County Republican Party Chairman Thomas Buchanan commended Farley for his years of service and said he was a strong advocate for his constituents. Buchanan said he was sorry to see Farley leave, but, echoing a comment Farley made, the departure gives a new face a chance to enter county government.
With Democrat Susan Savage, former chairwoman of the Legislature, also stepping down recently to accept a post in the governor's administration, there has been a lot of buzz surrounding endorsements in District 3, which covers Scotia, Glenville and Niskayuna.
County Democratic Party Chairman Brian Quail said Cathy Gatta, a former Scotia Board of Trustees member appointed to Savage's vacant seat, is planning to run in the upcoming election for the remaining two years of Savage's term.
Buchanan said the County GOP should have their County Legislature endorsements for the upcoming election by the end of the month, with Quail responding similarly.
Farley thought a Republican would be able to attain his seat.
"I know there is a number of good candidates, and it was one of the reasons I felt I could make this decision at this point," said Farley.""