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Herman D. Farrell, Jr.
Assembly District 71
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Chair, Ways and Means Committee

August 8, 2014
Gov. Cuomo Signs Farrell Bill, New Law Protects Disabled Taxpayers

Earlier this week, Governor Cuomo signed a bill sponsored by Assemblyman Farrell that protects New Yorkers who are living with physical or mental illness from losing income tax benefits they have earned. The bill, A5959, was passed by the Assembly and Senate this year.

The Farrell bill amends State tax law and New York City regulations to suspend the income tax refund statute of limitations in cases where taxpayers have suffered certain severe, long-term physical or mental ailments that cause the taxpayer to be unable to manage their personal finances. Without this new law in place, taxpayers suffering from a long-term disability could lose out on State income tax refunds they had earned and were entitled to.

"New Yorkers who are struggling with physical or mental illness already have enough to cope with, and should not face possible financial loss because of their health struggles," Assemblyman Farrell said. "I was proud to sponsor this bill, which gives New Yorkers suffering with disabilities unlimited time to claim tax benefits which are rightfully theirs, but which they might have lost because of ongoing health difficulties. I commend Governor Cuomo for signing this bill into law."

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August 5, 2014
Meet the 2014 Herman D. Farrell, Jr. Scholarship Winners!

Every year, the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators gives each of its members $2,000 to pass along to worthy and hardworking students from our community in support of their educational goals. Please allow me to introduce the 2014 winners Dante Crews and Teshan Ashley. Mr. Crews, who recently graduated from Frederick Douglass Academy, will be attending City College in the Fall. Ms. Ashley, who recently completed her studies at Manhattan Village Academy, has been accepted to SUNY Buffalo State and plans to study psychology. I hope you will join me in congratulating them.


July 26, 2014
Packed House at Farrell's Housing Town Hall Meeting

A larger-than-expected audience attended a Town Hall Meeting jointly sponsored by Assemblyman Farrell and City Council Member Mark Levine, which featured a number of top housing officials who were invited to the District to meet with members of the public and discuss housing issues of local concern.

Guest speakers invited to Assemblyman Farrell's Housing Town Hall include (from left) Deputy Commissioner Richard White of the Tenant Protection Unit, State Division of Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner Daryl C. Towns (with microphone), Assembly Housing Committee Chair Keith Wright, City Council Member Mark Levine, and Legal Aid Society attorney Ellen Davidson.

During the meeting, which ran for more than three hours, about 150 members of the community had the opportunity to speak directly with these housing experts about their concerns over problems like illegal deregulation of affordable housing, the shortage of affordable apartments, and other issues. The meeting room at Church of Intercession is able to hold 100 people, meaning that the audience spilled out into the hallway.

Because of the many important issues that were raised during the meeting, Assemblyman Farrell and the other participants are working to develop in-depth answers to questions raised by the community and offer help to those who need it.

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July 10, 2014
Farrell and Levine Fighting to Improve Riverside Park

Assemblyman Farrell joined City Council Member Mark Levine and other officials and community leaders to introduce a new effort intended to keep Riverside Park and other green areas of the City clean of trash that is left behind by some park users. In recent months, many have complained that some park users blare loud music and overfill the small number of trash cans in Riverside Park.

Assemblyman Farrell and City Council Member Mark Levine, who is Chair of the Parks Committee, announce a new initiative to keep Riverside Park clean.

Working with Mayor de Blasio, City Council Member Levine obtained funding to hire more Parks workers, and by partnering with Parks Department Manhattan Borough Commissioner Adrian Castro, cleaning workers' schedules were changed to allow for speedier cleanups and let the public more fully enjoy this beautiful public space. Also, police will increase patrols of park areas to help insure that park patrons comply with the rules, and more garbage cans have been added to the park to help reduce any overflows of trash.

"I stand with Councilman Levine and other members of the community who wish to see our public parks as beautiful and serene places that all New Yorkers and visitors to our City may enjoy," Assemblyman Farrell said. "For many years, I have worked with the Police Department and others to control problems with noise and litter in the parks in my District, and we will fight to bring the problems in Riverside Park under control."

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March 25, 2014
Assemblyman Farrell rises to speak out against legislation which would allow New York to award its electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote. A.4422-A

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