Hugh T. Farley (born November 26, 1932) is an American politician.
Early life 
In 1965, he became a member of the faculty at the School of Business of the University of Albany, since 2000 he has been Professor Emeritus of Business Law at the college.
Farley represents District 49 in the New York State Senate, which comprises Schenectady, Montgomery, and Fulton Counties, as well as a portion of Saratoga County. He currently serves as a Ranking Minority member on the Senate Banking Committee within the State Senate Republican Caucus.
In 1979, Farley was chosen as the first Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Aging. As chairman, Farley authored laws creating New York's hospice care system and a law prohibiting mandatory medical intervention/treatment for terminally ill patients.
In 1985 he was named as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environmental Conservation, a position in which he sponsored the 1986 Environmental Quality Bond Act, which disbursed $1.45 billion for the cleanup of hazardous waste sites. Due to his work as Chairman he was named Legislator of the Year in 1986 by the New York State Conservation Council.
In 1989, Farley was appointed to the Chairmanship of the Senate Committee on Banks. In this capacity, he has authored or sponsored numerous laws dealing with banking regulations, including a law enacted in 1994 aimed at making New York's interest rate deregulation laws permanent. In addition to this, he is also responsible for sponsoring New York's interstate branching laws, and authoring the law that in 1996 finally allowed New York banks to branch into other states. One year later he would sponsor the law that allows New York's Banking Board to grant state-chartered banks the same powers as banks chartered by the federal government.
Farley has been a member of the Governor's Commission on Libraries, and an elected delegate to the White House's Conference on Libraries in both 1979 and 1991.
He is presently a member of the Executive Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures and a member of the Governing Board of the Council of State Governments. He has also served as past President of the National Republican Legislators Association, which bestowed upon him the award "Legislator of the Year" in 1989.
Farley voted against same-sex marriage legislation on December 2, 2009; the bill was defeated. After Farley made negative comments regarding same-sex marriage in his 2010 re-election campaign, his opponent, Democrat Susan Savage, denounced Farley's comments at a rally on the steps of the New York State Capitol.
Farley was most recently re-elected on November 2, 2010.
Personal life 
His son Robert, hopes to replace him in the Senate one day. He is currently a member of the 13-2 Republican Minority in the Schenectady County Legislature and Counsel to Senator Vincent Leibell, a colleague of his father's.
See also 
- New York State Senate: Hugh T. Farley
- Fourth Branch of America - New York State Senator Hugh Farley
- Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings
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|New York State Senate, 44th District
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