The New York State Senate today passed Jonathan’s Law, sponsored by Senator Tom Morahan to ensure that parents and guardians have access to records pertaining to allegations and investigations of mistreatment of children in residential care facilities. The legislation was introduced after the tragic death in February of 13-year-old Jonathan Carey, an autistic teen who lived at the state-run O.D.
Senator Thomas P. Morahan , Chairman of the Senate's Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee announced that the New York State Senate today passed "Timothy’s Law", legislation to provide parity in insurance coverage for mental illnesses. The legislation would require insurance companies to cover most mental illnesses and would require coverage for a broad range of mental illnesses and conditions specifically related to children.
Denis Hughes, President of the New York State AFL-CIO interviewed Senator Morahan on his TV program, which aired in March. The Senator sponsored a recent law banning mandatory overtime for nurses, and is presently sponsoring landmark legislation to address "bullying" in the workplace.
State Senator Thomas Morahan, R-New City, issued a statement today in reaction to Gov. David Paterson’s State of the State speech, in which the gov outlined a rather bleak future for us New Yorkers.
Paterson, and the state Legislature, are trying to close a $15.4 billion deficit over the next two years, the worst deficit ever faced by New York state. The governor has proposed a $121 billion budget for 2009-10, which keeps spending flat from the current fiscal year.
State Senator Thomas P. Morahan was instrumental in securing $1.5 million in the state's budget for start-up funding for a new Electrophysiology Lab at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, that will be on the front lines in saving and enhancing lives for residents of the Lower Hudson Valley.
New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan will participate in an American Heart Month event at Warwick Valley High School on Thursday, February 14, 2008. Ninth and tenth graders from Warwick Valley High School will attend a special assembly program at the school at which time Warwick School District Superintendent, Dr. Frank Greenhall, will introduce the following:
Senator Morahan today announced he will oppose a budget scheme advanced by Governor Spitzer that would eliminate the sales tax cap on gasoline and result in higher prices at the pump for every New York driver.
Under the proposal, the Governor would do away with the gas tax cap enacted in 2006 on any State sales tax over $2 by consolidating the tax into the Petroleum Business Tax (PBT), and would increase gasoline taxes by nearly $56 million annually.
State Senator Thomas Morahan announced today that Legal Services of the Hudson Valley and the Legal Aid Society of Rockland County have been awarded $145,725, aggregately, through the RFP process instituted by the New York State Office of Court Administration. The award is part of $3 million of new funding secured in 2007 for civil legal services.
New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan praised Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, who today released his audit of the State Thruway Authority and called upon the agency postpone its proposed July 2008 toll hike. The Comptroller's audit examined whether the calculations used in justifying proposed toll increases in July 2008, January 2009, July 2009 and January 2010 were accurate and reasonable.
New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities today reintroduced legislation (S 568) establishing a waiting list for people with mental illnesses seeking community housing and support services.
The HEAP funds, federal monies received by the state and distributed through the Rockland Community Development Council, are designated to afford low-income families the financial benefit of weatherizing their homes. Services available through the funding include weather-stripping, replacement doors and windows, and repair or replacement of furnaces.
Senator Morahan has contacted the Port Authority of NY and NJ to request their cooperation and assistance in working with Hudson Valley officials to develop their newly acquired Stewart International Airport facility. At the same time he is requesting that the PA study the feasibility of providing incentives to those air carriers who are congesting the runways at Newark Liberty International Airport.
New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan, who serves as the Senate Majority Liaison to the Executive Branch, today announced that the State Senate Majority Conference has called on Governor Spitzer to "vigorously and unequivocally" reject the New York State Thruway Authority's plan to increase tolls and roll back EZ-Pass discounts for millions of commuters, commercial truckers and tourists who utilize the Thruway on a regular basis.
County officials had contacted Morahan, a former chairman of the State Senate's Veterans, Homeland Security & Military Affairs Committee, as well Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee, to express concern that the State had been unwilling to provide county veterans agencies with the ability to communicate information to newly discharged veterans regarding their local benefits and entitlements.
Senator Morahan and Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski (D-Rockland) announced that they will introduce a sweeping package of reform legislation to correct the myriad failures uncovered in the case of a Long Island doctor who potentially exposed hundreds of patients to infectious diseases including Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV.
According to the legislators, published reports revealed that as many as 630 patien
New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan announced today that the Director of the New York State Division of Veterans Affairs has responded favorably to his request that New York State veterans who have been discharged from active military service be mailed a comprehensive listing of appropriate/available county services. Morahan indicated that the State would be mailing discharged veterans information and linkages regarding all applicable benefits and entitlements available to them through their local county veterans affairs offices.
The Geriatric Mental Health Alliance of New York--an advocacy organization with 3000 members from throughout New York State--presented its first Geriatric Mental Health Leadership Award to New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahanat a special ceremony on November 1, 2007 at Highland House in Middletown, New York.