Thomas P. Morahan's News items

New York State Senate Passes Jonathan’s Law

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.

March 26, 2009

Senate Acts On “Timothy’s Law” To Provide Mental Health Parity

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.

March 26, 2009
March 26, 2009

Senator Morahan is featured Guest on AFL-CIO TV show "Working New York".

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.

February 24, 2009

Morahan reacts to gov.’s state of NY state speech

Posted By Laura Incalcaterra On January 7, 2009

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.

January 9, 2009

Good Samaritan Hospital Receives $1.5 Million In Start-up Funding For Electrophysiology Lab State Sen. Morahan Pushes Funding In New York State Budget; Lab Will Save And Enhance Lives Of Lower Hudson Valley Residents

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.

May 4, 2008

Senator To Join Orange County Students At Unique Heart Healthy/life Saving Presentation & Demonstration

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:

February 12, 2008

Senate To Stop Spitzer Budget Scheme To Raise Gas Prices

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.

February 10, 2008

Legal Services Of The Hudson Valley And The Legal Aid Society Of Rockland County To Receive State Grant

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.   

February 4, 2008

Senator Morahan Praises State Comptroller For Urging Postponement Of Proposed Thruway Toll Hikes

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.

January 27, 2008

Mental Health Housing Waiting List Legislation Introduced In The State Senate

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.

January 25, 2008

Senator Morahan Announces $ 2.5 Million State Grant To Rehabilitate/restore Main Street In Spring Valley

State Senator Thomas P. Morahan (R-C-I-WF, New City) today announced that the Village of Spring Valley has been awarded $ 2.5 million for the rehabilitation/restoration of Main Street.

January 15, 2008

Rockland County To Receive $200,000 Grant From New York State Department Of Housing And Community Renewal

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.

December 12, 2007

Senator Morahan Calls On Port Authority To Bolster Growth At Stewart International Airport

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.

December 9, 2007

Senate Calls On Governor To Reject Thruway Toll Hike

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.

December 7, 2007

Senator Morahan Secures Agreement From New State Veterans Chief

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.

Each local county’s veterans agency will be give

November 27, 2007

Senator Morahan And Assemblyman Zebrowski Announce Legislation On Dangerous Doctors

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

November 15, 2007

State Assures Senator Morahan That Returning Veterans Will Be Alerted To County Services & Entitlements

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.

November 7, 2007

New York State Geriatric Mental Health Alliance Presents First Geriatric Mental Health Leadership Award To Senator Morahan

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.

November 2, 2007
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