Thomas P. Morahan's News items

Rockland And Orange County Residents Can Access Information About Programs Licensed By NYS Office Of Mental Health On Line

Senator Thomas P. Morahan, (R-C, New City) Chairman of the Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities announced today that the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH), is offering detailed information about licensed inpatient, outpatient and residential mental health programs in New York State, at its website: http:/


December 13, 2005

Senator Morahan And The American Red Cross Launch Awareness Campaign To Ensure That NYS Businesses Are In Compliance With Resuscitation Regulations

Senator Thomas Morahan and The American Red Cross in Greater New York (ARC/GNY)will join in a campaign to inform local businesses of the need to comply with new state regulations requiring resuscitation equipment in all patron-accessible areas.

The Senator is supporting a campaign to alert representatives of the business communityabout officialstate regulationsmandating resuscitation equipment in all patron-accessible areas.

December 13, 2005

Senator Urges Purple Heart Recipients To Share Their Stories At The National Purple Heart Hall Of Honor

On the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Senator Thomas P. Morahan (R-C, New City), a member of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, urged Purple Heart recipients to take the opportunity to visit the New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site, the setting for the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor.

This 7,500 square foot facility will feature the stories of America's combat wounded veterans, and those who never came back, all recipients of the Purple Heart.

December 8, 2005

Senator Secures Funding For Mental Health Eating Disorder Seminar

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan (R-C, New City) secured a State grant to fund aseries of educational seminars on eating disorders. The first of these forums, is entitled, "Building Clinical Capacity: Assessment and Review of Eating Disorders Research," isdesigned to assistmental health professionals.

December 8, 2005

Senator Morahan Particpates In Round Table Meeting To Encourage Renewed Growth In The Hudson Valley's Grape And Wine Industry

Senator Thomas P. Morahan (R-C, New City)recentlyjoined the Chairman of the New York State Senate Task Force for Hudson Valley Fruit Growers, at a Round Table discussionat the Town of Marlborough Town Hall in Milton, New York, to discuss ways of renewing growth for the Hudson Valley’s grape and wine industry.

A recent report by the Task Force, "Tending the Vineyards: Renewed Growth for the Hudson Valley’s Grape and Wine Industry," outlines a program to help increase the quality and quantity of wines being produced in the Hudson Valley.

December 7, 2005

Senator Morahan Announces Grant To Advance Energy Saving Roofing Improvements At Rockland County Facilities

Senator Thomas P. Morahan today announced a grant award totaling $33,216 for energy-efficiency projects at the Rockland County Health Center, New City Highway Department Building and the Stony Point Garages.

The grant will help fund the $1.6 million roof replacement projects at the three locations which were identified as a result of free energy-audits performed by the New York Power Authority (NYPA).

December 1, 2005

Senator Morahan Urges Residents To Prepare For Severe Winter Weather With Storm Disaster Kits

Senator Thomas P. Morahan (R-C, New City) is urging residents in his district to prepare their family for the severe winter weather that lies ahead by building a winter storm disaster kit.

The Senator noted that nine federal disasters have been declared in New York State in the last six years as the result of severe snow and ice storms.

November 28, 2005

Senator Morahan Announces State Grants For Orange And Rockland County Justice Courts

(ALBANY) State Senator Thomas P. Morahan (R-C, New City) announced that a number of Justice Courts in Orange and Rockland Counties have been awarded funding grants under the State’s Justice Court Assistance Program. Town and Village Justice Courts in Orange County will each receive a portion of a $27,954 grant to purchase equipment needed to facilitate their operations. Justice Courts in Rockland will share an $18,631 grant.

"I am pleased to be announcing that 14 Towns and Villages in Orange and Rockland Counties are recipients of the Justice Court Assistance Program grants.

November 19, 2005

Senator Morahan Vows To Fight Mayor's Efforts To Restore Commuter Tax

Senator Thomas P. Morahan (R-C, New City) voiced his strong opposition to NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s call for a tax on those who commute to the city from the suburbs. In 1999 Morahan was one of the leaders in efforts which resulted in repeal of the NYC Commuter Tax, which, for over 30 years generated millions of dollars in revenue for the city.

The defunct commuter tax was set at 0.45 percent of wages and 0.65 percent of self-employment income.

"It was wrong in 1999 and it would be wrong to restore now.

November 16, 2005

Senator Morahan Taps Local Veteran For "Hall Of Fame" Honor

State Senator Thomas P. Morahan announced the induction of a combat-wounded veteran, who distinguished himself with acts of valor on the battlefields of Vietnam, as well as more than a decade of compassionate service to the veterans of Rockland County.


November 9, 2005

Senator Requests NRC Intervention At Indian Point

State Senator Thomas Morahan has sent a letter to the commissioners of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission demanding that the agency investigate "the reliability and effectiveness of primary and back-up siren systems at Entergy's Indian Point facility.

October 31, 2005

Senator Morahan Sponsors Financial Aid Workshop

Senator Thomas P. Morahansponsored a financial aid workshop at College Night,in the Field House at Rockland Community College (RCC) on October 27, 2005 at 8:00 PM.

Many parents and students find applying and searching for financial aid to be a very daunting and frustrating task. Senator Morahan assisted students and their families by providing informational brochures on financial aid. He also hosted a workshop where Marvin Oppenheim, Director of Financial Aid at RCC, who made a presentation on financial aid and answered questions.

October 25, 2005

Rockland County Pilots Ibm Software System To Detect Medicaid Fraud And Abuse

Senator Thomas P. Morahan (R-C, New City), joined Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef to announce Rockland County’s participation in a program developed by IBM, in cooperation with the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC), designed to detect Medicaid fraud through the use of advanced mathematical algorithms developed by IBM experts.

Verify NY, a data-mining computer software system, was showcased at a ceremony in New City.

September 15, 2005

Ny Senate Committee On Investigations Launches Investigation Into Soaring Gas Prices On Corporate, Retail Level

Senator Thomas P. Morahan (R-C, New City) announced that on Wednesday, September 14, 2005, the New York State Senate Committee on Investigations held a hearing, on rising oil prices in the State of New York. The Senator noted that the committee had invited major oil companies, local retailers, the Attorney General’s Office, representatives from the business community, and other parties involved with the pricing of gasoline to testify at the hearing, which took place in New York City.

"Gas prices in my district have soared to beyond $3.89 per gallon at the pump.

September 14, 2005

Governor Signs Morahan Ice Cream Truck Safety Bill Into Law

SenatorThomas P. Morahan announced that his bill to improve ice cream truck safety was signed into law by Governor George Pataki. The bill was passed unanimously by both the State Senate and the State Assembly. The Senator introduced the legislation following the tragic death of Sara Shuct, a 9-year old Monsey resident who was killed in Septmeber 2003 afater purchasing ice cream from a frozen dessert truck near her home.

September 7, 2005

Senator Morahan Announces Savings To Hudson Valley Taxpayers Under Historic New Medicaid Cap

Senator Thomas P. Morahan announced that Orange and Rockland Counties will see a budgetary savings under the first two years of the State’s historic cap and takeover of the local share of the Medicaid program. Under the new Medicaid cap -- Orange and Rockland Counties will realize a cumulative total of $13.23 million in savings over the next five years, beginning in 2006.

August 25, 2005
August 18, 2005

State Senate Passes Legislation Ordering The Removal Of The Remains Of 9/11 Victims From Staten Island Landfill To An Appropriate Memorial Site

Senator Morahan sponsored legislationthatpassedthe State Senatewhich would require the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to transport the ashes of victims of the September 11, 2001 ‘Attack on America,’ from their current location at the Fresh Kills Landfill in Staten Island, to a suitable site, where a fitting memorial would be built.

While the remains of many victims of the World Trade Center attacks have never been identified, approximately 360,000 to 480,000 tons of ashes have been transported to a 48 acre parcel of the Fresh Kills Landfill.

June 1, 2005

Senate And Assembly Mental Health Leadership Announce Landmark Legislation To Address The Mental Health Needs Of Senior Citizens

SenatorMorahan, Chair of the Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disability, joined with his Assembly counterpart,as well as theChair of the Senate Committee on Aging to announce bipartisan landmark legislation to address the growing mental health needs of senior citizens.

At a press conference, bipartisan groupof lawmakers presented the Geriatric Mental Health Act (A4742/S7672), which will position New York as the nation’s first state to comprehensively begin to address the mental health needs of the dramatically increasing number o

June 1, 2005
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