Senator Morahan, former Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs, announced a Senate Republican Conference proposal creating a New York State Veterans Hall of Fame to honor the courage, sacrifice and achievements of service men and women from across the state.
Senator Tom Morahan introduced Senate legislation to ensure that sexual predators, incarcerated for sexually molesting children under the age of 14, be required to wear an electronic monitoring device as part of a lifetime probationi. "Child Molesters are known to have a high recidivism rate. This legislation is designed to protect our communities from habitual sexual predators.
The savings, designed to ease pressure on local property taxes, stems from new cost controls and a “cap” on local Medicaid costs, as well as an accelerated state takeover of the Family Health Plus program.
“This legislation satisfies the 5 percent matching fund requirement to trigger $153 million in Title III money under HAVA. Voters, for the first time, who believe there has been a violation of HAVA, will be able to file a formal complaint with the State Board of Elections. This legislation also provides for a statewide voter registration list will be established for the first time,” said Senator Morahan.
“It is very important that we act to protect the public by enacting this bill. Other states have enacted civil commitment laws to protect the public from sexually violent predators and to provide treatment to this dangerous group of offenders,” said Senator Morahan.
Senator Tom Morahan, who Chairs the NYS Senate Select Committee on the Disabled, today invited neighborhood organizations, the business community, local agencies, as well as individuals, to nominate friends, coworkers, and neighborhood leaders for the 2005 NYS Senate Achievers’ Award, which honors people with disabilities who have overcome physical or mental challenges and contributed to improving their communities.
The 25th Annual Senate Disabilities Awareness Day is scheduled for Tuesday, May 24.
At a ceremony held at the Palisade Center Mall in West Nyack, Senator Morahan participated in a Welcome Home Ceremony for Bravo Company, 854th Engineer Battalion.The unitserved in Camp Doha Kuwait from 2004 to February 2005 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. They provided a range of engineering services, including construction of the theatre entry and exit point at Camp Doha.
Senator Thomas P. Morahan announcedthat the New York State Senate passed legislation that will reinstate the death penalty for criminals who kill police officers. The Senate also passed a bill that would amend the state’s death penalty law to fix a provision that was ruled invalid by the state Court of Appeals.
Scores of students from Pearl River High School joined civic leaders and elected officials at the Swearing -In Ceremonies for Senator Morahan which were held at Pearl River High School. The Orangetown Police Honor Guard, Korean War Veterans Color Guard, the Pearl River HS Chorus participated in the ceremonies which culminated with the oath of office being administered by Rockland County Justice George Bergerman and Orange County Supreme Court Justice John McGuirk to Senator Morahan, who was joined by his wife Helen.
Senator Tom Morahan was appointed to chair the prestigious Senate Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee."I'm honored that Senator Bruno has appointed me to help oversee a significant part of our State's mental health and developmental disabilities responsibilities.
Senator Morahan announced that approximately $50 million in grant funding is now available to small communities in New York for projects that create jobs, improve public infrastructure and provide better housing for working families.
Senator Morahan has contacted the representatives of the State Legislature who serve on the MTA's Capital Program Review Board to revise MTA future capital expenditures to include a downpayment for a cross-Hudson rail service that would enable people to cross the Hudson River between Rockland andWestchester in an efficient, less congested, and more environmentally sound fashion.