Thomas P. Morahan's News items

State Senators Call For Immediate Senate Action On Drug-resistant Bugs

Senator Thomas P. Morahanwas joined bySenator Mary Lou Rath (R-C-I, Williamsville) in urging Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno to give "a high priority" to a bill they are spearheading, which would require all hospitals to implement an antibiotic resistant infection prevention and control method--including the isolation and treatment of infected patients.

October 29, 2007
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Hudson Valley Senators Express Opposition To Proposed MTA Fare/Toll Hikes

Five Hudson Valley State Senators signed a letter stating their strong opposition to the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s (MTA) plans to substantially increase fares and tolls.

In a joint letter to MTA Chairman H. Dale Hemmerdinger, Senator Thomas Morahan, Senator John Bonacic, Senator William Larkin, Senator Vincent Leibell, and Senator Stephen Saland expressed their opposition to the increases. Chairman Hemmerdinger was confirmed by the Senate during the Special Legislative Session held on October 22, 2007.

October 24, 2007
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Senator Morahan To 'cut The Ribbon' On Handicap Accessible Playground In Orangetown

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities will join community leaders and officials on Thursday, October 25, 2007 at 11:30 a.m. to participate in the Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony of a handicap accessible playground at Veteran's Park, located at 81 Hunt Road, in the Town of Orangetown. Senator Morahan secured a $50,000 grant to develop the facility, which was designed specifically for the needs of 2-5 year olds who have some cognitive or physical disability.

October 22, 2007
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Senator Morahan Hosts Roundtable On Paid Family Leave

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan, a member of the Senate Labor Committee willhost a downstate "Roundtable Discussion on Paid Family Leave Legislation" on Wednesday, October 24, 2007, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Nanuet Public Library, located at 149 Church Street in Nanuet.

The Senator recently introduced multiple bills regarding paid family leave. The Senator's legislation provides for partial pay during periods of family leave to care for a seriously ill family member, or newborns.

October 18, 2007
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Senator To Support Legislation To Prohibit Drivers Licenses For Illegal Aliens

Senator Thomas P. Morahan today announced his support for legislation which would require a social security number or proof of authorized presence in the United States to obtain a New York State drivers license.

October 18, 2007
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State Legislation Pushed To Prevent NYC From Becoming 'Dogfight Capital Of The World'

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan responded to a New York Post investigative report that indicated that "New York City is the Dogfight Capital of the World." The Senator noted that he has authored legislation to significantly increase the penalties to the felony level for those convicted of violating state laws prohibiting animal fighting, including spectators, trainers and owners.

October 15, 2007
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Senator Morahan And State Mental Health Commissioner Launch National Depression Screen Day In Lower Hudson Valley

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan, who chairs the NYS Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, was joined by NYS Mental Health Commissioner Michael F. Hogan PHd, mental health officials and advocates, at the Tarrytown, NY side of the Tappan Zee Bridge, to kick-off National Depression Screening Day in the state. The theme, Preventing Suicide, has become a growing public health issue. The statistics are alarming: Approximately 30,000 Americans die by suicide annually; There is one suicide every 16 minutes and 88 suicides per day.

October 10, 2007
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Senate To Act On Bill Next Month To Prohibit Drivers Licenses For Illegal Aliens

In an effort to stop an ill-advised order from Governor Spitzer that could jeopardize the safety and security of New Yorkers, New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan today announced that the New York State Senate will act on legislation next month to prohibit the state from issuing drivers licenses to illegal aliens.

October 3, 2007
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Rockland Elementary School Named "Blue Ribbon School"

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan, a member of the Senate Education Committee today announced that the New York State Education Department, in cooperation with the United States Education Department, has named Strawtown Elementary School in West Nyack one of 16 New York State schools designated a 2007 Blue Ribbon School. To reward successful schools, the U.S.

October 3, 2007
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Senator Morahan To Be Honored By NYSRA As 'Public Official Of The Year'

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan, Chairman of the Senate's Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities will be honored in Albany on Tuesday, September 25, 2007 by the New York State Rehabilitation Association (NYSRA), as "Public Official of the Year."

 

In a letter to the Senator, NYSRA President/CEO Jeff Wise noted that his organization's 100 member entities wanted to recognize Senator Morahan for his efforts on behalf of the 'community of people with disabilities.'

September 22, 2007
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Senator Morahan Announces NYS Homeland Security Grants

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan announced that Rockland County will be receiving two grants from the NYS Office of Homeland Security for homeland security initiatives and terrorism prevention. "I want to thank New York State Homeland Security Secretary Michael Balboni for responding to the public safety concerns of the law enforcement community," said Senator Morahan. The Senator was joined by Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoefin making the funding announcement.

September 20, 2007
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Governor Spitzer Signs Morahan Legislation

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities was invited by Governor Eliot Spitzer today to participate in a signing ceremony for "Jonathan’s Law," legislation introduced in the Senate by Senator Morahan which grants the parents and guardians of disabled children and adults greater access to records related to their care while in state-operated residential mental hygiene facilities. The law is the result of the efforts by Michael and Lisa Carey.

September 4, 2007
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Senator Morahan: State Senate To Convene July 16

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan today announced that the New York State Senate will convene a special session on Monday, July 16 to deal with the real unfinished business and address the priorities that truly matter to New Yorkers, including increased property tax relief, job creation and economic development, and the death penalty for criminals who kill police officers.

July 10, 2007
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Senate Passes Higher Education Plan

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahanannounced New York State Senate passage of a comprehensive higher education package that would make obtaining a college education more affordable for New York’s students, help families with soaring tuition expenses, provide new incentives to college students to keep them living and working in New York when they graduate, and recognize the sacrifices and service of our military personnel by making it easier for New York veterans of all wars to attend college.

June 19, 2007
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Millions Approved To Build And Renovate Affordable Housing In New York State

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan announced that a total of $14 million in affordable housing financing and grants was approved for the Hudson Valley by the boards of the New York State Housing Finance Agency (HFA) and Affordable Housing Corporation (AHC).

June 16, 2007
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Senator Nominates West Nyack Vet To NYS Senate Veterans Hall Of Fame

On Flag Day, June 14, 2007, during the course of session at the New York State Senate, Senator Thomas P. Morahan (R-C-I, New City) will formally nominate 84 year-old Rockland County resident, Joseph Conace, to the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame.

 

June 14, 2007
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Senate Majority Unveils Comprehensive Plan To Overhaul Property Tax System In New York State

Senator Thomas P. MorahanannouncedSenate passage of major property tax reform legislation that could result in the complete elimination of residential school property taxes in school districts that vote to phase out property taxes over five years, with revenue replaced with additional State funding. "Escalating school property taxes continues to be one of the most significant concerns of the residents of my district. For over a year I have held fact-finding meetings on school property tax reform.

June 14, 2007
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Senate Passes Bill To Prohibit Solitary Confinement Of Mentally Ill Inmates And Establish Residential Treatment Programs

The New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan announced New York State Senate passage of legislation that would prohibit mentally ill inmates from being placed in solitary confinement "special housing units" and would establish residential treatment programs for these inmates.

"This legislation is consistent with both the mental health treatment needs of these inmates and the safety and security of our correctional facilities," said Senator Morahan, who chairs the Senate's Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee.

June 7, 2007
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Senate Passes Legislation To Reduce Level Of Homeowners Mirant-related Property Taxes

Senator Thomas P. Morahan announced New York State Senate passage of his legislation (S. 2445) which would reduce the level of tax burden facing North Rockland homeowners impacted by the Mirant tax case.

"This legislation will provide for a transition of this shift in burden to the homeowners, and thereby help to lessen the immediate financial impact of the Mirant proceedings," said Senator Morahan.Court-ordered judgements in the Mirant tax case have resulted in a dramatic decrease in the tax revenue derived from the Bowline and Lovett plants.

June 6, 2007
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