New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan announced that legislation to help combat the trafficking of human beings was signed into law by the Governor. The new law will make Sex Trafficking and Labor Trafficking felony-level crimes and provides access to state social services for trafficking victims. In 2006, Senator Morahan was a sponsor of comprehensive legislation to strengthen the state’s laws relating to human trafficking by increasing penalties, protecting minors and providing victim assistance. He strongly praised the new law.
New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahanannounced New York State Senate passage of legislation (S.5517) that would create the new charge of aggravated vehicular homicide for drunk drivers who kill others.
Senate action on the legislation was announced at a Capitol news conference where members of the Senate Majority Conference were joined by the family members of Katie Flynn.
New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan announced that Governor Spitzer had signed into law legislation that will ensure that New Yorkers who buy merchandise on-line and have their purchases shipped will have the same protections as those who make purchase by mail or by phone.
"I want especially commend Senator Fuschillo, Chairman on the Senate Standing Committee on Consumer Protection for introducing this legislation, said Senator Morahan.
Senator Tom Morahan today announced passage of a bill (S. 5078) he sponsored as Chair of the Senate Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee to require the State to develop a comprehensive plan to concentrate on services for those who age with autism in their communities and includes vocational, residential and social needs.
"It is critical that the State recognize that the needs of individuals living with autism will last for the duration of their lives and plan and provide for such needs accordingly.
New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan (R-C-I, New City) today announced New York State Senate passage of legislation (S.5848) that would expand the State’s DNA database to include samples from every person convicted of a crime.
New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahanannounced New York State Senate passage of legislation that would establish the death penalty for criminals who kill police officers. The Senate action coincided with National Police Week (May 13-19, 2007.)
"Too many law enforcement officers are being killed while honoring their commitment to protect and serve this state -- and many more are injured and wounded in the line of duty. We can no longer sit back and watch ruthless murderers take the lives of police officers.
At an awards ceremonyat the state Capitol in Albany, New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan (R,C,I, New City) presented awards to students from Rockland County schools selected in a statewide competition for developing creative environmental awareness projects. The New York State Senate's 16th Annual "I-MA-GREEN-Nation" competition pitted students from Grades One through Eight against their peers at other schools for presentation of innovative and creative ideas for solving the problems of solid waste reduction and/or encouraging recycling.
Senator Thomas P. Morahan joined Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, NYS Department of Environmental Commissioner Pete Grannis and North Rockland officials to announce a partial shutdown of the Lovett generating station in Stony Point, one of two coal-burning units at the Stony Point power plant at which the Mirant Corporation failed to upgrade pollution controls.
Senator Morahan had successfully convinced Cuomo to meet with Mirant and North Rockland officials to deal with the financial impact of the plants closing.
New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan, Chairman of the NYS Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, today announced that Governor Spitzer had signed "Jonathan’s Law," legislation sponsored by Morahan which will provide parents and guardians with better access to records and reports of incidents and abuse allegations involving their children in residential mental hygiene facilities.
Senator Thomas P. Morahan, whoserves as Chairman of the New York State Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, stated, “If ever we needed a wake-up call, the tragic events at Virginia Tech gave us one. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in adolescents ages fifteen to nineteen. Over 90 percent of youth suicide victims have had at least one major psychiatric disorder, with depressive disorders being the most prevalent.
New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan today announced a plan by the Senate Majority to double the size of direct property tax rebate checks for senior citizen homeowners. The Senate is introducing a bill that would return about $200 million to senior citizens.
In observance of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahanjoined by members of the New York State Senate Majority Conference, today passed a comprehensive package of legislation aimed at protecting victims of domestic violence.
New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan announced that he has secured an $ 80,000 grant for the Mental Health Association in Orange County (MHA) to fund the "Home to Stay Program". A consortium of organizations including the MHA of Orange County, the Orange County Department of Mental Health, the National Alliance for Mental Illness, Rehabilitation Support Services, Inc., and the Alliance for the Mentally Ill in Orange County requested the funds to continue to operate the innovative mental health program.
Senator Thomas P. Morahantoday alerted dairy farmers in the lower Hudson Valley that they must apply to the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets by April 27, 2007 for direct financial relief provided by the Dairy Assistance Program. The Senate successfully fought to include $30 million in the State budget for relief assistance for dairy farmers.
"This program comes at a critical time for New York’s dairy farmers with checks coming just in time for spring planting," said Senator Morahan
New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahanannounced an agreement between the Senate Majority Leader, Assembly Speaker and Attorney General, resulting in the introduction of landmark legislation to protect students and their families from exploitation by conflicts of interest in the student-loan industry. The bill makes New York the first state to offer a solution to the student-loan scandal that has affected millions.
New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan (R, C, I, New City) announced that he has introduceda New York State Senate Resolutioncalling on Governor Eliot Spitzer to proclaim April 15-21, 2007 as Holocaust Remembrance Week in the State of New York.
State investments to encourage economic development and job creation, along with providing additional tax relief, are the State Senate’s top priorities for the remainder of the 2007 legislative session, saidSenator Thomas P. Morahan, Senate Majority Liaison to the Executive Branch.
"We need to make capital investments to support economic development projects that create jobs. We need more tax relief to make New York more competitive.
New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan (R,C,I, New City) today announced that record increases in school aid for districts in the Lower Hudson Valley combined with double property tax relief rebate checks means good news for taxpayers. Across the board, school districts saw significant increases in aid in the 2007-08 state budget that was passed by the State Legislature.
"The end result is what I, along with my Senate colleagues, have been fighting for since the beginning of the budget process," said Senator Morahan.