Thomas P. Morahan's News items

April 1, 2007
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Senator Morahan Wins The Fight For Much Needed Property Tax Relief

Senator Thomas P. Morahantoday announced the final 2007-08 state budget will include much-needed direct property tax relief for the residents of the lower Hudson Valley. The budget passed this weekend by the State Legislature expands on the success of last year’s Senate-initiated rebate check program and provides $1.3 billion in direct property tax relief to New Yorkers this year.

April 1, 2007
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Senate Passes Legislation For Victims Traumatized By 9/11

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan announced final Legislative passage of a bill (S3039) that allows victims traumatized by the events of September 11th, including family members of those who died in the attacks, to receive reimbursement for counseling expenses.

March 28, 2007
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Joint Legislative General Budget Conference Committee To Consider Budget Framework Agreement

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan, (R,C,I, New City) who chairs one of the ten joint legislative budget conference committees announced that intensive discussions over the last few days has resulted in several areas of possible agreement between the legislative and executive branches of government. Areas of agreement will be discussed at the Joint Legislative General Budget Conference today for consideration and action.

March 28, 2007
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Senate Passes Legislation To Impose Stiffer Penalties For Attacks On Elderly New Yorkers

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan (R,C,I, New City) announced that the New York State Senate today passed legislation to impose tougher penalties for physical assaults on senior citizens. The legislation was announced earlier this month at a Capitol news conference following the vicious attacks on Rose Morat, a 101-year-old Queens woman who was mugged on her way to church, and 85-year-old Solange Elizee, who was mugged and beaten just a half hour later by the same attacker.

March 27, 2007
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Senator Supports Legislation To Prevent Credit Card Companies From Penalizing New York Cardholders Through Universal Default

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan today announced that he is co- sponsoring legislation that would ban the practice of "universal default" in New York State, which allows credit card companies to increase interest rates if a cardholder makes a late payment to another credit card company or even pays a phone or utility bill late. The practice has forced some consumers to pay twice the amount of their credit card bills because of interest and fees.

March 21, 2007
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Governor Signs Internet Sexual Solicitation Law

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan (R,I,C New City) today announced that legislation he co-sponsored (S.748), designed to clarify that the law makes no distinction between words and images with respect to the crime of disseminating indecent material to minors, has been signed by Governor Spitzer.

March 21, 2007
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Senate Calls For Investigation, Increased Penalties Following Abuse, Death Of Jonathan Carey

Senatelawmakers today joined with the family of Jonathan Carey to call on the Inspector General to investigate the Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD) and the Commission on Quality Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities (CQC) following the alleged mistreatment of 13 year old Jonathan Carey at the Anderson School, which led to his transfer to another facility and, ultimately, his tragic death.

March 16, 2007
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Hudson Valley Senator Rejects Governor’s Health Care Cuts

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahanannounced that Senate Republicans have rejected massive health care cuts proposed by Governor Spitzer in his Executive Budget that would have taken more than $1.2 billion from hospitals and nursing homes across the State. In Morahan's district, which includes Rockland County and a portion of Orange County, hospitals and nursing homes would lose over $ 9 million in cuts, and the loss of funding would trigger additional federal cuts to hospitals.

March 15, 2007
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Senator Appoints Rockland Veterans Advocate To State Task Force On Depleted Uranium

Senator Thomas P. Morahan, Chairman of the State Legislature's Armed Forces Committee, and member of the New York State Senate’s Veterans, Homeland Security & Military Affairs Committee, today announced the appointment of Mr.

March 15, 2007
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Senator Morahan Named Chairman Of Mental Hygiene Conference Committee

New York State Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno today appointed Senator Thomas P. Morahanto Chair the Mental Hygiene Conference Committee, one of ten joint conference committees with responsibility for reaching an agreement with Assembly on the 2007-08 State Budget. .

"Senator Morahan possesses a wealth of knowledge and expertise of New York’s mental health system and his commitment is second to none," said Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno.

March 13, 2007
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Senators Unveil New Proposal To Impose Stiffer Penalties For Attacks On Elderly New Yorkers

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahantoday announced that the Senate Committee on Aging will introduce legislation to impose tougher penalties for physical assaults on senior citizens. The announcement follows the recent vicious attack on Rose Morat, a 101-year-old Queens woman who was mugged on her way to church. The same attacker is also suspected of beating and mugging 85-year-old Solange Elizee just a half hour later.

March 13, 2007
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Senator Morahan Co-sponsors Ninth Annual Rockland Youthfest

Senator Thomas P. Morahan wasa major sponsorofRockland County's Ninth Annual Youthfest, which was held on March 11thin the Rockland Community College Fieldhouse. The Senator welcomedhundreds ofevent visitors, and thanked the more than 170 organizations for their participation.The Senator's constituent service staff workedat the 'Senate Booth', assisting scores of constituents with questions relating togovernmental service delivery.

March 11, 2007
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Senator Morahan To Hold Public Hearing On Governor's Proposed Budget

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan announced that he will be holding a public hearing on the impact of Governor Spitzer's proposed 2007-08 Executive Budget Plan on those who reside and/or work in the lower Hudson Valley.

March 8, 2007
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Senate Gives Final Passage To Ethics Reform Legislation

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan announced that theNew York State Senate has given final legislative passage to landmark legislation that creates new ethics and lobbying reforms in state government.

March 7, 2007
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Senate Passes Civil Confinement Legislation

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities announced that the Sex Offender Management and Treatment Act (S3318) has been passed by the New York State Senate.

The bill establishes comprehensive reforms to enhance public safety by allowing the State to continue managing sex offenders upon the expiration of their criminal sentences, either by civilly confining the most dangerous recidivistic sex offenders, or by permitting strict and intensive parole supervision of offenders who pose a lesser risk of harm.

March 6, 2007
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Senate Mental Health Committee Approves Civil Confinement Legislation

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities announced that the Sex Offender Management and Treatment Act (S3318), was approved today by his committee.

The bill establishes comprehensive reforms to enhance public safety by allowing the State to continue managing sex offenders upon the expiration of their criminal sentences, either by civilly confining the most dangerous recidivistic sex offenders, or by permitting strict and intensive parole supervision of offenders who pose a lesser risk of harm.

March 5, 2007
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Senate Hearing On Death Of Jonathan Carey

The Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, Chaired by Senator Tom Morahan (R-C, New City) will hold a public hearing on Monday, March 5, 2007, to investigate the circumstances surrounding the tragic death of 13 year old Jonathan Carey. The hearing will begin at 10:00 a.m.

March 2, 2007
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Legislation Passes Requiring Retail Businesses To Post Warnings When Offering Internet Access To The Public

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan (R,C, I, New City) announced Senate passage of legislation he authored that requires any retail business that offers internet access to post a warning sign in their establishment. Such a warning would state: "For the purposes of your own protection and privacy, you are advised to install a firewall or other computer security measures when accessing the Internet".

The Senator introduced the legislation (S.

March 2, 2007
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