Thomas P. Morahan's News items

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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State Legislators To Hold Public Hearing On Governor's Proposed Budget

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan (R,C,I, New City) 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 1, 2007
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Agreement On Civil Commitment Of Sex Offenders

Senator Thomas P. Morahan, New York State Senate Majority Liaison to the Executive Branch, announced an agreement between the Executive Branch and the State Legislature on legislation that will help protect New Yorkers against repeat sex offenders. The legislation authorizes a new program of civil commitment of individuals who have been convicted of sex crimes, served their prison terms and yet remain a clear threat to commit additional sex crimes.

Under the legislation, civil commitment procedures will be streamlined.

March 1, 2007
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Senate Passes Nixzmary’s Law

In a continuing effort to protect New York’s innocent children from being victims of violent child abusers, Senator Thomas P. Morahan (R,C, I, New City) announced New York State Senate passage of "Nixzmary’s Law," a bill that would require a sentence of life without parole for parents or guardians who kill a child.

February 27, 2007
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Senate Schedules Hearing On Death Of Jonathan Carey

Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno announcedthat the Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, chaired by Senator Thomas P. Morahan (R-C, New City) has scheduled a public hearing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the tragic death of 13 year old Jonathan Carey. The hearing will be held on Monday, March 5, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. in Hearing Room A of the Legislative Office Building in Albany.

Jonathan Carey, an autistic teen who lived at the state-run O.D.

February 22, 2007
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Business Leaders Discuss Alternatives To Property Taxes

Senator Thomas P. Morahan recently held his third summit meetingon reformingthe way education isfunded in New York. This forum on property tax reformbrought together business leaders from Rockland and Orange Counties."I have asked the business community to step up to the plate to propose somefiscally soundand equitable tax plans for funding public education. I value their input, and hope to make use of their suggestions soI can develop legislation to ensure our schools are funded ina better and fairer way," said the Senator.

February 16, 2007
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Senate Passes $1.3 Billion Small Business Assistance Package

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan, (R,C, I, New City) announcedNew York State Senate passageof small business and manufacturing assistance legislation (S.1456), that targets the biggest concerns that hold back small businesses from growing and creating new jobs. The plan would provide $590 million in assistance in the first year and almost $1.3 billion in tax relief and assistance to small businesses when fully implemented after three years.

February 13, 2007
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Lonely Heart Scams, Healthy Hearts & Minds ---the Focus Of Valentine's Day Self-help Activities In The Hudson Valley

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan and SUNY Rockland Community College (RCC) announced sponsorship of a Valentine's Day-related series of "Healthy Hearts, Healthy Minds," health screenings and informational workshops at Rockland Community College on February 13,14, and 15.

February 12, 2007
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Senate Moves To Mandate Maximum Sentences For Parole Violators

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan (R,C, I, New City) announcedNew York State Senate passage of legislation he introduced which requires that any individual who commits a felony while on parole be returned to prison to serve the maximum sentence on the original felony before the sentence for the subsequent felony commences.

February 7, 2007
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Senator Bruno Names Senator Thomas Morahan Liaison To The Governor

Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno today appointed Senator Thomas Morahan (R-C, New City), to the leadership post of Senate Majority Liaison to the Executive Branch. The position will function primarily as a vital communication link between the Senate Majority Conference and the Governor’s Office on a wide variety of public policy issues.

"Senator Morahan has been a vocal and effective advocate for the constituents of Orange and Rockland Counties in the State Senate for nearly a decade," said Senator Bruno.

February 6, 2007
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Senate Unveils Higher Education Proposals

State Senator Thomas P. Morahan (R/C/I, New City) announced the Senate Majority Conferencehad introduced a comprehensive package of proposals 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’s servicemen and women to attend college.

January 29, 2007
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Hudson Valley Talent/leaders Salute Senator

NYS Senator Thomas P. Morahan was honored by several hundred elected officials, community and business leaders and activists, as well as a cadre of talented performer from the lower Hudson Valley, including presentation from the Suffern High School String Ensemble,United States Army Field Band, New York State Police, Rockland Community College, Arts Council of Rockland, Chiku Awali African Dance Company, and The Juilliard School.

January 25, 2007
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Senate Unveils $1.3 Billion Small Business Assistance Package

Senator Thomas P. Morahan announced a Senate Majority Conference small business and manufacturing assistance plan that targets the biggest concerns that hold back small businesses from growing and creating new jobs. The plan would provide $490 million in assistance in the first year and almost $1.3 billion in tax relief and assistance to small businesses when fully implemented after three years.

"We need to continue to do more to help businesses, especially small businesses, create good-paying jobs," Senator Morahan said.

January 24, 2007
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New York Supply Of Blood Reaching Emergency Level

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan has been alerted by the New York Blood Center (NYBC) that the supply of blood has reached an emergency level. The NYBC's regional operations, which include Hudson Valley Blood Services, (responsible for providing blood to hospitals in the Bronx & Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Dutchess, Orange, Ulster & Sullivan Counties) has less than a 2 day supply of some blood types.

"I urge all those eligible in the Hudson Valley to donate blood immediately.

January 16, 2007
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New Senate Budget Reform Plan Lines Out Every Dollar

New York State Senator Thomas Morahanannounced the introduction of legislation in the Senate that would line out in the State budget every dollar to be spent by the Governor, Legislature, Judiciary and all State agencies and authorities. The Senate’s reform bill would eliminate the practice of including lump sum appropriations in the budget for spending by the Governor, the Legislature, the Judiciary, and by every State agency and public authority.

December 15, 2006
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Senate Mental Health Chair Urges State Law Mandating Postpartum Screening

The Chairman of the New York State Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, Senator Thomas P. Morahan, joined by Dr. Nicholas Klein, M.D., Director of Nyack Hospital's Maternity Center, one of the busiest maternity centers in the Hudson Valley, as well as Dr.

December 11, 2006
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Tax Credits, Increase In Minimum Wage Highlight New Laws To Take Effect January 1, 2007

Tax credits and reductions that will save New York families and businesses almost $1 billion, an increase in the minimum wage, and procedures to cut down on Medicaid fraud highlight the list of new state laws that will take effect on January 1, 2007.

"On January 1, new laws will go into effect that will save New York’s families and businesses almost a billion dollars in taxes and will protect jobs and valuable industries like manufacturing.

December 7, 2006
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Governor Announces 575-acre Acquisition For Sterling Forest

State Senator Thomas P. Morahan joined Governor George E. Pataki in announcing the acquisition of 575 acres to expand Sterling Forest State Park in Orange County. The new property increases the size of Sterling Forest to more than 18,200 acres of forests, lakes, streams, and other sensitive natural resources, one of the largest state parks in New York. The scenic acreage purchased is surrounded by the public parkland and had been vulnerable to development.

"This magnificent resource is located in my district.

November 28, 2006
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Governor Signs Morahan Legislation Providing Medical Treatment For Military Personnel And Veterans Exposed To Toxic And Radioactive Metal

Senator Thomas P. Morahan, Chairman of the State Legislature's Armed Forces Committee, and a member of the New York State Senate’s Veterans, Homeland Security & Military Affairs Committee, announced thaton November 17, 2006, Governor Pataki signed into law legislation which will ensure that military personnel and veterans of New York State get the best screening and treatment for exposure to toxic and radioactive metal, particularly depleted uranium (D. U.).

November 22, 2006
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Senator Morahan To Name Rocklander To Newly Created State Panel On Underage Drinking

Senator Thomas P. Morahan, author of a recent law creating a State Advisory Council on Underage Alcohol Consumption, attended the SADD Youth Convention in Rockland County recently at St. Thomas Aquinas College to announce the appointment of Ms. Sharon Hittman, a distinguished community activist from Rockland County who has worked on underage drinking prevention initiatives for over 15 years, to the 'NYS Advisory Council on Underage Alcohol Consumption.' Ms.

November 13, 2006
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