Senator Thomas P. Morahan was recently selected by The Center for Discovery to be the recipient of their coveted GREEN SHOVEL AWARD. Approximately 600 peopleattended the award presentation at the organization's annual Harvest Festival,on Sunday, October 15, 2006 at the Milligan Hill Equine Assisted Therapy Center in Harris, New York.
Joined by law enforcement officials, Senator Thomas Morahan announced the latestID Theft statistics which indicate that Rockland County is one of the top localities in New York State for victims of ID theft.The Senator indicated that as of October, 2006 there were 176 cases of ID theft reported in Rockland."I was shocked to learn that the Town of Clarkstown alone, as of October 10, 2006, had 60 reported cases of ID Theft," theSenator told 400 senior volunteers attending a Retired Senior Volunteers Program (RSVP) eventat the Holiday Inn in Suffern.
Senator Thomas P.Morahanannounced that he has filed legislationto exclude NYS School Property Tax Rebate Checks from taxation. "As a result of a recent legislation, homeowners in New York State who are enrolled in the STAR or ENHANCED STAR programs will be directly receiving property tax rebate checks.
State Senator Thomas P. Morahan announced that Governor Pataki today signed into law legislation he sponsored to protect the privacy of New Yorkers. To guard against the potential misuse of Social Security account numbers (SSN), Morahan's legislation places limits on the use and dissemination of this information.
"Identity theft is a growing problem with severe consequences. Victims face significant financial losses and complicated credit problems that could take years to correct.
Senator Thomas P. Morahan today announced a major $1.3 million dollar investment in Rockland Community College’s capacity to train professionals for disaster preparedness. The funding is part of a new $4 million initiative to create the new Hudson Valley Domestic Preparedness Community College Consortium at SUNY Rockland, Orange, Ulster and Sullivan Community Colleges obtained by Senators Morahan, John J. Bonacic (42nd District) and William J. Larkin Jr. (39th District) in the 2006-2007 State budget.
As Americans mark the fifth anniversary of the attack on America, New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan today urged Governor Pataki to sign ID Theft legislation that would require New York State businesses to implement appropriate safeguards limiting access to an individual's Social Security number. Passed by the New York State Assembly and Senate, the Governor has until Wednesday (9/13/06)to approve or veto the Social Security Number Privacy Bill (S.6909), which was introduced in the Senate by Morahan.
New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan and Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski today announced that they have successfully convinced the Majority Leader of the Senate and the Speaker of the Assembly to jointly participate in discussions to forge a fiscal plan that can reduce the tax burden on for North Rockland School District taxpayers.
A NYS Supreme Court justice recently ruled in favor of Mirant's tax challenge regarding the Bowline power plants, creating a possible $190 million burden for North Rockland School District taxpayers.
New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahanannounced that legislation he sponsored to require all petitions for political candidates to be gender neutral has been signed by Governor Pataki. Senate bill S 1503 and Assembly bill A.10330,require the addition of 'feminine provisions' wherever the masculine pronoun appears."This new law, in a small but symbolic way, reflects the decades-long effort by society to promote equality. The legislation, which takes effect December 1, 2006, amends the text of the election law by adding the feminine pronoun wherever the masculine pronoun appears.
As New Yorkers enter the heart of the first hurricane season since Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, Senator Thomas P. Morahantoday announced a partnership with community supermarkets encouraging residents to ready their families and homes to weather the next storm.
With hurricane season now more of a concern for people living in coastal and low-lying areas than ever before, Senator Morahan has teamed withShopRite, Stop and Shop, C-Town,
Senator Thomas P. Morahan announced thatthe New York State was expanding the scope of Megan's Law, with all Level 2 sex offenders now being listed on the Internet, in addition to Level 3 sex offenders. The law also expands public notice regarding Level 1 sex offenders.
This expansion of Megan’s Law adds more than 8,000 Level 2 sex offenders, considered to be a "moderate risk" to re-offend, to the website maintained by the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) under New York's Sex Offender Registration Act.
New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahanannounced that Medicaid reforms he supported to ease the burden on local governments and property taxpayers, have resulted in significantly greater savings than originally projected. Senator Morahan called on Rockland and Orange counties to pass along the unexpected savings to property taxpayers.
"The Medicaid reforms the Senate pushed for two years ago are generating significantly greater savings for counties than we anticipated and those savings should be passed along to property taxpayers," Senator Morahan said.
The New York State Senate today announced passage of legislation, sponsored by Senator Thomas P. Morahan ,that would amend the real property tax law, permitting people 75 years of age or over to be totally exempted from real property taxation for school tax purposes.
"Seniors in New York who own their homes are facing an ever increasing tax burden. Many of these seniors have limited income which makes school taxes even more difficult to bear.
After the results of a survey conducted by Rockland County's Office of Consumer Affairs revealed that gas prices at 53 of the county's 79 gas stations had either remained the same or gone up since the new law establishing a maximum level on the amount of State sales tax on gasoline and diesel fuel purchases went into effect a month ago, New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahancontacted the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance to monitor and strictly enforce Tax Cap legislation enacted by the state and county government.
Senator Thomas P. Morahan announced Senate passage of a legislative property tax reduction package which would not only reduce school property taxes around the state, but could significantly aid school districts, like the Haverstraw-Stony Point School District in Rockland County, which are facing large tax certiorari judgments in the multi-millions of dollars. If enacted, the bill (S.8360), relieves school districts of the difficulties of raising the funds through residential property taxes and replaces these funds with state aid.
New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan, Chairman of the Senate Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee announced today agreement on "Timothy's Law" legislation that would provide parity in insurance coverage for mental illnesses. The agreement would require insurance companies to cover most mental illnesses and would require coverage for a broad range of mental illnesses and conditions specifically related to children.
Senator Thomas P. Morahan announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation that would provide almost $1 billion in much-needed relief to hardworking, overburdened taxpayers to help pay their school property taxes this fall. The bill represents an agreement with the State Assembly.
"We have to act to ensure that when school tax bills arrive this fall, taxpayers have help paying them.