Thomas P. Morahan's News items

Senate Passes Initiative And Referendum

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan today announced New York State Senate passage of a constitutional amendment (S.6020) that would give New Yorkers a more direct role in the legislative process by empowering them to enact and amend laws through initiative and referendum.

"By enacting initiative and referendum, we will be ensuring that the people of this state play a more integral role in the decision-making process.

June 8, 2006
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June 7, 2006
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Senate Passes Bill Providing Property Tax Breaks For Disabled

The New York State Senate gave final legislative passageto a bill, sponsored by Senator Thomas Morahan, that would provide real property tax relief on properties owned by persons with disabilities on limited incomes.

The bill (S.5734-A) would authorize local governments to increase the maximum income eligibility limit under the Disabled Real Property Tax Exemption program from $24,000 to $26,000, and in one thousand dollar increments annually until 2009, when the income requirement will be $29,000.

Senator Thomas Morahan, chairman of the state Senate Mental Health and Developm

June 5, 2006
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Senate And Assembly Mental Health Chairmen Introduce Legislation Requiring Specialized Training For School Bus Personnel Who Transport Disabled Children

Senator Thomas P. Morahan, Chairman of the New York State Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, joined Assembly Mental Health Chair Peter M.

June 5, 2006
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Legislature And Newspaper Publishers Announce Agreement On Foil Legislation

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan announced that New York State Legislative leaders had reached agreement with the New York Newspaper Publishers Association on legislation that would help stop government stonewalling of requests made under the state’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIL). The bill would put teeth in the enforcement of the FOIL law and help guarantee that FOIL requests are responded to promptly by government agencies.

May 29, 2006
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Landmark Postpartum Depression Legislation Introduced In New York State

Legislation requiring health care professionals providing postnatal care to screen new mothers for postpartum depression, and requiring health care professionals who provide prenatal care to educate women and their families about the disorder was introduced in the New York State Senate today. State Senator Thomas P. Morahan ,who chairs the Senate Mental Health Committee made the announcement at a press conference, surrounded by scores of women and healthcare professionals attending a National Women's Health Week Screening Fair at the Palisades Center in West Nyack, New York.

May 18, 2006
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Senate And Assembly Reach Agreement On Gas Tax Cap

Senator Thomas P. Morahan announced that the New York State Legislature had reached agreement on a plan to provide New Yorkers with relief from high gas prices by capping and reducing the sales taxes on gasoline.

The agreement would save New Yorkers as much as $450 million annually at the pump by capping the sales taxes at $2 per gallon. The bill would cap the State sales taxes on gas at 8-cents per gallon, effectively freezing the tax at the $2 per gallon rate.

May 10, 2006
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Senate Passes Legislation That Would Increase Penalties For Repeat Drunk Drivers

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahanannounced Senate passage of the Bill Leaf-Brandi Woods Law, which would increase penalties for certain vehicular crimes committed by persons who have previously been convicted on one or more occasions of an alcohol or drug related driving while intoxicated charge or driving while ability impaired charge.

May 10, 2006
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Senator Morahan Hosts Free Screenings And Lectures At Women's Health Event At Palisades Center

Senator Thomas P. Morahan in collaboration with Nyack Hospital will be offering free screenings and lecturesto the publicat ahealth fair at the Palisades Center on Thursday, May 18, 2006 from Noon to 3:00 PM in commemoration of National Woman's Health Week (see link below).

Free hypertension screening, Diabetes screening, nutritional counseling, literature about health prevention will be available.

May 9, 2006
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Legislaton To Ban Outdoor Wood Furnaces In The Summer

State Senator Thomas P.Morahan has introduced legislation in the New York State Senate that calls for the regulation of outdoor wood furnaces. The proposal calls for a ban on the use of outdoor boilers in the summer.

May 2, 2006
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May 2, 2006
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Senate Passes Comprehensive Package Of DWI Legislation

Senator Thomas P. Morahan announced New York State Senate passage of a comprehensive package of DWI legislation that will keep repeat DWI offenders off the streets and increase the penalties for drunk driving, especially drunk drivers that severely injure or kill innocent victims.

April 25, 2006
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Senator Morahan Secures Energy Saving Grant For Rockland County

Senator Thomas P. Morahan announced that he has secured a $ 60,000 grant to implement cost-effective energy improvements as well as reducing the consumption and cost of energy at the Rockland County Municipal Building (aka Utility Plant).

April 20, 2006
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Senator Morahan Announces $ 10 Million Increase In Education Aid To Rockland County School Districts

As a result of his efforts,Senator Thomas P. Morahanproudly announcedthathe has successfully secured from the State Legislature over $10 million dollars more in educational state aid increases to Rockland County school districts, then was originally proposed in the Governor’s education budget. While representing only a portion of Orange County, the Senator was also able to secure over $ 840,000 in additional educational funding for the school districts in communities he represents.

April 6, 2006
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Senator Kicks-off Youthfest In Rockland County

Thousands of Hudson Valley residents attended YouthFest activities at the Field House of Rockland Community College. The five-hour eventoffered young people an opportunity to interface with experts, counselors and other support personnelwhoshared information about health initiatives, recreational opportunities, community service, and higher education programs. Senator Thomas Morahankicked off YouthFest activities.

March 30, 2006
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Legislature Agrees On State Budget

Senator Thomas P. Morahanannounced that the State Legislature has agreed on the 2006-07 State budget. Morahan, one of the key joint Assembly-Senate Budget Conference chairmen responsible for producing the budget, noted that the document would deliver tax cuts to families, help make New York more economically competitive, and will make important investments in education, health care and other areas that will improve the quality of life for New Yorkers.

"This budget will return more than $4.1 billion to the hardworking, overburdened taxpayers of New York State over the next two years.

March 29, 2006
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Senator Morahan Announces Additional State Aid For Hudson Valley Towns And Villages To Reduce Property Taxes

State Senator Thomas P. Morahanannounced that the State Legislature had agreed toincrease Governor Pataki's proposedstate aid for towns, and villages. The joint Assembly-Senate Budget Conferenceapproved $ 396,659 for Rockland County to help ease the pressure of local property taxes.

March 28, 2006
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Senator Proposes Legislation To Cut College Textbook Costs

State Senator Thomas P. Morahanis proposing Senate legislation to lower the cost of textbooks for college students. His bill would provide guidelines to encourage professors and bookstores to slow costs, which the federal Government Accountability Office (GAO) found are "rising faster than inflation or tuition." The GAO study found that at four year colleges more than a quarter of the cost of tuition and fees is spent on books, while at community colleges, the cost of books often amounts to almost 75% of tuition and fees.

March 27, 2006
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Senate Passes Bill To Eliminate $1 E-z Pass Surcharge

State Senator Thomas P. Morahan announced New York State Senatepassage of legislation that would prohibit agencies that administer E-ZPass in New York State from charging monthly surcharges.

The bill (S.6331) is a response to complaints from downstate motorists about an unwarranted $1 administrative service charge being tacked on to their E-ZPass account bills each month.

Three different agencies authorize E-ZPass within the state, the New York State Thruway Authority, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).

March 21, 2006
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Senator: NYS Health Department Is Neglecting The Urgent Health Needs Of Hudson Valley Residents

Senator Thomas P. Morahanis urging the New York State Department of Health to change what appears to be a course of ‘benign neglect’ with respect to the health care needs of Hudson Valley residents.

In his first example of DOH neglect, the Senator, who represents Rockland County and a portion of Orange, noted that he has contacted NYS Health Commissioner Antonia Novello to protest her agency’s failure to fund an urgent request by the Rockland County Health Department seeking funding to identify and treat high risk individuals who may be infected with TB.

March 20, 2006
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