A broad-based statewide coalition came together to call on the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) to delay implementation of new regulations that would increase the cost of basic phone service by 300% in some parts of the state.The Public Service Commission is considering taking action to further deregulate telephone service in New York.
Senator Thomas P. Morahan announcedthat the New York State Senate will act on its proposed 2006-07 state budget, a balanced, fiscally-responsible plan that: returns more than $6.4 billion to state taxpayers through tax cuts over the next three years; rejects more than $450 million in proposed increases in taxes and fees; increases the state's investment in education by $1.1 billion; rejects a proposed tuition increase and cuts in tuition assistance and restores important funds for health care.
"The Senate has said all along that we have a surplus; it is the taxpayers' money.
Senator Thomas P. Morahan, amember and former chairman of the New York State Senate’s Veterans, Homeland Security & Military Affairs Committee, has introduced legislation that would 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.).
Depleted uranium was widely used for the first time during the Gulf War to make anti-tank munitions and armor-plating for Abrams tanks.
State Senator Thomas P. Morahanannounced that the Senate Majority Conference has unveiled a comprehensive package of legislation that would greatly enhance the ability of state, local governments, businesses, and New York citizens to prepare and respond to any type of catastrophic event, whether man-made or natural, by requiring counties to put preparedness plans into place, establishing standards for evacuating and sheltering nursing homes during emergencies, and increasing penalties for individuals who tamper with nuclear power plants.
Senator Thomas P. Morahan announced that the Senate Republican Conferenceunveiled the toughest, most comprehensive plan to combat Medicaid fraud in the United States.
The Medicaid Fraud Prevention and Recovery Reform Act of 2006 is a 10-point plan that would fight fraud and abuse at every step of the process, from billing and pre-payment review to investigation, civil recovery and criminal prosecution of Medicaid thieves.
New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahanannounced Senate passage of legislation to crack down on drunk driving by increasing the penalties for DWI offenders with extremely high blood alcohol content (BAC), ensuring that repeat DWI offenders are kept off the road, and increasing the penalties for drunk drivers who kill others. The bill reflects an agreement with the State Assembly.
"We have a responsibility to do whatever we can to protect all New Yorkers from falling victim to a drunk driving tragedy.
Rockland Town Supervisors, as well as Rockland County officials will be attending a special workshop organized by New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan in cooperation with the New York Power Authority. The state agency will present innovative, cost-effective technologies which can reduce energy costs used by traffic signals by as much as 90 percent.
With just a few weeks until the budget deadline, Senator Thomas P. Morahanannounced that the Senate Majority Conference has taken another important step towards achieving an on-time budget by releasing a revenue forecast by the Senate Finance Committee, as well as a package of more than $8.4 billion in tax cuts, that focused on property tax relief, help for small businesses and relief from high energy costs.
"The Senate is estimating additional general fund revenues, above the Executive’s projection, of $353 million in 2005-06 and $733 million in 2006-07.
Senator Thomas P. Morahanannouncedthat he has filed legislation which would amend the public officers law to permit public officers, including county clerks to be able to redact personally identifying information, such as a social security number, prior to providing access to the public or publishing such a record on the agency’s website or on the internet.
Senator Thomas P. Morahanis reminding members of the pubic that March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and ‘an especially good time’ to make an appointment with one’s physician to have a colon check-up if you are over the age of 50.
Colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon or rectum and health officials and doctors report this particular type of cancer can be detected and successfully treated if you are diligent about screenings.
On Thursday, March 2, 2006, and Friday, March 3, 2006, State Senator Thomas P. Morahan will hold public hearings on Governor Pataki's proposed 2006 State Budget. On March 2nd, at the Suffern Free Library, from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, the Senator will be joined by Assemblywoman Nancy Calhoun, Assemblyman Ryan Karben, Assemblywoman Annie Rabbitt, and Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski. On March 3rd, at Warwick Town Hall, from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, the Senator will be joined by Assemblywoman Rabbitt.
State Senator Thomas P. Morahanannounced that efforts by the New York State Senate were successful in getting the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to withdraw a recent policy regarding the expiration of inspection stickers.
The new policy, which went into effect in January, provided that inspection stickers would have expired in the first, second or third portion of the month in the year following inspection, depending on the date of issuance.
Senator Thomas P. MorahanannouncedNew York State Senate passage of legislation that would amend the way candidates for State Supreme Court Justices are selected, by abolishing political party nominations by a judicial district convention, and replacing it with a petition process that is similar to the selection process used by judges at the county level.
Action on the Senate bill came on the heels of a January 27, 2006 decision by U.S.
New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilitiesdelivered opening remarks at a ground-breaking summit/conference on Eating Disorders thatbrought together experts, educators, mental health practitioners, and mental health advocates.
New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahanintroduced first-of-its-kind legislation to protect consumers by restricting the confidentiality and disclosure of social security numbers. Morahan’s action comes on the heels of a January 2006 Federal Trade Commission report which revealed that 17, 387 complaints of Identity Theft were reported in New York State.
Senator Thomas P. Morahan announced Senate passage ofa comprehensive package of legislation, including "Nixzmary’s Law," that would further protect children from abusers. The Senate also acted on legislation to make much needed reforms to child protection services in order to ensure that caseworkers have the proper resources to identify child abuse and neglect.
New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan, Chairman of the Senate’s Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee, announced that he will be urging his colleagues in the State Legislature, as well the state’s local Boards of Education to create a ‘mental health safety net’ by strengthening guidance and counseling services, especially in middle and high schools.