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Mental Health Chair Urges NYS School Boards To Create A 'Mental Health Safety Net' In Schools

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.

 

February 7, 2006
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Senate Announces Comprehensive Energy Plan

Senator Thomas P. Morahanannounced a NYS Senate comprehensive energy plan that would provide $350 million in relief from high energy costs to small businesses to help them create and retain jobs.

January 31, 2006
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New York State Anti-trafficking Legislation Introduced By Hudson Valley Senator

Senator Thomas P. Morahanhas introduced legislation to combat human trafficking in New York State. His comprehensive legislation would strengthen the state’s laws relating to human trafficking by increasing penalties, protecting minors; providing victim assistance and cover all aspects of this criminal activity.

"Human trafficking of women, men and children is now recognized as a severe form of abuse and torture.

January 30, 2006
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Rockland County To Get First Thruway High-speed E-z Pass

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan announced that work has begun on the implementation of the first New York State Thruway highway speed E-ZPass lanes at the existing Spring Valley Toll Barrier, Rockland County.

January 29, 2006
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Senator Morahan Selected To Lead Senate Committee To Review Governor's Mental Health Budget

Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno has selected Senator Thomas P. Morahan (R-C, New City) to serve as Chairman of the Senate Budget Sub-Committee on Mental Hygiene and to serve on the Education Sub-Committee.

"As Chair of the Senate’s Mental Hygiene Budget Sub-Committee, Senator Morahan will lead the Senate’s review of the Governor’s proposed budget as is relates to all mental health programs," Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno said.

January 25, 2006
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Senate Passes Legislation To Protect Children From Criminals

Senator Thomas P. Morahanannounced the introduction of "Nixzmary’s Law," legislation that requires a sentence of life without parole for parents or guardians who kill a child. In addition, the Senate today passed 26 bills that will update and strengthen Megan’s Law, including tougher criminal penalties, mandated community notification and GPS tracking of violent sexual predators.

The bill is named after Nixzmary Brown, a seven year old Brooklyn girl who was brutally beaten and left for dead earlier this month.

January 24, 2006
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New Yorkers Urged To Thank A Mentor

On Wednesday, January 25, 2006 many Americanswill reach out to honor those individuals who encouraged and guided them when they were growing up, as the nation celebrates the third annual Thank Your Mentor Day.

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan, Chairman of the Senate’s Mental Health Committeeurged New Yorkers to participate in Thank Your Mentor Day, a highlight of National Mentoring Month.

January 24, 2006
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Senate Gives Final Passage To Bill Providing Stopgap Prescription Drug Coverage To More Than 600,000 Seniors, Disabled And Low Income New Yorkers

State Senator Thomas P. Morahanannounced Senate passage of an emergency bill to help thousands of low-income seniors and disabled New Yorkers that are dually eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid pay for medically necessary drugs - that should have been paid for by Medicare’s newly implemented prescription drug program.

"This emergency legislation is critical to ensuring that senior citizens, disabled and/or low-income New Yorkers do not fall through the cracks because of the recent federal changes in prescription coverage," said Senator Morahan.

January 24, 2006
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State Legislature Agrees On Additional Heap Funds

Senator Thomas P. Morahanannounced a Legislative agreement to provide $100 million in emergency funds for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP).

The agreement adds a legislative commitment of $50 million to the $50 million increase proposed for the program by the executive. Under the $100 million Legislative agreement, the appropriation would prevent the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance’s anticipated shutdown of the program in March and would allow for additional HEAP benefits to seniors and other low-income New Yorkers.

January 23, 2006
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Senate Passes Sex Offender Legislation

Senator Thomas P. Morahan announced Senate passage today of legislation to mandate lifetime registration for the most dangerous sex offenders and prevent sex offenders from coming off the registry this week.

January 20, 2006
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Senate Passes Civil Commitment Legislation

State Senator Thomas P. Morahanannounced Senate passage of legislation that provides for the civil commitment of sexually violent predators at a secure treatment facility after they’ve completed their prison sentence in order to protect the public from criminals likely to commit repeated acts of sexual violence.

January 20, 2006
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Senate Mental Health Chair Praises Hudson Valley Mental Health Agency/history Channel For Upcoming Tv Special On Lincoln's Struggle With Depression

Senator Thomas P. Morahan, who chairs the Senate’s Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee praised the Mental Health Association of Rocklandand its parent organization (the National Mental Health Association), as well as The History Channelfor their collaboration of a television special, entitled Lincoln, a film which the Senator feels provides insight into the President Lincoln’s personal setbacks and lifelong struggles that would drive his many achievements.

January 10, 2006
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Senate Mental Health Chairman Demands That NYS Schools Train Staff To Detect Teen Depression

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities announced that he was very alarmed by results from a recent national survey conducted by the federal government, which indicated that 9.0 percent of adolescents aged 12 to 17 (an estimated 2.2 million adolescents) experienced one major depressive episode in 2004.

 

January 9, 2006
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Senate Acts On Sex Offender Legislation

Senator Thomas P. Morahanannounced that the Senate passed legislation requiring the lifetime registration of sex offenders, preventing sexual predators from coming off the State sex offender registry later this month.

"We cannot allow dangerous offenders to blend back into society. This legislation will keep our neighborhoods better informed and protected from the predators who prey on the most vulnerable members of our communities -- our children," said Senator Morahan.

Currently, most sex offenders are only required to register for ten years.

January 9, 2006
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Senator Supports Repeal Of Statute Of Limitations For Sex Offenses

Senator ThomasMorahan, who Chairs the Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilityurged the StateAssemblytosupport current Senate legislation that ensures the State's criminal justice and mental health agencies take every step possible to keep dangerous sexual offenders off our streets and away from our children.

The Senator applauded newly established initiatives by the Governor which ensure approximately 40,000 additional profiles to the State’s DNA Database by 2007.

January 4, 2006
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Senator Secures State Grant For Construction Of RCC Child-care Center

Senator Morahan has secured a State grant towards construction of an expanded early childhood Learning Development Center at Rockland Community College.

 

"This project will benefit many residents who are in need of infant care and child care," said Senator Morahan

The two-year community college plans to start construction of a 7,200-square-foot modern facility that will service infants to children 12 years of age. The facility will accommodate up to 58 children on a full-time basis and about another 40 part time.

December 27, 2005
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Senate Majority Proposes $2.4 Billion Property Tax Relief Plan

Senator Thomas P. Morahan, in an effort to reduce the enormous burden of some of the highest property taxes in the country, announced that he and the members of the Senate Majority Conference today proposed the REBATE-NY plan, a comprehensive, 24 point plan to provide more than $2.4 billion in school and municipal property tax relief over the next three years, including direct rebate checks to property taxpayers, expanding the STAR program and the property tax circuit breaker, and encouraging consolidation of local government services.

December 22, 2005
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State Legislature And Governor Announce Agreement On Crucial Criminal Justice Issues

Senator Thomas Morahan announced on December 21, 2005 that the Senate, Assembly and Governor reached agreement on two pieces of legislation that would increase penalties for those who injure or kill police officers, and toughen current laws that will help to keep illegal guns off our streets.

"As a result of this legislation,we will be able to give our law enforcement officials the tools they need to get more illegal guns off the streets, and ensure that those who injure or kill our police officers face much tougher penalties," said Senator Morahan.

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December 22, 2005
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Senator Morahan Holds Press Conference On The Growing Problem Of Id Theft In Rockland County

Senator ThomasMorahanannounced that identity theft is not only the fastest growing financial crime in the country, but, as a result of information the Senator recently secured from the Rockland County Intelligence Center (RCIC), Rockland County may soon rank as one of the top identity theft locations in New York State.

The Senator noted that ID theft crime statistics are maintained by local police departments throughout Rockland. However, when the Senator Morahan recently asked RCIC to research the total number of ID crimes in Rockland County this year, he was shocked, when Lt.

December 18, 2005
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Senator Morahan Welcomes Home Military Police Company From Iraq

Senator ThomasMorahan delivered welcoming remarks tosoldiers from the 812th Military Police Company, who returned from active duty in Iraq. The Senator joined family and friends of the returning soldiersat a special ceremony at the Orangeburg Army Reserve Center.

December 18, 2005
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