New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan, Chairman of the NYS Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, today announced that Governor Spitzer had signed "Jonathan’s Law," legislation sponsored by Morahan which will provide parents and guardians with better access to records and reports of incidents and abuse allegations involving their children in residential mental hygiene facilities.
Senator Thomas P. Morahan, whoserves as Chairman of the New York State Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, stated, “If ever we needed a wake-up call, the tragic events at Virginia Tech gave us one. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in adolescents ages fifteen to nineteen. Over 90 percent of youth suicide victims have had at least one major psychiatric disorder, with depressive disorders being the most prevalent.
New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan today announced a plan by the Senate Majority to double the size of direct property tax rebate checks for senior citizen homeowners. The Senate is introducing a bill that would return about $200 million to senior citizens.
In observance of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahanjoined by members of the New York State Senate Majority Conference, today passed a comprehensive package of legislation aimed at protecting victims of domestic violence.
New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan announced that he has secured an $ 80,000 grant for the Mental Health Association in Orange County (MHA) to fund the "Home to Stay Program". A consortium of organizations including the MHA of Orange County, the Orange County Department of Mental Health, the National Alliance for Mental Illness, Rehabilitation Support Services, Inc., and the Alliance for the Mentally Ill in Orange County requested the funds to continue to operate the innovative mental health program.
Senator Thomas P. Morahantoday alerted dairy farmers in the lower Hudson Valley that they must apply to the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets by April 27, 2007 for direct financial relief provided by the Dairy Assistance Program. The Senate successfully fought to include $30 million in the State budget for relief assistance for dairy farmers.
"This program comes at a critical time for New York’s dairy farmers with checks coming just in time for spring planting," said Senator Morahan
New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahanannounced an agreement between the Senate Majority Leader, Assembly Speaker and Attorney General, resulting in the introduction of landmark legislation to protect students and their families from exploitation by conflicts of interest in the student-loan industry. The bill makes New York the first state to offer a solution to the student-loan scandal that has affected millions.
New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan (R, C, I, New City) announced that he has introduceda New York State Senate Resolutioncalling on Governor Eliot Spitzer to proclaim April 15-21, 2007 as Holocaust Remembrance Week in the State of New York.
State investments to encourage economic development and job creation, along with providing additional tax relief, are the State Senate’s top priorities for the remainder of the 2007 legislative session, saidSenator Thomas P. Morahan, Senate Majority Liaison to the Executive Branch.
"We need to make capital investments to support economic development projects that create jobs. We need more tax relief to make New York more competitive.
New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan (R,C,I, New City) today announced that record increases in school aid for districts in the Lower Hudson Valley combined with double property tax relief rebate checks means good news for taxpayers. Across the board, school districts saw significant increases in aid in the 2007-08 state budget that was passed by the State Legislature.
"The end result is what I, along with my Senate colleagues, have been fighting for since the beginning of the budget process," said Senator Morahan.
Senator Thomas P. Morahantoday announced the final 2007-08 state budget will include much-needed direct property tax relief for the residents of the lower Hudson Valley. The budget passed this weekend by the State Legislature expands on the success of last year’s Senate-initiated rebate check program and provides $1.3 billion in direct property tax relief to New Yorkers this year.
New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan announced final Legislative passage of a bill (S3039) that allows victims traumatized by the events of September 11th, including family members of those who died in the attacks, to receive reimbursement for counseling expenses.
New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan, (R,C,I, New City) who chairs one of the ten joint legislative budget conference committees announced that intensive discussions over the last few days has resulted in several areas of possible agreement between the legislative and executive branches of government. Areas of agreement will be discussed at the Joint Legislative General Budget Conference today for consideration and action.
New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan (R,C,I, New City) announced that the New York State Senate today passed legislation to impose tougher penalties for physical assaults on senior citizens. The legislation was announced earlier this month at a Capitol news conference following the vicious attacks on Rose Morat, a 101-year-old Queens woman who was mugged on her way to church, and 85-year-old Solange Elizee, who was mugged and beaten just a half hour later by the same attacker.
New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan (R,I,C New City) today announced that legislation he co-sponsored (S.748), designed to clarify that the law makes no distinction between words and images with respect to the crime of disseminating indecent material to minors, has been signed by Governor Spitzer.
New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan today announced that he is co- sponsoring legislation that would ban the practice of "universal default" in New York State, which allows credit card companies to increase interest rates if a cardholder makes a late payment to another credit card company or even pays a phone or utility bill late. The practice has forced some consumers to pay twice the amount of their credit card bills because of interest and fees.
Senatelawmakers today joined with the family of Jonathan Carey to call on the Inspector General to investigate the Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD) and the Commission on Quality Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities (CQC) following the alleged mistreatment of 13 year old Jonathan Carey at the Anderson School, which led to his transfer to another facility and, ultimately, his tragic death.