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Hudson Valley Senator Rejects Governor’s Health Care Cuts

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahanannounced that Senate Republicans have rejected massive health care cuts proposed by Governor Spitzer in his Executive Budget that would have taken more than $1.2 billion from hospitals and nursing homes across the State. In Morahan's district, which includes Rockland County and a portion of Orange County, hospitals and nursing homes would lose over $ 9 million in cuts, and the loss of funding would trigger additional federal cuts to hospitals.

March 15, 2007
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Senator Appoints Rockland Veterans Advocate To State Task Force On Depleted Uranium

Senator Thomas P. Morahan, Chairman of the State Legislature's Armed Forces Committee, and member of the New York State Senate’s Veterans, Homeland Security & Military Affairs Committee, today announced the appointment of Mr.

March 15, 2007
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Senators Unveil New Proposal To Impose Stiffer Penalties For Attacks On Elderly New Yorkers

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahantoday announced that the Senate Committee on Aging will introduce legislation to impose tougher penalties for physical assaults on senior citizens. The announcement follows the recent vicious attack on Rose Morat, a 101-year-old Queens woman who was mugged on her way to church. The same attacker is also suspected of beating and mugging 85-year-old Solange Elizee just a half hour later.

March 13, 2007
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Senator Morahan Named Chairman Of Mental Hygiene Conference Committee

New York State Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno today appointed Senator Thomas P. Morahanto Chair the Mental Hygiene Conference Committee, one of ten joint conference committees with responsibility for reaching an agreement with Assembly on the 2007-08 State Budget. .

"Senator Morahan possesses a wealth of knowledge and expertise of New York’s mental health system and his commitment is second to none," said Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno.

March 13, 2007
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Senator Morahan Co-sponsors Ninth Annual Rockland Youthfest

Senator Thomas P. Morahan wasa major sponsorofRockland County's Ninth Annual Youthfest, which was held on March 11thin the Rockland Community College Fieldhouse. The Senator welcomedhundreds ofevent visitors, and thanked the more than 170 organizations for their participation.The Senator's constituent service staff workedat the 'Senate Booth', assisting scores of constituents with questions relating togovernmental service delivery.

March 11, 2007
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Senator Morahan To Hold Public Hearing On Governor's Proposed Budget

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan announced that he will be holding a public hearing on the impact of Governor Spitzer's proposed 2007-08 Executive Budget Plan on those who reside and/or work in the lower Hudson Valley.

March 8, 2007
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Senate Gives Final Passage To Ethics Reform Legislation

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan announced that theNew York State Senate has given final legislative passage to landmark legislation that creates new ethics and lobbying reforms in state government.

March 7, 2007
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Senate Passes Civil Confinement Legislation

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities announced that the Sex Offender Management and Treatment Act (S3318) has been passed by the New York State Senate.

The bill establishes comprehensive reforms to enhance public safety by allowing the State to continue managing sex offenders upon the expiration of their criminal sentences, either by civilly confining the most dangerous recidivistic sex offenders, or by permitting strict and intensive parole supervision of offenders who pose a lesser risk of harm.

March 6, 2007
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Senate Mental Health Committee Approves Civil Confinement Legislation

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities announced that the Sex Offender Management and Treatment Act (S3318), was approved today by his committee.

The bill establishes comprehensive reforms to enhance public safety by allowing the State to continue managing sex offenders upon the expiration of their criminal sentences, either by civilly confining the most dangerous recidivistic sex offenders, or by permitting strict and intensive parole supervision of offenders who pose a lesser risk of harm.

March 5, 2007
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Legislation Passes Requiring Retail Businesses To Post Warnings When Offering Internet Access To The Public

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan (R,C, I, New City) announced Senate passage of legislation he authored that requires any retail business that offers internet access to post a warning sign in their establishment. Such a warning would state: "For the purposes of your own protection and privacy, you are advised to install a firewall or other computer security measures when accessing the Internet".

The Senator introduced the legislation (S.

March 2, 2007
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Senate Committee On Mental Health To Consider Civil Confinement Legislation

The Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, Chaired by Senator Tom Morahan (R-C, New City), will hold a committee meeting on Monday, March 5, 2007 to consider the Sex Offender Management and Treatment Act (S3318), a bill which establishes comprehensive reforms to enhance public safety by allowing the State to continue managing sex offenders upon the expiration of their criminal sentences, either by civilly confining the most dangerous recidivistic sex offenders, or by permitting strict and intensive parole supervision of offenders who pose a lesser ri

March 2, 2007
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Senate Hearing On Death Of Jonathan Carey

The Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, Chaired by Senator Tom Morahan (R-C, New City) will hold a public hearing on Monday, March 5, 2007, to investigate the circumstances surrounding the tragic death of 13 year old Jonathan Carey. The hearing will begin at 10:00 a.m.

March 2, 2007
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Agreement On Civil Commitment Of Sex Offenders

Senator Thomas P. Morahan, New York State Senate Majority Liaison to the Executive Branch, announced an agreement between the Executive Branch and the State Legislature on legislation that will help protect New Yorkers against repeat sex offenders. The legislation authorizes a new program of civil commitment of individuals who have been convicted of sex crimes, served their prison terms and yet remain a clear threat to commit additional sex crimes.

Under the legislation, civil commitment procedures will be streamlined.

March 1, 2007
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State Legislators To Hold Public Hearing On Governor's Proposed Budget

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan (R,C,I, New City) announced that he will be holding a public hearing on the impact of Governor Spitzer's proposed 2007-08 Executive Budget Plan on those who reside and/or work in the lower Hudson Valley.

March 1, 2007
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Senate Passes Nixzmary’s Law

In a continuing effort to protect New York’s innocent children from being victims of violent child abusers, Senator Thomas P. Morahan (R,C, I, New City) announced New York State Senate passage of "Nixzmary’s Law," a bill that would require a sentence of life without parole for parents or guardians who kill a child.

February 27, 2007
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Protecting Children From Internet Predators

The Internet is a wonderful tool that has transformed and improved the lives of millions, but sexual predators have also made it a potentially dangerous weapon that can be used to victimize innocent children.

File: 
Protecting-Children-in-the-Internet-Age.pdf

February 27, 2007
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Senate Schedules Hearing On Death Of Jonathan Carey

Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno announcedthat the Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, chaired by Senator Thomas P. Morahan (R-C, New City) has scheduled a public hearing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the tragic death of 13 year old Jonathan Carey. The hearing will be held on Monday, March 5, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. in Hearing Room A of the Legislative Office Building in Albany.

Jonathan Carey, an autistic teen who lived at the state-run O.D.

February 22, 2007
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Business Leaders Discuss Alternatives To Property Taxes

Senator Thomas P. Morahan recently held his third summit meetingon reformingthe way education isfunded in New York. This forum on property tax reformbrought together business leaders from Rockland and Orange Counties."I have asked the business community to step up to the plate to propose somefiscally soundand equitable tax plans for funding public education. I value their input, and hope to make use of their suggestions soI can develop legislation to ensure our schools are funded ina better and fairer way," said the Senator.

February 16, 2007
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Senate Passes $1.3 Billion Small Business Assistance Package

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan, (R,C, I, New City) announcedNew York State Senate passageof small business and manufacturing assistance legislation (S.1456), that targets the biggest concerns that hold back small businesses from growing and creating new jobs. The plan would provide $590 million in assistance in the first year and almost $1.3 billion in tax relief and assistance to small businesses when fully implemented after three years.

February 13, 2007
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