Lonely Heart Scams, Healthy Hearts & Minds ---the Focus Of Valentine's Day Self-help Activities In The Hudson Valley

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan and SUNY Rockland Community College (RCC) announced sponsorship of a Valentine's Day-related series of "Healthy Hearts, Healthy Minds," health screenings and informational workshops at Rockland Community College on February 13,14, and 15.

February 12, 2007

Senate Moves To Mandate Maximum Sentences For Parole Violators

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan (R,C, I, New City) announcedNew York State Senate passage of legislation he introduced which requires that any individual who commits a felony while on parole be returned to prison to serve the maximum sentence on the original felony before the sentence for the subsequent felony commences.

February 7, 2007

Senator Bruno Names Senator Thomas Morahan Liaison To The Governor

Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno today appointed Senator Thomas Morahan (R-C, New City), to the leadership post of Senate Majority Liaison to the Executive Branch. The position will function primarily as a vital communication link between the Senate Majority Conference and the Governor’s Office on a wide variety of public policy issues.

"Senator Morahan has been a vocal and effective advocate for the constituents of Orange and Rockland Counties in the State Senate for nearly a decade," said Senator Bruno.

February 6, 2007

Senate Unveils Higher Education Proposals

State Senator Thomas P. Morahan (R/C/I, New City) announced the Senate Majority Conferencehad introduced a comprehensive package of proposals that would make obtaining a college education more affordable for New York’s students, help families with soaring tuition expenses, provide new incentives to college students to keep them living and working in New York when they graduate and recognize the sacrifices and service of our military personnel by making it easier for New York’s servicemen and women to attend college.

January 29, 2007

Hudson Valley Talent/leaders Salute Senator

NYS Senator Thomas P. Morahan was honored by several hundred elected officials, community and business leaders and activists, as well as a cadre of talented performer from the lower Hudson Valley, including presentation from the Suffern High School String Ensemble,United States Army Field Band, New York State Police, Rockland Community College, Arts Council of Rockland, Chiku Awali African Dance Company, and The Juilliard School.

January 25, 2007

Senate Unveils $1.3 Billion Small Business Assistance Package

Senator Thomas P. Morahan announced a Senate Majority Conference small business and manufacturing assistance plan that targets the biggest concerns that hold back small businesses from growing and creating new jobs. The plan would provide $490 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.

"We need to continue to do more to help businesses, especially small businesses, create good-paying jobs," Senator Morahan said.

January 24, 2007

New York Supply Of Blood Reaching Emergency Level

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan has been alerted by the New York Blood Center (NYBC) that the supply of blood has reached an emergency level. The NYBC's regional operations, which include Hudson Valley Blood Services, (responsible for providing blood to hospitals in the Bronx & Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Dutchess, Orange, Ulster & Sullivan Counties) has less than a 2 day supply of some blood types.

"I urge all those eligible in the Hudson Valley to donate blood immediately.

January 16, 2007

New Senate Budget Reform Plan Lines Out Every Dollar

New York State Senator Thomas Morahanannounced the introduction of legislation in the Senate that would line out in the State budget every dollar to be spent by the Governor, Legislature, Judiciary and all State agencies and authorities. The Senate’s reform bill would eliminate the practice of including lump sum appropriations in the budget for spending by the Governor, the Legislature, the Judiciary, and by every State agency and public authority.

December 15, 2006

Senate Mental Health Chair Urges State Law Mandating Postpartum Screening

The Chairman of the New York State Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, Senator Thomas P. Morahan, joined by Dr. Nicholas Klein, M.D., Director of Nyack Hospital's Maternity Center, one of the busiest maternity centers in the Hudson Valley, as well as Dr.

December 11, 2006

Tax Credits, Increase In Minimum Wage Highlight New Laws To Take Effect January 1, 2007

Tax credits and reductions that will save New York families and businesses almost $1 billion, an increase in the minimum wage, and procedures to cut down on Medicaid fraud highlight the list of new state laws that will take effect on January 1, 2007.

"On January 1, new laws will go into effect that will save New York’s families and businesses almost a billion dollars in taxes and will protect jobs and valuable industries like manufacturing.

December 7, 2006

Governor Announces 575-acre Acquisition For Sterling Forest

State Senator Thomas P. Morahan joined Governor George E. Pataki in announcing the acquisition of 575 acres to expand Sterling Forest State Park in Orange County. The new property increases the size of Sterling Forest to more than 18,200 acres of forests, lakes, streams, and other sensitive natural resources, one of the largest state parks in New York. The scenic acreage purchased is surrounded by the public parkland and had been vulnerable to development.

"This magnificent resource is located in my district.

November 28, 2006

Governor Signs Morahan Legislation Providing Medical Treatment For Military Personnel And Veterans Exposed To Toxic And Radioactive Metal

Senator Thomas P. Morahan, Chairman of the State Legislature's Armed Forces Committee, and a member of the New York State Senate’s Veterans, Homeland Security & Military Affairs Committee, announced thaton November 17, 2006, Governor Pataki signed into law legislation which will 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.).

November 22, 2006

Senator Morahan To Name Rocklander To Newly Created State Panel On Underage Drinking

Senator Thomas P. Morahan, author of a recent law creating a State Advisory Council on Underage Alcohol Consumption, attended the SADD Youth Convention in Rockland County recently at St. Thomas Aquinas College to announce the appointment of Ms. Sharon Hittman, a distinguished community activist from Rockland County who has worked on underage drinking prevention initiatives for over 15 years, to the 'NYS Advisory Council on Underage Alcohol Consumption.' Ms.

November 13, 2006

Senator Morahan Announces $ 350,000 Grant To Restore Spring Valley Property For Residential And Commerical Use

State Senator Thomas P. Morahanannounced that the Village of Spring Valley has been awarded $ 350,000 for the rehabilitation/restoration of property located on North Main Street.

October 25, 2006

Senator Morahan Announces Skyrocketing Rockland Id Theft Statistics

Joined by law enforcement officials, Senator Thomas Morahan announced the latestID Theft statistics which indicate that Rockland County is one of the top localities in New York State for victims of ID theft.The Senator indicated that as of October, 2006 there were 176 cases of ID theft reported in Rockland."I was shocked to learn that the Town of Clarkstown alone, as of October 10, 2006, had 60 reported cases of ID Theft," theSenator told 400 senior volunteers attending a Retired Senior Volunteers Program (RSVP) eventat the Holiday Inn in Suffern.

October 16, 2006

Senator Morahan Receives Prestigious 'Green Shovel Award'

Senator Thomas P. Morahan was recently selected by The Center for Discovery to be the recipient of their coveted GREEN SHOVEL AWARD. Approximately 600 peopleattended the award presentation at the organization's annual Harvest Festival,on Sunday, October 15, 2006 at the Milligan Hill Equine Assisted Therapy Center in Harris, New York.


October 16, 2006

Senator Announces Grants To Justice Courts

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan today announced that 5 justice courts in Rockland County and 2 in Orange County will be receiving funding under the State's Justice Court Assistance Program.

October 3, 2006

Senator Proposes Legislation To Exclude School Property Tax Rebates From Taxation

Senator Thomas P.Morahanannounced that he has filed legislationto exclude NYS School Property Tax Rebate Checks from taxation. "As a result of a recent legislation, homeowners in New York State who are enrolled in the STAR or ENHANCED STAR programs will be directly receiving property tax rebate checks.

September 29, 2006

Governor Signs New Law To Protect New Yorkers Against Identity Theft

State Senator Thomas P. Morahan announced that Governor Pataki today signed into law legislation he sponsored to protect the privacy of New Yorkers. To guard against the potential misuse of Social Security account numbers (SSN), Morahan's legislation places limits on the use and dissemination of this information.

"Identity theft is a growing problem with severe consequences. Victims face significant financial losses and complicated credit problems that could take years to correct.

September 26, 2006