Senator Thomas P. Morahan announced that the New York State Legislature had reached agreement on a plan to provide New Yorkers with relief from high gas prices by capping and reducing the sales taxes on gasoline.
The agreement would save New Yorkers as much as $450 million annually at the pump by capping the sales taxes at $2 per gallon. The bill would cap the State sales taxes on gas at 8-cents per gallon, effectively freezing the tax at the $2 per gallon rate.
Senator Thomas P. Morahan in collaboration with Nyack Hospital will be offering free screenings and lecturesto the publicat ahealth fair at the Palisades Center on Thursday, May 18, 2006 from Noon to 3:00 PM in commemoration of National Woman's Health Week (see link below).
Free hypertension screening, Diabetes screening, nutritional counseling, literature about health prevention will be available.
State Senator Thomas P.Morahan has introduced legislation in the New York State Senate that calls for the regulation of outdoor wood furnaces. The proposal calls for a ban on the use of outdoor boilers in the summer.
Senator Thomas P. Morahan announced New York State Senate passage of a comprehensive package of DWI legislation that will keep repeat DWI offenders off the streets and increase the penalties for drunk driving, especially drunk drivers that severely injure or kill innocent victims.
Senator Thomas P. Morahan announced that he has secured a $ 60,000 grant to implement cost-effective energy improvements as well as reducing the consumption and cost of energy at the Rockland County Municipal Building (aka Utility Plant).
As a result of his efforts,Senator Thomas P. Morahanproudly announcedthathe has successfully secured from the State Legislature over $10 million dollars more in educational state aid increases to Rockland County school districts, then was originally proposed in the Governor’s education budget. While representing only a portion of Orange County, the Senator was also able to secure over $ 840,000 in additional educational funding for the school districts in communities he represents.
Thousands of Hudson Valley residents attended YouthFest activities at the Field House of Rockland Community College. The five-hour eventoffered young people an opportunity to interface with experts, counselors and other support personnelwhoshared information about health initiatives, recreational opportunities, community service, and higher education programs. Senator Thomas Morahankicked off YouthFest activities.
Senator Thomas P. Morahanannounced that the State Legislature has agreed on the 2006-07 State budget. Morahan, one of the key joint Assembly-Senate Budget Conference chairmen responsible for producing the budget, noted that the document would deliver tax cuts to families, help make New York more economically competitive, and will make important investments in education, health care and other areas that will improve the quality of life for New Yorkers.
"This budget will return more than $4.1 billion to the hardworking, overburdened taxpayers of New York State over the next two years.
State Senator Thomas P. Morahanannounced that the State Legislature had agreed toincrease Governor Pataki's proposedstate aid for towns, and villages. The joint Assembly-Senate Budget Conferenceapproved $ 396,659 for Rockland County to help ease the pressure of local property taxes.
State Senator Thomas P. Morahanis proposing Senate legislation to lower the cost of textbooks for college students. His bill would provide guidelines to encourage professors and bookstores to slow costs, which the federal Government Accountability Office (GAO) found are "rising faster than inflation or tuition." The GAO study found that at four year colleges more than a quarter of the cost of tuition and fees is spent on books, while at community colleges, the cost of books often amounts to almost 75% of tuition and fees.
Senator Thomas P. Morahanis urging the New York State Department of Health to change what appears to be a course of ‘benign neglect’ with respect to the health care needs of Hudson Valley residents.
In his first example of DOH neglect, the Senator, who represents Rockland County and a portion of Orange, noted that he has contacted NYS Health Commissioner Antonia Novello to protest her agency’s failure to fund an urgent request by the Rockland County Health Department seeking funding to identify and treat high risk individuals who may be infected with TB.
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.