Senate And Assembly Reach Agreement On Gas Tax Cap

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.

May 10, 2006

Senator Morahan Hosts Free Screenings And Lectures At Women's Health Event At Palisades Center

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.

May 9, 2006
May 2, 2006

Legislaton To Ban Outdoor Wood Furnaces In The Summer

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.

May 2, 2006

Senate Passes Comprehensive Package Of DWI Legislation

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.

April 25, 2006

Senator Morahan Secures Energy Saving Grant For Rockland County

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).

April 20, 2006

Senator Morahan Announces $ 10 Million Increase In Education Aid To Rockland County School Districts

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.

April 6, 2006

Senator Kicks-off Youthfest In Rockland County

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.

March 30, 2006

Legislature Agrees On State Budget

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.

March 29, 2006

Senator Morahan Announces Additional State Aid For Hudson Valley Towns And Villages To Reduce Property Taxes

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.

March 28, 2006

Senator Proposes Legislation To Cut College Textbook Costs

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.

March 27, 2006

Senate Passes Bill To Eliminate $1 E-z Pass Surcharge

State Senator Thomas P. Morahan announced New York State Senatepassage of legislation that would prohibit agencies that administer E-ZPass in New York State from charging monthly surcharges.

The bill (S.6331) is a response to complaints from downstate motorists about an unwarranted $1 administrative service charge being tacked on to their E-ZPass account bills each month.

Three different agencies authorize E-ZPass within the state, the New York State Thruway Authority, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).

March 21, 2006

Senator: NYS Health Department Is Neglecting The Urgent Health Needs Of Hudson Valley Residents

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.

March 20, 2006

Consumer Coalition Kicks Off Campaign Against Telecommunications Deregulation

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.

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March 15, 2006

Hudson Valley Senator Appointed To Co-Chair Senate-Assembly Joint Conference Committee On Mental Health

New York State Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno announced his appointment of Senator Thomas P. Morahanas Co-Chairman of the Senate-Assembly Joint Conference Committee on Mental Health.


March 15, 2006

Senate To Act On State Budget Plan

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.

March 14, 2006

Senator Introduces Legislation To Obtain Medical Treatment For Military Personnel And Veterans Exposed To Toxic And Radioactive Metal

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.

March 13, 2006

Senator Morahan: Rocklanders Endangered As Result Of Indian Point Siren Failures

Senator Thomas P. Morahanissued a very strong statement in reaction to the recentfailureof 18 Indian Point Warning sirens which were located in the towns of Ramapo and Clarkstown. .

March 9, 2006

Senate Unveils Emergency Preparedness Package

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.

March 8, 2006

Senate Proposes Historic Plan To Fight Medicaid Fraud

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.

March 7, 2006