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Senate Passes Drunk Driving Legislation

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahanannounced Senate passage of legislation to crack down on drunk driving by increasing the penalties for DWI offenders with extremely high blood alcohol content (BAC), ensuring that repeat DWI offenders are kept off the road, and increasing the penalties for drunk drivers who kill others. The bill reflects an agreement with the State Assembly.

"We have a responsibility to do whatever we can to protect all New Yorkers from falling victim to a drunk driving tragedy.

March 6, 2006
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Rockland County Supervisors To Participate In Power Authority Briefing On Energy-reducing Technology

Rockland Town Supervisors, as well as Rockland County officials will be attending a special workshop organized by New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan in cooperation with the New York Power Authority. The state agency will present innovative, cost-effective technologies which can reduce energy costs used by traffic signals by as much as 90 percent.

March 6, 2006
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Senate Tax Cut Plan Would Return $8.4 Billion In Relief For Property Taxpayers, Small Businesses, Energy Costs

With just a few weeks until the budget deadline, Senator Thomas P. Morahanannounced that the Senate Majority Conference has taken another important step towards achieving an on-time budget by releasing a revenue forecast by the Senate Finance Committee, as well as a package of more than $8.4 billion in tax cuts, that focused on property tax relief, help for small businesses and relief from high energy costs.

"The Senate is estimating additional general fund revenues, above the Executive’s projection, of $353 million in 2005-06 and $733 million in 2006-07.

March 1, 2006
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Rockland Senator Urges PSC Chairman To Curb Orange & Rocklandand United Water Rate Gauging

Senator Thomas P. Morahan announced that his efforts to get the Public Service Commission (PSC) to take a closer look at what he calls ‘utility company bullies’ has produced positive results.

February 28, 2006
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State Law Would Deny ID Thieves Access To Social Security Numbers Via Public Documents

Senator Thomas P. Morahanannouncedthat he has filed legislation which would amend the public officers law to permit public officers, including county clerks to be able to redact personally identifying information, such as a social security number, prior to providing access to the public or publishing such a record on the agency’s website or on the internet.

 

February 28, 2006
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Senator Morahan Announces March Is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Senator Thomas P. Morahanis reminding members of the pubic that March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and ‘an especially good time’ to make an appointment with one’s physician to have a colon check-up if you are over the age of 50.

Colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon or rectum and health officials and doctors report this particular type of cancer can be detected and successfully treated if you are diligent about screenings.

February 27, 2006
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Senator And Assembly Members To Hear Public Comment On Governor's Proposed Budget

On Thursday, March 2, 2006, and Friday, March 3, 2006,  State Senator Thomas P. Morahan will hold public hearings on Governor Pataki's proposed 2006 State Budget. On March 2nd, at the Suffern Free Library, from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, the Senator will be joined by Assemblywoman Nancy Calhoun, Assemblyman Ryan Karben, Assemblywoman Annie Rabbitt, and Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski.  On March 3rd, at Warwick Town Hall, from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, the Senator will be joined by Assemblywoman Rabbitt.

February 27, 2006
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Senate Successful In Efforts To Repeal DMV Inspection Sticker Program

State Senator Thomas P. Morahanannounced that efforts by the New York State Senate were successful in getting the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to withdraw a recent policy regarding the expiration of inspection stickers.

 

The new policy, which went into effect in January, provided that inspection stickers would have expired in the first, second or third portion of the month in the year following inspection, depending on the date of issuance.

February 19, 2006
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Senate Passes Legislation To Amend Supreme Court Candidate Selection Process

Senator Thomas P. MorahanannouncedNew York State Senate passage of legislation that would amend the way candidates for State Supreme Court Justices are selected, by abolishing political party nominations by a judicial district convention, and replacing it with a petition process that is similar to the selection process used by judges at the county level.

Action on the Senate bill came on the heels of a January 27, 2006 decision by U.S.

February 13, 2006
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Educators, Mental Health Officials And Community Advocates To Participate In Summit On Eating Disorders

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilitiesdelivered opening remarks at a ground-breaking summit/conference on Eating Disorders thatbrought together experts, educators, mental health practitioners, and mental health advocates.

February 9, 2006
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Senate Passes Nixzmary's Law

Senator Thomas P. Morahan announced Senate passage ofa comprehensive package of legislation, including "Nixzmary’s Law," that would further protect children from abusers. The Senate also acted on legislation to make much needed reforms to child protection services in order to ensure that caseworkers have the proper resources to identify child abuse and neglect.

February 8, 2006
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State Senator To Announce Landmark Legislation To Combat ID Theft

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahanintroduced first-of-its-kind legislation to protect consumers by restricting the confidentiality and disclosure of social security numbers. Morahan’s action comes on the heels of a January 2006 Federal Trade Commission report which revealed that 17, 387 complaints of Identity Theft were reported in New York State.

 

February 8, 2006
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Senator Urges Residents To Protect Their Privacy

Senator Thomas P. Morahanis urging Hudson Valley residents to take action to prevent unwanted calls by telemarketing companies to their cell phones. On February 1, 2006, millions of cell phone numbers were in the process of being released to telemarketing companies.

"These annoying telemarketing calls may 'eat up' your cell phone minutes and could cost you money.

February 7, 2006
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Mental Health Chair Urges NYS School Boards To Create A 'Mental Health Safety Net' In Schools

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan, Chairman of the Senate’s Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee, announced that he will be urging his colleagues in the State Legislature, as well the state’s local Boards of Education to create a ‘mental health safety net’ by strengthening guidance and counseling services, especially in middle and high schools.

 

February 7, 2006
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Senate Announces Comprehensive Energy Plan

Senator Thomas P. Morahanannounced a NYS Senate comprehensive energy plan that would provide $350 million in relief from high energy costs to small businesses to help them create and retain jobs.

January 31, 2006
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New York State Anti-trafficking Legislation Introduced By Hudson Valley Senator

Senator Thomas P. Morahanhas introduced legislation to combat human trafficking in New York State. His comprehensive legislation would strengthen the state’s laws relating to human trafficking by increasing penalties, protecting minors; providing victim assistance and cover all aspects of this criminal activity.

"Human trafficking of women, men and children is now recognized as a severe form of abuse and torture.

January 30, 2006
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Rockland County To Get First Thruway High-speed E-z Pass

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan announced that work has begun on the implementation of the first New York State Thruway highway speed E-ZPass lanes at the existing Spring Valley Toll Barrier, Rockland County.

January 29, 2006
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Senator Morahan Selected To Lead Senate Committee To Review Governor's Mental Health Budget

Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno has selected Senator Thomas P. Morahan (R-C, New City) to serve as Chairman of the Senate Budget Sub-Committee on Mental Hygiene and to serve on the Education Sub-Committee.

"As Chair of the Senate’s Mental Hygiene Budget Sub-Committee, Senator Morahan will lead the Senate’s review of the Governor’s proposed budget as is relates to all mental health programs," Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno said.

January 25, 2006
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Senate Passes Legislation To Protect Children From Criminals

Senator Thomas P. Morahanannounced the introduction of "Nixzmary’s Law," legislation that requires a sentence of life without parole for parents or guardians who kill a child. In addition, the Senate today passed 26 bills that will update and strengthen Megan’s Law, including tougher criminal penalties, mandated community notification and GPS tracking of violent sexual predators.

The bill is named after Nixzmary Brown, a seven year old Brooklyn girl who was brutally beaten and left for dead earlier this month.

January 24, 2006
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New Yorkers Urged To Thank A Mentor

On Wednesday, January 25, 2006 many Americanswill reach out to honor those individuals who encouraged and guided them when they were growing up, as the nation celebrates the third annual Thank Your Mentor Day.

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan, Chairman of the Senate’s Mental Health Committeeurged New Yorkers to participate in Thank Your Mentor Day, a highlight of National Mentoring Month.

January 24, 2006
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