State Senator Thomas P. Morahanannounced Senate passage of an emergency bill to help thousands of low-income seniors and disabled New Yorkers that are dually eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid pay for medically necessary drugs - that should have been paid for by Medicare’s newly implemented prescription drug program.
"This emergency legislation is critical to ensuring that senior citizens, disabled and/or low-income New Yorkers do not fall through the cracks because of the recent federal changes in prescription coverage," said Senator Morahan.
Senator Thomas P. Morahanannounced a Legislative agreement to provide $100 million in emergency funds for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP).
The agreement adds a legislative commitment of $50 million to the $50 million increase proposed for the program by the executive. Under the $100 million Legislative agreement, the appropriation would prevent the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance’s anticipated shutdown of the program in March and would allow for additional HEAP benefits to seniors and other low-income New Yorkers.
Senator Thomas P. Morahan announced Senate passage today of legislation to mandate lifetime registration for the most dangerous sex offenders and prevent sex offenders from coming off the registry this week.
State Senator Thomas P. Morahanannounced Senate passage of legislation that provides for the civil commitment of sexually violent predators at a secure treatment facility after they’ve completed their prison sentence in order to protect the public from criminals likely to commit repeated acts of sexual violence.
Senator Thomas P. Morahan, who chairs the Senate’s Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee praised the Mental Health Association of Rocklandand its parent organization (the National Mental Health Association), as well as The History Channelfor their collaboration of a television special, entitled Lincoln, a film which the Senator feels provides insight into the President Lincoln’s personal setbacks and lifelong struggles that would drive his many achievements.
New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities announced that he was very alarmed by results from a recent national survey conducted by the federal government, which indicated that 9.0 percent of adolescents aged 12 to 17 (an estimated 2.2 million adolescents) experienced one major depressive episode in 2004.
Senator Thomas P. Morahanannounced that the Senate passed legislation requiring the lifetime registration of sex offenders, preventing sexual predators from coming off the State sex offender registry later this month.
"We cannot allow dangerous offenders to blend back into society. This legislation will keep our neighborhoods better informed and protected from the predators who prey on the most vulnerable members of our communities -- our children," said Senator Morahan.
Currently, most sex offenders are only required to register for ten years.
Senator ThomasMorahan, who Chairs the Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilityurged the StateAssemblytosupport current Senate legislation that ensures the State's criminal justice and mental health agencies take every step possible to keep dangerous sexual offenders off our streets and away from our children.
The Senator applauded newly established initiatives by the Governor which ensure approximately 40,000 additional profiles to the State’s DNA Database by 2007.
Senator Morahan has secured a State grant towards construction of an expanded early childhood Learning Development Center at Rockland Community College.
"This project will benefit many residents who are in need of infant care and child care," said Senator Morahan
The two-year community college plans to start construction of a 7,200-square-foot modern facility that will service infants to children 12 years of age. The facility will accommodate up to 58 children on a full-time basis and about another 40 part time.
Senator Thomas P. Morahan, in an effort to reduce the enormous burden of some of the highest property taxes in the country, announced that he and the members of the Senate Majority Conference today proposed the REBATE-NY plan, a comprehensive, 24 point plan to provide more than $2.4 billion in school and municipal property tax relief over the next three years, including direct rebate checks to property taxpayers, expanding the STAR program and the property tax circuit breaker, and encouraging consolidation of local government services.
Senator Thomas Morahan announced on December 21, 2005 that the Senate, Assembly and Governor reached agreement on two pieces of legislation that would increase penalties for those who injure or kill police officers, and toughen current laws that will help to keep illegal guns off our streets.
"As a result of this legislation,we will be able to give our law enforcement officials the tools they need to get more illegal guns off the streets, and ensure that those who injure or kill our police officers face much tougher penalties," said Senator Morahan.
Senator ThomasMorahanannounced that identity theft is not only the fastest growing financial crime in the country, but, as a result of information the Senator recently secured from the Rockland County Intelligence Center (RCIC), Rockland County may soon rank as one of the top identity theft locations in New York State.
The Senator noted that ID theft crime statistics are maintained by local police departments throughout Rockland. However, when the Senator Morahan recently asked RCIC to research the total number of ID crimes in Rockland County this year, he was shocked, when Lt.
Senator ThomasMorahan delivered welcoming remarks tosoldiers from the 812th Military Police Company, who returned from active duty in Iraq. The Senator joined family and friends of the returning soldiersat a special ceremony at the Orangeburg Army Reserve Center.
Senator Thomas Morahan and The American Red Cross in Greater New York (ARC/GNY)will join in a campaign to inform local businesses of the need to comply with new state regulations requiring resuscitation equipment in all patron-accessible areas.
The Senator is supporting a campaign to alert representatives of the business communityabout officialstate regulationsmandating resuscitation equipment in all patron-accessible areas.
Senator Thomas P. Morahan, (R-C, New City) Chairman of the Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities announced today that the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH), is offering detailed information about licensed inpatient, outpatient and residential mental health programs in New York State, at its website: http:/www.omh.state.ny.us/omhweb/licensing
New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan (R-C, New City) secured a State grant to fund aseries of educational seminars on eating disorders. The first of these forums, is entitled, "Building Clinical Capacity: Assessment and Review of Eating Disorders Research," isdesigned to assistmental health professionals.
On the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Senator Thomas P. Morahan (R-C, New City), a member of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, urged Purple Heart recipients to take the opportunity to visit the New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site, the setting for the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor.
This 7,500 square foot facility will feature the stories of America's combat wounded veterans, and those who never came back, all recipients of the Purple Heart.
Senator Thomas P. Morahan (R-C, New City)recentlyjoined the Chairman of the New York State Senate Task Force for Hudson Valley Fruit Growers, at a Round Table discussionat the Town of Marlborough Town Hall in Milton, New York, to discuss ways of renewing growth for the Hudson Valley’s grape and wine industry.
A recent report by the Task Force, "Tending the Vineyards: Renewed Growth for the Hudson Valley’s Grape and Wine Industry," outlines a program to help increase the quality and quantity of wines being produced in the Hudson Valley.
Senator Thomas P. Morahan today announced a grant award totaling $33,216 for energy-efficiency projects at the Rockland County Health Center, New City Highway Department Building and the Stony Point Garages.
The grant will help fund the $1.6 million roof replacement projects at the three locations which were identified as a result of free energy-audits performed by the New York Power Authority (NYPA).