(ALBANY) State Senator Thomas P. Morahan (R-C, New City) announced that a number of Justice Courts in Orange and Rockland Counties have been awarded funding grants under the State’s Justice Court Assistance Program. Town and Village Justice Courts in Orange County will each receive a portion of a $27,954 grant to purchase equipment needed to facilitate their operations. Justice Courts in Rockland will share an $18,631 grant.
"I am pleased to be announcing that 14 Towns and Villages in Orange and Rockland Counties are recipients of the Justice Court Assistance Program grants.
Senator Thomas P. Morahan (R-C, New City) voiced his strong opposition to NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s call for a tax on those who commute to the city from the suburbs. In 1999 Morahan was one of the leaders in efforts which resulted in repeal of the NYC Commuter Tax, which, for over 30 years generated millions of dollars in revenue for the city.
The defunct commuter tax was set at 0.45 percent of wages and 0.65 percent of self-employment income.
"It was wrong in 1999 and it would be wrong to restore now.
State Senator Thomas P. Morahan announced the induction of a combat-wounded veteran, who distinguished himself with acts of valor on the battlefields of Vietnam, as well as more than a decade of compassionate service to the veterans of Rockland County.
State Senator Thomas Morahan has sent a letter to the commissioners of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission demanding that the agency investigate "the reliability and effectiveness of primary and back-up siren systems at Entergy's Indian Point facility.
Senator Thomas P. Morahansponsored a financial aid workshop at College Night,in the Field House at Rockland Community College (RCC) on October 27, 2005 at 8:00 PM.
Many parents and students find applying and searching for financial aid to be a very daunting and frustrating task. Senator Morahan assisted students and their families by providing informational brochures on financial aid. He also hosted a workshop where Marvin Oppenheim, Director of Financial Aid at RCC, who made a presentation on financial aid and answered questions.
Senator Thomas P. Morahan (R-C, New City), joined Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef to announce Rockland County’s participation in a program developed by IBM, in cooperation with the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC), designed to detect Medicaid fraud through the use of advanced mathematical algorithms developed by IBM experts.
Verify NY, a data-mining computer software system, was showcased at a ceremony in New City.
Senator Thomas P. Morahan (R-C, New City) announced that on Wednesday, September 14, 2005, the New York State Senate Committee on Investigations held a hearing, on rising oil prices in the State of New York. The Senator noted that the committee had invited major oil companies, local retailers, the Attorney General’s Office, representatives from the business community, and other parties involved with the pricing of gasoline to testify at the hearing, which took place in New York City.
"Gas prices in my district have soared to beyond $3.89 per gallon at the pump.
SenatorThomas P. Morahan announced that his bill to improve ice cream truck safety was signed into law by Governor George Pataki. The bill was passed unanimously by both the State Senate and the State Assembly. The Senator introduced the legislation following the tragic death of Sara Shuct, a 9-year old Monsey resident who was killed in Septmeber 2003 afater purchasing ice cream from a frozen dessert truck near her home.
Senator Thomas P. Morahan announced that Orange and Rockland Counties will see a budgetary savings under the first two years of the State’s historic cap and takeover of the local share of the Medicaid program. Under the new Medicaid cap -- Orange and Rockland Counties will realize a cumulative total of $13.23 million in savings over the next five years, beginning in 2006.
Senator Morahan sponsored legislationthatpassedthe State Senatewhich would require the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to transport the ashes of victims of the September 11, 2001 ‘Attack on America,’ from their current location at the Fresh Kills Landfill in Staten Island, to a suitable site, where a fitting memorial would be built.
While the remains of many victims of the World Trade Center attacks have never been identified, approximately 360,000 to 480,000 tons of ashes have been transported to a 48 acre parcel of the Fresh Kills Landfill.
SenatorMorahan, Chair of the Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disability, joined with his Assembly counterpart,as well as theChair of the Senate Committee on Aging to announce bipartisan landmark legislation to address the growing mental health needs of senior citizens.
At a press conference, bipartisan groupof lawmakers presented the Geriatric Mental Health Act (A4742/S7672), which will position New York as the nation’s first state to comprehensively begin to address the mental health needs of the dramatically increasing number o
Senator Morahan, former Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs, announced a Senate Republican Conference proposal creating a New York State Veterans Hall of Fame to honor the courage, sacrifice and achievements of service men and women from across the state.
Senator Tom Morahan introduced Senate legislation to ensure that sexual predators, incarcerated for sexually molesting children under the age of 14, be required to wear an electronic monitoring device as part of a lifetime probationi. "Child Molesters are known to have a high recidivism rate. This legislation is designed to protect our communities from habitual sexual predators.
“It is very important that we act to protect the public by enacting this bill. Other states have enacted civil commitment laws to protect the public from sexually violent predators and to provide treatment to this dangerous group of offenders,” said Senator Morahan.
“This legislation satisfies the 5 percent matching fund requirement to trigger $153 million in Title III money under HAVA. Voters, for the first time, who believe there has been a violation of HAVA, will be able to file a formal complaint with the State Board of Elections. This legislation also provides for a statewide voter registration list will be established for the first time,” said Senator Morahan.
The savings, designed to ease pressure on local property taxes, stems from new cost controls and a “cap” on local Medicaid costs, as well as an accelerated state takeover of the Family Health Plus program.
At a ceremony held at the Palisade Center Mall in West Nyack, Senator Morahan participated in a Welcome Home Ceremony for Bravo Company, 854th Engineer Battalion.The unitserved in Camp Doha Kuwait from 2004 to February 2005 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. They provided a range of engineering services, including construction of the theatre entry and exit point at Camp Doha.