Senator Morahan today announced he will oppose a budget scheme advanced by Governor Spitzer that would eliminate the sales tax cap on gasoline and result in higher prices at the pump for every New York driver.
Under the proposal, the Governor would do away with the gas tax cap enacted in 2006 on any State sales tax over $2 by consolidating the tax into the Petroleum Business Tax (PBT), and would increase gasoline taxes by nearly $56 million annually.
State Senator Thomas Morahan announced today that Legal Services of the Hudson Valley and the Legal Aid Society of Rockland County have been awarded $145,725, aggregately, through the RFP process instituted by the New York State Office of Court Administration. The award is part of $3 million of new funding secured in 2007 for civil legal services.
New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan praised Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, who today released his audit of the State Thruway Authority and called upon the agency postpone its proposed July 2008 toll hike. The Comptroller's audit examined whether the calculations used in justifying proposed toll increases in July 2008, January 2009, July 2009 and January 2010 were accurate and reasonable.
New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities today reintroduced legislation (S 568) establishing a waiting list for people with mental illnesses seeking community housing and support services.
The HEAP funds, federal monies received by the state and distributed through the Rockland Community Development Council, are designated to afford low-income families the financial benefit of weatherizing their homes. Services available through the funding include weather-stripping, replacement doors and windows, and repair or replacement of furnaces.
Senator Morahan has contacted the Port Authority of NY and NJ to request their cooperation and assistance in working with Hudson Valley officials to develop their newly acquired Stewart International Airport facility. At the same time he is requesting that the PA study the feasibility of providing incentives to those air carriers who are congesting the runways at Newark Liberty International Airport.
New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan, who serves as the Senate Majority Liaison to the Executive Branch, today announced that the State Senate Majority Conference has called on Governor Spitzer to "vigorously and unequivocally" reject the New York State Thruway Authority's plan to increase tolls and roll back EZ-Pass discounts for millions of commuters, commercial truckers and tourists who utilize the Thruway on a regular basis.
County officials had contacted Morahan, a former chairman of the State Senate's Veterans, Homeland Security & Military Affairs Committee, as well Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee, to express concern that the State had been unwilling to provide county veterans agencies with the ability to communicate information to newly discharged veterans regarding their local benefits and entitlements.
Senator Morahan and Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski (D-Rockland) announced that they will introduce a sweeping package of reform legislation to correct the myriad failures uncovered in the case of a Long Island doctor who potentially exposed hundreds of patients to infectious diseases including Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV.
According to the legislators, published reports revealed that as many as 630 patien
New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan announced today that the Director of the New York State Division of Veterans Affairs has responded favorably to his request that New York State veterans who have been discharged from active military service be mailed a comprehensive listing of appropriate/available county services. Morahan indicated that the State would be mailing discharged veterans information and linkages regarding all applicable benefits and entitlements available to them through their local county veterans affairs offices.
The Geriatric Mental Health Alliance of New York--an advocacy organization with 3000 members from throughout New York State--presented its first Geriatric Mental Health Leadership Award to New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahanat a special ceremony on November 1, 2007 at Highland House in Middletown, New York.
Senator Thomas P. Morahanwas joined bySenator Mary Lou Rath (R-C-I, Williamsville) in urging Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno to give "a high priority" to a bill they are spearheading, which would require all hospitals to implement an antibiotic resistant infection prevention and control method--including the isolation and treatment of infected patients.
Five Hudson Valley State Senators signed a letter stating their strong opposition to the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s (MTA) plans to substantially increase fares and tolls.
In a joint letter to MTA Chairman H. Dale Hemmerdinger, Senator Thomas Morahan, Senator John Bonacic, Senator William Larkin, Senator Vincent Leibell, and Senator Stephen Saland expressed their opposition to the increases. Chairman Hemmerdinger was confirmed by the Senate during the Special Legislative Session held on October 22, 2007.
New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities will join community leaders and officials on Thursday, October 25, 2007 at 11:30 a.m. to participate in the Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony of a handicap accessible playground at Veteran's Park, located at 81 Hunt Road, in the Town of Orangetown. Senator Morahan secured a $50,000 grant to develop the facility, which was designed specifically for the needs of 2-5 year olds who have some cognitive or physical disability.
Senator Thomas P. Morahan today announced his support for legislation which would require a social security number or proof of authorized presence in the United States to obtain a New York State drivers license.
New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan, a member of the Senate Labor Committee willhost a downstate "Roundtable Discussion on Paid Family Leave Legislation" on Wednesday, October 24, 2007, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Nanuet Public Library, located at 149 Church Street in Nanuet.
The Senator recently introduced multiple bills regarding paid family leave. The Senator's legislation provides for partial pay during periods of family leave to care for a seriously ill family member, or newborns.
New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan responded to a New York Post investigative report that indicated that "New York City is the Dogfight Capital of the World." The Senator noted that he has authored legislation to significantly increase the penalties to the felony level for those convicted of violating state laws prohibiting animal fighting, including spectators, trainers and owners.
New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan, who chairs the NYS Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, was joined by NYS Mental Health Commissioner Michael F. Hogan PHd, mental health officials and advocates, at the Tarrytown, NY side of the Tappan Zee Bridge, to kick-off National Depression Screening Day in the state. The theme, Preventing Suicide, has become a growing public health issue. The statistics are alarming: Approximately 30,000 Americans die by suicide annually; There is one suicide every 16 minutes and 88 suicides per day.