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Senate To Act On Bill Next Month To Prohibit Drivers Licenses For Illegal Aliens

In an effort to stop an ill-advised order from Governor Spitzer that could jeopardize the safety and security of New Yorkers, New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan today announced that the New York State Senate will act on legislation next month to prohibit the state from issuing drivers licenses to illegal aliens.

October 4, 2007
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Rockland Elementary School Named "Blue Ribbon School"

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan, a member of the Senate Education Committee today announced that the New York State Education Department, in cooperation with the United States Education Department, has named Strawtown Elementary School in West Nyack one of 16 New York State schools designated a 2007 Blue Ribbon School. To reward successful schools, the U.S.

October 4, 2007
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Senator Morahan To Be Honored By NYSRA As 'Public Official Of The Year'

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan, Chairman of the Senate's Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities will be honored in Albany on Tuesday, September 25, 2007 by the New York State Rehabilitation Association (NYSRA), as "Public Official of the Year."

 

In a letter to the Senator, NYSRA President/CEO Jeff Wise noted that his organization's 100 member entities wanted to recognize Senator Morahan for his efforts on behalf of the 'community of people with disabilities.'

September 23, 2007
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Senator Morahan Announces NYS Homeland Security Grants

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan announced that Rockland County will be receiving two grants from the NYS Office of Homeland Security for homeland security initiatives and terrorism prevention. "I want to thank New York State Homeland Security Secretary Michael Balboni for responding to the public safety concerns of the law enforcement community," said Senator Morahan. The Senator was joined by Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoefin making the funding announcement.

September 21, 2007
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Governor Spitzer Signs Morahan Legislation

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities was invited by Governor Eliot Spitzer today to participate in a signing ceremony for "Jonathan’s Law," legislation introduced in the Senate by Senator Morahan which grants the parents and guardians of disabled children and adults greater access to records related to their care while in state-operated residential mental hygiene facilities. The law is the result of the efforts by Michael and Lisa Carey.

September 5, 2007
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Senator Morahan: State Senate To Convene July 16

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan today announced that the New York State Senate will convene a special session on Monday, July 16 to deal with the real unfinished business and address the priorities that truly matter to New Yorkers, including increased property tax relief, job creation and economic development, and the death penalty for criminals who kill police officers.

July 11, 2007
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Senate Passes Higher Education Plan

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahanannounced New York State Senate passage of a comprehensive higher education package that would make obtaining a college education more affordable for New York’s students, help families with soaring tuition expenses, provide new incentives to college students to keep them living and working in New York when they graduate, and recognize the sacrifices and service of our military personnel by making it easier for New York veterans of all wars to attend college.

June 20, 2007
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Millions Approved To Build And Renovate Affordable Housing In New York State

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan announced that a total of $14 million in affordable housing financing and grants was approved for the Hudson Valley by the boards of the New York State Housing Finance Agency (HFA) and Affordable Housing Corporation (AHC).

June 17, 2007
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Senator Nominates West Nyack Vet To NYS Senate Veterans Hall Of Fame

On Flag Day, June 14, 2007, during the course of session at the New York State Senate, Senator Thomas P. Morahan (R-C-I, New City) will formally nominate 84 year-old Rockland County resident, Joseph Conace, to the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame.

 

June 15, 2007
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Senate Majority Unveils Comprehensive Plan To Overhaul Property Tax System In New York State

Senator Thomas P. MorahanannouncedSenate passage of major property tax reform legislation that could result in the complete elimination of residential school property taxes in school districts that vote to phase out property taxes over five years, with revenue replaced with additional State funding. "Escalating school property taxes continues to be one of the most significant concerns of the residents of my district. For over a year I have held fact-finding meetings on school property tax reform.

June 15, 2007
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Senate Passes Bill To Prohibit Solitary Confinement Of Mentally Ill Inmates And Establish Residential Treatment Programs

The New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan announced New York State Senate passage of legislation that would prohibit mentally ill inmates from being placed in solitary confinement "special housing units" and would establish residential treatment programs for these inmates.

"This legislation is consistent with both the mental health treatment needs of these inmates and the safety and security of our correctional facilities," said Senator Morahan, who chairs the Senate's Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee.

June 8, 2007
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Senate Passes Legislation To Reduce Level Of Homeowners Mirant-related Property Taxes

Senator Thomas P. Morahan announced New York State Senate passage of his legislation (S. 2445) which would reduce the level of tax burden facing North Rockland homeowners impacted by the Mirant tax case.

"This legislation will provide for a transition of this shift in burden to the homeowners, and thereby help to lessen the immediate financial impact of the Mirant proceedings," said Senator Morahan.Court-ordered judgements in the Mirant tax case have resulted in a dramatic decrease in the tax revenue derived from the Bowline and Lovett plants.

June 7, 2007
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Anti-human Trafficking Legislation Signed Into Law

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan announced that legislation to help combat the trafficking of human beings was signed into law by the Governor. The new law will make Sex Trafficking and Labor Trafficking felony-level crimes and provides access to state social services for trafficking victims. In 2006, Senator Morahan was a sponsor of comprehensive legislation to strengthen the state’s laws relating to human trafficking by increasing penalties, protecting minors and providing victim assistance. He strongly praised the new law.

June 6, 2007
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Senate Passes Legislation To Allow Drunk Drivers Who Kill To Be Charged With Homicide

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahanannounced New York State Senate passage of legislation (S.5517) that would create the new charge of aggravated vehicular homicide for drunk drivers who kill others.

Senate action on the legislation was announced at a Capitol news conference where members of the Senate Majority Conference were joined by the family members of Katie Flynn.

June 6, 2007
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New Law Will Protect On-line Consumers Who Have Purchases Shipped

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan announced that Governor Spitzer had signed into law legislation that will ensure that New Yorkers who buy merchandise on-line and have their purchases shipped will have the same protections as those who make purchase by mail or by phone.

"I want especially commend Senator Fuschillo, Chairman on the Senate Standing Committee on Consumer Protection for introducing this legislation, said Senator Morahan.

June 5, 2007
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Senate Passes Autism Legislation

Senator Tom Morahan today announced passage of a bill (S. 5078) he sponsored as Chair of the Senate Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee to require the State to develop a comprehensive plan to concentrate on services for those who age with autism in their communities and includes vocational, residential and social needs.

"It is critical that the State recognize that the needs of individuals living with autism will last for the duration of their lives and plan and provide for such needs accordingly.

May 30, 2007
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Senate Passes Legislation Expanding And Enhancing Dna Database

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan (R-C-I, New City) today announced New York State Senate passage of legislation (S.5848) that would expand the State’s DNA database to include samples from every person convicted of a crime.

May 21, 2007
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Senate Passes Death Penalty Bill For The Murder Of Police, Peace Or Corrections Officer

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahanannounced New York State Senate passage of legislation that would establish the death penalty for criminals who kill police officers. The Senate action coincided with National Police Week (May 13-19, 2007.)

"Too many law enforcement officers are being killed while honoring their commitment to protect and serve this state -- and many more are injured and wounded in the line of duty. We can no longer sit back and watch ruthless murderers take the lives of police officers.

May 20, 2007
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Senator Morahan Announces Local Winners In Statewide Environmental Contest

At an awards ceremonyat the state Capitol in Albany, New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan (R,C,I, New City) presented awards to students from Rockland County schools selected in a statewide competition for developing creative environmental awareness projects. The New York State Senate's 16th Annual "I-MA-GREEN-Nation" competition pitted students from Grades One through Eight against their peers at other schools for presentation of innovative and creative ideas for solving the problems of solid waste reduction and/or encouraging recycling.

May 20, 2007
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Attorney General Announces Partial Shutdown Of Lovett Plant

Senator Thomas P. Morahan joined Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, NYS Department of Environmental Commissioner Pete Grannis and North Rockland officials to announce a partial shutdown of the Lovett generating station in Stony Point, one of two coal-burning units at the Stony Point power plant at which the Mirant Corporation failed to upgrade pollution controls.

Senator Morahan had successfully convinced Cuomo to meet with Mirant and North Rockland officials to deal with the financial impact of the plants closing.

May 11, 2007
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