William J. Larkin Jr.'s Press releases

GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES NEW ACCESSIBLE BOARDWALK COMPLETE AT STEWART STATE FOREST

New Boardwalk Will Provide Increased Access to the Great Swamp

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a new accessible boardwalk and trail are now open to the public at Stewart State Forest in Orange County. Two new 400-foot sections of the boardwalk spanning the Great Swamp have been completed, providing visitors increased access to view the swamp habitat and wildlife. The $434,000 project was funded by the NY Works program.

August 20, 2015
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Senator Bill Larkin Announces Over $350,000 in Construction Grants to Support Local Libraries

New Windsor, NY - Senator Bill Larkin (R, C – Cornwall-On-Hudson) announced today that the New York State Library has awarded over $350,000 in construction grants to four local libraries in the 39th Senate District.

“Any investment in our local libraries is an investment in our children’s future,” stated Senator Bill Larkin. “These construction grants will help maximize services offered to residents throughout the Hudson Valley, improve accessibility for seniors and create a more energy efficient infrastructure.”

The Pine Bush Public Library will receive $2,500 to address energy efficiency opportunities based on an audit from NYSERDA. Specifically, this project will replace air conditioning, lighting and add insulation.

August 17, 2015
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Senator Larkin, Assemblymen Skoufis and Zebrowski, announce funding to repair Palisades Parkway

Senator Bill Larkin (R-Cornwall) alongside Assemblymen James Skoufis (D-Woodbury) and Ken Zebrowski (D-New City) announced that over $10 million in critical state funding has been secured to repair the north section of the Palisades Interstate Parkway after years of neglect. Additionally, Route 6 will be resurfaced between Route 293 and the Palisades Parkway later this year.

July 13, 2015
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SENATOR LARKIN PASSES NEW VETERAN’S SERVICE CREDIT BILL

The New York State Senate today passed new legislation (S5937) dealing with service credit for our veterans. This bill is different from the previously passed legislation (S4124) which passed the Senate unanimously earlier this session.

The previous bill had an appropriation of $31.5 million and this bill has an appropriation of $24.8 million. According to the Assembly sponsor of this bill, the $24.8 million estimate was provided by the division of the budget.

“I will continue to do all that is asked of me in support of this legislation,” said Senator Bill Larkin (R,C – Cornwall-On-Hudson). “Regardless of where and when our veterans have served they are owed this debt of gratitude.”

June 17, 2015
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SENATOR LARKIN’S ANNEXATION OVERSIGHT BILLS PASS IN THE SENATE

“I am pleased that we have passed my annexation oversight bills today in the Senate. We desperately need more appropriate oversight on annexations that could have such a significant impact on our region.  The passage of these bills have been my top priority throughout this entire process and I never stopped fighting on behalf of my constituents.  The Assembly will now be tasked with sending these bills to the Governor’s desk for his signature.  I urge Governor Cuomo to sign these bills into law as soon as possible.”

June 16, 2015
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Larkin Veterans’ Buyback Bill Passes Senate

 

Albany, NY - Senator Bill Larkin (R, C – Cornwall-On-Hudson) announced today that Senate Bill S4124 passed the Senate unanimously.  This legislation will allow all honorably discharged veterans who are members of a Public Employee Retirement System within New York State to purchase up to three years of service credit for time served in the military.

May 27, 2015
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Senator Bill Larkin Honors Local Veteran

Donald Bernstein Inducted Into the Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) nominated Donald Bernstein from Highland Mills, NY to the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame at a ceremony held in Albany.

May 22, 2015
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SENATOR LARKIN & ASSEMBLYMAN SKOUFIS PAY TRIBUTE TO CADETS DURING WEST POINT DAY IN ALBANY

Senator Bill Larkin (R,C – Cornwall-On-Hudson) and Assemblyman James Skoufis (D – Woodbury) paid tribute to a group of cadets both men and women from the United States Military Academy at West Point during the 63rd annual West Point Day on Wednesday May 6th, held in the New York State Capitol in Albany. 

A reception took place at Senator Larkin’s Albany Office in the Capitol Building.  A group of cadets, Lieutenant General Robert L. Caslen, Superintendant and other officers from West Point were honored in the Senate and Assembly chambers.

May 11, 2015
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR BILL LARKIN SUPPORTING EQUAL PAY FOR WOMEN

Albany, NY - Senator William Larkin (R-C Cornwall-on-Hudson) issued the following statement on the State Assembly’s decision to follow the Senate’s lead in passing legislation ensuring of equal pay for equal work.

“This year, the Senate demonstrated our commitment to equal pay for equal work by passing Senate bill one on the very first day of session” Larkin said.  “Senate bill one, ensures that hardworking women in the Hudson Valley have the opportunity to earn the same wage as their male counterparts and ensure that equal pay for equal work is finally a reality in New York.”

Larkin noted that other planks of the Senate’s Women’s Equality Agenda which have already passed the Senate have not yet been taken up by the Assembly.

April 28, 2015
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO SUPPORT LOCAL FARMERS

Legislation Will Aid in Job Creation and Promote Economic Growth

for New York’s Most Rural Communities

 

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that will help New York farmers grow their businesses. The bill (S2250) sponsored by Senator William Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson), would connect farmers to Industrial Development Agencies (IDAs), giving them additional resources to promote economic growth and increase job creation.

 

April 21, 2015
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Senator Bill Larkin Has Secured Funding for Critical Local Infrastructure

Albany, NY - Senator Bill Larkin (R, C – Cornwall-On-Hudson) proudly announced today that his continuing commitment to improve our local infrastructure has resulted in over $7.6 million dollars to address the needs of our local roads, highways and bridges. The funding is a part of $438 million allocated state wide through the Consolidated Local Streets and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) and an additional $50 million to repair damage caused by this winter’s severe weather.

“Our local roads and bridges are vital to our communities and keep the economy of the Hudson Valley growing” said Senator Larkin. “This funding sends a strong message, that New York State is committed to our local infrastructure.”

April 6, 2015
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Senator Larkin Leads the Fight for Increased Education Aid in new Budget

Albany – Continuing his strong commitment to our local schools, New York State Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-On-Hudson) today was pleased to announce that the new State Budget for 2015-16 includes an increase of $1.4 billion in State Education Aid.

“A strong education starts by making smart investments in our local schools so that all children have the opportunity to excel in the classroom,” said Larkin.  “This major funding increase will ensure significant new investments in our schools, reduce pressure on property taxpayers and help chart a course toward a stronger and brighter future for our children.”

March 30, 2015
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SENATOR LARKIN TO SERVE ON NEW TASK FORCE FOCUSING ON WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-On-Hudson) has been appointed by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos to serve on a new Task Force that will focus on workforce development. The Task Force will identify ways to improve job readiness and employee training in an effort to create more jobs and grow the economy.

“Workforce development is a top priority,” said Senator Larkin. “I look forward to hearing from leaders in business, education, state and local governments, and other workforce experts in an effort to find feasible solutions to some of the problems our workforce faces today. We must do everything we can to ensure that individuals who want a job have every opportunity to obtain one.”

March 24, 2015
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SENATOR SKELOS ANNOUNCES THE CREATION OF NEW TASK FORCE ON WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos today announced the creation of the Senate Task Force on Workforce Development and appointed Senators Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola) and George A. Amedore, Jr. (R-C-I, Rotterdam) as Co-Chairs. The Task Force will review the state’s existing programs designed to train both job seekers and existing employees for current and prospective employment opportunities, as well as help develop new initiatives to improve employee readiness, meet the needs of private sector employers, and create well-paying jobs to grow New York’s economy. 

March 20, 2015
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SENATOR LARKIN PROMOTED TO ASSISTANT MAJORITY LEADER FOR HOUSE OPERATIONS BY MAJORITY LEADER DEAN SKELOS

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-On-Hudson) has been promoted by the New York State Senate Republican leadership to Assistant Majority Leader for House Operations in the Senate.  In this new leadership position, Senator Larkin will be working closely with Majority Leader Dean Skelos and the rest of the Senate Republican leadership to create jobs, stabilize taxes and continue to ensure New York State government does not infringe on the rights of law abiding citizens.

March 16, 2015
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State Senate Coalition releases disturbing report on dangerous sex offenders living near Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten programs in Westchester and Rockland Counties

State Senate Coalition urges Assembly to pass companion legislation to key Senate bills that strengthen protections for children against sex offenders

February 27, 2015
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TARGETING CYBER TERRORISM

Bills Focus on Enforcing Stricter Penalties and Create Cyber Security Measures To Protect New York From Future Threats

The New York State Senate today passed four bills to crack down on cyber terrorism and its rapidly expanding threat to the state’s security and finances. The legislation, sponsored by Senator Thomas Croci (R, Sayville), would enact tougher penalties for cyber-related crimes, create cyber security programs to identify potential risks and threats, and require the state to perform a comprehensive review of all its cyber security measures every five years. 

February 25, 2015
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SENATOR BILL LARKIN CALLS FOR AN END TO THE GAP ELIMINATION ADJUSTMENT (GEA)

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) and the Senate Majority Conference today called for the elimination of the notorious Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) in the 2015-16 state budget.

February 10, 2015
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SENATE PASSES THE CRIMINAL STREET GANG ACT

Legislation Focuses on Reducing Growth of Criminal Street Gangs and Protecting

 Citizens From Gang-Related Violence.

February 4, 2015
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SENATE PASSES PACKAGE OF BILLS TO TOUGHEN PENALTIES FOR SEX OFFENDERS

            The New York State Senate Majority Coalition today announced the passage of a package of legislation that would help keep communities safer from sexual predators.

January 26, 2015
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