William J. Larkin Jr.'s Press releases

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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SENATE PASSES EDUCATION INVESTMENT TAX CREDIT TO GIVE PARENTS MORE OPTIONS IN THEIR CHILD’S EDUCATION

Measure Provides New Tax Incentives to Offer Parents More Educational Choices

January 21, 2015
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MEASURES TO HELP VETERANS, PROTECT MINORS, AND CREATE JOBS ARE AMONG NEW LAWS THAT TAKE EFFECT JANUARY 1, 2015

Measures to help veterans find employment and housing are among the highlights of new state laws that will take effect on January 1, 2015. 

Other laws that take effect on New Year’s Day will: reduce the tax burden on businesses; provide tax credits to employers that hire people with developmental disabilities; allow banks to freeze credit records of minors to prevent identity theft; protect people in adult care facilities; encourage music and theatrical productions in upstate New York; and expand opportunities to finance end-of-life care.  

December 19, 2014
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2015 Questions and Answers About Enhanced STAR

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November 21, 2014
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SENATOR BILL LARKIN REMINDS RESIDENTS OF HEATING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Applications Now Being Accepted

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) reminded Hudson Valley residents today that those needing assistance with their heating costs may now apply for New York’s Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). The program began accepting applications on Monday, November 17. Those households that are eligible can receive a one-time payment of up to $625 for assistance with their heating costs this year. 

November 21, 2014
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SENATOR BILL LARKIN AND THE GREATER HUDSON VALLEY FAMILY HEALTH CENTER TO OFFER NATIONAL MEMORY SCREENING DAY

Local Event to be Held at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) is pleased to join with The Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center, Mount Saint Mary College and the Newburgh Armory Unity Center to offer a National Memory Screening Event.  This event will be held at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. and is free of charge.  Walk-ins will be accepted based on availability but pre-registration is recommended.  Please call 845-220-3167 to register for a screening.

November 14, 2014
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