Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson), a retired Lieutenant Colonel who served 23 years on active duty in the United States Army, today hosted the sixty first annual "West Point Day" at the New York State Capitol in Albany.
With the Marlboro Central School District facing a dire budget gap, Senator Bill Larkin (R,C,I-Cornwall-on-Hudson) and Assemblyman Frank Skartados (D-Milton) announced the 2013-14 state budget comes through with $4.19 million in emergency aid to help the district during its crisis (S.2603-E/A.3003-E). In addition to providing the educational funding needed to give students a quality education, the aid will go a long way to help hold the line on school property taxes, Skartados noted.
Senator Bill Larkin (R,C,I, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced today that the 2013-2014 New York State budget includes an increase of $75 million in funding to the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS). This funding will allow municipalities to repair and improve their local roads, bridges and highways.
Growing the state’s agriculture industry and helping New York’s family farms prosper is the goal of the “Grown in New York” plan, unveiled today by Senator Patty Ritchie, Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. Senator Ritchie was joined at a Capitol news conference by other members of the committee, as well as leaders of the New York Farm Bureau to announce a plan to strengthen the state’s $5.2 billion agriculture industry by expanding markets for New York-grown products, improving the bottom lines of family farms, and investing in the future of farming.
Plan Would Increase Tax Credits to Help Struggling Middle Class Families, Restore STAR Property Tax Rebate Checks for Millions of New Yorkers Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos and members of the Senate Republican Conference today unveiled the Family Tax Relief Act, a package of tax relief and reform measures designed to provide a major economic boost to New York’s struggling middle class families.
Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos and members of the Senate Republican Conference were joined today by leaders of statewide business organizations to urge Governor Cuomo to remove the proposed extension of the utility tax surcharge from his Executive Budget. The 18-a surcharge, which has increased utility bills for every ratepayer in the state, is scheduled to expire on March 31, 2014. The Governor’s proposed five-year extension would cost businesses and consumers a total of almost $3 billion.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C-I, Cornwall-on-Hudson) is reminding homeowners that the deadline to apply for both the Basic and the Enhanced STAR school property tax exemption is March 1, 2013.
Basic STAR is available for primary residences where the owners’ total income is $500,000 or less. Basic STAR works by exempting the first $30,000 of the full assessed value of a home from school taxes. Homeowners generally only need to apply for this exemption once.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C-I, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced that he has been reappointed to several key standing committees in the New York State Senate for the 2013 Legislative Session. Specifically, Senator Larkin has been reappointed to the following committees: Corporations, Authorities and Commissions; Finance; Health; Insurance; Rules; Transportation; and Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs.
Larkin also announced that he has been named to serve on the Senate's 2013 Health and Mental Hygiene budget subcommittees. These subcommittees review aspects of the Governor's state budget and make recommendations for the upcoming budget negotiations between the Senate, Assembly and the Governor.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C-I, Cornwall-on-Hudson) issued the following statement:
"I voted against the Governor's proposal because I firmly believe it is too restrictive on our legal, law abiding gun owners and does not adequately address the issue of illegal weapons and their use during the commission of a crime. Gun violence will not be stopped by restricting lawful, honest gun owners. It is career criminals and their access to illegal weapons that are the main problem facing our cities, towns and villages – not people who support the second amendment."
Area Projects Among Winners of Regional Economic Development Council Awards
Senator Bill Larkin (R,C, I, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that 16 job creation projects in the 39th Senate District will receive critically important state funds through the second round of Regional Economic Development Council awards.
In moving forward after any crisis, clear and accurate information can be one of your most important assets. And as New Yorkers continue to recover from the devastating impact of Hurricane Sandy, the State Department of Financial Services (DFS) is providing important information for those who have sustained damage caused by the storm. The Department has set up a consumer helpline to answer questions and provide assistance, and anyone seeking information can call 800-339-1759 between 8 am and 8 pm on weekdays and 9 am to 4 pm on weekends. According to DFS, some basic points to remember include the following:
Hurricane Sandy has obviously taken a devastating toll on the Empire State, impacting literally millions of New Yorkers. But New Yorkers have a long and proud history of pulling together during times of crisis, and a tremendous emergency response and relief effort is now underway in all impacted communities. As emergency responders, public works, and utility personnel continue to move forward with their important work, we encourage all New Yorkers to stay safe and keep informed.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C-I, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today is encouraging employers subject to the MTA payroll tax to file a protective claim for refund with the New York State Department of Tax and Finance before November 2, 2012.
“The MTA is currently appealing a judge’s ruling which found the MTA payroll tax unconstitutional,” said Senator Larkin. “Should this ruling stand, employers may be eligible for a MTA payroll tax refund, and filing a protective claim is the way to get it.”
STONY POINT, NY – Three New York State Senators today held a public hearing to gauge answers from a company, Transmission Developers, Inc., who is developing the Champlain Hudson Power Express – a project designed to deliver clean wind and hydro power to the New York metropolitan area.
At a press conference shortly before the scheduled public hearing that was held in the afternoon, the bi-partisan delegation spoke about what they hoped to learn from the 4-hour Q&A session, listening to both proponents of the plan and giving residents a chance to voice their concerns.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C-I, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that legislation (S6799) was signed into law that allows the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to place a distinguishing mark on a driver’s license, or non-driver ID, to indicate its holder is a veteran.
This law, which goes into effect next October, will make it easier for veterans to receive discounts and other special benefits where proof of military service is required.
“Currently, many veterans carry around their DD-214 forms in order to prove that they are, in fact, veterans,” said Senator Larkin. “Thanks to this new law, veterans can simply get this designation put on their license, and their military paperwork can stay at home where it belongs.”
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C-I, Cornwall-on-Hudson) has been named to the New York Farm Bureau's "Circle of Friends" for the 2012 Legislative Session. This recognition is based upon his positive voting record in support of New York agriculture.
"It is an honor to be named to the Farm Bureau's Circle of Friends," said Senator Larkin. "Our farms are the backbone of New York's economy and have an exemplary reputation for producing some of the world's most desired and delicious products. I consider it a privilege to support their efforts and thank them for including me within their Circle of Friends," said Larkin.
The New York Farm Bureau's "Circle of Friends" membership is reserved for those who actively support the farm families of New York State.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today sent a letter to Governor Cuomo requesting that the state pick up a $102 million tab hitting employers across the state.
The New York State Department of Labor is currently billing employers statewide $12.75 for each person they employ. Due in September, this "Interest Assessment Surcharge" is being collected so New York can make an interest payment on a $4 billion loan it took out from the federal government to cover unemployment benefits.
In his letter to Governor Cuomo, Senator Larkin suggested that rather than bill employers, New York should pick up the cost using a portion of the $340 million in settlement payments the state is set to receive from the Standard Charter Bank investigation.