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.
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.”
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.