William J. Larkin Jr.'s Press releases

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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Assemblyman Tedisco and Senator Larkin: On Veterans Day, Time to G.I.V.E Back to Disabled Veterans

Lawmakers seek first-in-the-nation set-aside program to enable service-disabled

veterans to participate in annual state legislative internship program 

On Veterans Day, Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Glenville) and New York State Senator Bill Larkin (R,C-Cornwall-on-Hudson), a World War II and Korean War combat veteran, today called on the state Legislature to create the G.I.V.E. Back NY program (Giving Internships for disabled Veterans not fully Employed) to enable disabled veterans to participate in the Assembly and Senate’s annual legislative internship program.

November 12, 2014
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR BILL LARKIN REGARDING THE VETO OF VETERANS’ SERVICE CREDIT LEGISLATION

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) said today:  “I am extremely disappointed with Governor Cuomo’s veto of the veterans’ buyback legislation (S.7839/A.6974-B) and I am especially disheartened that he chose to do so the eve of Veterans Day.  I am currently in the process of meeting with my legislative staff in order to determine the best course of action to move this issue forward in spite of the Governor’s veto.  I will continue to do all I can to ensure that New York’s veterans receive the benefits they rightfully deserve.”

 

November 10, 2014
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VETERANS’ SERVICE CREDIT LEGISLATION SENT TO THE GOVERNOR

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced today that Senate bill S.7839 has been sent to Governor Cuomo for his review and action.  This legislation, an extension of the Veterans Service Credit Law of 2000, would allow all honorably discharged veterans who are members of the New York State Public Retirement System to purchase up to three years of service credit for military service.  Currently, only public employees who served in the armed forces during certain military conflicts are permitted to receive this pension benefit.

October 29, 2014
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SENATOR BILL LARKIN SECURES $100,000 FOR THE TOWN OF CRAWFORD

Funding To Build A New Community Center

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced today that he has secured $100,000 to assist the Town of Crawford in building a new community center.  The funding for this grant is through the New York State and Municipal Facilities Program.  

October 28, 2014
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SENATOR BILL LARKIN ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR CRISIS INTERVENTION

State Assistance To Train Law Enforcement To Handle Incidents

Involving Persons With Mental Illness

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced today that he has secured state funds for specialized training of law enforcement officers in the City of Newburgh to help them more safely and effectively respond to people experiencing a mental health crisis.

October 28, 2014
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LARKIN SUPPORTS OIL SHIPPING SAFETY EFFORTS

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today praised two state agencies for their efforts to protect New Yorkers by making crude oil shipments safer.

October 23, 2014
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