William J. Larkin Jr.'s Press releases

SENATOR LARKIN AND THE REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE PUSH FOR PROPERTY TAX RELIEF IN STATE BUDGET

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) along with Members of the State Senate Republican Conference today proposed an amendment to budget legislation being advanced on the Senate floor that would restore $1.45 billion in property tax relief for New York’s middle class homeowners. Senate Democrats voted to defeat the amendment.

April 3, 2009
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SENATOR LARKIN AND THE SENATE REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE PUSH TO PUT A LID ON STATE SPENDING

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced that in an effort to put the brakes on runaway state spending and taxes, Senate Republicans today proposed an amendment to the state budget that would put in place a constitutional state spending cap.  The Senate has previously passed the spending cap plan with bipartisan support, yet today Senate Democrats changed their pos

April 3, 2009
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SENATOR LARKIN PLEASED NYRI IS DEAD

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced today that the New York Regional Interconnect (NYRI) has requested the Public Service Commission (PSC) withdraw its application to run a controversial high-voltage power line from the Edic Substation in Marcy to the Rock Tavern Substation in New Windsor from consideration.

April 3, 2009
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Senate Democrats Protect Drug Dealers and Drug-Dealing Illegal Aliens

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today expressed his frustration, outrage and anger at the pro-drug provisions contained in the budget crafted by the Senate Democrats. "These changes to the law will allow hardened criminals, as well as illegal aliens, to be allowed back on the streets sooner and with less state control," said Larkin. "The more we read the language contained in the budget, which was crafted behind closed doors, the more benefits we find for criminals and illegal aliens.

April 2, 2009
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SENATOR LARKIN PLEASED THAT BUDGET LANGUAGE PERTAINING TO TOWN CLERKS IS ELIMINATED FROM THE STATE BUDGET

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced today that language authorizing the offices of Town Clerk, Receiver of Taxes and Highway Superintendents to be changed to appointed positions through a permissive referendum has been taken out of the state’s budget. 

March 31, 2009
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Senator Larkin Urges Democrats In Albany To Not Increase Utility Taxes And To Not Include A Commuter Tax In The State's Budget

Today, Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced his opposition to Governor David Paterson’s proposal to raise taxes on utilities and the possibility of a commuter tax being included in the state’s budget.      

March 27, 2009
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Senator Larkin Urges Democrats In Albany To Not Increase Utility Taxes And To Not Include A Commuter Tax In The State's Budget

Today, Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced his opposition to Governor David Paterson’s proposal to raise taxes on utilities and the possibility of a commuter tax being included in the state’s budget.      

March 27, 2009
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Senator Larkin Encourages Local Law Enfocement Agencies To Apply For Nearly $1 Billion In Federal Grants

Senator Bill Larkin recently announced the availability of nearly $1 billion in federal grants for law enforcement agencies to create and preserve jobs and to increase crime prevention efforts.  This funding has been provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and will be made available through the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Recovery Program (CHRP).   

March 23, 2009
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Senator Larkin Commends Constituents For Their Generosity

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) recently announced that his New Windsor and Albany offices have collected nearly 300 cell phones to be donated to the charitable group Cell Phones for Soldiers.  The donations provide free calling cards to American troops overseas.

March 20, 2009
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SENATOR LARKIN ANNOUNCES UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE TO REISSUE PURPLE HEART STAMP AT 44 CENTS IN MAY

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) recently announced that the United States Postal Service will reissue the Purple Heart Stamp at the First-Class Mail price of 44 cents beginning this May.  

March 17, 2009
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Senate Republicans Unveil “A Better Plan for New York” as Alternative to High Taxes, New Fees and Lack of Accountability Offered by Democrats

New York State Senate Republicans today offered a comprehensive budget savings plan that spends less than the Executive Budget proposed, rejects $6.2 billion in taxes and fees proposed by Governor Paterson, implements a spending cap to restrain future spending growth and helps businesses create jobs to strengthen the State’s economy.

March 5, 2009
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MTA TO HOLD FIRST-EVER PUBLIC HEARING IN TOWN OF NEWBURGH ON MARCH 2nd

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) recently announced that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will be holding a hearing in Orange County on March 2nd to take public comment regarding the MTA’s proposed fare increases, service cuts, and the Ravitch Commission’s proposal to initiate a mobility tax (also known as a payroll tax) on businesses.  

February 24, 2009
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Senate Introduces Comprehensive Package Of Legislation To Keep New York's Young Drivers Safe

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) and members of the New York State Senate Majority Conference have introduced SAFE-TEEN New York, a comprehensive package of legislation designed to keep New York’s younger, less experienced drivers safe while on the road and prevent future tragic accidents.

The package of bills was announced at a Capitol news conference, where the Senators were joined by John Arout of Staten Island, whose 17-year-old daughter Michelle was killed in a high speed crash while the driver of her car was racing another teen driver.

September 24, 2008
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Senate Acts To Cut And Eliminate Property Taxes

New York STOP TAXING OUR PROPERTY Plan

Plan Would Empower School Districts to Completely Eliminate School Property Taxes; Allow Locals to Put a Tax Cap in Place

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced the New York State Senate today passed major property tax relief legislation (S8522) that would result in the complete elimination of school property taxes in school districts that vote to phase them out over five years, with revenue replaced by additional state funding.

September 24, 2008
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Senate Confirms Louis Heimbach For Stewart Airport Commission

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced that Sterling Forest Corporation Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Louis Heimbach, has been reappointed by the New York Senate to the Stewart Airport Commission. His term will run until June 20, 2012.

September 24, 2008
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Senate Passes Larkin Bill To Raise Awareness About Congenital Heart Disease Among Newborns & Children

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.7247) sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) that would designate February fourteenth each year as "Congenital Heart Defects Awareness Day."

"By establishing a statewide day of commemoration for this serious condition that affects so many families, we hope to help increase awareness about congenital heart defects," said Senator Larkin. "This is a special effort to give support to those families that have suffered the loss of a child because of this health problem.

September 24, 2008
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Senator Larkin Secures Grants For Esopus & Modena Fire Depts

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) has secured funding in the form of two state grants to assist the Esopus and Modena Fire Departments.

The Esopus Fire District has been awarded $25,000 to purchase a four-wheel drive vehicle for first responders to access wooded trails and river areas for rescue.

The Modena Fire District has received $7,500 to purchase a thermal imaging camera that can detect extreme heat through solid objects.

September 23, 2008
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Honoring Gold Star Mothers On Sept 28th

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) is asking residents to recognize Gold Star Mothers this Sunday as a way to honor those who have lost a son or daughter while serving the United States Armed Forces. Gold Star Mother’s Day is observed in the United States on the last Sunday in September each year. This year, this day falls on Sunday, September 28.

September 23, 2008
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Larkin Helps Cornwall Schools Make Technology Upgrades

Secures $65,000 Grant For Computers & Smart Boards Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) has secured a grant in the amount of $65,000 for the Cornwall Central School District to upgrade its technology infrastructure and classroom computer hardware.

September 18, 2008
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Senator Bill Larkin Named To Farm Bureau's "circle Of Friends"

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) has been named to the New York Farm Bureau’s "Circle of Friends."

The New York Farm Bureau is the state’s largest general farm advocacy organization. "The ‘Circle of Friends’ award is given in recognition of an individual lawmaker’s support of New York agriculture and the Farm Bureau.

Senator Larkin was chosen for his strong support of New York’s family farms and his knowledge about the ways in which the industry impacts the economy and the future of New York State.

September 16, 2008
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