William J. Larkin Jr.'s Press releases

Larkin Awards ’kidscount’ Grants To Area Schools

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that he has awarded all public elementary schools and middle schools containing elementary grades in the 39th Senate district with a special grant through Larkin's "KidsCount" program.

September 3, 2008
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Senator Larkin Obtains Additional Funding For Newburgh Schools

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) has successfully secured additional state funding for the Newburgh City School District.

"I am pleased to have been able to negotiate this funding for the Newburgh City School District," said Senator Larkin. "These grants will help support the educational goals of the district and serve the students well."

September 2, 2008
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Larkin Announces Approval Of The New York Wine And Grape Foundation Study Grant

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced the Empire State Development Corporation has approved a $44,500 grant for the New York Wine and Grape Foundation to conduct a study on establishing a Hudson River Valley Wine and Culinary Center.

August 26, 2008
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Larkin Authors New Law To Expand State's Farm, Apple & Cuisine Trails

LARKIN AUTHORS NEW LAW TO EXPAND STATE’S FARM, APPLE & CUISINE TRAILS

Legislation sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) to expand the state’s farm trails, apple trails, and cuisine trails has been signed into law by Governor David Paterson.

August 13, 2008
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Larkin Bill To Exempt Private Aircraft Bought In NYS From Sales And Use Taxes Passes Senate

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced the State Senate has passed legislation he sponsored (S.425) which would provide several sales and use tax exemptions on certain small planes purchased in New York State.

June 9, 2008
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Senator Larkin Honors Local Woman At Statewide Event

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today honored Barbara Bedell of Walker Valley, NY at a special ceremony in the state capital as the New York State Senate’s 2007 "Woman of Distinction."

Ms. Bedell was honored for her outstanding work as a journalist and her incredible community service to the people of the Hudson Valley.

June 2, 2008
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Larkin Announces Home Heating Assistance For Working Families

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today reminded working families to see if they are qualified for the state’s home heating assistance program.

The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) administered through the State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) is a federally funded program that assists eligible households in meeting their home energy needs. HEAP is now accepting applications which can be filed with the local Department of Social Services.

December 14, 2007
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Larkin Supports Bill To Punish Computer Crimes Against Children

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced the New York State Senate today passed legislation to combat computer crimes against children. The bill (S.1921) establishes a felony offense, Computer Sex Crime, when an offender uses a computer to facilitate and commit a sex crime against a child.

December 14, 2007
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Larkin Announces Funding To Increase Affordable Housing In Ulster County

 

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced state funding to create additional affordable housing in Ulster County.

The financing was approved by the board of the New York State Housing Finance Agency (HFA).

December 14, 2007
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Senator Larkin Will Push For Bill To Combat The Spread Of Mrsa In Hospitals

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced his support for S.4346, legislation recently introduced in the State Senate to fight the proliferation of methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin resistant enterococcus (VRE) infections in hospitals.

December 14, 2007
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Larkin Announces Local Environmental Protection Fund Grants

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced several Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) grants for Hudson Valley organizations that will assist with waterfront revitalization projects, historic preservation efforts, expanding open space, and increasing access to public lands.

November 30, 2007
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Senator Larkin Obtains Funding For Local Library And Literacy Programs

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) has obtained state funding for the Kingston Library and Literacy Volunteers of America, Eastern Orange County, Inc.

The Kingston Library has received $10,000 for the purchase of adult and children’s reference resources in science, history, geography, government and careers.

Senator Larkin was also able to secure a $5,000 grant for Literacy Volunteers of America (LVA), Eastern Orange County, Inc. for costs associated with its successful tutoring program.

November 30, 2007
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Larkin Secures Funding For Town Of Highlands

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) has secured two state grants for the Town of Highlands Ambulance Corp., Inc and the Highlands Police Department.

The Highlands Ambulance Corps, Inc. has received $25,000 for the purchase of a 4-wheel drive first response vehicle.

The Town of Highlands Police Department has received $10,000 toward the purchase of two all terrain vehicles equipped with emergency lighting and a trailer for law enforcement officers patrolling the CSX rail line and along the Hudson River within the town as well as throughout area woodlands.

November 30, 2007
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Hudson Valley Delegation To Continue Fighting MTA's Comprehensive Fare Increase Plan

 

The State Senate Majority’s Hudson Valley Delegation today called upon Governor Eliot Spitzer to reject any increase in the cost of the MTA’s Metro-North commuter fares or tolls for MTA bridges and Tunnels.

At a press conference in New York City today the Governor announced that the MTA would drop its plans to impose an increase in basic subway and bus fares, but he failed to rule out such an increase in the cost of Metro-North service, monthly subway commuter passes, or tolls on MTA bridges and tunnels.

November 28, 2007
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Larkin Fears Governor Left Door Open For Future MTA Fare Hikes On Hudson Valley Residents

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today said that Governor Spitzer still has not taken any action to prevent fare increases for Metro North and LIRR riders and most subway riders and has done nothing to stop bridge and tunnel toll hikes.

November 28, 2007
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Senator Larkin Obtains $42,000 For Local Organizations Assisting The Disabled Community

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) has successfully obtained $42,000 in state funding for Orange County AHRC, the Recourse Center For Accessible Living, Inc., and Ulster-Greene ARC.

Orange County AHRC, located in the City of Newburgh, has received $20,000 for the purchase of office computers and operating expenses.

The Recourse Center For Accessible Living, Inc. in Kingston has received $2,000 for the purchase of a computer and projector.

November 16, 2007
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Governor Pulls Driver’s License Plan

 

Finally acknowledging the people of this state who said he was wrong, Governor Spitzer has completely reversed his position and given up his plan to give driver’s licenses to illegal aliens.

November 14, 2007
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Senator Larkin Obtains State Grants For Local Veterans

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) has obtained state funding for several local veterans organizations.

The New Windsor American Legion Post 1796 has received $10,000 for repairs and upgrades to its building on Walnut Street.

Disabled American Veterans, Edward G. Galian Memorial Chapter No. 212 in Goshen has received $10,000 toward the construction of a new handicap accessible pavilion at its meeting place to be used for events such as day trips by the hospitalized veterans at Castle Point Veterans Hospital.

November 13, 2007
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Larkin Secures Funding For Area Health Care Programs

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced he has successfully secured state grants for Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, Inc. and Golden Hill Health Care Center in Kingston.

"I am very pleased to have been in a position to advocate for these state grants on behalf of Hospice and Golden Hill," said Senator Larkin. "It is especially satisfying knowing that this funding will be used to directly serve the patients and residents of these excellent facilities."

November 13, 2007
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Larkin Discusses Potential Doctor Shortage Upstate

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today spoke out about the potential serious physician shortage facing upstate New York and what the New York State Senate is doing to attract young talented physicians to upstate.

November 13, 2007
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