William J. Larkin Jr.'s Press releases

Senate Committee On Racing, Gaming And Wagering To Hold Public Hearing On Spitzer’s Recommendations For The Future Of The State Racing Franchise

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that the Senate Standing Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering will conduct its first of three public hearings on the future of the state racing franchise.

August 30, 2007
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Senator Larkin Brings $30,000 In State Grants To City Of Newburgh

In his efforts to obtain state funding for special projects in the City of Newburgh, Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) has successfully secured $30,000 in grants for the City to help promote local heritage projects.

Larkin was able to secure a $20,000 grant for the City to purchase a trolley so that it can continue to offer free guided tours of many of Newburgh’s historic sites for residents and visitors to enjoy. Currently, the City is renting a trolley for this purpose.

August 30, 2007
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Larkin Announces Meeting Of Senate Committee On Racing, Gaming And Wagering On September 12, 2007

 

The Senate Committee on Racing, Gaming, and Wagering will hold a meeting on Wednesday, September 12, 2007 at 11:00 AM in Hearing Room A of the Legislative Office Building in Albany, New York to review the Governor’s anticipated recommendation for the State Racing Franchise. Ultimately, the Legislature must select the next racing franchise to manage the race tracks at Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga by December 31, 2007.

August 30, 2007
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Senator Larkin Secures Funding For Cornwall

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced two state grants for both the Town and Village of Cornwall.

The Town of Cornwall Police Department has been awarded a $30,000 grant for the purchase of a secure photo identification system, new laptop computers for patrol vehicles and an automated external defibrillator.

August 27, 2007
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Senator Larkin Announces $20,000 State Grant For City Of Newburgh Senior Services

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced he has successfully secured state funding for a special project to assist seniors in the City of Newburgh.

August 16, 2007
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Larkin Announces $20,000 For Braeside Camp

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced he has secured a $20,000 state grant for Braeside Children’s Camp.

Funding will be used for necessary repairs, renovations and equipment purchases at the camp.

August 13, 2007
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Corrections Officer Exam Scheduled For October 27, 2007

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that a Civil Service exam for the position of Correction Officer Trainee will be given statewide on October 27, 2007. The application deadline for this exam is September 10, 2007.

August 10, 2007
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Larkin Bill To Prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome Becomes Law

Legislation sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) requiring inmates to be educated on the dangers of shaken baby syndrome (SBS) has become law in New York State.

July 26, 2007
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Governor To Decide Fate Of Military Family Relief Fund Bill

Legislation sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) that would create the New York Military Family Relief Fund will soon be sent to Governor Eliot Spitzer for his decision on the fate of the program.

The fund would give financial assistance to the families of New York residents who are members of the national guard, armed services reserves or militia and who have been called to active duty away from their homes for at least 30 days.

July 26, 2007
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Larkin Bill To Increase Age Of "juice Bar" Employees Becomes Law

Eighteen is now the minimum age for women working nude or topless in establishments not controlled by the State Liquor Authority according to a new law sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson).

July 20, 2007
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Senator Larkin Announces Funding For Domestic Violence Services

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that a $75,000 state grant has been awarded to Legal Services of the Hudson Valley. The grant will support LSHV’s Ulster County office in its efforts to represent victims of domestic violence.

Located on Hurley Avenue in Kingston, the organization provides free civil legal services to lower income individuals and families in Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester Counties. It helps local residents resolve non-criminal but urgent legal problems.

July 18, 2007
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Workers' Compensation Rates To Drop By Record 20.5%

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that rates New York businesses pay for workers’ compensation insurance will be reduced by more than 20.5% saving them about $1 billion in the 2007-2008 fiscal year. The rate drop stems from the historic reform of the Workers’ Compensation Law earlier this year.

Based on changes in the workers’ compensation law the Senate fought to enact this year, the New York State Insurance Department has ordered a 20.5% decline in workers’ compensation insurance rates for the fiscal year beginning July 15.

July 13, 2007
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Larkin Obtains Funding For Local Red Cross & Community Blood Services

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced he has successfully negotiated several state grants for several organizations that provide health and safety services to local residents.

July 12, 2007
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Larkin Secures Funding For Local Vfw, American Legion Posts

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced he has secured funding for several local VFW and American Legion Posts.

"I am very pleased to have been able to secure this funding in the state budget for our area VFW and American Legion posts," said Senator Larkin. "It will be put to excellent use allowing our local veterans to carry on their good work."

VFW Washingtonville Memorial Post 8691 has received $3,500 for the purchase of a copier for the Post.

July 5, 2007
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Senate Calls On Assembly To Act On Legislation To Include "huffing" In The Charge Of Driving While Intoxicated

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) and members of the Senate Majority Conference today called on the State Assembly to immediately join the Senate in passing legislation (S.391) to expand the definition of a drug to include glue sniffing or aerosol inhalation within the grounds for drug-impaired driving.

June 28, 2007
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Senate Calls On Assembly To Act On Legislation To Include "huffing" In The Charge Of Driving While Intoxicated

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) and members of the Senate Majority Conference today called on the State Assembly to immediately join the Senate in passing legislation (S.391) to expand the definition of a drug to include glue sniffing or aerosol inhalation within the grounds for drug-impaired driving.

June 28, 2007
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Senate Passes Larkin Bill To Upgrade Paddocks That House Race Horses At The Tracks

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced the State Senate has passed legislation he sponsored (S.349) to dedicate a portion of the funding a race track takes in from video lottery gaming so that it can provide proper paddock and barn areas for the race horses and their trainers.

The bill also states that race tracks, in the designing and drafting of their physical layouts, plan for easy access between the race track area and the video gaming facilities.

June 21, 2007
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Senate Passes Legislation To Eliminate The Local And New York City Sales Tax On Clothing

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced the New York State Senate today gave final approval to legislation (S.5864) that would eliminate the New York City portion of the sales tax on all clothing and footwear purchases in the City of New York. The Senate also passed a bill (S.6327) that would allow localities to eliminate the local county sales tax on all clothing and footwear purchases.

June 21, 2007
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Larkin Bills To Give Tax Breaks To The State's Grape Growers & Wine Makers Pass Senate

The State Senate has passed legislation (S.536) and (S.537) sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) to give the state’s grape growers and wine makers an income tax credit and certain tax exemptions in an effort to support farmers and increase the number of vineyards in New York State.

June 21, 2007
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Senate Passes Larkin Bill To Give Peace Officer Status To New Windsor Court Officers

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that the State Senate has passed legislation he sponsored (S.2894) to designate uniformed court officers of the Town of New Windsor as peace officers.

The bill was requested by the Town of New Windsor.

It has been passed by both the State Senate and Assembly and will be sent to the Governor for his approval.

June 19, 2007
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