William J. Larkin Jr.'s Press releases

Senate Majority Launches Upstate Now -- A Comprehensive Job Growth & Economic Development Plan For Upstate

 

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) and members of the Senate Majority Conference today unveiled the Upstate Now agenda, a comprehensive job creation and economic growth plan that will transform and revitalize the upstate economy, generate billions of dollars in new investment, and create thousands of new jobs for New Yorkers.

May 15, 2007
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Less Than 100 Days To Register For 9/11-related Workers' Compensation

 

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today reminded residents that time is running out for people to register for the right to file for 9/11-related workers’ compensation.

Less than 100 days remain until the final registration deadline of August 14, 2007.

At least 100,000 workers and volunteers who performed any rescue, recovery or cleanup work in the vicinity of the World Trade Center are eligible to register with the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board. But fewer than 12,000 have done so.

May 11, 2007
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Senate Passes Larkin Bill To Protect The Interests Of The NYS Thoroughbred Horse Owners' Association

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.2895) sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) that would provide a one-year, one percent increase in funding for the New York State Thoroughbred Horse Owners’ Association. The increase would come from the purse moneys at the tracks and would increase the amount the Association currently receives from one percent to two percent according to the bill.

May 9, 2007
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Senate Passes Larkin Bill To Allow Free Bingo

The New York State Senate has passed legislation sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) that would allow people to play bingo for free and without needing a license from the State Racing & Wagering Board or from local municipalities if the prizes are kept under $10 dollars.

May 7, 2007
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Larkin Bill To Create Pine Bush Area Public Library District Passes Senate

The New York State Senate has passed legislation (S.3435) sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) that would authorize the creation of the Pine Bush Area Public Library District.

The new district would encompass the entire Town of Crawford and that part of the Town of Shawangunk that lies within the Pine Bush Central School District.

"Creating a new library district will provide more flexibility for the financing of the Town of Crawford Free Library and the preparation of its annual budget," said Senator Larkin.

May 3, 2007
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Senator Larkin Announces Purple Heart Stamp Will Be Reissued At 41 Cents In August

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced word from the Postmaster General that the U.S. Postal Service will issue the Purple Heart stamp at the First-Class Mail price of 41 cents beginning this August.

May 1, 2007
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Larkin Proposes Shared Internet Services Between Boces And Libraries

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) has introduced legislation (S.2082) in the State Senate that would give any Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) the ability to contract with individual libraries or library systems and provide high-speed Internet services or community relations services to the libraries.

May 1, 2007
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Larkin And Senate Propose Doubling Property Tax Rebate For Seniors

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced a plan to double the size of direct property tax rebate checks for senior citizen homeowners.

The Senate is introducing a bill that would return about $200 million to senior citizens. Funds for the increased senior rebate checks would come from higher-than-projected State revenues realized at end of the 2006-07 state fiscal year.

May 1, 2007
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Senate Passes Domestic Violence Bills

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that the New York State Senate Majority Conference today passed a comprehensive package of legislation aimed at protecting victims of domestic violence.

April 27, 2007
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Attention Area Dairy Farmers

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that distribution of $30 million in aid to the state’s dairy producers has begun under the New York State Dairy Assistance Program.

Over 6,000 dairy farms are eligible for this program throughout New York State.

Area dairy farmers should note the following dates:

April 13, 2007 Applications Available

April 27, 2007 Deadline for Applications

May 9, 2007 Expected Issuance of Payments

April 18, 2007
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Larkin Bill To Assist Goshen Library Passes Senate

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that legislation he sponsored to authorize the New York State Dormitory Authority to provide financing assistance to the Goshen Public Library and Historical Society has passed the State Senate.

The bill (S.907) adds the Goshen Public Library and Historical Society to the list of eligible public libraries that can receive financial assistance from the New York State Dormitory Authority. Currently, the library is not on this list.

April 18, 2007
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Senate Approves Larkin Bill To Give Tax Breaks To Farmers

The New York State Senate today approved legislation (S.236) sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) to extend the eligibility of the Farmer's School Tax Credit program to include agricultural lands that a farmer leases for at least a five-year period.

April 18, 2007
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Larkin Announces Additional Grants For Local Libraries

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) is pleased to announce that the Town of Esopus Library, the Town of Crawford Free Library and the Ramapo Catskill Library have been awarded public library construction grants.

The grants are from a one-time allocation of $14 million in capital funds for public library construction provided by the New York State Legislature in the 2006-2007 State Budget.

The Town of Esopus Library System has been awarded $143,445 for the construction of new 9,400 square foot library.

April 13, 2007
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Senator Larkin Announces $30 Million In Relief To Dairy Farmers

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) and members of the Senate Majority Conference today announced the approval of the Dairy Investment Act, a $30 million program included in the 2007-08 state budget that will provide direct and immediate financial relief to New York’s dairy farmers.

April 12, 2007
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State Adopts Larkin Proposal To Provide Health Insurance To Young People Living At Home Up To Age 25

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that a measure he introduced in the Senate to allow unmarried children up to the age of 25 to be covered by their parents’ health insurance policies has been adopted within the 2007-08 state budget.

The legislation (S.575) authorizes health insurance companies to keep covering a family's children under a family policy until those children reach age 25, provided that the son or daughter is still living at home.

April 10, 2007
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Larkin Releases Annual Report On Racing, Gaming And Wagering

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson), Chairman of the New York State Senate Standing Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering, today announced the release of the New York State Senate Standing Committee’s 2006 Annual Report on Racing, Gaming, and Wagering.

For the second year in a row, the report includes a "Top 10 List" of the problems faced by New York horse racing as well as solutions to address those problems.

April 4, 2007
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Senator Larkin Highlights The 2007-08 State Budget

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced highlights of the final 2007-08 state budget:

$1.3 billion in direct property tax rebate checks - most of the checks will be double the size of last year’s. The Governor’s budget eliminated property tax rebate checks. "The Senate fought not only to keep them, but to increase direct property tax relief to homeowners especially to middle class families," said Senator Larkin.

April 2, 2007
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Senator Larkin Comments On Release Of Racing Industry Report

Chairman of the Senate Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering, Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) commented on today’s release of the New York State racing industry report by the Boston Consulting Group.

"The report contains a thorough and thoughtful analysis of the competing interests and objectives present within the New York State racing industry," said Senator Larkin. "It also outlines several challenges facing the industry as competitive opportunities to horse racing have become more numerous and attractive to the betting public in recent years."

April 2, 2007
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Senator Larkin Announces $30.1 Million Increase In School Aid For Orange & Ulster County Schools In 2007-08 State Budget

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that the 2007-08 state budget contains a $30.1 Million increase over 2006-07 for Orange and Ulster County schools in the 39th Senate District. The budget increases school aid across the state by $1.8 billion, the largest increase in the history of New York.

April 1, 2007
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Senator Bill Larkin Announces $175 K In State Budget For Benedictine And Kingston Hospitals

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that Benedictine and Kingston Hospitals will each receive grants in the amount of $175,000 to be used for capital improvements.

"I am very pleased that my appeals on behalf of Benedictine and Kingston Hospitals were successful and that this critical funding was included in the final 2007-08 state budget," said Senator Larkin. "These grants will help create state-of-the-art facilities and will result in even better medical care and support for patients in Ulster County."

March 31, 2007
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