William J. Larkin Jr.'s Press releases

Larkin Calls On Congress And U.s. Postal Service To Make Purple Heart Stamp Permanent

With the new postal rate taking effect this week, State Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today called upon Congress and the United States Postal Service to issue a "forever stamp" for the Purple Heart stamp.

May 18, 2007
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Larkin Bill Would Help City Of Newburgh Collect On Over 60,000 Outstanding Parking Tickets

The New York State Senate has passed legislation (S.195) sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) that would authorize the City of Newburgh to establish an administrative tribunal and appoint hearing examiners to handle all parking tickets.

May 17, 2007
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Larkin Authors Resolution Honoring The U.s. Military

The State Senate has passed a Legislative Resolution introduced by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) memorializing Governor Spitzer to proclaim May 2007 as Military Appreciation Month in New York State in conjunction with National Military Appreciation Month. The resolution would make the month of May 2007 the official month New York State observes and honors the country’s servicemen and women.

May 16, 2007
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Senate Passes Safe Swimming Pools Bill

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced the New York State Senate has passed legislation he supported (S.1092) to make neighborhood swimming pools safer.

The bill would require temporary fences around swimming pools to be replaced with permanent fencing within 90 days. Homeowners can obtain waivers for an extension beyond the 90 days if they can show good cause. Another stipulation of the bill requires installers to notify the local building department if a building permit has not been issued at the address of the property where the pool is to be located.

May 15, 2007
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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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Larkin Cosponsors Measure To Protect College Students From Becoming Victims Of Inflated Student Loans

 

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced the Legislature has passed a bill (S.5734) he cosponsored to establish protections for students and parents from exploitation by the student loan industry and institutions of higher learning.

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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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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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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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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