William J. Larkin Jr.'s Press releases

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 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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Senator Larkin Proposes Bill To Help Communities Receive Accurate Notification On Level 3 Sex Offenders

 

At the request of the Ulster County Legislature, Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) has introduced legislation (S.2022) in the State Senate that would enact a uniform set of notification procedures for the state’s police agencies in their efforts to notify the community when a Level 3 sex offender lives or works nearby.

The bill establishes that notification must also be given about where the sexual offender is working in the community, not just where that individual is residing.

March 29, 2007
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Senate Passes Legislation To Impose Stiffer Penalties For Attacks On Elderly New Yorkers

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation (S.3684), cosponsored by Senator Larkin, to impose tougher penalties for physical assaults on senior citizens. The legislation was announced earlier this month at a Capitol news conference following the vicious attacks on Rose Morat, a 101-year-old Queens woman who was mugged on her way to church, and 85-year-old Solange Elizee, who was mugged and beaten just a half hour later by the same attacker.

March 27, 2007
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As Budget Deadline Nears, Larkin Wants Fair Distribution Of Education Aid

As the April 1st deadline for the state budget nears, Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) said the Governor’s proposed school aid should be distributed fairly throughout the state.

"The Governor’s school aid plan pits school districts against each other and will drive up property taxes in many districts," said Senator Larkin. "His proposed budget significantly changes how school aid is distributed by taking money away from one region of the state and giving it to another.

March 26, 2007
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As Budget Deadline Nears, Larkin Discusses Difference Between Governor's And Senate's Budget And What They Mean To Your Property Taxes

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced highlights of the Senate’s property tax proposals for the 2007-08 state budget.

As Chair of the Budget Conference Committee on Taxes & Economic Development, Senator Larkin said the Senate is fighting to keep property tax relief in the final state budget:

Local taxes per household in New York ($6,377) are the highest in the country and more than two times the national median ($2,952).

March 26, 2007
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Senate Rejects $800 Million In Higher Taxes & Fees; Provides $2.4 Billion In Property Tax Rebates & $723 Million In Business Tax Cuts To Create Jobs

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) said that as the April 1st dealine nears for the 2007-08 state budget, the Senate is fighting to provide tax relief for overburdened New Yorkers.

"The Senate’s plan is the only one that rejects more than $800 million in new and increased taxes and fees on business proposed by the Governor," said Senator Larkin. "Our plan actually cuts taxes on businesses to create new jobs and help small businesses succeed and grow in New York.

March 26, 2007
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As Budget Deadline Nears, Larkin Says Governor's Budget Hurts Small Businesses

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) said today that the Governor’s proposed budget does not include any tax relief or assistance to help small businesses grow and create jobs.

"The Senate has passed a small business assistance package that will help encourage young people and families to stay in New York," said Senator Larkin. "It represents pro-growth, pro-job policies that will lower taxes and provide new economic incentives. The Senate budget provides more than $723 million in business tax cuts this year, growing to more than $1.8 billion next year.

March 26, 2007
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As Budget Deadline Nears, Larkin Fights For Hospitals And Nursing Homes

As the April 1st deadline for the state budget nears, Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) said the Governor’s proposed $1.2 Billion cut hospitals and nursing homes would be devastating and vowed to fight to prevent these cuts in the final state budget.

"These facilities can’t simply make up for a loss of millions of dollars," said Senator Larkin. "There is no doubt that the Governor’s proposed cuts will cause job losses and hurt patient services. We are very split on this issue, even within the Senate.

March 26, 2007
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Senator Larkin Also Gives Support To Nonpublic School Students

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) is cosponsoring legislation in the New York State Senate that would provide aid to public schools so that they could loan computer hardware to the students attending nonpublic schools that are located within the public school district.

According to the legislation, the parents of nonpublic school students could request that the public school district loan computer hardware equipment to their children who attend private schools. The loan would be free to the nonpublic school student.

March 23, 2007
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Larkin Bill Would Allow Town Boards To Change Local Speed Limits

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) is sponsoring legislation (S.906) in the New York State Senate that would give town boards the discretion to change local speed limits.

Senator Larkin said the bill would give town boards the authority to set reasonable speed limits and post traffic signs on state roads after demonstrating to the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) that the change is needed for public safety purposes.

March 22, 2007
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Senator Larkin Announces Grant For Kingston Library

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that the Kingston Library has been awarded $24,219 in public library construction funds. The grant will enable the library to replace all existing windows and window frames.

The grant funds 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.

Senator Larkin said that many of the state’s public libraries are in urgent need of renovation and upgrading.

March 20, 2007
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Larkin Proposes Greater Hudson Valley Representation On The MTA Board

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) has introduced legislation (S.904) in the New York State Senate to grant representatives from Dutchess, Putnam, Orange and Rockland Counties a vote on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Currently, the four counties are granted only partial representation on the MTA Board. The Larkin bill will increase the voting power, and thus the representation, of the four Hudson Valley counties, commonly referred to as the "quarter-pounders" on the MTA Board.

March 19, 2007
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Larkin Announces Civil Commitment Bill Signed Into Law

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that Governor Spitzer has signed the bill that will enforce civil commitment on repeat sexual predators.

The new law establishes the Sex Offender Management and Treatment Act to allow the ongoing supervision and custody of sex offenders upon the expiration of their criminal sentences.

Under the new law, mental health professionals will determine whether a detained sex offender has a mental abnormality that predisposes him or her to commit future sex crimes.

March 14, 2007
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State Senate Budget Provides Critical Flood Relief

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) and members of the New York State Senate Majority Conference today announced that their new State Budget proposal includes a $10 million financial assistance package to help counties throughout Upstate New York that were impacted by the devastating floods which occurred in June and November of 2006.

The Senate's budget also includes a provision that will help to provide additional State aid to school districts in areas that suffered a reduction in property values of three percent or more as a result of the flooding.

March 13, 2007
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Senators Unveil New Proposal To Impose Stiffer Penalties For Attacks On Elderly New Yorkers

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) this week announced legislation that will impose tougher penalties for physical assaults on senior citizens. The announcement follows the recent vicious attack on Rose Morat, a 101-year-old Queens woman who was mugged on her way to church. The same attacker is also suspected of beating and mugging 85-year-old Solange Elizee just a half hour later.

While the assailant in these two cases could face robbery charges, under current law he would only face a misdemeanor charge for his physical attacks on the two elderly women.

March 13, 2007
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Larkin Supports Proposal To Empower Governor Spitzer To Pick Education Commissioner

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today strongly endorsed a measure by the New York State Senate Majority Conference to empower the Governor to appoint the Commissioner of Education.

The nonpartisan proposal being advanced by the Senate would streamline the process and make it more efficient by empowering the Governor, regardless of political party, to appoint the Education Commissioner.

March 9, 2007
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Senate Unanimously Passes Larkin Bill To Punish Auto Insurance Fraud

By a vote of 61-0, the New York State Senate passed legislation (S.644) sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) designed to reduce insurance fraud and to ensure that all motorists possess valid auto insurance coverage. The bill also strongly increases the penalties for insurance fraud.

The legislation creates a new crime for the forgery of an insurance identification card or certificate and would be a class E felony.

March 8, 2007
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Senators Issue Urgent Call To Track New York's Missing Sex Offenders

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) and members of the New York State Senate Majority Conference today called on Governor Eliot Spitzer to implement a three-point plan within the next sixty days to help identify the whereabouts of the more than 1,000 convicted sex offenders who have failed to comply with address verification requirements.

Senator Larkin said the plan does not require legislation and could be implemented by the Governor’s order if he so chooses.

March 7, 2007
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