William J. Larkin Jr.'s Press releases

Senator Larkin Announces Grants For Several Local Charitable Organizations

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that he has worked to secure funding for several area charitable organizations.

"It gives me great pleasure to announce this funding on behalf of these worthy organizations," said Senator Larkin. "They are made up mostly of volunteers; people who give their time, talents and energy to look after their less fortunate neighbors.

December 20, 2006
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Senator Larkin Supports Local Health Care Efforts

In an effort to bolster financing for local health organizations, Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) has secured state funding for Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties, Inc. and the nursing and paramedic clinical laboratory at Ulster County Community College.

"These groups are doing tremendous work to directly and meaningfully impact the lives of patients and their families," said Senator Larkin. "The professionals and volunteers at Hospice provide the most invaluable services to people at the most difficult time in life.

December 20, 2006
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$250,000 For Orange Regional Medical Center

Senator Bill Larkin recently presented $250,000 in state aid to Orange Regional Medical Center for new medical equipment and clinical software upgrades that will better serve patients and their families.

Senator Larkin was joined by Assemblywoman Annie Rabbitt in a visit to Orange Regional Medical Center's Arden Hill Campus in Goshen for the presentation of the funds that will support the general surgery, orthopedics and cardiology departments at Orange Regional.

"I am pleased that we were successful in securing this important funding for Orange Regional Medical Center," said

December 20, 2006
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Larkin Secures Grants For Disabilities Service Groups

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) has obtained state funding for several Ulster County organizations serving the disabled.

"I am pleased to have been able to help meet some of the needs of these important community organizations," said Senator Larkin. These grants will assist some of our most vulnerable citizens. The dedicated employees and the people they serve are most deserving."

Gateway Community Industries, Inc. in Kingston has received $10,000 toward the upgrading of its information system.

December 8, 2006
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New Laws To Get Illegal Guns Off Our Streets

This week Senator Bill Larkin reports to residents that several new laws have taken effect that will increase the penalties for those who illegally possess a loaded firearm.

"I am very pleased that we were successful in getting these tougher gun laws on the books, especially raising the mandatory minimum sentence to 3 ½ years" said Senator Larkin.

December 7, 2006
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Larkin Announces Heal Ny Grants For Area Hospitals

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that Orange Regional Medical Center and St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital have received over $5 million in state grants under phase two of the state’s Healthcare Efficiency and Affordability Law for New Yorkers (HEAL NY) program.

Orange Regional Medical Center was awarded $24,600,000 and St.

December 7, 2006
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New Law Will Reduce Harmful Emissions From Heavy-duty Diesel Vehicles

This week, Senator Bill Larkin reports to residents that New York State will have a new law this winter that will require the use of ultra low sulfur diesel fuel in heavy-duty diesel vehicles owned, operated or leased by the State.

"This new law promotes cleaner air in New York State," said Senator Larkin. "By reducing the amount of harmful pollution from diesel vehicles, we are actively working to protect the environment and the public’s health."

New York will receive assistance from the Federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program.

December 7, 2006
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Senator Larkin Makes Good On H.s. Football Game Bet With Senator Nozzolio

Making good on the bet he made with Senator Michael Nozzolio of Fayette, New York, Senator Bill Larkin today presented Senator Nozzolio with a t-shirt, mug, and baseball hat from the Orange County Choppers.

This is the second time in back-to-back years that the senators have made a friendly wager on the state Class AA championship football game since schools in their districts have now faced each other in the final game two years in a row.

December 7, 2006
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Senators Larkin & Nozzolio Make Friendly Wager On Monroe-woodbury -- Auburn Championship Football Game

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) and Senator Michael F. Nozzolio (R-Fayette) have agreed upon a friendly wager on this weekend’s Class AA State championship football game between the Monroe-Woodbury Crusaders and the Auburn Maroons. Senator Larkin is offering a gift package (T-shirt, hat, and mug) from the Orange County Choppers custom motorcycle company, and Senator Nozzolio has offered an assortment of pies from the world famous Maggie’s Pies in Auburn.

Senator Larkin said, "We’re all looking forward to an exciting contest between two great teams.

December 7, 2006
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Statement By Senator Bill Larkin On Cfe Court Decision

I agree with the Court of Appeals decision on the Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE) case. This latest ruling upholds my position and that of my colleagues in the State Senate in regard to providing the children of New York State with a sound basic education.

December 7, 2006
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Senator Larkin Announces Purple Heart Hall Of Honor Website And Toll-free 877-number

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced the Purple Heart Hall of Honor website and toll-free 877-number are now up and running.For more information, go to: www.thepurpleheart.com or call 1-877-28HONOR (1-877-284-6667).The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor is located at 374 Temple Hill Road,Vails Gate, New York 12584. Local Phone: (845) 561-1765. Fax: (845) 561- 6577.

December 7, 2006
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Senators Larkin, Bonacic, Saland, & Leibell Seek Answers From The State Thruway Authority Regarding I-84

State Senators Bill Larkin, John J. Bonacic, Stephen M. Saland, and Vincent L. Leibell have joined forces in reaction to a recent decision by the New York State Thruway Authority to transfer the maintenance of Interstate 84 to the NYS Department of Transportation.

In a joint letter to the Executive Director of the New York State Thruway Authority, the senators raised specific concerns about the safety and upkeep of I-84 and particularly the way in which the transfer of maintenance responsibilities will be coordinated.

November 2, 2006
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Larkin Announces Two New Laws To Protect The Safety And Security Of All New Yorkers; Assist Law Enforcement

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that the Governor has signed two important public safety bills into law. The "Bill Leaf-Brandi Woods Law" increases the punishment for repeat offenders of DWI laws who cause injury or death to others through their offenses.

October 31, 2006
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Senator Larkin Announces $1 Million For Local Labor Training To Be Made Available

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that the state has taken action in the process to release $1 million in labor agreement funding to local labor organizations.

"I am very pleased that this funding is finally going to be made available to our local laborers," said Senator Larkin. "It will be used for valuable training for a better prepared and safer workforce.

October 26, 2006
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Senator Larkin Calls All Volunteers

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that the Institute for Nonprofit Leadership and Management at SUNY Orange is hosting a Volunteer Fair.

It will take place at the Galleria Mall at Crystal Run in Middletown, New York on

October 11, 2006 from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

"If you have ever said to yourself, ‘One day I’d really like to do some volunteer work,’ then why not let this be the time to put those good intentions into action?" said Senator Larkin.

October 24, 2006
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Larkin Announces Grant Opportunity For Public Libraries

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) reminds local libraries that the New York State Legislature has provided a one-time allocation of $14 million in capital funds for public library construction in the 2006-2007 State Budget.

October 24, 2006
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Senator Larkin Secures Funding For Mile Hill Road, Town Of Lloyd

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) this week presented Town of Lloyd officials with an $80,000 check from the state to be put toward the repairs of Mile Hill Road.

"I am pleased to have been able to advocate in Albany for this funding," said Senator Larkin. "The damage to Mile Hill Road caused by Tropical Storm Tammy in 2005 was devastating. The Town of Lloyd did a fantastic job repairing the road within two weeks, but in the process, depleted its emergency budget.

October 23, 2006
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Larkin Announces Traffic Light For Cornwall At Route 9w And Laurel Avenue

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) confirmed today that the New York State Department of Transportation will be installing left turn lanes and a traffic light at the intersection of Route 9W and Laurel Avenue in Cornwall, New York.

"I am very happy to hear that this project is finally moving forward" said Senator Bill Larkin. "This intersection has been the site of numerous accidents and close-calls for many years.

October 20, 2006
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Region's Community Colleges Launch $4 Million Disaster Preparedness Program

New York State Senators Bill Larkin, John Bonacic, and Thomas P. Morahan have joined forces to make a major $4 million investment in the region’s ability to train professionals for disaster preparedness.

The new Hudson Valley Domestic Preparedness Community College Consortium will allow students throughout the Hudson Valley to take classes on the campuses of Ulster, Orange, Rockland and Sullivan Counties and receive a degree in emergency management, fire protection technology, emergency medical services, cyber security and basic police training.

October 20, 2006
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Senator Larkin To Tour Local Wineries; Hudson Valley Fruit Lab

On Friday, October 13, 2006, Senator Bill Larkin will tour the Hudson Valley Fruit Lab in Highland. The Senator will inspect the facility, meet with scientists, and observe the advanced research program being conducted at the lab.

In addition, Senator Larkin will tour Fino Farms in the Town of Milton, a farm specializing in apple and grape growing. He will then visit Stout Ridge Winery, a new $3 million dollar winery that is opening in the Town of Marlboro.

October 20, 2006
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