In a Joint Session of the Legislature today, Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) cast his vote for Assemblyman Thomas P. DiNapoli for State Comptroller.
"I have known Tom DiNapoli for over twenty years," said Senator Larkin. "I have worked closely with him in the past and respect his accomplishments in the areas of local government, governmental operations, consumer affairs, ethics and environmental conservation in particular. I believe he is qualified and will do an outstanding job as State Comptroller."
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) is cosponsoring legislation in the State Senate to increase the charge of bouncing a check from $20 to $30.
Current law limits the amount which can be charged by the holder of a dishonored check for a consumer transaction to twenty dollars.
"The twenty dollar charge for a bounced check was set in 1991," said Senator Larkin. "In most cases, someone who has been given a bad check doesn’t know this has happened until he or she tries to cash or deposit it.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) said that the Executive Budget released today by Governor Eliot Spitzer reflects many of the Senate Majority’s priorities for the State.
"Our number one budget priority will be fighting for greater property tax relief," said Senator Larkin. "We recognize how hard New Yorkers have to work just to pay their property taxes and we have some very specific goals this year such as tripling the size of the rebate checks taxpayers received last year. This budget is a starting point.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced the introduction of a comprehensive package of proposals that would make obtaining a college education more affordable for New York’s students.
"This plan will be a tremendous help to students and their families trying to cover the soaring costs of obtaining a college degree," said Senator Larkin. "It will give new incentives to college students to keep them living and working in New York after they graduate.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that the Port Authority Board will be convening a special public session meeting tomorrow, January 25, 2007 to vote on the purchase of the Stewart Airport lease.
The meeting will take place on January 25, 2007, at 10:30 a.m., on the 15th Floor of the Port Authority headquarters at 225 Park Avenue South in New York City.
The Port Authority and NEG have agreed to a purchase price in the amount of $78.5 million for the lease.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) is pushing for legislation (S.912) that would require every convicted sex offender to register or verify his address with the New York State Sex Offender Registry or be arrested and charged with a Class D Felony.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today cosponsored legislation in the New York State Senate that would make it a Class E felony for anyone convicted of cruelty to ten or more animals at the same time.
"The abuse or neglect of any animal is a despicable crime," said Senator Larkin. "As horrible as that is, abusing multiple animals is even worse. This bill calls for stronger punishment of anyone who would commit such reprehensible acts.
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 April 14, 2007. The application deadline for this exam is February 26, 2007.
The starting annual salary for a Correction Officer Trainee is $34,329. Upon successful completion of the one-year training program, the annual salary increases to $41,348. Salaries are subject to increase pending outcome of current contract negotiations.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced the Governor, Senate and Assembly have reached an agreement on Budget Reform.
"Two years ago the Senate passed 17 rules changes & reforms to open up the legislative process and make government run more efficiently," said Senator Larkin. "Today we approved additional rule changes that will further those efforts.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that the Allstate Foundation has partnered with the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) to establish the Education and Job Training Assistance Fund.
"More than 1.35 million American women seek domestic violence services each year," said Senator Larkin. "They deserve all the credit in the world for bravely trying to put the pieces of their lives back together. This is why organizations such as the National Network to End Domestic Violence are so important.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) is cosponsoring a measure in the State Senate, S.786, that will ensure that parents do not knowingly allow their children to reside with registered sex offenders.
The bill states that any parent or guardian with children less than eighteen years old who knowingly allows a registered sex offender to reside in their home will be charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a Class A misdemeanor.
"How many times do we hear that a child was abused by someone living in their own home?" Said Senator Larkin.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today endorsed the introduction of legislation that would line out in the State budget every dollar to be spent by the Governor, Legislature, Judiciary and all State agencies and authorities.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) said that the 2006 State of the State Message issued today by Governor George E. Pataki was an optimistic statement in the goals we share as New Yorkers as well as a clear agenda for what we need to do as a state to meet the challenges ahead.
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.
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
This past weekend, Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) was joined by Governor George E. Pataki and Purple Heart recipients from across the country, to celebrate the official opening of the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor in New Windsor.
Servicemen and women representing multi-generations and branches of service, along with their families and veteran organizations took part in the celebration. The day’s events included a building dedication and formal military ceremony to mark the occasion and Veteran’s Day observance.
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.
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.