William J. Larkin Jr.'s Press releases

Larkin Wouldn't Tax Family Day Cares As Businesses

The State Senate has passed legislation (S.6008) sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) that would ensure that neighborhood homes that serve as family day cares are assessed based on their value as a residence and not as a business.

"This bill will help to encourage more family day care homes to care for children of parents who work," said Senator Larkin. "People using their homes to run a small family day care business should not be assessed at a higher commercial rate simply because their homes are used for this purpose.

June 19, 2006
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Senate Passes Larkin Bill To Give Tax Break On Small Aircraft

The State Senate has passed legislation (S.3655) sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) which would provide several sales and use tax exemptions on certain small planes purchased in New York State.

"Airports are one of the economic engines that fuels growth in the communities they serve," said Senator Larkin. "The economic benefits of airports in this state are quite large. In addition to commercial service airports, hundreds of other general aviation airports are located throughout the state.

June 19, 2006
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Larkin Bill Allows Local Wines To Be Sold At Farm Stands

The State Senate has passed legislation (S.1397) sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) that would give the state’s farm wineries assistance in marketing their products and allow them to sell wine by the bottle for off-premise consumption at farm roadside stands.

The bill would license farm stands to sell wine from up to two wineries that are located within 20 miles of the stand. All sales will be in sealed bottles for off-premise consumption and no wine tastings would be allowed at the farm stand.

June 14, 2006
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Larkin Bill Would Require Updated Driver's License Photos

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced legislation he sponsored (S.7143-A) to require that a DMV driver’s license have an updated photo done at least every eight years has passed the Senate.

New Yorkers must renew their driver’s licenses every eight years. Currently, the driver’s same photo can be carried over from renewal period to renewal period. The Larkin bill would at least mandate that a new photo be taken every time drivers renew their licenses or every eight years.

June 13, 2006
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Larkin Opposes Power Line

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I have joined four other state senators who represent an eight-county area in opposing the power line project proposed by New York Regional Interconnect, Inc. The power line would cut through many communities in our districts stretching from Central New York, through the Southern Tier, to the lower Hudson Valley.

June 12, 2006
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Senate Passes Property Tax Relief Legislation

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced the New York State Senate has passed legislation that would provide almost $1 billion in much-needed relief to hardworking, overburdened taxpayers to help pay their school property taxes this fall. The bill represents an agreement with the State Assembly.

"Property taxes are the number one issue people stop me on the street to talk about," said Senator Larkin. "We pay the fourth highest property taxes in the nation. Hard working people need a break.

June 12, 2006
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Larkin Sponsors Bill To Assist Kingston Waterfront

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced the State Senate has passed legislation he is sponsoring (S.7156) to authorize the City of Kingston to alienate waterfront property so that it can be sold to a private developer.

"Under current law, there is a general prohibition on the sale of waterfront property," said Senator Larkin. "The City of Kingston requested that this stipulation be waived so that property located at 472 Abeel Street could be sold to a private developer.

June 8, 2006
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Larkin Sets Penalties For Atvs On Ball Fields

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced the Senate has passed legislation he is sponsoring (S.7111) to increase the penalties for the illegal operation of all terrain vehicles (ATVs) on public or private school grounds or on any community baseball, football or soccer field.

"Last year, the state legislature adopted Chapter 601 prohibiting the illegal use of ATVs on farmland," said Senator Larkin. "But instead, many ATV owners have taken their hobby to school grounds and athletic fields, and in many cases have caused extensive damage.

June 7, 2006
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Larkin Supports Bill Providing Property Tax Breaks For Disabled

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced the New York State Senate today passed a bill he cosponsored that would give real property tax relief on properties owned by persons with disabilities on limited incomes.

The bill (S.5734-A) would authorize local governments to increase the maximum income eligibility limit under the Disabled Real Property Tax Exemption program from $24,000 to $26,000, and in one thousand dollar increments annually until 2009, when the income requirement will be $29,000.

"This bill will give people struggling with disabilities a much neede

June 6, 2006
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Larkin Votes For Bills To Punish Impersonators

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced the State Senate has passed legislation he cosponsored that would increase the penalties on anyone caught impersonating a police officer or firefighter as well as anyone who knowingly misrepresents his or her identity to a police officer.

Senate bill 788 would make it a crime of grand larceny in the third degree for stealing a police officer’s badge or a firefighter’s identification.

June 6, 2006
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Gold Star Mothers Day In Ny

This week, Senator Bill Larkin reports to residents that he is cosponsoring legislation (S.7077) in the State Senate that would establish "Gold Star Mothers' Day" as a day of commemoration in New York State.

"The purpose of this bill is to honor the mothers who have lost a son or daughter in one of our country's wars," said Senator Larkin. "These are the moms whose sons or daughters made the ultimate sacrifice for all of us.

June 2, 2006
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Larkin Proposes Increased Funding For Local Dispute Resolution Centers

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) is sponsoring legislation (S.3577) in the Senate to increase state funding for county dispute resolution centers (DRCs) from $20,000 to $40,000.

"Dispute Resolution Centers are non-profit organizations that provide mediation, group facilitation and arbitration on issues involving family, youth, school, housing, and business as an alternative to the traditional court system," explained Senator Larkin. "In addition, DRCs are an important resource for educational training and workshops in our local communities.

June 1, 2006
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Larkin Calls For Commission On Property Tax Reform

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today joined Senator Betty Little of Queensbury to call for a statewide Blue Ribbon Commission on Property Tax Reform. The senators also proposed a constitutional amendment that would base real property assessments on a single statewide standard of assessment.

"It is clear that the real property tax system in New York State needs to be restructured," said Senator Larkin. "Property taxes have increased 42 percent in five years alone, making New York State's property taxes the fourth highest in the nation.

May 31, 2006
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Larkin Calls For Harsher Punishment For Veterans' Cemetery Desecration

The State Senate has passed legislation (S.2348-A) sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) that would create two new crimes for cemetery desecration of a veteran cemetery plot, grave or burial place.

May 25, 2006
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Larkin Bill Would Claim Abandoned Buildings

The State Senate has unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) to give certain villages and cities an easier way to foreclose on abandoned buildings.

The bill (S.2353) gives villages and cities having fewer than one million people the option to quickly foreclose on unoccupied buildings that are physically distressed and pose a danger to the general public. It passed the Senate by a vote of 59-0.

May 24, 2006
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Larkin Names Douglas J. Hovey For Statewide Award

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today named Douglas J. Hovey, Executive Director of Independent Living, Inc. in Newburgh, as the 39th Senate District’s recipient of the New York State Senate's 2006 "Achiever's Award." The prestigious award recognizes an individual's ability to overcome personal, physical challenges and honors that person’s accomplishments on behalf of the community.

"The Achievers Award is a special honor because it recognizes extraordinary individuals for the remarkable work they do," said Senator Larkin. "I am especially pleased to honor Doug Hovey.

May 23, 2006
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Senate Passes Larkin Spam Bill

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced the State Senate has passed legislation (S.5997) he sponsored that would prohibit the transmission of certain unauthorized and misleading e-mails.

May 22, 2006
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Larkin Announces Passage Of Legislation To Protect Consumers From Identity Theft

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced the New York State Senate has passed a package of legislation to protect people from identity theft. The plan would give consumers a proactive way to prevent identity theft, protect against cyber piracy, and increase penalties for those who commit identity theft. The package would also allow consumers to place a security freeze on their credit, preventing identity thieves from causing greater damage to a victims’ credit.

May 18, 2006
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Larkin Publishes 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 2005 Annual Report on Racing, Gaming, and Wagering.

The report made ten recommendations to boost the racing industry including a "Top 10 List" of the problems faced by New York horse racing as well as solutions to address those problems.

May 17, 2006
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Senate Passes Tougher Penalties For Drivers Who Flee Police

This week, Senator Bill Larkin reports to residents that the New York State Senate has passed the "Craig J. Todeschini Bill" that would make it a felony for a driver to flee police.

The bill is named after 25-year-old New York State Police Trooper Craig J. Todeschini of Geddes, Onondaga County, who was killed in the line of duty on April 23rd.

May 16, 2006
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