William J. Larkin Jr.'s Press releases

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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Larkin Announces Local Farmland Protection Grants

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced $2,815,350 in funding under the State’s Farmland Protection Program to help to protect 345 acres of area farmland.

"Agriculture makes up one-quarter of the state's land area and is New York’s number one industry," said Senator Larkin. "This is why programs such as the Farmland Protection Program are so important to our residents and to our economy.

May 16, 2006
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Senate Passes Tough Auto Insurance Fraud Measures

This week, Senator Bill Larkin reports to residents that the New York State Senate has passed tough legislation to combat auto insurance fraud, which costs New Yorkers more than one billion dollars a year, as well as legislation that would impose criminal penalties for staging auto accidents.

"The State of New York has more auto insurance fraud claims than any other state in the nation," said Senator Larkin.

May 16, 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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Senate Passes Larkin Bill To Provide Disability Retirement For Members Of The Armed Forces

The State Senate today passed legislation (S.7355) sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) that would create a special disability retirement benefit for public employees who are members of the armed forces and are injured in combat.

The proposal would provide 75 percent of the final average salary as a disability retirement benefit for state and local government employees who are members of the military or reserves and are injured in combat.

May 15, 2006
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Plan Adds To Shawangunk Mountains Scenic Byway System

This week, Senator Bill Larkin informs residents that the State Senate has passed a bill (S.6659) to add a portion of US Routes 44, 209; New York State Routes 52, 55, 208, 213, 299, 302; Ulster County Routes 1, 7, 9, 18; and Orange County Route 14, to the New York State Scenic Byways System and designate it as the Shawangunk Mountains Scenic Byway.

"The Legislature established the Scenic Byways Program in the Department of Transportation in 1992 to create a statewide system of scenic byways and to coordinate the activities of state agencies, local governments and not-fo

May 12, 2006
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Senator Larkin Announces A Public Forum On Woodbury Toll Project

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced the New York State Thruway Authority has begun work on the Woodbury Mobility Improvement project.

The project will improve operations at the existing Woodbury toll barrier, located in the Town of Woodbury and the Village of Harriman.

Plans include introducing the use of Highway Speed E-ZPass and reconstructing the approaches in this section along I-87.

An informal public open house on this project will be held by the Thruway Authority on Tuesday, May 23, 2006 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at the Central Valley El

May 11, 2006
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Larkin Supports Localities In Collection Of Unpaid Taxes

The State Senate has passed legislation (S.854) sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) that would give local governments new ways to collect and dispose of delinquent real property tax liens.

Currently, municipalities have very limited means of expediting the collection of delinquent taxes. These uncollected taxes seriously impact the municipalities' ability to meet their operating expenses and provide for the delivery of critical local services.

May 10, 2006
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Senate And Assembly Reach Agreement On Gas Tax Cap

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that the Legislature has reached agreement on a plan to provide New Yorkers with relief from high gas prices by capping and reducing the state sales taxes on gasoline.

The agreement would save New Yorkers as much as $450 million annually at the pump by capping the state sales taxes at $2 per gallon. The bill would cap the state sales taxes on gas at 8-cents per gallon, effectively freezing the tax at the $2 per gallon rate.

May 10, 2006
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Larkin Announces Availability Of 39-cent Purple Heart Stamp

After his most recent appeal on behalf of the Purple Heart Stamp, Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) is pleased to announce that he has been informed by the United States Postal Service that the 39-cent issue of the Purple Heart Stamp will be available in your local post offices after May 27, 2006.

"This is fantastic news for our veterans, their families, and the everyday American citizen," said Senator Larkin. "I am extremely pleased that the authorities at the United States Postal Service will make the Purple Heart Stamp available again this month.

May 9, 2006
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