William J. Larkin Jr.'s Press releases

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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Senator Larkin Says Mammograms Save Lives

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today joined with the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program, New York State’s official breast cancer hotline, in their annual Mother’s Day Campaign urging women to get mammograms.

"Mother’s Day is coming up," said Senator Larkin. "As we show our appreciation for the special women in our lives, let’s also use this occasion to remind our loved ones to take care of their health.

May 5, 2006
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Larkin Bill Brings Uniformity To Off-track Betting Hearings

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that legislation he sponsored to amend the State’s Racing, Pari-mutuel Wagering and Breeding law as it relates to hearings on off-track betting has passed the State Senate.

The bill (S.2634) authorizes the designation of a Board Officer to preside over off-track betting hearings in place of the Chairman or other Board member.

May 2, 2006
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Larkin Proposal To Grant $185 K In Transportation Aid To Monroe-woodbury Schools Passes Senate

The New York State Senate has passed legislation (S.6613) sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) that would authorize approval of certain transportation contracts within the Monroe-Woodbury Central School District.

The legislation would allow the Monroe-Woodbury Central School District to be eligible to receive transportation aid for five of its contracts from the 2004-2005 school year that the district inadvertently omitted in its filing to the State Education Department.

May 2, 2006
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Larkin Comments On Governor's Budget Vetoes

This week, Senator Bill Larkin comments on Governor George E. Pataki’s budget vetoes and what they mean to New Yorkers.

"Last December the Senate first approved a plan to provide direct property tax rebate checks to the hardworking, overburdened taxpayers of New York State," said Senator Larkin. "Tax relief was, and still is, our number one priority.

May 1, 2006
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Larkin Confirms Meadow Hill Sound Barrier

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced the New York State Department of Transportation has committed approximately $2 million dollars for the construction of a sound barrier in the Meadow Hill community in the Town of Newburgh.

"Before the construction of Interstate 84, residents in the Meadow Hill community in the Town of Newburgh lived in a quiet neighborhood," said Senator Larkin. "But the noise from the highway changed that over the years. Many residents came to me to petition for a sound barrier that would reduce the noise.

May 1, 2006
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Larkin Supports Creation Of Pandemic Preparedness Task Force

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) is cosponsoring a bill in the State Senate (S.7634) that would establish a pandemic preparedness task force on influenza for the State of New York.

According to the legislation, this task force would be composed of eighteen members representing state government, the public health field, health care providers, emergency response organizations and agriculture.

April 27, 2006
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Larkin Urges Immediate "cap" On State Gas Tax

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today repeated his call for a cap on state gas taxes to immediately roll back gas prices in the Hudson Valley region.

Senator Larkin has been a strong and vocal advocate of the Senate’s plan to "cap" the sales tax, which is indexed to the price of gas and rises along with prices, on just the first $2 of the per gallon price.

April 26, 2006
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Senate Passes Comprehensive Package Of Dwi Legislation

The New York State Senate today passed a comprehensive package of DWI legislation that will keep repeat DWI offenders off the streets and increase the penalties for drunk driving, especially drunk drivers that severely injure or kill innocent victims.

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) said, "There are enough regular hazards on the road in day-to day driving. That is why the most frustrating part of dealing with DWI’s is knowing that these tragedies are completely preventable.

April 25, 2006
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Larkin Bill Helps Late Farmers Receive Tax Break

In an effort to further assist the state’s farmers, Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) has introduced legislation (S.7224) in the State Senate that would allow farmers to obtain a waiver if, for certain reasons, they miss the filing deadline for an agricultural real property tax exemption.

"We make allowances for senior citizens who miss the deadline; we should do the same for the state’s farmers," said Senator Larkin.

April 25, 2006
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Larkin Speaks Out For State Monument To Honor Congressional Medal Of Honor Winners

This week, Senator Bill Larkin reports to residents about an effort in Albany to erect a monument honoring state residents awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Senator Larkin is cosponsoring legislation in the State Senate that calls for such a monument.

"The Congressional Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor that an individual can earn while serving in the Armed Services of the United States," said Senator Larkin. "The history of this award represents the tremendous sacrifices made by Americans to defend, protect, and preserve the freedoms we cherish.

April 25, 2006
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Larkin Cracks Down On Auto Fraud Recruiters

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) has introduced legislation in the State Senate (S.7226) that would limit certain businesses from gaining immediate access to motor vehicle accident reports.

"The purpose of this bill is to limit the ability of unauthorized businesses from gaining access to accident and police reports," said Senator Larkin. "We know that there are law firms and medical clinics out there that fish through police and accident reports to identify potential clients. They approach these people and recruit them.

April 12, 2006
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Larkin Goes After Auto Insurance Scammers

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) has introduced legislation (S.7225) in the State Senate that would increase the criminal penalties for anyone who forges or possesses a forged motor vehicle certificate of insurance or insurance identification card.

"Auto insurance fraud is a serious problem in New York State," said Senator Larkin. "Law abiding consumers are literally paying millions of dollars more on their premiums than they should because of the illegal activities of others.

April 11, 2006
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Restaurants Could Sell Ny Made Soju According To Larkin Bill

The State Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) that would allow vendors who sell wine to also sell a beverage called Soju. Soju is an alcoholic beverage made exclusively in Korea with an alcohol content of no more than 24 percent.

In addition, the Larkin bill (S.6259) would allow vendors to sell other alcohol beverages with low-to-medium alcohol content that are made from agricultural products grown and produced in New York State that have an alcohol content of no more than 24 percent.

April 11, 2006
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Larkin Announces County Option On Local Clothing Sales Taxes

This week, Senator Bill Larkin reports that the New York State Senate has passed legislation (S.7193-A) that gives counties across the state the choice of either eliminating or keeping the local share of sales tax on clothing and shoe purchases under $110 dollars.

"The state budget we just adopted eliminates the 4 percent state sales tax on clothing and shoe purchases under $110 dollars," said Senator Larkin. "This was one of our goals to help consumers and make New York State more competitive with other border states that have no state sales tax on these items.

April 7, 2006
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Larkin Announces Passage Of "suzanne's Law

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced the New York State Senate has passed "Suzanne’s Law" (S.3226) to increase criminal penalties on school grounds.

1 "This week marked the eighth anniversary of the disappearance of University at Albany student Suzanne Lyall of Saratoga County," said Senator Larkin. "Suzanne’s memory and the pain her faimily lives with every day is a somber reminder that we must work even harder to enact laws in New York State that protect young people on school grounds.

April 6, 2006
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Larkin: State Budget Makes Important Investments In Transportation Infrastructure

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today said the state budget makes critical investments in New York’s transportation infrastructure system.

"The recently adopted state budget will fund critically important projects for the state’s roads, highways, and mass transit systems," said Senator Larkin. "The Senate fought hard for these projects in the budget.

April 4, 2006
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Larkin Announces Mid-hudson Valley Company To Create 570 New Jobs In The City Of Kingston

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today joined Governor George E. Pataki and Kingston Mayor James Sottile to announce that Armor Dynamics will expand its operations and invest more than $20 million to create 570 new jobs over the next five years at a new facility that will be located in the City of Kingston.

"The expansion of another company in Kingston is great news for the City and its surrounding areas," said Senator Larkin.

April 4, 2006
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Larkin: $30 Million In State Budget For New Occc Campus In Newburgh

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced that the New York State budget passed today by the full Legislature contains $30 million dollars for the construction of a new Orange County Community College campus in the City of Newburgh.

The $30 million appropriation from the state will be matched by Orange County for a total of $60 million.

"This is a victory for the residents of Orange County, and particularly the City of Newburgh," said Senator Larkin. "For months, we have been working to secure this funding in the state budget.

March 31, 2006
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