Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced the New York State Senate today passed the toughest, most comprehensive plan to combat Medicaid fraud in the United States. The legislation (S.8450) represents the agreement between the State Senate and Assembly and would fight fraud and abuse at every step of the process, from billing and pre-payment review to investigation, civil recovery and criminal prosecution of Medicaid thieves.
"Every New Yorker is affected by Medicaid fraud," said Senator Larkin.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced the New York State Senate has passed legislation (S.8446) that would expand the DNA database by including DNA samples from criminals convicted of all felonies and the most common misdemeanors. The bill represents an agreement with the Assembly.
"By expanding the DNA database with samples from more convicted criminals, we can take full advantage of the latest in crime-fighting technology and make it work to better protect innocent people," said Senator Larkin.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that the Senate and Assembly have passed legislation (S.62) sponsored by Senator Larkin to authorize a five-day extension to seniors on their property tax bills should they need it.
The bill makes this option available to seniors receiving the enhanced STAR exemption. It also authorizes localities to extend the time period for these seniors to pay their real property taxes.
"This legislation will give seniors who receive the STAR tax exemption an extra five days to pay their property taxes," said Senator Larkin.
The State Senate and Assembly have passed legislation (S.7987) sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) giving Orange County courts the authority to use the electronic interviews and testimony of defendants in criminal cases.
The bill adds Orange County to the list of 22 other counties in the state that are authorized to conduct electronic court appearances of defendants in criminal cases.
"Orange County is one of the fastest growing counties in New York State," said Senator Larkin.
The State Senate has passed legislation (S.8033) sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) to remove a portion of the Town of Chester from the Albert Wisner Memorial Public Library District, leaving that part of the Town of Chester under the Town of Chester Public Library service area.
"Under current law, the residents of the hamlet of Sugar Loaf in the Town of Chester pay library taxes to support both the Town of Chester Municipal Library and the Albert Wisner Library," said Senator Larkin.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced the Senate and Assembly have passed legislation to name a portion of Route 9W in Orange and Ulster Counties as the "86th Blackhawk Infantry Division Memorial Highway."
"From the formation of the 86th Infantry Division during World War I until the Division was deactivated on December 30, 1946, the Blackhawk Infantry Division was a critical component of the United States Army," said Senator Larkin.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.