William J. Larkin Jr.'s Press releases

Larkin Announces Funding To Improve Kingston Sewer Plant

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) has approved a $500,000 grant for the City Of Kingston for improvements to the City’s sewer treatment plant on the Rondout waterfront.

The grant will be used for a portion of the cost of engineering, machinery, equipment, installation, chemicals, and other costs related to sewer plant odor abatement.

"The Rondout waterfront has been undergoing revitalization for several years now," said Senator Larkin.

January 30, 2006
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Senator Larkin Reminds Residents Of Tax-free Week

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today reminded Hudson Valley residents that tax-free week begins next Monday.

New York State will waive the 4 percent sales tax on clothing and footwear purchases that cost less than $110 per item from Monday, January 30, 2006 through Sunday, February 5, 2006.

"Tax-free week benefits both consumers and local businesses," said Senator Larkin. "I would encourage hardworking area residents to take advantage of this tax break.

January 27, 2006
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Larkin Announces Next Corrections Officer Exam

This week, Senator Bill Larkin informs area residents that a Civil Service exam for the position of Correction Officer Trainee will be given statewide on April 8, 2006. The application deadline for this exam is February 20, 2006.

The starting annual salary for an Officer Trainee is $28,444. After six months, the salary increases to $30,043. Upon successful completion of the eight-week training program and the one-year probationary period, the annual salary increases again to $34,742.

January 27, 2006
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Larkin Announces Local Estuary Grants

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced a new round of Hudson River Estuary grants for several local communities.

"These grants will ultimately lead to more people enjoying the Hudson River," said Senator Larkin.

January 26, 2006
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Letter To The Editor

Dear Editor:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our area residents, local newspapers, radio stations, and others who joined in the appeal to the United States Postal Service (USPS) to continue to keep the Purple Heart stamp in circulation. I cannot express how much this stamp means to Purple Heart recipients and to all veterans. The reissuance of the Purple Heart stamp as a thirty-nine cent stamp was truly a team effort both locally and nationally by those who again flooded the U.S. Postal Service with their letters of support.

January 25, 2006
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Larkin Votes For Legislation To Further Protect Children From Criminals

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced the passage in the New York State Senate of "Nixzmary’s Law," legislation that requires a sentence of life without parole for parents or guardians who kill a child. In addition, the Senate today passed 26 bills that will update and strengthen Megan’s Law, including tougher criminal penalties, mandated community notification and GPS tracking of violent sexual predators.

The bill is named after Nixzmary Brown, a seven-year-old Brooklyn girl who was brutally beaten and left for dead earlier this month.

January 24, 2006
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Editorial By Senator Bill Larkin, Chairman Of The Senate Committee On Racing, Gaming And Wagering

For more than 40,000 people, the ability to provide for themselves and their families depends on the health and strength of the thoroughbred racing industry in New York State. Many people may not realize the significant impact that racing has on our State economy, particularly near the Saratoga, Aqueduct and Belmont race tracks.

No one questions that these jobs are jeopardized by the financial and management problems that plague the New York Racing Association.

January 24, 2006
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Senator Larkin To Chair Budget Sub-committee On Taxes / Economic Development

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) has been named by Senate Majority Leader Joseph L.

January 23, 2006
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Larkin Receives Word On Continuation Of The Purple Heart Stamp

After his 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 it will continue the Purple Heart Stamp as a 39-cent issue.

"This is fantastic news for our veterans, their families, and the every-day American citizen," said Senator Larkin. "I am extremely pleased that the authorities at the United States Postal Service made this very important decision to continue the Purple Heart Stamp.

January 22, 2006
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Larkin Announces Passage Of Sex Offender Registry Agreement

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation (S.6409) which will ensure that no sexual predators will be removed from the State sex offender registry on January 21st.

January 20, 2006
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Taxpayers Should Plan Now For 2006 Filing Season

This week, Senator Bill Larkin advises taxpayers to start planning now for the upcoming tax season.

"A little preparation now can save filers time, effort and energy -- and perhaps, even a few dollars," said Senator Larkin.

January 20, 2006
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Larkin Pushes For Sex Offender Legislation

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that the Senate has passed legislation (S.6019) to require the lifetime registration of sex offenders and to prevent sexual predators from coming off the State sex offender registry later this month.

"Hundreds of convicted sex offenders are about to be removed from the state’s sex offender registry because of the way the law is written in New York State," said Senator Larkin. "Currently, a sex offender must remain on the registry for ten years.

January 9, 2006
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Larkin Announces Local "access To Home" Grants

This week, Senator Bill Larkin informs residents that State funding has been awarded to two organizations in Orange and Ulster Counties to help seniors and those with disabilities to remain in their homes and out of nursing homes. These awards mark the first round of funding under the State’s new "Access to Home" program.

"This new program is a good beginning in our efforts to help seniors and those with disabilities who are not quite ready to give up their homes and move to a nursing home facility," said Senator Larkin.

January 6, 2006
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Let The NYS Dept Of Labor Assist In Your Job Search

This week, Senator Bill Larkin reminds residents of the job searching tools available through the New York State Department of Labor.

"Matching qualified individuals with the right employers is the most important service the New York State Department of Labor provides for job seekers," said Senator Larkin.

January 6, 2006
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Larkin Reminds Holiday Shoppers How To Further Protect Against Identity Theft

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today reminded area residents to take as many precautions as possible to protect against identity theft during the busy holiday season.

"In the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it could be easy to become careless at times with spending, credit cards and record keeping," said Senator Larkin. "Identity thieves are just waiting to take advantage of unsuspecting shoppers who let their guard down.

January 6, 2006
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Larkin Announces Passage Of Legislation To Protect Police Officers

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that the Legislature and the Governor have approved two pieces of legislation that will increase penalties for those who injure or kill police officers, and toughen current laws to keep illegal guns off our streets.

The Governor has already signed the bills.

"The penalties cannot be stiff enough for anyone who would threaten the life or safety of a police officer," said Senator Larkin. "Let anyone who would cross that line know that they will face life without parole.

January 6, 2006
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Larkin Announces Local Highway Department Grants

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced he has secured funding for several area highway departments.

"Local highway departments work side-by-side with area police, ambulance and fire districts," said Senator Larkin. "The coordination of all these emergency services takes a great deal of resources. With winter storms looming, crews will be working around the clock maintaining the roads in our communities for public safety and for residents.

January 6, 2006
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Tax Reductions Highlight New Laws Taking Effect January 1, 2006

This week, Senator Bill Larkin informs area residents about the new laws taking effect in New York State on January 1, 2006.

Personal Income Tax Reductions

A tax reduction that will save New York taxpayers nearly $1 billion will go into effect on January 1, 2006. The tax rate for taxpayers with incomes between $150,000 and $500,000 will be decreased from 7.25 percent to 6.85 percent.

January 6, 2006
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Senator Larkin Secures Funding To Assist Local Seniors

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced he has secured state grants for several local organizations that assist seniors.

"It is particularly satisfying to be able to assist the groups that work so hard for others in our communities and neighborhoods," said Senator Larkin.

November 22, 2005
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Senators Larkin & Nozzolio Make Friendly Wager On Monroe-woodbury / Webster Championship Football Game

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) and Senator Michael F. Nozzolio (R-Fayette) have a friendly wager riding on the outcome of this weekend’s Class AA State championship high school football game between the Monroe-Woodbury Crusaders and the Webster Thomas Titans. Senator Larkin is wagering a bushel of Hudson Valley Pears and Senator Nozzolio has anted up a bushel of Webster Apples.

Senator Larkin said, "We’re all looking forward to an exciting contest between two great teams.

November 22, 2005
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