William J. Larkin Jr.'s Press releases

Larkin Fights To Increase Penalties On Deadbeat Parents

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) is cosponsoring legislation (S.6598) in the State Senate to increase the penalties for anyone who fails to pay child support for children up to the age of eighteen as opposed to the current age of up to 16.

"Although New York State law requires a parent or legal guardian to support a child until the age of 21, the way the Penal Law is currently written, we cannot prosecute these deadbeat parents when the child is over 16 years of age," said Senator Larkin.

March 9, 2006
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Larkin Backs Bill Allowing "frozen" Credit Reports

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced he is cosponsoring legislation (S.6805) in the State Senate to allow victims of identity theft or anyone concerned that they might be at risk of having their identities stolen to place a "freeze" on their consumer credit report.

"While New York already has tough laws criminalizing identity theft, we still rank eighth in the nation in the number of identity theft complaints reported to the Federal Trade Commission," said Senator Larkin. "This is a serious concern.

March 8, 2006
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Larkin Whistle Blower Bill Passes Both Houses

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that the State Assembly has passed legislation (S.5376-B) he sponsored earlier last month in the Senate to protect public employees who file suspected child endangerment reports.

March 7, 2006
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Larkin Supports Textbook Aid For College Students

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) is cosponsoring legislation (S.6804) in the State Senate to ensure that college and university students in New York State will have better access to affordable textbooks.

Known in Albany as the "Textbook Pricing and Access Act," the bill outlines the responsibility of publishers to disclose to campus faculty members the costs of textbooks, supplemental materials, and bundled materials. In turn, the bill mandates that faculty members must inform the publisher or bookstore of the earliest edition of a textbook that students can purchase.

March 7, 2006
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Larkin Announces Three-way Agreement On Revenue

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that the Senate, Assembly and Governor George E. Pataki have reached an agreement on available revenues for the 2005-06 and 2006-07 state fiscal years.

March 7, 2006
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Larkin Supports Nonprofits' Participation In Conference

This week, Senator Bill Larkin reports to residents that the Institute for Nonprofit Leadership and Management at SUNY Orange in Middletown will hold its second annual conference for all those working in the nonprofit sector and the challenges they face today.

Monday, March 20th from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Harriman Hall, Room 111

SUNY Orange campus -- 115 South St., Middletown

"Just because an organization has nonprofit status doesn’t mean it can ignore basic business principles," said Senator Larkin.

March 3, 2006
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Senate Passes Larkin Bill Allowing Police To Keep Equipment Seized From Criminals

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced the State Senate has passed legislation (S.78) he sponsored that would allow law enforcement officials to retain electronic devices and surveillance equipment that has been seized from convicted criminals and use them for law enforcement purposes.

"Under current law, police departments can keep any vehicle, vessel or aircraft they seize from criminals and use those things for law enforcement purposes," said Senator Larkin. "This policy has proven very successful.

March 2, 2006
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Senate Acts On Nyra Assistance Legislation

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced the New York State Senate has passed legislation (S.6466A) that would provide a $20 million loan to the New York Racing Association (NYRA) to ensure the immediate financial solvency of NYRA, and to help bring stability to the thoroughbred racing industry in New York.

"The horse racing industry contributes more than $2.4 billion to our economy and employs more than 35,000 people across New York State," said Senator Larkin, Chairman of the Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee.

March 1, 2006
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Larkin Bill To Aid In The Merging Of Local Governments Passes Senate

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation (S.2622-A) sponsored by Larkin to create a uniform procedure for the merging of local governments. The legislation also amends the state’s municipal home rule law and the village law to conform them to this new local government mergers procedure.

"Basically, this legislation gives more authority and flexibility to municipalities by creating a better way for them to merge their local governments if they wish," said Senator Larkin.

February 28, 2006
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Larkin Seeks Tougher Background Checks On Nursing Home Employees

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced the New York State Senate has passed legislation (S.6630) he is cosponsoring to require the review of the criminal history of prospective employees of nursing homes and home care services agencies.

"This legislation would make several technical changes to current law that I believe are necessary to strengthen the way we screen prospective employees of nursing homes and home care services agencies," said Senator Larkin.

February 28, 2006
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Senate Passes Larkin Bill That Would Allow Roadside Sale Of Ny Farm Products

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced the New York State Senate has passed legislation (S.2475) sponsored by Larkin that would allow farmers to sell their agricultural products at certain publicly owned highway rest stops, scenic overlook or vista rest areas, and park & ride parking lots.

"Under current law, only veterans of the armed forces can sell merchandise on public streets and highways," said Senator Larkin. "This bill would add local farmers to that classification so that they too could increase the sales of their New York grown products.

February 28, 2006
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Larkin Honors The 761st Tank Battalion For Their Heroic Efforts During World War Ii

This week Senator Bill Larkin reports to residents that the New York State Senate has passed a resolution he authored to honor the 761st Tank Battalion, the "Black Panthers," for their heroic efforts during World War II.

"During the joyful celebration of Black History Month, it is especially fitting that we pay tribute to the first black armor unit to see combat," said Senator Larkin, a retired Lt Col in the U.S. Army. "These esteemed members of the United States Armed Forces served the country so faithfully when our Nation's freedom was at stake.

February 24, 2006
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Larkin: Give Small Businesses A Break On Their Electric Bills

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) is cosponsoring legislation (S.6566) in the New York State Senate that would give small businesses a break on their electric bills.

The bill would create a new electric energy tax credit plan for small businesses in New York State.

"Small businesses are the backbone of the state’s economy," said Senator Larkin. "But energy costs have risen faster than many small businesses could have predicted and have become a serious problem for their financial success.

February 23, 2006
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Larkin Recommends Awarding All Scholarship Funding

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced the Senate has passed a bill (S.428) that would ensure that every scholarship for academic excellence is distributed to students attending New York State schools.

Current law authorizes 8,000 scholarships for academic excellence annually. The top scholar of each public or private high school in the state is eligible for scholarships for academic excellence and the remaining balance of the awards are distributed to students using a weighted average of scores from certain Regents examinations.

February 16, 2006
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Dmv Repeals Its Cumbersome New Inspection Sticker Policy

This week, Senator Bill Larkin reports to residents that the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has withdrawn its new policy regarding the expiration of inspection stickers.

The confusing new policy, which went into effect in January, would have made inspection stickers expire in the first, second or third portion of the month in the year following inspection, depending on the date of issuance.

"Unfortunately, all this new plan did was make the inspection process more inconvenient for the driving public," said Senator Larkin.

February 16, 2006
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Larkin Strongly Supports End Of Statute Of Limitations In Rape And Sexual Assault Cases

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced the Senate has passed legislation (S.5342) that would hold violent criminals accountable for their actions by closing a loophole that allows them to escape prosecution and punishment for their crimes after five years.

"There should never have been a statute of limitations on these horrible crimes," said Senator Larkin. "The anguish that the victims live with afterwards certainly doesn’t end after five years.

February 14, 2006
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Larkin Proposes Catastrophe Fund

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today introduced a bill (S.6673) in the New York State Senate to establish the New York State Catastrophe Fund Authority.

"This is a study bill that would ultimately create a Catastrophe Fund for New York State as a safety net if a mega natural catastrophe ever struck," explained Senator Larkin. "If the ice storms in New York, the earthquakes in California, and Hurricanes Andrew, Katrina, Rita, and Wilma, have taught us anything, it is that we should have an established reimbursement plan in place before the disaster hits.

February 13, 2006
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Resources For Energy Assistance

This week, Senator Bill Larkin reports to residents on several state resources available to residents for help with home heating and utility costs.

"Given the difficult increases in prices for natural gas, heating oil, and electricity, many individuals and families are in need of some form of energy assistance during these cold winter months," said Senator Larkin.

February 10, 2006
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Larkin Pushes For Ban On Sale Of Flavored Cigarettes

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) is cosponsoring a bill (S.1952-A) in the New York State Senate that would ban the sale of certain flavored cigarettes.

Types of cigarette flavors include different fruits, chocolate, vanilla, honey, candy, mint, cocoa, alcoholic beverages like pina colada, herbs and spices, for example.

"It is disturbingly obvious that the manufactureres of these kinds of cigarettes are targeting kids," said Senator Larkin.

February 9, 2006
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Larkin Proposes $185 K In Transportation Aid For Monroe-woodbury Schools

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) has introduced a bill in the New York State Senate to authorize the approval of certain transportation contracts for 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.

February 8, 2006
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