The New York State Senate today passed legislation, cosponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) that would prohibit agencies that administer E-ZPass in New York State from charging monthly surcharges.
The bill (S.6331) is a response to complaints from downstate motorists about an unwarranted $1 administrative service charge being tacked onto their E-ZPass account bills each month.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) is proud to announce that Baldwin Vineyards of Pine Bush, New York has been awarded a Gold Medal at the prestigious California Wine Competition.
"It is extremely important to recognize those enterprises right in our own back yards that are making significant contributions to the economy," said Senator Larkin. "Baldwin Vineyards has distinguished itself as one of the premier wine makers in the country.
Upon the successful lobbying of Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson), the State Senate has included $85,000 for the Hudson Valley Laboratory and $500,000 for the New York State Apple Growers’ Association in its version of the New York State Budget.
Located in Highland, New York, the Hudson Valley Laboratory conducts applied research to improve the production of fruit and vegetable crops grown in eastern New York, and to assist New York growers through educational programs organized by Cornell Cooperative Extension and Cornell University scientists.
At the invitation of Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson), members of the Monroe-Woodbury Crusaders today traveled to Albany to continue the celebration of their win in the Class AA high school football state championship.
To honor this impressive achievement, Senator Larkin presented the team with an official state resolution during today’s session where the student athletes were recognized by the full Senate. After the ceremony, Senator Larkin continued the celebration with the team and their coaches at a pizza party he hosted in the Legislative Office Building.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced the New York State Senate has passed its proposed 2006-07 state budget, a plan that returns more than $6.4 billion to state taxpayers through tax cuts over the next three years; rejects more than $450 million in proposed increases in taxes and fees; increases the state's investment in education by $1.1 billion; rejects a proposed tuition increase and cuts in tuition assistance and restores important funds for health care.
"The Senate budget plan is balanced and fiscally-responsible," said Senator Larkin.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) is cosponsoring legislation in the State Senate that would authorize cities, towns and villages to establish speed limits as low as 15 miles per hour on certain residential streets.
"Current law prevents municipalities from setting speed limits below 30 miles per hour or below 25 miles per hour in certain circumstances," said Senator Larkin. "But, residents and local officials know best which streets in their neighborhoods should have lower speed limits.
As a member of the New York State American-Irish Legislators’ Society, Senator Bill Larkin informs residents that this organization has announced its 7th Annual College Scholarship Essay Competition for High School Juniors and Seniors.
Two awards will be made based on the submission of a 1,000 word essay.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.