Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced he has secured state grants for several local town and village police departments.
"Our communities are safer because of the hard work our local police officers do every day," said Senator Larkin. "They focus their resources and efforts on getting the results our communities want -- less crime and fewer victims on our roads.
Upon an investigation involving a shortage of flu vaccines in certain parts of the Hudson Valley, Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that manufacturers are now shipping additional doses that will arrive intermittently between now and January. In New York State, the flu season often continues into April.
"Health officials say seasonal flu activity is low right now and there is still time to benefit from vaccination," said Senator Larkin.
As New Yorkers head to the polls on November 8th, voters will have the opportunity to vote on two important Propositions.
Proposition 1 is the Budget Reform measure. As you know, this year New York State had an on-time budget for the first time in 21 years. Proposition 1 is on the ballot as a result of these consistently late state budgets.
On Veterans Day, Americans should pause and reflect on the sacrifices made by our veterans. All who served need to be given proper praise for a job well done. Our veterans have faced unbelievable hardships and some have faced death in defending our nation’s freedom. They possess the core American values of loyalty, duty, respect, honor, selfless service, personal courage and integrity.
In today’s world, our nation does not need to be in a declared war for our military to be serving at great risk or hardship.
This week, Senator Bill Larkin reports that the U.S. Department of Justice has added New York to the National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR) website.
"Adding New York to the National Sex Offender Registry is an important move in the fight to protect victims and potential victims," said Senator Larkin. "There are more than 500,000 registered sex offenders nationwide. It is critical that parents and the public in general have access to the national registry’s information so that offenders can be more easily identified.
On Tuesday, October 18, 2005 at 12:30 p.m., Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) will join New York Power Authority President and Chief Executive Officer Eugene W. Zeltmann and Monroe-Woodbury Superintendent of Schools John Canzoneri to announce the installation of a 6 kilowatt photovoltaic array ( PV) at Monroe-Woodbury High School.
The PV array mounted atop Monroe-Woodbury High School will provide a continuous source of clean energy to the high school. A special connection to the school’s computer network will allow students to monitor the energy production.
This week, Senator Bill Larkin informs residents about the availability of the 2005 New York Consumer Guide to Health Insurers, which allows New Yorkers to compare commercial and non-profit health insurers as well as health maintenance Organizations (HMOs).
"These guides are extremely helpful because they give consumers a way to easily compare the benefits and service records of all major New York health insurers and HMOs," said Senator Larkin.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced he has secured state funding for several area public library systems.
"Libraries enrich our lives and communities in countless ways," said Senator Larkin. "As a strong and vocal advocate of our local libraries, I am especially pleased that my efforts to secure these important grants were successful.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that the 2005 State Budget has included, for the first time, funding in the amount of $125,000 to finance the RSDS Prevention and Public Awareness program.
Originally proposed by Senator Larkin in 2002, this funding will establish a program to promote public and medical awareness of the causes of reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome (RSDS), the value of early detection and possible treatments. The bill also assists the medical community by promoting research to accurately identify, diagnose and test for this disease.
A Civil Service exam for the position of Correction Officer Trainee will be given statewide on November 19, 2005. The application deadline for this exam is October 3, 2005.
The starting annual salary for an Officer is $28,444. Upon successful completion of the eight-week training program and the one-year probationary period, the annual salary increases to $34,742. Salaries are subject to increase pending outcome of current contract negotiations.
Senator Bill Larkin is helping to promote another resource in the nation's continuing efforts to assist the victims of Hurricane Katrina. "Hurricane Help for Schools," is a new Web page aimed at getting additional supplies to schools serving students displaced by the hurricane.
"On top of the trauma of losing so much after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, so many young people are also missing the start of the new school year," said Senator Larkin.
In honor of the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II, Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) has issued a formal Senate proclamation.
"It is a privilege to be able to author a statewide proclamation such as this," said Senator Larkin. "I believe it extremely important for our citizens, and especially our young people to observe the ways in which government recognizes such important historic dates and events in our country’s history.
Right now, many college students throughout New York State are making their final preparations to begin a new semester at school. Some are traveling far, some will be close to home. Some are returning to their familiar campuses, some are first-time freshmen. Many will find themselves in serious credit card debt if they are not careful.
"Within the first year of being a credit card holder, one in five college freshmen owe more than $10,000," commented Senator Larkin. "The average college student holds at least three credit cards.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced today announced constituents can assist the victims of Hurricane Katrina in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi by making cash donations to voluntary relief organizations.
"After September 11, 2001, the entire country came to us in our time of need," said Senator Larkin. New Yorkers know all too well how important it is to pull together when tragedy strikes. I know that residents of the Hudson Valley will respond with their thoughts and prayers as well as their gernerosity.
Starting September 1, 2005, New Yorkers can obtain a free credit report once every 12 months from each of the three national consumer credit reporting companies (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion) under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).
"There are a couple of ways to examine your report," said Senator Larkin. "You can order all three credit reports at the same time which will allow you to compare them. But, people may also wish to space them out which would help if you want to monitor any changes.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced he has secured state funding for two local cemeteries.
"These grants are extremely important because they will help accommodate those who come to visit their loved ones at the cemetery," said Senator Larkin. "They should be as comfortable as possible as they come to a place where they can collect their thoughts, pray, reflect, and stay as long as they wish."