Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced the Senate has passed a comprehensive energy plan that would provide $350 million in relief from high energy costs to small businesses. The Senate also passed legislation that would provide heating assistance to more senior citizens, cap the state tax on gasoline and encourage energy conservation and alternative energy sources to lessen our dependency on foreign oil.
"Most of the new jobs in New York State are being created by small businesses," said Senator Larkin.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.