William J. Larkin Jr.'s Press releases

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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Larkin Secures Funding For Local Hospitals

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

"It is of the utmost importance for our local hospitals, physicians and staff to have the latest medical technology available," said Senator Larkin. "This kind of investment is vital to ensure the very best quality of care for our communities.

November 14, 2005
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Larkin Reminds Seniors & Families To Sign Up For Heap

This week, Senator Bill Larkin reminds residents that the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), which assists lower-income seniors and families with heating costs in the winter, has begun accepting applications.

"Our winters can be extremely difficult, especially for seniors and the disabled," said Senator Larkin. "The HEAP program can help lessen the financial burden that cold weather causes. But we have found that so many people who are eligible for this program are not taking advantage of it.

November 10, 2005
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Larkin Announces Funding For Local Police

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.

November 7, 2005
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Saying Thank You On Veterans' Day

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.

November 4, 2005
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New York Added To National Sex Offender Public Registry Website

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.

November 4, 2005
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Larkin Told More Flu Vaccine Expected To Arrive

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.

November 4, 2005
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My View

MY VIEW

Dear Editor:

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.

November 4, 2005
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Larkin To Attend Solar Power Demonstration

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.

October 25, 2005
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Larkin Announces 2005 Guides To Health Insurers Is Available

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.

October 25, 2005
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Larkin Secures Library Grants

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.

October 4, 2005
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Larkin Rsds Program Funded In State Budget

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.

September 30, 2005
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Co Exam Scheduled For November 19, 2005

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.

September 30, 2005
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Volunteer Fair

Senator Bill Larkin encourages residents to stop by the upcoming Volunteer Fair being hosted by Orange County Community College and the Institute for Nonprofit Leadership and Management.

The Volunteer Fair will be held Tuesday, October 11, 2005, from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM in the College Commons, 115 South Street in Middletown.

Come visit the booths and meet representatives from over 35 local nonprofit service organizations in need of volunteers.

September 30, 2005
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Larkin Secures Grants For Essential School Programs

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced he has secured state funding for important programs in two area school districts.

"I am pleased to have been able to advocate for these essential programs in our local schools," said Senator Larkin. "They are proven and successful and deserve the state’s support.

September 21, 2005
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Helping Students Displaced By Hurricane Katrina

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.

September 16, 2005
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"i Love Ny" Agriculture Challenge

To help promote local farmers and their products, Senator Bill Larkin is encouraging Hudson Valley residents to participate in the "I Love NY Agriculture Challenge."

New York Farm Bureau Foundation for Agricultural Education, in collaboration with NY Farms!

September 16, 2005
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Larkin Informs Constituents About Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts

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.

September 8, 2005
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