William J. Larkin Jr.'s Press releases

Larkin Pushes For Sex Offender Legislation

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.

January 9, 2006
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Larkin Announces Local Highway Department Grants

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.

January 6, 2006
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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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Larkin Announces Local "access To Home" Grants

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.

January 6, 2006
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Let The NYS Dept Of Labor Assist In Your Job Search

This week, Senator Bill Larkin reminds residents of the job searching tools available through the New York State Department of Labor.

"Matching qualified individuals with the right employers is the most important service the New York State Department of Labor provides for job seekers," said Senator Larkin.

January 6, 2006
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Larkin Reminds Holiday Shoppers How To Further Protect Against Identity Theft

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.

January 6, 2006
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Larkin Announces Passage Of Legislation To Protect Police Officers

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.

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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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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