William J. Larkin Jr.'s Press releases

Larkin Votes For Legislation To Further Protect Children From Criminals

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.

January 24, 2006
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Editorial By Senator Bill Larkin, Chairman Of The Senate Committee On Racing, Gaming And Wagering

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.

January 24, 2006
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Senator Larkin To Chair Budget Sub-committee On Taxes / Economic Development

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) has been named by Senate Majority Leader Joseph L.

January 23, 2006
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Larkin Receives Word On Continuation Of The Purple Heart Stamp

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.

January 22, 2006
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Larkin Announces Passage Of Sex Offender Registry Agreement

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.

January 20, 2006
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Taxpayers Should Plan Now For 2006 Filing Season

This week, Senator Bill Larkin advises taxpayers to start planning now for the upcoming tax season.

"A little preparation now can save filers time, effort and energy -- and perhaps, even a few dollars," said Senator Larkin.

January 20, 2006
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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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