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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.