William J. Larkin Jr.'s Press releases

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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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 24, 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 24, 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 3, 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 29, 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 29, 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 29, 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 20, 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 15, 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 15, 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 7, 2005
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Get Your Free Credit Report Beginning Sept. 1

Starting September 1, 2005, New Yorkers can obtain a free credit report once every 12 months from each of the three national consumer credit reporting companies (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion) under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).

"There are a couple of ways to examine your report," said Senator Larkin. "You can order all three credit reports at the same time which will allow you to compare them. But, people may also wish to space them out which would help if you want to monitor any changes.

September 7, 2005
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Senator Larkin Awards Cemetery Grants

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced he has secured state funding for two local cemeteries.

"These grants are extremely important because they will help accommodate those who come to visit their loved ones at the cemetery," said Senator Larkin. "They should be as comfortable as possible as they come to a place where they can collect their thoughts, pray, reflect, and stay as long as they wish."

The Cemetery of the Highlands, Inc.

September 7, 2005
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Consider Adoption

Children of all ages are waiting to be adopted. New York State Adoption Service (NYSAS) welcomes responsible, caring adults who are ready to share their time, their hearts, and their lives with waiting children. When you adopt a waiting child, you will be giving that child a permanent family and another chance in life. All children deserve a loving, committed, safe, and permanent family.

"In New York State, no child may be adopted until the parental rights of the birth parents have been relinquished or terminated," explained Senator Larkin.

September 7, 2005
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Senator Larkin Issues Proclamation Honoring 60th Anniversary Of V-j Day

In honor of the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II, Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) has issued a formal Senate proclamation.

"It is a privilege to be able to author a statewide proclamation such as this," said Senator Larkin. "I believe it extremely important for our citizens, and especially our young people to observe the ways in which government recognizes such important historic dates and events in our country’s history.

September 7, 2005
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College Students And Credit Cards

Right now, many college students throughout New York State are making their final preparations to begin a new semester at school. Some are traveling far, some will be close to home. Some are returning to their familiar campuses, some are first-time freshmen. Many will find themselves in serious credit card debt if they are not careful.

"Within the first year of being a credit card holder, one in five college freshmen owe more than $10,000," commented Senator Larkin. "The average college student holds at least three credit cards.

September 7, 2005
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Larkin Supports Proposal To End State Gas Tax

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today called for a cap on the state sales tax on gas to provide immediate price relief to motorists.

Senator Larkin also called for the use of already accumulated gas taxes to help seniors stay warm this winter.

"Soaring gas prices have also generated an unexpected tax windfall from all the increased sales," said Senator Larkin. "We should be using this extra revenue to help the people who need it most.

September 7, 2005
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"patriot Plan Iii" Becomes Law

New York State has a new law called the Patriot Plan III that will provide the most comprehensive benefits package in the nation for military personnel and their families.

"When those who are fighting for freedom abroad make the ultimate sacrifice, it is our responsibility to make sure that their family members are not devastated by complete financial loss as well," said Senator Larkin.

August 15, 2005
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Senator Larkin Announces Local Heritage Grants

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that several local organizations have been awarded a total of $260,236 in grants from the New York State Archives.

The grants fall into two categories: Documentary Heritage Program grants awarded to community organizations, and Local Government Records grants awarded to local governments. All of the awarded grants involve records.

August 15, 2005
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