William J. Larkin Jr.'s Press releases

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 8, 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 8, 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 8, 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 8, 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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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 8, 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 16, 2005
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Larkin Announces Grants For Hudson Valley Recreation, Preservation And Waterfront Projects

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced the awarding of several important grants for recreation, waterfront revitalization and preservation projects in the 39th Senate District. The awards will assist communities in their efforts to redevelop their waterfront areas, create new outdoor recreational opportunities and protect local landmarks.

"We are fortunate that we live in an area of New York State that offers a wide variety of natural beauty, recreation, and historic culture," said Senator Larkin.

August 16, 2005
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Larkin Announces New School Accountability Law

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today discussed a new law recently signed by Governor George Pataki that will strengthen oversight and increase accountability of school district finances, while protecting property taxpayers from fraud and abuse.

"New York invests billions of dollars each year in our school systems," said Senator Larkin. "This new law will tighten the reigns on school district finances and will help protect from the shocking abuse that was recently exposed in several districts on Long Island.

August 16, 2005
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Student Donor Days With The Red Cross

Our community blood supply is at critical levels. Typically, the Red Cross sees about a 15% decrease in donations during the summer. However, this summer the situation is even more dire. Orange and Ulster Counties are covered by the New York--Penn Region of the American Red Cross which serves 120 hospitals and 51 other counties in New York State.

August 16, 2005
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Larkin Bill To Test For Hiv Signed Into Law

Legislation (S.5722) sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) to require the timely testing of law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical personnel who may have been exposed to a serious transmissible disease while on the job has been signed into law by Governor Pataki.

"I am extremely pleased that the Governor has signed this bill into law," said Senator Larkin.

August 16, 2005
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School Property Tax Reform Meeting To Be Held In Cornwall

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) and Cornwall Supervisor Richard Randazzo will hold a public meeting to discuss school property tax reform.

Thursday, July 28, 2005 at

2:30 PM.

Cornwall Town Hall.

Also attending: Peter Applebee, Assistant Director of the New York State Senate Finance Committee, Village Mayor Edward Moulton, several state officials and Cornwall Central School District school board members, and several local residents who serve on a recently formed committee to address school property tax reform.

August 16, 2005
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Senator Larkin Announces Housing Award For Newburgh

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced the awarding of critical funding that will provide safe and affordable housing for seniors in the City of Newburgh.

The Newburgh Housing Authority Outreach Development Corporation has received $935,000 in Housing Trust Fund (HTF) monies, and $458,789 in Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) for a soon to be built project that will be an attractive six-story steel and masonry structure built in the residential area of Cerone Place in the City of Newburgh.

August 16, 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 16, 2005
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Summer Youth Employment

Over $400,000 has been released to Orange and Ulster Counties for the 2005 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP).

"This program gives young people a chance to gain valuable work experience," said Senator Larkin. "The training they will receive and the experience in real life working environments will help prepare them for their future careers.

August 2, 2005
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Larkin Bill To Protect Whistle Blowers Passes Senate

Citing the highly publicized case in Middletown where a school employee was fired after turning in the Superintendent of Schools for possessing pornography, Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) sponsored legislation (S.1582) that was passed by the State Senate today to protect public employees who file such reports.

"Clearly, there is a need to expand the kinds of actions that are covered under the current whistle blower statute to include protecting people who uncover information about someone who may be putting children at risk," said Senator Larkin.

August 2, 2005
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Senate Passes Larkin Bill To Test For Hiv

Legislation (S.5722) sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) to require the timely testing of law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical personnel who may have been exposed to a serious transmissible disease while on the job was passed the State Senate today.

"The procedures that are currently in place to address these kinds of situations are very inconsistent and vary from city to city and town to town across New York State," said Senator Larkin.

August 2, 2005
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Larkin Bill Gives Farmers Property Tax Breaks

Legislation sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) to grant a partial agricultural property tax credit to farmers has passed the Senate by a vote of 60-1.

August 2, 2005
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Senate Passes Nyra Oversight Legislation

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-On-Hudson), to establish an oversight board for the New York Racing Association (NYRA).

The bill (S.5923), which reflects a three-way agreement among the Senate, Assembly and Governor, would also accelerate the process of putting the racing franchise out to bid. In addition, the bill ratifies a contract that will clear the way for Video Lottery Terminals to be put at Aqueduct Raceway.

August 2, 2005
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Larkin Secures Grants For Youth Sports

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

"Sports are such a great outlet for kids," said Senator Larkin. "In addition to keeping kids off the streets, busy with fun and healthy activities, and physically fit, so many of life’s lessons can be learned through playing sports. I am pleased that I was able to advocate successfully for our youth sports programs.

August 2, 2005
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