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.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced the Senate has passed legislation he is sponsoring to reduce the amount of time an unclaimed stolen vehicle remains in a police pound.
In the event a vehicle is reported stolen and the owner cannot be found, the bill (S.3206) would require a police department that impounds the vehicle to notify its insurer and allow the insurer to retrieve the vehicle.
"Currently an insurance company is not notified that a stolen or abandoned vehicle which it insures has been recovered by the police," said Senator Larkin.
Before the recent conclusion of the legislative session, the New York State Senate passed a bill (S.1936-A), that would require prescription drug prices to be posted online to give consumers easy access to the drug price list and allow them to electronically comparison shop for prescription drugs on the Internet.
The bill was also designed to help senior citizens save money. New York law now requires pharmacies to produce a weekly updated prescription drug price list and make copies available to consumers.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced the enacting of a new law that will promote safety in New York's highway and bridge work zones and increase penalties for those convicted of speeding within them.
"The driving public must fully understand just how dangerous a job it is for our highway and bridge workers," said Senator Larkin. "When reckless motorists speed through work zones, that danger increases ten-fold.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that legislation he sponsored to require 13, 14, and 15-year-olds convicted of violent sex offenses to register on the New York state Sex Offender Registry has passed the Senate.
The bill (S.2345-A) would require anyone 13 or older who is adjudicated as a juvenile delinquent, juvenile offender, or youthful offender for sex offenses to register as a sex offender.
Legislation sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) to allow Triborough bridge and tunnel officers to retire with half-pay after twenty years of service, regardless of age, has passed the New York State Senate.
Current law allows TBTA bridge and tunnel officers, sergeants and lieutenants to retire with 20 years of service at age 50. This legislation would eliminate the age requirement.
"Bridge and tunnel officers must staff TBTA facilities 24 hours a day, 7 days a week," said Senator Larkin.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that Governor George E. Pataki has signed legislation cosponsored by Larkin that provides a significant boost to New York's wine industry.
The new law will permit the direct interstate shipment of wine in New York State, and opens up New York's world-class wineries to the national market while giving New Yorkers more choices as consumers.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that legislation he is sponsoring to increase the penalties for the illegal operation of an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) on farmlands has passed the Senate.
The bill (S.1398-B) would make it a traffic infraction to illegally trespass on posted farmland with an ATV without the consent of the farmer.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced the Senate passed legislation (S.5924-A) that would add one more Family Court Judge in Orange County. Current law allows Orange County to elect three family court judges. This bill increases the number of judges from three to four.
"Within only the last few years, the number of cases filed in Orange County family court have doubled," Said Senator Larkin.
The New York State Senate has passed legislation (S.4641) sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) to create a task force on retired race horses to identify and encourage more productive uses for race horses after their use in the racing industry has ended.
Currently in the State of New York, there is no policy or state agency that offers alternatives for race horses other than slaughter once they have retired.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced the Senate has passed legislation he sponsored (S.1610) to authorize the Village of Walden to rent the only private home in the James Olley Park.
Senator Larkin explained the necessity for the legislation, "Currently, there is an unoccupied house located within the James Olley Park that at one time was used by the park's groundskeeper.
The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.4018), sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson), to grant a partial real property tax exemption for cold storage facilities used to hold fruit grown by New York farmers.
"Under current law, there is no real property tax exemption for cold storage facilities on fruit farms," said Senator Larkin. "However, there is a full real property tax exemption for farm silos, farm feed grain storage bins, and bulk milk tanks and coolers.
The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) to better control the state’s deer populations, to lessen the damage to crops, cut down on car-deer accidents and reduce the extended costs to the insurance industry and ratepayers caused by the rapidly growing deer population.
"In New York State, we lose approximately $59 million dollars in agricultural production and income each year because of the destruction done by deer," said Senator Larkin.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced several local grants that have been awarded to Orange and Ulster Counties for projects to strengthen and preserve the natural resources of the Hudson River Estuary and its tributaries and watersheds.
"I feel especially fortunate to be able to live near such a beautiful and historic waterway," said Senator Larkin. "I have enjoyed the Hudson River’s natural beauty and years of recreation on it with my children and grandchildren.