William J. Larkin Jr.'s Press releases

Long Gray Line Marches To Albany

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson), today hosted the fifty-fifth annual "West Point Day" at the New York State Capitol in Albany.

"Today, the State Senate recognized and honored the special relationship New York State has had with the United States Military Academy at West Point since 1802," said Senator Larkin,a retired Lieutenant Colonel who served 23 years of active duty in the United States Army. "As Orange County's representative in the Senate and as an Army veteran, I am honored to have been able to present the West Point delegation to the full Senate.

April 7, 2005
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Larkin Publishes Annual Report On Racing, Gaming, & Wagering

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced the release of the New York State Senate Standing Committee’s 2004 Annual Report on Racing, Gaming, and Wagering.

"This past year, racing and gaming issues were very much in the forefront of discussions centered on state revenue and the economy," said Senator Larkin.

April 7, 2005
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Larkin To Head Tax/economic Development Conference Committee

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today was named by Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno to chair the Senate Conference Committee on Taxes and Economic Development.

As the Legislature enters the next phase of budget negotiations before the April 1 deadline, Larkin will head the committee that scrutinizes the Governor’s Executive Budget as it pertains to taxes, fees, and other proposals designed to spur the economy.

Budget conference committee meetings are open to the public. Meeting schedules are expected to be announced next week.

April 7, 2005
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2005-06 Budget Highlights

"For the first time in 21 years, we have an on-time budget," said Senator Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson). "I am extremely pleased that we can provide a sense of relief to the state’s taxpayers and I commend my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for their hard work in accomplishing this goal. We worked in the true spirit of compromise and hopefully restored the public’s faith in the system.

April 5, 2005
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Larkin Releases Annual Report On Racing, Gaming, & Wagering

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced the release of the New York State Senate Standing Committee’s 2004 Annual Report on Racing, Gaming, and Wagering. Among its contents, the report includes a comprehensive study that analyzes the problems within the horse racing industry. Further, it lays out a plan of action to address those problems.

"This past year, racing and gaming issues were very much in the forefront of discussions centered on state revenue and the economy," said Senator Larkin.

April 5, 2005
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State Budget Increases Education Aid

Upon passage of the first on-time state budget in twenty years, Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that area schools in the 39th Senate District will receive an additional $324,753,290 in state aid.

"The increases in education funding enacted in the state budget represent an average increase of 8% to our local schools in the 39th Senate District," said Senator Larkin. "The state average is 5.5%. This is great news for students who will benefit from the best resources and technologies available.

April 5, 2005
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Larkin Announces Bidding Process Complete For Purple Heart Hall Of Honor

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that the bidding process for construction of the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor has been completed.

"It’s been a long time coming, but construction on the national Purple Heart Hall of Honor is soon to begin," said Senator Larkin. "The bidding process has just been completed and contract documents are now being prepared. We expect to have shovels in the ground within about eight weeks.

April 1, 2005
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Larkin Announces Brownfields Projects

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that the Cities of Newburgh and Kingston will receive state funding to develop strategies for the cleanup and reuse of area brownfields.

"This latest round of brownfield clean-up grants is great news for our local cities and their surrounding areas," said Senator Larkin. "Our localities will use this funding to develop plans for the remediation of these contaminated sites.

April 1, 2005
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Senate Approves Bills To Get Racetrack Vlt’s On Line

The New York State Senate today passed two bills, sponsored by Senator William Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-On-Hudson), that would help get video lottery terminals (VLTs) up and running at Yonkers and Aqueduct Raceways. Both bills (S.2594 & S.3276) address concerns cited by the courts related to the distribution of VLT revenues and would make an investment in the race tracks to generate additional revenue for education in New York State.

March 17, 2005
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Larkin Awards 'kidscount' Grants To Area Schools

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today awarded all public elementary schools and middle schools housing elementary grades in the 39th Senate district with a special grant through Larkin's "KidsCount" program.

"It's a fact that elementary school teachers are constantly using money out of their own pockets to purchase materials, supplies, and those extra little things for their students and their classrooms," said Senator Larkin. "They work with children every day and know best what children need in the classroom.

March 17, 2005
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Larkin Highlights Senate Plan As Budget Deadline Nears

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced highlights of the Senate’s proposals for the 2005-06 state budget.

As Chair of the Budget Conference Committee on Taxes & Economic Development, Senator Larkin said the Senate is proposing almost $1 billion in business tax reductions over the next four years to create jobs and strengthen the economy.

March 17, 2005
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Don't Be Fooled By This Offer: "money To Pay Your Taxes"

This week, Senator Bill Larkin warns residents about the latest telemarketing scam.

"Don’t be fooled by anyone offering ‘free government grants,’ said Senator Larkin. "This latest scam has a new twist--someone calls you making a phony claim that the government is giving people money to pay their taxes. I know that this time of year, it’s tempting to want to believe there is something that can help during tax season, but under no circumstances should you engage these people in conversation and give out any personal information over the phone.

March 17, 2005
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Senate Passes Death Penalty Legislation

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced the New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.4632) that would amend the state’s death penalty law to fix a provision that was ruled invalid by the state Court of Appeals.

"To our dismay, the New York State Court of Appeals decided that portions of our capital punishment statute need even more protections for defendants," said Senator Larkin. "We in the State Senate disagree. And so do the majority of New Yorkers.

March 9, 2005
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Larkin Secures Funding For Local Highway Departments

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) has secured funding to assist several local towns’ highway departments.

"I am pleased to have been in a position to advance these grants to our local towns," said Senator Larkin. "Our area highway departments work hard to preserve the integrity of our roads and highways, and the safety of our residents.

March 8, 2005
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Senator Bill Larkin, Assemblyman Darryl C. Towns, And Illinois Lt. Governor Pat Quinn Join Forces To Call For A Military Family Relief Fund In Ny

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today joined Assemblyman Darryl C. Towns (D-Brooklyn) and Illinois Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn (D-Chicago) to announce the drive for the creation of the Military Family Relief Fund in New York State.

Senator Larkin, Assemblyman Towns, and Lt. Governor Quinn are advancing legislation (S.444) which would amend New York’s personal income tax forms to include a check-off box for individuals and corporations to support the New York Military Family Relief Fund.

March 7, 2005
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24-hour Helpline For Alzheimer's

In an effort to better serve individuals, families and professionals in Orange and Ulster Counties, the Alzheimer’s Association of the Hudson Valley Chapter has expanded its helpline to provide telephone assistance 24 hours a day, every day, including weekends and holidays.

The 24-Hour Helpline provides information and referrals and gives family members and caregivers the opportunity to talk with a staff member or trained volunteer.

March 7, 2005
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Senator Larkin Releases Final Task Force Report Of Hudson Valley Fruit Growers

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced the availability of the final Hudson Valley Fruit Growers’ Task Force Report.

This New York State Senate Task Force report, as compiled by Senators Larkin, Bonacic, Leibell, Morahan, Saland, and Seward and a cross section of local Hudson Valley fruit growers, has been in development for approximately one year.

"This report reflects the work of many individuals at the state and local levels," said Senator Larkin.

February 18, 2005
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Larkin Announces Disaster Recovery Funds For Summer Storms

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced the release of federal and state funding to local municipalities for the continuing recovery effort from last year’s late summer storms which resulted in two federal disaster declarations.

"Nature took a heavy toll on us last year," said Senator Larkin. "The summer storms of 2004 that brought heavy rains and flooding created an unexpected financial burden on many of our local communities.

February 18, 2005
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Larkin Bill To Help Localities Collect Delinquent Taxes Passes Senate

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that legislation (S.854) he sponsored to give local governments the option to collect delinquent tax liens on property by selling those liens to private entities has passed the Senate.

"Current law already allows municipalities to sell delinquent tax liens in bulk to the state sponsored Municipal Bond Bank Agency," explained Senator Larkin. "This bill would merely expand the number of organizations that can purchase and then collect those liens.

February 18, 2005
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Larkin Reminds Seniors To Apply For Enhanced Star By Deadline: March 1, 2005

This week, Senator Bill Larkin reminds seniors age 65 and older that the deadline to file for the Enhanced STAR property tax exemption is March 1, 2005.

The Enhanced STAR Program is for seniors who own their homes, who are already age 65 or older, or who will be turning 65 any time this year.

Previously, senior citizens had to reapply for STAR through their local assessor every year to verify their eligibility. Unfortunately, if someone forgot to reapply, they lost the STAR benefit.

February 18, 2005
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