Measures Increase Penalties, Enhance Community Notification and Protection
The New York State Senate today passed a package of eight bills to prevent sexual predators from obtaining access to potential victims and help law enforcement and communities keep track of their whereabouts. The bills will help increase the amount of information available about convicted sex offenders and seeks to prevent them from obtaining access to vulnerable individuals.
The New York State Senate today passed legislation to criminalize the sale and possession of synthetic marijuana. The bill (S.6694), sponsored by Senator John Flanagan (R-C-I, East Northport), would also criminalize the sale and possession of hallucinogenic chemicals deceptively called “bath salts.”
"These chemicals are extremely dangerous and are a growing health concern for people of all ages," said Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson). "This legislation will keep these drugs off our streets and out of the hands of our children," said Larkin.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson), a retired Lieutenant Colonel who served 23 years on active duty in the United States Army, today hosted the sixtieth annual "West Point Day" at the New York State Capitol in Albany.
“I am deeply honored to represent the United States Military Academy at West Point in the New York State Senate,” said Senator Bill Larkin. “The Academy has a long history of bringing out the best in individuals and the cadets visiting us today are shining examples of this successful tradition. I applaud them for their dedication and commitment to our country and I thank them for their sacrifices,” said Larkin.
The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would keep the most dangerous, violent, repeat criminals behind bars and out of our communities.
The bill (S.1539), sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-C, Rockville Centre), requires persistent violent felony offenders be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. This bill recognizes that persistent violent offenders are most likely to commit violent crimes again and would ensure that violent, recidivist criminals are permanently prevented from posing a danger to society.
For the second year in a row we have an on-time budget that recognizes the need to maximize taxpayer dollars by doing more with less. Now, hardworking New Yorker’s will be able to keep more money in their pockets because the budget:
• Doesn’t raise taxes• Doesn’t increase state spending• Provides over $3 billion in savings for Orange, Ulster and Rockland counties to lower property taxes
2012-13 State Budget Reduces Spending, Does Not Raise Taxes, Creates Jobs
For the second consecutive year, the New York State Senate has completed an early passage of the state budget. The 2012-13 state budget achieves the Senate Republicans’ goals of reducing state spending, not raising taxes and creating new private sector jobs. The new state fiscal year begins April 1st.
The New York State Senate today passed three bills to combat auto insurance fraud, which costs New Yorkers more than $1 billion a year, as well as legislation that would impose stronger criminal penalties for staging auto accidents. Recent cases of auto insurance fraud have uncovered massive crime rings, including doctors, lawyers and scam artists who staged accidents and used New York's no-fault insurance program as their own giant state-sponsored, ATM machine.
SENATE, ASSEMBLY & GOVERNOR JOIN FORCES TO EXPAND DNA DATABANK
All-Crimes DNA Law a Powerful Crimefighting Tool To Help Protect New Yorkers
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that the State Senate has voted to approve legislation that will implement the largest expansion of the State’s DNA databank since it was first created in 1994.
The databank expansion, which has been agreed to by Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State Assembly, will help close thousands of unsolved cases, bring justice to crime victims, and help prevent dangerous criminals from committing additional crimes.
Plan Would Create Jobs, Cut Taxes and Control State SpendingJobs Proposal Will Be Included in Senate Budget Proposal
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced details of the 2012 NEW JOBS-NY Job Creation Plan that includes significant tax relief to encourage the creation of new private sector jobs, measures to ensure fiscal responsibility and control state spending, as well as other reforms and incentives to make New York more economically competitive. The plan will be included in the Senate budget resolution to be acted on next week.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced today that the New York State Senate unanimously passed legislation, Senate bill S.1506, to designate Route 218 from Route 9-W to the United States Military Academy at West Point in honor of General David H. Petraeus.
Larkin Bill To Allow City To Establish An Administrative Tribunal Approved by Senate
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced today that legislation; Senate bill S.3959, to allow the City of Newburgh to establish an administrative tribunal for parking infractions has been passed by the Senate and sent to the Assembly for action.
Statewide Earth Day Poster Contest Promotes Environmental Awareness
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today called for local student entries for the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest, a statewide competition that encourages student awareness of environmental issues.
Wage Theft Prevention Act Is A Mountain of Costly, Useless Paper
The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.6063A), sponsored by Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, to repeal the notification provisions of the Wage Theft Prevention Act, a massive, costly mandate on every employer in the state.
“I fully support this legislation and hope that the Assembly sees fit to pass this bill immediately,” said Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson). “It will give our businesses, particularly our small businesses, relief from this costly paperwork burden and will go a long way towards making New York more competitive when attracting new private sector jobs.”
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) is reminding homeowners that the deadline to apply for both the Basic and the Enhanced STAR property tax exemption is March 1, 2012.
Basic STAR is available for owner-occupied, primary residences where the owners’ total income is less than $500,000. Basic STAR works by exempting the first $30,000 of the full assessed value of a home from school taxes. Generally, homeowners only need to apply for this exemption once.
Bill Will Allow Farm Wineries To Sell Wine At Roadside Farm Markets
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced today that the New York State Senate has passed Senate bill S.4241-A, which authorizes the sale of wine produced by farm or special wineries or micro-wineries at licensed roadside farm markets.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced that legislation he has cosponsored passed the New York State Senate today. Senate bill, S.547, introduced by Senator Betty Little, would allow towns throughout New York State to set the maximum speed limit on roads within their jurisdiction.
Work Begins Immediately To Ensure an On-Time Budget
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced that he has been asked to serve on both the Health and Mental Hygiene Budget Subcommittees in the Senate. These subcommittees review the Governor’s budget proposals and report to the full Conference with recommendations on key issues in those areas.
“This is a tremendous honor for me,” said Larkin. “The areas of Health and Mental Hygiene are important to my constituents and I feel it’s imperative to have their voices heard during budget negotiations. I am anxious to start our in-depth review of the budget language and look forward to working with Governor to achieve an on-time budget,” said Larkin.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that the State Senate has approved legislation to implement the largest expansion of the State’s DNA databank since it was first created in 1994. The expansion would help law enforcement close thousands of unsolved cases, bring justice to crime victims, and help prevent dangerous criminals from committing additional crimes.
The Senator also launched a new “Join the Fight” online petition at www.larkin.nysenate.gov, to garner public support for the proposal, and help ensure that it becomes law this year.
Larkin Bill To Allow City To Establish An Administrative Tribunal Heads To The Senate Floor
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced that legislation, Senate bill S.3959, to allow the City of Newburgh to establish an administrative tribunal for parking infractions has been voted out of the Senate's Local Government Committee and sent to the Senate floor to await action by the full Senate.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced that he has been named to the new Senate Select Committee on Libraries. The committee is a 19-member bipartisan body that is authorized to conduct meetings, conferences and public hearings, to gather information and to make recommendations on library-related legislative proposals.
"I am thrilled to be a member of this new committee," said Senator Larkin. "Libraries have always been extremely important to me and I am excited to have this opportunity to serve on a committee devoted exclusively to their needs. I look forward to working with my local libraries to ensure their voices are heard on this new committee," said Larkin.