In recognition of his support of local farmers, the New York Farm Bureau has named Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) to their "Circle of Friends" for the 2010 Legislative Session.
"This award is a great honor for me," said Senator Larkin. "I am proud to be included in the Farm Bureau's "Circle of Friends" and fully support our local farmers. The hard work and dedication shown by our farm families is one of the reasons New York farms are among the best in the nation. Our farm products consistently rank among the highest nationwide in quality and this is due to the strong work ethic and pride shown by all New York farmers," said Larkin.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced that the 2010-2011 Fish and Game brochure, a convenient guide containing important information on fishing and hunting in New York State, is now available online by going to http://larkin.nysenate.gov.
"Each year, dozens of people call my offices because they either never received this brochure or because they want additional copies for their friends and family," said Senator Larkin. "Now, instead of waiting for what they need in the mail, these individuals and anyone else can just go to my website and print out, or simply review, the information they are after."
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) cautions all individuals and families that a sales tax hike will soon take effect. On October 1st, New York State will begin collecting 4 percent sales tax on clothing and footwear costing $110 or less as part of the 2010-2011 state budget approved by the Democrats who control state government.
"Between the last two state budgets, both of which I voted against, taxes and fees have increased by an incredible $12 billion," said Senator Larkin. "How many more people, jobs and businesses have to leave New York before the Democrats ‘running’ this state realize that tax increases are adding to our problems, not solving them?"
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced today that a new insurance program to assist those individuals who have pre-existing health conditions is now accepting applications for coverage. The NY Bridge Plan, as the new program is known, will start providing coverage on October 1st to those people accepted into the program.
Dear Friend:It is my pleasure to provide you with the 2010-2011 Fish and Game brochure, a convenient guide containing important information on fishing and hunting in New York State. To download the 2010-2011 Fish and Game brochure, please click on the link below.This year’s brochure includes general fishing regulations, hunting season dates, and other information designed to enhance your fishing and hunting experience. I trust this guide will be helpful as you prepare for the upcoming fishing and hunting seasons.With more than 7,500 lakes and ponds, 50,000 miles of rivers and streams, and thousands of acres of land and forests, New York offers some of the finest fishing and hunting resources in the country.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) joined with the New York State Department of Correctional Services (DOCS) in announcing the new exam date for persons interested in becoming a correction officer. Under the auspices of the NYS Department of Civil Service, the exam will be held on October 16, 2010. The deadline for filing an application is September 13, 2010.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson), along with his Senate Republican colleagues, today unanimously supported legislation to enact a property tax cap, leading the way for its passage despite a lack of support from a quarter of the members of the Senate Democratic Conference.
"Taxpayers across the state have been crying out for real property tax relief," said Senator Larkin. "This property tax cap is a first step towards helping homeowners, particularly senior citizens, stay in their homes. I urge the Assembly to pass this legislation immediately and ease the burden on struggling homeowners throughout New York."
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) has introduced legislation, along with Senator Brian Foley of Suffolk County, to establish a pilot program for gang courts in both Orange and Suffolk counties.
Nominates Him to the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame
Senator Bill Larkin (R,C-Cornwall-on-Hudson) has nominated Anthony Zippo, Director of the Orange County Veterans Service Agency, for inclusion in the Senate's Veterans Hall of Fame. Mr. Zippo was nominated for his outstanding dedication to the veterans of Orange County, and throughout the entire Hudson Valley.
Senator Bill Larkin (R, C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) condemned the passage of today's bill increasing taxes and fees on businesses under the guise of keeping New York's parks open. The proposal, which was negotiated behind closed doors by New York City Democrats in the wee hours of the morning, calls for unprecedented hikes in fees and taxes on both large and small businesses across the state.
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 fifty-eighth annual "West Point Legislative Day" at the New York State Capitol in Albany.
Senate Democrats today unanimously voted down a Republican-sponsored amendment that would have enacted a property tax cap, prevented school districts from raising local tax levies this year, and provided middle-class taxpayers across the State with relief from soaring property taxes.
Sixteen bills have been identified by sportsmen’s advocates as key to Albany’s anti-gun agenda. I oppose all of these bills, and will work to defeat them so that the rights of gun owners are preserved.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) is reminding homeowners that the deadline to apply for the (Basic and Enhanced) STAR property tax exemption is March 1, 2010.
Basic STAR, which exempts $30,000 of a home’s value from school taxes, is available to all New Yorkers who own and live in their home. Assuming you do not move, you only need to apply for this exemption once.
Governor’s Tax Proposal Could Cost Thousands of Jobs In Hudson ValleySenator Vincent Leibell (R-C-I, Patterson) and Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) said today they will fight the soda tax proposed by Governor David Paterson because it would cost consumers almost half a billion dollars and could cause the loss of thousands of jobs in the Hudson Valley.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) joined sportsmen and women from around the state at the inaugural Sportsmen and Outdoor Recreation Legislative Awareness Day in Albany on Wednesday, January 12th. The event was organized to highlight the large impact hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation contribute to New York's economy. It is estimated that over $1 billion is spent in New York in pursuit of these activities.
Today, the Senate passed landmark legislation drastically increasing the penalty for any person who drives intoxicated with a child passenger. Two recent fatal incidents involving intoxicated drivers with child passengers have highlighted the need for stronger measures to prevent or punish persons who drive intoxicated with children as passengers.
In an effort to ensure the Hudson Valley is fairly represented in all legislative matters, local Senators have formed a bipartisan delegation to make sure the needs and concerns of residents are heard in Albany.
This new delegation, which will be co-chaired by Senators Thomas Morahan and Jeffrey Klein, will ensure that legislative leaders have a firm understanding of what is important to the Hudson Valley when addressing legislative and budget issues.