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Veterans of Foreign Wars

It was my honor to meet with representatives from several VFW Posts during their 2015 advocacy day held in Albany.  

February 27, 2015
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State Senate Coalition releases disturbing report on dangerous sex offenders living near Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten programs in Westchester and Rockland Counties

State Senate Coalition urges Assembly to pass companion legislation to key Senate bills that strengthen protections for children against sex offenders

February 27, 2015
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TARGETING CYBER TERRORISM

Bills Focus on Enforcing Stricter Penalties and Create Cyber Security Measures To Protect New York From Future Threats

The New York State Senate today passed four bills to crack down on cyber terrorism and its rapidly expanding threat to the state’s security and finances. The legislation, sponsored by Senator Thomas Croci (R, Sayville), would enact tougher penalties for cyber-related crimes, create cyber security programs to identify potential risks and threats, and require the state to perform a comprehensive review of all its cyber security measures every five years. 

February 25, 2015
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2015 Library Advocacy Day

I would like to thank the local members of the New York Library Assocation for visiting Albany to lobby for additional funding and their 2015 legislative agenda.

February 25, 2015
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SENATOR BILL LARKIN CALLS FOR AN END TO THE GAP ELIMINATION ADJUSTMENT (GEA)

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) and the Senate Majority Conference today called for the elimination of the notorious Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) in the 2015-16 state budget.

February 10, 2015
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Senate Republicans Call For An End To The Gap Elimination Adjustment

Senator Bill Larkin joins Senator John Flanagan, Chairman of the Senate's Education Committee, in calling for an end to the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA)

February 10, 2015
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SENATE PASSES THE CRIMINAL STREET GANG ACT

Legislation Focuses on Reducing Growth of Criminal Street Gangs and Protecting

 Citizens From Gang-Related Violence.

February 4, 2015
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SENATE PASSES PACKAGE OF BILLS TO TOUGHEN PENALTIES FOR SEX OFFENDERS

            The New York State Senate Majority Coalition today announced the passage of a package of legislation that would help keep communities safer from sexual predators.

January 26, 2015
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2015-2016 EXECUTIVE BUDGET PROPOSAL INFORMATION

Governor Andrew Cuomo has just unveiled his new Executive Budget Proposal for the 2015-2016 Fiscal Year.  

January 23, 2015
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SENATE PASSES EDUCATION INVESTMENT TAX CREDIT TO GIVE PARENTS MORE OPTIONS IN THEIR CHILD’S EDUCATION

Measure Provides New Tax Incentives to Offer Parents More Educational Choices

January 21, 2015
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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day January 19, 2015

For more information on how New York State is paying tribute to the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., please visit the New York State Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday Memorial Observance web site.

January 16, 2015
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Pine Bush High School Swearing-in Ceremony

Senator Bill Larkin speaking to students, teachers and local officials during his swearing-in ceremony held at Pine Bush High School.

January 16, 2015
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December 19, 2014
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MEASURES TO HELP VETERANS, PROTECT MINORS, AND CREATE JOBS ARE AMONG NEW LAWS THAT TAKE EFFECT JANUARY 1, 2015

Measures to help veterans find employment and housing are among the highlights of new state laws that will take effect on January 1, 2015. 

Other laws that take effect on New Year’s Day will: reduce the tax burden on businesses; provide tax credits to employers that hire people with developmental disabilities; allow banks to freeze credit records of minors to prevent identity theft; protect people in adult care facilities; encourage music and theatrical productions in upstate New York; and expand opportunities to finance end-of-life care.  

December 19, 2014
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THANKSGIVING ESSAYS AND CONTRIBUTIONS

Dear Participant,

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration. We received outstanding poems, essays, and artwork that exemplify the creativity of New York State’s young people.

The submissions received are remarkable in what they represent – showing gratitude and respect for family, friends, our troops fighting overseas, and many other important subjects and activities. I am humbled and honored to see such inspiring contributions in response to what is a deceptively difficult question: “What are you thankful for?”

On behalf of the New York State Senate, I would like to offer my wholehearted congratulations to all of the participants in this year’s Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration.

Sincerely,

December 2, 2014
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November 25, 2014
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2015 Questions and Answers About Enhanced STAR

Click the pdf attached for more information

November 21, 2014
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SENATOR BILL LARKIN REMINDS RESIDENTS OF HEATING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Applications Now Being Accepted

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) reminded Hudson Valley residents today that those needing assistance with their heating costs may now apply for New York’s Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). The program began accepting applications on Monday, November 17. Those households that are eligible can receive a one-time payment of up to $625 for assistance with their heating costs this year. 

November 21, 2014
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