Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week helps celebrate ordinary people doing extraordinary things, and is designed to highlight the enormous contributions that volunteers make every day. This year marks the 40th anniversary of National Volunteer Week, a clear reflection of the long and proud tradition of volunteerism in our nation.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced the passage of the New York State budget today. Included in the 2014-15 budget are increases in school aid funding; CHIPS funding for roads; property tax relief for homeowners; and tax relief to businesses to spur growth and job creation.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) has been named Legislator of the Year by the American Heart Association. Senator Larkin received the award at a ceremony held in Albany for his work on the Pulse Oximetry legislation.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced that he has been named to the new Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction. The task force was formed in response to the sharp rise in the use of these drugs across New York State.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) said: “I am very pleased that St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital has decided to keep the Cornwall Emergency Department open 24 hours a day and not pursue an application with the Department of Health for a reduction in hours at this time. While we are not out of the woods yet on this issue, I look forward to working with all parties to make sure the community and most importantly the patients are represented while the discussions concerning the Cornwall campus occur.”
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) said: “Today, I voted no on all four of the Regents brought before us by the Assembly. With the overwhelming concerns that have been raised with regard to the Common Core roll-out and its impact on students, parents, teachers and school districts, I felt it was necessary to send a message to the Board of Regents that things have to change and there needs to be more accountability when programs of this magnitude are introduced in our schools. I hope the Board of Regents takes these votes seriously and begins to be more receptive to the needs of not only our students but everyone concerned about education in New York State.”
Creates the Crime of Cemetery Desecration of a Veteran
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced today that Senate bill, S.283, passed the Senate. This bill creates a new class E felony crime for the cemetery desecration of a veteran cemetery plot, grave or burial place.
Senator Larkin joined fellow Senators Greg Ball and John Bonacic in welcoming veterans to the Capitol for the Jobs For Heroes Act press conference in support of legislation to require state agencies to set a goal of awarding 5 percent of their contracts to businesses owned by service-disabled veterans.
Press conference in support of Senate bill S.2803B the NY Jobs For Heroes Program which would create a state contract preference for service-connected disabled veteran-owned small businesses in New York State.
To make New York State more economically competitive, we all know we have to reduce taxes and control spending. But, we also need to focus on efforts to eliminate unnecessary red tape and regulations that stifle the private sector’s ability to create new jobs.