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West Point Day 2012 in Albany

Senator Larkin is joined by Brigadier General Timothy Trainor, Colonel Mike Durham, Cadets and members of the Capital District West Point Society during the annual West Point Day celebration held at the Capitol.

May 4, 2012
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Legislative News from Senator Bill Larkin

Below are legislative actions taken by the State Senate recently to protect our families:

Nothing fake about the dangers of synthetic marijuana: Believed harmless by many, ‘fake pot’ is a dangerous substance whose growing use is spreading through our communities. Herbs sprayed with toxic chemicals, these over-the-counter drugs have been responsible for a number of violent acts and can have devastating effects on a user’s health. To protect our families the Senate has passed S.6694, a bill that prohibits the sale and possession of these hazardous substances. With side-effects as bad or worse than a number of illegal drugs, it’s time that synthetic marijuana is removed from our stores.

May 4, 2012
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SENATE PASSES SEX ABUSE PREVENTION BILLS

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.

May 1, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO CRIMINALIZE SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA

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.

April 30, 2012
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SENATOR LARKIN WELCOMES THE LONG GRAY LINE TO THE STATE CAPITOL

The New York State Legislature Honors West Point

 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.

April 26, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO INCREASE PRISON SENTENCES FOR PERSISTENT VIOLENT OFFENDERS

"Three Strikes and You’re In"

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.

April 17, 2012
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Column by Senator Bill Larkin

New York Has Turned The Corner

It’s official, New York has turned the corner!

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

April 12, 2012
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Earth Day 2012 Poster Contest: District 39

Dear Participant,

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest.   This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 39th Senatorial District.

Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state.  I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.

I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2012 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:

Caitlin Marsella

Grade: 3

April 1, 2012
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SENATE COMPLETES SECOND CONSECUTIVE EARLY PASSAGE OF STATE BUDGET

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.

March 30, 2012
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Senator Bill Larkin Speaks With a New York State Trooper About The Dangers of Distracted Driving at an Exhibit in Albany.

The car in the photo was involved in a serious accident caused by distracted driving and has been signed by students who have pledged not to text and drive.

March 29, 2012
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Senator Larkin Accepting Packages To Be Sent To The Wounded Warrior Project From Tiger Scout Christian Landrum.

Christian is a Tiger Scout from Vails Gate who earned his God and Country badge by putting together donations for twenty care packages for the Wounded Warrior Project.

March 23, 2012
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SENATE PASSES TOUGH AUTO INSURANCE FRAUD MEASURES

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.

March 22, 2012
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The Federated Sportsmen's Clubs of Ulster County Visit Albany

Senator Bill Larkin meets with Ulster County sportsmen during the 2012 Sportsmen's Day in Albany.

March 20, 2012
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SENATOR LARKIN: LANDMARK ANTI-CRIME BILL TO BECOME LAW

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.

March 15, 2012
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Senator Bill Larkin Comments on the 2012-2013 State Budget

Senator Bill Larkin comments on the Senate's budget resolution and the impact it will have on the state budget negotiations.

March 13, 2012
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