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Sandy Update: Key Insurance Information Available

In moving forward after any crisis, clear and accurate information can be one of your most important assets.   And as New Yorkers continue to recover from the devastating impact of Hurricane Sandy, the State Department of Financial Services (DFS) is providing important information for those who have sustained damage caused by the storm.  The Department has set up a consumer helpline to answer questions and provide assistance, and anyone seeking information can call 800-339-1759 between 8 am and 8 pm on weekdays and 9 am to 4 pm on weekends.   According to DFS, some basic points to remember include the following:

November 5, 2012
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Important Hurricane Information from the Attorney General For Property Owners

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has issued a useful guide for homeowners and business owners impacted by Hurricane Sandy.  There is also information to assist individuals who wish to report possible scams or price gouging as a result of the storm.  To access this guide and find the form for filing complaints, please visit the Attorney General's web site or click here http://www.ag.ny.gov/press-release/ag-schneiderman-provides-guide-property-owners-they-recover-and-rebuild-hurricane-0.

November 2, 2012
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Hurricane Sandy Emergency Response and Relief Information

Hurricane Sandy has obviously taken a devastating toll on the Empire State, impacting literally millions of New Yorkers.   But New Yorkers have a long and proud history of pulling together during times of crisis, and a tremendous emergency response and relief effort is now underway in all impacted communities.    As emergency responders, public works, and utility personnel continue to move forward with their important work, we encourage all New Yorkers to stay safe and keep informed. 

November 1, 2012
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LARKIN URGES EMPLOYERS TO FILE MTA PAYROLL TAX REFUND CLAIMS

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C-I, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today is encouraging employers subject to the MTA payroll tax to file a protective claim for refund with the New York State Department of Tax and Finance before November 2, 2012.

“The MTA is currently appealing a judge’s ruling which found the MTA payroll tax unconstitutional,” said Senator Larkin.  “Should this ruling stand, employers may be eligible for a MTA payroll tax refund, and filing a protective claim is the way to get it.”

October 24, 2012
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New York State Senators Demand More Answers Regarding Proposed Champlain Hudson Power Express

STONY POINT, NY – Three New York State Senators today held a public hearing to gauge answers from a company, Transmission Developers, Inc., who is developing the Champlain Hudson Power Express – a project designed to deliver clean wind and hydro power to the New York metropolitan area.

At a press conference shortly before the scheduled public hearing that was held in the afternoon, the bi-partisan delegation spoke about what they hoped to learn from the 4-hour Q&A session, listening to both proponents of the plan and giving residents a chance to voice their concerns.

October 23, 2012
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DRIVER’S LICENSE DESIGNATION FOR VETERANS SIGNED INTO LAW

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C-I, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that legislation (S6799) was signed into law that allows the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to place a distinguishing mark on a driver’s license, or non-driver ID, to indicate its holder is a veteran.

This law, which goes into effect next October, will make it easier for veterans to receive discounts and other special benefits where proof of military service is required. 

“Currently, many veterans carry around their DD-214 forms in order to prove that they are, in fact, veterans,” said Senator Larkin.  “Thanks to this new law, veterans can simply get this  designation put on their license, and their military paperwork can stay at home where it belongs.”

October 18, 2012
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The Highland Falls Senior Dining Program's 35th Anniversary Volunteer Recognition Luncheon

Senator Bill Larkin and Lucinda Lenier at the Highland Falls Senior Dining Program's 35th Anniversary Volunteer Recognition Luncheon.

September 28, 2012
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NEW YORK FARM BUREAU NAMES SENATOR BILL LARKIN TO THEIR "CIRCLE OF FRIENDS"

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C-I, Cornwall-on-Hudson) has been named to the New York Farm Bureau's "Circle of Friends" for the 2012 Legislative Session.  This recognition is based upon his positive voting record in support of New York agriculture.

"It is an honor to be named to the Farm Bureau's Circle of Friends," said Senator Larkin.  "Our farms are the backbone of New York's economy and have an exemplary reputation for producing some of the world's most desired and delicious products.  I consider it a privilege to support their efforts and thank them for including me within their Circle of Friends," said Larkin.

The New York Farm Bureau's "Circle of Friends" membership is reserved for those who actively support the farm families of New York State. 

September 28, 2012
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The Highland Falls Senior Dining Program's 35th Anniversary Volunteer Recognition Luncheon

Senator Bill Larkin and Lucinda Lenier at the Highland Falls Senior Dining Program's 35th Anniversary Volunteer Recognition Luncheon.

September 24, 2012
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New Windsor Veteran's Breakfast

Senator Bill Larkin joins Ray Phillips (FDNY Chairman Widows & Orphans) and Joe McGuiness at the weekly New Windsor Veteran's breakfast.

September 21, 2012
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2012 Cannonball Run Breakfast

Senator Bill Larkin joins Ted Doering from the Motorcyclepedia Museum and members of Rolling Thunder at the local sendoff for participants in the 2012 Cannonball Run.  This year's Cannonball Run consists of 77 riders and their support crews who have embarked on a cross-country journey on pre-1930 motorcycles.  The event started in Newburgh at the Motorcyclepedia Museum and finishes at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California on September 23.

September 7, 2012
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LARKIN SENDS LETTER TO GOVERNOR CUOMO REGARDING SURCHARGE ON EMPLOYERS

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today sent a letter to Governor Cuomo requesting that the state pick up a $102 million tab hitting employers across the state.

The New York State Department of Labor is currently billing employers statewide $12.75 for each person they employ.  Due in September, this "Interest Assessment Surcharge" is being collected so New York can make an interest payment on a $4 billion loan it took out from the federal government to cover unemployment benefits. 

In his letter to Governor Cuomo, Senator Larkin suggested that rather than bill employers, New York should pick up the cost using a portion of the $340 million in settlement payments the state is set to receive from the Standard Charter Bank investigation.

September 6, 2012
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SENATOR LARKIN RECOGNIZED AS “PRO-JOBS SUPPORTER” BY STATE BUSINESS COUNCIL

In recognition of his commitment to promoting fiscal reform and improving the state’s economic climate, Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) received a 90% pro-jobs rating as part of the Business Council of New York State’s 2012 Voters’ Guide.

The Business Council of New York State recently released its 2012 Voters’ Guide, which measures New York State Legislators’ commitment to improving the state’s economic climate and performance by scoring their support for key business legislation during the 2012 Legislative Session. 

September 6, 2012
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LARKIN LEGISLATION SIGNED INTO LAW

Governor Cuomo Signs Local Legislation Authorizing the City of Newburgh To Establish A Parking Tribunal

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced today that legislation, (Senate bill S.3959), allowing the City of Newburgh to establish an administrative tribunal to handle parking infractions was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

“I am very pleased that Governor Cuomo signed this legislation into law.  This is great news for the City of Newburgh,” Senator Larkin said.  “The parking tribunal created by this new law will help the City finally recoup nearly $3 million from over 60,000 outstanding parking tickets.”

September 6, 2012
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Senator Bill Larkin Addresses the Orange County Chamber of Commerce

Senator Bill Larkin recently addressed the Orange County Chamber of Commerce on this year's legislative accomplishments.  Seated with Senator Larkin are Dr. John D'Ambrosio, President of the Chamber of Commerce, Scott Wohl from the Builders Association of the Hudson Valley, and Rick Struck from Orange and Rockland Utilities.

August 3, 2012
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August Brings Bad News For Criminals in New York State

For many New Yorkers, the beginning of August means long hot summer days, catching a ball game with the kids, or maybe taking a family trip to the beach or mountains. 

For New York's law enforcement professionals however, the beginning of August also brings a major and welcome new change in our State's criminal justice laws.

That's because August 1st, 2012 was the effective date of the new "ALL-CRIMES DNA LAW," which dramatically strengthens and expands New York State's crime-fighting DNA database. 

August 3, 2012
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Honoring James Petro For His Distinguished Service to the Orange County Industrial Development Agency

Senator Larkin joins James O'Donnell (Deputy County Executive) and Bob Armistead (Chairman, Orange County IDA) in presenting Mr. Petro with a Senate Resolution honoring his many years of work for the IDA.

July 18, 2012
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