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LARKIN LEGISLATION MOVES OUT OF VETERANS COMMITTEE

Bill Would Prohibit Cemeteries From Selling Historic Cemetery Markers or Monuments

Legislation sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) to prohibit the sale of veteran’s cemetery markers or monuments moved out the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs this week.  Senate bill S.1504 prohibits the unauthorized sale of commemorative cemetery markers, flag holders, monuments, statues or other physical memorabilia from the graves of veterans that are over 75 years old by cemeteries if such property is currently placed or located within a cemetery.

January 20, 2012
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January 19, 2012
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR BILL LARKIN

ON CONGRESSMAN MAURICE HINCHEY'S RETIREMENT

"It has been my honor and privilege to work with Maurice Hinchey for over 30 years," said Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson).  "His commitment and dedication to his constituents and the entire Hudson Valley has always been unparalleled.  Maurice and I have always worked well together and I will miss him as a colleague.  As a friend, I wish him all the best and a long and healthy retirement," said Larkin.

January 18, 2012
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LARKIN COSPONSORS LEGISLATION TO EXEMPT LIBRARIES FROM THE MTA PAYROLL TAX

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today cosponsored legislation to repeal the onerous Metropolitan Commuter Transportation Mobility Tax – otherwise known as the payroll tax - on libraries in the MTA region.

“I am very happy to join my colleagues in sponsoring such an important piece of legislation,” said Senator Larkin.  “Our libraries have never been able to afford this burdensome tax and it is my hope that the Legislature and the Governor will work together to ensure this legislation is signed into law as soon as feasibly possible.  We must do all we can to ensure the survival and growth of our local libraries and easing the tax burden for them is a giant first step towards achieving this goal,” said Larkin. 

January 18, 2012
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Statement by Senator Bill Larkin on the Governor's Budget Proposal

"The Governor's budget proposal is an excellent starting point to the budget process," said Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson).  "I feel we will be able to achieve a substantial number of the Governor's initiatives and I look forward to starting the  process and working towards a budget that helps all New Yorkers.  Improving the state's economy and business climate is paramount to bringing back confidence in New York State and I feel the Governor's budget makes great strides towards making this a reality," said Larkin.

January 17, 2012
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NEW YORK STATE SENATE MOVES TO SAVE CONSERVATION FUNDING

Senator Bill Larkin Concerned Federal Matching Funds in Jeopardy

The New York State Senate this week passed legislation (Senate bill S.5921) sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti which would preserve New York’s federal matching funds for two key conservation programs geared for fish and wildlife restoration.  It will bar the transfer of state funds from any account contingent upon a matching requirement for the receipt of federal revenues. 

January 12, 2012
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January 12, 2012
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NEW YORK STATE SENATE MOURNS THE LATE ASSEMBLYMAN TOM KIRWAN

The New York State Senate unanimously passed a Legislative Resolution today mourning the death of the late Assemblyman Tom Kirwan from Newburgh. 

 "Newburgh and the entire Hudson Valley lost a true friend when we lost Tom Kirwan," said Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson).  "He was a tireless advocate for the region and enjoyed bringing old-fashioned common sense to the legislative process.  I will miss his sage advice and sense of humor but most of all I will miss his friendship and his belief in the values of good government," said Larkin. 

January 10, 2012
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Senator Larkin Joins Governor Cuomo At The Capitol Restoration Unveiling

Senator Bill Larkin and the entire Legislature joined Governor Andrew Cuomo in unveiling the recently completed restoration project of the Assembly stairwell in the Capitol.

January 9, 2012
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Creative Celebration

Dear Participant,

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration. In our first year, 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.

December 22, 2011
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SENATOR LARKIN URGES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE THANKSGIVING DAY CREATIVE CELEBRATION

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) urged all elementary school students (K-6) to participate in the New York State Senate's Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration program. "This is a wonderful opportunity for children to truly express their feelings for the people in their lives, their communities and how they feel about Thanksgiving," said Senator Larkin. "I urge all students to add their unique contributions to this online book and make it a truly memorable keepsake for everyone to enjoy."

November 17, 2011
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Senator Larkin Joins Members of Rolling Thunder at the WPDH Home Of The Brave Radio-Thon in Support of Local Veterans

Radio station WPDH recently hosted a Radio-Thon at Anthony's Pier 9 in New Windsor in support of Hudson Valley veterans. 

October 25, 2011
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Larkin, Galef Commend Governor for Signing Legislation to Create a Certificate for Stillbirth

 

 

(September 26, 2011) Senator Bill Larkin and Assemblywoman Sandy Galef announced that Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed their legislation creating a Certificate for Stillbirth.

Governor Cuomo signed this bill on September 23, 2011 (Chapter 552) after the legislation, A8178/S3111, was approved by the New York State Legislature in June. This new law offers parents the option of requesting a certificate of still birth from the Health Department if they so choose, and they would be able to record a name for their stillborn fetus on the form. Currently, parents who experience one of the more than 1,700 still births per year in New York are only given a fetal death certificate.

September 26, 2011
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Senator Larkin Joins Local Dignitaries and Port Authority Officials in Unveiling a Piece of the World Trade Center Steel at Stewart Memorial Park located at Stewart Airport

A steel beam from the World Trade Center is unveiled at Stewart Memorial Park across from the main terminal entrance at Stewart Airport.

September 21, 2011
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September 20, 2011
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LARKIN URGES HOMEOWNERS TO APPLY FOR NEW HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCE GRANT PROGRAM


$8 Million Available Statewide

 

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) urged those homeowners in Orange and Ulster county who sustained damage to their household appliances to apply for funding through the new Household Appliance Grant Program.

 

September 15, 2011
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SENATOR LARKIN ANNOUNCES FEDERAL DISASTER AID APPROVED FOR ORANGE COUNTY

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that federal disaster assistance is now available to residents and businesses in Orange County as a result of damages caused by Hurricane Irene. Both Orange and Ulster counties have now been deemed federally recognized disaster areas.

"I am thankful that FEMA officials have recognized that Orange County was not spared from Irene’s wrath," said Senator Larkin. "Every resident and business owner in Orange and Ulster counties impacted by Irene should contact FEMA immediately to discover what kind of assistance is available to them."

For more information on applying for federal assistance, call 1-800-621-FEMA or visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov.

September 15, 2011
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LARKIN URGES RESIDENTS TO APPLY FOR FEMA DISASTER AID

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) is urging individuals and businesses in Ulster and Orange counties who were impacted by Hurricane Irene to contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and apply for federal disaster assistance.

"Ulster County has been designated as a federal disaster area and its residents and businesses are therefore eligible for federal disaster aid," said Senator Larkin. "Although Orange and a few other hard-hit counties in the Hudson Valley have not received the disaster designation, FEMA officials are still encouraging the residents in these communities to apply for aid. Applying will get you in FEMA’s system and get the ball rolling."

September 15, 2011
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