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SENATE PASSES BILL TO RESTORE STAR PROPERTY TAX REBATE CHECKS

$202 Million in Property Tax Relief For Seniors;$1.2 Billion for Middle Class Families in ’13-14

The New York State Senate has passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Kenneth LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), that would restore the STAR property tax rebate program. The bill (S7447) would provide $202 million in property tax relief to senior citizens in the 2012-13 school year and $1.2 billion in property tax relief to middle class families starting in 2013-14.

June 7, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO EXEMPT LIBRARIES FROM MTA PAYROLL TAX

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S6079A), sponsored by Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola), that would exempt libraries from the paying the MTA payroll tax. Repealing the tax would save libraries in the downstate MTA region $1.3 million annually.

"Our libraries do a tremendous job with limited resources," said Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson).  "This legislation will free them from the burden of paying this onerous tax which will allow the funding to go towards critical library programs and expanded services.  I urge the Assembly to bring this bill up for a vote as soon as possible," said Larkin.

June 4, 2012
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SENATOR BILL LARKIN ANNOUNCES NATIONAL FISHING AND BOATING WEEK

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) joined with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in announcing the week of June 2-10, 2012 as National Fishing and Boating Week. 

“I encourage everyone to take advantage of all the lakes and rivers that New York has to offer,” said Senator Larkin. “With the summer fast approaching, boating and fishing are a few of the many activities that the whole family can enjoy together.”

June 4, 2012
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR BILL LARKIN ON THE THRUWAY TOLL INCREASE PROPOSAL

"I am adamantly opposed to the proposed plan by the Thruway Authority to increase certain commercial tolls by 45 percent.  Just when the state is making strides to show the business community we are serious about making New York business-friendly, the Thruway Authority goes out of its way to stifle certain sectors of our business economy. 

I am very concerned that trucking companies and especially farmers won't be able to cover the increased costs of doing business without passing the toll hikes on to consumers.  We need to start encouraging our small businesses, not making it more difficult for them to stay in business. 

June 4, 2012
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BONACIC AND LARKIN: DEC KILLING JOBS IN NEW YORK

Senators Call Summit in Albany on DEC Wetlands Expansion Plan State Senators John J. Bonacic and William J. Larkin, Jr.

June 1, 2012
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SENATE PASSES “NEW JOBS-NY” JOB CREATION PLAN

 The New York State Senate today passed the 2012 NEW JOBS-NY Job Creation Plan.  The Senate’s comprehensive plan will help create thousands of new private sector jobs by delivering tax relief to small businesses and manufacturers, reducing energy costs, and enacting major fiscal reforms to make New York State more economically competitive. 

May 30, 2012
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Cut the Cord!

Sign my petition to stop the importation of foreign power that threatens New York jobs

May 29, 2012
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Welcoming the 10th Mountain Division to the Capitol

Senator Bill Larkin joins Senator Patty Ritchie in welcoming members of the 10th Mountain Division to Albany for Fort Drum Day at the Capitol.  Leading the contingent was Major General Mark A. Milley.

May 24, 2012
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Memorial Day Ceremony at Castle Point VA Hospital

Senator Bill Larkin addresses the crowd gathered for the Memorial Day Ceremony held in the Memorial Garden at Castle Point Veterans Affairs Hospital.

May 24, 2012
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EMBARK ON A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY DURING NEW YORK STATE MUSEUM WEEK

More than 200 Museums participating in first-ever celebration, May 31 – June 6

New York State is celebrating the diversity and richness of its museums by inviting residents and visitors alike to discover the fascinating worlds of art, photography, history, science, pop-culture and more. From May 31 to June 6, more than 200 museums across the state will be part of the inaugural New York State Museum Week and will be offering special events, activities and promotions to give guests a sample of the exhibitions and programs available at the nearly 2,000 museums located throughout New York.

May 23, 2012
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Joseph R. Farina

Joseph Farina graduated from Newburgh Free Academy in 1939. After graduation, he joined the 156th Field Artillery, New York National Guard. His unit was called into Federal Service on September 16, 1940 and stationed at Fort Dix, New Jersey. While serving in the military he attended the U.S. Army Morse Code School. When war was declared on December 7, 1941, he volunteered to go overseas and was transferred to Jackson Barracks in New Orleans to await assignment. As a high-speed Morse Code operator, he was assigned to a secret mission in the Philippine Islands.

May 18, 2012
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SENATOR LARKIN HONORS LOCAL WOMAN AT STATEWIDE EVENT

Sister Yliana Hernandez Selected as 2012 "Woman of Distinction"

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today honored Sister Yliana Hernandez of Newburgh at a special ceremony held in Albany as one of the New York State Senate's 2012 "Women of Distinction."

Sister Yliana was honored for her outstanding contributions to education and for her commitment to helping others in her local community.  Sister Yliana is currently the principal at the Nora Cronin Presentation Academy, a private middle-school in Newburgh, which instructs 60 girls with a combination of full-time and volunteer teachers. 

May 15, 2012
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SENATE REPUBLICANS PROPOSE COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY PLAN

Making College Affordable for Middle Class Families Through:Increased Tuition Tax Breaks; Lower Student Loan Interest Rates; Tuition Pre-Payment; Truth-in-Lending for Student Loans

 Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos and members of the Senate Majority Conference today outlined a plan to help middle-class families and students afford the rapidly increasing cost of a college education.  The Senate’s 2012 College Affordability Plan would help parents save for higher education for their children and give students and families access to low interest student loans, as well as clear information about the size of the loan debt they are taking on.

May 15, 2012
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Sister Yliana Hernández

Sister Yliana Hernández has spent her life helping others with a sense of compassion and dignity. Born in Central Tinguaro, in the Province of Matanzas, on the Island of Cuba, she immigrated to the United States in 1961.

Sister Yliana joined the Order of the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary several years after arriving in the United States. Since that time she has devoted her life to helping people in need. Advancing the cause of education has always been a priority for her.She taught several grade levels throughout her teaching career and has held the position of principal of the Nora Cronin Presentation Academy in Newburgh since 2006.

May 15, 2012
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It's Time To Stop Auto Insurance Fraud

We’ve all seen the ads promising to save us hundreds of dollars on our car insurance, but what if we could save a billion dollars?

It’s not as farfetched as you might think. New Yorkers pay 50% more for their auto insurance than drivers in other states and a driving force behind these higher premiums is fraud. It costs New Yorkers over $1 billion a year, but it doesn’t have to. That’s because the State Senate has passed 3 pieces of legislation to fight these unwarranted costs.

Unfortunately however, a hurdle remains before they can be fully implemented into law and for the savings to begin. That hurdle is the State Assembly. Despite having the bills on their desks for months, they have refused to act. It’s a mystery of inaction that regrettably impacts us all.

May 11, 2012
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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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