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SENATE MAJORITY COALITION ANNOUNCES TASK FORCE ON LYME & TICK-BORNE DISEASES

Panel To Develop Recommendations for A State Action Plan 

To Increase Prevention, Improve Treatment and Diagnosis

 

Senate Majority Coalition Co-Leaders Dean Skelos and Jeffrey Klein today announced the creation of the Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases to examine state and federal efforts to combat the continued spread of these diseases and make recommendations for a plan to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment.  

October 7, 2013
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Veteran Distinction on NYS Drivers Licenses Now Available

Residents who are military veterans can now apply for a special designation on their New York State driver’s license when they apply for a license renewal.

If you are a qualified U.S. military veteran, who was honorably discharged, and you have a NYS driver’s license, learner permit or non-driver photo ID card, you can have the word "Veteran" printed on the upper left hand of your photo document.

This measure, which I proudly supported in the New York State Senate, eliminates the need to carry separate documentation to prove that you are a veteran of the United States Armed Forces. 

October 7, 2013
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Breast Cancer: The Best Protection... is Early Detection

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  While great strides have been made in the fight against this deadly disease, there is still a long way to go: over 40,000 women (and 400 men) die annually of breast cancer. 

October 1, 2013
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR BILL LARKIN ON THE PROPOSED REDUCTION IN HOURS AT THE CORNWALL HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM

“I was very pleased with the response to Tuesday’s meeting with St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital concerning the proposed reduction in hours at their Cornwall Campus Emergency Room.  Local officials had the opportunity to express their fears to the hospital representatives and ask pointed questions regarding the announced changes.  Everyone agreed that more dialogue and discussion are needed before any changes are finalized.”  

“I look forward to meeting again with the hospital representatives and local officials to make sure the public’s concerns are heard on these proposed changes and ensure the safety of our local residents.”

September 19, 2013
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September 10, 2013
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR BILL LARKIN REGARDING DISPUTE BETWEEN CBS AND TIME WARNER CABLE

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C-I, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today issued the following statement regarding the ongoing retransmission consent dispute between CBS and Time Warner Cable:

“This dispute has been going on for far too long and needs to end.  CBS viewers and Time Warner Cable customers deserve better and shouldn’t have to put up with disruptions, blockages and blackouts.  I urge both companies to come together, hash out their differences, and resolve this matter as quickly as possible.”  

August 21, 2013
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SENATOR LARKIN HONORED BY NATIONAL COMMITTEE

Awarded the National  Medal of Civic Honor from the National Conference of State Legislatures

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) was honored by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Monday, August 12, 2013, at their annual Legislative Summit in Atlanta, Georgia.  Senator Larkin was one of six World War II veteran lawmakers honored for their service and dedication to our country and who are actively serving in their state legislatures.  

August 14, 2013
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NYS Department of Health's 50 Years of Vital Newborn Screening Press Conference

Senator Bill Larkin had the privilege of speaking at the NYS Department of Health’s 50 Years of Vital Newborn Screening press conference held in Albany.  His legislation, recently signed into law by Governor Cuomo, requiring newborns to be screened for Congenital Heart Defects will now be included as one of the 46 tests required by New York State.

August 6, 2013
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NEWBORN SCREENING BILL AND LOCAL LEGISLATION SIGNED INTO LAW

Larkin Bills Approved by Governor

Three pieces of legislation were signed into law by Governor Cuomo announced the bills’ sponsor, Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson).   Of the three bills, two were local legislation dealing with Orange County’s one percent sales tax extension and conveying land in the Thiells-Roseville Fire District.  The other piece of legislation dealt with requiring hospitals to screen newborns for congenital heart defects.

August 2, 2013
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Statement by Senators Larkin and Tkaczyk Urging the Assembly to Reconvene and Pass Ulster County’s Sales Tax Legislation

Senators Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) and Cecilia Tkaczyk (D, Duanesburg) today called on the New York State Assembly to reconvene to pass legislation which would extend Ulster County’s additional 1% sales tax.  Failure by the Assembly to act will result in $26 million in lost revenue to the County, its towns and the City of Kingston.

July 23, 2013
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SENATOR LARKIN REMINDS KIDS TO READ THIS SUMMER

Local Libraries Are A Great Place To Start

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today reminded students to continue to read during their summer vacations and to participate in the New York State Senate’s Dig Into Reading summer reading program.  This program is run in conjunction with the NYS Education Department and offers students the opportunity to register their books online and track their reading progress.  The website also offers age-appropriate reading suggestions and allows you to see which schools are reading the most and which books other students are reading.  

July 16, 2013
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR BILL LARKIN REGARDING THE ASSEMBLY’S FAILURE TO PASS ULSTER COUNTY SALES TAX LEGISLATION

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today called on the New York State Assembly to commit to placing legislation to extend Ulster County’s sales tax on any future agenda should they be called back into session by the Governor.  The Assembly left town on Friday without taking up the measure.

June 25, 2013
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SENATE PASSES PUBLIC ASSISTANCE INTEGRITY ACT

Legislation To Curb Abuse of Public Assistance

The New York State Senate today approved the “Public Assistance Integrity Act,” sponsored by Senator Tom Libous (R-C-I, Binghamton),  that would help cut down on the flagrant abuse of EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) cards by prohibiting welfare recipients from using cash assistance to purchase tobacco, alcoholic beverages, lottery tickets or to gamble.

June 18, 2013
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SENATE GIVES FINAL PASSAGE TO BILL TO TEST NEWBORNS FOR CONGENITAL HEART DEFECTS THROUGH PULSE OXIMETRY SCREENING

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to a bill that would require all birthing facilities to screen newborn babies for congenital heart defects (CHDs) through a process called pulse oximetry screening. The bill (S.270B), sponsored by Senator William Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson), will save lives through earlier detection of possible heart defects.

“Pulse oximetry screenings are painless, and take one minute to perform,” said Senator Larkin. “By performing this simple test, doctors can take the appropriate and necessary steps to ensure that newborns get the care they need, should they have heart defects. Simply, this measure will save lives.”

June 12, 2013
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American Heart Association's Heart Heroes Visit the Capitol

The American Heart Association, along with the March of Dimes, Senator Bill Larkin and Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther joined families lobbying for passage of the Pulse Oximetry bill (Senate bill S.270-B) at the Capitol.  The legislation would require that a pulse oximetry test be performed on all newborns to screen for potentially fatal congenital heart defects.  The Heart Heroes who attended the press conference are children who did not have pulse oximetry tests and were later diagnosed with serious congenital heart defects.

June 10, 2013
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June 10, 2013
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LARKIN ANNOUNCES TRANSPORTATION SUMMIT

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C-I, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that the Orange and Sullivan Counties Employment Alliance Network (OSCEAN) and the Local Business Advisory Council (LBAC) will be hosting a Transportation Summit on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at The Lobby at the Ritz Theater in Newburgh.

The purpose of the Transportation Summit is to bring together parties that use, fund and provide public transportation services in Orange and Sullivan Counties, and to then develop ways to help individuals who do not or cannot drive get transportation to workplaces within the region.

June 6, 2013
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