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Larkin Bill To Prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome Becomes Law

Legislation sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) requiring inmates to be educated on the dangers of shaken baby syndrome (SBS) has become law in New York State.

July 25, 2007
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Governor To Decide Fate Of Military Family Relief Fund Bill

Legislation sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) that would create the New York Military Family Relief Fund will soon be sent to Governor Eliot Spitzer for his decision on the fate of the program.

The fund would give financial assistance to the families of New York residents who are members of the national guard, armed services reserves or militia and who have been called to active duty away from their homes for at least 30 days.

July 25, 2007
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Larkin Bill To Increase Age Of "juice Bar" Employees Becomes Law

Eighteen is now the minimum age for women working nude or topless in establishments not controlled by the State Liquor Authority according to a new law sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson).

July 19, 2007
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Senator Larkin Announces Funding For Domestic Violence Services

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that a $75,000 state grant has been awarded to Legal Services of the Hudson Valley. The grant will support LSHV’s Ulster County office in its efforts to represent victims of domestic violence.

Located on Hurley Avenue in Kingston, the organization provides free civil legal services to lower income individuals and families in Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester Counties. It helps local residents resolve non-criminal but urgent legal problems.

July 17, 2007
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Workers' Compensation Rates To Drop By Record 20.5%

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that rates New York businesses pay for workers’ compensation insurance will be reduced by more than 20.5% saving them about $1 billion in the 2007-2008 fiscal year. The rate drop stems from the historic reform of the Workers’ Compensation Law earlier this year.

Based on changes in the workers’ compensation law the Senate fought to enact this year, the New York State Insurance Department has ordered a 20.5% decline in workers’ compensation insurance rates for the fiscal year beginning July 15.

July 12, 2007
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Larkin Obtains Funding For Local Red Cross & Community Blood Services

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced he has successfully negotiated several state grants for several organizations that provide health and safety services to local residents.

July 11, 2007
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Larkin Secures Funding For Local Vfw, American Legion Posts

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced he has secured funding for several local VFW and American Legion Posts.

"I am very pleased to have been able to secure this funding in the state budget for our area VFW and American Legion posts," said Senator Larkin. "It will be put to excellent use allowing our local veterans to carry on their good work."

VFW Washingtonville Memorial Post 8691 has received $3,500 for the purchase of a copier for the Post.

July 4, 2007
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Senate Calls On Assembly To Act On Legislation To Include "huffing" In The Charge Of Driving While Intoxicated

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) and members of the Senate Majority Conference today called on the State Assembly to immediately join the Senate in passing legislation (S.391) to expand the definition of a drug to include glue sniffing or aerosol inhalation within the grounds for drug-impaired driving.

June 27, 2007
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Senate Calls On Assembly To Act On Legislation To Include "huffing" In The Charge Of Driving While Intoxicated

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) and members of the Senate Majority Conference today called on the State Assembly to immediately join the Senate in passing legislation (S.391) to expand the definition of a drug to include glue sniffing or aerosol inhalation within the grounds for drug-impaired driving.

June 27, 2007
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Senate Passes Larkin Bill To Upgrade Paddocks That House Race Horses At The Tracks

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced the State Senate has passed legislation he sponsored (S.349) to dedicate a portion of the funding a race track takes in from video lottery gaming so that it can provide proper paddock and barn areas for the race horses and their trainers.

The bill also states that race tracks, in the designing and drafting of their physical layouts, plan for easy access between the race track area and the video gaming facilities.

June 20, 2007
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Senate Passes Legislation To Eliminate The Local And New York City Sales Tax On Clothing

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced the New York State Senate today gave final approval to legislation (S.5864) that would eliminate the New York City portion of the sales tax on all clothing and footwear purchases in the City of New York. The Senate also passed a bill (S.6327) that would allow localities to eliminate the local county sales tax on all clothing and footwear purchases.

June 20, 2007
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Larkin Bills To Give Tax Breaks To The State's Grape Growers & Wine Makers Pass Senate

The State Senate has passed legislation (S.536) and (S.537) sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) to give the state’s grape growers and wine makers an income tax credit and certain tax exemptions in an effort to support farmers and increase the number of vineyards in New York State.

June 20, 2007
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Senate Passes Larkin Bill To Give Peace Officer Status To New Windsor Court Officers

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that the State Senate has passed legislation he sponsored (S.2894) to designate uniformed court officers of the Town of New Windsor as peace officers.

The bill was requested by the Town of New Windsor.

It has been passed by both the State Senate and Assembly and will be sent to the Governor for his approval.

June 18, 2007
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Larkin Comments On Proposal To Protect State Pension Funds From Organizations With Terrorist Ties

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today issued the following statement:

"There is currently a bill in the Senate that would direct the State Comptroller not to invest New York’s pension funds in companies that do business with known terrorists, or in nations identified as supporters of terrorism.

Without state sponsors and without companies investing in them, terrorist groups would have much more difficulty obtaining funds, weapons, materials, and hidden locations to plan their crimes.

June 18, 2007
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Senate Passes Larkin Bills To Aid State's Farmers

The New York State Senate has passed several bills sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) designed to assist the state’s farmers.

Senate bill S.427 would give a partial agricultural property tax credit on a farmer’s school taxes if the farmer earns at least 40 percent, but not more than 2/3 of his or her family's gross income, from farming. "This bill should help to stabilize the rapid loss of farmland in the state, particularly in continually developing areas such as Long Island and the Hudson Valley," said Senator Larkin.

June 18, 2007
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Homeowners' Associations Given Increased Ability To Collect Unpaid Dues Under Larkin Bill

According to a bill (S.645) sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) and passed by the State Senate, homeowners’ associations would be authorized to place a lien on the homes of those who do not pay their association dues.

Members of homeowners’ associations agree to a common charge in order to receive services such as snow plowing, road repair, sanitation, signage, lighting, and common grounds maintenance.

June 18, 2007
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Larkin Plan Would Allow Small Businesses To Purchase Healthy Ny And Save 5-7% On Health Insurance Costs

The State Senate has passed legislation (S.205) sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) to allow small business owners to purchase the Healthy New York insurance product even if they already offer their employees health insurance.

The bill would permit owners of a sole proprietorship or a small business to purchase both individual and family insurance policies for their employees under the Healthy New York insurance program.

June 17, 2007
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Senate Passes Larkin Bill To Expand Shawangunk Wine Trail

Legislation sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) to expand the routes on the Shawangunk Wine Trail was today passed by the State Senate.

According to the bill (S.4293), the length of the Shawangunk Wine Trail would be extended to create the "Shawangunk East Wine Trail" which will include Route 94 from the Village of Washingtonville eastbound to U.S. Route 9-W, then northbound on U.S. Route 9-W to Routes 44-55 in Highland and then westbound on Routes 44-55 to the intersection with Route 208 in Gardiner.

June 17, 2007
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Larkin Bill To Link Boces And Libraries For Shared Internet Services Passes Senate

Legislation that Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) introduced earlier this year to allow local libraries to access high-speed Internet services from Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) has passed the State Senate.

The bill (S.2082) would give any BOCES the ability to contract with individual libraries or library systems and provide high-speed Internet services or community relations services to the libraries at a reduced cost for both.

June 14, 2007
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Senate Passes Larkin Bill To Increase Vlt Revenue

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced legislation he sponsored (S.3830-C) to increase revenue from video lottery terminals for education and local tourism has passed the State Senate.

The bill aims to increase the video lottery race track vendor license fee so that vendors, particularly smaller upstate gaming facilities, will have the resources to contribute to state aid for schools, and build and maintain top quality VLT gaming facilities that lead to the creation of new tourism destinations throughout the state.

June 13, 2007
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