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As Budget Deadline Nears, Larkin Wants Fair Distribution Of Education Aid

As the April 1st deadline for the state budget nears, Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) said the Governor’s proposed school aid should be distributed fairly throughout the state.

"The Governor’s school aid plan pits school districts against each other and will drive up property taxes in many districts," said Senator Larkin. "His proposed budget significantly changes how school aid is distributed by taking money away from one region of the state and giving it to another.

March 26, 2007
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As Budget Deadline Nears, Larkin Discusses Difference Between Governor's And Senate's Budget And What They Mean To Your Property Taxes

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced highlights of the Senate’s property tax proposals for the 2007-08 state budget.

As Chair of the Budget Conference Committee on Taxes & Economic Development, Senator Larkin said the Senate is fighting to keep property tax relief in the final state budget:

Local taxes per household in New York ($6,377) are the highest in the country and more than two times the national median ($2,952).

March 26, 2007
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Senator Larkin Also Gives Support To Nonpublic School Students

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) is cosponsoring legislation in the New York State Senate that would provide aid to public schools so that they could loan computer hardware to the students attending nonpublic schools that are located within the public school district.

According to the legislation, the parents of nonpublic school students could request that the public school district loan computer hardware equipment to their children who attend private schools. The loan would be free to the nonpublic school student.

March 23, 2007
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Larkin Bill Would Allow Town Boards To Change Local Speed Limits

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) is sponsoring legislation (S.906) in the New York State Senate that would give town boards the discretion to change local speed limits.

Senator Larkin said the bill would give town boards the authority to set reasonable speed limits and post traffic signs on state roads after demonstrating to the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) that the change is needed for public safety purposes.

March 22, 2007
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Senator Larkin Announces Grant For Kingston Library

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that the Kingston Library has been awarded $24,219 in public library construction funds. The grant will enable the library to replace all existing windows and window frames.

The grant funds are from a one-time allocation of $14 million in capital funds for public library construction provided by the New York State Legislature in the 2006-2007 State Budget.

Senator Larkin said that many of the state’s public libraries are in urgent need of renovation and upgrading.

March 20, 2007
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Larkin Proposes Greater Hudson Valley Representation On The MTA Board

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) has introduced legislation (S.904) in the New York State Senate to grant representatives from Dutchess, Putnam, Orange and Rockland Counties a vote on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Currently, the four counties are granted only partial representation on the MTA Board. The Larkin bill will increase the voting power, and thus the representation, of the four Hudson Valley counties, commonly referred to as the "quarter-pounders" on the MTA Board.

March 19, 2007
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Larkin Announces Civil Commitment Bill Signed Into Law

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that Governor Spitzer has signed the bill that will enforce civil commitment on repeat sexual predators.

The new law establishes the Sex Offender Management and Treatment Act to allow the ongoing supervision and custody of sex offenders upon the expiration of their criminal sentences.

Under the new law, mental health professionals will determine whether a detained sex offender has a mental abnormality that predisposes him or her to commit future sex crimes.

March 14, 2007
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State Senate Budget Provides Critical Flood Relief

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) and members of the New York State Senate Majority Conference today announced that their new State Budget proposal includes a $10 million financial assistance package to help counties throughout Upstate New York that were impacted by the devastating floods which occurred in June and November of 2006.

The Senate's budget also includes a provision that will help to provide additional State aid to school districts in areas that suffered a reduction in property values of three percent or more as a result of the flooding.

March 13, 2007
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Senators Unveil New Proposal To Impose Stiffer Penalties For Attacks On Elderly New Yorkers

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) this week announced legislation that will impose tougher penalties for physical assaults on senior citizens. The announcement follows the recent vicious attack on Rose Morat, a 101-year-old Queens woman who was mugged on her way to church. The same attacker is also suspected of beating and mugging 85-year-old Solange Elizee just a half hour later.

While the assailant in these two cases could face robbery charges, under current law he would only face a misdemeanor charge for his physical attacks on the two elderly women.

March 13, 2007
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Larkin Supports Proposal To Empower Governor Spitzer To Pick Education Commissioner

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today strongly endorsed a measure by the New York State Senate Majority Conference to empower the Governor to appoint the Commissioner of Education.

The nonpartisan proposal being advanced by the Senate would streamline the process and make it more efficient by empowering the Governor, regardless of political party, to appoint the Education Commissioner.

March 9, 2007
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Senate Unanimously Passes Larkin Bill To Punish Auto Insurance Fraud

By a vote of 61-0, the New York State Senate passed legislation (S.644) sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) designed to reduce insurance fraud and to ensure that all motorists possess valid auto insurance coverage. The bill also strongly increases the penalties for insurance fraud.

The legislation creates a new crime for the forgery of an insurance identification card or certificate and would be a class E felony.

March 8, 2007
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Senators Issue Urgent Call To Track New York's Missing Sex Offenders

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) and members of the New York State Senate Majority Conference today called on Governor Eliot Spitzer to implement a three-point plan within the next sixty days to help identify the whereabouts of the more than 1,000 convicted sex offenders who have failed to comply with address verification requirements.

Senator Larkin said the plan does not require legislation and could be implemented by the Governor’s order if he so chooses.

March 7, 2007
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Senate Forecasts Nearly $1 Billion In Additional State Revenues

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) and members of the Senate Majority Conference have released a revenue forecast by the Senate Finance Committee that estimates additional General Fund revenues above the Executive’s projection of $508 million in 2007-08 and $488 million in 2006-07.

The revenue projection, based on an economic forecast by fiscal consultants, Global Insight, shows that the total two-year General Fund revenue surplus is $996 million.

March 6, 2007
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Suny Orange To Host Nonprofit Annual Conference March 22, 2007

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced an important conference sponsored by SUNY Orange on the future of nonprofit organizations in the Hudson Valley.

The annual conference, hosted by SUNY Orange’s Institute for Nonprofit Leadership and Management, will take place on the campus on Thursday, March 22, 2007 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Harriman Hall - Room 111.

Institute organizers are helping the area’s nonprofits sharpen their focus on the future.

March 5, 2007
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Larkin And Senate Pass Civil Commitment Legislation

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced the New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.3318) that would provide for the civil commitment of sexually violent predators at secure treatment facilities even after they have completed their prison sentence. The bill reflects an agreement announced last week by the Senate, the Assembly, and the Governor.

Senator Larkin has been calling for legislation in the State Senate on the civil confinement of sexual predators since 1994 after the United State’s Supreme Court decision on the Hendrick’s vs.

March 5, 2007
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Larkin Announces Agreement On The Civil Commitment Of Sex Offenders

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that Governor Spitzer, the Senate and the Assembly have reached a three-way agreement on legislation that will help protect New Yorkers against repeat sex offenders.

The legislation authorizes a new program of civil commitment of individuals who have been convicted of sex crimes, but served their prison terms, and yet remain a clear threat to repeat these serious crimes.

March 1, 2007
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Senate Passes Larkin Bill To Allow Sale Of Local Farm Products At Roadside Stops

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.1918) sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) that would allow farmers to sell their locally grown products at highway rest stops, scenic overlook and vista rest areas, and park & ride parking lots.

Senator Larkin said that the intent of the legislation is to allow local growers to sell their products in safe designated areas, but not on all portions of the highway.

February 28, 2007
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Larkin Announces Agreement On Workers Comp Reform

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced a landmark agreement between the Senate, Assembly and Governor to reform the state’s workers’ compensation system.

Senator Larkin stated that businesses continually refer to the high cost of workers compensation insurance premiums as a major obstacle to doing business in New York State. "High premiums have cost us jobs and low benefits have hurt workers," said Senator Larkin.

February 27, 2007
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Larkin Supports Ambulance Companies

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) is cosponsoring legislation (S.3021) in the State Senate that would remove the sales tax on new and used ambulances purchased by commercial ambulance companies.

In addition to removing the sales tax on the vehicles themselves, the bill would provide a similar exemption for the purchase of medical equipment and supplies by commercial ambulance companies.

"The commercial ambulance industry provides approximately one-half of all of the emergency medical transports in New York State," said Senator Larkin.

February 27, 2007
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Senate Unanimously Passes Larkin Bill Allowing Police To Keep Equipment Seized From Criminals

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced the State Senate has passed legislation (S.201) he has sponsored every year since 1998 that would allow law enforcement officials to retain electronic devices and surveillance equipment that has been seized from convicted criminals. The measure would allow the police to use them for law enforcement purposes.

The bill unanimously passed the Senate by a vote of 58-0. It has been passed by the Senate every year since 1998.

February 23, 2007
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