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Statement By Senator Bill Larkin On Cfe Court Decision

I agree with the Court of Appeals decision on the Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE) case. This latest ruling upholds my position and that of my colleagues in the State Senate in regard to providing the children of New York State with a sound basic education.

December 7, 2006
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Senator Larkin Announces Purple Heart Hall Of Honor Website And Toll-free 877-number

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced the Purple Heart Hall of Honor website and toll-free 877-number are now up and running.For more information, go to: www.thepurpleheart.com or call 1-877-28HONOR (1-877-284-6667).The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor is located at 374 Temple Hill Road,Vails Gate, New York 12584. Local Phone: (845) 561-1765. Fax: (845) 561- 6577.

December 7, 2006
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New Laws To Get Illegal Guns Off Our Streets

This week Senator Bill Larkin reports to residents that several new laws have taken effect that will increase the penalties for those who illegally possess a loaded firearm.

"I am very pleased that we were successful in getting these tougher gun laws on the books, especially raising the mandatory minimum sentence to 3 ½ years" said Senator Larkin.

December 7, 2006
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Larkin Announces Heal Ny Grants For Area Hospitals

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that Orange Regional Medical Center and St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital have received over $5 million in state grants under phase two of the state’s Healthcare Efficiency and Affordability Law for New Yorkers (HEAL NY) program.

Orange Regional Medical Center was awarded $24,600,000 and St.

December 7, 2006
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New Law Will Reduce Harmful Emissions From Heavy-duty Diesel Vehicles

This week, Senator Bill Larkin reports to residents that New York State will have a new law this winter that will require the use of ultra low sulfur diesel fuel in heavy-duty diesel vehicles owned, operated or leased by the State.

"This new law promotes cleaner air in New York State," said Senator Larkin. "By reducing the amount of harmful pollution from diesel vehicles, we are actively working to protect the environment and the public’s health."

New York will receive assistance from the Federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program.

December 7, 2006
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Senator Larkin Makes Good On H.s. Football Game Bet With Senator Nozzolio

Making good on the bet he made with Senator Michael Nozzolio of Fayette, New York, Senator Bill Larkin today presented Senator Nozzolio with a t-shirt, mug, and baseball hat from the Orange County Choppers.

This is the second time in back-to-back years that the senators have made a friendly wager on the state Class AA championship football game since schools in their districts have now faced each other in the final game two years in a row.

December 7, 2006
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Senators Larkin & Nozzolio Make Friendly Wager On Monroe-woodbury -- Auburn Championship Football Game

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) and Senator Michael F. Nozzolio (R-Fayette) have agreed upon a friendly wager on this weekend’s Class AA State championship football game between the Monroe-Woodbury Crusaders and the Auburn Maroons. Senator Larkin is offering a gift package (T-shirt, hat, and mug) from the Orange County Choppers custom motorcycle company, and Senator Nozzolio has offered an assortment of pies from the world famous Maggie’s Pies in Auburn.

Senator Larkin said, "We’re all looking forward to an exciting contest between two great teams.

December 7, 2006
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Senators Larkin, Bonacic, Saland, & Leibell Seek Answers From The State Thruway Authority Regarding I-84

State Senators Bill Larkin, John J. Bonacic, Stephen M. Saland, and Vincent L. Leibell have joined forces in reaction to a recent decision by the New York State Thruway Authority to transfer the maintenance of Interstate 84 to the NYS Department of Transportation.

In a joint letter to the Executive Director of the New York State Thruway Authority, the senators raised specific concerns about the safety and upkeep of I-84 and particularly the way in which the transfer of maintenance responsibilities will be coordinated.

November 2, 2006
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Larkin Announces Two New Laws To Protect The Safety And Security Of All New Yorkers; Assist Law Enforcement

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that the Governor has signed two important public safety bills into law. The "Bill Leaf-Brandi Woods Law" increases the punishment for repeat offenders of DWI laws who cause injury or death to others through their offenses.

October 31, 2006
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Senator Larkin Announces $1 Million For Local Labor Training To Be Made Available

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that the state has taken action in the process to release $1 million in labor agreement funding to local labor organizations.

"I am very pleased that this funding is finally going to be made available to our local laborers," said Senator Larkin. "It will be used for valuable training for a better prepared and safer workforce.

October 26, 2006
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Larkin Announces Grant Opportunity For Public Libraries

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) reminds local libraries that the New York State Legislature has provided a one-time allocation of $14 million in capital funds for public library construction in the 2006-2007 State Budget.

October 24, 2006
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Senator Larkin Calls All Volunteers

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that the Institute for Nonprofit Leadership and Management at SUNY Orange is hosting a Volunteer Fair.

It will take place at the Galleria Mall at Crystal Run in Middletown, New York on

October 11, 2006 from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

"If you have ever said to yourself, ‘One day I’d really like to do some volunteer work,’ then why not let this be the time to put those good intentions into action?" said Senator Larkin.

October 24, 2006
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Senator Larkin Secures Funding For Mile Hill Road, Town Of Lloyd

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) this week presented Town of Lloyd officials with an $80,000 check from the state to be put toward the repairs of Mile Hill Road.

"I am pleased to have been able to advocate in Albany for this funding," said Senator Larkin. "The damage to Mile Hill Road caused by Tropical Storm Tammy in 2005 was devastating. The Town of Lloyd did a fantastic job repairing the road within two weeks, but in the process, depleted its emergency budget.

October 23, 2006
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Region's Community Colleges Launch $4 Million Disaster Preparedness Program

New York State Senators Bill Larkin, John Bonacic, and Thomas P. Morahan have joined forces to make a major $4 million investment in the region’s ability to train professionals for disaster preparedness.

The new Hudson Valley Domestic Preparedness Community College Consortium will allow students throughout the Hudson Valley to take classes on the campuses of Ulster, Orange, Rockland and Sullivan Counties and receive a degree in emergency management, fire protection technology, emergency medical services, cyber security and basic police training.

October 20, 2006
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Senator Larkin To Tour Local Wineries; Hudson Valley Fruit Lab

On Friday, October 13, 2006, Senator Bill Larkin will tour the Hudson Valley Fruit Lab in Highland. The Senator will inspect the facility, meet with scientists, and observe the advanced research program being conducted at the lab.

In addition, Senator Larkin will tour Fino Farms in the Town of Milton, a farm specializing in apple and grape growing. He will then visit Stout Ridge Winery, a new $3 million dollar winery that is opening in the Town of Marlboro.

October 20, 2006
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Larkin Bill To Give Farmers Tax Deadline Extension Becomes Law

This week, Senator Bill Larkin reports to residents that a bill he sponsored in the State Senate (S.7224-A) to give farmers more time to apply for an agricultural real property tax exemption has been signed into law by Governor Pataki.

Chapter 689 of the Laws of 2006 recognizes that critical life circumstances such as the death of a spouse or close family member, or a serious illness may prevent those in the farming industry from filing an agricultural tax exemption application on time.

October 20, 2006
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New Laws Will Protect Against Identity Theft

This week, Senator Bill Larkin reports to residents that New York State has enacted three new laws that will combat the crime of identity theft. The measures establish the Consumer Communication Records Privacy Act, place limits on the use and disclosure of Social Security account numbers, and further clarify what is considered a computer crime.

"These new tough laws will serve law abiding citizens who need to do everything possible to protect their good names, their privacy, and their personal security," said Senator Larkin.

October 20, 2006
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Larkin Announces Traffic Light For Cornwall At Route 9w And Laurel Avenue

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) confirmed today that the New York State Department of Transportation will be installing left turn lanes and a traffic light at the intersection of Route 9W and Laurel Avenue in Cornwall, New York.

"I am very happy to hear that this project is finally moving forward" said Senator Bill Larkin. "This intersection has been the site of numerous accidents and close-calls for many years.

October 20, 2006
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Larkin Announces Local Meeting To Discuss Neighborhood Revitalization

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced there will be a local meeting to discuss state aid for municipally-sponsored projects under the "Restore NY" program.

The new program will provide assistance to municipalities to help finance the rehabilitation and reconstruction of cities, encourage economic development, and

improve housing in communities throughout the state.

"Little by little, we will bring back our cities and make them the thriving and prosperous communities they should be," said Senator Larkin.

September 6, 2006
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Senator Larkin Announces Local Epf Grants

This week, Senator Bill Larkin reports to residents that Orange County was one of only three counties in the state to receive several Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) grants in this most recent round of funding. The grants will support open space

acquisitions, park improvements, preservation, and waterfront revitalization projects.

"We in the Hudson Valley are proud to brag about some of the most beautiful parks and historic landmarks in the State," said Senator Larkin.

September 6, 2006
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