Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson), Chairman of the New York State Senate Standing Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering, today announced the release of the New York State Senate Standing Committee’s 2006 Annual Report on Racing, Gaming, and Wagering.
For the second year in a row, the report includes a "Top 10 List" of the problems faced by New York horse racing as well as solutions to address those problems.
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering, Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) commented on today’s release of the New York State racing industry report by the Boston Consulting Group.
"The report contains a thorough and thoughtful analysis of the competing interests and objectives present within the New York State racing industry," said Senator Larkin. "It also outlines several challenges facing the industry as competitive opportunities to horse racing have become more numerous and attractive to the betting public in recent years."
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced highlights of the final 2007-08 state budget:
$1.3 billion in direct property tax rebate checks - most of the checks will be double the size of last year’s. The Governor’s budget eliminated property tax rebate checks. "The Senate fought not only to keep them, but to increase direct property tax relief to homeowners especially to middle class families," said Senator Larkin.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that the 2007-08 state budget contains a $30.1 Million increase over 2006-07 for Orange and Ulster County schools in the 39th Senate District. The budget increases school aid across the state by $1.8 billion, the largest increase in the history of New York.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that Benedictine and Kingston Hospitals will each receive grants in the amount of $175,000 to be used for capital improvements.
"I am very pleased that my appeals on behalf of Benedictine and Kingston Hospitals were successful and that this critical funding was included in the final 2007-08 state budget," said Senator Larkin. "These grants will help create state-of-the-art facilities and will result in even better medical care and support for patients in Ulster County."
At the request of the Ulster County Legislature, Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) has introduced legislation (S.2022) in the State Senate that would enact a uniform set of notification procedures for the state’s police agencies in their efforts to notify the community when a Level 3 sex offender lives or works nearby.
The bill establishes that notification must also be given about where the sexual offender is working in the community, not just where that individual is residing.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation (S.3684), cosponsored by Senator Larkin, to impose tougher penalties for physical assaults on senior citizens. The legislation was announced earlier this month at a Capitol news conference following the vicious attacks on Rose Morat, a 101-year-old Queens woman who was mugged on her way to church, and 85-year-old Solange Elizee, who was mugged and beaten just a half hour later by the same attacker.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) said that as the April 1st dealine nears for the 2007-08 state budget, the Senate is fighting to provide tax relief for overburdened New Yorkers.
"The Senate’s plan is the only one that rejects more than $800 million in new and increased taxes and fees on business proposed by the Governor," said Senator Larkin. "Our plan actually cuts taxes on businesses to create new jobs and help small businesses succeed and grow in New York.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) said today that the Governor’s proposed budget does not include any tax relief or assistance to help small businesses grow and create jobs.
"The Senate has passed a small business assistance package that will help encourage young people and families to stay in New York," said Senator Larkin. "It represents pro-growth, pro-job policies that will lower taxes and provide new economic incentives. The Senate budget provides more than $723 million in business tax cuts this year, growing to more than $1.8 billion next year.
As the April 1st deadline for the state budget nears, Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) said the Governor’s proposed $1.2 Billion cut hospitals and nursing homes would be devastating and vowed to fight to prevent these cuts in the final state budget.
"These facilities can’t simply make up for a loss of millions of dollars," said Senator Larkin. "There is no doubt that the Governor’s proposed cuts will cause job losses and hurt patient services. We are very split on this issue, even within the Senate.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.