Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced state funding to support affordable housing initiatives in Orange and Ulster Counties. The funding comes from low interest loans and grants from the New York State Housing Trust Fund Corporation and federal and state Low Income Housing Credits administered by the State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR).
"These grants will benefit working families, seniors, the disabled and small retail business owners," said Senator Larkin.
This week, Senator Bill Larkin reports to residents that legislation he carried in the Senate to name a portion of Route 9W in Orange and Ulster Counties as the "86th Blackhawk Infantry Division Memorial Highway" has been signed into law by Governor George E. Pataki.
"From the formation of the 86th Infantry Division during World War I until the Division was deactivated on December 30, 1946, the Blackhawk Infantry Division was a critical component of the United States Army," said Senator Larkin.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) and Senator John Bonacic (R-I-C, Mount Hope) 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.
This week, Senator Bill Larkin reports to residents that the state is dedicating $2 million for the new Reemployment Services for Veterans Program (RSVP) designed to provide On-the-Job Training (OJT) for unemployed and underemployed honorably discharged veterans who served on active duty on or after March 1, 2003.
"The training will give this most recent crop of young veterans better employment opportunities as well as support to businesses that hire them into full-time positions," said Senator Larkin.
A Civil Service exam for the position of Correction Officer Trainee will be given statewide on September 9, 2006. The application deadline for this exam is August 7, 2006.
The starting annual salary for a Correction Officer Trainee is $34,329. Upon successful completion of the eight-week training program and the one-year probationary period, the annual salary increases to $41,348. Salaries are subject to increase pending outcome of current contract negotiations.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that Governor George E. Pataki has signed legislation cosponsored by Larkin that will provide an additional $2.7 billion in STAR benefits directly to homeowners in New York State over the next three years.
The legislation will provide direct rebate checks to New York homeowners later this year.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that the state has waived the Department of Motor Vehicle’s (DMV) fees for replacement motor vehicle documents for victims of the devastating floods that occurred last month.
Flood victims in the 13 counties, including Orange and Ulster Counties, will
be able to replace their valid documents at no cost.
"This was a very good decision by Governor Pataki to help in any possible way the flood victims who are working hard right now to get their lives back in order," said Senator Larkin.
This week, Senator Bill Larkin reports to residents that both Orange and Ulster Counties are among 17 counties in the state that will receive additional aid from the state for Operation IMPACT. The funding will be directed to enhance crime-fighting efforts in communities which have experienced increases in violent crime.
"We have already seen many great improvements in our local communities over the past two years as a result of Operation IMPACT," said Senator Larkin.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that he is holding a Public Information Session on the proposed twelve-hundred megawatt power line transmission project being put forth by New York Regional Interconnection.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) is teaming up with other state and national leaders in urging New Yorkers to learn more about organ and tissue donation, and to add their names to the New York State Organ and Tissue Donor Registry.
"Nationally, the current waiting list for organs has reached over 90,000 people," said Senator Larkin. "Every 13 minutes another person is added to the list and an average of 17 people die each day waiting. In New York alone, the number waiting for a transplant is over 8,000.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announces a Public Information Session on the proposal by New York Regional Interconnection to run a twelve-hundred megawatt power line project from Utica to Orange County.
In the final week of the 2006 Legislative Session, the Senate passed a comprehensive package of bills designed to help small businesses grow and create jobs in New York by making health care and energy costs more affordable and by cutting the red tape that slows the progress of small businesses.
The New York State Senate has passed legislation (S.6614) sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) that would authorize approval of reimbursement aid for the Wallkill Central School District.
The legislation is a special act that would allow the Wallkill Central School District to be eligible to receive a reimbursement for costs associated with its summer special education student program from the 2000-2001 school year that the district inadvertently omitted in its filing to the State Education Department.
The State Senate today passed a bill (S8349-A) cosponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) to prohibit transportation corporations that are gas corporations and gas and electric corporations from exercising the right of eminent domain.
"Taking private property for public benefit should only be considered in the most extreme circumstances," said Senator Larkin. "Currently, there are organizations which are filing as ‘Transportation Corporations’ just so they can use eminent domain as a way of claiming privately owned property.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced the New York State Senate has passed legislation (S.8446) that would expand the DNA database by including DNA samples from criminals convicted of all felonies and the most common misdemeanors. The bill represents an agreement with the Assembly.
"By expanding the DNA database with samples from more convicted criminals, we can take full advantage of the latest in crime-fighting technology and make it work to better protect innocent people," said Senator Larkin.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced the New York State Senate has passed legislation (S.8441) to eliminate the statute of limitations for rape victims and extend the civil statute of limitations, from one year to five years. The bill reflects an agreement with the Assembly.
"There should never have been a statute of limitations on these horrible crimes," said Senator Larkin. "The anguish that the victims live with afterwards certainly doesn’t end after five years.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced the New York State Senate today passed the toughest, most comprehensive plan to combat Medicaid fraud in the United States. The legislation (S.8450) represents the agreement between the State Senate and Assembly and would fight fraud and abuse at every step of the process, from billing and pre-payment review to investigation, civil recovery and criminal prosecution of Medicaid thieves.
"Every New Yorker is affected by Medicaid fraud," said Senator Larkin.
The State Senate and Assembly have passed legislation (S.7987) sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) giving Orange County courts the authority to use the electronic interviews and testimony of defendants in criminal cases.
The bill adds Orange County to the list of 22 other counties in the state that are authorized to conduct electronic court appearances of defendants in criminal cases.
"Orange County is one of the fastest growing counties in New York State," said Senator Larkin.