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.
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.
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.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) has secured state funding for several local school and area playgrounds.
"Many children living in apartments or homes with little or no lawn space use their local schools as their main playground," said Senator Larkin. "And others are playing on old worn out equipment that is in great need of safety updates. I am pleased to have been able to secure this funding for these area playgrounds.
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.
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) 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.
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.
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.