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Larkin Announces Passage Of Legislation To Protect Consumers From Identity Theft

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced the New York State Senate has passed a package of legislation to protect people from identity theft. The plan would give consumers a proactive way to prevent identity theft, protect against cyber piracy, and increase penalties for those who commit identity theft. The package would also allow consumers to place a security freeze on their credit, preventing identity thieves from causing greater damage to a victims’ credit.

May 18, 2006
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Larkin Publishes Annual Report On Racing, Gaming And Wagering

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 2005 Annual Report on Racing, Gaming, and Wagering.

The report made ten recommendations to boost the racing industry including a "Top 10 List" of the problems faced by New York horse racing as well as solutions to address those problems.

May 17, 2006
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Larkin Announces Local Farmland Protection Grants

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced $2,815,350 in funding under the State’s Farmland Protection Program to help to protect 345 acres of area farmland.

"Agriculture makes up one-quarter of the state's land area and is New York’s number one industry," said Senator Larkin. "This is why programs such as the Farmland Protection Program are so important to our residents and to our economy.

May 16, 2006
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Senate Passes Tough Auto Insurance Fraud Measures

This week, Senator Bill Larkin reports to residents that the New York State Senate has passed tough legislation to combat auto insurance fraud, which costs New Yorkers more than one billion dollars a year, as well as legislation that would impose criminal penalties for staging auto accidents.

"The State of New York has more auto insurance fraud claims than any other state in the nation," said Senator Larkin.

May 16, 2006
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Senate Passes Tougher Penalties For Drivers Who Flee Police

This week, Senator Bill Larkin reports to residents that the New York State Senate has passed the "Craig J. Todeschini Bill" that would make it a felony for a driver to flee police.

The bill is named after 25-year-old New York State Police Trooper Craig J. Todeschini of Geddes, Onondaga County, who was killed in the line of duty on April 23rd.

May 16, 2006
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Senate Passes Larkin Bill To Provide Disability Retirement For Members Of The Armed Forces

The State Senate today passed legislation (S.7355) sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) that would create a special disability retirement benefit for public employees who are members of the armed forces and are injured in combat.

The proposal would provide 75 percent of the final average salary as a disability retirement benefit for state and local government employees who are members of the military or reserves and are injured in combat.

May 15, 2006
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Plan Adds To Shawangunk Mountains Scenic Byway System

This week, Senator Bill Larkin informs residents that the State Senate has passed a bill (S.6659) to add a portion of US Routes 44, 209; New York State Routes 52, 55, 208, 213, 299, 302; Ulster County Routes 1, 7, 9, 18; and Orange County Route 14, to the New York State Scenic Byways System and designate it as the Shawangunk Mountains Scenic Byway.

"The Legislature established the Scenic Byways Program in the Department of Transportation in 1992 to create a statewide system of scenic byways and to coordinate the activities of state agencies, local governments and not-fo

May 12, 2006
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Senator Larkin Announces A Public Forum On Woodbury Toll Project

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced the New York State Thruway Authority has begun work on the Woodbury Mobility Improvement project.

The project will improve operations at the existing Woodbury toll barrier, located in the Town of Woodbury and the Village of Harriman.

Plans include introducing the use of Highway Speed E-ZPass and reconstructing the approaches in this section along I-87.

An informal public open house on this project will be held by the Thruway Authority on Tuesday, May 23, 2006 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at the Central Valley El

May 11, 2006
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Larkin Supports Localities In Collection Of Unpaid Taxes

The State Senate has passed legislation (S.854) sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) that would give local governments new ways to collect and dispose of delinquent real property tax liens.

Currently, municipalities have very limited means of expediting the collection of delinquent taxes. These uncollected taxes seriously impact the municipalities' ability to meet their operating expenses and provide for the delivery of critical local services.

May 10, 2006
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Senate And Assembly Reach Agreement On Gas Tax Cap

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that the Legislature has reached agreement on a plan to provide New Yorkers with relief from high gas prices by capping and reducing the state sales taxes on gasoline.

The agreement would save New Yorkers as much as $450 million annually at the pump by capping the state sales taxes at $2 per gallon. The bill would cap the state sales taxes on gas at 8-cents per gallon, effectively freezing the tax at the $2 per gallon rate.

May 10, 2006
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Larkin Announces Availability Of 39-cent Purple Heart Stamp

After his most recent appeal on behalf of the Purple Heart Stamp, Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) is pleased to announce that he has been informed by the United States Postal Service that the 39-cent issue of the Purple Heart Stamp will be available in your local post offices after May 27, 2006.

"This is fantastic news for our veterans, their families, and the everyday American citizen," said Senator Larkin. "I am extremely pleased that the authorities at the United States Postal Service will make the Purple Heart Stamp available again this month.

May 9, 2006
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Senator Larkin Says Mammograms Save Lives

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today joined with the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program, New York State’s official breast cancer hotline, in their annual Mother’s Day Campaign urging women to get mammograms.

"Mother’s Day is coming up," said Senator Larkin. "As we show our appreciation for the special women in our lives, let’s also use this occasion to remind our loved ones to take care of their health.

May 5, 2006
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Larkin Proposal To Grant $185 K In Transportation Aid To Monroe-woodbury Schools Passes Senate

The New York State Senate has passed legislation (S.6613) sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) that would authorize approval of certain transportation contracts within the Monroe-Woodbury Central School District.

The legislation would allow the Monroe-Woodbury Central School District to be eligible to receive transportation aid for five of its contracts from the 2004-2005 school year that the district inadvertently omitted in its filing to the State Education Department.

May 2, 2006
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Larkin Bill Brings Uniformity To Off-track Betting Hearings

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that legislation he sponsored to amend the State’s Racing, Pari-mutuel Wagering and Breeding law as it relates to hearings on off-track betting has passed the State Senate.

The bill (S.2634) authorizes the designation of a Board Officer to preside over off-track betting hearings in place of the Chairman or other Board member.

May 2, 2006
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Larkin Comments On Governor's Budget Vetoes

This week, Senator Bill Larkin comments on Governor George E. Pataki’s budget vetoes and what they mean to New Yorkers.

"Last December the Senate first approved a plan to provide direct property tax rebate checks to the hardworking, overburdened taxpayers of New York State," said Senator Larkin. "Tax relief was, and still is, our number one priority.

May 1, 2006
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Larkin Confirms Meadow Hill Sound Barrier

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced the New York State Department of Transportation has committed approximately $2 million dollars for the construction of a sound barrier in the Meadow Hill community in the Town of Newburgh.

"Before the construction of Interstate 84, residents in the Meadow Hill community in the Town of Newburgh lived in a quiet neighborhood," said Senator Larkin. "But the noise from the highway changed that over the years. Many residents came to me to petition for a sound barrier that would reduce the noise.

May 1, 2006
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Larkin Supports Creation Of Pandemic Preparedness Task Force

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) is cosponsoring a bill in the State Senate (S.7634) that would establish a pandemic preparedness task force on influenza for the State of New York.

According to the legislation, this task force would be composed of eighteen members representing state government, the public health field, health care providers, emergency response organizations and agriculture.

April 27, 2006
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Larkin Urges Immediate "cap" On State Gas Tax

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today repeated his call for a cap on state gas taxes to immediately roll back gas prices in the Hudson Valley region.

Senator Larkin has been a strong and vocal advocate of the Senate’s plan to "cap" the sales tax, which is indexed to the price of gas and rises along with prices, on just the first $2 of the per gallon price.

April 26, 2006
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Larkin Speaks Out For State Monument To Honor Congressional Medal Of Honor Winners

This week, Senator Bill Larkin reports to residents about an effort in Albany to erect a monument honoring state residents awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Senator Larkin is cosponsoring legislation in the State Senate that calls for such a monument.

"The Congressional Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor that an individual can earn while serving in the Armed Services of the United States," said Senator Larkin. "The history of this award represents the tremendous sacrifices made by Americans to defend, protect, and preserve the freedoms we cherish.

April 25, 2006
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Senate Passes Comprehensive Package Of Dwi Legislation

The New York State Senate today passed a comprehensive package of DWI legislation that will keep repeat DWI offenders off the streets and increase the penalties for drunk driving, especially drunk drivers that severely injure or kill innocent victims.

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) said, "There are enough regular hazards on the road in day-to day driving. That is why the most frustrating part of dealing with DWI’s is knowing that these tragedies are completely preventable.

April 25, 2006
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