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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Larkin Announces Playground Funding

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.

September 6, 2006

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

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

Senator Larkin Announces Grant For Town Of Chester

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced a $45,000 grant for the Town of Chester that will improve the efficiency of the Town’s government services to residents and businesses.

Under the new Shared Municipal Services Incentives (SMSI) Grant

Program, the State offers financial support for programs such as municipal

consolidations, mergers, cooperative agreements, dissolutions, or other

shared services endeavors.

"I am pleased that the state has recognized Chester’s proposals for better, more efficient means of delivering local services,

September 6, 2006

Larkin Announces Local Housing Awards

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.

August 8, 2006

Larkin Bill To Name Portion Of 9w After 86th Blackhawk Infantry Division Becomes Law

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.

August 4, 2006

Senators Larkin & Bonacic Announce Funding For Domestic Violence Services

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.

August 1, 2006

Larkin Announces $2m For Veterans Workforce Training

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.

July 21, 2006

Co Exam Scheduled For September 9, 2006

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.

July 18, 2006

Larkin Announces Star Rebate Checks To Homeowners This Year

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.

July 18, 2006

Larkin Announces Dmv Fees Waived For Flood Victims

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.

July 17, 2006

Larkin Announces Additional Local Operation Impact Aid

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.

July 14, 2006

Larkin Advocates For Organ Donation

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.

July 10, 2006