State Senators Bill Larkin, John J. Bonacic, Stephen M. Saland, and Vincent L. Leibell have joined forces in reaction to a recent decision by the New York State Thruway Authority to transfer the maintenance of Interstate 84 to the NYS Department of Transportation.
In a joint letter to the Executive Director of the New York State Thruway Authority, the senators raised specific concerns about the safety and upkeep of I-84 and particularly the way in which the transfer of maintenance responsibilities will be coordinated.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that the Governor has signed two important public safety bills into law. The "Bill Leaf-Brandi Woods Law" increases the punishment for repeat offenders of DWI laws who cause injury or death to others through their offenses.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that the state has taken action in the process to release $1 million in labor agreement funding to local labor organizations.
"I am very pleased that this funding is finally going to be made available to our local laborers," said Senator Larkin. "It will be used for valuable training for a better prepared and safer workforce.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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) 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.
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.