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School Property Tax Reform Meeting To Be Held In Cornwall

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) and Cornwall Supervisor Richard Randazzo will hold a public meeting to discuss school property tax reform.

Thursday, July 28, 2005 at

2:30 PM.

Cornwall Town Hall.

Also attending: Peter Applebee, Assistant Director of the New York State Senate Finance Committee, Village Mayor Edward Moulton, several state officials and Cornwall Central School District school board members, and several local residents who serve on a recently formed committee to address school property tax reform.

August 16, 2005
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Senator Larkin Announces Housing Award For Newburgh

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced the awarding of critical funding that will provide safe and affordable housing for seniors in the City of Newburgh.

The Newburgh Housing Authority Outreach Development Corporation has received $935,000 in Housing Trust Fund (HTF) monies, and $458,789 in Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) for a soon to be built project that will be an attractive six-story steel and masonry structure built in the residential area of Cerone Place in the City of Newburgh.

August 16, 2005
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"patriot Plan Iii" Becomes Law

New York State has a new law called the Patriot Plan III that will provide the most comprehensive benefits package in the nation for military personnel and their families.

"When those who are fighting for freedom abroad make the ultimate sacrifice, it is our responsibility to make sure that their family members are not devastated by complete financial loss as well," said Senator Larkin.

August 16, 2005
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Senator Larkin Announces Local Heritage Grants

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that several local organizations have been awarded a total of $260,236 in grants from the New York State Archives.

The grants fall into two categories: Documentary Heritage Program grants awarded to community organizations, and Local Government Records grants awarded to local governments. All of the awarded grants involve records.

August 16, 2005
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Larkin Announces Grants For Hudson Valley Recreation, Preservation And Waterfront Projects

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced the awarding of several important grants for recreation, waterfront revitalization and preservation projects in the 39th Senate District. The awards will assist communities in their efforts to redevelop their waterfront areas, create new outdoor recreational opportunities and protect local landmarks.

"We are fortunate that we live in an area of New York State that offers a wide variety of natural beauty, recreation, and historic culture," said Senator Larkin.

August 16, 2005
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Larkin Announces New School Accountability Law

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today discussed a new law recently signed by Governor George Pataki that will strengthen oversight and increase accountability of school district finances, while protecting property taxpayers from fraud and abuse.

"New York invests billions of dollars each year in our school systems," said Senator Larkin. "This new law will tighten the reigns on school district finances and will help protect from the shocking abuse that was recently exposed in several districts on Long Island.

August 16, 2005
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Student Donor Days With The Red Cross

Our community blood supply is at critical levels. Typically, the Red Cross sees about a 15% decrease in donations during the summer. However, this summer the situation is even more dire. Orange and Ulster Counties are covered by the New York--Penn Region of the American Red Cross which serves 120 hospitals and 51 other counties in New York State.

August 16, 2005
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Police & Insurance Companies Work Together Under Larkin Bill

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced the Senate has passed legislation he is sponsoring to reduce the amount of time an unclaimed stolen vehicle remains in a police pound.

In the event a vehicle is reported stolen and the owner cannot be found, the bill (S.3206) would require a police department that impounds the vehicle to notify its insurer and allow the insurer to retrieve the vehicle.

"Currently an insurance company is not notified that a stolen or abandoned vehicle which it insures has been recovered by the police," said Senator Larkin.

August 2, 2005
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Senate Acts On Legislation Requiring Prescription Drug Prices To Be Posted Online

Before the recent conclusion of the legislative session, the New York State Senate passed a bill (S.1936-A), that would require prescription drug prices to be posted online to give consumers easy access to the drug price list and allow them to electronically comparison shop for prescription drugs on the Internet.

The bill was also designed to help senior citizens save money. New York law now requires pharmacies to produce a weekly updated prescription drug price list and make copies available to consumers.

August 2, 2005
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Larkin Announces New Law To Increase Penalties For Speeding In Highway & Bridge Work Zones

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced the enacting of a new law that will promote safety in New York's highway and bridge work zones and increase penalties for those convicted of speeding within them.

"The driving public must fully understand just how dangerous a job it is for our highway and bridge workers," said Senator Larkin. "When reckless motorists speed through work zones, that danger increases ten-fold.

August 2, 2005
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Larkin Youth Sex Offender Bill Passes Senate

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that legislation he sponsored to require 13, 14, and 15-year-olds convicted of violent sex offenses to register on the New York state Sex Offender Registry has passed the Senate.

The bill (S.2345-A) would require anyone 13 or older who is adjudicated as a juvenile delinquent, juvenile offender, or youthful offender for sex offenses to register as a sex offender.

August 2, 2005
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Larkin Bill Allows Tbta Officers To Retire After 20 Years Regardless Of Age

Legislation sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) to allow Triborough bridge and tunnel officers to retire with half-pay after twenty years of service, regardless of age, has passed the New York State Senate.

Current law allows TBTA bridge and tunnel officers, sergeants and lieutenants to retire with 20 years of service at age 50. This legislation would eliminate the age requirement.

"Bridge and tunnel officers must staff TBTA facilities 24 hours a day, 7 days a week," said Senator Larkin.

August 2, 2005
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Larkin Announces New Law To Promote New York's Wine Industry

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that Governor George E. Pataki has signed legislation cosponsored by Larkin that provides a significant boost to New York's wine industry.

The new law will permit the direct interstate shipment of wine in New York State, and opens up New York's world-class wineries to the national market while giving New Yorkers more choices as consumers.

August 2, 2005
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Larkin "atv" Bill Passes Senate

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that legislation he is sponsoring to increase the penalties for the illegal operation of an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) on farmlands has passed the Senate.

The bill (S.1398-B) would make it a traffic infraction to illegally trespass on posted farmland with an ATV without the consent of the farmer.

August 2, 2005
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Larkin Announces Passage Of Bill To Add Family Court Judge In Orange County

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced the Senate passed legislation (S.5924-A) that would add one more Family Court Judge in Orange County. Current law allows Orange County to elect three family court judges. This bill increases the number of judges from three to four.

"Within only the last few years, the number of cases filed in Orange County family court have doubled," Said Senator Larkin.

August 2, 2005
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Larkin Bill Would Help Save Retired Race Horses

The New York State Senate has passed legislation (S.4641) sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) to create a task force on retired race horses to identify and encourage more productive uses for race horses after their use in the racing industry has ended.

Currently in the State of New York, there is no policy or state agency that offers alternatives for race horses other than slaughter once they have retired.

August 2, 2005
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Summer Youth Employment

Over $400,000 has been released to Orange and Ulster Counties for the 2005 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP).

"This program gives young people a chance to gain valuable work experience," said Senator Larkin. "The training they will receive and the experience in real life working environments will help prepare them for their future careers.

August 2, 2005
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Larkin Bill To Protect Whistle Blowers Passes Senate

Citing the highly publicized case in Middletown where a school employee was fired after turning in the Superintendent of Schools for possessing pornography, Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) sponsored legislation (S.1582) that was passed by the State Senate today to protect public employees who file such reports.

"Clearly, there is a need to expand the kinds of actions that are covered under the current whistle blower statute to include protecting people who uncover information about someone who may be putting children at risk," said Senator Larkin.

August 2, 2005
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Senate Passes Larkin Bill To Test For Hiv

Legislation (S.5722) sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) to require the timely testing of law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical personnel who may have been exposed to a serious transmissible disease while on the job was passed the State Senate today.

"The procedures that are currently in place to address these kinds of situations are very inconsistent and vary from city to city and town to town across New York State," said Senator Larkin.

August 2, 2005
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Larkin Bill Gives Farmers Property Tax Breaks

Legislation sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) to grant a partial agricultural property tax credit to farmers has passed the Senate by a vote of 60-1.

August 2, 2005
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