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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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Senate Passes Nyra Oversight Legislation

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-On-Hudson), to establish an oversight board for the New York Racing Association (NYRA).

The bill (S.5923), which reflects a three-way agreement among the Senate, Assembly and Governor, would also accelerate the process of putting the racing franchise out to bid. In addition, the bill ratifies a contract that will clear the way for Video Lottery Terminals to be put at Aqueduct Raceway.

August 2, 2005
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Larkin Secures Grants For Youth Sports

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced he has secured funding for several area youth sports clubs.

"Sports are such a great outlet for kids," said Senator Larkin. "In addition to keeping kids off the streets, busy with fun and healthy activities, and physically fit, so many of life’s lessons can be learned through playing sports. I am pleased that I was able to advocate successfully for our youth sports programs.

August 2, 2005
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Larkin Bill Would Supply Home For Groundskeeper At James Olley Park

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced the Senate has passed legislation he sponsored (S.1610) to authorize the Village of Walden to rent the only private home in the James Olley Park.

Senator Larkin explained the necessity for the legislation, "Currently, there is an unoccupied house located within the James Olley Park that at one time was used by the park's groundskeeper.

June 9, 2005
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Senate Passes Larkin Bill To Assist Fruit Farmers

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.4018), sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson), to grant a partial real property tax exemption for cold storage facilities used to hold fruit grown by New York farmers.

"Under current law, there is no real property tax exemption for cold storage facilities on fruit farms," said Senator Larkin. "However, there is a full real property tax exemption for farm silos, farm feed grain storage bins, and bulk milk tanks and coolers.

June 8, 2005
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Senate Passes Deer Control Legislation

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) to better control the state’s deer populations, to lessen the damage to crops, cut down on car-deer accidents and reduce the extended costs to the insurance industry and ratepayers caused by the rapidly growing deer population.

"In New York State, we lose approximately $59 million dollars in agricultural production and income each year because of the destruction done by deer," said Senator Larkin.

June 7, 2005
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Larkin Announces Hudson River Restoration Grants

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced several local grants that have been awarded to Orange and Ulster Counties for projects to strengthen and preserve the natural resources of the Hudson River Estuary and its tributaries and watersheds.

"I feel especially fortunate to be able to live near such a beautiful and historic waterway," said Senator Larkin. "I have enjoyed the Hudson River’s natural beauty and years of recreation on it with my children and grandchildren.

June 6, 2005
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New Army Combat Badges Ready Soon

A new Combat Action Badge will soon be available to all Army soldiers who engage the enemy in battle.

June 6, 2005
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Senate Passes Larkin Bill To Increase Age Of 'juice Bar' Employees

A bill sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) was passed by the New York State Senate this week that would make eighteen the minimum age for women to be nude or topless in establishments not controlled by the State Liquor Authority.

"The purpose of this bill is simple," said Senator Larkin. "Young people under the age of eighteen should not be allowed to be hired to work at so-called ‘Juice Bars’ and give performances with sexual content.

June 6, 2005
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Larkin Advocates For New Health Insurance Commission

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced the Senate has passed legislation (S.1372) he is cosponsoring to create a New York Health Benefit and Cost Commission. The new commission would study and report on proposed health insurance coverage mandates.

"The purpose of this bill is to ensure that health insurance coverage provides the care, treatment and service that people need and to make sure that coverage is affordable and available," said Senator Larkin.

June 6, 2005
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Larkin Bills Expand Benefits For Veterans

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) and members of the Senate Majority Conference today proposed a sweeping package of bills to honor the courage, sacrifice and achievements of servicemen and women from across the state. Also proposed was the creation of a New York State Veterans Hall of Fame.

The initiative is the centerpiece of the New York Armed Services Recognition and Support Plan and includes combat life insurance for all New Yorkers serving in war zones, expanding opportunities for higher education, and lower property taxes.

Senator Larkin, a retired U.S.

June 6, 2005
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Larkin Bill Allowing Wine Tastings To Become Law

Legislation sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) to allow small farm wineries across New York State to hold up to five wine tasting events a year in conjunction with local charities will become law on April 24, 2005.

"The wine industry is one of our state's most premier businesses," said Senator Larkin. "This new law will help to increase the visibility and sale of New York wines. Local producers across the state will now be able to reach out to the public and better promote their products to a larger and more diverse group of consumers.

June 6, 2005
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Sonyma Raises Purchase Price Limits On Home Loans

The State of New York Mortgage Agency (SONYMA) has recently increased house purchase price limits to help more low- and moderate-income New Yorkers buy homes and still qualify for a low interest rate SONYMA mortgage.

"The SONYMA mortgage program has helped over 46,000 New Yorkers buy their first home," said Senator Larkin. "Raising the purchase price cut-off on SONYMA loans will help even more prospective homebuyers, those who may not otherwise be able to consider buying a house in the current market.

June 6, 2005
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