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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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Larkin / Pretlow Hold Hearing On Future Of Horse Racing

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) and Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow (D-Mt.Vernon/Yonkers), Chairmen of the Senate and Assembly Standing Committees on Racing, Gaming & Wagering today held a Joint Legislative Hearing in Albany on the future of horse racing in New York State.

"We had the opportunity today to hear from a cross section of specialists within the horse racing industry," said Senator Larkin. "One thing that is abundantly clear is that the racing industry in New York State is struggling.

June 6, 2005
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Senate Passes Larkin Agriculture Bills

The New York State Senate has passed legislation sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) designed to assist local farmers.

Senate bill 447 extends the eligibility of the farmer's school tax credit program to include agricultural lands that are leased for at least a five-year period. Under current law, farmers must either own or possess real property under a land contract before they are eligible to obtain the Farmer's Income Tax Credit on moneys paid for school property taxes.

June 6, 2005
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Larkin Invites All Hudson Valley Fruit Growers To Preview New Distillery In Gardiner

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today invited all Hudson Valley fruit growers to a gathering at the historic TUTHILLTOWN GRISTMILL on Thursday, April 14th, to preview the new TUTHILLTOWN SPIRITS distillery.

Distillery owners Brian Lee and Ralph Erenzo will be on hand to conduct a brief tour of the facility, which is expected to begin operations in July 2005. Discussion following the tour will focus on the use of distillation of fruit as a means of increasing the value of Hudson Valley and New York State fruit by conversion to fruit brandy.

June 6, 2005
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Larkin Authors Resolution Honoring Ve-day

The State Senate today passed a Legislative Resolution introduced by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) commemorating the 60th Anniversary of VE-Day, Victory in Europe during World War II, and making Thursday, May 5, 2005 the official day New York State will observe and honor this historic event.

A special ceremony declaring Thursday, May 5, 2005, to be the official day of observance statewide will be held tomorrow at the New York State World War II Memorial in Albany, New York.

June 6, 2005
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Larkin Wants To Increase Penalties For Desecration Of Veterans' Cemeteries

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that legislation he sponsored to protect veterans’ cemeteries has passed the State Senate.

The bill (S.2348) creates two new crimes for the desecration of a veteran cemetery plot, grave or burial place. It also prohibits the unauthorized sale of veteran commemorative cemetery markers, flag holders, monuments, statues or other physical memorabilia that are over 75 years old by cemeteries if those items are currently located within a cemetery.

June 6, 2005
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Senate Passes Larkin Bill To Suspend Pay Of Any Teacher Convicted Of A Sex Crime

The New York State Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) that would suspend the pay of tenured teachers and administrators upon that individual’s conviction of a felony for the possession of child pornography or related offenses.

The legislation (S.61-A) broadens the scope for suspending a tenured teacher convicted of:

- possessing material depicting an obscene sexual performance by a child.

- possessing material depicting a sexual performance by a child.

- use of a child in a sexual performance.

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June 6, 2005
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Celebrating Memorial Day

Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start of Summer, a weekend where families travel, have that first picnic, go out to the lake, or head to the stores to take advantage of the latest sales. While the weekend may afford us a wonderful opportunity to gather with family and friends, we must remember what this holiday is really about -- thinking of and honoring those who sacrificed their lives for their country.

An official Federal holiday for the last three decades, the origins of Memorial Day go back to the years just following the Civil War.

June 6, 2005
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Senate Passes Larkin Race Track Felon Bill

Legislation sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) to make anyone convicted of a felony ineligible to operate a thoroughbred or harness race track, or a video lottery gaming facility was passed by the State Senate today.

In addition to preventing felons from obtaining a thoroughbred or harness racing license, Senate bill 2346 would also revoke the convicted person’s license if he or she currently holds one and allow the State Racing & Wagering Board to replace that person with someone better qualified.

June 6, 2005
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Larkin Introduces Bill To Expand Telephone Betting To Include Bets Placed By Cell Phone / I-net

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today introduced legislation (S.5391) in the State Senate to update the law on the placement of telephone betting by New Yorkers at New York race tracks and Off-track Betting Corporations (OTB).

"There is not much of a difference between placing a bet from your kitchen phone or from your home computer," said Senator Larkin.

June 6, 2005
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Larkin Announces Racing Hearing Speakers

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) and Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow (D-Mt.Vernon/Yonkers), Chairmen of the Senate and Assembly Standing Committees on Racing, Gaming & Wagering will conduct a Joint Legislative Hearing on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM in the Van Buren Hearing Room (A) on the second floor of the Legislative Office Building.

Topic: The Future of Horse Racing in New York State.

Those testifying include: Michael Hoblock, Chairman of the New York State Racing & Wagering Board; Charles E.

June 6, 2005
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Larkin Proposes Bill To Protect Whistle Blowers

Citing the case in Middletown where a school employee is being fired after turning in the Superintendent of Schools for possessing pornography, Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) will today introduce legislation in the State Senate 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.

June 6, 2005
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The Future Of Horse Racing In New York State

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson), Chairman of the NYS Senate Standing Committee on Racing, Gaming & Wagering and Assemblyman J.

June 6, 2005
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Larkin Supports Restricting Access To Social Security Numbers

Citing the need to increase protections that combat identity theft, Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) is pushing for legislation that would remove the current requirement to display social security numbers on certain public records.

The bill (S.3933) states that a person's social security number would not have to appear on legal documents such as mortgages, judgments, uniform commercial code filings, death certificates, veteran's discharges, or state tax warrants.

June 6, 2005
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Presidential Memorial Certificates Available

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today informs residents of the availability of the Presidential Memorial Certificate for the family members and loved ones of deceased veterans.

A Presidential Memorial Certificate (PMC) is an engraved paper certificate, signed by the current President, to honor the memory of honorably discharged deceased veterans.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the PMC program through the National Cemetery Administration.

April 14, 2005
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