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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.