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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) is sponsoring a bill in the Senate designed to help reduce teen auto deaths by triggering a signal when a car is being driven unsafely. The bill (S.3375) would also give parents a reduction in their automobile insurance rates if they equip their vehicles with these approved safety monitoring devices.