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SENATE GIVES FINAL PASSAGE TO BILL TO TEST NEWBORNS FOR CONGENITAL HEART DEFECTS THROUGH PULSE OXIMETRY SCREENING

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to a bill that would require all birthing facilities to screen newborn babies for congenital heart defects (CHDs) through a process called pulse oximetry screening. The bill (S.270B), sponsored by Senator William Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson), will save lives through earlier detection of possible heart defects.

“Pulse oximetry screenings are painless, and take one minute to perform,” said Senator Larkin. “By performing this simple test, doctors can take the appropriate and necessary steps to ensure that newborns get the care they need, should they have heart defects. Simply, this measure will save lives.”

June 12, 2013
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American Heart Association's Heart Heroes Visit the Capitol

The American Heart Association, along with the March of Dimes, Senator Bill Larkin and Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther joined families lobbying for passage of the Pulse Oximetry bill (Senate bill S.270-B) at the Capitol.  The legislation would require that a pulse oximetry test be performed on all newborns to screen for potentially fatal congenital heart defects.  The Heart Heroes who attended the press conference are children who did not have pulse oximetry tests and were later diagnosed with serious congenital heart defects.

June 10, 2013
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June 10, 2013
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LARKIN ANNOUNCES TRANSPORTATION SUMMIT

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C-I, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that the Orange and Sullivan Counties Employment Alliance Network (OSCEAN) and the Local Business Advisory Council (LBAC) will be hosting a Transportation Summit on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at The Lobby at the Ritz Theater in Newburgh.

The purpose of the Transportation Summit is to bring together parties that use, fund and provide public transportation services in Orange and Sullivan Counties, and to then develop ways to help individuals who do not or cannot drive get transportation to workplaces within the region.

June 6, 2013
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Senator Larkin Honors Commitment and Sacrifice for Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a holiday that focuses on remembering and honoring those Service Members who have sacrificed in the service of their country.  The holiday was originally intended as a day of remembrance to honor those killed in the Civil War, a conflict that left as many military deaths as all other conflicts in American history combined.  Since its inception, this holiday has evolved to encompass remembrance for all those killed in every conflict fought by the United States.  It is important to honor this service and sacrifice on Memorial Day more now than ever, especially in an era of ongoing combat operations that has left 6,808 Americans killed, and tens of thousands wounded. Senator Bill Larkin (R-C-I-Cornwall-on-Hudson) said, “These men and women sacrif

June 3, 2013
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SENATOR LARKIN HONORS LOCAL VETERAN

Warren Craig Nominated to the Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) has nominated Warren Craig to the Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame at a ceremony today held in Albany.  Mr. Craig served in the United States Navy and attained the rank of US Navy Water Tender 2nd Class. 

May 21, 2013
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Senator Larkin Visits GAMS Tech Magnet School

Senator Bill Larkin reading to second graders at GAMS Tech Magnet School in Newburgh

May 21, 2013
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Warren Craig

At the age of 17, a young Warren Craig voluntarily enlisted into the United States Navy. Due to his age, he had to have his parents sign a consent form before he could enlist. As part of the greatest generation, his spirit made him one of our unique heroes who ran toward danger instead of away from it.US Navy Water Tender 2nd Class Warren Craig fi rst served on the USS Duncan DD485. While serving for less than a year, his ship was sunk by the Japanese on October 12th, 1942. Warren spent 14 hours surviving in shark infested waters until he was rescued. Upon escaping death he immediately returned to duty aboard the USS Shubrick DD639 vehemently seeking to provide service to his country instead of thinking of his own safety and well being.

May 20, 2013
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Warren Craig

At the age of 17, a young Warren Craig voluntarily enlisted into the United States Navy. Due to his age, he had to have his parents sign a consent form before he could enlist. As part of the greatest generation, his spirit made him one of our unique heroes who ran toward danger instead of away from it. US Navy Water Tender 2nd Class Warren Craig fi rst served on the USS Duncan DD485. While serving for less than a year, his ship was sunk by the Japanese on October 12th, 1942. Warren spent 14 hours surviving in shark infested waters until he was rescued. Upon escaping death he immediately returned to duty aboard the USS Shubrick DD639 vehemently seeking to provide service to his country instead of thinking of his own safety and well being.

May 20, 2013
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Renate DeAngelis

There are few people more dedicated to a cause than Renate DeAngelis. She has made it her life’s work to ensure people remember our veterans, their families and the sacrifices they have made for our country.

In May 1992, Ms. DeAngelis joined the American Gold Star Mothers Inc., Hudson Valley Chapter #31, and was soon appointed recording secretary. With her continued involvement and dedication, she became president of her local chapter 12 years ago and maintains that position today. As chapter president, she attends the wakes and funerals of our fallen heroes, lays wreaths at memorial services, and participates in parades and street sign dedications. She also assists in numerous local fundraisers for veterans and their families.

May 13, 2013
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SENATOR LARKIN HONORS GOLD STAR MOTHER AT STATEWIDE EVENT

Renate DeAngelis Selected as 2013 "Woman of Distinction"

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today honored Renate DeAngelis at a special ceremony held in Albany as one of the New York State Senate's 2013 "Women of Distinction."

May 7, 2013
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The New York Physical Therapy Association Visits Albany

Senator Bill Larkin welcomes constituents from the NY Physical Therapy Association to Albany to discuss their 2013 legislative agenda.

May 3, 2013
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SENATOR LARKIN WELCOMES THE LONG GRAY LINE TO THE STATE CAPITOL

The New York State Legislature Honors West Point

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson), a retired Lieutenant Colonel who served 23 years on active duty in the United States Army, today hosted the sixty first annual "West Point Day" at the New York State Capitol in Albany. 

April 24, 2013
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Reading at Vails Gate Elementary School

Senator Bill Larkin visited Vails Gate Elementary School and read to 1st graders as part of National Library Week.

April 18, 2013
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Earth Day 2013 Poster Contest: District 39

Dear Students,

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest.   This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 39th Senatorial District.

Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state.  I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.

I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2013 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:

Jordan Murdock

April 18, 2013
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Senator Bill Larkin Welcomes Constituents from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences to the Capitol

Students from Orange County attending the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences visited the Capitol and met with Senator Bill Larkin to lobby in support of increased access to immunizations and collaborative management of drug therapy.

April 16, 2013
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Senator Larkin, Assemblyman Skartados Secure $4.19 Million in Emergency Aid to Help Marlboro Central School District

With the Marlboro Central School District facing a dire budget gap, Senator Bill Larkin (R,C,I-Cornwall-on-Hudson) and Assemblyman Frank Skartados (D-Milton) announced the 2013-14 state budget comes through with $4.19 million in emergency aid to help the district during its crisis (S.2603-E/A.3003-E). In addition to providing the educational funding needed to give students a quality education, the aid will go a long way to help hold the line on school property taxes, Skartados noted.

March 28, 2013
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