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Senators Larkin, Grisanti and Addabbo Welcome Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars to the Capitol

Senator Bill Larkin, Senator Mark Grisanti and Senator Joseph Addabbo welcome VFW members to the Capitol to discuss their legislative platform and hear their concerns regarding veterans in New York.

March 5, 2013
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SENATE REPUBLICANS UNVEIL FAMILY TAX RELIEF ACT

Plan Would Increase Tax Credits to Help Struggling Middle Class Families, Restore STAR Property Tax Rebate Checks for Millions of New Yorkers Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos and members of the Senate Republican Conference today unveiled the Family Tax Relief Act, a package of tax relief and reform measures designed to provide a major economic boost to New York’s struggling middle class families. 

March 4, 2013
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Senator Bill Larkin Meets with Local Sportsmen Visiting Albany in Opposition to the NY Safe Act

Senator Bill Larkin met with members of the Black Rock Fish and Game Club, Ulster County Sportsmen and NRA supporters during their visit to Albany to protest the Governor's NY Safe Act legislation.

February 28, 2013
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Senate Republicans Call on Governor To Remove Utility Tax Surcharge Extension From Executive Budget

Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos and members of the Senate Republican Conference were joined today by leaders of statewide business organizations to urge Governor Cuomo to remove the proposed extension of the utility tax surcharge from his Executive Budget. The 18-a surcharge, which has increased utility bills for every ratepayer in the state,  is scheduled to expire on March 31, 2014.  The Governor’s proposed five-year extension would cost businesses and consumers a total of almost $3 billion.

February 5, 2013
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LARKIN REMINDS HOMEOWNERS TO APPLY FOR STAR BY MARCH 1st

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C-I, Cornwall-on-Hudson) is reminding homeowners that the deadline to apply for both the Basic and the Enhanced STAR school property tax exemption is March 1, 2013.

Basic STAR is available for primary residences where the owners’ total income is $500,000 or less.  Basic STAR works by exempting the first $30,000 of the full assessed value of a home from school taxes.  Homeowners generally only need to apply for this exemption once.

February 4, 2013
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LARKIN REAPPOINTED TO KEY SENATE STANDING COMMITTEES AND BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEES

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C-I, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced that he has been reappointed to several key standing committees in the New York State Senate for the 2013 Legislative Session.  Specifically, Senator Larkin has been reappointed to the following committees:  Corporations, Authorities and Commissions; Finance; Health; Insurance; Rules; Transportation; and Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs.

Larkin also announced that he has been named to serve on the Senate's 2013 Health and Mental Hygiene budget subcommittees.  These subcommittees review aspects of the Governor's state budget and make recommendations for the upcoming budget negotiations between the Senate, Assembly and the Governor. 

February 1, 2013
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2013-2014 Executive Budget Proposal Information

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo has just unveiled his new Executive Budget Proposal -- marking the beginning of the State Budget negotiation and adoption process for the 2013-2014 Fiscal Year.  

January 30, 2013
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NY SAFE Act FAQ

Below is a link to the Governor's web site and a list of frequently asked questions concerning the NY SAFE Act.

 http://www.governor.ny.gov/2013/gun-reforms-faq

January 18, 2013
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SIGN SENATOR LARKIN’S PETITION TO REPEAL AND REPLACE RESTRICTIVE NEW GUN CONTROL MEASURES THAT WILL WEAKEN THE SECOND AMENDMENT CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF LAW-ABIDING NEW YORKERS

 

SENATOR BILL LARKIN Protecting Our 2nd Amendment Rights

Help Senator Larkin Repeal and Replace Restrictive New Gun Control that Weakens the Second Amendment Constitutional Rights of Law-Abiding New Yorkers! 

January 16, 2013
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR BILL LARKIN ON THE GOVERNOR'S GUN CONTROL LEGISLATION

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C-I, Cornwall-on-Hudson) issued the following statement:

"I voted against the Governor's proposal because I firmly believe it is too restrictive on our legal, law abiding gun owners and does not adequately address the issue of illegal weapons and their use during the commission of a crime.  Gun violence will not be stopped by restricting lawful, honest gun owners.  It is career criminals and their access to illegal weapons that are the main problem facing our cities, towns and villages – not people who support the second amendment."

January 15, 2013
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Senator Bill Larkin being sworn in by Jonathan Lippman, Chief Judge of the State of New York

Senator Bill Larkin was sworn in by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman in the Senate Chamber.  He is joined by his wife Patricia.

January 10, 2013
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SENATOR LARKIN ANNOUNCES LOCAL JOB CREATION PROJECTS

Area Projects Among Winners of Regional Economic Development Council Awards

Senator Bill Larkin (R,C, I, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that 16 job creation projects in the 39th  Senate District will receive critically important state funds through the second round of Regional Economic Development Council awards.

December 20, 2012
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Thanksgiving Essays and Contributions

Dear Participant,Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration. We received outstanding poems, essays, and artwork that exemplify the creativity of New York State’s young people.The submissions received are remarkable in what they represent – showing gratitude and respect for family, friends, our troops fighting overseas, and many other important subjects and activities. I am humbled and honored to see such inspiring contributions in response to what is a deceptively difficult question: “What are you thankful for?”On behalf of the New York State Senate, I would like to offer my wholehearted congratulations to all of the participants in this year’s Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration. Sincerely,

December 14, 2012
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Sandy Update: Key Insurance Information Available

In moving forward after any crisis, clear and accurate information can be one of your most important assets.   And as New Yorkers continue to recover from the devastating impact of Hurricane Sandy, the State Department of Financial Services (DFS) is providing important information for those who have sustained damage caused by the storm.  The Department has set up a consumer helpline to answer questions and provide assistance, and anyone seeking information can call 800-339-1759 between 8 am and 8 pm on weekdays and 9 am to 4 pm on weekends.   According to DFS, some basic points to remember include the following:

November 5, 2012
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Important Hurricane Information from the Attorney General For Property Owners

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has issued a useful guide for homeowners and business owners impacted by Hurricane Sandy.  There is also information to assist individuals who wish to report possible scams or price gouging as a result of the storm.  To access this guide and find the form for filing complaints, please visit the Attorney General's web site or click here http://www.ag.ny.gov/press-release/ag-schneiderman-provides-guide-property-owners-they-recover-and-rebuild-hurricane-0.

November 2, 2012
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Hurricane Sandy Emergency Response and Relief Information

Hurricane Sandy has obviously taken a devastating toll on the Empire State, impacting literally millions of New Yorkers.   But New Yorkers have a long and proud history of pulling together during times of crisis, and a tremendous emergency response and relief effort is now underway in all impacted communities.    As emergency responders, public works, and utility personnel continue to move forward with their important work, we encourage all New Yorkers to stay safe and keep informed. 

November 1, 2012
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LARKIN URGES EMPLOYERS TO FILE MTA PAYROLL TAX REFUND CLAIMS

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C-I, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today is encouraging employers subject to the MTA payroll tax to file a protective claim for refund with the New York State Department of Tax and Finance before November 2, 2012.

“The MTA is currently appealing a judge’s ruling which found the MTA payroll tax unconstitutional,” said Senator Larkin.  “Should this ruling stand, employers may be eligible for a MTA payroll tax refund, and filing a protective claim is the way to get it.”

October 24, 2012
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New York State Senators Demand More Answers Regarding Proposed Champlain Hudson Power Express

STONY POINT, NY – Three New York State Senators today held a public hearing to gauge answers from a company, Transmission Developers, Inc., who is developing the Champlain Hudson Power Express – a project designed to deliver clean wind and hydro power to the New York metropolitan area.

At a press conference shortly before the scheduled public hearing that was held in the afternoon, the bi-partisan delegation spoke about what they hoped to learn from the 4-hour Q&A session, listening to both proponents of the plan and giving residents a chance to voice their concerns.

October 23, 2012
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DRIVER’S LICENSE DESIGNATION FOR VETERANS SIGNED INTO LAW

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C-I, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that legislation (S6799) was signed into law that allows the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to place a distinguishing mark on a driver’s license, or non-driver ID, to indicate its holder is a veteran.

This law, which goes into effect next October, will make it easier for veterans to receive discounts and other special benefits where proof of military service is required. 

“Currently, many veterans carry around their DD-214 forms in order to prove that they are, in fact, veterans,” said Senator Larkin.  “Thanks to this new law, veterans can simply get this  designation put on their license, and their military paperwork can stay at home where it belongs.”

October 18, 2012
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