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SENATOR BILL LARKIN ANNOUNCES $75 MILLION INCREASE IN CONSOLIDATED LOCAL STREET AND HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (CHIPS)

Senator Bill Larkin (R,C,I, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced today that the 2013-2014 New York State budget includes an increase of $75 million in funding to the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS).  This funding will allow municipalities to repair and improve their local roads, bridges and highways.

March 27, 2013
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2013 Budget Update

Senator Bill Larkin discusses the status of New York's budget negotiations.

March 20, 2013
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SENATE REPUBLICANS UNVEIL “GROWN IN NEW YORK” TO STRENGTHEN AGRICULTURE AND FAMILY FARMS

Growing the state’s agriculture industry and helping New York’s family farms prosper is the goal of the “Grown in New York” plan, unveiled today by Senator Patty Ritchie, Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee.  Senator Ritchie was joined at a Capitol news conference by other members of the committee, as well as leaders of the New York Farm Bureau to announce a plan to strengthen the state’s $5.2 billion agriculture industry by expanding markets for New York-grown products, improving the bottom lines of family farms, and investing in the future of farming.

March 5, 2013
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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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