October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While great strides have been made in the fight against this deadly disease, there is still a long way to go: over 40,000 women (and 400 men) die annually of breast cancer.
“I was very pleased with the response to Tuesday’s meeting with St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital concerning the proposed reduction in hours at their Cornwall Campus Emergency Room. Local officials had the opportunity to express their fears to the hospital representatives and ask pointed questions regarding the announced changes. Everyone agreed that more dialogue and discussion are needed before any changes are finalized.”
“I look forward to meeting again with the hospital representatives and local officials to make sure the public’s concerns are heard on these proposed changes and ensure the safety of our local residents.”
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C-I, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today issued the following statement regarding the ongoing retransmission consent dispute between CBS and Time Warner Cable:
“This dispute has been going on for far too long and needs to end. CBS viewers and Time Warner Cable customers deserve better and shouldn’t have to put up with disruptions, blockages and blackouts. I urge both companies to come together, hash out their differences, and resolve this matter as quickly as possible.”
Awarded the National Medal of Civic Honor from the National Conference of State Legislatures
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) was honored by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Monday, August 12, 2013, at their annual Legislative Summit in Atlanta, Georgia. Senator Larkin was one of six World War II veteran lawmakers honored for their service and dedication to our country and who are actively serving in their state legislatures.
Senator Bill Larkin had the privilege of speaking at the NYS Department of Health’s 50 Years of Vital Newborn Screening press conference held in Albany. His legislation, recently signed into law by Governor Cuomo, requiring newborns to be screened for Congenital Heart Defects will now be included as one of the 46 tests required by New York State.
Three pieces of legislation were signed into law by Governor Cuomo announced the bills’ sponsor, Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson). Of the three bills, two were local legislation dealing with Orange County’s one percent sales tax extension and conveying land in the Thiells-Roseville Fire District. The other piece of legislation dealt with requiring hospitals to screen newborns for congenital heart defects.
Senators Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) and Cecilia Tkaczyk (D, Duanesburg) today called on the New York State Assembly to reconvene to pass legislation which would extend Ulster County’s additional 1% sales tax. Failure by the Assembly to act will result in $26 million in lost revenue to the County, its towns and the City of Kingston.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today reminded students to continue to read during their summer vacations and to participate in the New York State Senate’s Dig Into Reading summer reading program. This program is run in conjunction with the NYS Education Department and offers students the opportunity to register their books online and track their reading progress. The website also offers age-appropriate reading suggestions and allows you to see which schools are reading the most and which books other students are reading.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today called on the New York State Assembly to commit to placing legislation to extend Ulster County’s sales tax on any future agenda should they be called back into session by the Governor. The Assembly left town on Friday without taking up the measure.
The New York State Senate today approved the “Public Assistance Integrity Act,” sponsored by Senator Tom Libous (R-C-I, Binghamton), that would help cut down on the flagrant abuse of EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) cards by prohibiting welfare recipients from using cash assistance to purchase tobacco, alcoholic beverages, lottery tickets or to gamble.
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.”
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.
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.
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