Bills Focus on Enforcing Stricter Penalties and Create Cyber Security Measures To Protect New York From Future Threats
The New York State Senate today passed four bills to crack down on cyber terrorism and its rapidly expanding threat to the state’s security and finances. The legislation, sponsored by Senator Thomas Croci (R, Sayville), would enact tougher penalties for cyber-related crimes, create cyber security programs to identify potential risks and threats, and require the state to perform a comprehensive review of all its cyber security measures every five years.
Measures to help veterans find employment and housing are among the highlights of new state laws that will take effect on January 1, 2015.
Other laws that take effect on New Year’s Day will: reduce the tax burden on businesses; provide tax credits to employers that hire people with developmental disabilities; allow banks to freeze credit records of minors to prevent identity theft; protect people in adult care facilities; encourage music and theatrical productions in upstate New York; and expand opportunities to finance end-of-life care.
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.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) reminded Hudson Valley residents today that those needing assistance with their heating costs may now apply for New York’s Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). The program began accepting applications on Monday, November 17. Those households that are eligible can receive a one-time payment of up to $625 for assistance with their heating costs this year.
Local Event to be Held at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) is pleased to join with The Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center, Mount Saint Mary College and the Newburgh Armory Unity Center to offer a National Memory Screening Event. This event will be held at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. and is free of charge. Walk-ins will be accepted based on availability but pre-registration is recommended. Please call 845-220-3167 to register for a screening.
Lawmakers seek first-in-the-nation set-aside program to enable service-disabled
veterans to participate in annual state legislative internship program
On Veterans Day, Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Glenville) and New York State Senator Bill Larkin (R,C-Cornwall-on-Hudson), a World War II and Korean War combat veteran, today called on the state Legislature to create the G.I.V.E. Back NY program (Giving Internships for disabled Veterans not fully Employed) to enable disabled veterans to participate in the Assembly and Senate’s annual legislative internship program.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) said today: “I am extremely disappointed with Governor Cuomo’s veto of the veterans’ buyback legislation (S.7839/A.6974-B) and I am especially disheartened that he chose to do so the eve of Veterans Day. I am currently in the process of meeting with my legislative staff in order to determine the best course of action to move this issue forward in spite of the Governor’s veto. I will continue to do all I can to ensure that New York’s veterans receive the benefits they rightfully deserve.”
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced today that Senate bill S.7839 has been sent to Governor Cuomo for his review and action. This legislation, an extension of the Veterans Service Credit Law of 2000, would allow all honorably discharged veterans who are members of the New York State Public Retirement System to purchase up to three years of service credit for military service. Currently, only public employees who served in the armed forces during certain military conflicts are permitted to receive this pension benefit.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced today that he has secured $100,000 to assist the Town of Crawford in building a new community center. The funding for this grant is through the New York State and Municipal Facilities Program.
State Assistance To Train Law Enforcement To Handle Incidents
Involving Persons With Mental Illness
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced today that he has secured state funds for specialized training of law enforcement officers in the City of Newburgh to help them more safely and effectively respond to people experiencing a mental health crisis.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced that he has secured funding through the New York State and Municipal Facilities Program for three libraries in his district. Cornwall Public Library, Moffat Library and Monroe Free Library will each receive $50,000 in funding to assist with capital projects.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced that he has secured $343,500 in anti-crime and domestic violence prevention funding for seven local law enforcement agencies, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, the Orange County Medical Examiner’s Office and the Newburgh Enlarged City School District. The funding will be used for a wide variety of initiatives including the purchase of police vehicles, safety equipment, laptops, equipment to assist with investigations, building cameras and to assist with domestic violence prosecutions.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced that he has secured $130,000 in state funding for four Orange County Police Departments. The City of Newburgh will receive $75,000 to purchase cameras; the Town of Newburgh will receive $20,000 to purchase laptops for their patrol vehicles; the Town of New Windsor will receive $20,000 to purchase a new patrol vehicle and the Town of Cornwall will receive $15,000 for safety equipment and the purchase of a new patrol vehicle.