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.
I'm pleased to announce that my Senate Republican colleagues and I have just issued an important new report that calls for New York's personal income taxes, business taxes, estate taxes and local property taxes to be reformed, simplified and reduced. The report also calls for a permanent two-percent state spending cap and dedicating surplus revenues to tax reductions.
The new report sends a loud and clear message that comprehensive tax relief will be a top priority for our Senate Republican Conference throughout the 2014 Legislative Session.
The 65th Infantry Honor Task Force today dedicated the opening of its “65th Infantry Regiment/American Latinos in the United States Military” exhibit to Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) for his unwavering support of the 65th Infantry Regiment. The exhibit will be displayed in the Taino Stickball Community Gallery in New York City.
An opportunity for the public to discuss St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital’s proposed reduction in operating hours of the Emergency Department at the Cornwall Campus
Senator Bill Larkin and Assemblyman James Skoufis announced today that they will host a public forum on Tuesday, November 12th at 7:00 p.m. in the Cornwall Central Middle School auditorium located at 122 Main Street in Cornwall. The purpose of this forum is to discuss St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital’s request to the New York State Department of Health to reduce the operating hours of the emergency department at the Cornwall campus.
As your State Senator, I know the best way to serve is to listen to the community and act upon the issues that are most important to you. I would like to thank all those who took the opportunity to participate in the questionnaire so that your voices may be heard.
Please remember my office is always available to assist you and your family. Additionally, you can contact me at anytime on my website to share your thoughts and opinions on issues important to you.
Since 1987, our nation has observed October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This year, a number of celebrities, athletes, corporate leaders, and concerned advocates have joined forces in the battle against domestic violence with a dramatic new series of public service announcements that feature the NO MORE symbol, the first unified branding symbol (like the pink breast cancer ribbon) related to this important issue.
Along with raising public awareness, I wanted to let you know what I'm doing here in New York to help protect women and families, and to ensure that domestic violence offenders are appropriately punished for their crimes.
Today, Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) called on the president and Congress to put the needs of veterans and their families first and set aside their partisan differences to ensure veterans are not harmed any further during the federal government’s shutdown.
Panel To Develop Recommendations for A State Action Plan
To Increase Prevention, Improve Treatment and Diagnosis
Senate Majority Coalition Co-Leaders Dean Skelos and Jeffrey Klein today announced the creation of the Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases to examine state and federal efforts to combat the continued spread of these diseases and make recommendations for a plan to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
Residents who are military veterans can now apply for a special designation on their New York State driver’s license when they apply for a license renewal.
If you are a qualified U.S. military veteran, who was honorably discharged, and you have a NYS driver’s license, learner permit or non-driver photo ID card, you can have the word "Veteran" printed on the upper left hand of your photo document.
This measure, which I proudly supported in the New York State Senate, eliminates the need to carry separate documentation to prove that you are a veteran of the United States Armed Forces.
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.
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.