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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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NEW YORK FARM BUREAU NAMES SENATOR BILL LARKIN TO THEIR "CIRCLE OF FRIENDS"

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C-I, Cornwall-on-Hudson) has been named to the New York Farm Bureau's "Circle of Friends" for the 2012 Legislative Session.  This recognition is based upon his positive voting record in support of New York agriculture.

"It is an honor to be named to the Farm Bureau's Circle of Friends," said Senator Larkin.  "Our farms are the backbone of New York's economy and have an exemplary reputation for producing some of the world's most desired and delicious products.  I consider it a privilege to support their efforts and thank them for including me within their Circle of Friends," said Larkin.

The New York Farm Bureau's "Circle of Friends" membership is reserved for those who actively support the farm families of New York State. 

September 28, 2012
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LARKIN SENDS LETTER TO GOVERNOR CUOMO REGARDING SURCHARGE ON EMPLOYERS

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today sent a letter to Governor Cuomo requesting that the state pick up a $102 million tab hitting employers across the state.

The New York State Department of Labor is currently billing employers statewide $12.75 for each person they employ.  Due in September, this "Interest Assessment Surcharge" is being collected so New York can make an interest payment on a $4 billion loan it took out from the federal government to cover unemployment benefits. 

In his letter to Governor Cuomo, Senator Larkin suggested that rather than bill employers, New York should pick up the cost using a portion of the $340 million in settlement payments the state is set to receive from the Standard Charter Bank investigation.

September 6, 2012
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SENATOR LARKIN RECOGNIZED AS “PRO-JOBS SUPPORTER” BY STATE BUSINESS COUNCIL

In recognition of his commitment to promoting fiscal reform and improving the state’s economic climate, Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) received a 90% pro-jobs rating as part of the Business Council of New York State’s 2012 Voters’ Guide.

The Business Council of New York State recently released its 2012 Voters’ Guide, which measures New York State Legislators’ commitment to improving the state’s economic climate and performance by scoring their support for key business legislation during the 2012 Legislative Session. 

September 6, 2012
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LARKIN LEGISLATION SIGNED INTO LAW

Governor Cuomo Signs Local Legislation Authorizing the City of Newburgh To Establish A Parking Tribunal

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced today that legislation, (Senate bill S.3959), allowing the City of Newburgh to establish an administrative tribunal to handle parking infractions was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

“I am very pleased that Governor Cuomo signed this legislation into law.  This is great news for the City of Newburgh,” Senator Larkin said.  “The parking tribunal created by this new law will help the City finally recoup nearly $3 million from over 60,000 outstanding parking tickets.”

September 6, 2012
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August Brings Bad News For Criminals in New York State

For many New Yorkers, the beginning of August means long hot summer days, catching a ball game with the kids, or maybe taking a family trip to the beach or mountains. 

For New York's law enforcement professionals however, the beginning of August also brings a major and welcome new change in our State's criminal justice laws.

That's because August 1st, 2012 was the effective date of the new "ALL-CRIMES DNA LAW," which dramatically strengthens and expands New York State's crime-fighting DNA database. 

August 3, 2012
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NYSDOT Announces NY Works Paving For Hudson Valley Roads

Several State Roads to be Resurfaced This Summer

New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald today announced that construction is under way on $32.8 million in work to resurface nearly 100 miles of State roads in Dutchess, Orange, Ulster and Westchester counties through Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s NY Works program.  

“Governor Cuomo’s NY Works program speeds up our bridge and highway reconstruction efforts and puts people back to work,” Commissioner McDonald said “The traveling public will see nearly twice as much highway work than just last year.  We ask motorists to be patient and drive carefully through construction zones.” 

July 11, 2012
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SENATOR BILL LARKIN REMINDS KIDS THAT THE NEW YORK STATE SUMMER READING PROGRAM IS UNDERWAY

The New York State Library, teaming up with the more than 1,100 public libraries and neighborhood branches statewide, has announced the kick-off of "Summer Reading at New York Libraries," the 2012 New York State summer reading programs.  Through these programs, young people will have the opportunity to access the vast resources of New York’s public libraries to support their summer reading and to gain recognition for what they achieve.

July 9, 2012
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Column by Senator Bill Larkin

The 2012 legislative session shows New York is on track for a better tomorrow.

Following 2 years of runaway debt and dysfunction, our state government needed an overhaul. To put an end to the chaos, New Yorkers voted in a Republican led Senate and the results have been unmistakable.

We trimmed the fat off of Albany’s bloated budgets, eliminating more than $13 billion in deficits. We shrank the ballooning government bureaucracy by consolidating agencies. And we enacted common sense reforms to increase efficiency and reduce costs.

The success goes beyond just reigning in spending. The real victory is that not only was this done without raising taxes, it was done by cutting them.

June 29, 2012
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Senator Larkin and Assemblyman Skartados Pass Legislation to Create a Newburgh Parking Ticket Tribunal

In an effort to cut down on the time the Newburgh City Court has to spend addressing parking tickets, Senator William Larkin (R-C Cornwall-on-Hudson) and Assemblyman Frank Skartados (D-Milton) announced the passage of legislation that will allow Newburgh to establish an administrative tribunal to handle all parking tickets.

"This is a great day for the City of Newburgh," Senator Larkin said.  "It has taken over a decade, but after all these years I am very happy the legislation has finally passed both houses of the Legislature. I look forward to the Governor signing the bill into law and allowing the City to finally begin recouping the money they so desperately need."

June 22, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO REFORM NEW YORK’S CARE OF PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS AND DISABILITIES

Legislation Creates the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs to Prevent, Investigate and Prosecute Abuse and Neglect of Vulnerable New Yorkers

The New York State Senate today passed sweeping legislation that will transform how New Yorkers with special needs and disabilities are protected. The bill (S7749) sponsored by Senator Roy McDonald (R-C-I, Saratoga) is part of a three-way agreement between the Senate, Assembly and Governor Cuomo to establish the strongest standards and practices in the nation for protecting individuals in state operated, certified or licensed facilities and programs.

June 20, 2012
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION PROHIBITING THE VIEWING OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

Bill Closes Loophole Created by Recent Court of Appeals Ruling

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S7742) sponsored by Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), that would make the viewing of child pornography a felony crime. The bill is part of a three-way agreement with the Senate, Assembly and Governor Cuomo to amend current state law to make a person guilty of a crime when the person knowingly accesses child pornography with the intent to view.

The legislation comes after a state Court of Appeals ruling in May 2012 that said viewing child pornography on the Internet is not a crime. This legislation closes that loophole.

June 19, 2012
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LARKIN AND STATE SENATE HONOR THE BORINQUENEERS

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) and the New York State Senate today passed a Legislative Resolution honoring the Borinqueneers, the only all Puerto Rican unit in United States Military history.

The 65th Infantry Regiment, more commonly known as the “Borinqueneers,” was an all Puerto Rican unit that served in the United States Armed Forces during WWI, WWII and the Korean War.  The Borinqueneers served with distinction and earned numerous awards and decorations including: two Presidential Unit Citations, a Meritorious Unit Commendation, and two Republic of Korea Unit Citations. 

June 19, 2012
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NEWS FROM THE SENATE BY SENATOR BILL LARKIN

As this year’s legislative session comes to a close, the NYS Senate is hard at work ensuring the passage of important legislation such as the following:

June 15, 2012
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SENATE PASSES "I-STOP" TO REDUCE PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE

In response to the escalating problem of prescription drug abuse, the state Senate and Assembly have passed legislation that would make significant changes to the way prescription drugs are distributed and monitored in New York State. 

The bill (S7637), sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza (R-I, Staten Island) and Senator Kemp Hannon (R, Nassau), Chairman of the Senate Health Committee, includes "real time" prescription tracking to provide more information to doctors and pharmacists, in an effort to prevent deaths from abuse and overdoses of prescription drugs, particularly painkillers.

June 14, 2012
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