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.
Anthony Mancinelli Honored For Holding the Guinness World Record for Oldest Practicing Barber
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) and the New York State Senate honored New Windsor resident Anthony Mancinelli for his accomplishment of holding the Guinness World Record for oldest practicing barber by passing a Legislative Resolution lauding his achievement.
"Tony is the best," said Senator Larkin. "It is my great pleasure to present him with a Senate Resolution honoring his Guinness World Record and I urge him to keep going for many years," said Larkin.
Joseph R. Farina Nominated to the Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) has nominated Joseph R. Farina to the Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame at a ceremony today held at the National Purple Heart Hall ofHonor in New Windsor. Mr. Farina served in the United States Army and attained the rank of Sergeant serving with distinction in the Southwest Pacific and the Philippine Islands.
$202 Million in Property Tax Relief For Seniors;$1.2 Billion for Middle Class Families in ’13-14
The New York State Senate has passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Kenneth LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), that would restore the STAR property tax rebate program. The bill (S7447) would provide $202 million in property tax relief to senior citizens in the 2012-13 school year and $1.2 billion in property tax relief to middle class families starting in 2013-14.
The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S6079A), sponsored by Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola), that would exempt libraries from the paying the MTA payroll tax. Repealing the tax would save libraries in the downstate MTA region $1.3 million annually.
"Our libraries do a tremendous job with limited resources," said Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson). "This legislation will free them from the burden of paying this onerous tax which will allow the funding to go towards critical library programs and expanded services. I urge the Assembly to bring this bill up for a vote as soon as possible," said Larkin.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) joined with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in announcing the week of June 2-10, 2012 as National Fishing and Boating Week.
“I encourage everyone to take advantage of all the lakes and rivers that New York has to offer,” said Senator Larkin. “With the summer fast approaching, boating and fishing are a few of the many activities that the whole family can enjoy together.”
"I am adamantly opposed to the proposed plan by the Thruway Authority to increase certain commercial tolls by 45 percent. Just when the state is making strides to show the business community we are serious about making New York business-friendly, the Thruway Authority goes out of its way to stifle certain sectors of our business economy.
I am very concerned that trucking companies and especially farmers won't be able to cover the increased costs of doing business without passing the toll hikes on to consumers. We need to start encouraging our small businesses, not making it more difficult for them to stay in business.
The New York State Senate today passed the 2012 NEW JOBS-NY Job Creation Plan. The Senate’s comprehensive plan will help create thousands of new private sector jobs by delivering tax relief to small businesses and manufacturers, reducing energy costs, and enacting major fiscal reforms to make New York State more economically competitive.
More than 200 Museums participating in first-ever celebration, May 31 – June 6
New York State is celebrating the diversity and richness of its museums by inviting residents and visitors alike to discover the fascinating worlds of art, photography, history, science, pop-culture and more. From May 31 to June 6, more than 200 museums across the state will be part of the inaugural New York State Museum Week and will be offering special events, activities and promotions to give guests a sample of the exhibitions and programs available at the nearly 2,000 museums located throughout New York.
Sister Yliana Hernandez Selected as 2012 "Woman of Distinction"
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today honored Sister Yliana Hernandez of Newburgh at a special ceremony held in Albany as one of the New York State Senate's 2012 "Women of Distinction."
Sister Yliana was honored for her outstanding contributions to education and for her commitment to helping others in her local community. Sister Yliana is currently the principal at the Nora Cronin Presentation Academy, a private middle-school in Newburgh, which instructs 60 girls with a combination of full-time and volunteer teachers.
Making College Affordable for Middle Class Families Through:Increased Tuition Tax Breaks; Lower Student Loan Interest Rates; Tuition Pre-Payment; Truth-in-Lending for Student Loans
Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos and members of the Senate Majority Conference today outlined a plan to help middle-class families and students afford the rapidly increasing cost of a college education. The Senate’s 2012 College Affordability Plan would help parents save for higher education for their children and give students and families access to low interest student loans, as well as clear information about the size of the loan debt they are taking on.
We’ve all seen the ads promising to save us hundreds of dollars on our car insurance, but what if we could save a billion dollars?
It’s not as farfetched as you might think. New Yorkers pay 50% more for their auto insurance than drivers in other states and a driving force behind these higher premiums is fraud. It costs New Yorkers over $1 billion a year, but it doesn’t have to. That’s because the State Senate has passed 3 pieces of legislation to fight these unwarranted costs.
Unfortunately however, a hurdle remains before they can be fully implemented into law and for the savings to begin. That hurdle is the State Assembly. Despite having the bills on their desks for months, they have refused to act. It’s a mystery of inaction that regrettably impacts us all.
Below are legislative actions taken by the State Senate recently to protect our families:
Nothing fake about the dangers of synthetic marijuana: Believed harmless by many, ‘fake pot’ is a dangerous substance whose growing use is spreading through our communities. Herbs sprayed with toxic chemicals, these over-the-counter drugs have been responsible for a number of violent acts and can have devastating effects on a user’s health. To protect our families the Senate has passed S.6694, a bill that prohibits the sale and possession of these hazardous substances. With side-effects as bad or worse than a number of illegal drugs, it’s time that synthetic marijuana is removed from our stores.
Measures Increase Penalties, Enhance Community Notification and Protection
The New York State Senate today passed a package of eight bills to prevent sexual predators from obtaining access to potential victims and help law enforcement and communities keep track of their whereabouts. The bills will help increase the amount of information available about convicted sex offenders and seeks to prevent them from obtaining access to vulnerable individuals.
The New York State Senate today passed legislation to criminalize the sale and possession of synthetic marijuana. The bill (S.6694), sponsored by Senator John Flanagan (R-C-I, East Northport), would also criminalize the sale and possession of hallucinogenic chemicals deceptively called “bath salts.”
"These chemicals are extremely dangerous and are a growing health concern for people of all ages," said Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson). "This legislation will keep these drugs off our streets and out of the hands of our children," said Larkin.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson), a retired Lieutenant Colonel who served 23 years on active duty in the United States Army, today hosted the sixtieth annual "West Point Day" at the New York State Capitol in Albany.
“I am deeply honored to represent the United States Military Academy at West Point in the New York State Senate,” said Senator Bill Larkin. “The Academy has a long history of bringing out the best in individuals and the cadets visiting us today are shining examples of this successful tradition. I applaud them for their dedication and commitment to our country and I thank them for their sacrifices,” said Larkin.
The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would keep the most dangerous, violent, repeat criminals behind bars and out of our communities.
The bill (S.1539), sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-C, Rockville Centre), requires persistent violent felony offenders be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. This bill recognizes that persistent violent offenders are most likely to commit violent crimes again and would ensure that violent, recidivist criminals are permanently prevented from posing a danger to society.
For the second year in a row we have an on-time budget that recognizes the need to maximize taxpayer dollars by doing more with less. Now, hardworking New Yorker’s will be able to keep more money in their pockets because the budget:
• Doesn’t raise taxes• Doesn’t increase state spending• Provides over $3 billion in savings for Orange, Ulster and Rockland counties to lower property taxes