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.”
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.