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SENATOR LARKIN WELCOMES THE LONG GRAY LINE TO THE STATE CAPITOL

The New York State Legislature Honors West Point

 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.

April 26, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO INCREASE PRISON SENTENCES FOR PERSISTENT VIOLENT OFFENDERS

"Three Strikes and You’re In"

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.

April 17, 2012
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Column by Senator Bill Larkin

New York Has Turned The Corner

It’s official, New York has turned the corner!

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

April 12, 2012
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Earth Day 2012 Poster Contest: District 39

Dear Participant,

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest.   This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 39th Senatorial District.

Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state.  I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.

I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2012 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:

Caitlin Marsella

Grade: 3

April 1, 2012
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SENATE COMPLETES SECOND CONSECUTIVE EARLY PASSAGE OF STATE BUDGET

2012-13 State Budget Reduces Spending, Does Not Raise Taxes, Creates Jobs

            For the second consecutive year, the New York State Senate has completed an early passage of the state budget. The 2012-13 state budget achieves the Senate Republicans’ goals of reducing state spending, not raising taxes and creating new private sector jobs.  The new state fiscal year begins April 1st.

March 30, 2012
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SENATE PASSES TOUGH AUTO INSURANCE FRAUD MEASURES

The New York State Senate today passed three bills to combat auto insurance fraud, which costs New Yorkers more than $1 billion a year, as well as legislation that would impose stronger criminal penalties for staging auto accidents. Recent cases of auto insurance fraud have uncovered massive crime rings, including doctors, lawyers and scam artists who staged accidents and used New York's no-fault insurance program as their own giant state-sponsored, ATM machine.

March 22, 2012
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SENATOR LARKIN: LANDMARK ANTI-CRIME BILL TO BECOME LAW

SENATE, ASSEMBLY & GOVERNOR JOIN FORCES TO EXPAND DNA DATABANK

All-Crimes DNA Law a Powerful Crimefighting Tool To Help Protect New Yorkers

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that the State Senate has voted to approve legislation that will implement the largest expansion of the State’s DNA databank since it was first created in 1994. 

The databank expansion, which has been agreed to by Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State Assembly, will help close thousands of unsolved cases, bring justice to crime victims, and help prevent dangerous criminals from committing additional crimes.

March 15, 2012
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Senator Bill Larkin Comments on the 2012-2013 State Budget

Senator Bill Larkin comments on the Senate's budget resolution and the impact it will have on the state budget negotiations.

March 13, 2012
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LARKIN LEGISLATION FOR GENERAL PETRAEUS PASSES SENATE

Bill Would Designate Route 218 For Local Son

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced today that the New York State Senate unanimously passed legislation, Senate bill S.1506, to designate Route 218 from Route 9-W to the United States Military Academy at West Point in honor of General David H. Petraeus.

March 6, 2012
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NEWBURGH LEGISLATION PASSES SENATE

Larkin Bill To Allow City To Establish An Administrative Tribunal Approved by Senate

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced today that legislation; Senate bill S.3959, to allow the City of Newburgh to establish an administrative tribunal for parking infractions has been passed by the Senate and sent to the Assembly for action.

March 5, 2012
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SENATOR LARKIN ANNOUNCES EARTH DAY CONTEST

Statewide Earth Day Poster Contest Promotes Environmental Awareness

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today called for local student entries for the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest, a statewide competition that encourages student awareness of environmental issues.

March 2, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO REPEAL MASSIVE MANDATE ON BUSINESS

Wage Theft Prevention Act Is A Mountain of Costly, Useless Paper

 The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.6063A), sponsored by Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, to repeal the notification provisions of the Wage Theft Prevention Act, a massive, costly mandate on every employer in the state. 

 “I fully support this legislation and hope that the Assembly sees fit to pass this bill immediately,” said Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson).  “It will give our businesses, particularly our small businesses, relief from this costly paperwork burden and will go a long way towards making New York more competitive when attracting new private sector jobs.”

February 29, 2012
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LARKIN REMINDS HOMEOWNERS TO APPLY FOR STAR BY MARCH 1ST

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) is reminding homeowners that the deadline to apply for both the Basic and the Enhanced STAR property tax exemption is March 1, 2012.

Basic STAR is available for owner-occupied, primary residences where the owners’ total income is less than $500,000.  Basic STAR works by exempting the first $30,000 of the full assessed value of a home from school taxes.  Generally, homeowners only need to apply for this exemption once.

February 21, 2012
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LARKIN LEGISLATION PASSES SENATE

Bill Will Allow Farm Wineries To Sell Wine At Roadside Farm Markets

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced today that the New York State Senate has passed Senate bill S.4241-A, which authorizes the sale of wine produced by farm or special wineries or micro-wineries at licensed roadside farm markets. 

February 13, 2012
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LEGISLATION ALLOWING TOWNS TO SET LOCAL SPEED LIMITS PASSES SENATE

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced that legislation he has cosponsored passed the New York State Senate today.  Senate bill, S.547, introduced by Senator Betty Little, would allow towns throughout New York State to set the maximum speed limit on roads within their jurisdiction.

February 7, 2012
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LARKIN NAMED TO SENATE BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEES

Work Begins Immediately To Ensure an On-Time Budget

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced that he has been asked to serve on both the Health and Mental Hygiene Budget Subcommittees in the Senate.  These subcommittees review the Governor’s budget proposals and report to the full Conference with recommendations on key issues in those areas. 

“This is a tremendous honor for me,” said Larkin.  “The areas of Health and Mental Hygiene are important to my constituents and I feel it’s imperative to have their voices heard during budget negotiations.  I am anxious to start our in-depth review of the budget language and look forward to working with Governor to achieve an on-time budget,” said Larkin.

February 2, 2012
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SENATOR LARKIN VOTES TO APPROVE HISTORIC EXPANSION OF DNA DATABANK – KEY MEASURE TO HELP SOLVE CRIMES, COMBAT SEXUAL PREDATORS

Launches “Join the Fight” Online Petition at www.larkin.nysenate.gov

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that the State Senate has approved legislation to implement the largest expansion of the State’s DNA databank since it was first created in 1994.  The expansion would help law enforcement close thousands of unsolved cases, bring justice to crime victims, and help prevent dangerous criminals from committing additional crimes.

The Senator also launched a new “Join the Fight” online petition at www.larkin.nysenate.gov, to garner public support for the proposal, and help ensure that it becomes law this year.

January 31, 2012
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NEWBURGH LEGISLATION MOVES OUT OF SENATE COMMITTEE

Larkin Bill To Allow City To Establish An Administrative Tribunal Heads To The Senate Floor

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced that legislation, Senate bill S.3959, to allow the City of Newburgh to establish an administrative tribunal for parking infractions has been voted out of the Senate's Local Government Committee and sent to the Senate floor to await action by the full Senate.

January 30, 2012
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