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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced that he has been named to the new Senate Select Committee on Libraries. The committee is a 19-member bipartisan body that is authorized to conduct meetings, conferences and public hearings, to gather information and to make recommendations on library-related legislative proposals.
"I am thrilled to be a member of this new committee," said Senator Larkin. "Libraries have always been extremely important to me and I am excited to have this opportunity to serve on a committee devoted exclusively to their needs. I look forward to working with my local libraries to ensure their voices are heard on this new committee," said Larkin.
The bipartisan Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment --co-chaired by Senator Michael F. Nozzolio and Assemblyman John J. McEneny -- today released new Senate district lines, based on population shifts which occurred over the last ten years.
Bill Would Prohibit Cemeteries From Selling Historic Cemetery Markers or Monuments
Legislation sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) to prohibit the sale of veteran’s cemetery markers or monuments moved out the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs this week. Senate bill S.1504 prohibits the unauthorized sale of commemorative cemetery markers, flag holders, monuments, statues or other physical memorabilia from the graves of veterans that are over 75 years old by cemeteries if such property is currently placed or located within a cemetery.
"It has been my honor and privilege to work with Maurice Hinchey for over 30 years," said Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson). "His commitment and dedication to his constituents and the entire Hudson Valley has always been unparalleled. Maurice and I have always worked well together and I will miss him as a colleague. As a friend, I wish him all the best and a long and healthy retirement," said Larkin.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today cosponsored legislation to repeal the onerous Metropolitan Commuter Transportation Mobility Tax – otherwise known as the payroll tax - on libraries in the MTA region.
“I am very happy to join my colleagues in sponsoring such an important piece of legislation,” said Senator Larkin. “Our libraries have never been able to afford this burdensome tax and it is my hope that the Legislature and the Governor will work together to ensure this legislation is signed into law as soon as feasibly possible. We must do all we can to ensure the survival and growth of our local libraries and easing the tax burden for them is a giant first step towards achieving this goal,” said Larkin.
"The Governor's budget proposal is an excellent starting point to the budget process," said Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson). "I feel we will be able to achieve a substantial number of the Governor's initiatives and I look forward to starting the process and working towards a budget that helps all New Yorkers. Improving the state's economy and business climate is paramount to bringing back confidence in New York State and I feel the Governor's budget makes great strides towards making this a reality," said Larkin.
Senator Bill Larkin Concerned Federal Matching Funds in Jeopardy
The New York State Senate this week passed legislation (Senate bill S.5921) sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti which would preserve New York’s federal matching funds for two key conservation programs geared for fish and wildlife restoration. It will bar the transfer of state funds from any account contingent upon a matching requirement for the receipt of federal revenues.
The New York State Senate unanimously passed a Legislative Resolution today mourning the death of the late Assemblyman Tom Kirwan from Newburgh.
"Newburgh and the entire Hudson Valley lost a true friend when we lost Tom Kirwan," said Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson). "He was a tireless advocate for the region and enjoyed bringing old-fashioned common sense to the legislative process. I will miss his sage advice and sense of humor but most of all I will miss his friendship and his belief in the values of good government," said Larkin.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) urged all elementary school students (K-6) to participate in the New York State Senate's Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration program. "This is a wonderful opportunity for children to truly express their feelings for the people in their lives, their communities and how they feel about Thanksgiving," said Senator Larkin. "I urge all students to add their unique contributions to this online book and make it a truly memorable keepsake for everyone to enjoy."
(September 26, 2011) Senator Bill Larkin and Assemblywoman Sandy Galef announced that Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed their legislation creating a Certificate for Stillbirth.
Governor Cuomo signed this bill on September 23, 2011 (Chapter 552) after the legislation, A8178/S3111, was approved by the New York State Legislature in June. This new law offers parents the option of requesting a certificate of still birth from the Health Department if they so choose, and they would be able to record a name for their stillborn fetus on the form. Currently, parents who experience one of the more than 1,700 still births per year in New York are only given a fetal death certificate.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) urged those homeowners in Orange and Ulster county who sustained damage to their household appliances to apply for funding through the new Household Appliance Grant Program.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that federal disaster assistance is now available to residents and businesses in Orange County as a result of damages caused by Hurricane Irene. Both Orange and Ulster counties have now been deemed federally recognized disaster areas.
"I am thankful that FEMA officials have recognized that Orange County was not spared from Irene’s wrath," said Senator Larkin. "Every resident and business owner in Orange and Ulster counties impacted by Irene should contact FEMA immediately to discover what kind of assistance is available to them."