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."
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) is urging individuals and businesses in Ulster and Orange counties who were impacted by Hurricane Irene to contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and apply for federal disaster assistance.
"Ulster County has been designated as a federal disaster area and its residents and businesses are therefore eligible for federal disaster aid," said Senator Larkin. "Although Orange and a few other hard-hit counties in the Hudson Valley have not received the disaster designation, FEMA officials are still encouraging the residents in these communities to apply for aid. Applying will get you in FEMA’s system and get the ball rolling."
William Stratis Named To The NYS Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced that he has nominated William Stratis to the New York State Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame.
"It is an honor and a privilege for me to have nominated Bill Stratis to the Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame," said Larkin. "His dedication to the veterans of the Hudson Valley, coupled with the sacrifices he made during his time in the military, make him an outstanding addition to the Hall of Fame and an inspiration to all," said Larkin.
The New York State Senate today passed historic property tax relief legislation that enacts a cap on the growth of local property taxes.
The bill (S.5856), sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos, will cap school and local government taxes to less than two percent or the Consumer Price Index (CPI), whichever is lower. Mandate relief is also included, with $127 million in savings to local governments, in addition to the creation of a Mandate Relief Council to identify and repeal unsound, unduly burdensome laws and regulations.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C,Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced today that the New York State Senate has passed legislation which will direct the Department of Health to establish a "Certificate of Still Birth" which can be issued upon request to families suffering a stillbirth.
"To families who have suffered this terrible loss, the Certificate of Still Birth will help them to begin the healing process," said Senator Larkin. "My heart goes out to everyone who has endured this tragedy and I hope this acknowledgment of their stillbirth will allow them a form of closure during this difficult time."
Removing Payroll Tax Burden Will Help Businesses Create Jobs
The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.5596A/ A.8193A) to repeal the MTA Payroll Tax, easing an enormous financial burden that has caused job losses and hurt businesses across the downstate region. The bill, which has strong support from business organizations including the Business Council of New York State and the National Federation of Independent Businesses, is sponsored by Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley), Senator Bill Larkin (R,C - Cornwall-on-Hudson) and other Senators representing the 12-county MTA region.
William G. Stratis Nominated to the Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame
Today, Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced that he has nominated William G. Stratis to the Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame for his dedication and sacrifice to his country.
"Bill Stratis is a veteran's veteran," said Senator Bill Larkin. "His sacrifices on behalf of our country and the ordeals he has gone through in service to our country are an inspiration to all of us and I am honored to call him a friend."