New legislation that would allow more time for military absentee ballots to be mailed and counted in special elections has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
The legislation (S.3500) ensures that current state law conforms with the federal law requiring election officials to finalize and transmit the final ballot to military voters overseas within 45 days of a special election.
"I congratulate the men and women of the 105th Airlift Wing on this momentous announcement," said Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson). "The Air Force has made a terrific choice in selecting Stewart Air National Guard Base as the home of their new C-17 Globemaster transport planes. This decision confirms what we in the region have known for a long time, that the 105th Airlift Wing is one of the finest, most professional units in the Air Guard. Placing the C-17's at Stewart will ensure the long term stability of the Air Force Base and is a great boost to the Hudson Valley economically," said Larkin.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced that he has been named to the leadership position of Senate Majority Whip by Senator Dean Skelos, Senate Majority Leader.
"It is a great honor for me to be named Majority Whip," said Senator Larkin. "I appreciate the confidence Senator Skelos has placed in me and I look forward to working with the entire Republican conference to ensure a successful legislative session."
"Bill Larkin is a true leader and I value his wisdom, experience and input as part of the Senate Majority’ leadership team," Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos said.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) introduced a legislative resolution in the New York State Senate commemorating the 30th anniversary of the ending of the Iranian Hostage Crisis. "This resolution is the Senate's way of showing our appreciation to the hostages, their families, the members of the rescue mission and their families," said Senator Larkin. "Their sacrifices and courage are truly inspiring and I thank them for their service to their county."
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) recently announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has made available a new medallion, which is to be affixed to an existing privately purchased headstone or marker to signify a deceased person’s status as a veteran.
In recognition of his support of local farmers, the New York Farm Bureau has named Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) to their "Circle of Friends" for the 2010 Legislative Session.
"This award is a great honor for me," said Senator Larkin. "I am proud to be included in the Farm Bureau's "Circle of Friends" and fully support our local farmers. The hard work and dedication shown by our farm families is one of the reasons New York farms are among the best in the nation. Our farm products consistently rank among the highest nationwide in quality and this is due to the strong work ethic and pride shown by all New York farmers," said Larkin.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced that the 2010-2011 Fish and Game brochure, a convenient guide containing important information on fishing and hunting in New York State, is now available online by going to http://larkin.nysenate.gov.
"Each year, dozens of people call my offices because they either never received this brochure or because they want additional copies for their friends and family," said Senator Larkin. "Now, instead of waiting for what they need in the mail, these individuals and anyone else can just go to my website and print out, or simply review, the information they are after."
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) cautions all individuals and families that a sales tax hike will soon take effect. On October 1st, New York State will begin collecting 4 percent sales tax on clothing and footwear costing $110 or less as part of the 2010-2011 state budget approved by the Democrats who control state government.
"Between the last two state budgets, both of which I voted against, taxes and fees have increased by an incredible $12 billion," said Senator Larkin. "How many more people, jobs and businesses have to leave New York before the Democrats ‘running’ this state realize that tax increases are adding to our problems, not solving them?"
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced today that a new insurance program to assist those individuals who have pre-existing health conditions is now accepting applications for coverage. The NY Bridge Plan, as the new program is known, will start providing coverage on October 1st to those people accepted into the program.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson), along with his Senate Republican colleagues, today unanimously supported legislation to enact a property tax cap, leading the way for its passage despite a lack of support from a quarter of the members of the Senate Democratic Conference.
"Taxpayers across the state have been crying out for real property tax relief," said Senator Larkin. "This property tax cap is a first step towards helping homeowners, particularly senior citizens, stay in their homes. I urge the Assembly to pass this legislation immediately and ease the burden on struggling homeowners throughout New York."
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) has introduced legislation, along with Senator Brian Foley of Suffolk County, to establish a pilot program for gang courts in both Orange and Suffolk counties.
Nominates Him to the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame
Senator Bill Larkin (R,C-Cornwall-on-Hudson) has nominated Anthony Zippo, Director of the Orange County Veterans Service Agency, for inclusion in the Senate's Veterans Hall of Fame. Mr. Zippo was nominated for his outstanding dedication to the veterans of Orange County, and throughout the entire Hudson Valley.
Senator Bill Larkin (R, C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) condemned the passage of today's bill increasing taxes and fees on businesses under the guise of keeping New York's parks open. The proposal, which was negotiated behind closed doors by New York City Democrats in the wee hours of the morning, calls for unprecedented hikes in fees and taxes on both large and small businesses across the state.
Senate Democrats today unanimously voted down a Republican-sponsored amendment that would have enacted a property tax cap, prevented school districts from raising local tax levies this year, and provided middle-class taxpayers across the State with relief from soaring property taxes.