9/21/2007: Owner Still Mopping Up Mess From Contractor

The process of trying to reopen a Curves Gym that was shuttered by the NYC Department of Buildings last July hasn’t been easy. The department told the owner of the Springfield Gardens gym, Shauwana Dill-Darby, that the certificate of occupancy was invalid because the contractor she hired allegedly forged an engineer’s signature on the documents used for its acquisition. According to Queens County District Attorney Richard Brown, the contractor, Satroghaun Singh, repeated the practice on nearly 300 other documents related to building plans in Queens.


Expanding Health Coverage To Uninsured Children

There are more than 400,000 children in New York state that do not have health insurance. To put that number in perspective, that is equal to the entire population of Onondaga County, including the City of Syracuse and the well populated suburban towns of Cicero, Manlius and Clay. It is an astounding number. These uninsured children live in all regions of the state and come from diverse backgrounds. Many of these children are urban poor. Others are from rural communities, including farming families that have few places to turn for health coverage.


Senator Johnson Recognizes Island Drafting & Technical Institute

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, was recently joined by Assemblyman Robert Sweeney and Senator Charles Fuschillo in presenting a New York State Legislative Resolution to the Island Drafting and Technical Institute in Amityville. The Institute, which is one of the oldest career colleges on Long Island, recently celebrated 50 years of service to the community.


Senator Johnson Welcomes TII Network Technologies To Edgewood

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, recently joined officials from TII Network Technologies and other elected officials in cutting the ribbon at the company’s new 25,000 square-foot headquarters at the Heartland Center in Edgewood near the Deer Park Train Station. TII is a leader in developing and manufacturing advanced network technology solutions for the telecommunications industry.


Senate Democrats Hold Hearing Urging Passage Of Paid Family Leave Law

Members of the New York State Senate Democratic Conference today held a hearing on legislation that would allow workers up to 12 weeks of paid leave from employment in the event of a family health emergency.


Linking What We Grow With What We Eat

When I talk to farmers in Central New York about the prospects of selling more of their products to consumers downstate, many tell me how hard it is to break into those markets. It is true, and there are many reasons for this, not the least of which being the lack of a distribution infrastructure. Yet, when I speak to my Senate colleagues from the New York City area, they tell me their constituents are eager to buy New York grown food and farm products. These consumers want New York products for health and environmental reasons, among others.



Fuschillo & Mckevitt Talk About The Issues With Bellmore Sons Of Italy Lodge

State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) and Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt (17th Assembly District) recently served as guest speakers during a recent meeting of the Giovanni Caboto Lodge # 2372, Order Sons of Italy in America in Bellmore.

Senator Fuschillo and Assemblyman McKevitt discussed their efforts to deliver tax relief to local homeowners. They informed residents about the 2007 New York State Middle Class STAR Rebate Program, which provides a property tax rebate check to middle class homeowners.


Senator Fuschillo Applauds Airline Passenger Advocate's "strand-in" On The Mall In Washington D.c.

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. today applauded the efforts of airline passenger advocate Kate Hanni and other advocates for staging a "Strand-In" in Washington, D.C. today to draw attention to the need for federal legislation to protect stranded airline passengers. Ms. Hanni, founder of the Coalition for an Airline Passengers’ Bill of Rights, has set up a tent on the Mall today in which the conditions of being stranded on an airplane for hours have been simulated.


Senate Democrats To Hold Hearing On Paid Family Leave Bill

The New York State Senate Democratic Conference will hold a hearing on Thursday, Sept. 20, in Albany to gain input on legislation entitling workers to paid leave from employment in the event of a family health emergency or to care for a newborn child. Representatives of the Paid Family Leave Coalition, the Working Families Party, 1199 SEIU, the Fiscal Policy Institute, the National Organization For Women (NOW) and individuals directly affected by New York's lack of a family leave compensation law have been invited to address the Senate Democratic panel.

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