Brian X. Foley's Press releases

Senator Foley Secures Funding for Long Island Maritime Museum

Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) announced today that he has secured funding for the Long Island Maritime Museum.

The $125,000 capital grant that Senator Foley provided, which will be administered through the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY), will be used to make various improvements at the facility, including the expansion and renewal of the museum’s collections.

September 24, 2010
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Senator Foley Secures Funding for Greater Patchogue Foundation

Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) announced today that he has secured funding for the Greater Patchogue Foundation.

The $100,000 capital grant that Senator Foley provided, which will be administered through the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY), will be used to make improvements to the sidewalks and curbing around the Lakeview Cemetery. The completion of improvements to the sidewalks will compliment the newly reconstructed front entrance gates, archway and gate pillars that replicate those first constructed in 1899.

September 24, 2010
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Senator Foley Secures Funding for Bayport Fire District

Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) announced today that he has secured funding for the Bayport Fire District.

September 24, 2010
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Senator Foley, Assemblyman Alessi, Legislator Browning Blast Veto of Sex Offender Legislation

Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point), Assemblyman Marc Alessi (D, I – Shoreham) and Legislator Kate Browning (WFP – Shirley) blasted Governor Paterson’s veto of important legislation that would have further protected our communities from sex offenders.

September 24, 2010
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Senator Foley Secures Funding for Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center

Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) announced today that he has been able to secure funding for Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center.

The $252,000 capital grant that Senator Foley provided, which will be administered through the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY), will be used to upgrade the facility’s imaging equipment. The current, outdated equipment will be replaced with newer technology that will improve the images obtained and reduce exposure to radiation.

September 24, 2010
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Senator Foley Celebrates Race to the Top Funding

Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) celebrated the announcement today that New York will receive up to $700 million in funding through the federal Race to the Top program.

The award of Race to the Top funding followed dedicated advocacy on the part of Senator Foley and his colleagues in the Majority Conference. In addition to lobbying the federal government, the senate passed a number of pieces of legislation that were critical in helping to obtain the funding. This legislation, which Senator Foley was a key supporter of, included reforming charter school operations and improving teacher and principal evaluations.

September 3, 2010
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Senator Foley, Mayor Pontieri Announce Funding for Patchogue Village

Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) and Patchogue Village Mayor Paul Pontieri announced today that Patchogue Village will receive $1 million in capital money from the State of New York.

The funding, secured by Senator Foley, will be used to make improvements to the sewer pump station in the Village of Patchogue. In addition to being important for the village, the improvements to this station are critical to the expansion of the sewer system on Main Street in East Patchogue.

September 3, 2010
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Senator Foley, Suffolk County Legislators Propose PBC for Foley Skilled Nursing Facility

Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) and members of the Suffolk County Legislature announced today their proposal for the creation of a Public Benefit Corporation (PBC) for the John J. Foley Skilled Nursing Facility. This proposal would protect the public mission of the facility by avoiding its sale to a private entity, while relieving the county of the responsibility for operating the facility.

September 3, 2010
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Senator Foley, Mayor Pate Announce Funding for Bellport Village

Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) and Bellport Village Mayor David Pate announced today that Bellport Village will receive $450,000 in capital money from the State of New York.

The funding, secured by Senator Foley, will be used to fund projects in Bellport Village. A total of $300,000 in multi-modal funding will go towards re-vamping the sidewalks in the village and $125,000 in funding from the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York will go towards restoring the Bellport Village Community Center.

August 13, 2010
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Senator Foley, Assemblyman Englebright, Commissioner Grannis Celebrate Groundbreaking Legislation

Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point), Assemblyman Steve Englebright (D – Setauket) and Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Pete Grannis were joined today by environmental advocates today to celebrate the signing of the Child Safe Playing Fields Act. This law protects children and the environment by banning the use of harmful pesticides on school fields and playgrounds, as well as at daycare centers.

August 11, 2010
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Senator Foley to Educate the Public About Hurricane Preparedness

Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) announced today that his office will be making available Hurricane Preparedness Guides and will host a Hurricane Preparedness seminar.

The Hurricane Preparedness Guide is an updated version of the guide offered by Senator Foley while he was Supervisor of Brookhaven Town.

“Hurricane season inevitably brings with it questions about how to prepare and fears about what to do if a storm hits,” said Senator Foley. “This guide contains the information you and your loved ones need to ensure you have a plan in place prior to a storm and the necessary supplies on-hand for during and after a storm. I urge all residents, but particularly those along the south shore, to contact my office or visit my website to obtain a copy.”

August 9, 2010
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Senator Foley Urges Residents to Be Aware of Dangers of West Nile Virus

Senator Brian X. Foley released the following statement today, giving residents information on how to protect their families from West Nile Virus:

“Last week Nassau County identified fifteen new sites where mosquitoes were infected with West Nile Virus, while here in Suffolk County fourteen sites have been identified.

“Since its first appearance in New York in 1999 over 250 cases of West Nile Virus have been found in New Yorkers and 26 deaths have been reported. The virus infects birds and is spread to humans through mosquitoes that feed on both species. While contracting West Nile Virus is rare, it is extremely serious, especially for people over 50 years old.

August 6, 2010
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Senator Foley Announces Agreement on SUNY Empowerment

Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) announced today that through his own advocacy, and that of his colleague, Senator William T. Stachowski, a bicameral agreement has been reached on the SUNY Empowerment legislation.

“Higher education is a lynchpin in so many ways and we must ensure that our students are receiving the best possible education,” said Senator Foley. “Allowing some of our state’s institutions of higher learning, including Stony Brook University, to have flexibility in setting tuition rates and entering into public-private partnerships will allow the schools to offer smaller class sizes and greater educational opportunities for our students.”

August 4, 2010
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Senator Foley Asks: Does the State Owe YOU Money?

Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) announced today that there is hundreds of millions of dollars in unclaimed funds owed to New Yorkers by the state.

The Comptroller’s Office has more than 25 million outstanding accounts. These accounts are easily searchable through a phone call to the Comptroller’s Office or by visiting the website. The accounts are worth anywhere from a few dollars to several thousand dollars.

July 23, 2010
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Senator Foley Seeks 'Everyday Heroes'

Senator Foley seeks to honor our ‘Everyday Heroes.'  These are the members of the community who have gone above and beyond to make a positive impact and leave a lasting mark on their surroundings. An ‘Everyday Hero’ could be the person who mows the lawn for the seniors in the community, tutors children in need at their library, delivers meals to the hungry or anyone else who selflessly makes a difference in their community.

Please use the form below to nominate the ‘Everyday Heroes’ in your community. There is no deadline for this application; nominees will be recognized weekly.

July 16, 2010
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Senator Foley Statement on the Passing of His Colleague, Senator Morahan

I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my colleague, Senator Thomas Morahan, earlier this week.

Senator Morahan was a dedicated public servant who made it his mission to be a voice for a community that often had no voice - the mentally disabled.  He fought to make sure that they received the level of care and treatment they needed and deserved.  It is a legacy that will live on.

Senator Morahan was part of a group in Albany that believed in putting partisanship aside in order to accomplish what is best for the residents of New York.  It was truly an honor to have served with him in the New York State Senate over the last year and a half.

July 16, 2010
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Senator Foley Fights for Restoration of Education Funding

Senator Brian X. Foley was joined by education advocates to call on his fellow Long Island senators to join him in supporting an override of Governor Paterson’s veto of funding for education.

July 8, 2010
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Senator Foley Increases School District Access to Reserve Funds

Senator Brian X. Foley (D - Blue Point) sponsored legislation (S7447-A), which passed the senate this week, that will increase the ability of school districts to access their reserve funds.

July 2, 2010
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Senator Foley's Legislative Highlights for the Week of June 21, 2010

Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) sponsored eleven pieces of legislation that passed the senate this week.

June 25, 2010
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Senator Foley Increases Penalty for ATM Theft

Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) sponsored legislation (S5536-A), which passed the senate last week, that extends the crimes covered by grand larceny in the second and third degrees.

The legislation extends the charge of grand larceny in the third degree to include stealing an automated teller machine (ATM) or the contents of such a machine. It also extends the charge of grand larceny in the second degree to include stealing an ATM or its contents when the suspect has committed grand larceny in the third degree within the previous 5 years.

June 25, 2010
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