Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) released the following statement to commemorate Memorial Day:
“Vietnam Veteran Max Cleland wrote that the curse of the soldier is that he never forgets. Today is a day when all of us are called to join with them to pay tribute to our fallen to ensure that we as a country never forget.
“For over 140 years, Memorial Day has been set aside as a day for us to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom and way of life.
Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) and Assemblyman Phil Ramos (D – Central Islip) celebrated the passage of legislation that will keep state parks open for the remainder of the year by hosting a rally at Brentwood State Park with community members and advocates for the parks.
Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) announced the passage of legislation that would change the way in which state aid overpayments to county vocational education and extension boards (CVEEB) are recovered.
The legislation does away with the current practice of requiring the boards to return overpayments but cutting a check to the state in one lump sum, which places a great deal of fiscal strain on the boards. The new practice would allow boards to repay the state through reductions in future state aid payments, amortized over three years.
Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) celebrated the senate’s passage of legislation (S4988) that will protect volunteer firefighters and emergency workers from losing their jobs when they miss work while responding to emergencies.
Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) celebrated Armed Forces Day on Saturday, May 15th by visiting AmVets Post 18 in East Islip and recognizing the members for the work they do both for veterans and the community as a whole.
Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) hailed the passage in the senate of Senate Bill 7047, which would require polysomnographic technologists, who assist in the diagnosis of sleep disorders, to be licensed by the State Education Department.
Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) and Assemblyman Steve Englebright (D – Setauket) hailed the signing of the Child Safe Playing Fields Act by Governor Paterson. 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.
Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) has been ranked as the top senator on Long Island when it comes to protecting our environment, according to a mid-term report card released by EPL/Environmental Advocates.
Senator Foley recently honored Christian Reed, 18, of East Islip, who earned his Eagle Scout Award, the highest advancement awarded by the Boy Scouts of America. Christian is a senior at East Islip High School and a member of Boy Scout Troop 508. Christian's project involved restoring a courtyard at East Islip High School so that it may be used by the school for science and other classes.
As part of the ongoing effort to establish greater transparency and responsibility in state entities, Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) supported the passage of two bills (Senate Bills 5585-C and 7369) that make information about state education boards more readily accessible to the public.
One of the top priorities of Senator Foley is providing the public with an open look into the operations of state government and its entities so taxpayers know how their dollars are being spent.
State Senator Brian X. Foley (D-Blue Point) was joined by environmental advocates to hail Senate Bill 6912-A being reported out of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee, and to urge its swift passage by the full senate.
On Saturday, May 1st, State Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) hosted a major foreclosure prevention event in Mastic Beach that helped hundreds of homeowners facing home foreclosure. The event, modeled after a similar one held last November in Central Islip, featured major lenders who conducted one-on-one conferences with homeowners and worked towards loan modifications as an alternative to foreclosures.
Joined by volunteers from all walks of life in Brentwood, State Senator Brian X. Foley led the effort to clean up graffiti from public and private property in the neighborhood. Senator Foley’s office worked with a local civic group, Brentwood Residents Against Violence Every Day (BRAVE), to organize the start of a concerted effort to rid the community of graffiti.
Civic leaders and activists from local communities in Suffolk County joined Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) as he called for increased participation in the U.S Census. The 2010 Census awareness event, which took place at the Brentwood Public Library, was centered around relaying the importance of Census participation and giving community members the tools necessary to educate their friends, family, and neighbors about the Census.