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Environmental Protection Fund Increase Becomes Law

Senator Carl L. Marcellino (R, Syosset), Chairman of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, today announced that the Governor has signed S.5304 which was sponsored by Marcellino. This new law increases the New York State Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) to $300 million.

"The EPF was created in 1993. It was the first permanent dedicated environmental funding mechanism in New York State. When I first became Chairman of the Environmental Conservation Committee, the EPF was funded woefully at $30 million.

July 19, 2007
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Organizations Gather To Thank Senator Marcellino And Assemblyman Sweeney For Environmental Funding Victory

Oyster Bay, New York – The Adirondack Council, Audubon New York, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, League of Conservation Voters, Land Trust Alliance, New York Farm Bureau, North Shore Land Alliance, and The Nature Conservancy gathered today at the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center in Oyster Bay to thank Senator Carl Marcellino (R-Syosset) and Assemblyman Robert Sweeney (D-Lindenhurst) for their work to pass legislation during the 2007 session of the New York State Legislature that will increase the Environmental Prote

June 26, 2007
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Senate Increases The Environmental Protection Fund

The New York State Senate today gave final passage to legislation (S.5304), sponsored by Senator Carl L. Marcellino (R, Syosset), that will increase total funding for the New York State Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) to $300 million by 2009.

"When I first became Chairman of the Environmental Conservation Committee, the EPF was funded woefully at $30 million," Senator Marcellino said.

June 20, 2007
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Marcellino Passes Bill To Protect Taxpayers

Senator Carl L. Marcellino today announced Senate passage of S.614 which would require businesses to contact local governments and school districts if they intend to change their payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT).

"This bill is intended to provide protection to our hardworking, overburdened taxpayers from unfair property tax spikes caused by businesses changing their PILOT payments without telling school districts and municipalities. PILOTs are intended to provide incentives for businesses to locate in our communities and become our partner.

June 6, 2007
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Senator Marcellino Announces Human Trafficking Legislation Passes Senate

Senator Carl Marcellino (R-Syosset) announced today that legislation passed the Senate to increase penalties for human trafficking. The bill includes those brought to the U.S. for involuntary domestic servitude such as the two Indonesian women recently discovered being held captive by a wealthy couple living in Muttontown. According to reports, these women were brought to the U.S. under the belief they were being hired as housekeepers.

May 21, 2007
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Senators Marcellino And Flanagan Discuss School Budget Issues With Officials

Senator Carl Marcellino (5th Senate District) joined with his colleague Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) to address a gathering of Huntington Township school administrators, PTA members and representatives from the teachers union regarding state aid. The two senators were invited to the special legislative agenda hosted by the Harborfields Central School District to discuss the recently approved state budget and the need for schools and local state lawmakers to work together to secure state funding for local school districts.

May 15, 2007
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Stop Broadwater!

Senator Carl L. Marcellino, Chairman, NYS Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, was today joined by Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director, Citizens Campaign for the Environment and other local environmental advocates to voice his opposition to the Broadwater LNG Storage Facility on Long Island Sound.

May 10, 2007
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Senator Marcellino Announces Passage Of Enhanced Rebate Checks For Seniors

Senator Carl L. Marcellino today announced that legislation to increase the size of direct property tax rebate checks for senior citizen homeowners has passed the New York State Senate. The legislation, which has been sent to the Assembly for action, would return about $200 million to the senior citizens of New York State.

May 8, 2007
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State Senators Face-off As Stanley Cup Fever Splits New York

Senator Carl L. Marcellino today announced that State Senators from Western New York challenged him and his colleagues to a friendly wager over the victor of the first round in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Senator Marcellino quickly accepted the challenge.

Losers agreed to wear their opponent's team's official jerseys in the halls of the State Capitol.

"Ultimately, the four time Stanley Cup Champion Islanders will come out victorious. The Sabres, on the other hand, will end up like all Buffalo wings-battered, fried and sent home packing," said Senator Carl L.

April 16, 2007
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Senator Marcellino: New State Budget Delivers For Long Island Families, Schools, Healthcare Facilities, And Businesses

Senator Carl L. Marcellino today announced that the recently adopted New York State budget addresses some of Long Island’s most pressing needs, such as tax relief for homeowners, additional aid for local schools, more funding for local health care facilities, and new measures to create jobs encourage economic growth.

April 16, 2007
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News From The Senate Environmental Conservation Committee

On Tuesday, March 20th at 11 am in Hearing Room A in the Legislative Office Building, Albany the nomination of Assemblyman Alexander "Pete" Grannis for the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation will be considered by the Environmental Conservation Committee. On April 5 at 10 am a public hearing will be held at the Cold Spring Harbor Library to comprehensively address the issue of Sewage Wastewater Management and Planning on Long Island.

March 13, 2007
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Marcellino Announces Bill That Will Prevent Credit Card Companies From Penalizing New York Cardholders Through Universal Default

Senator Carl L. Marcellino today announced that he is co- sponsoring legislation that would ban the practice of "universal default" in New York State, which allows credit card companies to increase interest rates if a cardholder makes a late payment to another credit card company or even pays a phone or utility bill late. The practice has forced some consumers to pay twice the amount of their credit card bills because of interest and fees.

March 13, 2007
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MTA Lirr Completes Installation Of Cameras At Syosset Station As Part Of Safety Enhancement Efforts

As a result of a NYS Senate Grant secured by Senator Carl M. Marcellino, (R-Syosset), the MTA Long Island Rail Road has completed the installation of 24 closed circuit television cameras and six video monitors at the Syosset Station as part of the LIRR’s safety enhancement efforts at the station. Twelve cameras and three monitors are in service on each of the station’s two platforms.

Trains trigger sensors that activate the new camera observation system which provide views on the monitors of the entire platform to train conductors stationed in the second or forth car of all trains.

March 7, 2007
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Senator Marcellino: Governor Spitzer's Budget Wrong For Nassau And Suffolk Property Taxpayers

Senator Carl L. Marcellino (R-Syosset) today announced that Governor Spitzer’s proposed budget shortchanges Long Island schools by $68 million impacting hundreds of thousands of Nassau and Suffolk County homeowners.

The Governor’s Executive Budget reduces the share of total state school aid received by schools in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Traditionally, Long Island’s schools have received 13% of all state school aid a small percentage considering that Long Island has 17% of the students. Yet the Governor’s proposed budget reduces Long Island’s share of new state aid to 8%.

February 13, 2007
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Senator Marcellino: Reform Bills Call For Special Elections

Senator CarlL. Marcellino today announced legislation for statewide special elections to be held to fill vacancies in the offices of State Comptroller and Attorney General.

"Our Country was built on the fundamental right to vote, a process where candidates are forced to make their case to the voters.

February 13, 2007
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Bridging The Gap And Saving Lives

Senator Carl L. Marcellino (R-Syosset) today hosted the New York State Senate Transportation Committee hearing on the Long Island Railroad Platform Gap problems. Investigations into the safety issues and concerns of gaps at all 246 LIRR and Metro-North train stations have been ongoing. This hearing afforded the opportunity to review the status of the investigation and the solutions that will enable the MTA and its constituent agencies to enhance their safety protocols.

February 9, 2007
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Senator Marcellino Takes The Oath Of Office

Senator Carl L. Marcellino was sworn in to begin his new term as the representative of the Fifth Senate District on January 3, 2007. Court of Appeals Judge Judith S. Kaye administered the Oath of Office at the Senate Chambers in Albany. Following the ceremony Senator Marcellino proceeded to the Assembly Chamber for Governor Spitzer's State of the State Address.

January 10, 2007
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Tax Credits, Increase In Minimum Wage; Highlight New Laws To Take Effect January 1

Tax credits and reductions that will save New York families and businesses almost $1 billion, an increase in the minimum wage, and procedures to cut down on Medicaid fraud highlight the list of new state laws that will take effect on January 1, 2007.

Empire State Child Tax Credit

In 2007, a taxpayer will be allowed a personal income tax credit equal to one-third of the federal child tax credit for children between the ages of four and seventeen, saving New York parents $600 million in 2007.

Eliminate the Marriage Penalty

Beginning in 2007, married

December 27, 2006
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More Lights To Brighten Downtown Glen Cove

Earlier this week in downtown Glen Cove, Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi accepted a $75,000 State Department of Transportation grant from State Senator Carl L. Marcellino. The funds will be used for an ongoing project to replace aging, inappropriate highway light posts and fixtures within the City’s downtown business district.

"The new lighting will offer a much brighter streetscape, yet it is energy efficient and keeps with the historic setting of Glen Cove.

December 5, 2006
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