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.
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.
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.
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%.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Senator Carl L. Marcellino has always been a special friend to the Syosset School District. A resident, his children attended the District schools and before he was elected State Senator, Senator Marcellino served on the Syosset Board of Education. "Whenever we have a problem, whether it is local, state, or even Federal, we know that we can turn to Senator Marcellino for assistance, guidance, and for results," said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Carole G. Hankin.
Long Island’s nine-member New York State Senate Delegation today unveiled a new, $25 million program to make housing available for more Nassau and Suffolk County residents. As developed and funded by Long Island’s State Senators and administered by the Long Island Housing Partnership ("LIHP"), the Homeownership and Economic Stabilization for Long Island Program ("HELP") provides downpayment assistance and rehabilitation grants to eligible homebuyers.
At today’s announcement, Long Island’s State Senators—Dean G. Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), Owen H.
New York State Senators Carl L. Marcellino (R-Syosset) and Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), NYS Department of Transportation Commissioner Thomas Madison, Long Island Rail Road ("LIRR") President James Dermody and representatives from Metro-North Railroad today held a press conference at the Woodside train station announcing a comprehensive review of all train station platform gaps on the LIRR and Metro-North. "The safety of the ridership is our main concern.
Senator Carl L. Marcellino (R-Syosset), James Dermody, President of the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) and Ray Kenny, Senior Vice President of Operations for LIRR announced the implementation of safety measures at Syosset Railroad Station. After the tragic death of 18 year old Natalie Smead at the Woodside train station, gap-related accidents have been brought to the forefront of our attention.The Syosset Station has proven to be one of the most problematic because of the large curved platform.
Senator Carl L. Marcellino, Chairman of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee today announced that Governor Partake signed legislation to create a new council that will coordinate State efforts to protect our ocean and the Great Lakes resources and help to ensure these important waters are clean and healthy for years to come.
Senator Carl L. Marcellino today announced Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) grants to the Town of Oyster Bay and the Village of Sea Cliff for waterfront revitalization and increased recreational opportunities. "The Environmental Protection Fund is the engine which drives a myriad of programs which improve the air, water, and quality of life for all New Yorkers. Whether it is protecting open space, or revitalizing waterfronts, the EPF gets it done.
Senator Carl L. Marcellino joins Mayor Ralph Suozzi to announce a $340,200 New York State Environmental Restoration Program (ERP) grant to the City of Glen Cove Community Development Agency for the remediation of the former Gladsky Marine property.
Senator Marcellino authored legislation October 2003 to refinance and reform the State’s Superfund and Brownfield programs. "When my brownfields bill was signed into law, I believed that it would encourage redevelopment and stimulate both environmental and economic benefits.
Senator Carl L. Marcellino today announced that Medicaid reforms he helped to initiate to ease the burden on local governments and property taxpayers, have resulted in significantly greater savings than originally projected. Senator Marcellino called on counties to pass along the unexpected savings to property taxpayers.
"The Medicaid reforms enacted two years ago are generating significantly greater savings for counties than we anticipated and those savings should be passed along to property taxpayers," Senator Marcellino said.
Senator Carl L. Marcellino (R-Syosset) announced today that author Rita Cleary of Locust Valley, was honored at a June 20th Albany Reception as the Fifth Senate District 2006 "Woman of Distinction."
Ms. Cleary earned a B.A. in French literature from Manhattenville College and an M.A.T. from Harvard University, and taught French at Garden City Senior High School. An aspiring author she published her first book, Sorrel, in 1993.
Senator Carl L. Marcellino (R, Syosset), member of the Senate Education Committee, today announced Senate passage of his legislation which would require disclosure of the percentage of a school district’s budget spent on instructional expenses in its report card (S. 7283). The bill is carried in Assembly by Assemblywoman Nolan.
"As a former teacher, school administrator, and school board member, I have seen how poor schools limit our children’s potential and hurt their future. I have also seen how schools which invest in their classrooms work as well.