Question: What Does The MTA Do With A Billion Dollar Surplus? Answer: Raise Fares Again.

Long Island’s New York State Senate Majority Delegation today urged the Metropolitan Transportation Authority ("MTA") to withdraw its plan to raise fares and tolls in 2008, 2010 and every two years thereafter.

"The bottom line is the MTA has once again turned its back on its fundamental responsibility of providing safe, convenient, and user friendly service and decided instead to line their pockets with the hard earned cash of middle class commuters.

October 10, 2007

School Safety Zones + Tougher Penalties = Safer Kids

Senator Carl L. Marcellino today announced legislation that calls for the creation of "School Safety Zones" where drivers will see fines doubled for moving violations including speeding, and driving while talking on a cell phone without a hands-free device occurring within a quarter mile radius of a primary or secondary school or 200 yards of a school in New York City. Senator Marcellino was joined by Dr. Phyllis Harrington, Oyster Bay - East Norwich School District Superintendent and Ms.

September 6, 2007

Marcellino And Sweeney Hold Joint Hearing On Brownfield Programs

Senator Carl L. Marcellino, Chairman of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, and Assemblyman Robert K. Sweeney, Chairman of the Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee today announced that they held a joint legislative hearing on August 27th on the Brownfields Cleanup (BCP) and Opportunity Area (BOA) Programs.

In 2003, New York State took an innovative step in adopting the BCP and BOA Programs.

August 29, 2007

Marcellino's New Environmental Legislation Promoting Purchase Of Green Vehicles Signed Into Law

Senator Carl L. Marcellino, Chairman of the New York State Senate Environmental Conservation Committee today announced that his legislation designed to increase consumer awareness about greenhouse gas emissionshas been signed into law. This law requires that automobile manufacturers to affix a global warming index sticker to new cars and passenger trucks beginning in the 2010 model year, detailing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions.

August 15, 2007

Nylcv Names Sen. Carl L. Marcellino An Environmental Star Of 2007

New York, New York --- The New York League of Conservation Voters, the political voice for New York’s environmental community, has named Sen. Carl L. Marcellino (R-Nassau/Suffolk counties) an Environmental Star of 2007 for his efforts to ensure that all New Yorkers can enjoy clean air, more open space and a better quality of life.

"By working with colleagues on both sides of the aisle, Senator Marcellino helped forge consensus where there had been little in the past," said Marcia Bystryn, executive director of NYLCV.

July 23, 2007

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 20, 2007

2007 Middle Class Star Rebate Program

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July 17, 2007

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 27, 2007

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 21, 2007

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 7, 2007

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 22, 2007

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 16, 2007

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 11, 2007

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 9, 2007

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 17, 2007

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 17, 2007

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 14, 2007

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 14, 2007

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