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

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

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

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

Syosset Becomes First Long Island District To Join "health Corps"

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.

September 29, 2006

Senator Marcellino And The Long Island State Senate Delegation Announce New Housing Initiative

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.

September 26, 2006

Marcellino, Skelos And Madison Announce Comprehensive Review Of Commuter Rail Station Platform Gaps

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.

August 23, 2006

Safety Measures To Be Installed At Syosset Station

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.

August 11, 2006

Senator Marcellino Announces Epf Grants For Sea Cliff And The Town Of Oyster Bay

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.

August 9, 2006

Senator Marcellino Joins Governor Pataki In Creating New York Ocean And Great Lakes Ecosystem Conservation Council

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.

August 9, 2006

Beating The Heat

Health officials are advising New Yorkers to be on the lookout for symptoms of heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, sunburn and heat rash.

August 1, 2006

Senator Marcellino Announces Grant For Glen Cove Waterfront

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.

July 28, 2006

Medicaid Reforms Generate Millions In Additional Savings

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.

July 13, 2006

Senator Marcellino Honors Rita Cleary As The 2006 "woman Of Distinction"

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.

June 27, 2006

Senator Marcellino Bill Keeps Education Aid Where It Belongs In The Classroom

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.

June 7, 2006

Marcellino Passes Bill To End Discrimination Against Handicapped In NYC

State Senator Carl L. Marcellino (R, Syosset) recently announced Senate passage of S. 676 which would make any New York State Handicapped Parking Permit valid in New York City. Under current law, if an individual has a valid handicapped parking permit issued by any other county or state, they cannot legally park in handicapped spaces in the City of New York. Senator Marcellino’s bill corrects this inequity.

"This bill is about one thing - fairness.

June 7, 2006

Senator Marcellino Announces Agreement On Plan To Roll Back Gas Tax

Senator Carl Marcellino today announced a legislative agreement to roll back New York's gas tax to provide relief to strapped motorists faced with rising gas prices.

May 10, 2006

Senator Marcellino Announces Regional Energy Policy Workshop

May 9, 2006, New York, NY – Senator Carl L. Marcellino (R-Syosset) today announced that state and provincial officials from the Northeastern U.S. and Eastern Canada will convene to discuss strategies for tackling critical energy-related issues facing the region – including finding ways to reduce the region’s dependence on foreign oil, promote conservation and energy efficiency, and encourage the adoption of greenhouse-gas reduction programs, among other objectives.

May 10, 2006

Senator Marcellino And Senator Fuschillo Advance Price Gouging Legislation

Senator Carl L. Marcellino and Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. today announced the movement of legislation to help prevent price gouging after an emergency. The bill calls for stiffer penalties and defines price gouging. The legislation was approved by the Senate Consumer Protection Committee earlier this week. The legislation is sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblyman Tonko.

"At times of national, state or local disasters it is un-American to take advantage of a tragedy.

May 5, 2006

Senator Marcellino Announces Environmental Victories In The State Budget

State Senator Carl L. Marcellino (R, Syosset), Chairman of the Environmental Conservation, Housing and Agriculture Budget Subcommittee, today announced that the final legislative budget agreement incorporated many of the recommendations made by his subcommittee. Most importantly, the final legislative budget agreement includes $200 million for the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF).

"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.

March 29, 2006