Charles J. Fuschillo Jr.'s News items

Senator Fuschillo: Governor Spitzer’s Budget Is Wrong For Long Island

   Governor Spitzer again shows that he is out of touch with the needs of Long Island residents by proposing a state budget that slashes funding for Long Island schools, denies middle class homeowners a promised STAR rebate increase, cuts funding for hospitals, raises taxes and fees, and forces unfunded mandates on to local governments.  His budget is wrong for Long Island.

January 22, 2008
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Senator Fuschillo “extends The Holidays” For Children In Winthrop Hospital

To help bring smiles to the faces of children in the hospital, State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) and leaders from several local labor unions today visited Winthrop Hospital’s Pediatric Ward to deliver hundreds of toys they collected as part of the Senator’s annual “Extend the Holidays” toy drive.

January 8, 2008
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Senator Fuschillo Reminds Town Of Babylon Residents To Save Money On School Taxes Through New York State's Star Program

State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) is reminding homeowners in the Town of Babylon that they can save money on their school taxes under New York State’s STAR program. Town of Babylon residents have until March 1, 2008 to file an application for the STAR program.

January 8, 2008
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Fuschillo And Mcdonough Honor Merrick-north Merrick Little League’s State Champs

    State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) and Assemblyman Dave McDonough (19th Assembly District) recently honored the players and coaches from the Merrick-North Merrick Little League 9 and 10 year old softball team for capturing the New York State Championship.

    Senator Fuschillo and Assemblyman McDonough congratulated the team and presented them with copies of a resolution passed by the New York State Senate in honor of their accomplishments.

January 7, 2008
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Sen. Fuschillo Discusses Airline Passengers' Bill Of Rights On National Tv

State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) was recently a guest on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” to discuss New York State’s newly enacted Airline Passengers’ Bill of Rights. “Squawk Box” is a nationally televised morning business news and talk program. “Squawk Box” can be seen weekday mornings on CNBC between 6-9 am.

January 4, 2008
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Sen. Fuschillo & Robbie Levine Foundation Announce 2008 As The "year Of The Aed"

State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) has joined with Merrick residents Jill and Craig Levine, who founded the Robbie Levine Foundation in memory of their nine year old son who died tragically of sudden cardiac arrest after rounding the bases and reaching home plate during a little league practice in 2005, to make 2008 the "Year of the Defibrillator".

January 2, 2008
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Statement By Ny State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr.: Judge’s Ruling To Uphold New York State’s First-in-the Nation Airline Passengers’ Bill Of Rights Is A Tremendous Victory For All Who Travel Through New York Airports

    Today’s ruling by U.S. District Judge Lawrence E. Kahn to uphold New York State’s Airline Passengers’ Bill of Rights, which I authored, is a tremendous victory not only for all New Yorkers but for everyone who travels through New York’s many airports.

    With the majority of the country’s airline delays occurring in New York State, this first-in-the-nation law is a necessary and common sense way to ensure that stranded airline passengers are treated with respect.

December 20, 2007
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Senator Fuschillo Urges Federal Court To Uphold NYS Airline Passengers’ Bill Of Rights

State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. today urged federal appeals judges to uphold New York State’s new “Airline Passengers’ Bill of Rights” Law which began protecting the rights of passengers that use New York airports on January 1, 2008.  The Air Transport Association of American, Inc. (ATA), which represents the major airlines, is, for the second time, challenging the law which protects the rights of airline passengers.

December 18, 2007
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Senator Fuschillo Urges Federal Court To Uphold NYS Airline Passengers’ Bill Of Rights So That The Law Can Begin Protecting Air Travelers On Jan. 1

    State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. today urged U.S. District Judge Lawrence E. Kahn to allow a New York State law to go into effect on January 1st that will require all airlines at New York airports to provide basic amenities, including snacks and water, fresh air and power, and working restrooms for passengers delayed on planes for more than three hours.  New York’s first-in-the-nation law, which Senator Fuschillo sponsored, is being challenged by the Air Transport Association of America, Inc. (ATA), which represents the major airlines.

December 18, 2007
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Statement Of Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr.

"In urging the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to approve a fare hike that will greatly increase costs for commuters, Governor Spitzer has again shown a blatant disregard for the residents of Long Island.Under the MTA’s proposed plan, hardworking Long Island families will face yet another fare increase. Already since 1995, Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) fares have risen by 42 percent.

December 11, 2007
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State Senators To Introduce Legislation To Keep Recalled Toys Out Of The Hands Of New York Children

State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. today announced that he is introducing comprehensive state legislation, along with Senators Dean Skelos, Carl Marcellino and Kemp Hannon, to protect children from hazardous toys that have been recalled. The Toy Recall Protection and Enforcement Act prohibits the sale of recalled toys and other consumer goods by stores, thrift shops and second hand retailers, imposes penalties on businesses that continue to sell recalled products, and puts in place other protections to ensure that dangerous toys stay out of the hands of children.

December 10, 2007
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Senator Fuschillo Joins With Local Veterans In Commemorating Anniversary Of Pearl Harbor

State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) today joined with local veterans in remembering the 66th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor during the Long Island Air Force Association’s "Dropping of the Roses" ceremony. Senator Fuschillo also joined with the audience in honoring the nine Pearl Harbor survivors who attended the ceremony. As part of the annual ceremony, which was held at the American Airpower Museum in Farmingdale, veterans, local officials, and residents gathered together as roses were blessed with water from Pearl Harbor.

December 7, 2007
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Senate Health Committee Holds Public Hearing Investigating The Case Of A Long Island Anesthesiologist Reusing Syringes

State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District), a member of the State Senate’s Health Committee, recently participated in a public hearing investigating why some patients who had potentially been exposed to life-threatening infections by a Long Island Anesthesiologist who reused syringes had to wait several years before being notified that they were at-risk. "The bottom line of this case is that the system failed.

December 7, 2007
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Senator Fuschillo Urges Congress To Enact Law To Ban Universal Default, Questions Governor Spitzer's Veto Of A Law That Would Have Protected New York State Credit Card Holders

State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. today urged Congress to enact a law to ban universal default, a practice used by credit card companies to raise interest rates based on credit scores, even if card holders are paying their credit card bills on-time. Senator Fuschillo also again questioned Governor Spitzer’s veto of a proposed law that would have prohibited this practice, called universal default, in New York State.

December 4, 2007
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Senate Hearing Examines Contaminated Toy Recall In New York State

ANew York State Senate Public Hearing was Co-Chaired today by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., Senator Kemp Hannon, and Senator Carl L. Marcellino investigating recent recalls of contaminated toys and consumer products found to have excessive levels of lead and to determine whether the state can play a better role in further expediting recall notifications.

December 4, 2007
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Senator Fuschillo & Li Senators Call For Long Island’s Fair Share Of School Aid

State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District), along with his fellow majority senators from Long Island, called on the state to make sure that Long Island school districts get their fair share of state funding in the 2008-2009 budget. In a letter to State Education Commissioner Richard P. Mills and Chancellor Robert M. Bennett, the delegation expresses its disappointment with the 2008-09 Regents State Aid proposal.

November 29, 2007
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Senator Fuschillo Honors Local Teenagers For Their Charitable Efforts

State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District)recently met with the members of "One Is Greater Than None", a non-profit charitable organization founded this past spring by eight 14 year-old girls from Merrick and Lynbrook. Senator Fuschillo congratulated the girls on their efforts to save children in Ghana, Africa from indentured servitude.

"It is wonderful to see these girls taking an active role in improving the lives of others at such a young age. In less than a year, their efforts have already helped several children escape unimaginable conditions.

November 29, 2007
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Freeport Elementary School Students Join Senator Fuschillo In Saying "No" To Tobacco

Third and fourth graders from New Visions Elementary School in Freeport today learned about the dangers of tobacco from State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District), author of New York State’s Clean Indoor Air Law. "When tobacco companies look to attract new smokers, children are the number one target. We must teach children at a young age that smoking is a dangerous and deadly addiction, which is why it is so important to say ‘no’ to tobacco," said Senator Fuschillo, a member of the Senate’s Health Committee.

November 27, 2007
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Statement From State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr.

"Governor Spitzer’s announcement that he will ask the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to reverse a planned subway fare increase for New York City subway riders, while at the same time Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) riders will face a substantial fare hike is the Governor’s latest slam against Long Islanders. Earlier this year, Governor Spitzer tried to deny Long Island its fair share of school aid, which would have put our school districts in jeopardy and raised property taxes.

November 21, 2007
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Senator Fuschillo: Look For Signs Showing Location Of Defibrillators In Public Buildings

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. today reminded New Yorkers that when they enter a public building, they should be on the lookout for a sign indicating the location of an automated external defibrillator (AED). A new state law now in effect that Senator Fuschillo sponsored requires all public buildings and facilities that are already required by law to have AEDs on premises, to also post a sign indicating where the lifesaving device can be found.

November 21, 2007
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