Charles J. Fuschillo Jr.'s News items

Fuschillo And Mcdonough Honored By Bellmore-merrick Basketball League

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District, right center) and Assemblyman David G. McDonough (19th Assembly District, left center) recently visited with players and coaches from the Bellmore-Merrick Basketball League during the league’s "Championship Sunday".At the event, the two legislators were honored by the league for their dedication to the youth of Bellmore and Merrick. Senator Fuschillo and Assemblyman McDonough are pictured receiving their awards from league President Mike Kruter (left) and Vice President/Treasurer Eric Altstadter (right).

March 20, 2006
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Senator Fuschillo Welcomes Suffolk All-county Jazz Band To The State Capitol

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) recently welcomed the members of Suffolk’s all-county high school jazz band to the State Capitol in Albany as part of the New York State School Music Association’s (NYSSMA) 34th annual "Music in our Schools" month program. Suffolk’s all-county high school jazz band was among a select delegation of school bands, orchestras, choruses and jazz ensembles invited to Albany to play for thousands of people in the south concourse of the Empire State Plaza.

March 20, 2006
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Senator Fuschillo Helps Cut The Ribbon On New Playground At Old Mill Road Elementary School

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) today help cut the ribbon on Old Mill Road Elementary School’s brand new playground. Senator Fuschillo obtained $40,000 in state grant funding to help offset the purchasing and installation costs of the playground.

"This new playground will enable the children to enjoy state of the art equipment in a safer environment. The school administration and PTA members put a tremendous amount of time and work into this project, and the outcome was a resounding success.

March 17, 2006
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Senator Fuschillo Warns Residents About Phony Tax Refund Scam

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District), Chairman of the Senate’s Consumer Protection Committee, today warned residents about a new identity theft email scam that cons people into divulging their personal information by promising an IRS tax refund."March is the time where many of us are preparing our tax returns, and of course we would all love to receive a tax refund. However, it is important that people be wary of these types of scams, which will leave them paying long after April 15th passes," said Senator Fuschillo.

March 16, 2006
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Senator Fuschillo Joins Nassau District Attorney In Unveiling New Anti-dwi Strategy

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District), author of New York State’s ".08" law, has announced his support for a new plan being proposed by Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice to combat drunk driving. Senator Fuschillo joined District Attorney Rice, Senator Michael A.L.

March 15, 2006
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Senator Fuschillo To Hold Prescription Drug Forums

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) is inviting local senior citizens to any of his upcoming community meetings to learn how the New York State EPIC program can help reduce prescription drug costs.

March 14, 2006
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Senator Fuschillo Welcomes Assemblyman Tom Mckevitt To His "legislative Update" Television Show

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) recently welcomed newly elected Assemblyman Tom McKevitt (17th Assembly District) to his weekly "Legislative Update" television show. The program will air on Friday, March 17th at 5:30 pm on Channel 18 of Cablevision’s Woodbury system.On the upcoming show, Senator Fuschillo and Assemblyman McKevitt cover a wide range of topics affecting the residents of New York State, including school taxes, Megan’s Law, and local community issues.

March 13, 2006
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Senator Fuschillo Offers Seniors Important Information About Prescription Drug Savings

To help senior citizens navigate the confusing maze of prescription drug plans, Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) announced today that his office is offering information about New York State’s EPIC program and the federal government’s new Medicare prescription drug benefit. "Seniors need to have as much information as possible so that they can decide what prescription plan is right for them," said Senator Fuschillo, a member of the Senate’s Health Committee.

March 9, 2006
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Senator Fuschillo Supports New Plan To Fight Medicaid Fraud And Save Taxpayers Money

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District), a member of the Senate’s Health Committee, today announced his support of a newly proposed measure, sponsored by Senator Dean Skelos (9th Senate District), that would fight Medicaid fraud and result in an anticipated savings of $2.3 billion each year. The Medicaid Fraud Prevention and Recovery Reform Act of 2006 is a plan that would combat fraud and abuse at every step of the process, from billing and prepayment review to investigation, civil recovery and criminal prosecution of Medicaid thieves.

March 8, 2006
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Levy-lakeside Kindergarten Class Welcomes Senator Fuschillo To "community Read-aloud"

Levy-Lakeside kindergarten students in Ms. LaMarca’s class recently welcomed Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) to their classroom as part of the school’s annual "Community Read-Aloud". Senator Fuschillo read House Mouse, Senate Mouse by Peter and Cheryl Barnes to the class.

March 6, 2006
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Madd Calls For Passage Of Senator Fuschillo's Anti-dwi Bills

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has announced that two proposals being sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) are among its top legislative priorities for the 2006 legislative session. MADD called for the passage of these bills during a recent press conference in Albany in an effort to reduce the number of drunk driving crashes in New York State."Despite the best efforts of law enforcement officials, advocacy groups, and lawmakers, hundreds of lives are lost on New York's roadways every year at the hands of drunk drivers.

March 3, 2006
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Senate Passes Fuschillo Bill To Increase Job Opportunities And Reduce Reliance On Public Assistance

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District), a member of the Senate’s Labor Committee, announced today that the Senate passed legislation he sponsored that would help increase job opportunities and reduce the number of people on welfare or unemployment. Senator Fuschillo's legislation would create a uniform, statewide policy to allow people who are unemployed or receiving public assistance to be exempt from the filing fees for civil service examinations. "The benefits of this legislation are twofold," said Senator Fuschillo.

March 2, 2006
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Senator Fuschillo To Sponsor No-out-of-pocket-cost Breast Screening Program At Freeport Recreation Center

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District), in conjunction with the Nassau Health Care Corporation, is hosting a no-out-of-pocket-cost breast cancer screening day on Thursday, March 16, 2006. The event is part of Senator Fuschillo’s year round program that offers no out of pocket cost breast screenings throughout the 8th Senatorial District. "One of the best ways in beating breast cancer is early detection.

February 23, 2006
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Senator Fuschillo Reads House Mouse, Senate Mouse To Birch Elementary School Kindergarten Class

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District), recently paid a visit to some of his younger constituents, students from Ms. Jean’s kindergarten class at Birch Elementary School. Senator Fuschillo visited with the children as part of the school’s "Community Read-In Day". Senator Fuschillo read House Mouse, Senate Mouse by Peter and Cheryl Barnes to the class.

February 21, 2006
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Senator Fuschillo Holds Public Forum To Discuss The Need For Stronger Dwi Laws

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) recently held a public forum to discuss the need for stronger DWI laws in New York State. Senator Fuschillo has already introduced legislation that would require mandatory imprisonment for repeat DWI offenders. "Despite the best efforts of law enforcement officials and advocacy groups, state laws need to be changed to take drunk drivers off of our roadways. The time has come for stronger deterrents to make people think twice about getting behind the wheel when they’ve been drinking.

February 17, 2006
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Senator Fuschillo Calls For Suffolk Website Shut Down

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, chairman of the state Senate's Consumer Protection Committee, today stated that Suffolk County officials should immediately shut down the portion of the Clerk’s website that is posting of over 7,000 personal Social Security numbers of Suffolk residents.

February 16, 2006
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Local Seniors Learn How To Reduce Their Prescription Drug Costs During Senator Fuschillo's Community Meeting

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) recently held an informational community meeting with Assemblyman David McDonough (19th Assembly District) and Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt (17th Assembly District) at the Merrick Library to inform local senior citizens how the New York State EPIC program could help reduce their prescription drug costs. A representative from the EPIC program was on hand to explain how the program works and answer questions from the audience.

February 10, 2006
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Senator Fuschillo Discusses Important State Issues With Wantagh High School Students

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) recently visited Wantagh High School to talk with students about government.Senator Fuschillo explained his role as a state legislator and talked about some of the issues being debated in the Senate that have an effect on young people, such as drunk driving, smoking, and the requirements needed to obtain a driver’s license.

February 10, 2006
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Senator Fuschillo Awards Senate Liberty Medal To Park Avenue School's Hero School Aide

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) and Assemblyman David G. McDonough (19th Assembly District) today presented the New York State Senate Liberty Medal to Colleen Kiesow, a school aide and crossing guard at Park Avenue Elementary School, for her heroic efforts in rescuing a North Merrick family from their burning home. Senator Fuschillo presented the award to Ms. Kiesow in front of Bradley and Brian Kelly, whose family lived in the home, and their classmates. "Without regard for her own safety, Ms.

February 10, 2006
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Senator Fuschillo Cosponsors Legislation To Cap Gasoline Sales Tax

To provide drivers with relief from escalating gas prices, Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) recently cosponsored legislation, which was passed by the New York State Senate, that would cap the sales tax on gasoline once the price of gas reaches $2 per gallon. This plan would save New Yorkers between six and eleven cents per gallon, which would amount to as much as $240 million per year statewide.

February 10, 2006
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