New York State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) has requested that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and United States Department of Transportation conduct a comprehensive review and evaluate track conditions throughout the New York metropolitan region following yesterday's tragic train derailment in the Bronx. Four other derailments have also occurred in the New York metropolitan area this year.
A copy of Senator Fuschillo's letter to the NTSB and US DOT is attached below.
“The derailment of a Metro-North train in the Bronx early this morning is a terrible tragedy which has already claimed several lives and resulted in numerous injuries. My thoughts and prayers are with all the victims of this derailment and my most heartfelt condolences go out to the families of those who lost their lives. I also thank the many first responders on the scene for everything they have done, and are continuing to do, to help the train’s passengers.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that a new law he authored giving the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) stronger tools to combat fraud takes effect this Thursday, November 28th. The law allows DMV to impose sanctions on drivers who try obtain a driver's license or vehicle registration for free through a "charge back" fraud scheme.
Photo caption: Senator Fuschillo (second right), Supervisor Murray (right), receiver of Taxes Clavin (left), Town Clerk Ahmad (second left), Councilwoman Cullin (left center), and Tom the Pedestrian Turkey (right center) unveil the new mobile speed safety sign that the Town is using to improve safety on its roads.
With Thanksgiving and the holiday season approaching, Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and Town of Hempstead Kate Murray today unveiled a new state-of-the-art mobile driver feedback sign which will help make local roads safer during this busy time of the year. Senator Fuschillo secured state funding for the Town of Hempstead to purchase the new safety sign.
With the Thanksgiving holiday approaching, and Thanksgiving Eve being one of the busiest bar nights of the year, Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is urging residents to be safe, be smart, and don’t drink and drive. Senator Fuschillo also reminded drivers that New York State’s DWI laws are among the strongest in the country and that police will be stepping up enforcement to catch drunk drivers.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is alerting residents about phone and email scams from individuals claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. Scammers posing as IRS or State Tax Department officials are threatening New Yorkers with fines, arrest, and other penalties if they do not immediately pay a claim of owed taxes.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently congratulated North Bellmore resident Joel Meltzer on being honored by the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County (UCPN).
Mr. Meltzer received the Harold Jay Greenberg Torch of Leadership Award for outstanding community service and commitment. He is a long-time supporter of UCPN and the families it serves. He is a member of UCPN’s board of directors, is a lifetime member of UCPN’s auxiliary council, and has helped get others involved in supporting the work of UCPN. Mr. Meltzer is also a past recipient of UCPN’s Corporate Leadership Award.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today was named a “2013 Legislative Champion” by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) New York. MADD selected Senator Fuschillo for the award for his leadership in the State Legislature in getting reforms to Leandra’s Law passed.
“I applaud today’s decision by the New York State Court of Appeals to uphold the convictions of three intoxicated offenders who tried to escape justice for killing innocent people by claiming they were too inebriated to be convicted of murder.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and Town of Babylon Supervisor Rich Schaffer recently visited West Babylon to view a newly completed road improvement project. Senator Fuschillo secured state funding for the Town to make the improvements.
As part of the improvement project, the Town of Babylon rehabilitated Patton Avenue between Wellwood Avenue and Little East Neck Road. The road, which is an important and widely utilized part of a business area, was deteriorating and needed to be overhauled. Using the state funds, the Town of Babylon completely reconstructed and resurfaced the road.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently joined with Nassau County officials and members of the Roosevelt community in honoring one of its hometown heroes, basketball legend Julius “Dr. J” Erving.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is informing residents that New York’s Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) will begin accepting applications on Monday, November 18th. HEAP, which is overseen by the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA), is a federally-funded program that provides up to $650 for eligible households to pay for energy costs in order to keep their homes warm during the winter.
For the first time, Long Islanders will be able to submit applications for regular HEAP benefits online at myBenefits.ny.gov starting on November 18th.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that legislation he sponsored to help protect consumers from unsolicited mailings has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
The new law will require mail offers for the sale of monuments or memorials to be clearly marked “SOLICITATION” in large boldface type at the top of any mailing unless the solicitation has been requested by the recipient. Following the death of a family member, individuals often receive many unsolicited offers for sale of monuments and memorials, but in some cases these offers are designed to look like bills rather than advertisements. As a result, families can end up paying without realizing the mailing is an offer, not a contract.
Legislation Would Have Required MTA to Hold Public Hearings Regarding Changes in Fares, Tolls, or Services in All Affected Regions
“I am extremely disappointed that Governor Cuomo vetoed legislation I sponsored that would ensure that all residents affected by any proposed Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) fare increase, toll hike, or major service change are able to voice their concerns.
New York State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), in conjunction with NuHealth/Nassau Health Care Corporation, will be sponsoring a breast cancer screening program on Thursday, December 19th from 8:45 am to 12:00 pm at the Wantagh Library (3285 Park Avenue, Wantagh).
Appointments are necessary and will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. On site nurses and technicians will provide a mammography, a clinical breast examination and instructions for self examination. Patients and their physicians will be notified of the exam results.
NuHealth’s guidelines for the program are as follows:
Additional photographs detailing changes in appearance will allow for enhanced monitoring by law enforcement and greater public awareness
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is informing residents that the state’s Sex Offender Registry will now display multiple photographs of convicted sex offenders. The new change will help make offenders more recognizable to law enforcement personnel and the public.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is informing residents and businesses about a new tax credit which will encourage employers to hire unemployed veterans who served our country following the 9/11 attacks.
"Our servicemen and women who served in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere following the 9/11 attacks put their lives on the line to protect our safety and freedom; we need to protect them when they return home,” said Senator Fuschillo. “75,000 of these veterans live in New York State today, and many are struggling to find work and provide for their families. This tax credit is one way to help these brave heroes get back to work and serve those who served our country.”