Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano will be sponsoring a Property Tax Exemption Workshop on Friday, July 12th from 1 pm to 3 pm at the Freeport Library (144 West Merrick Road, Freeport).
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that the New York State Senate gave final legislative passage to legislation he sponsored to give the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) stronger tools to combat fraud. The legislation would allow DMV to impose sanctions on drivers who try obtain a driver's license or vehicle registration for free through a "charge back" fraud scheme.
Under the “charge back” fraud scheme, an individual pays for their driver’s license or registration using a credit, then disputes the charge with their credit card company to get a “charge back” on their account. By fraudulently disputing a valid DMV charge, these individuals illegally obtain their driver’s license or registration free of charge.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that the New York State Senate passed a legislative resolution he sponsored honoring Lindenhurst resident Kevin Schmidt for attaining the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout.
Kevin, a member of Troop 183, attained boy scouting’s highest honor after spending years rising through scouting’s rank through hard work and community service. Kevin also planned, developed, and implemented a community service project. For his project, Kevin demolished and disposed of an old shelter used to house an injured eagle at Sweetbriar Nature Center in Smithtown. Kevin then constructed and installed a brand new eagle shelter that will house the injured bird.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that the New York State Senate passed legislation he sponsored to ensure individuals with autism are able to receive insurance coverage for applied behavioral analysis (ABA) therapy as intended under New York State’s autism insurance reform law.
The legislation is in response to regulations implemented by the New York State Department of Financial Services which have dramatically limited the number of ABA practitioners where individuals with autism can receive therapy which is covered by insurance.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that the New York State Senate recently passed legislative resolutions he sponsored honoring Massapequa residents Michael Puleio, Spencer Schiappa, Ryan Smith, Lawrence Vedilago, and Timothy Duerr for attaining the rank of Eagle Scout.
“After working hard for many years dedicating hours and hours to serving the community, these five young men achieved a goal that only a select few ever attain; the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout. I congratulate them on earning this honor and am pleased that their accomplishments were recognized by the New York State Senate,” said Senator Fuschillo.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that the New York State Senate recently passed legislation he sponsored to help improve safety for students traveling to and from school. The legislation would allow school districts to provide busing to children who would not normally qualify for transportation for safety reasons.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano recently sponsored a free Senior ID Card Program in Freeport.
The program offered seniors ages 65 or older a free wallet-sized ID card which includes a photo, the holder’s personal contact information (name, address, phone number, date of birth), and an emergency contact name and phone number which could be useful to emergency responders. Seniors can carry the card in their wallet so that emergency responders will know who to contact if the senior is in an emergency situation and cannot communicate.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation he sponsored to ensure that New York State’s pre-tax mass transit benefit, which provides state tax savings to commuters who use the Long Island Rail Road and other mass transit, is not reduced because of gridlock in Washington.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that the New York State Senate recently approved legislation he sponsors to help children whose parents have a physically limiting disability. The legislation (S738) would give school districts the authority to provide transportation for these children even if they live below the transportation mileage limit.
Legislation creates stronger penalties for reckless drivers who kill or injure others in violation of New York’s “Move Over Law”
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that the New York State Senate passed legislation he sponsored to increase penalties for reckless drivers who kill or injure others as a result of violating New York State’s “move over law.”
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that legislation he sponsored to prevent criminals from avoiding the justice system by changing their name has been passed by the New York State Senate.
“It is far too easy for convicted criminals to avoid the legal system and hide their criminal histories simply by changing their name. Stronger safeguards need to be put in place so these criminals cannot conceal their past and hide from the law,” said Senator Fuschillo.
Courts across the state receive change of name petitions each day. However, because of the routine nature of these applications, many courts approve them without thoroughly verifying the applicant’s information.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that the New York State Senate passed legislation he sponsored to prevent drunk and drugged drivers from evading prosecution. The legislation would allow law enforcement to seek court orders to compel whenever suspected drunk or drugged drivers refuse to submit to a chemical intoxication test.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently visited Copiague Middle School to congratulate 6th grade students Natalia Kacala and Claudia Arevalo for participating in the Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest.
Both Natalia and Claudia’s entries focused on the importance of “reducing, reusing, and recycling” in order to protect the environment. Natalia’s entry was chosen as a first place winner in the contest and was displayed in the State Legislative Office Building in Albany along with those of the other winners from across the state.
Residents can Safely Dispose of Expired or Unwanted Medications in Bellmore and Lindenhurst
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that he will be sponsoring “Shed the Meds” programs in Bellmore and Lindenhurst to help residents safely dispose of unused or expired medications.
The “Shed the Meds” programs will be held on Saturday, June 29th from 9 am to 12 pm at the following locations:
• Bellmore Train Station (Far West Parking Lot), Northwest corner of Sunrise Highway & Centre Avenue, Bellmore
• William Rall Elementary School, 761 North Wellwood Avenue, Lindenhurst
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano will be sponsoring a free Senior ID Card Program in Merrick.
The program will be held from 12:00 pm- 3:00 pm on Monday, July 1st at the Merrick Library, located at 2279 Merrick Avenue in Merrick. All Nassau County residents ages 65 and over are eligible to participate and receive a free senior ID card. No appointments are necessary.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick, pictured right) recently welcomed Kennedy High School Senior, and Merrick resident, Adam Samowitz (pictured left) to spend several weeks working in his district office as part of Kennedy’s “Senior Experience” program.
Kennedy’s “Senior Experience” program is a progressive, hands-on program that allows graduating seniors to work with professionals in a field of their choice. During the course of the program, students learn about the day-to-day responsibilities and challenges in the chosen field, while gaining knowledge of the particular requirements involved.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Town of Babylon Supervisor Rich Schaffer, and Town of Babylon Clerk Carol Quirk will be sponsoring a free Senior ID Card Program in Copiague.
The program will be held on Wednesday, June 26th from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Tanner Park Senior Center, located on Baylawn Avenue in Copiague. All Town of Babylon residents ages 60 and over are eligible to participate and receive a free senior ID card.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and Bellmore-Merrick EMS recently sponsored a free citizen CPR course. The course, which was held at the North Bellmore Library, taught residents what to do in a situation where someone needs CPR.
Certified CPR instructors from Bellmore-Merrick EMS taught residents how to perform life-saving, hands-only CPR techniques, how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), and how to perform the Heimlich maneuver. Residents were also able to practice CPR chest compressions on a mannequin.
Senator Fuschillo (right center) is pictured with Bellmore-Merrick EMS members at the free citizen CPR course they sponsored in North Bellmore.
“The Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) decision to abandon its proposal allowing small knives to be carried onboard airplanes is welcome news for every airline passenger and flight crew throughout the nation.
I strongly opposed this proposal because of the potential safety risks it posed to both passengers and flight crews, concerns which were shared by officials, organizations, and residents from across the country. A knife, regardless of whether the blade is under or over 2.36 inches, is a potential weapon that can be used to kill, injure, or threaten. Placed in the hands of a criminal or terrorist in a crowded airplane, it becomes a very real safety threat to both passengers and the flight crew.