Charles J. Fuschillo Jr.'s Press releases

SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS INVITED TO ATTEND SENATOR FUSCHILLO’S SMALL BUSINESS NETWORKING EXPO ON MAY 10TH

        Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is inviting all current and prospective small business owners to his 2012 Small Business Networking Expo. Senator Fuschillo’s Small Business Networking Expo will be held on Thursday, May 10th from 5 pm to 7 pm at the Seaford Knights of Columbus, located at 2183 Jackson Avenue in Seaford.

        Senator Fuschillo’s Small Business Networking Expo provides current and aspiring small business owners with an opportunity to network with one another and learn about services that could help their business grow. Participants will be able to:

April 11, 2012
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SENATE PASSES FUSCHILLO RESOLUTION HONORING THE MEMORY OF MERRICK RESIDENT WALTER MINTZ

        Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that the New York State Senate recently passed a legislative resolution honoring the memory of longtime Merrick resident and former Merrick Library Board President Walter Mintz, who recently passed away at the age of 82.

        “Walter Mintz cared deeply about the Merrick community and served it tirelessly for many years. Whether it was helping children through the Kiwanis Club or working on behalf of his beloved Merrick Library, he left a lasting impact on our community. I’m pleased that the Senate paid tribute to his memory and many years of devoted service,” said Senator Fuschillo, who sponsored the legislative resolution.

April 9, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO SPONSORS FREE PROSTATE CANCER SCREENING PROGRAM

        Senator Fuschillo (second right) is pictured at the recent free prostate cancer screening program he sponsored with (l-r) Sasha Abraham, Development Assistant for the Integrated Medical Foundation, Rhonda Samuel, Executive Director of the Integrated Medical Foundation, Dr. Matthew Mene’ and Dr. Evan Eisenberg.

        New York State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently sponsored a free prostate cancer screening program at the Massapequa Library.

April 9, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO SPONSORS PROGRAM TO SHOW DANGERS OF DISTRACTED DRIVING

        Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently sponsored a program to illustrate the dangers of distracted driving. The program, which Senator Fuschillo sponsored in conjunction with the New York State Police and Nationwide Insurance, helped reinforce the dangers of texting or talking on the phone behind the wheel.

        “Distracted driving endangers lives and jeopardizes safety on our roadways. Far too many people have lost their lives or been injured in crashes caused by distracted driving,” said Senator Fuschillo, Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee. “Raising awareness through this program will help reinforce the message that distracted driving is dangerous and deadly.”

April 5, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES STATEWIDE BAN ON SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA

        Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently announced that the sale of synthetic marijuana has been banned throughout New York State.

        Known as the “legal alternative” to marijuana, synthetic marijuana was primarily sold in convenience stores, smoke shops and tobacco stores. Since it is easily accessible and relatively affordable, synthetic marijuana is extremely attractive to young people.

April 5, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO: STATE BUDGET INCLUDES FUNDING FOR JONES BEACH IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS

        Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that the recently approved New York State Budget contains $11.75 million in funding to make improvements at Jones Beach.

        The $11.75 million improvement project will help rehabilitate the West bathhouse building and swimming pool, the Jones Beach boardwalk, and electrical and water systems at the Park. The project is part of the New York Works program.

April 4, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO SPONSORS AUTISM AWARENESS EVENT

Quilt Display As Part of April “Autism Spectrum Disorders Awareness Month”

        Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently partnered with Autism Speaks in helping raise awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorders.

        Senator Fuschillo arranged for quilts made by Austism Speaks to be displayed in the State Legislative Office Building in Albany for three weeks as part of Autism Awareness Month. Merrick resident Michael Giangregorio, the father of an Autistic child and Autism Speaks’ Long Island Volunteer Executive Chair, helped Senator Fuschillo coordinate the quilt display.

April 4, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO: STATE BUDGET DELIVERS OVER $347 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR LONG ISLAND TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS

        Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, today announced over $347 million in funding for road and bridge improvement projects on Long Island as part of the recently adopted New York State budget. This includes $56 million in accelerated projects through the recently created New York Works program.

April 3, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO INVITES RESIDENTS TO “SHED THE MEDS”

Residents can Safely Dispose of Expired or Unused Medications on April 21st at Brady Park

        Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), the Nassau County Police Department, and the Village of Massapequa Park are joining together for a “Shed the Meds” program to help residents safely disposal of unused or expired medications.

        The “Shed the Meds” program will be held between 9am and 1pm at Brady Park, located at 1000 Lake Shore Drive in Massapequa Park on Saturday, April 21, 2012.

April 2, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO: STATE BUDGET FUNDS POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER PROGRAM TO HELP VETERANS

Expansion of Veterans’ Healthcare Training Initiative will Help Better Train Healthcare Professionals to Meet the Needs of Combat Veterans

        Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that the recently approved state budget contains new funding to help provide improved care for veterans affected by post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health conditions. Almost one in three returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are affected by these illnesses.

April 2, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES PASSAGE OF STATE BUDGET

        Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced passage of the 2012-13 New York State budget which creates jobs, controls spending, and closes a multi-billion dollar deficit without raising taxes. The budget accomplishes these objectives through smarter investment and better coordination of state resources to maximize economic development benefits.

March 30, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES APPROVAL OF STATE’S TRANSPORTATION BUDGET

Budget Will Help Create Jobs, Promote Economic Development, and Upgrade State’s Transportation Infrastructure

        Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, today announced passage of the State Transportation Budget which helps create jobs, promote economic development, and upgrade roads, highways, bridges, and mass transit systems across the State. The budget accomplishes these objectives through smarter investment and better coordination of state resources to maximize economic development benefits.

March 30, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO COSPONSORS RESOLUTION DESIGNATING APRIL AS “AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS AWARENESS MONTH”

        Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently cosponsored a legislative resolution designating April as "Autism Spectrum Disorders Awareness Month" in New York State. The Senate passed the measure during a recent legislative session.

        "Autism is continuing to affect individuals throughout our communities. Recent estimates are that one in 88 children are affected by autism spectrum disorders. Designating April as ‘Autism Spectrum Disorders Awareness Month’ is another way to raise awareness about autism and the growing impact it has on families,” said Senator Fuschillo.

March 30, 2012
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SENATE PASSES FUSCHILLO LEGISLATION TO INCREASE PENALTIES FOR IMPERSONATING A POLICE OFFICER

        Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced Senate passage of legislation he sponsors to raise penalties for criminals who impersonate police officers in order to commit crime.

        “Most individuals trust police officers and obey their instructions without question. Criminals posing as police officers abuse that trust in order to prey on unsuspecting victims. Law enforcement should be able to elevate charges in these cases. Under this legislation, that’s exactly what they would be allowed to do,” said Senator Fuschillo.

March 29, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO GIVES ROOSEVELT HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT UP CLOSE LOOK AT LEGISLATIVE PROCESS IN ACTION

        Photo caption: Roosevelt High School Senior Imani Watson joins Senator Fuschillo in the Senate Chambers during her “shadowing” experience as part of the “Students Inside Albany” Conference.

        Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently welcomed Roosevelt High School Senior Imani Watson to the State Capitol in Albany.

March 29, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSAGE OF NEW BUS SAFETY MEASURES

        Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that the New York State Senate has approved a measure to implement an enhanced bus safety inspection system. The measure, which was included as part of the state budget legislation, will help improve passenger safety by allowing DOT to perform more inspections on problem bus operators.

        “DOT needs every possible resource to ensure that bus operators meet the required safety standards. Enabling the DOT to perform additional inspections on operators who don’t comply with these standards is a commonsense step to make our roads safer,” said Senator Fuschillo, Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee.

March 28, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSAGE OF NEW AUTO INSURANCE FRAUD MEASURES

        Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that the New York State Senate recently passed legislation to combat auto insurance fraud which costs New Yorkers more than $1 billion a year. The legislation would create stronger penalties for individuals who commit insurance fraud and stage auto accidents.

        “Auto insurance fraud costs New Yorkers over $1 billion every year, driving our already expensive auto insurance premiums even higher. Stronger penalties are needed to combat auto insurance fraud and protect law-abiding drivers from criminals who steal from our pockets and jeopardize our safety,” said Senator Fuschillo, who supported the legislation in the Senate.

March 28, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO REMINDS RESIDENTS ABOUT STATE SALES TAX EXEMPTION FOR CLOTHING & FOOTWEAR

        Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is reminding residents about a tax cut taking effect that will help them keep more of their hard earned money.

        Starting April 1st, all clothing and footwear sold for less than $110 per item (or per pair of footwear) will be exempt from the New York State 4 percent sales tax. Additionally, most fabric, thread, yarn, buttons, snaps, hooks, zippers and similar items that are used to make or repair exempt clothing will also be eligible for the exemption.

        The exemption from state sales tax, which is in effect year-round, will help put money back into the pockets of hard-working families.

March 27, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO, TOWN CLERK BONILLA, & SUPERVISOR MURRAY TO SPONSOR SENIOR ID CARD PROGRAM IN WANTAGH

        Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) will be partnering with Town of Hempstead Town Clerk Mark Bonilla and Supervisor Kate Murray in sponsoring a free Senior ID Card Program in Wantagh.

        The program will be held on Monday, April 16th from 1 pm to 4 pm at the Wantagh Library, located at 3285 Park Avenue in Wantagh. All Town of Hempstead residents ages 60 and over are eligible to participate and receive a free senior ID card.

March 26, 2012
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FUSCHILLO LEGISLATION TO COMBAT MEDICAID FRAUD PASSED BY SENATE

Legislation Would Allow County District Attorneys to Work with State in Prosecuting Cases of Medicaid Fraud

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that legislation he sponsors to save taxpayer dollars through increased prosecution of Medicaid fraud has been passed by the Senate.

     The legislation (S594) would allow the State’s Office of Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) to refer Medicaid fraud cases to local district attorneys for prosecution.

March 22, 2012
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