Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation he sponsors to raise the fines for those who attempt to avoid paying fares on New York City subways.
The legislation would allow the MTA to raise the current maximum fine for fare-evasion which is so low that it is often cheaper than paying the fare itself.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced today that the New York State Senate has passed legislation he sponsors to create felony charges for wrong-way and other reckless drivers.
“Wrong-way drivers have caused tragedies and endangered lives on our roadways; it has to stop. Creating felony charges for wrong-way and reckless drivers will give law enforcement another tool to prosecute these individuals and get them off the roads,” said Senator Fuschillo, Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, today announced that the Senate’s Transportation Committee has approved legislation that would better protect school children while riding on buses.
“Individuals who have criminally endangered children’s safety should not be given the responsibility of protecting children on a school bus. Keeping these individuals from getting behind the wheel of a school bus, as well as raising penalties for people who repeatedly pass stopped school buses illegally, is a common sense step to protect children from harm,” said Senator Fuschillo.
State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and Assemblyman David McDonough (R-North Merrick) recently joined with the Wantagh Football Club to honor one of the organization’s outstanding young athletes at its annual awards luncheon.
Thirteen year old Jimmy Errante was awarded the Wantagh Football Club’s Senator Fuschillo Award, which is given to a football player who has been in the program from his first day of eligibility and who serves as a role model and leader for his fellow athletes both on and off the field.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola), and Senator Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) today stated that the recent proposed executive budget which calls for a 4% increase in state aid to education does not provide Long Island schools with their fair share.
In the recently announced executive budget, Nassau and Suffolk Counties receive a disproportionate share of state education aid. Long Island is home to approximately 17 percent of the state’s students. However, out of the over $19.7 billion in state education aid appropriated for school districts statewide under the executive budget, aid to Long Island falls short.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that the Senate has approved legislation he sponsored to close a legal loophole which allows some intoxicated drivers to escape prosecution for DUI.
Current law contains a loophole in which individuals can be charged with a DUI offense only if they are intoxicated or impaired by alcohol or by one of the drugs listed in the public health law. Those who ingest substances not listed in the law (such as inhaling an aerosol can) can escape being charged with DUI.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, today announced that the committee has approved several measures to help strengthen the state’s DWI laws.
Senator Fuschillo, who sponsored the anti-DWI measures, said “Drunk drivers endanger innocent lives every time they choose to get behind the wheel. Giving law enforcement greater tools to catch and prosecute drunk drivers will help make our roads safer for everyone.”
The anti-DWI legislation approved by the committee would:
* Require mandatory jail sentences for repeat DWI offenders (S2597).
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) was recently honored by Autism Speaks for his tireless advocacy for individuals with autism.
Senator Fuschillo received Autism Speaks’ Autism Advocacy Award for authoring New York State’s autism insurance reform law. The law will enable individuals with autism spectrum disorders to receive insurance coverage for screening, diagnosis and treatment. The law will save families with autism tens of thousands of dollars a year in out of pocket costs for autism treatment and therapies which many insurance companies refuse to cover. The law takes effect on November 1st.
“Earlier today, Governor Cuomo unveiled his Executive Budget proposal which attempts to address many of the challenges facing New York State in the coming year.
First and foremost is closing the state’s budget deficit without raising taxes. Last year, we worked in a bipartisan manner to close a $10 billion budget deficit without raising taxes. With residents still overtaxed, overburdened, and facing the challenges caused by this economy, that’s exactly the same approach we must take again now, and the Governor’s budget reflects that.
With Congress returning to Washington for session today, Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the New York State Senate’s Transportation Committee, once again wrote to Congressional leaders urging them to fully restore the federal commuter mass-transit tax benefit.
Congress allowed the benefit, which helps residents offset their commuting expenses, to be cut nearly in half on January 1st. As a result, commuters are now facing hundreds of dollars in higher costs.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and Assemblyman David G. McDonough (R-North Merrick) recently attended the Merrick Fire Department’s 88th annual installation ceremony.
Senator Fuschillo and Assemblyman McDonough offered their congratulations and best wishes to the Department’s new Chief, Thomas J. Fernandez, Jr., as well as Assistant Chief Michael Gargen and the rest of the incoming officers. Senator Fuschillo and Assemblyman McDonough also thanked outgoing Chief Frank Vanderlofske for his service to the Department and the Merrick community.
Senator Fuschillo (right) and Assemblyman McDonough (left) are pictured with new Merrick Fire Department Chief Thomas J. Fernandez, Jr. (left center) and Assistant Chief Michael Gargen (right center).
“This Monday, we pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., an American hero who gave his life fighting for equality.
Dr. King devoted himself to improving the lives of others. As both a minister and civil rights activist, he led the fight for tolerance, justice, and human rights. He shared his dream for our country and inspired a nation to grow and change for the better.
Let us remember Dr. King’s many accomplishments and legacy of service, but most importantly, never forget that one person truly does have the power to make the world a better place."
With identity theft ranking as the number one consumer fraud complaint, affecting 9 million people nationwide, Senator Fuschillo is reminding residents about steps they can take to protect themselves from identity thieves and scams.
“Identity thieves can create serious financial problems that can take victims weeks, months, or even years to recover from. Following a few simple steps can help consumers better protect themselves and their private information from ID thieves and consumer scams,” said Senator Fuschillo, who has authored several anti-identity theft laws.
Senator Fuschillo offered residents the following tips from the New York State Division of Consumer Protection and the Federal Trade Commission to prevent ID theft:
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, February 16th from 8:45 am to 12:00 pm at the North Bellmore Library. The library is located at 1551 Newbridge Road in North Bellmore.
Appointments are necessary and will be scheduled on 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.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, announced that he will be holding a public hearing to examine the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) recent report on distracted driving and explore how New York State can better prevent distracted driving on its roadways. The hearing will be held on Monday, February 13th at 10 am in Hearing Room A of the State Legislative Office Building in Albany.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that the New York State Senate has confirmed Governor Cuomo’s nomination of Thomas Madison as the Executive Director of the New York State Thruway Authority.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today invited residents to participate in an online Q & A session he will be holding on Friday, January 20th between 12:30 pm and 1 pm. The Q & A will be held on Senator Fuschillo’s website.
“This Q & A session allows people to participate in a town hall style meeting without ever having to leave their home or office,” said Senator Fuschillo. “I encourage everyone to submit their questions and then watch the session on January 20th.”
Also Approves Legislation to Make Streets Safer and Raise Penalties for Subway “Fare-Beaters”
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, today announced that the Committee has approved Governor Andrew Cuomo’s nominations of Joseph Lhota as Chairman & CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and Thomas Madison as Executive Director of the New York State Thruway Authority.