Charles J. Fuschillo Jr.'s Reports

UNCLAIMED FUNDS MIGHT BE WAITING FOR YOU!

New York State is holding over $12 billion in unclaimed funds, and some of it may be yours! A simple internet search is all it takes to see if there are unclaimed funds in your name.

Why does New York State have unclaimed funds?

Banks, insurance companies, utilities, investment companies and many other businesses are required by State law to turn over inactive accounts to the State. The Office of the State Comptroller holds these funds in trust, serving as a custodian of these funds until they can be claimed by their rightful owners. 

What are some types of unclaimed funds?

December 2, 2013
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New York State Military Medals

As a way to honor and recognize the service and sacrifice of its residents who served in the armed forces, New York State offers several military awards to veterans who currently live in New York State or who were New York State residents at the time of their military service, including:

November 7, 2013
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Basic STAR Registration Information

All homeowners currently receiving the Basic STAR exemption must register with the New York State Department of Taxation & Finance in order to continue receiving the exemption in 2014 and subsequent years. This is part of a new initiative to ensure that tax dollars are not wasted on inappropriate or fraudulent STAR exemptions.

Who must register?

Resident homeowners who currently receive the Basic STAR exemption must register with the New York State Tax Department to continue receiving the exemption in 2014 and future years.

August 30, 2013
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SIGN UP FOR CONSUMER SAFETY ALERTS

 

Many different types of products, from children's toys and baby products to appliances, are recalled for safety reasons. Fortunately, there is an easy way to keep track of these products so that you can keep your family safe.

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) allows consumers to view listings of product recalls. Recalls can be searched by company name or product type (toys, baby and child items, home and garden, etc.). You can also sign up to receive email alerts about product recalls.

In addition, you can also report products you believe to be unsafe to the CPSC.

June 26, 2013
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PROTECT YOURSELF FROM IDENTITY THEFT

Identity theft is the number one consumer fraud complaint, affecting over 9 million Americans every year. However, there are steps that you can take to help reduce the risk of your personal information falling into the wrong hands:

STEPS TO TAKE TO PREVENT ID THEFT (from the New York State Division of Consumer Protection and the Federal Trade Commission):

* Regularly Check Your Credit Report. Consumers are entitled by law to one free copy of their credit report each year from each of the three major credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion). A credit report is an important record of an individual’s finances, and is used by creditors, insurers, and other businesses when determining applications for things like credit, insurance, loans, and mortgages. Regularly checking your credit report can help you uncover and report inaccurate information or fraudulent activity. Knowing what’s in your credit report will enable you to act quickly to minimize the damage.

January 12, 2012
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Senator Fuschillo's Job Resource Center

Finding a job can be a very stressful experience, especially in this economy.

The good news is that there are a number of resources and programs to help you search for jobs, develop your skills, and prepare you to succeed. Below are links to some of the programs and services that are available to help residents who are looking for a job or changing careers: 

 Job Banks/Civil Service Exams:

 Search for jobs, learn job searching techniques, and find out about upcoming state, local, and federal civil service exams.

October 19, 2011
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MILITARY AWARDS FOR NEW YORK STATE VETERANS

New York State offers several different military awards to veterans who currently live in New York State or who were New York State residents at the time of their military service:

New York State Conspicuous Service Cross

New York State Medal For Merit

New York State Conspicuous Service Star

November 5, 2010
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Senator Fuschillo's Testimony to the MTA Board Opposing Proposed LIRR Fare Hikes

Following is the testimony Senator Fuschillo gave to the MTA Board of Directors opposing their proposed LIRR fare hikes at their recent public hearing in Garden City:  

Good evening ladies and gentleman.

September 16, 2010
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See If You Are Entitled To New York State Unclaimed Funds

New York State is holding over $10.5 billion in unclaimed funds, and some of it may be yours! A simple internet search is all it takes to see if there are unclaimed funds in your name.

Why does New York State have unclaimed funds?

Banks, insurance companies, utilities, investment companies and many other businesses are required by State law to turn over inactive accounts to the State. The Office of the State Comptroller then serves as the custodian of this money until it is claimed. 

May 24, 2010
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TRACK YOUR INCOME TAX REFUND

     Taxpayers whose state and/or federal income tax returns indicate they will receive a tax refund this year can use the Internet to find out when their refund will arrive.

     Both the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) allow taxpayers to track the status of tax refunds online through their respective websites. Taxpayers can utilize both refund tracking services approximately 72 hours after they file their tax returns electronically or four weeks after they mail a paper return.

May 4, 2010
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PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION INFORMATION

There are a number of different programs available to Nassau and Suffolk County residents to help them save money on their property taxes.

STAR Program:

New York State's School Tax Relief (STAR) program provides recipients with savings on their school property taxes.

The STAR program works in two parts:

Basic STAR is available to New Yorkers who own and live in their own home, condominium, or cooperative apartment, with an adjusted gross income that does not exceed $500,000, regardless of age.

January 24, 2010
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CHALLENGING YOUR NASSAU COUNTY PROPERTY ASSESSMENT

Each year, Nassau County residents have the right to file a grievance if they believe their property has been over-assessed by the Nassau County Department of Assessment.

January 6, 2010
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO URGES PSC TO REJECT REVISED AQUA RATE INCREASE PROPOSAL

Senator Fuschillo recently wrote to the State Public Service Commission urging them to reject Aqua-New York Water's revised rate increase proposal.

Double click the file below to view a copy of Senator Fuschillo's letter to the PSC. 

File: 
Aqua rate hike-joint proposal letter - FINAL.pdf

November 4, 2009
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO'S TESTIMONY TO PSC URGING REJECTION OF AQUA WATER RATE INCREASE

Good evening, my name is Chuck Fuschillo, and I am the State Senator representing the communities encompassing the Aqua service area in the New York State Senate. For the record, I reside in Merrick and am also an Aqua-New York Water customer. 

August 31, 2009
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Search for Better Credit Card Rates & Minimize Credit Card Debt

Credit Card Search

The New York State Banking Department allows you to search specific credit cards by name to find out information about interest rates, fees, and penalties. You can also learn whether the cards have a universal default clause. Under universal default, credit card companies can increase interest rates on your account if you make late payments to other credit card companies or pay a phone or utility bill late.

November 24, 2008
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Protect Yourself From Tax Phishing Scams

BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR SUSPICIOUS EMAILS ABOUT TAX RETURNS, REFUNDS, AND REBATES:

April 2, 2008
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Senate Passes Plan To Make College More Affordable

A college education should be within the reach of every New Yorker. Unfortunately, rising tuition costs have made realizing a college education a major difficultly for many hardworking New Yorkers and have put many students deep into debt. Another educational challenge facing our state is how to keep college graduates here working in New York after they get their degree.

June 27, 2007
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Information About Gas Prices In Your Area

Click on the link below toget information about gas retail prices and where to find the lowest gas prices in the New York Metropolitan area:http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/gasprices/states/NY.shtml

August 12, 2004
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