Senator Fuschillo discusses why New York State should enact stronger penalties for distracted driving, including license suspensions for teenagers who text and talk on a cell phone while driving. You can read more about the legislation by clicking here.
MERRICK - Sen. Charles Fuschillo Jr. has awarded a Merrick seventh-grader with one of the highest civilian honors that a New Yorker can receive for saving her father's life.
Victoria Scalli was awarded the Liberty Medal for saving her father's life back in February. Scalli says she was in her room doing homework when she heard her father, Mark, begin to choke on a piece of bread. Scalli's mom tried to do the Heimlich, but it wasn't working.
That's when Scalli jumped in and did the Heimlich herself, which she had recently learned in gym. The Merrick Avenue Middle School student was able to remove the lodged piece of bread.
Scalli says she was happy she was able to put the skills she learned in gym to work.
Senator Fuschillo appears on News 12 Long Island to discuss legislation he is sponsoring to raise the penalties for drivers who hit someone and flee the scene of an accident. The legislation would raise the penalties for hit and run crimes so that they are commensurate with charges faced by a drunk driver who causes physical injury or death and remains at the scene of the accident.
Under the legislation:
• Drivers who leave the scene of a fatal accident would face class “C” felony charges, punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
Senator Fuschillo appears on News 12 Long Island to offer his thoughts on the MTA's decision to charge LIRR passengers a fee to obtain refunds for tickets they purchased but were unable to use because of a system-wide shutdown due to Hurricane Sandy. Senator Fuschillo is the Chairman of the New York State Senate's Transportation Committee.
Following is a veterans tribute video put together by Senator Fuschillo to thank local veterans for their service to our nation. The video was shown to veterans at Senator Fuschillo's annual Veterans' Appreciation Breakfast.
News 12 Long Island story (7/19/12) on Senator Fuschillo's legislation to strengthen the New York's Boating Under the Influence (BUI) laws.
The legislation would create parity with the state's existing DWI laws by creating felony charges for operating a boat drunk with a child onboard and an "aggravated BWI" charge for high BAC offenders. Additionally, it would require mandatory driver license and boating privilege suspensions for BUI and DUI offenders, as well as require all boaters to complete a boating safety course.
Click here to read more about Senator Fuschillo's legislation.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) welcomes Assemblyman Tom McKevitt (R-East Meadow) to his "Community Update" to discuss the recently approved New York State budget and the economic benefits it will provide to residents. The two state legislators also discussed the repeal of the MTA payroll tax and the need for new job creation programs.
New York State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) votes "yes" on legislation he cosponsored to make the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey more accountable and transparent.The legislation was introduced following the Port Authority's complete lack of transparency in approving a toll increase last year. Additionally, there have been numerous reports which have raised questions about the Authority's spending practices and financial management.
Senator Fuschillo visits Winthrop Hospital's Pediatric Unit to deliver over the over 2,000 toys that were collected through his annual "Extend the Holidays" toy drive. The toys were delivered after the new year so that children could continue to experience the joy of receiving gifts throughout the new year.
Toys were collected with the help of local schools, labor unions, families, and businesses.
Click here to read more about Senator Fuschillo's "Extend the Holidays" toy drive.
Senator Fuschillo votes to confirm Thomas Madison as the new Executive Director of the New York State Thruway Authority, stating he has the experience needed to handle the challenges ahead, most notably rebuilding the Tappan Zee Bridge.
Senator Fuschillo is the Chairman of the New York State Senate's Transportation and chaired a meeting of the committee to examine Mr. Madison's qualifications and professional experience prior to the Senate vote.
Senator Fuschillo votes to confirm Joe Lhota as Chairman of the MTA, stating he has the experience needed to make the MTA more financially accountable and transparent to residents.
Senator Fuschillo is the Chairman of the New York State Senate's Transportation and chaired a meeting of the committee to examine Mr. Lhota's qualifications and professional experience prior to the Senate vote.
Senator Fuschillo appears on News 12 Long Island to discuss plans to hold public hearings on distracted driving. The hearings will examine how New York State can better prevent distracted driving to improve safety on our roadways.
Senator Fuschillo votes "yes" on legislation to cut taxes, create jobs, and upgrade our infrastructure while contrasting New York State's bipartisan cooperation with Washington's partisan gridlock. The actions taken by the State Legislature will:
* Deliver $690 million in personal income tax relief for over 4.4 million taxpayers Click here to read more.
* Eliminate the MTA payroll tax for nearly 80 percent of the businesses currently paying it