State Senator Charles Fuschillo today announced that the Senate Committee on Consumer Protection, which he chairs, will conduct two public hearing to examine the billing, marketing and disclosure practices of the credit card industry, including universal default clauses that allow credit card companies to raise interest rates if a cardholder makes a late payment to another creditor. The hearings will serve to heighten public awareness of questionable credit card industry practices, while also helping to generate new ideas and measures to protect consumers.
State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. announced that the New York State Senate approved legislation today that he sponsors that would raise the penalties for impersonating an attorney to a Class E penalty. "When a New Yorker hires a lawyer they should be assured that person has been properly trained and educated in the practice of law," said Senator Fuschillo, who is the Chairman of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee.
State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. announced that the New York State Senate approved legislation (S.3684) today to impose tougher penalties for physical assaults on senior citizens. Senator Fuschillo is a co-sponsor of the legislation which was introduced earlier this month following the vicious attacks on Rose Morat, a 101-year-old Queens woman who was mugged on her way to church, and 85-year-old Solange Elizee, who was mugged and beaten just a half hour later by the same attacker.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) recently welcomed local All-State musicians Andrea Lopez and John Hoblin to the State Capitol. Andrea, a student at Farmingdale High School, and John, a student at Massapequa High School, performed with the All-State Jazz Ensemble in the Empire State Plaza as part of the New York State School Music Association’s (NYSSMA) annual "music in our schools" month. Senator Fuschillo attended the performance and congratulated Andrea and John on their selection as All-State musicians.
New York State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo (R, Merrick) and Senator Martin Golden (R, C-Brooklyn) today announced that they advancing two bills designed to better ensure the safety and security of children across the State who ride school buses every day.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) today announced his support of State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli’s plan to provide daily monitoring of the Roosevelt School District for the upcoming fiscal year to make sure that it stays within its 2007-08 budget. Comptroller DiNapoli’s announcement of the new monitoring system follows a recent audit conducted by his office that found the district spent about $12 million more than it budgeted over the last two years.
State Senator Charles Fuschillo today announced that the Senate has approved a measure he sponsors that would expand the crime of impersonating a police officer to include all law enforcement officers. The legislation would close a loophole in current state law that has allowed dangerous criminals who have committed felonies while pretending to be federal agents or other types of law enforcement to get away with lighter sentences than they would if they had pretended to be a police officer.
State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Chairman of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee, today announced that he will be introducing legislation designed to empower air travel consumers throughout New York State.The Senator’s action follows several incidents that occurred at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Friday and Saturday, involving passengers who were trapped for hours on planes stuck idling on the tarmac.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) today proposed a new 3 point plan to help track down sex offenders that have failed to comply with the Megan’s Law address verification requirements. The plan, which can be implemented by the Governor without legislation, would help law enforcement officials track down these missing sex offenders, while also heightening awareness among members of the media and the general public when a sex offender might be on the loose in their community.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) recently visited with second grade students in Ms. Feltman’s class at Chatterton Elementary School. Senator Fuschillo talked to the students about his responsibilities as a State Senator and explained some of the different aspects of his job. He also told the children how ideas are transformed into laws, and took them through the stages of the legislative process. Afterwards, the students had the opportunity to ask Senator Fuschillo questions.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo today announced that the State Senate has approved legislation that would make it illegal to sell or buy Social Security account numbers. Senator Fuschillo is a sponsor of the measure which would help to combat the growing threat of identity theft using stolen Social Security numbers (SSN). Senator Fuschillo (Merrick), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Consumer Protection, said, "A Social Security number is one of the most valuable pieces of information for an identity thief.
State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo hailed Senate passage of legislation that would increase the penalty for drivers convicted of their fourth Driving While Ability Impaired (DWAI) conviction. The measure creates a new felony offense for those with three prior DWAI convictions who are again caught driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Senator Fuschillo (Merrick), a sponsor of the legislation, said, "We simply cannot allow drunk and drugged driving to continue in New York State, the consequences are too dire.
State Senator Charles Fuschillo (8th District) today praised the signing of a new law he cosponsored that will allow the state to confine sexually violent predators who are likely to commit another sex crime in secure treatment facilities after they’ve completed their prison sentence.
State Senator Charles Fuschillo today announced an historic new law to reform workers’ compensation insurance that will reduce costs for business while increasing benefits for injured workers in New York State. Under the new law, employer costs, which are now some of the highest in the nation, will be cut by ten to fifteen percent, and benefits for injured workers will see an increase for the first time in 15 years.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) recently visited Ms. Ladson’s kindergarten class at Archer Street Elementary School in Freeport to help celebrate "Read Across America" day.Senator Fuschillo read House Mouse, Senate Mouse by Peter and Cheryl Barnes to the class. The story allowed the children to learn, in a fun way, about how a bill becomes a law and what Senator Fuschillo’s job is as a New York State Senator."Read Across America" day is an annual, nationwide program organized by the National Education Association.
State Senator Charles Fuschillo (8th District) today announced that he is the sponsor of legislation that would ban the practice of "universal default" in New York State, which allows credit card companies to increase interest rates if a cardholder makes a late payment to another credit card company or even pays a phone or utility bill late. The practice has forced some consumers to pay twice the amount of their credit card bills because of interest and fees.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) recently met with Merrick and North Merrick residents at the Merrick Library as part of his "Mobile Office Hours" program. Senator Fuschillo was on hand to speak to residents about a wide variety of state and local issues, including property tax relief, education aid, and the Governor’s budget.
State Senator Charles Fuschillo (8th District) today took part in a State Senate public hearing in Albany that evaluated the care and treatment given to New Yorkers with developmental disabilities at state facilities and what can be done to reform state law to give parents more access to information about their own children.
- Creates a new Office of Sex Offender Management in the State Division of Criminal Justice Services to develop comprehensive policies and standards for the evaluation, treatment, and management of sex offenders
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Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) today presented the New York State Senate’s Liberty Medal to Kennedy High School senior Thomas Rosati of Bellmore for heroically saving the lives of 3 Bethpage boys. Senator Fuschillo was joined by Assemblyman David G. McDonough (19th Assembly District)."Thomas’ quick thinking saved several lives and spared a family from falling victim to a terrible tragedy," said Senator Fuschillo.