"I have been saying for years that when an individual gets behind the wheel of a car drunk, that car becomes a weapon. If they kill somebody it’s murder. Heidgen’s punishment for the murder of Katie Flynn and Stanley Rabinowitz should have been the maximum 25 years to life in prison. Video of the crash proved that Heidgen intentionally plowed his pickup truck head-on into the limousine on July 2, 2005, without concern for the consequences.If Heidgen serves only 18 years in prison, he will be out on the streets when he is 43 years old and will be able to live a full life.
Legislation sponsored by State Senator Charles Fuschillo (8th Senate District) that would increase penalties for gasoline stations and other businesses convicted of price gouging was approved by the State Senate today. The measure would raise the maximum fine for price gouging from $10,000 to $25,000.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) recently held ameeting of his student advisory panel in his district office.Senator Fuschillo’s student advisory panel is a group of high school students that meets with Senator Fuschillo several times a year to discuss some of the important issues facing the state.
Merrick and North Merrick residents will have the chance to meet with Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) when he holds mobile office hours at the Merrick Library. Senator Fuschillo will be joined at the event by Assemblyman David McDonough (19th Assembly District) and Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt (17th Assembly District). "Mobile office hours is a way of bringing government services directly to constituents in their own hometown," said Senator Fuschillo.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) announced that a plan he is cosponsoring that will provide financial assistance to help local small businesses grow and create new jobs has been passed by the New York State Senate. "Small business owners live in our communities and employ our neighbors, and we must do everything we can to make sure that they can continue to grow and create more jobs for local residents.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) recently visited Merrick Avenue Middle School to speak with members of the student government.
Senator Fuschillo explained to the students how government works and how new ideas are turned into law. To help illustrate the process, Senator Fuschillo listened to ideas for new laws from the students, and then had them engage in a debate about the issue.
Afterwards, Senator Fuschillo answered questions from the students.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) announced his support for a comprehensive plan to make a college education more affordable for New York’s students. The plan provides increased financial assistance to help families with soaring tuition expenses, provide new incentives to college students to keep them living and working in New York when they graduate and makes it easier for New York’s servicemen and women to attend college.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) is urging all residents to join his fight in opposing the Governor’s proposed cuts to Long Island’s education aid share and elimination of the state’s property tax rebate program.
Sixth grade students from Centennial and Washington Rose Elementary Schools in Roosevelt recently learned about the dangers of tobacco when Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) presented his "no smoking program"."Each year, tens of thousands of children under the age of 18 become new smokers," said Senator Fuschillo.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) today served as acting chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee’s public hearing to examine the problem of gap size (space between the platform and the train) at LIRR stations. "We can’t wait for another tragedy before finding a solution to this problem, and the MTA needs to move as quickly as possible to ensure the safety of LIRR passengers," said Senator Fuschillo.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) announced today that the New York State Senate passed civil commitment legislation to protect residents from sexual predators. "We cannot allow dangerous sexual predators to roam the streets of our communities if they are likely to commit another heinous crime," said Senator Fuschillo, who cosponsored the legislation.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) is reminding all Nassau County residents who believe that their homes have been over-assessed by the County Assessor’s office that they have the right to challenge their property tax assessment."All Nassau County residents have the legal right to challenge their property tax assessments each year," said Senator Fuschillo.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) announced today that his office has applications available for a new hiring exam for prospective Correction Officers. The exam, which will be held on April 14, 2007, is offered by the New York State Department of Correctional Services and will be conducted under the auspices of the New York State Department of Civil Service.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) today announced his support for a plan to triple the size of last year’s property tax rebate program, which would result in approximately $700 in savings for Long Islanders with Basic STAR and $1,100 for local seniors receiving Enhanced STAR in 2007. The plan also establishes a Blue Ribbon Commission to make reforms to help reduce property taxes. "My number one priority remains delivering tax relief to our homeowners," said Senator Fuschillo.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) will be holding an online question and answer chat session on Tuesday, January 30th between 9 am and 10 am. The session will be held on Senator Fuschillo’s website, www.senatorfuschillo.com.
"This session brings people together in a town hall style discussion without them ever having to leave their homes," said Senator Fuschillo.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) today announced his support for a new small business and manufacturing assistance plan that will help small businesses grow and create new jobs. The plan would provide $490 million in assistance in the first year and almost $1.3 billion in tax relief and assistance to small businesses statewide when fully implemented after three years. "Small businesses are the lifeblood of our local economy," said Senator Fuschillo, a member of the Senate’s Commerce, Economic Development, and Small Business Committee.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) recently visited the pediatric ward at Winthrop University Hospital to deliver hundreds of toys collected during his annual "Extend the Holidays" toy drive."When a child in the hospital receives the gift of a new toy, it can help brighten even the toughest of days," said Senator Fuschillo. "It also gives parents the joy of seeing their child’s face light up during a difficult time.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) was recently sworn in for his fifth full term as the New York State Senator for the 8th District. Senator Fuschillo took the oath of office in the Senate Chamber on the opening day of the 2007-08 legislative session. "Representing our community in the New York State Senate is an honor and a privilege that I hold in very high regard, and I am grateful for the faith and trust that people have shown me," said Senator Fuschillo.