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.
To protect the many children who use the Internet to chat with their friends, Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) announced his support for legislation to require convicted sex offenders to register their Internet screen names with authorities. The proposed law has already been passed by the State Senate. "Children are increasingly using both instant messaging and social networking websites like myspace, friendster, and facebook as a means of communication.
In the wake of continued horror stories of passengers being stranded on delayed airplanes, Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and Assemblyman Michael Gianaris (D-Queens) announced passage of a first-in-the-nation Airline Passengers’ Bill of Rights to provide passengers stranded on airplanes at New York airports with basic amenities to make their wait more tolerable. The bill (S.5050C/A.8406B) also creates a new Airline Consumer Advocate Office to help passengers report air travel service problems.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) is inviting his constituents from Amityville to meet with him on Wednesday, July 11th when he holds mobile office hours at the Amityville Library. "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) recently joined with members of the North Bellmore Civic Association and Stop & Shop officials in cutting the ribbon on the new North Bellmore clock tower. The new clock tower is located at the corner of Jerusalem Avenue and Newbridge Road, in front of the Stop & Shop supermarket.
State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. today announced a three-way agreement on legislation that he sponsored in the Senate (S.5517A), that would create the new charge of aggravated vehicular homicide for drunk drivers who kill others and aggravated vehicular assault for drunk drivers who injure other people. Negotiations between Senator Fuschillo, Governor Eliot Spitzer and the bill’s Assembly sponsor, Harvey Weisenberg resulted in agreement on the measure that will strengthen New York State’s DWI laws.
State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. announced that the State Senate approved legislation (S.1548A) this week that he sponsored that would require a sign be posted in the main entrance of buildings and facilities indicating the location of an automated external defibrillator (AED). The bill has also been approved by the State Assembly and will be sent to the Governor for consideration. Senator Fuschillo (R, Merrick) said, "Making sure that lifesaving AEDs can be located easily and quickly can save time when seconds can mean the difference between life and death.
State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and Assemblyman Peter M. Rivera (D-Bronx) today announced that both houses of the Legislature have approved legislation to ban the practice of "universal default" in New York State. Universal default 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. Nearly half of U.S. banks use universal default, enabling them to legally raise credit cardholders’ interest rates as high as 40 percent.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) recently visited Dinkelmeyer Elementary School in North Bellmore to congratulate second graders Kristen Murphy and Rebecca Spear on their achievements in the Reflections cultural arts program.The two Dinkelmeyer students were each chosen as winners in the program. Kristen was chosen as a New York State PTA winner in the Dance Choreography category. Rebecca was selected as a Nassau County PTA winner in the visual arts category.
Freeport residents recently had the opportunity to meet with Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) and Assemblyman David G. McDonough (19th Assembly District) during the Senator’s mobile office hours at the Freeport Library.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) announced today that he successfully secured $50,000 in state funding to allow the Wantagh Fire Department to purchase two new emergency response vehicles. The vehicles will be used by fire medics and fire safety officers, who are often one of the first responders on the scene of an emergency. Having these personnel at the site of a fire or medical emergency greatly enhances the safety of both the firefighters and the general public.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) and Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas J. Spota today called for Assembly action on a proposal to establish tougher penalties for people who drive drunk with a child in the car. Senator Fuschillo (Merrick) said, "A child in a car driven by a drunk driver is basically a defenseless hostage in a dangerous situation. Children can’t take away the keys and drive themselves, nor can they take a cab home.
State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. announced today that the Senate approved legislation that he sponsors that would protect online consumers who have merchandise shipped. The measure extends consumer protections already in law for purchases made through the mail and by telephone to purchases that consumers make on the Internet.
The New York State Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. that would require businesses that offer document destruction services to register with the New York Department of State. The measure would give consumers an extra layer of protection against identity thieves who commonly sort through trash to gain sensitive personal information such as Social Security numbers and other identifying data to commit I.D. theft.
The New York State Senate today approved legislation (S.1634), sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. that would provide tax credits to New York businesses that install alternative energy and electric systems. The tax credit would help offset purchase and installation costs for businesses that install solar energy system equipment and/or fuel cell electric generating equipment.
State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that the State Senate has approved legislation (S. 4304-B) that he sponsored that would establish a 24/7 Sobriety Pilot Program in ten counties throughout New York State giving judges the option of twice-daily monitoring or use of ankle bracelet devices to test for alcohol in people facing drunk driving charges or who are already on probation and are not supposed to be drinking.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) and Assemblyman David G. McDonough (19th Assembly District) recently visited Wantagh High School to congratulate students whose art was selected to be on exhibit in the State Capitol.
New York State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) today presented 94 year-old Florence Meiselbach of Bellmore with the New York State Senate "Woman of Distinction" award for her over 80 years of service with the Girl Scouts of America. Mrs. Meiselbach is one of Long Island's oldest living Girl Scouts.Senator Fuschillo presented Mrs.
Second grade students at Newbridge Road Elementary School in North Bellmore got to learn what it is like to be a state legislator when Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) and Assemblyman David G. McDonough visited them as part of the school’s "career day."Senator Fuschillo and Assemblyman McDonough explained to the students how state government works and how ideas are turned into laws.
State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. today announced that the State Senate approved legislation (S. 5974) that he sponsors that would allow Advanced Medical Technicians (AMTs) and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) to draw blood from a suspected drunk driver without a physician being present.