State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District)recently met with the members of "One Is Greater Than None", a non-profit charitable organization founded this past spring by eight 14 year-old girls from Merrick and Lynbrook. Senator Fuschillo congratulated the girls on their efforts to save children in Ghana, Africa from indentured servitude.
"It is wonderful to see these girls taking an active role in improving the lives of others at such a young age. In less than a year, their efforts have already helped several children escape unimaginable conditions.
Third and fourth graders from New Visions Elementary School in Freeport today learned about the dangers of tobacco from State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District), author of New York State’s Clean Indoor Air Law. "When tobacco companies look to attract new smokers, children are the number one target. We must teach children at a young age that smoking is a dangerous and deadly addiction, which is why it is so important to say ‘no’ to tobacco," said Senator Fuschillo, a member of the Senate’s Health Committee.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. today reminded New Yorkers that when they enter a public building, they should be on the lookout for a sign indicating the location of an automated external defibrillator (AED). A new state law now in effect that Senator Fuschillo sponsored requires all public buildings and facilities that are already required by law to have AEDs on premises, to also post a sign indicating where the lifesaving device can be found.
"Governor Spitzer’s announcement that he will ask the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to reverse a planned subway fare increase for New York City subway riders, while at the same time Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) riders will face a substantial fare hike is the Governor’s latest slam against Long Islanders. Earlier this year, Governor Spitzer tried to deny Long Island its fair share of school aid, which would have put our school districts in jeopardy and raised property taxes.
State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) announced today that he secured $5,000 in state funding for the Child Care Council of Suffolk, Inc. The funds will be used for the Council’s outreach program, which provides working families with resources, referrals, and education about different child care programs in their area. "When both parents work in order to provide for their families, finding access to quality child care services becomes critical. This is especially true on Long Island, where most families depend on double incomes.
State Senators Charles J. Fuschillo Jr., Kemp Hannon, and Carl L. Marcellino, announced today that they will be conducting an investigative hearing regarding recent toy recalls due to lead and chemical contamination which can cause neurological and behavioral problems, and in some cases, death.
With Black Friday and the start of the holiday shopping season approaching, Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District), Chairman of the Senate’s Consumer Protection Committee, is reminding consumers about their rights under New York State’s Gift Card Law."Gift cards are a very popular purchase that individuals make for loved ones and friends, but consumers need to know their rights in order to protect their gift card from being diminished by hidden fees," said Senator Fuschillo, who authored the law along with Senator Dean Skelos.
State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. today urged the Spitzer administration to follow through with its pledge to fight a lawsuit that would expedite the prison release of some of New York State’s most violent criminals, including murderers, rapists and cop killers.
State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District), author of New York State’s Clean Indoor Air Law, and Assemblyman David G. McDonough (19th Assembly District) today visited Levy-Lakeside Elementary School in Merrick to speak to children about the dangers of tobacco. "When tobacco companies look to attract new smokers, children are the number one target. We must teach children at a young age that smoking is a dangerous and deadly addiction, which is why it is so important to say ‘no’ to tobacco," said Senator Fuschillo, a member of the Senate’s Health Committee.
State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) announced today that he secured $50,000 in state funding for Autism Speaks, a nonprofit autism advocacy organization. The funding will be used for autism research."Continued research is vital to uncovering new and effective treatments for autism patients and ultimately finding a cure for autism.
State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) is informing residents that the New York State Police is holding an exam for the position of New York State Trooper. The deadline to register for the New York State Trooper Exam is December 1, 2007. "The New York State Police offers a rewarding and challenging career with an agency that has a long tradition of outstanding public service. I invite anyone interested in a career characterized by leadership and professionalism to apply to become a New York State Trooper", said Senator Fuschillo.
State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District), in conjunction with the Nassau Health Care Corporation, will be hosting a no-out-of-pocket-cost breast cancer screening day on Thursday, December 13th at the Wantagh Library."One of the best ways in overcoming breast cancer is early detection. Women need to make mammograms an annual event in their lives, because they play a vital role in detecting and treating breast cancer," stated Senator Fuschillo, a member of the Senate’s Health Committee.
State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) is reminding veterans and their families about the military awards offered by New York State to honor New Yorkers who have served in the armed forces. "The men and women who defended our country deserve our respect and gratitude, and this is one way that we can recognize their sacrifices," said Senator Fuschillo.
State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. today announced a new state law that will require businesses that offer document destruction services to register with the New York Department of State. The new law, which was recently signed by the Governor, will 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.
State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) recently presented the New York State Conspicuous Service Cross with one silver device to Melvin Brenner, a World War II veteran from North Massapequa. Mr. Brenner served in the United States Army, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. In addition to the Conspicuous Service Cross, Mr. Brenner also earned the Bronze Star Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal, the American Service Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal.
State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) announced today that the deadline to file applications for the 2007 STAR Middle Class Property Tax Rebate has been extended from November 30th to December 31st. Homeowners with the Basic STAR exemption must file an application in order to receive their 2007 STAR Middle Class Property Tax Rebate Check. "This year, we again fought hard to make sure rebate checks were included in the state budget to provide direct property tax relief to middle class families.
State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today called on the State Assembly to pass legislation he sponsored to protect New Yorkers from predatory towing at private parking lots. The State Senate recently passed the legislation. Senator Fuschillo’s legislation would require private lots to conspicuously post signs stating that unauthorized vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense, and requires commercial tow companies that tow from private lots to accept at least two credit or debit cards, one of which must be a bank or debit card, for the convenience of consumers.
State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice and Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg today announced that a new state law which creates the charges of aggravated vehicular homicide for drunk drivers who kill others and aggravated vehicular assault for drunk drivers who cause injuries, will go into effect on November 1st. "This new law will give prosecutors in New York State the tools they need to appropriately charge drunk drivers who kill or injure others," said Senator Fuschillo (R, Merrick). "Just last week, yet another driver drove drunk on the wrong side of the highway, and killed an Amityville man coming home from work. Enough is enough. We need to end this epidemic of drunk driving.
State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently joined with other members of the Long Island Senate Delegation to urge the Metropolitan Transportation Authority ("MTA") to withdraw its plan to raise fares and tolls in 2008, 2010 and every two years thereafter."Enough is enough. LIRR commuters do not need to see any more of their hard earned money going to finance a transit system that is supposed to work for them, rather than against them.