Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and Assemblyman David McDonough (R-North Merrick) recently visited Fayette Elementary School to congratulate the winners of the annual “Keep A-Merrick-a Beautiful” environmental poster and essay contest.
The “Keep A-Merrick-A Beautiful” contest is a yearly event for schoolchildren in grades K-8 in Merrick and North Merrick elementary and middle schools which helps students learn about the importance of keeping their community and environment clean.
“Each of the students did a great job raising awareness about protecting our environment. I’m pleased to congratulate all of them on submitting such outstanding entries,” said Senator Fuschillo.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently joined with members of the Massapequa community at a rally calling on the State Department of Transportation to designate Sunrise Highway as a school safety zone to protect students.
Senator Fuschillo, who has been working with community members to get the Department to designate the area a school safety zone, informed residents at the rally that he recently received a letter from the State Department of Education supporting the school safety zone designation.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently congratulated Merrick resident Dr. Donald Teplitz on being appointed to the Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Advisory Board. Dr. Teplitz was appointed by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos at the recommendation of Senator Fuschillo.
The Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Advisory Board advises the New York State Commissioner of Health on tobacco use prevention and control issues, including methods to prevent and reduce tobacco use in the state.
Residents Invited to Donate Their Old Eyeglasses or Hearing Aids to Help Improve the Lives of Others
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and the Merrick Lions Club will be sponsoring an eyeglass & hearing aid donation program where residents can donate their old or unwanted eyeglasses and hearing aids.
The program will be held on Saturday, May 19th from 9 am to 12 pm at the Merrick Train Station Parking lot located on the Northwest corner of Merrick Avenue and Sunrise Highway. Residents will be able to drive up, drop off their old eyeglasses and/or hearing aids, and drive away.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently welcomed Massapequa Park Girl Scout Lauren Kerl to the Senate Chambers in Albany.
Lauren, a member of the Massapequa Association of Girl Scouts, was in Albany as part of the Girl Scouts’ annual legislative showcase featuring bronze, silver, and gold award recipients from across the state.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) was recently named a “legislative champion” by Autism Speaks.
Autism Speaks chose Senator Fuschillo for the honor for authoring New York State’s autism insurance reform law. The law will enable individuals with autism spectrum disorders to receive insurance coverage for screening, diagnosis and treatment. The law will save families with autism tens of thousands of dollars a year in out of pocket costs for autism treatment and therapies which many insurance companies refuse to cover. The law takes effect on November 1st.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that the New York State Senate passed a legislative resolution he sponsored designating May as “Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month” in New York State.
“Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, but it is also one of the most treatable if it is detected early. Indoor tanning or even one bad sunburn can greatly increase the risk of developing skin cancer, which is why it’s so important for residents to be safe and get screened. With summer only a few short weeks away, now is the perfect time to remind residents about the importance protecting themselves from skin cancer and being safe while in the sun,” said Senator Fuschillo.
Proposed Law Would Create Felony Charges for Imposter Lawyers
New York State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced today that the New York State Senate passed legislation he sponsors to increase penalties for people who impersonate attorneys in New York State.
Legislation Would Disqualify Sex Offenders from Holding Real Estate Appraisers License & Protect Families from Unknowingly Giving Sex Offenders Access to their Homes
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that the New York State Senate passed legislation he sponsored to disqualify all convicted sex offenders from obtaining or holding a real estate appraisal license. The legislation is designed to prevent sex offenders from gaining entry into people’s homes.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation he sponsors to prevent criminals from changing their name to avoid the justice system or their legal obligations.
“Convicted criminals shouldn’t be able to avoid the legal system and hide their criminal histories through a name change. Unfortunately, current law makes it far too easy for them to do that. Stronger safeguards are needed to prevent criminals from using legal name changes to run from the law,” said Senator Fuschillo.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, today announced that the Committee has passed legislation to raise the penalties for drivers who illegally pass stopped school buses.
“Drivers are required to stop for school buses with red lights flashing in order to protect the children boarding or exiting the bus. Illegally passing a stopped school bus jeopardizes the lives and safety of the students on the bus. Stronger fines and penalties will create a greater deterrent and give drivers another incentive not to pass stopped school buses,” said Senator Fuschillo.
Proposed Law Would Establish Teen Driver Safety Commission to Examine and Review Teen Driver Training Requirements & Causes of Crashes
New York State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that the New York State Senate recently passed legislation he supports to help prevent teen driving deaths and crashes.
The legislation (S3546) would create a Teen Driver Safety Commission to examine ways to improve driver education and training programs so that teens are better prepared to handle the challenges they will face on the road.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently welcomed Freeport resident Kathleen Keating to the State Capitol in Albany. Senator Fuschillo invited Ms. Keating to Albany to recognize her for being named Ms. New York Senior America 2011.
The Ms. Senior America pageant is an annual event designed to showcase the talents and inner beauty of women ages 60 and over. Kathleen Keating was chosen for the honor among women from all across New York State to serve as a role model of the dignity, maturity, and inner beauty of all senior Americans.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently partnered with Town of Hempstead Clerk Mark Bonilla and Supervisor Kate Murray to bring the Town’s mobile passport van to North Merrick.
Senator Fuschillo arranged for the passport van to come to the North Merrick Public Library to give residents an easy and convenient way to obtain or renew a U.S. passport.
Residents who were unable to attend the program but would like more information about obtaining a passport or future mobile passport programs can call the Hempstead Town Clerk’s passport division at 516-812-3100.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is partnering with the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) and Mayor Andrew Hardwick and the Village of Freeport to help provide services to homeowners facing foreclosure.
Senator Fuschillo and Mayor Hardwick have arranged with DFS to bring its Mobile Foreclosure Relief Center to the Village of Freeport on Friday, May 18th. The Mobile Center will be stationed in the Freeport Train Station Parking lot at the northeast corner of Sunrise Highway and Henry Street from 11 am to 7 pm to assist residents in danger of losing their homes.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is informing residents who are expecting a state or federal income tax refund how to track when their refund will arrive.
Both the IRS and the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance allow residents to track the status of their income tax refunds through the internet after their tax returns have been filed. Taxpayers can utilize the tracking service within 72 hours of filing an electronic tax return or four weeks after filing a paper return.
There is no charge to track the status of state or federal income tax refunds.
Photo caption: Senator Fuschillo (second right) and District Attorney Rice (center) visit the Animal Lovers League of Glen Cove to announce new legislation to strengthen the state’s animal cruelty laws. They are joined by (l-r) Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal, Assemblymember Charles Lavine, and Senator Carl Marcellino.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently joined with Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice in announcing new legislation to enhance the state’s animal cruelty laws and increase penalties for those who abuse animals. Senator Fuschillo is sponsoring the legislation in the Senate.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently joined with the players, coaches, and parents of the North Bellmore/North Merrick Little League at Jacob Gunther Field in kicking off the 2012 little league season.
The North Bellmore/North Merrick Little League provides baseball and softball leagues, as well as tournament and instructional opportunities, to boys and girls of all ages and experience levels. The league serves over 1,500 children.
Senator Fuschillo (right) is pictured with North Bellmore Little League President Jerry Marino (left) in wishing the North Bellmore/North Merrick Little League’s players, coaches, and parents all the best for a great season.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) will be sponsoring a free car seat safety check on Saturday, May 19th in Massapequa Park.
The free car seat safety check will be held from 9 am to 12 pm at John Burns Park (front west parking lot), located at 4990 Merrick Road in Massapequa Park.
Officials from the Nassau County Traffic Safety Board will be performing free safety seat inspections to make sure that drivers have their children’s car seats properly installed and secured. Car seats can reduce the threat of injury or death by as much as 65 percent, but only if they are installed properly, according to the Nassau County Traffic Safety Board. The Nassau County Traffic Safety Board also estimates that as many as 90 percent of car seats are improperly installed.
Law Authored by Senator Fuschillo & Assemblyman Sweeney Enabled Company to Remain on Long Island & Create New Jobs for Long islanders
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today joined with Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy, Farmingdale State College President Dr. Hubert Keen, and other officials in welcoming Astellas Pharma/OSI Pharmaceuticals as the anchor tenant of the Broad Hollow Bioscience Park (BHBP) at Farmingdale State College.