Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently cosponsored a legislative resolution designating April as "Autism Spectrum Disorders Awareness Month" in New York State. The Senate passed the measure during a recent legislative session.
"Autism is continuing to affect individuals throughout our communities. Recent estimates are that one in 88 children are affected by autism spectrum disorders. Designating April as ‘Autism Spectrum Disorders Awareness Month’ is another way to raise awareness about autism and the growing impact it has on families,” said Senator Fuschillo.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced Senate passage of legislation he sponsors to raise penalties for criminals who impersonate police officers in order to commit crime.
“Most individuals trust police officers and obey their instructions without question. Criminals posing as police officers abuse that trust in order to prey on unsuspecting victims. Law enforcement should be able to elevate charges in these cases. Under this legislation, that’s exactly what they would be allowed to do,” said Senator Fuschillo.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that the New York State Senate has approved a measure to implement an enhanced bus safety inspection system. The measure, which was included as part of the state budget legislation, will help improve passenger safety by allowing DOT to perform more inspections on problem bus operators.
“DOT needs every possible resource to ensure that bus operators meet the required safety standards. Enabling the DOT to perform additional inspections on operators who don’t comply with these standards is a commonsense step to make our roads safer,” said Senator Fuschillo, Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that the New York State Senate recently passed legislation to combat auto insurance fraud which costs New Yorkers more than $1 billion a year. The legislation would create stronger penalties for individuals who commit insurance fraud and stage auto accidents.
“Auto insurance fraud costs New Yorkers over $1 billion every year, driving our already expensive auto insurance premiums even higher. Stronger penalties are needed to combat auto insurance fraud and protect law-abiding drivers from criminals who steal from our pockets and jeopardize our safety,” said Senator Fuschillo, who supported the legislation in the Senate.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is reminding residents about a tax cut taking effect that will help them keep more of their hard earned money.
Starting April 1st, all clothing and footwear sold for less than $110 per item (or per pair of footwear) will be exempt from the New York State 4 percent sales tax. Additionally, most fabric, thread, yarn, buttons, snaps, hooks, zippers and similar items that are used to make or repair exempt clothing will also be eligible for the exemption.
The exemption from state sales tax, which is in effect year-round, will help put money back into the pockets of hard-working families.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) will be partnering with Town of Hempstead Town Clerk Mark Bonilla and Supervisor Kate Murray in sponsoring a free Senior ID Card Program in Wantagh.
The program will be held on Monday, April 16th from 1 pm to 4 pm at the Wantagh Library, located at 3285 Park Avenue in Wantagh. All Town of Hempstead residents ages 60 and over are eligible to participate and receive a free senior ID card.
Massapequa, L.I.: The Daily News is correct that the commuter tax benefit “is a tax cut for ordinary working folk who ride to their jobs” (“Give us a break,” editorial, March 19). Washington’s inaction translated into a tax hike for commuters. While it can’t restore the federal benefit, New York State can, and must, fully restore the state benefit. Under legislation I sponsor, commuters could exempt up to $240 a month from state income tax to cover mass-transit commuting expenses for 2012 — equal to the parking benefit. Albany shouldn’t wait for Congress to get its act together.
New York State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), in conjunction with NuHealth/Nassau Health Care Corporation, will be sponsoring a breast cancer screening program on Thursday, April 19th from 8:45 am to 12:00 pm at the Freeport Library. The library is located at 144 West Merrick Road in Freeport.
Appointments are necessary and will be scheduled on first-come, first-served basis. On site nurses and technicians will provide a mammography, a clinical breast examination and instructions for self examination. Patients and their physicians will be notified of the exam results.
NuHealth’s guidelines for the program are as follows:
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced Senate passage of legislation he sponsors to raise penalties for individuals who seek to evade security and scrutiny at transportation facilities and other public places.
The legislation (S5232) creates stronger penalties for individuals trying to illegally access secure areas at airports, train stations, and bus terminals, as well for those who steal law enforcement or fire department identification.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently congratulated Freeport resident Smaily Ogando on being named Adult Student of the Year by the New York Association for Continuing/Community Education.
“Smaily Ogando is an inspiration and a wonderful example of how studying and working hard can help achieve your goals, no matter what your age. It was a pleasure meeting this remarkable man and congratulating him on earning this honor. I wish him the very best for continued success,” said Senator Fuschillo.
Photo caption: Senator Fuschillo (right) is pictured with Department of Financial Services Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky (center) and Assemblyman Joseph Saladino (left) in front of the Department’s mobile foreclosure prevention center, which came to Massapequa to provide assistance to homeowners.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and Assemblyman Joseph Saladino today partnered with the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) to help provide services to homeowners facing foreclosure.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation he cosponsors to help make the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey more open, accountable, and transparent to residents.
“The Port Authority has been heading in the wrong direction for far too long. The disgraceful way it treated residents during last year’s toll increase process is just one of far too many examples of why it needs to change the way it operates. More accountability and transparency are sorely needed and long overdue. That’s exactly what this legislation would bring to the Port Authority,” said Senator Fuschillo, Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that the New York State Senate recently passed its 2012-13 budget resolution which controls state spending, contains no new taxes, fees, and unfunded mandates and helps create new jobs.
“This budget resolution focuses on the right priorities; cutting taxes, controlling spending, and promoting job creation and economic development,” said Senator Fuschillo. “We got New York State headed back in the right direction last year by delivering on these priorities. Now we need to build on that success to keep the state moving forward. That’s exactly what this budget plan would do.”
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is informing residents about a program which will provide rebates to residents who purchase high-efficiency refrigerators and clothes washers. The rebate program, which is being administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), will begin on Monday, March 19th.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, today announced that the Committee has approved legislation to strengthen Leandra’s Law. The legislation would make it harder for offenders to avoid using ignition interlocks as required by Leandra’s Law.