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Charles J. Fuschillo Jr.

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SENATOR FUSCHILLO COSPONSORS RESOLUTION DESIGNATING APRIL AS “AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS AWARENESS MONTH”

        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.

March 30, 2012
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SENATE PASSES FUSCHILLO LEGISLATION TO INCREASE PENALTIES FOR IMPERSONATING A POLICE OFFICER

        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.

March 29, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO GIVES ROOSEVELT HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT UP CLOSE LOOK AT LEGISLATIVE PROCESS IN ACTION

        Photo caption: Roosevelt High School Senior Imani Watson joins Senator Fuschillo in the Senate Chambers during her “shadowing” experience as part of the “Students Inside Albany” Conference.

        Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently welcomed Roosevelt High School Senior Imani Watson to the State Capitol in Albany.

March 29, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSAGE OF NEW BUS SAFETY MEASURES

        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.

March 28, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSAGE OF NEW AUTO INSURANCE FRAUD MEASURES

        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.

March 28, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO REMINDS RESIDENTS ABOUT STATE SALES TAX EXEMPTION FOR CLOTHING & FOOTWEAR

        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.

March 27, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO, TOWN CLERK BONILLA, & SUPERVISOR MURRAY TO SPONSOR SENIOR ID CARD PROGRAM IN WANTAGH

        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.

March 26, 2012
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Daily News Letters to the Editor: Giving commuters a break

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.

State Sen. Charles J. Fuschillo Jr.

March 26, 2012
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FUSCHILLO LEGISLATION TO COMBAT MEDICAID FRAUD PASSED BY SENATE

Legislation Would Allow County District Attorneys to Work with State in Prosecuting Cases of Medicaid Fraud

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that legislation he sponsors to save taxpayer dollars through increased prosecution of Medicaid fraud has been passed by the Senate.

     The legislation (S594) would allow the State’s Office of Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) to refer Medicaid fraud cases to local district attorneys for prosecution.

March 22, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO TO SPONSOR BREAST CANCER SCREENING PROGRAM IN FREEPORT

        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:

March 21, 2012
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FUSCHILLO LEGISLATION CREATING HIGHER PENALTIES FOR ILLEGALLY ENTERING TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES PASSED BY SENATE

     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. 

March 20, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO MEETS WITH MERRICK SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS IN ALBANY

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently welcomed three members of the Merrick Board of Education to the State Capitol in Albany. 

March 19, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO’S JOB RESOURCE EXPO HELPS RESIDENTS LEARN THE TOOLS TO OBTAIN A JOB

 Hundreds Learn About Job Training Programs,  Speak With Career Counselors, Have Their Resumes Reviewed, and More

      Photo caption: Senator Fuschillo (center) speaks with residents who took advantage of the services offered at his annual Job Resource Expo. 

March 19, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO CONGRATULATES FREEPORT RESIDENT ON BEING NAMED ADULT EDUCATION STUDENT OF THE YEAR

     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.

March 16, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO & DEPARTMENT OF FINANCIAL SERVICES BRING FORECLOSURE PREVENTION PROGRAM TO LONG ISLANDERS

     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.

March 16, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES APPROVAL OF NEW ANTI-CRIME LEGISLATION

Legislation Would Expand DNA Databank & Provide Enhanced Crime Fighting Tool for Law Enforcement

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently voted in favor of legislation to help better enable law enforcement to use DNA to catch criminals.

     The legislation (S6733) would expand the State’s DNA databank by requiring anyone convicted of a felony or penal law misdemeanor to submit a DNA sample.

March 15, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO VOTES FOR PORT AUTHORITY REFORM LEGISLATION

     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. 

March 15, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES APPROVAL OF SENATE’S 2012-13 BUDGET RESOLUTION

     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.”

March 14, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO INFORMS RESIDENTS ABOUT HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCE REBATE PROGRAM

     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.

March 13, 2012
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SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE APPROVES LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN LEANDRA’S LAW

     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.

March 13, 2012
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