Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola), and Senator Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) today stated that the recent proposed executive budget which calls for a 4% increase in state aid to education does not provide Long Island schools with their fair share.
In the recently announced executive budget, Nassau and Suffolk Counties receive a disproportionate share of state education aid. Long Island is home to approximately 17 percent of the state’s students. However, out of the over $19.7 billion in state education aid appropriated for school districts statewide under the executive budget, aid to Long Island falls short.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that the Senate has approved legislation he sponsored to close a legal loophole which allows some intoxicated drivers to escape prosecution for DUI.
Current law contains a loophole in which individuals can be charged with a DUI offense only if they are intoxicated or impaired by alcohol or by one of the drugs listed in the public health law. Those who ingest substances not listed in the law (such as inhaling an aerosol can) can escape being charged with DUI.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, today announced that the committee has approved several measures to help strengthen the state’s DWI laws.
Senator Fuschillo, who sponsored the anti-DWI measures, said “Drunk drivers endanger innocent lives every time they choose to get behind the wheel. Giving law enforcement greater tools to catch and prosecute drunk drivers will help make our roads safer for everyone.”
The anti-DWI legislation approved by the committee would:
* Require mandatory jail sentences for repeat DWI offenders (S2597).
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) was recently honored by Autism Speaks for his tireless advocacy for individuals with autism.
Senator Fuschillo received Autism Speaks’ Autism Advocacy Award 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.
“Earlier today, Governor Cuomo unveiled his Executive Budget proposal which attempts to address many of the challenges facing New York State in the coming year.
First and foremost is closing the state’s budget deficit without raising taxes. Last year, we worked in a bipartisan manner to close a $10 billion budget deficit without raising taxes. With residents still overtaxed, overburdened, and facing the challenges caused by this economy, that’s exactly the same approach we must take again now, and the Governor’s budget reflects that.
With Congress returning to Washington for session today, Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the New York State Senate’s Transportation Committee, once again wrote to Congressional leaders urging them to fully restore the federal commuter mass-transit tax benefit.
Congress allowed the benefit, which helps residents offset their commuting expenses, to be cut nearly in half on January 1st. As a result, commuters are now facing hundreds of dollars in higher costs.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and Assemblyman David G. McDonough (R-North Merrick) recently attended the Merrick Fire Department’s 88th annual installation ceremony.
Senator Fuschillo and Assemblyman McDonough offered their congratulations and best wishes to the Department’s new Chief, Thomas J. Fernandez, Jr., as well as Assistant Chief Michael Gargen and the rest of the incoming officers. Senator Fuschillo and Assemblyman McDonough also thanked outgoing Chief Frank Vanderlofske for his service to the Department and the Merrick community.
Senator Fuschillo (right) and Assemblyman McDonough (left) are pictured with new Merrick Fire Department Chief Thomas J. Fernandez, Jr. (left center) and Assistant Chief Michael Gargen (right center).
“This Monday, we pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., an American hero who gave his life fighting for equality.
Dr. King devoted himself to improving the lives of others. As both a minister and civil rights activist, he led the fight for tolerance, justice, and human rights. He shared his dream for our country and inspired a nation to grow and change for the better.
Let us remember Dr. King’s many accomplishments and legacy of service, but most importantly, never forget that one person truly does have the power to make the world a better place."
Lawmakers at the state and federal levels say they are fighting to restore a recently expired tax break for commuters that previously saved transit users on Long Island hundreds of dollars a year.
State Sen. Charles Fuschillo (R-Merrick) earlier this month introduced a bill to allow commuters in the state to deduct up to $240 in transit costs from their state taxes -- a move meant to ease the hurt caused when a federal tax benefit for commuters expired Dec. 31.
"The residents of Long Island rely heavily on the Long Island Rail Road," Fuschillo said. "They should not be penalized because Congress can't get their act together."
Identity theft is the number one consumer fraud complaint, affecting over 9 million Americans every year. However, there are steps that you can take to help reduce the risk of your personal information falling into the wrong hands:
STEPS TO TAKE TO PREVENT ID THEFT (from the New York State Division of Consumer Protection and the Federal Trade Commission):
* Regularly Check Your Credit Report. Consumers are entitled by law to one free copy of their credit report each year from each of the three major credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion). A credit report is an important record of an individual’s finances, and is used by creditors, insurers, and other businesses when determining applications for things like credit, insurance, loans, and mortgages. Regularly checking your credit report can help you uncover and report inaccurate information or fraudulent activity. Knowing what’s in your credit report will enable you to act quickly to minimize the damage.
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, February 16th from 8:45 am to 12:00 pm at the North Bellmore Library. The library is located at 1551 Newbridge Road in North Bellmore.
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.
The father of America’s interstate highway system, President Dwight Eisenhower, once wrote that its “impact on the American economy— the jobs it would produce in manufacturing and construction — was beyond calculation.”
Decades later, those same words hold true as New York faces its own infrastructure and economic crisis. Investing in transportation projects can, and must, be a part of the solution.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, announced that he will be holding a public hearing to examine the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) recent report on distracted driving and explore how New York State can better prevent distracted driving on its roadways. The hearing will be held on Monday, February 13th at 10 am in Hearing Room A of the State Legislative Office Building in Albany.
Senator Fuschillo votes to confirm Thomas Madison as the new Executive Director of the New York State Thruway Authority, stating he has the experience needed to handle the challenges ahead, most notably rebuilding the Tappan Zee Bridge.
Senator Fuschillo is the Chairman of the New York State Senate's Transportation and chaired a meeting of the committee to examine Mr. Madison's qualifications and professional experience prior to the Senate vote.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that the New York State Senate has confirmed Governor Cuomo’s nomination of Thomas Madison as the Executive Director of the New York State Thruway Authority.
Senator Fuschillo votes to confirm Joe Lhota as Chairman of the MTA, stating he has the experience needed to make the MTA more financially accountable and transparent to residents.
Senator Fuschillo is the Chairman of the New York State Senate's Transportation and chaired a meeting of the committee to examine Mr. Lhota's qualifications and professional experience prior to the Senate vote.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today invited residents to participate in an online Q & A session he will be holding on Friday, January 20th between 12:30 pm and 1 pm. The Q & A will be held on Senator Fuschillo’s website.
“This Q & A session allows people to participate in a town hall style meeting without ever having to leave their home or office,” said Senator Fuschillo. “I encourage everyone to submit their questions and then watch the session on January 20th.”
Also Approves Legislation to Make Streets Safer and Raise Penalties for Subway “Fare-Beaters”
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, today announced that the Committee has approved Governor Andrew Cuomo’s nominations of Joseph Lhota as Chairman & CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and Thomas Madison as Executive Director of the New York State Thruway Authority.