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Charles J. Fuschillo Jr.

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Newsday Letters: Readers write agenda for 2012

Published: January 6, 2012 5:50 PM

Build NY's bridges

Newsday is absolutely correct: The state's economy won't thrive without the infrastructure needed to support it ["Wish list for the new year," Editorial, Jan. 1].

Major projects like the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement are looming and one-third of all state and local highway bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. Facing budget deficits and a weak economy, we must find innovative ways to complete necessary projects that improve our infrastructure, economy and quality of life.

January 7, 2012
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Newsday: Toy Drive Wows Young Patients at Winthrop

January 7, 2012

For a few moments, the children had more pressing issues than aches, boo-boos, yucky medicines and scary-looking medical devices at Winthrop-University Hospital's pediatric center.

"Look at all the toys," Carey Davis Jr., 7, shouted to his mom.

Mounds of stuffed animals, board games and toy cars awaited children at the Mineola hospital Friday.

It was part of the 14th annual Extend the Holidays toy drive organized by state Sen. Charles Fuschillo Jr. (R-Merrick). More than 2,000 toys were collected to be given to Winthrop's young patients throughout the year.

January 7, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO HELPS “EXTEND THE HOLIDAYS” FOR CHILDREN IN WINTHROP HOSPITAL

          Photo caption: Senator Fuschillo helps a child pick out a toy from the over 2,000 toys collected through his annual “Extend the Holidays” toy drive.

          New York State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today helped put smiles on the faces of Winthrop Hospital’s child patients by delivering over 2,000 toys collected through his annual “Extend the Holidays” toy drive. Representatives from the Nassau County Sheriff Officer’s Association, Laborers Local 66, and Local 1298, all of whom participated in the program, joined Senator Fuschillo in delivering the toys to the hospital.

January 6, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE APPROVAL OF PERMANENT STATE COMMUTER TAX BENEFIT FOLLOWING WASHINGTON’S INACTION

Legislation Would Ensure that Commuters Receive $240 a Month State Tax Benefit to Help Offset Mass-Transit Costs

          With New York commuters facing higher costs following Washington’s failure to extend the pre-tax transit benefit, Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), is calling for immediate passage of legislation he sponsors to create a permanent state commuter tax benefit to provide savings to commuters who use the Long Island Rail Road and other mass transit.

January 6, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO REMINDS TOWN OF BABYLON RESIDENTS THAT PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION FILING PERIOD NOW UNDERWAY

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is reminding all Town of Babylon residents that the filing period to apply for New York State’s School Tax Relief (STAR) program and other property tax exemptions in the Town of Babylon is currently underway.  The filing period runs through March 1st. 

January 5, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO STATEMENT ON GOVERNOR CUOMO’S STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS

           “Governor Cuomo’s state of the state focused on a number of priorities which build upon the success of last year and will keep New York State headed in the right direction; cutting spending, no new taxes, mandate relief, creating jobs, and improving our infrastructure.  

January 4, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO: NEW YEAR BRINGS LOWER STATE INCOME TAX RATES

            Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is reminding residents that lower state income tax rates take effect on January 1st.

December 29, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO INFORMS RESIDENTS HOW TO REPORT POWER OUTAGES TO LIPA THROUGH TEXT MESSAGES

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is informing residents how they can use their smart phones to report power outages and receive restoration updates from LIPA. 

December 29, 2011
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Senator Fuschillo to Hold Public Hearings on Distracted Driving

Senator Fuschillo appears on News 12 Long Island to discuss plans to hold public hearings on distracted driving. The hearings will examine how New York State can better prevent distracted driving to improve safety on our roadways.

December 28, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO & BIRCH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS “EXTEND THE HOLIDAYS” FOR CHILDREN IN WINTHROP HOSPITAL

Photo caption: Senator Fuschillo (back row right) thanks Birch Elementary School students, Principal Kerri Schlissel (back row second left), and Student Council Advisor Chris Hoisik (back row left) for collecting toys for his “Extend the Holidays” toy drive.

Students from Birch Elementary School in Merrick recently participated in Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr.’s annual “Extend the Holidays” toy drive by collecting numerous boxes and bags full of toys. Senator Fuschillo (R-Merrick) recently visited the school to personally pick up the toys and thank students and staff for once again participating in the program.

December 28, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO: TAX CUTS AND PROPERTY TAX CAP HIGHLIGHT NEW LAWS TAKING EFFECT JANUARY 1ST

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is informing residents that middle-class tax cuts and a property tax cap are among the new laws taking effect on January 1, 2012. Also among the new laws are new roadway safety measures, improved coverage for cancer treatments, and new protections to prevent underage smoking.

     The laws taking effect on January 1st include:

December 23, 2011
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CHATTERTON STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN SENATOR FUSCHILLO’S “EXTEND THE HOLIDAYS” TOY DRIVE

            Photo caption: Senator Fuschillo (back row center) visits Chatterton Elementary School to thank students for participating in his “Extend the Holidays” toy drive.

December 20, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO THANKS MEPHAM STUDENTS FOR HELPING “EXTEND THE HOLIDAYS” FOR CHILDREN IN WINTHROP HOSPITAL

            Photo caption: Senator Fuschillo (center) visits Mepham High School to thank students for collecting toys for his “Extend the Holidays” toy drive.

December 19, 2011
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FOREST LAKE STUDENTS HELP SENATOR FUSCHILLO “EXTEND THE HOLIDAYS” FOR CHILDREN IN WINTHROP HOSPITAL

           Photo caption: Senator Fuschillo visits Forest Lake Elementary School in Wantagh to thank Principal Maureen Goldberg and her students for collecting toys for his annual “Extend the Holidays” toy drive.  

December 19, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO HELPS CUT THE RIBBON ON MERRICK SMALL BUSINESS

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently joined with the Merrick Chamber of Commerce and local officials to help cut the ribbon on one of Merrick’s newest small businesses, A-1 Transmissions.  

December 14, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO SUPPORTS NTSB RECOMMENDATION TO BAN DRIVERS FROM USING CELL PHONES

“The National Transportation Safety Board’s recommendation that states ban all drivers from using any portable electronic devices while driving is a positive step which would help make our roads safer. 

Research has shown that distracted driving greatly increases the likelihood of getting into a car crash. Some research has shown that distracted drivers are more impaired than those who are drunk or under the influence of drugs. 

According to AAA, distracted driving causes between 4,000 and 8,000 crashes a day and contributes to as many as half of the 6 million crashes nationwide each year. That’s more than enough reasons to require drivers to focus their attention solely where it belongs; on the road ahead. 

December 14, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO CALLS ON WASHINGTON TO EXTEND TAX BENEFIT FOR COMMUTERS

            Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, today wrote to Congressional leaders urging them to work together to extend the $230 a month federal transit benefit which helps individuals offset their commuting expenses. The $230 a month benefit is scheduled to expire at the end of the year unless Congress approves an extension.  

December 13, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO JOINS GOVERNOR CUOMO AT SIGNING OF NEW LAW TO BEGIN REPEAL OF MTA PAYROLL TAX

             Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today joined Governor Andrew Cuomo at the signing of a law to begin the repeal of the MTA payroll tax. Senator Fuschillo supported the law in the Senate. 

December 12, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO APPLAUDS ANNOUNCEMENT OF OVER $101 MILLION IN STATE FUNDING FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ON LONG ISLAND

           “Governor Cuomo’s announcement of over $101 million in state economic development funding represents a major investment in Long Island’s economy which will help promote economic growth, create jobs, and put people back to work. 

December 8, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO STATEMENT ON PASSAGE OF TAX CUT, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, & INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENT PLAN

“I am pleased that the Legislature and the Governor worked together in a bipartisan fashion to address the right priorities needed to help our economy grow; cutting taxes, creating jobs, and upgrading our infrastructure. In stark contrast to Washington, which is plagued by partisan gridlock, New York State is addressing the critical issues we face and delivering the results that residents expect and deserve.

Working together, we delivered $690 million in personal income tax relief for over 4.4 million taxpayers, allowing them to keep more of their hard-earned money. Middle-class taxpayers will see the lowest tax rates in 50 years and no New York State resident will see an increase in the income tax rate they are currently paying.

December 8, 2011
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