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Charles J. Fuschillo Jr.

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Newsday: Senator Fuschillo-Port Authority 'Lied'

By TED PHILLIPS

A Long Island senator blasted the Port Authority Thursday after it disclosed in court documents last month that this year's toll hikes would not be used to rebuild the World Trade Center.

"During the debate and discussion the Port Authority members . . . [said] this will complete the World Trade Center project," said Sen. Charles Fuschillo Jr. (R-Merrick). He said the authority "lied to the public."

In September, the New York and New Jersey chapters of AAA sued the authority to try to block the hike, arguing that use of funds for non-transportation projects would violate federal laws. The case is scheduled for a hearing in federal court in New York City next week.

December 2, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO JOINS MERRICK CHAMBER AND LOCAL OFFICIALS IN CELEBRATING GRAND OPENING OF NEW SMALL BUSINESS

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today joined with representatives from the Merrick Chamber of Commerce and other local officials in celebrating the grand opening of one of Merrick’s newest small businesses, Merrick Pediatric Dentistry.

Senator Fuschillo, along with Town Clerk Mark Bonilla and Nassau County Legislators Norma Gonsalves and Dave Denenberg, joined the Merrick Chamber in congratulating Dr. Rania Elbaz and wishing her many years of success.

Merrick Pediatric Dentistry, located at 1469 Merrick Avenue in Merrick, is a child-friendly office which focuses on helping children maintain good dental and oral health and teaching them about good dental habits to keep their teeth healthy.

December 2, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO: LEGISLATURE MUST ACT ON PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP LEGISLATION TO GET ROAD & BRIDGE PROJECTS MOVING FORWARD

Law Would Help Resolve Transportation Infrastructure Crisis,Create Jobs, and Promote Economic Development

     With New York State needing to develop plans to repair both its economy and its roads and bridges, Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today called for legislative action on legislation allowing New York State to utilize public-private partnerships (P3s) to help finance and deliver transportation infrastructure projects. The legislation, which Senator Fuschillo sponsors, would help the state resolve its growing transportation infrastructure crisis, create thousands of jobs, and promote economic development.

December 2, 2011
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WILLIAM RALL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS TO HELP SENATOR FUSCHILLO “EXTEND THE HOLIDAYS” FOR CHILDREN IN WINTHROP HOSPITAL

Photo caption: Senator Fuschillo (back center) visits with the William Rall Elementary School Student Council, as well as student council advisors Valerie Dietrich (back right) and Dawn Masterson (back left), to talk with them about his “Extend the Holidays” toy drive.  The student council will be participating in the program by holding a collection drive at the school.  

December 2, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO BLASTS PORT AUTHORITY FOR MISLEADING PUBLIC ABOUT NEED FOR TOLL HIKES

           “As someone who strongly opposed the Port Authority’s toll increase plan, I am completely appalled that the Port Authority misled the public as to why these toll increases were needed. 

December 1, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO TEAMS UP WITH ISLAND HARVEST TO SPONSOR HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE

             Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that he is teaming up with Island Harvest this holiday season to sponsor a food drive for families in need.  

November 30, 2011
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SENATORS FUSCHILLO & GOLDEN RENEW CALL FOR LAW ALLOWING NEW YORK STATE TO USE PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS IN FUNDING ROAD & BRIDGE PROJECTS

Abandonment of BQE & Gowanus Expressway Improvement Plans Because of Funding Issues Highlights Need for Law 

November 30, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO CALLS ON ASSEMBLY TO JOIN SENATE IN APPROVING NEW TAX CREDITS FOR BUSINESSES THAT CREATE JOBS

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is calling on the Assembly to join the Senate in approving legislation to provide businesses with a tax credit for each new job they create.

“Creating jobs and putting people back to work is the best way to improve our economy. Rewarding businesses for hiring new employees is a commonsense step to promote economic development, especially at a time when over 94,000 Long Islanders are unemployed. That’s exactly what this legislation does and that’s why the Assembly should pass it,” said Senator Fuschillo.

November 29, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO REMINDS NASSAU COUNTY RESIDENTS TO APPLY FOR PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS BEFORE JANUARY 2ND

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is reminding all Nassau County residents that the deadline to file applications for property tax exemptions, including the New York State School Tax Relief (STAR) program, is January 2, 2012.

"New York State’s STAR program, as well as other tax exemptions offered by Nassau County, can help eligible homeowners save money on their property taxes. If you haven’t already applied for STAR or other property tax exemptions for which you might be eligible, be sure to do so by the January 2nd deadline,” said Senator Fuschillo.

The STAR program works in two parts:

November 28, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO NAMED ONE OF THE TOP “PRO-JOBS” SUPPORTERS BY BUSINESS COUNCIL OF NEW YORK STATE

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) was recently named one of the New York State Legislature’s top “pro-jobs” supporters by the Business Council of New York State. Senator Fuschillo was tied for the highest score in the Senate in the Business Council’s 2011 legislative scorecard.

Senator Fuschillo earned high marks for supporting legislation which will help businesses grow and create jobs. Senator Fuschillo supported the creation of a permanent “Recharge NY” program to provide low-cost power to businesses so they can create & retain jobs, as well as enhancing the Excelsior Jobs Program to include expanded tax credits to help businesses create jobs. Senator Fuschillo also supported New York State’s new property tax cap law.

November 22, 2011
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FOREST LAKE STUDENTS HELP SENATOR FUSCHILLO COLLECT CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS

Students at Forest Lake Elementary School in Wantagh recently helped Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) collect cell phones to benefit soldiers serving overseas. Senator Fuschillo visited the school to personally thank the students for participating in his “Cell Phones for Soldiers” program.

“Forest Lake’s students will really make a difference in the lives of the men and women serving our country overseas. Each cell phone they collected will help bring American servicemen and women closer to home while they’re serving abroad. I thank them for participating in this program and congratulate them on doing such a great job,” said Senator Fuschillo.

November 22, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO KICKS OFF ANNUAL “EXTEND THE HOLIDAYS” TOY DRIVE TO BENEFIT CHILDREN IN WINTHROP HOSPITAL

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced the start of his annual “Extend the Holidays” toy drive.

“Extend the Holidays” is a toy drive Senator Fuschillo organizes each year for the benefit of children in Winthrop Hospital. Toys are delivered after the holiday season, so that children can experience the joys of receiving a holiday gift throughout the year.

“This is a wonderful tradition which, through the assistance of the community, puts smiles on the faces of many children each year. I welcome anyone who is interested in participating in this program to contact my office,” said Senator Fuschillo.

November 18, 2011
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SHORE ROAD STUDENTS COLLECT CELL PHONES FOR SENATOR FUSCHILLO’S “CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS” PROGRAM

Students from Shore Road School in Bellmore recently collected several boxes of old, unwanted cell phones for Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr.’s “Cell Phones for Soldiers” program. Senator Fuschillo visited the school to personally pick up the phones and thank students for their efforts.

“Shore Road’s students should be very proud of themselves, because their efforts are really going to make a difference. Each phone they collected will help bring the comfort of home to American soldiers and sailors who are serving our country overseas. I thank them for participating in this program, ” said Senator Fuschillo (R-Merrick).

November 17, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO & UNQUA ELEMENTARY STUDENTS SAY “NO” TO TOBACCO

Photo caption: Senator Fuschillo shows Unqua students that some of the same chemicals used in bug spray are also found in cigarettes.

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today visited Unqua Elementary School in Massapequa to speak to 5th graders about the importance of saying “no” to tobacco as part of the 36th Annual Great American Smokeout.

November 17, 2011
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SEAFORD RESIDENTS MEET WITH SENATOR FUSCHILLO DURING HIS “MOBILE OFFICE HOURS”

Photo caption: Senator Fuschillo speaks with constituents during his mobile office hours at the Seaford Library.

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today held Mobile Office Hours at the Seaford Library, where he met individually with residents and listened as they voiced their concerns about a number of different issues.

“It was great to be able to sit down one-on-one with Seaford residents, speak with them about their concerns, and provide assistance if they needed it. I thank everyone who took the time to come to the Library and meet with me today," said Senator Fuschillo.

November 16, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO THANKS MANDALAY STUDENTS FOR COLLECTING CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently visited Mandalay Elementary School in Wantagh to thank students for participating in his “Cell Phones for Soldiers” program. Mandalay’s students collected nearly 100 cell phones for the program.

“Mandalay’s students did a terrific job. The nearly 100 cell phones they collected will go a long way in helping bring soldiers and sailors a little closer to their loved ones back home. I thank them for their help and congratulate them on a job well done,” said Senator Fuschillo.

November 16, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO, ASSEMBLYMEMBERS SCHIMEL & McDONOUGH, NASSAU POLICE, & CALIFANO FAMILY FORMALLY DEDICATE BRIDGE IN HONOR OF FALLEN NASSAU POLICE OFFICER

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, Assemblyman Dave McDonough, officers from the Nassau County Police Department, and members of the Califano family today held a ceremony to dedicate the “Police Officer Michael J. Califano Memorial Bridge” in memory of Nassau County Police Officer Michael Califano, who was killed in the line of duty earlier this year.

November 15, 2011
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Long Island Business News: LIRR platform smoking ban takes effect

by John Callegari

Published: November 14, 2011

A new law banning smoking on the platforms of Long Island Rail Road train stations took effect Sunday, bringing some harsh penalties along with it.

The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Charles Fuschillo, R-Merrick, and signed into law in August by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, extends existing smoking bans on all indoor mass transportation areas to outdoor ticketing, boarding or platform areas of train stations operated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

November 14, 2011
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NEW LIRR SMOKING BAN LAW TAKES EFFECT SUNDAY

Law Bans Smoking on MTA Train Platforms and Boarding Areas

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is reminding residents that a new law he authored to help protect MTA passengers from harmful second hand smoke exposure takes effect Sunday.

The law prohibits smoking at all outdoor ticketing, boarding, and platform areas of train stations operated by the MTA or its subsidiaries, including the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North. The City of New York already enacted a similar law banning smoking on all subway platforms. The law builds upon the existing ban on smoking on indoor mass transportation areas. The law was authored by Senator Fuschillo and Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffe (D-Suffern) and signed by Governor Cuomo on August 15th.

November 10, 2011
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Senator Fuschillo's Veterans Tribute

"This Friday, our nation will honor and pay tribute to some of its greatest heroes; our veterans.

America has been, and still is, a beacon of hope for those throughout the world because of the freedoms its citizens enjoy. Those freedoms only exist because of the men and women who fought to protect them throughout our history. Every American veteran deserves our respect, gratitude, and appreciation for their service.

Please take a moment this Veterans’ Day to remember all those who served and sacrificed to protect the freedoms and liberties we all cherish. Thank you to each and every veteran for all you’ve done for our families, our communities, and our country."

November 9, 2011
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