Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that legislation he supported to protect individuals with developmental disabilities has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
The legislation allocates up to $90 million in funding for the State’s Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) nonprofit providers to cover any funding shortages that result from recommendations developed by the OPWDD work group. The OPWDD work group was created in response to reductions in federal aid funding to develop a cost savings plan without compromising the quality of care patients receive.
New Law Prohibits Sale of DXM to Children Under Age 18
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently announced that legislation he supported to prohibit pharmacies and stores from selling Dextromethorphan (DXM) to children under the age of 18 without a prescription has been signed into law by Governor Cuomo. Dextromethorphan (DXM) is a substance commonly found in over-the-counter cold medications and can cause serious health risks if abused.
With today marking the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is encouraging women to be safe and get screened.
“Breast cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer among women, but early detection improves the chances that it can be treated successfully,” said Senator Fuschillo. “Getting screened is an important step that women should take to protect their health.”
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and Assemblyman David McDonough (R-North Merrick) recently honored Merrick resident Alexander Eagen on earning the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout.
The rank of Eagle Scout is the highest honor a Boy Scout can receive. Only 7 percent of all Boy Scouts earned the rank of Eagle Scout last year, according to Boy Scouts of America. Making this honor even more special is the fact that Alex was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder at an early age. As a result, he had to work extra hard to learn all the skills that a scout needs to know.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently announced that legislation he sponsored to strengthen New York State’s ban on dangerous drop-side cribs has been signed into law by Governor Cuomo. The law expands the state’s existing drop-side crib ban to prohibit drop-side cribs from being used at child-care facilities and other places of public accommodation and ensures that New York’s law conforms with federal regulations.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is inviting residents to participate in an online Q & A session he is holding on Tuesday, October 8th. The session will be held from 7-8 pm on Senator Fuschillo’s website, fuschillo.nysenate.gov.
“This online Q & A session allows residents to participate in a town hall style meeting from the convenience of their home or office,” said Senator Fuschillo. “Everyone is invited to submit questions and then watch the session.”
Photo: Senator Fuschillo (right center), Amityville Library Director Nora Schual (left center), Children’s Librarian Christina Mitchell (left) and Children’s Department Head Celine Lieffrig (right) are pictured with the Crayon Kiosk and iPads which are used as educational tools for the Library’s child patrons.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently visited the Amityville Library to view new educational technology which was purchased through $5,000 in state funding he secured.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that legislation he cosponsored to strengthen New York’s boating safety laws has been signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The law will require individuals to obtain a boating safety certificate before operating a vessel.
“Individuals should learn basic safety procedures, navigation, and the rules of the water before operating a powerful motor vehicle which can kill or seriously injure someone. Enacting this law is a step in the right direction which will make our waterways safer for everyone. I applaud Governor Cuomo for signing this legislation,” said Senator Fuschillo, Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that legislation he sponsored to strengthen enforcement of New York State’s law against shipping cigarettes has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The new law closes a loophole which allowed individuals caught illegally shipping cigarettes through a law enforcement “sting” operation to escape prosecution.
Following reports that individuals cheated on their commercial driver's license exam by bribing DMV security guards, Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the New York State Senate's Transportation Committee, called on the DMV Commissioner to provide information as to how DMV is responding to the scam. Senator Fuschillo requested that the Commissioner inform the Committee about the steps DMV is taking to prevent future security breaches and find other drivers who obtained commercial driver's licenses through this fraud.
Also Announce New State Funding for Additional Police Vehicle & Enhanced Officer Training
Photo caption: Senator Fuschillo (right center) is pictured with (l-r) Lieutenant Gerard Gralton, Chief Donald Dobby, Mayor James Wandell, Deputy Mayor Jessica Bernius, and Trustee Nick Lalota with the new police vehicle purchased through state funding he secured.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office will be sponsoring a free child ID card program in Copiague. The program will take place on Tuesday, October 22nd from 4-7 pm at the Copiague Library (50 Deauville Boulevard, Copiague).
The New York State Safe Child Card gives parents a convenient way to keep their children’s important information on a single, wallet sized ID card. The card includes the child’s:
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is inviting residents to view an online exhibit celebrating the contributions of Latino artists to the arts and culture of New York State as part of Hispanic Heritage Month.
“New York’s Hispanic community has produced world class artists and made significant contributions to our culture. This exhibit celebrates these contributions, and I invite residents to explore the exhibit and learn more about these extraordinary men and women,” said Senator Fuschillo.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently took part in the annual Bellmore Family Street Festival, where he offered information about various state programs, services, and upcoming community programs.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano will be sponsoring a free KidPix photo ID program in Freeport. The program will be held on Saturday, October 5th from 11 am to 2 pm at the Freeport Library (144 West Merrick Road, Freeport).
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today urged Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign legislation he cosponsored which would strengthen New York’s boating safety laws by requiring individuals to obtain a boating safety certificate before operating a vessel.
“This legislation is a step in the right direction that will improve safety for everyone on the water. Learning about basic safety procedures, navigation, and rules of the water before operating a powerful motor vehicle that can injure or kill someone is just commonsense. Governor Cuomo should sign this legislation to make our waterways safer,” said Senator Fuschillo, Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that New York State has awarded over $6.5 million in grants for transportation improvements on Long Island. The grants will help fund projects that will improve transportation infrastructure and support economic development.