West Babylon, NY - Senator Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) recently joined with Cablevision in sponsoring the Internet Smarts program at the West Babylon Jr. High School in an effort to help protect students from the dangers of the internet. “In today’s digital world, it is vital that young people treat one another with respect and fully understand that irresponsible online behavior can have devastating repercussions,” Senator Phil Boyle said. “I am proud to be part of this shared effort to spread awareness about the dangers of the Internet and the real threats facing our children today.”
Property Owners Who Suffered Significant Damage to be Eligible for Tax Reductions
Albany, NY – Legislation sponsored by State Senator Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) that provides property tax reductions for properties severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy passed both the Senate and the Assembly and has been sent to the Governor to be signed into law.
Bay Shore, NY - Senator Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) teamed up with the Town of Islip Boy Scouts to host a food drive aimed at helping to replenish the badly depleted supplies in local food banks. Hundreds of community members joined in the effort, bringing donations to the ShopRite of Bay Shore at 1905 Sunrise Highway between 10:00AM and 2:00PM on Saturday, June 8th.
“Rising costs have more and more people turning to services like our local food pantries to make ends meet,” Senator Boyle said. “A special thanks to Boy Scout Troop 205 of East Islip and Troop 43 of Bay Shore and for all of the community support we received today. We appreciated all those who stopped by our booth and so generously donated food and supplies for our neighbors in need.”
Sponsors Legislation To Modernize Laws and Create Animal Cruelty DatabaseAlbany, NY – Senator Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) and his Toy Fox Terrier “Livvy” joined together for Animal Advocacy Day at the State Capitol on June 4, 2013. “I am pleased to be here today to join my colleagues and the public in supporting Senate initiatives that strengthen the laws that protect our pets,” Senator Boyle said. “I will continue my efforts to enact laws that not only will combat cruelty to animals but will also make it easier for police, prosecutors and judges to enforce cruelty to animal laws.” Senator Boyle spoke at Animal Advocacy Day about two legislative measures that he sponsors, both dealing with the prevention of cruelty to animals.
Fire Island School District Fifth Grader Takes 1st PlaceBabylon, NY - Senator Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) recently congratulated Fiona Crowe, 1st place winner of the NY State Senate Earth Day Poster Contest for the 4th Senate District. Fiona is a 5th grader from the Fire Island School District. Her winning artwork for the poster contest is entitled “Save Our Earth, Don’t Trash It.”
Keeps Gaming Money on Long Island While Providing Much Needed Revenue for County Governments
Albany, NY - A significant step in favor of allowing Video Lottery Terminals (VLTs) on Long Island was taken today. Senator John Bonacic (R- Orange County), Chairman of the Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee, introduced a comprehensive statewide gaming bill that, among many other measures, would allow for Video Lottery Terminals (VLTs) on Long Island.
The move comes three weeks after Senator Phil Boyle’s proposal to allow regional off-track betting corporations (OTBs) of Nassau and Suffolk Counties to operate video lottery gaming terminals was referred to the Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee.
Public Official and Community Continue to Respond to Sandy Victims' Need Babylon, NY – State Senator Phil Boyle (R – Bay Shore) recently sponsored a local drive for victims of Superstorm Sandy, accepting donations at his Babylon Village District Office from March 5th through April 5, 2013. Senator Boyle teamed up with Long Island Cares, Inc. to raise food and supplies for victims still struggling to recover from damages caused by the storm.Senator Boyle’s drive raised over 200 lbs of non-perishable food and needed supplies, which were distributed to those in need. Residents of Senator Boyle’s 4th Senate District were encouraged to drop off non-perishable foods and needed supplies to his Babylon Village office.
Urges Senate To Exempt Retired Law Enforcement Officers
Albany, NY - Senator Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore), the first state legislator to offer an amendment to the NY SAFE Act, applauded the New York State Assembly today for passing legislation based on his amendment.
Senator Boyle's bill, drafted the morning after passage of Governor Cuomo's gun control measure, exempted retired law enforcement officers from the ban on the possession of large capacity ammunition feeding devices.
Babylon, NY - Senator Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) joined Tess Helfman, President of the Board of Directors of the Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition (BBCC) at the 15th Annual Chefs For A Cause fundraising dinner held at The Venetian Yacht Club in Babylon Village on May 15, 2013.“On this 20th Anniversary of the Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition, I want to thank the founders; Debbie Basile, Betti Ann Innes, Pat Smith and the many BBCC volunteers for their unfaltering dedication to the research, treatment, and prevention of cancer,” Senator Boyle said. “I applaud the BBCC for their grass roots efforts and public outreach in assisting those who are battling this deadly disease.”
Law Uses Latest Technologies to Protect Schoolchildren
Albany, NY - Senator Phil Boyle (R- Bay Shore) has sponsored legislation (S.5028) to keep our children safe when getting on and off of the school bus each day. The School Bus Safety Act allows school districts and school bus contractors to install school bus safety cameras to capture license plate numbers of vehicles that do not stop when the stop arm of the school bus is extended.
Services Help Dozens From Wyandanch and Surrounding Communities
Wyandanch, NY - Senator Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) sponsored a program at the Wyandanch Public Library providing free civil legal services to those in need. On Wednesday, May 15th, staff aboard the Mobile Legal Help Center opened their doors to local residents from 10AM until 4PM.
Community Members Safely Dispose of Unwanted Prescription DrugsIslip, NY - Senator Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) recently sponsored a “Shed The Meds” program at the Islip Fire Department to ensure the safe disposal of unwanted prescription medications. As Chairman of the NY Senate Committee on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Senator Boyle invited the community to join him in his efforts to help prevent the improper and illegal use of prescription drugs. The safe disposal of unwanted or expired drugs also helps to protect our waterways and ensure the safety of our local water supply, as recent studies have shown that disposing of medications down your toilet or sink can have adverse affects on our local ecosystems.
Volunteers Join in Beach Restoration and Cleanup Efforts Babylon, New York – Senator Phil Boyle on Saturday, May 4th sponsored a beach grass planting event at Robert Moses State Park. Nearly 50 local volunteers participated in the effort to restore some of the damage left behind after Superstorm Sandy. “Superstorm Sandy left behind a devastating impact on our local beaches,” said Senator Boyle. “As the summer nears, it is important that we take proactive steps to repair our beaches and protect our environment and way of life.”
Lindenhurst Resident Honored for Contributions to CommunityALBANY, NEW YORK – Senator Phil Boyle honored Lindenhurst resident Jennifer Mackie as part of the New York State Senate’s 16th Annual Women of Distinction ceremony on May 7, 2013. Mackie, a mother of three sons who works as an Applied Behavior Analysis Therapist with autistic children, was nominated by local residents to receive special recognition by the State Senate as a New York “Woman of Distinction” for her outstanding contributions to her community.
Senator Phil Boyle was joined by members of the community recently to applaud the installation of traffic signals at the Barberry Road / Wagstaff Lane / Montauk Highway intersection in West Islip. State funding was secured for the installation of traffic lights at this dangerous intersection near West Islip High School after several students sustained injuries in motor vehicle accidents in 2011.
Dear Neighbors,As Americans watched last week's horrific events unfold in Boston, we all witnessed countless acts of courage and selflessness.We saw first responders, medical personnel, and law enforcement acting with great strength and real compassion during a time of crisis. We saw neighbors helping neighbors. We saw “ordinary” people doing truly extraordinary things.In responding to acts of terror, natural disasters, fires or medical emergencies – our nation has a long and proud tradition of stepping-up during times of crisis.As a volunteer firefighter myself, I encourage you to consider becoming a part this proud tradition – by volunteering to join your local fire department.
Event Will Be Co-Hosted By Suffolk County Sheriff’s OfficeWEST ISLIP, NEW YORK – Senator Phil Boyle is partnering with the Suffolk County Sheriff's Alcohol and Substance Abuse Task Force and the Youth Enrichment Services to help increase awareness about the dangers associated with drug abuse and the growing heroin epidemic facing Long Island teens. The community meeting will take place at the West Islip Public Library on Thursday, April 25 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM.
Senator Phil Boyle recently enjoyed a demonstration by the Lindenhurst High School Robotics Team showing off their disk shooting robot as they fine tune their creation for two upcoming FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competitions.
This spring, the group will compete at the FIRST Robotics Buckeye Competition in Cleveland, Ohio as well as the annual FIRST Robotics Competition at Hofstra University.Senator Phil Boyle said: “Our high school robotics teams inspire teamwork and a cooperative effort that teaches many life skills. I applaud the Lindenhurst High School Robotics Team for their past success and continued enthusiasm in science and technology as they work toward their upcoming competitions.”
Senator Phil Boyle today announced the introduction of the Secure our Schools Act, legislation directing the New York State Education Department and the New York State Board of Elections to deliver a joint proposal that mitigates risk factors associated with the public’s access to schools that are also polling places. The bill requires that the joint proposal be delivered to the State Legislature and the Governor within six months of the law’s enactment. Senator Boyle made the announcement at the Forest Avenue Elementary School in West Babylon and was joined by West Babylon Superintendent of Schools Anthony Cacciola, West Babylon School Board President Diane Thiel and several concerned parents.