An April 27th letter to the editor [published in Anton Community Newspapers] authored by Philip H. Smith, president of the United University Professions, leads one to believe that Mr. Smith does not closely follow the topics or institutions about which he writes. In his letter, titled “Let the Sun Shine on SUNY Foundations,” Mr. Smith states that The Research Foundation for the State University of New York (“Research Foundation”) is “largely led by government officials”; that it feels “no...compulsion to share information with the public,” and that it is an organization that “cloak[s] [its] activities in secrecy.”
All three statements are easily refutable and simply untrue. The Research Foundation is not led by government officials. Most importantly it is an organization that over the past year has demonstrated, and has been recognized for, its pledge to accountability and transparency.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that the New York State Senate has passed a legislative resolution designating May as “Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month” in New York State.
“Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, but it is also one of the most treatable if it is detected early. Indoor tanning or even one bad sunburn can greatly increase the risk of developing skin cancer, which is why it’s so important for residents to be safe and get screened. With summer only a few short weeks away, now is the perfect time to remind residents about the importance of protecting themselves from skin cancer and being safe while in the sun,” said Senator Fuschillo.
This past weekend marked a grand celebration on Main Street, the reopening of Bollinger’s Family Restaurant. I knew this to be true when I saw several friends post pictures on their Facebook pages, marked with the location “Bollinger’s” and tagged photos of beaming faces of the kids enjoying ice cream and one enjoying his soup. I am thrilled, and a real cheerleader to see its fortunate return.
Although empty storefronts are an infectious blight of many of Long Island’s once-busiest retail stretches, Bollinger’s resurrection should serve, on a smaller scale, as assurance to existing and would-be Main Street shop owners that business is going to be OK and thrive again in the village; not even bumps in the economy could truly kill a determined decades-old establishment.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. has announced that the New York State Senate recently passed legislation to help prevent teen driving deaths and crashes.
The legislation (S3546) would create a Teen Driver Safety Commission to examine ways to improve driver education and training programs so that teens are better prepared to handle the challenges they will face on the road.
You would expect an organization created for public benefit that is largely led by government officials would be obligated to report to the public about its activities. Yet the Research Foundation of the State University of New York (SUNY) and its many campus foundations are not required to do so and apparently feel no such compulsion to share information with the public. Instead, these organizations often cloak their activities in secrecy.
As president of United University Professions – the union representing academic and professional faculty at SUNY’s state-operated campuses – I think it’s time to let the sun shine in. It’s time to require the SUNY Research Foundation and campus foundations to be held accountable and to be more transparent.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that the New York State Senate recently passed legislation he supports to ensure that residents receive their state income tax refunds as quickly as possible.
“Tax refunds belong to taxpayers, not the government. Someone who files on time and is entitled to a refund deserves to have their money returned to them in a timely fashion. That’s even more important in this economy, when so many families are trying to do more with less. Under this legislation, that’s exactly what would happen,” said Senator Fuschillo.
With Congress returning to session on April 12 and the New York State Assembly returning to session tomorrow after a two-week recess, New York State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) called on both federal and state lawmakers to make restoring the mass transit tax benefit for commuters a top priority.
“Every day that passes without restoring this benefit is another day of added costs on New York’s overburdened commuters. Taxing people more just to get to work is the last thing we should be doing in this economy. It’s long past time to restore this benefit and Congress should act on it immediately,” said Senator Fuschillo, chairman of the New York State Senate’s Transportation Committee.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. recently announced that the sale of synthetic marijuana has been banned throughout New York State. Known as the “legal alternative” to marijuana, synthetic marijuana was primarily sold in convenience stores, smoke shops and tobacco stores. Since it is easily accessible and relatively affordable, synthetic marijuana is extremely attractive to young people.
“Synthetic marijuana is a dangerous substitute for an illegal drug which can cause severe health problems. It has no business being on store shelves,” Senator Fuschillo said. “Banning the sale of synthetic marijuana will help keep this harmful substance out of the hands of young people.”
If the multi-colored Skittles were a clever planted prop, I’d have to say the all natural Snapple was a masterful addition. And even if the hooded sweatshirt was pure white and angelic like snow, it would have done very little to mask those eyes; yes, those deep menancing eyes, which were only a shade lighter than his dark intimidating skin. The eyes peering from that oversized hood betrayed any facade of innocence, possibly afforded by youth.
I read your recent article covering Nassau County Executive Edward I. Mangano’s State of the County address with great interest (“Mangano Warns of 13 Percent Tax Jump,” Anton Newspapers, March 22 and 23), but I fear your story missed the point – by a longshot.
The county executive did not threaten a 13 percent property tax increase; in fact, he never even uttered the words. Further, setting the legislative agenda is among my many duties as presiding officer, and I assure you, there will not be a tax increase on the agenda this year, just as there was no tax increase on the agenda in the past two years. Where did you even get your information?
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