I wanted to inform you that Governor Cuomo has signed legislation I support to make our roads safer by strengthening the state’s law against texting while driving.
The law better enables police officers to enforce the state’s ban on using hand-held electronic devices while driving by elevating the offense from a secondary violation to a primary violation. Officers can now stop and cite drivers solely because they were texting, emailing, viewing webpages, taking pictures, or playing games on a handheld electronic device. Prior to the new law, drivers could only be cited for this violation if another violation, such as speeding, was also being cited.
(Editor’s note: This is a letter in response to a donation collected by the employees of Anton Community Newspapers and delivered to the INN on Thursday, August 4 in response to their public call for baby items.)
On behalf of the individuals whom we feed and shelter at The INN, I wish to extend my gratitude to you for your generous donation of baby items.
Your donations were distributed to the guests living in The INN’s two family shelters and the guests who visit the Mary Brennan INN Soup Kitchen, who are in need of not only food and shelter, but other basic amenities including personal care items.
The signing of SUNY 2020 into law by Governor Cuomo marks an important victory for the state and particularly Long Island. The program, which I have long advocated for as a member of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, is designed to enhance investments throughout New York’s 64-campus university system, create jobs through public-private partnerships and establish a rational tuition policy.
The investment opportunities that SUNY 2020 creates will help to ensure that SUNY Stony Brook, Farmingdale College and other state universities are given the ability to compete academically on a global level by having the resources to invest in top professors and research professionals. These investments will help to attract the best and brightest students and will result in the type of research and development we need to create new and innovative jobs.
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano’s attempt to sneak through a massive tax hike was overwhelmingly rejected by voters on August 1st.
Mangano and the republicans in the legislature should never have tried to sell the people of Nassau on the bad idea of raising their property taxes to build Charles Wang a new Coliseum.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. has announced that the New York State Senate passed legislation he supports to protect the families of fallen soldiers. The legislation is designed to limit protestors’ ability to disrupt the funerals of American servicemen and women.
“Families of soldiers who died defending our freedom deserve to be able to say their final goodbyes in peace. Laying a loved one to rest is a difficult and emotional thing to do as it is; dealing with disruptions from hateful protestors only adds to that pain. Creating new protections for these families, who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country, is the right thing to do,” said Senator Fuschillo.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. is informing residents about legislative actions taken during the 2011 legislative session to create jobs, encourage economic development, and help turn our economy around.
“Creating jobs and promoting economic development, without raising taxes, are the priorities needed to get us headed back in the right direction; those are exactly the priorities we addressed. Legislation passed this year will help businesses grow, put people back to work, and make Long Island more affordable for families and businesses. We helped put New York State back on the right track, but we need to build on these successes to ensure that we continue moving forward,” said Fuschillo.
Aside from the above letter having many factual errors, they oppose government involvement in a private enterprise (NY Islanders) in one paragraph; yet promote government involvement in developing new companies, careers and housing in the next paragraph (all private sector responsibilities.)
On August 1, 2011, Nassau County voters will have the opportunity to vote on a positive plan for saving the New York Islanders with a new arena, bringing a minor league baseball stadium to Nassau County, creating jobs and bolstering Nassau County’s economy generally. This is an easy choice to make, and I will be voting yes.
What could be bad about a modern new arena that will be a home for the Islanders till 2045 and a minor league ballpark (is it too much to hope that it will house a Mets farm team?) that will spur reasonable development of the entire Nassau hub and create a guaranteed steady revenue stream for hard-pressed Nassau taxpayers? Remember, the monies due to the county will be based entirely on revenue, regardless of profits. That makes the deal a perfect scenario for taxpayers.
In 1972 the Nassau Coliseum first opened as the new home for NHL’s Islanders. Nassau County taxpayers funded the construction, at a cost of $31 million; through tax exempt bonds of the 16,300-seat arena on 77 acres of Nassau County owned land. The management of the site was dealt to the Spectacor Mgmt. Group (SMG). The highlight of this run was four straight Stanley Cup Championships from 1980 – 1984.
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