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Fuschillo Resignation ‘Bittersweet’

Sen. Charles Fuschillo, a Republican state senator representing parts of the Massapequas since 1998, announced that as of Jan. 1 he is leaving office to run the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

“This was a hard and bittersweet decision to reach,” said Fuschillo. “The almost 16 years I have spent serving the residents of the 8th Senate District were some of the most rewarding and enjoyable of my life.”

Fuschillo, 53, said he is proud of Senate accomplishments during his tenure, including New York State’s landmark Do Not Call Registry, the Clean Indoor Air Law, stronger penalties for drunk drivers and protections for individuals with autism. New York State Senate co-leader Dean Skelos called Fuschillo a key ally, but appreciated the attractions of this opportunity.

“Sometimes in life, we are presented with opportunities that are simply too good to pass up,” said Skelos. “This was one of those moments.”

Fuschillo’s departure leaves the Republicans with 29 members in the state Senate. However, Republicans and the four member Independent Democratic Conference, still have enough votes to maintain a majority in the 63-seat chamber.

The senator’s resignation raises questions as to whether or not Governor Andrew Cuomo will call a special election or leave the seat vacant until November—nearly a year away.  

Possible candidates to fill Fuschillo’s seat include Legislator Michael Venditto, Assemblyman Joseph Saladino, and Nassau Chief Deputy Comptroller Steven Labriola.

Fuschillo went on to say that he was “ready for a new challenge.”

“This is a new and exciting opportunity which will allow me to continue to help improve the lives of others while at the same time enabling me to spend more time with my family,” he said. “Joining the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America as the new CEO presents an exciting opportunity to improve the lives of others and effect change in a disease state that is reaching crisis proportions.”

Headquartered in New York, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America provides education and care-related programs for people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, as well as their caregivers and families. “With Chuck at the helm, we are poised to expand the foundation’s services to benefit even more people, at a time when AFA’s services have never been more critical,” said AFA Chairman Bert E. Brodsky.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer said that in a time when politicians are disparaged, Fuschillo has been an exemplar in state politics, putting his community first and doing things to benefit the public.

“All of us, both Democrats and Republicans, will miss his abilities in the political sphere,” Schumer said. “But our consolation is that he will be putting his formidable talents to work for a much-needed cause.”

Prior to his eight-term political career, Fuschillo, a Merrick resident, served as the chief operating officer of a nonprofit family service agency serving Long Island and New York City.

News

Two hundred business students from high schools across Nassau County, including Massapequa High School, competed for scholarships and cash awards—more than $33,000 in all—from various sponsors at Nassau County’s annual Comptroller’s Entrepreneurial Challenge.

The events on Sept. 11, 2001 had a profound effect on nearly all in the tri-state area, but for first responders, the effects were overwhelming. Long-time Massapequa resident Michael Smith, a member of the New York Fire Department, experienced those effects firsthand.

“While I’ve always been a person that could appreciate life, after 9/11 I became so distraught,” he said. “I realized I need to do something I want to do — something I love to do.”

A 30-year veteran of the fire department, Smith retired in 2002. He and his wife of 33 years, Teresa, began to look for a place they could enjoy life. This mindset brought them to the East End of Long Island, where they often went for day trips. They settled down in a home in Orient Point in 2004; in a home that needed quite a bit of work. And when it was time to landscape the property, a new idea took root — a vineyard.


Sports

Massapequa athletes recently received honors from their coaches at Kellenberg Memorial High School.

Each season, the coaches of all of the Kellenberg teams choose one member of their team who stands out as an athlete that has worked hard to improve themselves in their chosen sport.

The Farmingdale State women’s lacrosse team won the first game of their Spring Break trip to North Carolina with a victory over Greensboro College. In wet and muddy conditions, the Rams (8-1) held an 8-5 lead at the half and took the eventual 13-10 win.

In the first half and tied 2-2, the Pride (7-5) pulled ahead 4-2 with two unassisted goals by junior attack Nadya Fedun. Farmingdale State answered with four straight scores for a 6-4 advantage, on goals by juniors Alyssa Handel, Nicole Marzocca and Massapequan Jackie Kennedy.

Sophomore attack Ashlynn Parks put Greensboro within a goal at the 7:03 mark, but the Rams scored two more to lead 8-5 at the halftime break.

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