Senator Carl Marcellino was elected to represent the 5th Senatorial District in 1995 and is running for re-election this year on the Republican, Independent and Conservative Party Lines.
"I have had a very successful eight years," said Marcellino. "I don't think there are too many state senators that can point to two state parks created in their Senate District. There have been close to 400 acres preserved in the 5th district over special groundwater."
Marcellino's legislative record touches on issues directly impacting residents throughout New York. The Unpaid Wages Prohibition Act, the strongest labor measure to be enacted in many years, grants important rights to workers and protects legitimate business people. Marcellino passed legislation creating the Disability Registry, which provides vital information to aid in rescues and evacuations. He introduced and passed a number of bills that combat the problems of smoking, especially seeking to keep cigarettes out of the hands of children. He passed legislation prohibiting the sale of habit-forming herbal cigarettes to minors. Marcellino also passed the most significant pension benefit enhancement to state and local municipal employees in 30 years into law. The law waives the three percent employee contribution beginning Oct. 1, 2000 for workers with 10 years of government service who are enrolled in Tiers 3 and 4 of the retirement system. The law also provides additional service credit to Tier 1 and 2 employees of the retirement system equal to one month additional credit for each year of service, up to two years.
Environmental legislation continues to be one of Marcellino's highest priorities. He was the sponsor of the Pesticide Neighbor Notification Law, the Acid Rain Law of 2000, the Law to Ban MTBE in New York State and the Jet Ski Law of 2000. He has also been the prime sponsor of other important environmental measures including the 1996 Clean Air/Clean Water Bond Act, the creation of the State's Bird Conservation Area program, net electric metering to encourage solar power usage and emissions testing for heavy duty diesel vehicles.
In addition to his legislative agenda, Marcellino has been instrumental in implementing important environmental benefits for his Senate District. Obtaining state funding to purchase and make accessible five acres of waterfront property in the Town of Oyster Bay and the designation of Huntington and Lloyd Harbors as no-discharge zones were both Marcellino initiatives. Marcellino has also held public hearings in Huntington and Oyster Bay on issues of local concern such as spraying for control of the West Nile Virus, tidal surges resulting from storms and hurricanes, petroleum spills from underground tanks and fluid leaks from Long Island Sound electric cables.