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Senator Phillips Honors Childhood Cancer Fundraising Efforts in Memory of Floral Park Resident

Aiden BinkleySenator Elaine Phillips announced that the New York State Senate passed her resolution commemorating the 9th Annual St. Baldrick’s Shave Off and the 4th Annual Ladies Night in honor of Aiden Binkley, of Floral Park, who passed away on December 30, 2010 at the age of 11 after losing his courageous battle against cancer.

 

“Aiden Binkley was truly a special young man who, faced with a life-threatening disease, could still light up a room or put a smile on anyone’s face,” Senator Phillips said. “Believing he got cancer so he could help to find a cure, Aiden’s illness was no barrier to his will to help others and search for an end to childhood cancer. With a tremendous impact on all he encountered, his work – even at the age of 11 – is still being carried out today by thousands touched by his story. His legacy will not only continue to inspire those dedicated to finding a cure for childhood cancer, but will help inspire children diagnosed with similar illnesses to keep fighting.”

 

Senator Phillips spoke on the resolution at the State Capitol with Aiden’s family present, including Aiden’s parents, Michael and Lisa Binkley; Judy Binkley, Aiden’s grandmother; Terry and Ralph Binkley Paterno, Aiden’s Uncle and Aunt who is the Chairperson of the St. Baldrick’s Ladies Night; their son, Jack; and Bob GaNun, the volunteer organizer of St. Baldrick’s Shave Off event.

 

“We are so thankful to be recognized by the New York Senate,” Lisa Binkley, Aiden’s mom, said. “Having St Baldrick’s Foundation and our Son, Aiden, honored in this way was so special and meaningful. We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Senator Elaine Phillips for recognizing the Floral Park community on all its efforts to fund pediatric cancer research. We are all hopeful a cure will be found in our lifetime.”

 

“The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is in awe of the state of New York, the Floral Park community and Aiden’s family for their dedication to raising critical funds and awareness for childhood cancer research,” said Kathleen Ruddy, CEO of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. “I was honored to meet Aiden’s family and volunteer leads at this year’s Floral Park event and fundraiser and to witness first-hand how the community continues to be inspired by Aiden. Funds raised through their efforts continue to support research to find cures and better treatments so all kids can live long and healthy lives.”

 

In July 2008, Aiden was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma. During his illness, the Binkley family learned of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants. St. Baldrick’s is known for their signature head-shaving events where people shave their heads and raise money for lifesaving childhood cancer research. In 2009, Aiden participated in his first St. Baldrick’s “Shave Off” event in Floral Park organized by Bob GaNun. At the event, participants shaved their heads in unity with children who have lost their own hair during cancer treatment.

 

The 9th annual Shave Off event held in Floral Park on April 28, 2018, attracted more than 200 people and raised $400,000. This year’s St. Baldrick’s Ladies Night, which was hosted by the Wednesday Mother’s Club in New Hyde Park, raised $146,000.

 

Since the first shave event in 2009, Floral Park events have raised over $2 million, making Floral Park the sixth top fundraiser in the world for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

 

“In the memory of Aiden Binkley, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and community members have worked selflessly to continue searching for a cure for childhood cancer – and I applaud them for this,” Senator Phillips said. “With more children losing their life from cancer yearly than any other disease, organizations like St. Baldrick’s are paramount to finding a cure, and we must continue raising funds to do this potentially lifesaving research.”

 

Shortly after Aiden passed away, his brothers Jake and Devin formed “Aiden’s Army” St. Baldrick’s team to inspire kids to shave their heads for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Aiden’s Army is unique because to 90% of those who get their heads shaved are children.

 

In 2014, Ladies Night, a St. Baldrick’s Do What Your Want fundraiser, was formed when the Wednesday Mother’s Club teamed up with Aiden’s Army, and concurrently ran a cupcake sale, raising $1,000 in a few short hours. Four years later, the cupcake sales evolved into an annual St. Baldrick’s Ladies Night Dinner, which has raised more than $200,000 cumulatively.

 

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Ra Presents Scholarship to Help Local Softball Player Attend College

Italian-American Day

Assemblyman Ed Ra (R-Franklin Square) and Assemblyman Michael DenDekker (D-East Elmhurst) presented Marissa Nicoletti with a check for a $3,000 scholarship from the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators on Italian-American Day in Albany on Tuesday, June 5.

Assemblyman Ed Ra is pleased to announce the recipient of this year’s Sen. John J. Marchi Memorial Athletic Scholarship as Marissa Nicoletti, a senior at H. Frank Carey High School in Franklin Square. The $3,000 scholarship is offered yearly by the New York Conference of Italian American State Legislators to high school students who show a passion for athletics and dedication to their academics, among other requirements. Marissa has been playing softball for almost a decade and is on her school’s kickline team.

 

“I am proud to present this scholarship to Marissa, who is as equally dedicated to her academics as she is to her athletics,” said Ra. “I have no doubt she will continue to show this type of dedication in college, where she will be playing softball for a NCAA Division II team while in a five-year program to earn her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees to teach math to special education students. She is truly an inspiring individual.”

 

Marissa was granted early acceptance into Molloy College after being recruited for its softball team. At Molloy, Marissa will be in a five-year program to receive her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Childhood Math Special Education for grades 1 through 6.

 

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Senator Phillips Joins Colleagues to Call for Passage of ‘School Bus Camera Safety Act’

School Bus Camera Safety ActSenator Elaine Phillips joined fellow legislators and officials from the educational, law enforcement and advocacy communities at a press conference to call for passage of the “School Bus Camera Safety Act,” which authorizes the installation and use of stop-arm cameras on school buses to detect and record vehicles illegally passing stopped school buses.

 

“Ensuring the safety of our children must be our top priority – and with the alarming number of cars that pass school buses daily, something must be done,” Senator Phillips said. “The School Bus Camera Safety Act will not only deter motorists from passing stopped school buses, but will ultimately save lives. I call on my colleagues in the Legislature and Governor Cuomo to take up this common-sense measure.”

 

The bill, S.518B, would authorize the use of stop-arm cameras on school buses and would permit evidence taken from the cameras to be used in issuing tickets to violators.

 

The bill would retain the current financial penalties for stop-arm violations with fines of $250. Unlike situations with police officers involved, the bill would not impose points or imprisonment for convictions.

 

Fines would cover enforcement and operational costs of the program, with localities receiving the fines directly, and school districts each receiving a portion as needed to absorb direct costs. Participating school districts would also be required to submit reports on the results of the program.

 

Studies estimate over 50,000 drivers in New York illegally pass stopped school buses daily. Stop-arm violations are a growing concern throughout the nation, which has prompted many states to enact similar legislation, including Maryland, Connecticut, Georgia, North Carolina, Iowa, Virginia and Washington.

 

Under current law, only a police officer who witnesses the violation can issue a ticket. This bill permits the evidence taken from school bus safety cameras to be used in prosecuting violators.

 

Charles Dedrick, Executive Director of the New York State Council of School Superintendents said: “Every superintendent feels a personal obligation to every family to put in place the necessary measures to assure the safety of their children every day. Unfortunately, the risks to students begin before they enter the school building. Students are at the greatest risk of harm during their travel to and from the school.”

 

Peter Mannella, Executive Director of the Association for Pupil Transportation said: “Our association members and all those engaged in school transportation safety are eager for enactment of this important legislation. Illegal passing is a clear and present and daily danger for the 2.3 million children who ride on yellow school buses. They trust adult motorists to obey the law and we need this legislation to help us keep the children safe when motorists don’t Stop on Red.”

 

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Senator Phillips’ Legislation Ensuring All New York Children Learn Holocaust History Passes State Senate

Measure Would Help Guarantee Students Learn the Important Lessons from this Horrific Part of History and Future Generations of New Yorkers can Live Up to the Pledge of “Never Again”

 

Senator Elaine Phillips announced that the New York State Senate passed her bill that requires the State Education Department to review specific school districts’ teaching guidelines and compliance with existing state law, which requires them to offer age-appropriate instruction on the Holocaust.

 

“Society has an obligation to remember and continue to condemn one of the worst atrocities in human history,” Senator Phillips said. “Providing our children with a comprehensive history of the world, which includes teaching the Holocaust in a responsible manner, is crucial in preventing history from repeating itself. With hate-driven crimes in the headlines almost every day, this lesson is more important than ever. I applaud my colleagues in the Senate for passing this bill and call on the Assembly and Governor Cuomo to take action on the measure immediately.”

 

The bill, S.5530, would also authorize the State Education Commissioner to develop any regulations necessary to ensure school districts are providing such instruction so future generations of New Yorkers will never forget the millions of innocent Jews and other persecuted groups that were murdered in the genocide.

 

A recent study found that there are significant illiteracies in America regarding awareness of established facts and detailed knowledge of the Holocaust. One finding shows that nearly half of all surveyed people aged 18 to 34 could not name a single concentration camp or ghetto out of nearly 40,000 in Europe during the Holocaust. Despite this, one encouraging note in the survey – 93 percent – agree that all students should learn about the Holocaust in school.

 

This legislation would help keep the Holocaust at the forefront of education, which is more important than ever as the number of living Holocaust survivors decreases. The State Education Commissioner would also be required to deliver review findings to the Legislature and the Governor so all stakeholders can better understand statewide school districts’ aptitude for teaching this type of curriculum.

 

In March 2017, a New York school gained media attention when a high school teacher gave an assignment to his class requiring some of them to make an argument in favor of the Holocaust. Many students were reportedly disturbed by the assignment that wanted students to see things from the point of view of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany. State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia responded a few days later promising the assignment would not be given again at the particular school in question.

 

The bill will be sent to the Assembly.

 

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New York Blood Center Declares Blood Emergency

Organizers hope the appeal will encourage an additional 1000 – 1500 donors each month throughout the summer to help save lives

 

Nassau County Legislator Denise Ford would like residents to know that the New York Blood Center (NYBC) has declared a blood emergency. The organization is asking people across New York City, the Hudson Valley, Long Island and New Jersey to donate blood to help replenish the blood supply for hospitals throughout the area.

 

In order to maintain a safe blood supply, a seven-day inventory of all blood types must be continually replenished. Right now, reserves are below that minimum.

 

These low levels are particularly dangerous leading into summer months, when people are less likely to donate blood as schools go on summer break and families take vacations. The best preparation for life-threatening situations is having blood on hospital shelves in advance.

 

“Every single day, blood donations help save lives – and right now, the need is critical,” said Andrea Cefarelli, Senior Executive Director of Donor Recruitment for New York Blood Center. “We’re calling on everyone to do what they can to spread the word, host a blood drive or simply take an hour out of their day to donate.”

 

Community members are encouraged to find time to donate blood at a NYBC donor center or convenient mobile blood drive, especially donors with O negative and B negative blood types. O negative blood donors are considered “universal,” and their blood type is needed most readily in trauma situations and emergency rooms across the country. B negative is a particularly rare blood type.

 

Companies, organizations, and community groups are also encouraged to host a blood drive this summer to help rebuild the blood supply, especially during the months of July and August.

 

In just 60 minutes, you can donate one pint of blood and Save a Life, Right Here, Right Now in your own community. About one in seven hospital admissions requires a blood transfusion, and with a limited shelf life, supplies must be continually replenished. Those in need include: cancer patients, accident, burn, or trauma victims, newborn babies and their mothers, transplant recipients, surgery patients, chronically transfused patients suffering from sickle cell disease or thalassemia, and many more.

 

How to help:

  • Donate blood or platelets at a donor center.
  • Donate at a mobile blood drive.
  • Host a blood drive in your community or at your organization.
  • Educate others in your family, community, and organization about blood donations, and encourage them to donate themselves and/or host a blood drive.
  • Promote the need for blood donors on social media.

 

For more information on where to donate or how to set up your own drive, visit www.nybloodcenter.org/blood or call 1-800-933-2566.

 

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Legislator Ferretti Congratulates Recipients at the Kumon Math and Reading Center Awards Ceremony

Kumon Learning Center of LevittownLegislator John R. Ferretti, Jr. was privileged to be the keynote speaker at the Kumon Learning Center of Levittown Awards on Sunday, June 3, 2018. Awards were given in many categories honoring students’ academic achievement in both the math and reading comprehension program. Legislator Ferretti said “I am so proud of all my young constituents!”

 

Kumon is the world’s largest after-school math and reading enrichment program that helps give its students stronger independence and concentration, greater confidence and improved math and reading comprehension skills.

 

Pictures above (left to right) are Mrs. Kay, Kumon Learning Center Director; Legislator Ferretti and Krystal Wolfe, Teacher at Kumon Learning Center.

 

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Senator Phillips Announces Package Of Animal Protection Measures Passes State Senate

Bills Are Part of Last Week’s Animal Advocacy Day Activities

 

Senator Elaine Phillips announced today that the New York State Senate passed a package of measures, which she supported, that strengthen protections for animals and their owners from harm and abuse as part of this week’s Animal Advocacy Day. The bills eliminate the predatory practice of pet leasing, strengthen Buster’s Law, crack down on animal fighting, and toughen penalties for theft of companion animals, among other measures.

 

“Pets can complete our families and fill our homes with joy, companionship and happiness – and we have an obligation to protect and provide them a safe and healthy living environment,” Senator Phillips said. “This legislative package not only protects our animals, but punishes those who harm them by cracking down on pet leasing, strengthen penalties for dog fighting and increasing the fine for abandoning an animal. I applaud my Senate colleagues for passing these important measures and I urge Governor Cuomo and the Assembly to take them up. This is the least we can do for our pets that do so much for us.”

 

The bills passed include:

Prohibiting the leasing of dogs and cats

 S7415C: Eliminates the predatory practice of leasing dogs and cats for ownership. Pet leasing is a practice that preys on people who cannot always afford a companion animal. Many do not understand they are entering into a lease agreement for an animal for multiple months. In
the process, these individuals are forced to pay far more than they realized.

 

Toughening penalties for the theft of a dog or cat

S1256: Establishes the theft of dogs and cats as grand larceny in the fourth degree in certain cases. This helps law enforcement with difficulties in determining the dollar value of stolen pets.

 

Prohibiting violators of “Buster’s Law” from having a companion animal

S2501: Would prohibit a person convicted of “Buster’s Law” from owning or possessing a companion animal unless authorized by court order, after appropriate psychiatric or psychological testing. Requiring a psychiatric evaluation will help identify behavior problems and ensure more animals are not abused.

 

Creating Kirby & Quigley’s Law:

S1680A: Would expand the definition of aggravated cruelty to animals to include harm to companion animals during the commission of a felony. Violating this measure would be punishable with two years in jail and a $5,000 fine.

 

Toughening penalties for dog fighting and cruelty to animals

S1712: Increases certain penalties for violating the prohibition of animal fighting and for aggravated cruelty to animals, plus requires psychiatric evaluation/treatment for those committing the crime of Aggravated Cruelty to Animals.

 

Increasing the fine for abandoning an animal

S1137: Would increase the fine for animal abandonment from $1,000 to $2,000. This would help prevent abandoned animals from starving or freezing to death, breeding, spreading disease, or being killed by other animals.

 

Designating animal fighting as an enterprise-crime-eligible offense

S594: Would define animal fighting as a criminal act when referring to enterprise corruption. By making animal fighting an enterprise-crime-eligible offense, law enforcement and prosecutors will have more tools available to combat this serious problem.

 

Increasing the penalty for multiple convictions of animal cruelty

S299: Would increase the penalty to a felony for multiple convictions of torturing, killing, or failing to provide sustenance to an animal, if convicted within five years from the date of a prior conviction. This will also help protect people as well because animal cruelty is often linked to violence against humans.

 

Strengthening the penalty for animal cruelty in the presence of a child

S728: Increases the potential term of imprisonment from two to four years when animal cruelty is committed in the presence of a child. Committing such acts in front of a child inflicts psychological damage on the minor who is forced to witness these crimes. They can also permanently imperil a still-developing minor’s sense of judgment and ethical conduct.

 

The bills will be sent to the Assembly.

 

The animal advocacy measures build upon the Senate’s commitment to protecting pets and other wildlife. The 2018-2019 state budget includes $5 million for the Companion Animal Capital Fund. This builds upon funding secured last year by the Legislature – the first of its kind – to provide humane societies, not-for-profits, and municipal shelters with grants for capital projects through a competitive application process. In addition, measures the Senate has already passed this year include:

 

Establishing microchip standards for companion animals

S7317: Establishes microchipping standards for companion animals, requires animal facilities to check animals for identifying marks, and requires such facilities to notify owners if they are in possession of an animal they believe to be missing or stolen. (Chapter 36)

 

Making it easier for pet owners to evacuate in the event of an emergency 

S7112: Allows domestic companion animals to be permitted to board the Port Authority’s or any other public transportation or public transportation service in the event of a state of emergency and evacuation. It would be consistent with current emergency operation plans pertaining to the needs of animals and individuals with an animal under their care, and is needed to effectuate a recently enacted New Jersey law providing the same protections to residents of both states.  It is a reasonable, common sense approach to public and animal safety by making it easier for pet owners to evacuate to safety. (Passed both houses)

 

Preventing animal abusers from working at animal shelters

S2937: Prohibits persons convicted of animal cruelty from being a dog or animal control officer, or working at an animal shelter, pound, humane society, animal protective association, or Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

 

Criminalizes bringing a minor to an exhibition of animal fighting

S1432: Would criminalize knowingly causing a minor to attend an exhibition of animal fighting. It can be extremely harmful for children to witness animal fighting. It not only damages their emotional development, but often leads the child to become abusive, anti-social, less empathetic, and desensitized to abhorrent social behavior.

 

Extending orders of protection to pets of victims of domestic abuse 

S2167: Would give the court discretion to forbid contact between the abuser and any pet that is cared for by a victim.

 

Exempting dog license fees for deployed active military members’ dogs

S839: Would allow municipalities the option to waive a licensing fee for an active military member’s dog when they are deployed.

 

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Clavin Declares Victory as Nassau Assessor Reverses Plan to Halt Mailing Property Value Notices to Homeowners

Declaring victory for government transparency and local homeowners, Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin announced that Nassau’s Assessment Department has reversed its plan to halt mailing Nassau neighbors’ property value notices, the foundation upon which residents’ taxes are based, after the Receiver and angry senior citizens assailed the county’s policy decision. Additionally, Clavin thanked the Nassau County Legislature’s Presiding Officer Rich Nicolello for drafting legislation that will mandate that the “Notices of Tentative Assessment” continue to be mailed to property owners. The Assessment Department’s poorly thought-out scheme to cancel mailing home values would have forced homeowners to seek the data on the Internet, creating a significant hardship for many senior citizens, the economically disadvantaged and others who lack access to computers and on-line service. Joining Clavin at the press announcement were Nassau County Legislature Presiding Officer Richard Nicolello, Legislator Laura Schaefer and a group of grateful senior citizens from Wantagh.

 

“Nassau’s assessment system is broken, and the only thing worse than a dysfunctional tax system is trying to keep homeowners’ property values a secret,” said Clavin. “I am happy that the Nassau Assessment Department has reconsidered its plan to halt the mailing of homeowners’ property values to Nassau residents. This is a victory for government transparency. I want to also thank Nassau County Legislature’s Presiding Officer Rich Nicolello and the majority legislators for crafting legislation that will mandate the mailing of ‘Notices of Tentative Assessed Value.’”

 

On June 1, 2018, Clavin mailed the Acting Nassau County Assessor, demanding that his department abandon a plan to curtail the long-standing practice of mailing residents an annual Notice of Tentative Assessed Value. The Receiver observed that the scheme to restrict access to property value information to the Assessment Department’s website would place senior citizens, those with limited incomes and others without Internet access at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to making important decisions based on home values. Further, Clavin said that the maneuver, which would only continue mailing tax assessment updates to those who made written requests through the U.S. Postal Service, would be a serious defeat for transparency and accountability, thereby further eroding trust and confidence in the county’s much maligned assessment system. Finally, Clavin called the timing of the effort “totally misguided” as Nassau’s Assessment Department is poised to embark on a major property tax assessment revaluation project.

 

Almost immediately, Nassau County Legislature’s Presiding Officer Rich Nicolello and Legislator Laura Schaefer responded to Clavin’s call for action. The legislative duo has drafted legislation that will mandate the mailing of the Notices of Tentative Assessed Value to the county’s property owners, leaving no discretion to the county’s Assessment Department on the matter.

 

“I want to thank Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin for bringing this issue to everyone’s attention,” said Nicolello. “I am proud that we can help Nassau homeowners by crafting legislation that will mandate the continued mailing of crucial home value data to Nassau homeowners. Our neighbors deserve unrestricted access to this information in the interest of government transparency and accountability.”

 

“I was pleased to stand with Don Clavin and senior citizens on June 1st to demand that the Nassau County Assessment Department provide complete transparency on its assessment of residents’ properties,” stated Schaefer. “Mailing property value information to homeowners is the right thing to do. Access to home values is critical to making important decisions on issues such as challenging property tax assessments.”

 

The Receiver and several seniors noted that most residents were unaware of the Nassau Assessment Department’s plan to curtail the mailing of the home value notices. Clavin said that this fact came as no surprise to him since the information regarding the termination of mailed assessment valuation notices was “buried” in the January 2018 Tentative Assessed Value notification. In fact, the words “…the Department of Assessment will no longer produce mail Notices of Tentative Assessed Value…” were buried in a 400-word document in which residents were solely focused on information concerning their latest “tentative assessed value.”

 

While the “seemingly secret” notification that the mailing of home values would be discontinued resulted in significant frustration, the “taxpayer-unfriendly” method of dealing with exceptions to the new policy was equally exasperating. The County Assessor didn’t advise readers to whom their requests to continue receiving assessment value notices by mail should be addressed. It also failed to offer convenient alternatives, such as Internet or phone-based options, to request the maintenance of Notices of Tentative Assessed Value by U.S. Mail.

 

“I strongly believe that the county Assessment Department’s decision to halt the mailing of home values to residents and the complicated and difficult steps required to receive an exception to this policy were part of an intentional effort to limit access to information,” said Clavin. “It would have especially hurt our most vulnerable residents the hardest—senior citizens, the poor and others without Internet access. Thankfully, Rich Nicolello has taken steps to ensure that the County Assessor will never again be able to restrict access to property value information for Nassau homeowners.”

 

“As Nassau County embarks upon a major property revaluation, it’s more important than ever that homeowners have greater access, not less, when it comes to their property values,” concluded Clavin. “By working together, we can enhance government transparency, openness and accountability.”

 

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Mineola Golden Age Club Celebrates 50 Years

Mineola Golden Age ClubThe Mineola Golden Age Club recently held its 50th Anniversary Luncheon at the Chateau Briand in Carle Place. The event marked a major milestone for an outstanding organization that has provided Mineola seniors with a wealth of activities and memories. Mayor Scott Strauss, Presiding Officer Rich Nicolello, Supervisor Judi Bosworth and Councilman Angelo Ferrara all congratulated the leaders, including outgoing Treasurer Robert Geeher, for their service to the community.

 

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Senator Phillips Announces Bill to Help Make College More Affordable Passes Senate

Senator Elaine Phillips announced that the New York State Senate has passed a bill, which she supported, to help alleviate the financial burden on many college students caused by the additional cost of textbooks and other course materials.

 

“All students, no matter their background, should have the opportunity to pursue an affordable higher education,” Senator Phillips said. “With new technological advancements, such as e-books, colleges and universities should offer students more affordable alternatives to traditional textbooks which, according to research, can cost students around $650 semester. This legislation will help reduce the financial burdens of obtaining an education by encouraging colleges to negotiate deals with publishers and by promoting pricing transparency and e-books.”

 

The bill, S.6608, would reduce the cost of textbooks by promoting pricing transparency and alternatives to conventional textbooks, such as e-books.

 

The average student spends more than $1,200 per year on textbooks on top of the cost of tuition and fees, according to a recent College Board report. Under current law, publishers must make the price of a textbook readily available to the professor assigning the materials as well as the campus bookstore. In the event that the product is not available at the bookstore, the publishers and bookstore must work together to provide the best possible substitute for the student.

 

This new legislation helps reduce the cost of textbooks by requiring colleges and universities to adopt policies that allow the use of innovative pricing techniques and payment options for textbooks and other supplemental materials. Innovative pricing models allow an institution to negotiate with a publisher for a lower price than market value for access to digital instructional materials, which typically cost substantially less than the print versions. Students would have the option to pay for these materials as part of their tuition and fees, which can be covered by loans, grants, and scholarships.

 

The bill will be sent to the Assembly.

 

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