Category Archives: Brian Curran

Assemblyman Curran Honors Local Veteran

Lou SicilianoAssemblyman Brian Curran recently honored Lou Siciliano of West Hempstead for his service to our country. Siciliano was named to the 2017 Veterans Hall of Honor and awarded a New York state proclamation commemorating the recognition.

 

“Lou Siciliano is a credit to our community,” said Curran. “He enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served in the 78th Regimental Combat Team as part of the famous 3rd Division. Lou is an active member of our community. He is a member of the American Legion, the Knights of Columbus and a Eucharistic Member at St. Thomas Catholic Church. We would like to personally thank Lou Siciliano for his service and dedication to our country and our community. I am proud to induct him into our Veterans Hall of Honor.”

 

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Assemblyman Curran Awards RVC $50,000 Grant

Recently, Assemblyman Brian Curran awarded Rockville Centre with $50,000 in state funding to assist with local road repairs. The funds have been awarded through the State and Municipal Facilities (SAM) Program.

 

“The Village of Rockville Centre is in need of state assistance to help repair our local roads,” said Curran. “I cannot think of a more apt time to announce this additional funding as our children are set to be shuttled back and forth every day on school buses. We must maintain our local infrastructure to ensure the safety of our children and all of our residents. I am pleased to award this grant to the Village of Rockville Centre.”

 

It is the Assemblyman’s hope that the transportation grant money will provide the Village with fiscal flexibility to allocate additional funds to the Mr. B’s Playground, which is a special needs accessible park designed for Sunrise Highway in Rockville Centre.

 

“The quality and safety of our roadways are a critical component of keeping Rockville Centre a desirable community,” said Village of Rockville Centre Mayor Francis X. Murray. “With 50 miles of roadway, the Village of Rockville Centre is committed to maintaining and improving our roadways for residents and visitors. This funding will help us to continue my mission of repairing approximately three miles of roadway per year. I would like to thank Assemblyman Brian Curran for his hard work in securing grant monies that ensures our Village has the funds to supplement our aggressive road program.”

 

The Village of Rockville Centre has 52 miles of road within its 3.4 square miles. The village aims to keep up the roads by working on approximately 3 miles worth every year. The roads are rated every three years and those receiving lower ratings are given priority for repair.

 

The village applied for the SAM grant with the assistance of Assemblyman Curran to help offset the costs of road maintenance in an effort to limit the burden on local taxpayers.

 

This grant is in addition to previous grants awarded by Assemblyman Curran to Rockville Centre Little League and Rockville Centre American Legion, both in the amount of $2,500.

 

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Assemblyman Curran Awards Malverne $100,000 Grant

Funds to be used to improve area around local train station

 

This week, Assemblyman Brian Curran awarded Malverne with $100,000 in state funding to assist with improvements at Westwood Park at Westwood Train Station. The village will be replacing the walkways around the perimeter of the park that leads directly to the station’s parking lot. The funds have been awarded through the State and Municipal Facilities (SAM) Program.

 

“The Village of Malverne is looking to make improvements at Westwood Train Station,” said Curran. “Westwood Park is used by many residents and visitors alike, so the village is looking to upgrade the walkways to ensure the safety of those at the station, as well as to beautify one of the entry points to our community. I am proud to award this grant to the Village of Malverne.”

 

“We are extremely grateful to Assemblyman Brian Curran for his hard work in obtaining funding for the Village of Malverne,” said Malverne Mayor Patricia McDonald. “These funds will be used to enhance the pathways at Westwood Park that will directly benefit all of our residents for years to come.”

 

The village applied for the SAM grant with the assistance of Assemblyman Curran to help offset the costs of this project in an effort to limit the burden on local taxpayers.

 

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Assemblyman Curran’s Backpack Drive a Success

Efforts ensure that students in need get school supplies, are prepared for new school year

 

Recently, Assemblyman Brian Curran teamed up with Green Acres Mall to host a back-to school backpack drive to ensure students get the necessary supplies to get off to a good start this school year. A recent report estimated that parents spent an average of $674 dollars on school supplies for their children last year – a number some local families simply cannot afford.

 

“Every year at this time, families in our community are wondering how they will afford the rising costs associated with sending their children back to school,” said Curran. “It is my goal to try and help those families so all of our children have the things they need to be successful. There are a couple of issues at play here, the first being that a child simply cannot be expected to be successful without the proper tools. The second is that some children may suffer a lack of confidence and/or bullying simply because they don’t have basic things. It is my hope that by providing some assistance to local families, we can make a difference in a child’s daily life and set them up for success now and in the future.”

 

Recently, Huntington in cooperation with Communities in Schools released the 2017 version of the Huntington Bank Backpack Index, its annual report on expected school costs. Cost levels for this year are expected to be the following:

 

  • $662 for elementary school children, a 1 percent increase compared to 2016;
  • $1,001 for middle school children, a 4.6 percent increase compared to 2016; and
  • $1,489 for high school students, a less than 1 percent decrease of $9 from last year.

 

According to another report, the cost of school supplies and extracurricular activities has risen significantly in the last ten years. Costs for elementary school students have soared by 88 percent, while middle school students have seen an equally staggering 81 percent increase in costs and costs for high school students have gone up by 68 percent.

 

Assemblyman Curran and the Green Acres Mall teamed up once again to provide backpacks filled with school supplies to local families. In all, 200 backpacks were given away at Curran’s district office in Lynbrook.

 

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Assemblyman Curran Legislation Signed Into Law

Highway renamed to honor NYPD Det. Steven McDonald

 

Legislation A.8378-A sponsored by Assemblyman Brian Curran (Lynbrook-21st A.D.) was signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to rename a section of the Southern State Parkway between the interchange of Belt Parkway and the Cross Island Parkway, and Exit 22, in honor of fallen NYPD Det. Steven McDonald. That portion of highway will now be known as the Det. Steven McDonald Memorial Highway.

 

“I am proud to honor Det. Steven McDonald and it was a privilege to sponsor this legislation,” said Curran. “Today it becomes official. The renaming of this highway honors the life, service, sacrifice and family of Det. McDonald. Local residents will be reminded of his service every day when they drive this stretch of highway bearing his name. We are proud of Det. McDonald and we thank his family for their sacrifice.”

 

Assemblyman Curran worked in conjunction with Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, who carried the bill in the state Senate, and Sen. Todd Kaminsky, who co-sponsored the bill. All three worked together tirelessly to ensure this measure was signed into law.

 

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Assemblyman Curran, L.I. Nets to Host Basketball Clinic

Assemblyman Brian Curran (Lynbrook-21st A.D.) has recently announced that he will be hosting a free local basketball clinic along with the Long Island Nets, in Baldwin on Aug. 30 at Baldwin Park. The clinic will be open to children ages 6 through 13 and will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

 

“This is an exciting opportunity for local children to get professional basketball instruction from up and coming pro players,” said Curran. “Not only will the Long Island Nets players instruct participants in basketball skills, but they will also teach team work, responsibility and leadership skills – all things that are important both on the court and in life.”

 

The clinic is open to 50 – 70 children and will teach the fundamentals of the game, including passing, shooting, dribbling, and conditioning. Please register your child before the slots fill up by calling Assemblyman Curran’s office at 516-561-8216. Basketballs will be provided for use at the clinic.

 

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Assemblyman Curran Announces Participation In Triathlon To Benefit Operation Wounded Warrior

Assemblyman Brian Curran (Lynbrook-21st A.D.) recently announced that he will participate in the Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon for the sixth straight year. For the fourth year in a row, Curran will donate all money raised to the Nassau County Firefighters Operation Wounded Warrior to benefit soldiers injured in the line of duty. Curran is actively seeking sponsorships from the community to help raise funds for the cause. In his first five years of participation, the assemblyman has raised over $10,000.

 

“This event goes on my calendar at the beginning of every year,” said Curran. “It is very important to me to give back to our fine servicemen and women who have given so much to protect our freedoms. This will be my sixth year participating in this event and I hope to raise several thousand dollars this year. I would like to once again ask members of our community who are always so kind and generous to help me in my efforts to raise funds by sponsoring me in this year’s triathlon. I would also like to thank our amazing Nassau County Firefighters for once again hosting this event.”

 

The triathlon will be held on Sunday, August 27 at Theodore Roosevelt Park and it is hosted by the Town of Oyster Bay. Donations and sponsorships are currently being accepted by Assemblyman Curran and can be sent to P.O. Box 534 Lynbrook, NY 11573. All checks can be made payable to Nassau County Firefighters Operation Wounded Warrior. For more information on the event, please visit the Nassau County Firefighters Operation Wounded Warrior website or its Facebook page.

 

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Assemblyman Curran Passes Legislation in Support of Volunteer Firefighters

Assemblyman Brian Curran (Lynbrook-21st A.D.) and the New York State Assembly recently passed the New York State Volunteer Firefighter Enhanced Cancer Disability Benefits Act A.711-B. This legislation, which the assemblyman sponsors, will provide volunteer firefighters who develop certain forms of cancer with enhanced disability benefits.

 

“Recent studies have been performed that link increased rates of cancer to firefighters,” said Curran. “These brave men and women run into burning buildings to save lives, putting the lives of others before their own. While they battle the flames, they breathe in harmful carcinogens that can cause health complications. This measure is one way we can help those who bravely serve to protect us by providing enhanced benefits to help fight cancers they may develop while serving.”

 

Brian McQueen, a current member of the Board of Directors for the Fireman’s Association of the State of New York who also serves as a volunteer firefighter, was diagnosed with B Cell Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2013. McQueen founded the Believe 271 Foundation to help firefighters who have been diagnosed with cancers and other health issues bear the burden of costs associated with battling them. He was on hand today for the passing of this legislation.

 

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Assemblyman Curran Secures Additional Education Aid for East Rockaway School District

Assemblyman Brian Curran (Lynbrook – 21st A.D.) announced that he was able to secure an additional sum of education aid known as “Bullet Aid” will be provided to the East Rockaway School District. East Rockaway, the only school district within the 21st Assembly District not to receive an increase in school aid this year, will receive $13,000 in added funding with no restrictions as to how it may be spent. Curran released the following statement:

 

“East Rockaway is a unique, middle-class school district which has a small commercial tax base and is misclassified as a middle-wealth district,” said Curran. “It was the only school district in my area that received less state education funding than the previous year. I know how important funding is for all of our school districts, especially East Rockaway, so I advocated for additional funding and I am proud to announce that East Rockaway will receive an additional $13,000 in funding. It is my sincerest hope that we can avoid this entire situation next year by providing adequate and increased funding to all of our schools during the budget process.”

 

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Assemblyman Curran Passes Legislation to Dedicate Detective Steven McDonald Memorial Highway

Assemblyman Brian Curran (Lynbrook-21st A.D.) and the New York State Assembly passed legislation A.8378-A to rename a section of the Southern State Parkway between the interchange of Belt Parkway and the Cross Island Parkway, and Exit 22 in honor of fallen NYPD Detective Steven McDonald. That portion of highway will now be known as the Detective Steven McDonald Memorial Highway. Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan carried the bill in the state Senate with Sen. Todd Kaminsky as a co-sponsor.

 

“I am proud to honor the life and service of Det. Steven McDonald by renaming a local stretch of highway in his honor,” said Curran. “This man put his life on the line every day to protect others and was severely injured in the line of duty. Ultimately, his injuries led to his passing. Before he passed away, he became a motivational speaker and a model of forgiveness – one we should all take after. This is a small token of our appreciation to him and his family, his wife Patti-Ann and son Conor.”

 

Det. McDonald was a third generation NYPD officer, following in the footsteps of both his father and grandfather before him. His son, Sgt. Conor McDonald, represents the fourth generation to uphold the department’s motto “Fidelis Ad Mortem”, or “Faithful Unto Death.”

 

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