Category Archives: Ed Ra

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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Ra, Local Students Send Appreciation Letters to the Military

Heart for Heroes campaignAssemblyman Ed Ra was pleased to partner with students from the Mineola and Carle Place school districts for his annual Heart for Heroes campaign in honor of Memorial Day. The campaign asked students to write letters thanking active and retired members of the military for their service. Over 500 letters were collected to be included in care packages distributed by Operation Gratitude to U.S. Service Members deployed overseas. Operation Gratitude’s mission is to lift the spirts and morale of our military and first responder communities.

 

“Everyday members of the military risk their lives and give up time with their loved ones to protect us,” said Ra. “I hope these letters of gratitude and appreciation will bring smiles to their faces. It is uplifting to see so many children and young adults eager to thank the dedicated and hard-working men and women of our military. Operation Gratitude is a wonderful program, which has already sent over 2 million care packages to currently-deployed members of our military, new recruits, veterans and first responders. I am so happy our community was able to come together with this organization for such a positive campaign. I look forward to continuing this partnership for years to come.”

 

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Ra Helps Seniors Avoid Healthcare Fraud and Scams

Assemblyman Ed Ra was pleased to host a Healthcare Fraud Seminar on Saturday, April 28 at the Mineola Memorial Library. The event featured special guest speaker John Rotondi, a certified senior Medicare patrol educator. During the seminar a variety of topics were discussed including, Medicare cards rollout, scams and frauds related to Medicare cards, how to spot potential fraud and how to protect oneself from these scams and frauds.

 

“The fact that there are people out there trying to take advantage of the elderly is appalling,” said Ra. “I am pleased we had the opportunity to help some of the senior population learn how to avoid fraud or getting scammed so they can continue to enjoy their golden years. This is a program that I will support and host for many years to come.”

 

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Assemblyman Ed Ra Community Shred and Shed Event a Success

Community Shred and Shed EventAssemblyman Ed Ra is pleased to announce the success of his Shed and Shred event in which Nassau County residents dropped off expired or unwanted medication, e-cycled old electronics and shredded documents on Sunday, April 22. The event was hosted in conjunction with Sen. Kemp Hannon, the Town of Hempstead Special Sanitation District #6 and Carey Dad’s Club. Eleven bags of medication and six sharps containers were collected along with numerous documents shredded.

 

“Disposing of unwanted or expired medication improperly can lead to a number of issues,” said Ra. “If you flush it down the toilet or pour it down a drain it can pollute the water we use for drinking, bathing and cooking. If you simply toss medication out in the garbage, other people can get their hands on it and misuse it. It is important to hold events like this to help the community understand these issues and provide a safe alternative. I am thrilled to have added document shredding this year and e-cycling, as many people may not have access to a shredder or know what to do with the piles of electronics collecting dust in their closets. I hope to continue this program for many years to come to offer these services to our community.”

 

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Statement from Assemblyman Ra

Assemblyman Ed Ra is disappointed to announce that his bill, the “Standardized Testing Transparency Act” (A2312) was held in the Assembly Committee on Education. The legislation would have allowed the Commissioner of Education to release all questions and content on state tests as well as data on the number of students who completed, opted out or were eligible to be tested within 30 days following the test.

 

“We need to provide our families with this information so they can feel confident when making their personal decision on whether or not to have their children take the new Common Core tests,” said Ra. “Students and parents deserve this transparency, as it will help them determine what is right for their families, as each family has a unique situation. By blocking this legislation, the Assembly Majority are once again refusing to allow families the opportunity to decide what is right for their children. Our teachers are also being let down, as they are caught in the middle of all this. It is already known that there are issues with the content of the tests and its administration, this secrecy is not helping anyone. Though the Assembly Majority continues to refuse to help students and their families, I will continue to fight for this transparency. We need to be open and honest about what is going on behind the scenes so each family can decide what is right for them.”

 

“It was disappointing that the Assembly Majority once again let down our teachers, parents and students by blocking the Standardized Testing Transparency Act, legislation that would have given families peace of mind in helping to determine if it was appropriate for their children to take these standardized tests. We have already seen a myriad of problems with the contents of the test’s questions and with how they are administered. I will continue to fight for the highest level of transparency and accountability in regards to the curriculum being taught and the tests that are administered, to help our parents make the best educational choices for their children,” said Assemblyman Dean Murray, the Ranking Minority Member of the Education Committee.

 

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Ra Announces Nephrotic Syndrome Awareness Day in New York

Nephrotic Syndrome Awareness DayAssemblyman Ed Ra is pleased to announce the passage of a Resolution to declare March 27, 2018 Nephrotic Syndrome Awareness Day in New York. Nephrotic Syndrome is a kidney disorder, which affects roughly 5 out of 100,000 people, that causes one’s body to excrete an abnormally large amount of protein in the urine.

 

“I am so happy we are able to shine some light on Nephrotic Syndrome,” said Ra. “This wouldn’t have happened without all the hard work of NephCure Kidney International. Collectively, there are many Americans who suffer from all kinds of rare diseases, so it is important to raise as much awareness about as many diseases as possible in order to help find treatments, cures and teach others the signs and symptoms.”

 

The most common cause of the disease is when clusters of small blood vessels in the kidneys, which work to filter waste and surplus water from the blood, are damaged. Symptoms include weight gain from retaining excess fluid, swelling, usually around the feet, ankles and eyes, loss of appetite and fatigue. It can also increase the risk for blood clots, infections, acute kidney failure and high blood pressure and cholesterol.

 

“The most exciting thing about going to Albany is the awareness. My main goal is to be able to say, Nephrotic Syndrome, and have someone know it, like they know other diseases. They may not know it as intimately as we do, but they don’t have to say, Nephrotic what?,” said Marlene Botta, a Franklin Square NephCure volunteer whose daughter Jackie, 16, was diagnosed with Nephrotic Syndrome as a child.

 

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Ra Pushes for Library Aid to be Brought Up to Modern Levels

New York Library Association Library Advocacy Day

Assemblyman Ed Ra spoke at the New York Library Association’s Library Advocacy Day on February 28, about bringing library aid levels into the modern era.

Assemblyman Ed Ra was pleased to participate in the New York Library Association’s Library Advocacy Day on February 28. Ra met with representatives from local libraries in the 19th Assembly District and the Nassau Library System to talk about State Library Aid, which remains significantly below the New York State Education law’s required amount.

 

“Libraries are important aspects of any community, they don’t only provide reading materials, they provide research opportunities, classes and so many other essential services,” said Ra. “Despite a growing need to support libraries services, last year our libraries received $95.5 million in funding, placing aid at 2006 levels. In order to modernize and maintain our libraries we need construction aid investments. In addition to speaking at rallies to show my support for restoring library aid to a modern level, I have also spoken out against cuts to library and construction aid, which are currently in the governor’s proposed budget. We need to bring our libraries into the modern world and provide adequate support so they can continue to help our communities flourish.”

 

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Ra Announces New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators Scholarships

Assemblyman Ed Ra is pleased to announce the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators will be offering four scholarships to current and prospective college students. Each scholarship is worth $3,000 and applications are due by Monday, April 16 to Ra’s district office. Awards will be presented on June 4 in Albany at the conference’s annual Legislative Conference Day.

 

“I am so pleased that we are able to once again offer this scholarship and help aid four more students’ dreams of furthering their education,” said Ra. “With the cost of college continually climbing, it is crucial that we let our children know that going to college is still an option for them with opportunities such as this scholarship. As there are so many talented young adults on Long Island who are deserving of awards such as these, I would encourage all eligible to apply.”

 

In addition to having the financial need for the scholarship, applicants must maintain a GPA of at least 85, participate in extracurricular activities, have good conduct, be an active member of their community and exhibit a commitment to earning a higher degree of education. Two scholarships will be awarded based on a student’s academic achievements and two will be awarded based on a student’s athletic performance.

 

Applications for residents of the 19th Assembly District can be obtained by calling Assemblyman Ra’s District Office at (516) 535-4095 or by emailing rae@nyassembly.gov. Applications can be submitted in person or by mail to Assemblyman Ra’s District Office by Monday, April 16 at 825 East Gate Boulevard, Suite 207, Garden City, NY 11530.

 

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Ra: More Taxes Are Not The Solution

Assemblyman Ed Ra announced his co-sponsorship of a bill (A.9061) which decouples the state and the federal government’s tax codes. Since the new federal tax plan would result in a multitude of changes to the tax code, many states which structured their own tax codes around the federal code are taking a closer look at what that could mean for their governments and residents.

 

“With some of the highest taxes in the country, the last thing New Yorkers need is more,” said Ra. “The governor has been focused on a lawsuit against the federal government and a massive reshuffling of our tax structure. Meanwhile, decoupling our tax codes is an immediate step that can be taken to prevent an additional $1.5 billion from being imposed on our taxpayers. I would like to call on the Assembly leadership to bring this bill forward for a vote as soon as possible to save us all from this burden.”

 

State legislators are concerned about the requirement for taxpayers to take the state standard deduction if they take the federal standard deduction, which is said to be more compliant with the new plan. Although it would provide nearly $45 million in additional revenue to the state, it would be at the expense of taxpayers, leaving them with thousands of dollars in extra taxable income. Another concern is the elimination of federal personal exemptions, which some New Yorkers previously used to be eligible for the standard deduction. This issue could cause the state tax liabilities of New Yorkers to increase by over $800 million.

 

“We need to stop complaining and start taking action to avoid saddling New Yorkers with a heavier burden,” Ra concluded.

 

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Ra: We Must Create a Safe Home for All New Yorkers

Assemblyman Ed Ra joined fellow members of the Assembly Minority Conference on Tuesday, January 23, to unveil a task force report on preventing domestic violence in New York. Five regional forums were held across New York to bring together domestic abuse survivors, legislators, advocates and members of law enforcement to explore different ways to stop in-home violence from occurring and how to better assist victims.

 

“When domestic violence occurs, trust is broken, something that can be hard to repair,” said Ra. “We need to help repair domestic violence victim’s ability to trust by providing them with the proper assistance and protection. They deserve to live a happy and safe life just like any other New Yorker.”

 

Initiatives included in the report,“A Safe Haven: Helping Abuse Victims and Enhancing Protections,” are:

 

  • New legislation to make committing domestic violence in the presence of a minor a much more serious offense.
  • Provide more options to temporarily shelter pets.
  • Declare domestic violence a public health crisis statewide.
  • Provide funds to help with the cost of living while victims seek help and distance themselves from their abusers.

 

“We hope that the Assembly Majority and the governor will take our proposals and findings into consideration in the addressment of this issue,” said Ra. “Domestic violence affects more people than we realize, as not only do many cases go unreported, but the loved ones of victims are affected as well. We must work together to put a stop to domestic violence and create a safe home for all New Yorkers.”

 

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