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Assemblywoman Miller Introduces Teen Founder of Anti-Bullying Nonprofit

Sydney BrettAssemblywoman Melissa Miller (R,C,Ref-Atlantic Beach) was pleased to welcome and introduce Sydney Brett, a Long Beach High School junior, and her family to members of the Assembly on Monday, April 23. Last year Sydney, who has been physically and verbally bullied, launched a nonprofit called Sydney’s Smiles, which aims to help children, young adults, parents and teachers put an end to bullying with the proper education, resources and tools. Having dyslexia, Sydney also hopes the organization will help eliminate the negative stereotypes associated with having a disability that isn’t outwardly obvious to others. Sydney also holds the USA National Miss title of New York Junior Teen among girls between the ages of 13 and 15.


“Bullying is becoming an increasing problem in today’s world, with technology giving bullies access to their victims around the clock,” said Miller. “It is wonderful to see someone like Sydney, who has been bullied herself, stand up against bullies and help others learn how to do so too. The fact that she is not only advocating to put an end to bullying, but also teaching others how they can help by fostering an environment that promotes acceptance and inclusion, is fantastic. Not all disabilities can be seen on the surface, and eliminating the stereotypes that come with them will help young adults feel more comfortable in their own skin. Sydney has taken something negative in her life and has overcome it to turn it into something positive by helping others. She is a winner and I am so proud to know such a strong and caring young woman as Sydney.”


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Assemblywoman Miller Helps Feed Pets in Need

Baxter;s Pet Pantry

Assemblywoman Melissa Miller thanked Erin Kennedy, a teacher at Rhame Avenue Elementary School, and her students on Monday, April 9 for participating in the 7th Annual Legislative Pet Food Drive sponsored by Long Island Cares.

Assemblywoman Melissa Miller is pleased to announce the success of the 7th Annual Legislative Pet Food Drive, which collected hundreds of pounds of food for Baxter’s Pet Pantry, a Long Island Cares program. Since 2009, Long Island Cares has distributed food to help less fortunate families on Long Island care for their pets.


“Pets may come in all different shapes and sizes, but something all pets have in common is the unconditional love they show the owners who care for them,” said Miller. “I have two dogs, Kushi and Hugo, and three cats, Catsby, Polly and Bunny, and it warms my heart to know I am able to help other families on Long Island care for their pets. There are people out there who will put the needs of their pets before their own. By providing them with food for their best friends, we are not only helping take care of the pets of Long Island, but also our neighbors. I am so happy I was able to partake in this year’s drive and can’t wait to do so next year.”


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Miller Cosponsors Public Hearings for Army Corps Beach Project

Assemblywoman Melissa Miller is pleased to announce her cosponsorship of upcoming public meetings to discuss the Army Corps Beach Project. The meetings will be held April 18 at Long Beach City Hall at 7 p.m., and April 19 at the Bishop Molloy Center in Point Lookout at 7 p.m. At this time, details about when the construction will take place have not been finalized.


“It is wonderful to see motivation to care for the beaches Long Island is so well known for,” said Miller. “Long Islanders are very proud of where we come from and we should be working together to keep our communities well-maintained. I hope projects like this can continue to move forward so we can preserve our beaches not only for the enjoyment of generations to come but also to ensure the wildlife remains healthy and protected.”


Once the contractor for the project submits a work plan and schedule, a second round of public meetings will be held to inform Long Islanders about the process for Contract 2.


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Local Inwood Resident Inducted into the Women in Human Services Hall of Fame

Sasha Young

Assemblywoman Melissa Miller and Sasha Young, her nominee for the Women in Human Services Hall of Fame.

Assemblywoman Melissa Miller’s nominee for the Women in Human Services Hall of Fame, Sasha Young, an Inwood resident, was honored on Tuesday, March 13 by the Strong Nonprofits for Better New York.


In addition to being a full time mother of three, Sasha has worked as a special education teacher’s aide in the Lawrence school district for 6 ½ years and remains actively involved in the Lawrence PTA. She also works at the Five Towns Community Center, supervising afterschool education and recreation programs for children of all ages in the surrounding communities. Adding to her already-busy schedule and her existing Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Sasha is also working toward her Bachelor of Arts in Education.


“The dedication and motivation Sasha shows for her community and furthering her own studies is truly an inspiration,” said Miller. “To take on that amount of responsibilities and give it 110 percent to get everything impeccably done in a timely manner is something not many can do. Though she does so much to help her community, she has expressed that the community has given her a lot in return by expanding her mind. Our community is rich with a variety of religions, cultures and languages, which have shown her that although we may all have a multitude of similarities, our needs are not all the same and are just as diverse as the community we live in.”


The honoring of the nominees, which emphasizes the importance of the human service industry, was followed by a press conference at which the Strong Nonprofits for Better New York advocated for money to be invested in the budget to fund minimum wage for contracted nonprofits and for adjustments in salary for workers who weren’t included in the direct-care increase.


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Miller: We are Costing New Yorkers Money, Local Roads Matter

Assemblywoman Melissa Miller, along with a bipartisan group of state legislators, has united with a statewide coalition of local leaders and county and town highway superintendents to call upon the governor for increased support for local roads, culverts and bridges in New York. The coalition is calling for an $85 million increase in state aid for the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) in addition to the restoration of another $65 million for the “Extreme Weather Recovery” allocation, which was passed last year but not present in the governor’s proposed 2018-2019 State Budget.


“Whether you drive, take a cab or use public transportation, we all use the roadways of New York in one way or another,” said Miller. “New York’s roadways take us to work, doctor’s appointments, the grocery store, visits to friends and our children to school. They need our attention to ensure we all get where we need to go in a safe and efficient manner. By not keeping these roadways, bridges and culverts in tip-top shape, we are costing ourselves money. We need to continue to work together, across party lines, to make sure our local roads and bridges are well maintained so we can drive with peace of mind.”


According to TRIP, a national transportation research group, unmaintained roadways cost New Yorkers nearly $25 billion a year, around $2,300 per the average driver, in fuel costs, lost time, vehicle repairs and other expenses.


In the letter sent to the governor, the coalition highlighted the seriousness of recognizing “that local governments continue to struggle to address budgetary demands in the face of the state-imposed property tax cap and freeze, rising pension and health care costs, unfunded state mandates, and stagnant Aid to Municipalities (AIM). This clearly demonstrates the incredible challenge facing our local municipalities to meet the critical investment level needed to maintain and improve local roads, bridges, and culverts. A stronger state-local partnership is the only answer.”


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Assemblyman Curran, Assemblywoman Missy Miller Honor Oceanside H.S. Football Team

Oceanside High School Football team

Assemblyman Brian Curran, Assemblywoman Missy Miller, Oceanside School Board Members Sandy Schoell and Don Meresca, Oceanside Athletic Director Jeff Rizer, Oceanside Football coach Rob Blount.

Recently, Assemblyman Brian Curran and Assemblywoman Missy Miller honored the Oceanside High School Football team that won the Nassau County Championship in the fall. The team was presented with a New York State Assembly Proclamation.


“We’re very proud of these young men and the coaching staff,” said Curran. “Their impressive 11-1 record in the fall, culminating in a shutout victory over Freeport, is a direct result of the hard work the team and coaches put in all year long. We look forward to seeing what the team does this fall.”


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