Category Archives: New York State Assembly

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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McDonough Partners With Harry Chapin Food Bank, Long Island Cares to Collect Supplies for Puerto Rico Relief

Assemblyman Dave McDonough announced today that he has partnered with Long Island Cares, Inc. and the Harry Chapin Regional Food Bank to collect emergency supplies for those struggling to survive in Puerto Rico. Those willing to provide a donation can drop off supplies at Assemblyman McDonough’s District Office at 404 Bedford Ave. in Bellmore between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Unlike areas in Houston and Florida which are less isolated and backed up by federal and state government emergency response agencies like FEMA and others, two successive hurricane both dealt the most devastating impact in Puerto Rico and recovery efforts will be ongoing for years. Over 90 percent of the country is without power, infrastructure and many homes have been widely leveled and many residents are without clean clothes or water. Some experts are predicting it will be a decade before the territory fully recovers.


“The situation in Puerto Rico is heartbreaking,” McDonough said. “Many of us cannot imagine the conditions our fellow citizens are experiencing; not knowing where their next clean glass of water is coming from or where is a safe place to spend the night. Unlike Florida and Texas which were also hard hit but have better access to government agencies and funding to help them recover, Puerto Rico’s unstable economy means these devastating conditions may persist for several years. I know my fellow Long Islanders are compassionate and helpful people and I urge everyone who has the means to consider joining me in donating to help our fellow American citizens.”


MOST NEEDED ITEMS: bottled water, baby formula/wipes, non-perishable food, aspirin, batteries, flashlights, lanterns, can openers, soap, feminine hygiene products, toothbrushes, toothpaste, bug spray, pet food, first aid supplies, diapers, ect. (Monetary donations can be made payable to the American Red Cross.)


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Ra Hosts Successful End Of Summer Food Drive

End Of Summer Food Drive

Assemblyman Ed Ra (R-Franklin Square) with Casey Munro, Franklin Square resident, Hope Vitale, King Kullen store manager, and Long Island Cares volunteers, Charlie Benjamin, Sophia Benjamin and Roxana Benjamin at Saturday’s food drive.

Assemblyman Ed Ra recently announced the success of his annual Summer Food Drive to End Hunger, which collected 1,021 pounds of food on Saturday, September 9 at the King Kullen in Franklin Square. The food will be distributed to the nearly 600 member agencies of Long Island Cares to feed more than 316,000 hungry Long Islanders in both Nassau and Suffolk Counties.


“During a time when food drive donations are historically low, the Summer Food Drive to End Hunger serves as a significant tool in meeting our vision of a hunger-free Long Island. This series of food drives helps us to put more food on the tables of our friends and neighbors facing food insecurity. The food drive sponsored by Assemblyman Ed Ra on Saturday, September 9, 2017 resulted in 1,021 pounds of food for the needy. We are very grateful to Assemblyman Ra for his participation and recognizing the truth of hunger on Long Island, and for his decision to stand and act on behalf of those in need,” said William Gonyou, Community Events and Food Drive Manager of Long Island Cares.


“It is important for us to give back and help those who struggle to feed themselves or their families,” said Ra. “I am thrilled with the success of this year’s food drive and look forward to exceeding this year’s goal at next year’s event. I want to thank King Kullen and my Franklin Square neighbors for their generosity.” With the recent devastation in our country, it is crucial to do all we can to support each other, and simply giving a can of beans or a box of instant potatoes helps tremendously.”


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Montesano to Host Car Seat Safety Check

Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R,C,I-Glen Head) will host his annual car seat safety check, in partnership with the Nassau County Traffic Safety Board, on Friday, September 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Glen Head Community Center.


Montesano encourages all parents and guardians of young children to attend the event to learn how to install different car seats, as each type has specific installation requirements. Proper car seat safety can make a difference whether or not a child is severely harmed should there be an accident. Appointments are required, to schedule your appointment call Montesano’s district office at (516) 937-3571 or emailing


WHO: Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R,C,I-Glen Head)

WHAT: Car Seat Safety Check

WHEN: Friday, September 15; 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: Glen Head Community Center, 200 Glen Head Road, Glen Head, NY


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Legislator Muscarella Invites You to Attend a Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Nassau County Legislator Vincent T. Muscarella would like to inform all owners of a home, condominium or cooperative apartment, that they may qualify for hundreds of dollars in property tax savings each year.  All are invited to attend a property tax exemption workshop.


WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 27, 2017 – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Elmont Public Library – 700 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont


THURSDAY, SEPT. 28, 2017 – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
West Hempstead Library – 500 Hempstead Ave., West Hempstead


The Nassau County Department of Assessment is bringing its office operations to the public. Department of Assessment staff will be on hand to answer any questions about exemptions and accept applications on-site from homeowners wishing to file for Veterans, Senior Citizen, Cold War Veterans, Volunteer Firefighters and Ambulance Workers, Limited Income Disability, and Home Improvement exemptions.


Due to the recent changes with New York State’s STAR exemption program, No NEW Basic STAR applications will be accepted. Enhanced STAR applications will ONLY be processed for home owners that were enrolled in the STAR Program prior to 1/20/15. If you would like to file a new STAR or Enhanced STAR application, please call the New York State Department of Finance: (518)-457-2036.


Homeowners who will be filing for an exemption can help expedite the processing of their application by bringing two (2) copies of required documentation. Applications and specific documentation requirements are available on the Department of Assessment website at:


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McDonough Stresses Traffic Safety As School Year Begins

Assemblyman Dave McDonough (R,C,I-Merrick) is raising awareness of the startling amount of dangerous driving in school zones and around school buses. According to one study conducted by the New York Association for Pupil Transportation this past spring, there are an estimated 55,000 illegal passing of school buses per month statewide, which is more than a 48 percent increase in a five month period.


The DMV reports that there were over 47,000 tickets issued for speeding in a school zone and a fatality occurred right here in Nassau County from reckless driving. With over 90 other accidents involving injuries within a school zone, it is past time for stricter measures to be taken to protect our children.


“Too many drivers have a passive attitude when it comes to stopping for school buses and slowing down in school zones which can produce deadly consequences,” McDonough said, “Obeying traffic laws and remembering to be careful around schools and school buses is very important and I am calling on all my neighbors to be more aware of their surroundings and obey these important traffic laws that keep our children safe. The safety of our school zones and buses is all of our responsibility and I for one will do everything in my power to make sure they’re safe this school year.”


As the Chairman of the Assembly Minority Task Force on Public Safety and Ranking Minority Member of the Assembly Transportation Committee, McDonough has spearheaded such initiatives as traffic cameras and stricter reporting requirements for abuse in schools.


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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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Ra Honors Local Vets At Heroes Night Out

Heroes Night Out

Assemblyman Ed Ra is proud to spend time with and help give back to local veterans at his annual Heroes Night Out BBQ.

Assemblyman Ed Ra (R-Franklin Square) spent time with local veterans last weekend at his annual Heroes Night Out BBQ at the Franklin Square VFW. Over 100 veterans attended the event, enjoying burgers and hot dogs with all the fixings as they learned from Ra more about opportunities available to them. Representatives from Nassau County Town Clerk Maureen O’Connell’s office, the Northport VA and the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency were present.


“Getting to spend the day with those who have risked their lives for our country was truly an honor,” said Ra. “I am so happy I had the opportunity to give back to veterans by providing them with information which can help improve their quality of life. These people have given so much to our country in so many ways that anything I can do to help them is an honor in itself. I want to especially thank VFW Post 2718 for hosting this event again, Franklin Square Boy Scout Troop 93 for providing our color guard and The Coral House for partnering with us in providing a classic summer BBQ for the veterans and their guests. I look forward to hosting this event for many years to come as a way to support local veterans and help them gain access to the benefits they are entitled to.”


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McKevitt’s Annual Women of Distinction Event Honors 13 Outstanding Local Women

Women of DistinctionAssemblyman Tom McKevitt (R,C,I-East Meadow) honored 13 outstanding local women for their civic, professional and personal contributions to the community recently at his annual Women of Distinction event held at the Farmingdale Public Library. The honorees were all nominated by the community for this distinction.


McKevitt was joined by Assemblyman Mike Montesano as well as Nassau County Legislator Rose Marie Walker and Nassau County Legislature Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves at the ceremony. This year’s guest reader was 2008 Women of Distinction Honoree Betty Tucker and the ceremony included a performance by the Seaford Middle School Woodwind and String Ensemble and presentation of the colors by Massapequa American Legion Post 1066.


The 2017 Women of Distinction Honorees include: Dancer Sharon Dunphy Bartlett of Farmingdale; banker Antoinette Casiano of Hicksville; Christina D’Amico of North Massapequa, Director of Christian Education at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Farmingdale; Theresa Egan of East Meadow, Associate Director for an international real estate company and survivor of both 9/11 and cancer; public servant and community volunteer Elizabeth Fries of East Meadow; PTA leader Donna Goldstein of East Meadow; nurse and breast cancer advocate Diane Groth of East Meadow; Lorraine LaCalandra of Massapequa, a board member for United Cerebral Palsy for more than 40 years; Kathleen Lively of Farmingdale, an active community member with over 25 years of volunteer service to a number of local organizations; banker and domestic violence and child abuse prevention advocate Susan A. Ring of Massapequa; advocate for persons with developmental disabilities Sue Spielvogel Roessner of Massapequa; performing triple threat and former Miss Congeniality for New York Senior America Patricia Tropea of Levittown; and poet Judith (JR) Turek of East Meadow.


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