Category Archives: New York State Assembly

Libraries in Bethpage, Hicksville and Locust Valley to Receive Funding for Construction Projects

Assemblyman Michael Montesano is pleased to announce 230 construction projects have been approved by the New York State Library and the New York State Education Department for libraries across the state of New York. Funding for these projects comes from a $24 million capital fund appropriation for the renovation and construction of New York’s libraries in the 2017-18 State Budget. The 15th Assembly District will see nearly $220,000 toward construction on the Bethpage Public Library, Hicksville Free Public Library and the Locust Valley Library.


“Libraries provide so much more than books to our communities,” said Montesano. “They provide the opportunity to escape reality and dive headfirst into a world of wonder, fantasy, romance and thrilling adventures. Libraries also bring our communities together through classes, events and other programs offered for people of all ages. I am so excited to see three of our local libraries the fund for needed repairs in order to ensure they will continue to serve our communities for many years to come.”


The Bethpage Public Library will receive funding to replace its roof, while funds given to the Locust Valley Library will go towards renovating the children’s section. The Hicksville Free Public Library will use its funds to replace the flags on either side of the entrance to the library and replace a concrete apron.


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McDonough to Host Blood Drive in Merrick, Aug. 20

Assemblyman Dave McDonough, along with Long Island Blood Services, will be hosting a free community Blood Drive on Monday, Aug. 20 at the Merrick Road Golf Clubhouse between the hours of 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.


There is a blood shortage at this time of year and hospitals are in dire need of additional donations. Donating just a single pint of blood, taking mere minutes of one’s time, can save up to three lives.


“Accidents happen with an increased likelihood during the summer months,” McDonough said. “You never know who may need a life-saving procedure that hinges on the blood we collect and donate to local hospitals and blood banks – it could be your brother, sister, neighbor or friend. It cannot be stressed enough how important these types of drives are to our community and our families. I urge everyone to consider making an appointment and volunteer to donate on Aug. 20 to help save as many lives as we can.”


McDonough has held an annual blood drive for many years and reminds those who want to volunteer to bring a valid ID and remember their Social Security number. Along with being over 110 lbs., donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 with parental permission), eat well, drink water prior to the appointment and not have received a tattoo within the past 12 months (unless applied in New Jersey).


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Assemblyman Curran Secures Grant For Baldwin Civic Association

Baldwin Civic AssociationAssemblyman Brian Curran recently announced that he has been able to secure a state grant in the amount of $2,500 for the Baldwin Civic Association. The grant will be used to support the organization’s work in the community.


“I am always pleased when I can help the organizations that make our community a great place to live,” said Curran. “Securing state funding to help local organizations, municipalities and residents is what government should be about – not squabbling and corruption. I am grateful for the work the Baldwin Civic Association does in our community and I will continue to help it and other local organizations to the best of my ability as our representative in Albany.”


“The Baldwin Civic Association is extremely grateful to receive this New York state grant through Assemblyman Brian Curran,” said Baldwin Civic Association President Karen Montalbano. “The money will help support the work of the BCA, especially community events and our beautiful community garden.”


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Assemblyman Curran Secures Grant For Malverne Little League

Malverne Little LeagueRecently, Assemblyman Brian Curran presented a check for a $2,500 grant he helped secure for the Malverne Little League. The league is using the grant money to purchase bats, balls, helmets and other equipment for its teams.


“I’m very happy to be able to provide funding to help our little leaguers keep playing the game they love,” said Curran. “I believe funding for youth programs in athletics, the arts, sciences and other areas is of the utmost importance. These types of programs are where our children find their true passion and begin to develop it into something that will make our community a better place to live as they get older. These programs also provide an alternative to drugs and alcohol which children fall victim to more and more every year. I believe the state should put an emphasis on funding youth programming and I will continue to advocate for it in Albany.”


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Miller to Hosts Intro to Tai Chi for Seniors: Tuesday, July 31

Assemblywoman Melissa Miller is pleased to announce the fourth event in her 2018 Senior Series, cohosted with Northwell Health, an introduction to tai chi class titled “Tai Chi and You.” The seminar will be run by Richelle Rapaport, RN, AHNBC, at the Long Beach Library on Tuesday, July 31 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Miller Senior Series – Tai Chi and You
Long Beach Library, 111 W. Park Avenue, Long Beach, NY
Tuesday, July 31
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


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Montesano Calls for Statewide Contaminant Testing in Public Water Systems

Assemblyman Michael Montesano is pleased to announce he is joining his colleagues in the Assembly to call upon the New York State Drinking Water Quality Council and the Department of Health (DOH) to test public water systems statewide for contaminants. He is also asking the Council and DOH to launch strict Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs) for 1,4-dioxane, PFOS and PFOA, after it has been discovered that these contaminants are making people sick and pose a threat to public health.


“No one should have to think twice about getting a drink of water from their tap,” said Montesano. “Chemicals like PFOS and PFOA are harmful and have been linked to thyroid disease, immune suppression, kidney cancer and preeclampsia. The contaminant 1,4-dioxane has also been linked to a higher risk for other cancers. These chemicals do not belong in our drinking supplies. I will continue to fight for their removal so we all may have peace of mind when it comes to enjoying a cold glass of water.”


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Montesano Calls for the DMV to Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Lunar Landing

Assemblyman Michael Montesano and Adam Sackowitz, local historian, are calling upon the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles to create a commemorative license plate to pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing and Neil Armstrong’s walk on the moon, which will be celebrated next year on July 20, 2019.


“It’s amazing to see how far we have come in the 50 years since we first walked on the moon,” said Montesano. “This event will be forever a landmark moment in history. It is only fitting that it be memorialized with another commemorative plate, just as it was for the 25th anniversary. As representative for the 15th Assembly District, where the mission’s lunar module was built, I am so proud of our community and the accomplishments it has made to contribute to society.”


The lunar module, which brought astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin safely to the moon, was built in the 15th Assembly District by Bethpage’s Grumman. A commemorative license plate was developed for the 25th anniversary in 1994 featuring a picture of the lunar module and the text “One Giant Leap For Mankind.”


“The landing of the lunar module and Neil Armstrong’s walk on the moon was one of the most momentous events in American and World History that Long Islanders remember with pride,” said Sackowitz. “Long Island played a direct role in landing man on the moon.”


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This Tuesday: Miller’s Senior Series, Be Smart With Prescriptions

Assemblywoman Melissa Miller is pleased to announce the third event in her 2018 Senior Series, cohosted with Northwell Health, titled “Be Rx Smart!” The seminar will be run by MaryAnne Cronin, PharmD, at the Long Beach Library on Tuesday, July 24 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.


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Ra Stocks Long Island Cares Mobile Breakfast Food Truck

Long Island Cares Mobile Breakfast Food Truck

Asparagus the Dragon, mascot of Long Island Cares, picked up the 1,033 pounds of food from Assemblyman Ed Ra and students at Notre Dame School, New Hyde Park, on Friday, June 8.

Assemblyman Ed Ra is pleased to announce his food drive to stock the Long Island Cares Mobile Breakfast Food Truck collected 1,033 pounds this June. Ra partnered with St. Anne’s School, Garden City, and Notre Dame School, New Hyde Park, for the drive. The food truck delivers ready-to-eat and nutritious breakfasts to children whose families are food insecure at no cost.


“Children should be focusing on being kids, not wondering where their next meal is coming from,” said Ra. “Programs like the LIC Mobile Breakfast Food Truck are especially important during the summer months when children in food insecure homes are not receiving breakfast and lunch through their school meal programs. I am happy we can provide these meals so children can actually enjoy their summer and not worry about going hungry. I look forward to continuing to work with LIC in the future to help my fellow Long Islanders in need.”


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Assemblyman Curran Secures Grant for Malverne

Assemblyman Brian Curran announced that he has secured a $25,000 MULTI-MODAL grant for the village of Malverne. Curran worked with Mayor Patricia Ann Norris-McDonald throughout the application process to ensure successful acquisition of these state funds, which will be used to improve drainage of local streets within the boundaries of the incorporated village and to replace signage.


“It was a pleasure working with Mayor Norris-McDonald to obtain these funds for the village of Malverne,” said Curran. “The grant money will be used exclusively for Malverne and will help offset the costs of improving drainage for local streets and replace signage throughout the village. This is why I go to Albany every year, to help improve our local community by fighting for our needs.”


“The village of Malverne is extremely grateful for Assemblyman Curran’s continued support in securing grants to fund many important projects within our village,” said Mayor Patricia Ann Norris-McDonald. “Assemblyman Curran has always been a friend to the village of Malverne not only assisting financially, but with his presence at countless village events and celebrations.”


The $25,000 grant comes on the heels of a $100,000 State and Municipal Facilities (SAM) grant Curran obtained for the village in 2017 to upgrade walkways in Westwood Park. SAM grants provide additional funding for local capital improvement projects, while MULTI-MODAL grants provide additional funding for local transportation capital improvement projects.


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