Category Archives: New York State Assembly

Ra to Co-Host Shred & Shed Event, Sept. 22

Assemblyman Ed Ra is pleased to announce he will co-host a Shred & Shed event with Senator Kemp Hannon and Carey Dad’s Club on Saturday, September 22 at Sanitary District #6, 80 Cherry Valley Avenue, West Hempstead. At the event, unwanted or expired medication will be collected and properly disposed of to avoid pollution and contamination of the environment. Shred & Shed also gives residents access to a shredder to dispose of any sensitive documents. The event will be supervised by the Nassau County Police Department from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and will be held rain or shine.


“Improper disposal of medication or documents can have a significant impact on the environment and your security,” said Ra. “Getting rid of medication by flushing it down the toilet or throwing it out can risk pollution in our water or it could end up in the wrong hands. Tossing paperwork containing any personal information can also lead to identity theft. I am proud to hold this event once again to help locals properly dispose of their unwanted medication in a safe manner and to give them the opportunity to shred any documents. This is an event I will continue to host for many years to come.”


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McDonough Joins John Theissen Foundation to Donate School Supplies to Local Students

School supply driveAssemblyman Dave McDonough announced recently the overwhelming success of his 14th annual school supply drive held in conjunction with the John Theissen Children’s Foundation. The drive generated hundreds of backpacks, folders, writing supplies, notebooks and various other school supplies that will be donated to less fortunate families this fall.


“I would like to thank everyone who made this year’s school supply drive a tremendous success, and thank you to John Theissen who is always willing to work with us to see that local children are set up for success this school year,” McDonough said. “Many families struggle to provide the plethora of required materials their children need in the classroom and don’t know where to turn. This drive is about giving all of our students the best opportunity to succeed and that is what we did once again this year.”


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Ra’s Free Veterans BBQ a Success

On Thursday, August 9, Assemblyman Ed Ra was thrilled to welcome local veterans and their guests to the VFW Post 2718 in Franklin Square for a free BBQ. The event had over 75 attendees with veterans from WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Post Advocate John McManamy was presented with an award for his outstanding service to the U.S. and his local community. In addition to food and refreshments, the Nassau County Veterans’ Service Agency, Nassau County Clerk’s office and the Northport VA were present to provide veterans with information regarding the services and programs available to them.


“It is truly an honor to be able to meet with some of the fine men and women who have served our country,” said Ra. “I am also happy to provide them with the opportunity to connect with other veterans and with organizations such as the Nassau County Veterans’ Service Agency, Nassau County Clerk’s office and the Northport VA. This is a great chance for them to learn more about what is available to them and to gain support within our community. I look forward to hosting this event for many years to come.”


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Montesano Supports Sept 21 ‘Car Free Day’ to Promote a Healthy Environment

Assemblyman Michael Montesano is proud to support the 6th Annual Car Free Day LI on Friday, September 21. This event is part of an international movement to promote the use of alternative transportation such as public transit, carpooling, walking or biking. The goal is to reduce dangerous emissions, traffic and parking issues as well as to conserve energy, improve health and save money.


“Going car free, even for just a day, can help our overall environment and health significantly,” said Montesano. “I am proud to be supporting this campaign and to join my fellow Long Islanders in being car free, or car-lite, this September. This is a great way for our communities to come together to make a difference and create awareness for something as simple as limiting the use of our cars. I look forward to participating in this campaign this year and for many years to come.”


The campaign is being led by Car Free Day LI, 511NY Rideshare and Transit Solutions, in partnership with leadership from across Long Island. To pledge to be car free or car-lite, residents can visit the Car Free Day LI website to fill out the form.


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Oyster Bay Segregation-Era Cemetery Now on National Register of Historic Places

Assemblyman Michael Montesano is pleased to announce that as of July 27, 2018, the Pine Hollow Cemetery has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Located in the Town of Oyster Bay, the Pine Hollow Cemetery was created during the segregation of the black community from the white community in the 1800s. While it is unclear how many people are buried there due to earlier tombstones being destroyed or illegible, there are over 150 markers, including those of Civil War veterans. On site there is a sign dedicated to Gordon Maddox, who was a volunteer caretaker during the mid-1900s who repaired or replaced tombstones.


“It is important for us to remember both the good and the bad of our nation’s history,” said Montesano. “While the Pine Hollow Cemetery represents a time when our community was divided, recognizing it officially as a historic place on the National Register of Historic Places is an important aspect of teaching future generations our history. It also acknowledges the struggles those who are buried there faced and honors their memories.”


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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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