Category Archives: New York State Assembly

Hearing Held Regarding Water Quality Infrastructure Act of 2017

Assemblyman Ed Ra attended a hearing on December 4 regarding water quality and the implementation of the $2.5 billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017. Representatives from the Department of Health (DOH) and Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) were in attendance to talk about progress on initiatives funded in the 2017-18 Enacted Budget. Topics discussed included funding for the replacement of residential lead service lines and the recently announced plan for a new outfall pipe at the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant.


“Clean drinking water is a basic necessity of life and preserving and protecting our sole source aquifer should be of the utmost importance,” said Ra. “There are many steps and routes we must take to ensure this, and I am happy to see that our historic investment in this year’s state budget is already having an impact. The feedback from our agencies and other organizations will help ensure that this funding, and future initiatives, are focused on ensuring clean, quality drinking water for generations to come.”


Also discussed was the issue of emerging contaminants, which was a focus of the legislation. Ra questioned representatives from the DOH regarding the progress of a pilot program launched by the NYS Center for Clean Water Technology (CCWT) at Stony Brook University to find an advanced water treatment to remove 1,4 dioxane that is found in many water districts on Long Island. The DEC is also working on a $75 million Nitrogen action plan, while the state is spending $6 million for a groundwater study on Long Island with the U.S. Geological Service. Legislators in attendance stressed the need for continued investment during the upcoming legislative session.


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Montesano Supports Legislation for Autism Spectrum Disorder Training for First Responders

Assemblyman Michael Montesano has announced co-sponsorship of a bill (A.223) which would allow the commissioner of developmental disabilities, along with other agency representatives, to create an autism training program for first responders statewide. This would teach first responders how to handle emergency situations in which individuals with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may be involved. Included in the program would be law enforcement officers and firefighters, both paid and volunteer, among other first responders across the state of New York.


“Every day first responders come in contact with a variety of individuals who are as unique as the emergency situations themselves,” said Montesano. “While first responders are trained to deal with a variety of crisis situations, the protocols they are taught to follow may not be the best way to interact with a person with an ASD. This is why it is crucial for our first responders to understand ASDs and the behaviors individuals with an ASD could exhibit should the first responders need to assist them as best they can.”


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Assemblyman Curran Honors Local Veteran

Lou SicilianoAssemblyman Brian Curran recently honored Lou Siciliano of West Hempstead for his service to our country. Siciliano was named to the 2017 Veterans Hall of Honor and awarded a New York state proclamation commemorating the recognition.


“Lou Siciliano is a credit to our community,” said Curran. “He enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served in the 78th Regimental Combat Team as part of the famous 3rd Division. Lou is an active member of our community. He is a member of the American Legion, the Knights of Columbus and a Eucharistic Member at St. Thomas Catholic Church. We would like to personally thank Lou Siciliano for his service and dedication to our country and our community. I am proud to induct him into our Veterans Hall of Honor.”


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Ra Writes To Speaker Ryan Urging For The Protection Of Middle-Class Long Islanders In Washington Tax Reforms

Assemblyman Ed Ra (R-Franklin Square) recently wrote to U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wi.) to express his concern over the proposed Federal Tax Reform Bill. The bill in its current form would have many middle-class suburban Long Islanders facing higher taxes.


“I think every hardworking taxpayer would like taxes to be simplified, but the current proposal in Washington would put my constituents here on Long Island at a distinct disadvantage,” said Ra. “I encourage the speaker to consider the alternatives proposed by our local representatives. The tax plan should give special attention in developing solutions that can provide tax relief for middle-class taxpayers while they pursue a simplified tax code and reforms that may stimulate economic growth. Please do not forget the people who are the backbone of our nation’s economy.”


In his letter, Ra urges the speaker to keep in place the federal deductions for local and state taxes, which have been in place for more than 100 years. This is particularly important to New York taxpayers, who send more tax dollars to the Federal government than they receive back. According to Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, in 2016 the disparity between what is paid to the Federal government by New Yorkers and what it received in return was $41 billion, more than twice what it was only three years before.


Additionally, the proposed $10,000 cap on local property tax deduction would hurt Ra’s constituents significantly. The combined impact of removing federal deductions on local and state taxes and the reduced amount homeowners would be allowed to write off on their income taxes would prove detrimental to the well-being of Long Island and New York taxpayers. The policies would increase the tax burden on middle-class families.


Ra urges Speaker Ryan to reconsider a new approach to achieving a simplified tax code that would not harm New York middle-class families. A copy of Ra’s letter can be found here.


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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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