Assemblywoman Melissa Miller is excited to announce her upcoming beach day event for Atlantic Beach residents at Genesee Beach which will include music, refreshments and other fun activities with the Village of Atlantic Beach on Thursday, July 19. There will be free tai chi and yoga classes offered by a certified Tai Chi Qigong instructor, and Love Integration Yoga as well as a basic surfing lesson. The event will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Beach Day with Assemblywoman Melissa “Missy” Miller for Atlantic Beach residents
The Village of Atlantic Beach
Genesee Beach/Arnie Levey Way
Entrance at Ocean Blvd. & Genesee Blvd.
Thursday, July 19
10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
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A Statement from Assemblyman Michael Montesano
“While the problems with New York American Water (NYAW) have been obvious for a while, the recent release of the Public Service Commission’s report on the company makes it evident there is more to the issue than just the outrageous rates. It has now been brought to light that NYAW has made incorrect and misleading filings to the Office of Real Property Tax Services. NYAW has also withheld information from the Public Service Commission during its rate proceedings and given deceptive statements during the hearings. This, on top of the sky-high rates which residents are forced to pay because there is no alternative water provider in many areas, is completely unacceptable. I am calling upon both the Nassau County District Attorney and New York’s Attorney General to launch a criminal investigation and convene a special grand jury to ensure this company, and the responsible employees, are held accountable for these actions as a whole. The termination of these few employees is not sufficient in relation to the gravity of the misconduct committed. It is time we take this beast head-on.”
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Assemblywoman Melissa Miller was proud to join South Nassau Communities Hospital’s (SNCH) rally to fight Empire BlueCross BlueShield for fair reimbursement rates and to keep SNCH within the Empire BlueCross BlueShield network. The rally was held on hospital grounds on Thursday, June 21. Currently, SNCH is in the middle of contract discussions with Empire BlueCross BlueShield, which have gone on for much longer than expected and could affect members ‘ability to receive non-emergency care coverage at SNCH starting July 1.
“Healthcare companies should be focused on the health and care of their members, not their bank accounts,” said Miller. “Empire BlueCross BlueShield needs to stop putting profits before people. This is our community, we need this hospital and the ancillary services they provide throughout this entire area for our families, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield doesn’t have the right to take them away. I will continue to fight alongside my fellow legislators and Long Islanders until this company provides the same reimbursement rates and coverage that it does to other hospitals in the area.”
Last year, Anthem, Inc., the owner of Empire BlueCross BlueShield, reported a profit of $3.4 billion, which is a 55 percent increase from 2016. The company also received a $1 billion credit in corporate tax relief under President Trump’s tax reform. Compared to SNCH, other hospitals in Nassau County receive up to 40 percent more in coverage from Empire BlueCross BlueShield for the same medical conditions and procedures. For the past few years, SNCH has lost $11 million in revenue from Medicare cuts.
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A statement from Assemblyman Brian Curran
“This year, we secured record school aid for our local schools and increased funding to repair our local roads, but I believe the Legislature left too much on the table to be done. The Assembly has refused to pass significant ethics reform measures despite several pending corruption cases and a call every year from the Assembly Minority to address the problem once and for all.
“Another bill that my colleagues and I have long advocated for, Brittany’s Law, which protects the public by creating a domestic violence offender registry, has also been ignored this year. Term limits and lowering property taxes for our over-burdened residents were also not on the Majority’s to-do list. I believe so much more could and should have been accomplished this year, but the Assembly Majority are content with the status quo, and look where that has gotten us.”
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Last week, Assemblyman Brian Curran secured additional funding, known as Bullet Aid, for the Baldwin School District. The amount of the grant is $13,000.
“I will always work hard to ensure our local schools have all the resources necessary to set our children up for success,” said Curran. “When one of our school districts receives insufficient funding, I work with the administration to determine what additional needs they have, and then we work to supplement the school aid itemized in this year’s budget negotiations with grants. It is a privilege to represent and fight for our schools, and I am pleased we were able to secure this additional grant money.”
The $13,000 in Bullet Aid is in addition to the $31.5 million – a $419,948 increase from last year – allocated to the Baldwin School District. The school district plans to use the grant money for digital signage at the middle school.
“The Baldwin Union Free School District would like to thank Assemblyman Brian Curran for providing the funding for the digital signage at our middle school,” said Baldwin Superintendent Dr. Shari L. Camhi. “Communicating and promoting our upcoming and outstanding programs is essential to the growth and life of our community.”
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In honor of Flag Day, Assemblyman Ed Ra was proud to present Homestead School an American Flag which had been flown over the New York State Capitol building in Albany during a special ceremony on Friday, June 8. The flag was accepted by Dr. Suzanne Viscovich, principal of the Garden City school. Students showed their spirit by singing patriotic songs, waving American flags and dressing in red, white and blue.
“It is important to teach our children the history of our country so they learn what it means when you say you are proud to be an American,” said Ra. “I was honored to present this flag to Dr. Viscovich and her students, who all displayed an enormous amount of patriotism. The American flag was first adopted in 1777 and it is wonderful to see almost 250 years later how far our nation has come.”
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Assemblyman Dave McDonough [center back] joins members of Division Avenue High School’s Key Club, Club Advisor Joann Medina, Principal John Coscia and William Gonyou of Long Island Cares Inc. and the Harry Chapin Food Bank to collect food for needy local pets.
Assemblyman Dave McDonough recently announced a record number of donations to his annual community pet food drive. The drive is in cooperation with Long Island Cares and the Key Club of Division High School, who collected thousands of pounds of food themselves.
“I want to thank Division High School’s Key Club for their tremendous donation to our community and our needy pets,” McDonough said. “The outpouring of community response and engagement for this drive demonstrates the altruism and compassion of our neighbors, school groups, local families and small businesses, and I couldn’t be prouder of this year’s success. Pets bring so much joy and comfort to thousands of families on Long Island and seeing that they are fed and well taken care of is near and dear to my heart.”
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Assemblyman Ed Ra (R-Franklin Square) and Assemblyman Michael DenDekker (D-East Elmhurst) presented Marissa Nicoletti with a check for a $3,000 scholarship from the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators on Italian-American Day in Albany on Tuesday, June 5.
Assemblyman Ed Ra is pleased to announce the recipient of this year’s Sen. John J. Marchi Memorial Athletic Scholarship as Marissa Nicoletti, a senior at H. Frank Carey High School in Franklin Square. The $3,000 scholarship is offered yearly by the New York Conference of Italian American State Legislators to high school students who show a passion for athletics and dedication to their academics, among other requirements. Marissa has been playing softball for almost a decade and is on her school’s kickline team.
“I am proud to present this scholarship to Marissa, who is as equally dedicated to her academics as she is to her athletics,” said Ra. “I have no doubt she will continue to show this type of dedication in college, where she will be playing softball for a NCAA Division II team while in a five-year program to earn her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees to teach math to special education students. She is truly an inspiring individual.”
Marissa was granted early acceptance into Molloy College after being recruited for its softball team. At Molloy, Marissa will be in a five-year program to receive her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Childhood Math Special Education for grades 1 through 6.
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Assemblyman Ed Ra was pleased to partner with students from the Mineola and Carle Place school districts for his annual Heart for Heroes campaign in honor of Memorial Day. The campaign asked students to write letters thanking active and retired members of the military for their service. Over 500 letters were collected to be included in care packages distributed by Operation Gratitude to U.S. Service Members deployed overseas. Operation Gratitude’s mission is to lift the spirts and morale of our military and first responder communities.
“Everyday members of the military risk their lives and give up time with their loved ones to protect us,” said Ra. “I hope these letters of gratitude and appreciation will bring smiles to their faces. It is uplifting to see so many children and young adults eager to thank the dedicated and hard-working men and women of our military. Operation Gratitude is a wonderful program, which has already sent over 2 million care packages to currently-deployed members of our military, new recruits, veterans and first responders. I am so happy our community was able to come together with this organization for such a positive campaign. I look forward to continuing this partnership for years to come.”
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Assemblyman Michael Montesano is pleased to announce his co-sponsorship of a bill (A.10692) which would require the parole board to consider testimony from victims and other members of the community during parole hearings by amending both the executive and criminal procedure laws.
“The voices of victims deserve to be heard, especially when the person who negatively impacted their lives is up for parole,” said Montesano. “Currently, the parole board doesn’t take into consideration how the victims or public will be affected by the release of an offender. By not taking into consideration their testimonies, we are essentially telling them what they went through doesn’t matter. As a lawyer and former law enforcement official, I feel we should be continuing to help the voices of victim to be heard, not silencing them.
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