Category Archives: New York State Assembly

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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Miller Challenges Local Young Readers During Summer Vacation

Assemblywoman Melissa Miller is pleased to announce her involvement with the state Assembly’s 2018 Summer Reading Challenge, which encourages children to read for at least 15 minutes each day for a 40-day period during summer vacation. Those who complete the challenge will receive a New York State Excellence in Reading Certificate from Assemblywoman Miller.


“Encouraging our children to read, even for a few minutes a day, is a great way to help them keep their minds sharp during summer vacation,” said Miller. “Reading also helps to spark the imagination and escape to a new world full of endless possibilities. I am excited to be involved in this year’s program and know there will be many young readers out there who will successfully complete the challenge.”


Participants must fill out the Summer Reading Challenge form, which can be found at your local library or online at Assemblywoman Miller’s website under publications. All completed forms should be submitted to her district office.


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Assemblyman Curran Honors Annual Flag Day Contest Winners From Valley Stream

Valley Stream Flag Day Contest Winners

Assemblyman Curran pictured with the contest winners and runners-up from Valley Stream, along with Mayor Edward Fare.

Recently, Assemblyman Brian Curran and local elected officials presented certificates to the winners of his seventh annual Flag Day Art and Essay Contest at Greis Park in Lynbrook. More than 100 students from kindergarten through sixth grade participated by writing an essay or drawing a picture about what the American Flag means to them, and local veterans served as the judges for the contest. Each student winner received a certificate of recognition and an American flag. The runners-up received a certificate of recognition.


“I would like to thank all of the students who put their hard work and talent into these wonderful pieces of art and essays, not just our winners and runners-up,” said Curran. “We have a lot of talented students here in our community. It is truly remarkable to see what our flag means to so many young people. Congratulations to our winners, and thank you to our veterans who judged the submissions. It is very important that our young people know and appreciate the history of our great nation and our flag, and I believe this event helps them understand.”


The students recognized are as follows:

  • Brianna Dean of Brooklyn Avenue School: third-grade winner
  • Aiden Rosado of Brooklyn Avenue School: sixth-grade winner
  • Yahya Imtiaz of Robert W. Carbonaro School: second-grade winner
  • Arielle Yard of Robert W. Carbonaro School: fifth-grade winner
  • Jaidylex Lizana of Robert W. Carbonaro School: sixth-grade winner
  • Kayla Gordon of William L. Buck School: kindergarten winner
  • Abby O’Brien of William L. Buck School: third-grade winner
  • Adrialis Jimenez of William L. Buck School: fourth-grade winner
  • Jeorgia Cole of William L. Buck School: fifth-grade winner
  • Adrianna Dela Cruz of Brooklyn Avenue School: third-grade runner-up
  • Isabelle Gonzalez of Brooklyn Avenue School: sixth-grade runner-up
  • Kendall Martin Jr. of Robert W. Carbonaro School: second-grade runner-up
  • Patrick Biondolillo of Robert W. Carbonaro School: fifth-grade runner-up
  • Camila Vera of Robert W. Carbonaro School: sixth-grade runner-up
  • Kayla Urena of William L. Buck School: kindergarten runner-up
  • Ashlyn Hernandez of William L. Buck School: third-grade runner-up
  • Makayla Middleton of William L. Buck School: fourth-grade runner-up
  • Maribel Morcos of William L. Buck School: fifth-grade runner-up


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Miller, Curran Provide Grant to Oceanside Library

Assemblywoman Melissa Miller and Assemblyman Brian Curran are pleased to announce they have secured a $13,000 bullet aid grant for the Oceanside Library.


“Libraries are more than just places to borrow books. They provide the opportunity for communities to come together and expand their horizons,” said Miller. “I am so pleased we can help the Oceanside Library increase its security system and its reach to better include adults with special needs into the community. Securing funding for the Oceanside Library, and other local libraries in need, is something we will continue to campaign for in the future to guarantee libraries can continue to provide for the future generations of our communities.”


Oceanside Library is planning on using the funds for two projects, the first being to enhance its security system. The second project is to increase the amount of programs they hosts for special needs adults, including programs on work readiness and social situations.


“I am very happy to announce that Assemblywoman Miller and I were able secure this additional state funding for the Oceanside Library,” said Curran. “The library is an important resource center for this community, and we will continue to advocate for funding so that, when necessary, we can make improvements and upgrades to ensure that our library serves our residents for many years to come.”


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Long Island Cares Recognizes Dave McDonough’s Efforts to Spearhead Puerto Rico Relief Drive

Puerto Rico Relief Drive

Assemblyman Dave McDonough (center) is awarded a plaque by Long Island Cares, Inc. CEO Paule T. Pachter (right) and Chief Governmental Affairs Officer Michael W. Haynes (left) for his efforts to collect food and supplies for victims of Puerto Rico’s hurricanes.

As a result of his efforts to spearhead a humanitarian relief drive for victims of Hurricane Maria living in Puerto Rico, Assemblyman Dave McDonough was awarded a special plaque of recognition by Long Island Cares, Inc.’s Chief Executive Officer Paule T. Pachter and Chief Governmental Affairs Officer Michael W. Haynes.


“I would like to thank Paule Pachter and Michael Haynes for this honor and all the great people at Long Island Cares who bolstered my efforts to bring relief and aid to the victims of Hurricane Maria,” McDonough said. “When I heard about the terrible conditions that had befallen our fellow American citizens in Puerto Rico I knew our community would not hesitate to step up and take action. Although full recovery efforts are expected to take several years, things as simple as bottled water, baby formula and first aid supplies have made an amazing difference to the citizens struggling to rebuild and survive with their families on Puerto Rico.”


McDonough was one of the first elected officials on Long Island to take action following Hurricane Maria, and his efforts led to the participation of several other community leaders, politicians and activists.


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Miller Speaks Out on the Dangers of Rip Tides

Atlantic Beach Rescue Squad

Assemblywoman Melissa Miller (R,C,Ref-Atlantic Beach) joined members of the Atlantic Beach Rescue Squad in support of their campaign warning of the dangers of rip tides on Saturday, July 7.

Assemblywoman Melissa Miller is joining members of the Atlantic Beach Rescue Squad for its public safety awareness campaign, “Break the Grip of the Rip,” regarding the dangers of rip tides. Recently in Long Beach, a 31-year-old man and a 10-year-old boy drowned on separate occasions after being caught in the rip tide. These incidents are what sparked the Atlantic Beach Rescue Squad’s campaign which warns people to not swim alone and how to swim out of a rip tide should you be caught in one.


“Even the most experienced swimmer can be caught off guard by a dangerous rip tide,” said Miller. “This is why it is so important to never swim alone and to learn what to do should you be caught in a rip tide. With our communities facing two devastating losses recently, it is with a heavy heart that I join this campaign, but I hope by doing so we can spread more awareness and save lives.”


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