Category Archives: Tom McKevitt

McKevitt Discusses Legislative Process With Schwarting Elementary School

Assemblyman Tom McKevitt (R,C,I-East Meadow) continued his annual school visit program with a stop at Charles E. Schwarting Elementary School in Massapequa on May 12, 2017. He met with the fourth grade class to discuss the legislative process and importance of being civically engaged.

 

“Thank you to all the students and educators at Schwarting Elementary for allowing me the opportunity to come speak with students,” said McKevitt. “My tour of elementary schools in our district is an annual tradition I look forward to, and I hope the students will be inspired to participate in the community as they grow up. Community is such an important component of a meaningful life, and we are very fortunate in Nassau County to have a strong sense of community in our great schools and neighborhoods.”

 

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McKevitt Visits With Barnum Woods Elementary, Discusses Legislative Process With Students

Barnum Woods ElementaryAs part of his annual school visit program, Assemblyman Tom McKevitt (R,C,I-East Meadow) recently stopped by Barnum Woods Elementary School in East Meadow to discuss the legislative process with the fifth grade class.

 

“The students at Barnum Woods were very engaged on the importance of civic participation and what happens at our state Capitol in Albany,” said McKevitt. “It is always a pleasure to meet with school children to discuss these topics, and hopefully help stimulate their young minds on how they can make a difference in their community.”

 

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McKevitt: Calls on Assembly to Pass Domestic Violence Brittany’s Law

As the state Assembly voted on a legislative package aimed at assisting crime victims, Assemblyman Tom McKevitt (R,C,I-East Meadow) joined with his colleagues in the Minority Conference calling for a vote on legislation to prevent domestic violence, Brittany’s Law.

 

“Every year we devote a day here in the Assembly to assist crime victims, and while this is very important work, I believe it is even more important to do everything in our power to prevent crimes before they happen,” said McKevitt, who as the Minority Leader Pro Tempore led the debate on behalf of the Minority Conference. “We all want to help crime victims, and preventing crimes is essential to protecting New Yorkers from becoming victims. That is why I believe we need a vote on measures like Brittany’s Law. Brittany’s Law would empower citizens to protect themselves and help reduce the amount of domestic violence in our state.”

 

McKevitt is among the minority members who have circulated a statewide petition calling on the Assembly Majority leadership to allow a vote on the long-standing bipartisan bill. Much like Meghan’s Law created the statewide sex offender database, Brittany’s Law would create a database of violent felons. The measure has passed in the state Senate for seven years, but has yet to come to a vote in the Assembly, despite having bipartisan support. It is named after 12-year-old Brittany Passalacqua, who was brutally murdered at the hands of a recently-paroled violent felon. Her murderer had been paroled following his conviction for violently assaulting his own daughter. A report by the Bureau of Justice Statistics found that 23 percent of family murder victims are children under the age of 13.

 

McKevitt hopes that the more awareness about the measure will help encourage the Assembly Majority to bring the bill up for a vote. To sign the petition please visit his Assembly website or for a paper copy please contact his office at (516) 228-4960.

 

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McKevitt Meets With Northside Students

Levittown Northside School

As part of his ongoing constituent outreach program, Assemblyman Tom McKevitt (R,C,I-East Meadow) met with 5th graders from the Northside School in Levittown to discuss the state’s legislative process.

 

“Visiting the local schools in the 17th Assembly District is a highlight in my annual outreach program because the students are always very engaged and interested in the legislative process. I believe it is crucial to meet with students to share the importance of civic participation with them,” said McKevitt. “These students are the faces of all the bills and programs we create in Albany; it is their future we work so hard to improve and protect.”

 

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Tom McKevitt Named Conference Minority Leader Pro Tempore

Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,C,I,Ref-Canandaigua) announced the appointment of Assemblyman Tom McKevitt (R,C,I-East Meadow) as Minority Leader Pro Tempore. McKevitt is now the second-highest ranking member in the Minority Conference. His new duties as Minority Leader Pro Tempore include researching key issues, preparing and leading debates, and managing Assembly floor activity during session.

 

“I am proud to announce the appointment of Assemblyman Tom McKevitt as our new Minority Leader Pro Tempore. His experience and dedication to tackling the issues facing our state will be an invaluable asset to our Conference,” said Leader Kolb. “I have the utmost confidence in his ability to advance our agenda as we begin the 2017 Legislative Session.”

 

McKevitt is assuming the role of Minority Leader Pro Tempore following the retirement of Assemblywoman Jane Corwin last year.

 

“I am honored and excited to accept this new role as the Pro Tempore for the Assembly Minority Conference,” said McKevitt. “I would like to thank Leader Kolb for this opportunity to continue the tradition of leading our Conference in spirited and thoughtful debate on the Assembly Floor. We will be the voice for a better New York, advocating for policy that strengthens our economy and creates jobs, helps create a more affordable state in which to live and work and increases transparency and accountability in state government.”

 

McKevitt was first elected to the State Assembly in 2006 and previously held the position of Assistant Minority Leader Pro Tempore. He serves on the following Assembly Committees: Codes, Consumer Affairs and Protection, Election Law and Local Governments. Assemblyman Andy Goodell (R,C,I-Chautauqua) has been appointed as Assistant Minority Leader Pro Tempore.

 

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Mckevitt’s Annual Blood Drive Program Draws Record Donors

Blood DriveEvery year Assemblyman Tom McKevitt (R,C,I-East Meadow) partners with Long Island Blood Services to host a series of Community Blood Drives throughout the 17th Assembly District in Nassau County to address the on-going shortage of blood supply on Long Island. The program grows annually, with a record number of participants turning out this year to donate blood, with 67 pints collected at a recent drive held at the American Legion Post 1066 in Massapequa alone.

 

“Hosting annual blood drives not only helps address the emergency-level shortage of supply here on Long Island but also is a wonderful reminder of the generosity and sense of community here in Nassau County,” said McKevitt. “I am so proud to represent this community and would like to thank each and every person who has turned out for one of our drives for their time and donating the gift of life.”

 

Pictured above, McKevitt thanks constituent Charles MacKie of Massapequa for taking the time to donate. Over 80 people turned out for the blood drive in Massapequa and very high turnout was seen at other drives held in Levittown, Farmingdale, and East Meadow.

 

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McKevitt: Assembly Should Have Passed Domestic Violence Prevention Act

As the Assistant Minority Leader Pro Tempore, Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt (R,C,I-East Meadow) helped lead the debate recently on a 12-bill package that would improve protections for victims of domestic violence across the state. Many of the bills voted on were one-house bills, meaning they have little chance of becoming a law this year; this led McKevitt to question why the Domestic Violence Prevention Act – Brittany’s Law (A.1833) was not included as part of the package, as the bill has bipartisan support in both houses of the state Legislature.

 

“The bills we are passing today are very good; however, they do not address the prevention of domestic violence. Brittany’s Law would help prevent violence by empowering our citizens with life-saving information. The bill is widely supported in both houses. The Domestic Violence Prevention Act should have been part of the package today,” said McKevitt, who is among lawmakers circulating a statewide petition calling on the Assembly Majority leadership to allow a vote on the long-standing bill.

 

If enacted, the Domestic Violence Prevention Act – Brittany’s Law would create a searchable, online public database of convicted violent felons, similar to the existing sex offender database. The bill was named in honor of a 12-year-old girl who was brutally murdered in 2009 by a convicted violent felon.

 

McKevitt encourages members of the public to join him in taking a stand against domestic violence by calling for enactment of this bill. To sign the petition please visit his Assembly website or for a paper copy please contact his office at (516) 228-4960.

 

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McKevitt Calls for Vote on Domestic Violence Prevention Act

As part of the state Assembly’s Crime Victims Day, Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt (R,C,I-East Meadow) called on the Assembly Majority to bring to a vote legislation that would prevent crimes across the state, the Domestic Violence Prevention Act – Brittany’s Law (A.1833). The measure would create a searchable, online public database of convicted violent felons, similar to the existing sex offender database.

 

“Today we have the opportunity to continue making New York a safer place to call home, and the bills before us do a great deal to expand on existing protections for crime victims. But why aren’t we addressing legislation that would prevent crimes from happening in the first place? Brittany’s Law deserves a vote in this house and I strongly encourage the Assembly Majority to allow it to happen so that we may better ensure the safety and well-being of New Yorkers,” said McKevitt.

 

Brittany’s Law was named for 12-year-old Brittany Passalacqua and her mother, Helen Buchel, who were both brutally murdered by a violent felon in 2009. Their murderer had recently been paroled after being convicted of violently assaulting his infant daughter in 2003. This information was not known to Helen or Brittany. Creation of this database would allow New Yorkers to access this valuable information to better protect themselves and their families.

 

The measure has been passed numerous times in the state Senate, yet has not been allowed out for a vote in the Assembly. To encourage the Assembly Majority to bring the bill out for a vote, McKevitt was among state lawmakers who created a public petition last year. The petition has gained signatures from across the state, and McKevitt encourages New Yorkers who would like to see the bill passed to sign it on his official Assembly website at: http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Tom-McKevitt/story/63510/

 

McKevitt said, “I will continue working to prevent the victimization of New Yorkers with measures like Brittany’s Law. I was pleased to support the Crime Victims package today in order to expand the legal definition of rape, continue to make our state a leader in the fight against human trafficking, and guarantee existing protections to crime victims. However, I believe that if the Assembly would like to do something meaningful to protect the citizens we represent, we must pass Brittany’s Law and I hope to this legislative session.”

 

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McKevitt Welcomes Farmingdale Students To Albany

Farmingdale Students visit State Capitol

Assemblyman Tom McKevitt discusses the legislative process with students from Farmingdale High School in the Assembly Chamber at the State Capitol

Assemblyman Tom McKevitt (R,C,I-East Meadow) welcomed students from Farmingdale High School to Albany this week. The students came to the Capitol to learn more about the legislative process and to lobby lawmakers for increased education funding in the state budget.

 

“This trip was an excellent way for students to learn more about civic participation and the fast-paced nature of the legislative process at our state Capitol,” said McKevitt, who met with the students and brought them to the Assembly Chamber for a behind-the-scenes tour. “As we continue to negotiate the state budget, I hope my colleagues will remember that these are the faces behind the budgetary numbers. We must fully restore the Gap Elimination Adjustment and do everything to ensure Long Island schools receive their fair share of state funding.”

 

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Assemblyman McKevitt Encourages Constituents to Complete Legislative Survey

A message from Assemblyman McKevitt

 

Dear Neighbor:

 

As we prepare for the new legislative session, I want to know what issues are most important to you. Please take a moment to complete this survey.

 

With your input, we can continue making our community a great place to call home and do business.

 

Thank you in advance for your participation, and, as always, please do not hesitate to contact me at (516) 228-4960, on social media sites such as Facebook, or via email at mckevitt@assembly.state.ny.us.

 

Go here to complete the survey.

 

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