WHILE ALBANY IS SLEEPING
MICHELLE IS WIDE AWAKE, HARD AT WORK

Microstamping: One of the Most Talked About
Measures of the 2010 Legislative Year

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Michelle stands with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, members of Mayors Against Illegal Guns and law enforcement officers from across the state, demanding the State Senate pass her microstamping bill.
Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel’s microstamping bill (A.6468c/S.6005a) has been talked about by the press (Newsday, New York Times, Albany Times Union, Buffalo News, among others), on television and radio, by law enforcement, and by Wayne LaPierre, the Executive Director of the National Rifle Association (NRA). For the first time in her 17 years of advocacy for gun crime prevention, Michelle is a real target of the NRA. “I am proud to be a marked woman of the gun lobby,” said Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel.

On June 15, Michelle’s microstamping bill, which passed the New York State Assembly in May, fell two votes short of passage in the State Senate. The Senators, who voted no on this measure, sent a clear message to law enforcement officials and victims of gun violence and their families: You Don’t Matter! Despite this setback, Michelle is moving full steam ahead and will continue to fight for the passage of her microstamping bill, which will help police solve more gun crimes.

Schimel Denounces Governor Paterson’s Veto of School Aid

The New York State Legislature recently passed an education spending plan, which provides a $600 million restoration in school aid and rejects the largest school aid cut ($1.4 billion) by any Governor in New York State’s history. Within hours of passing this plan, Governor David Paterson took to his veto pen and slashed $419 million in education aid for New York’s public schools. In response, Michelle released the following statement condemning the Governor’s veto:

“We cannot allow the budget deficit to cripple our education system. It is wrong to slash school aid at a time when districts are laying off teachers, cutting vital programs, and increasing class sizes. Once again the Governor has proven that he’s just not making the grade. Schools and taxpayers need this fiscal relief.”

-Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel

Overturning HCRA Surcharge to Medical & Outpatient Services

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Michelle advocating for the restoration of funding for breast cancer screenings and services.

Michelle helped doctors lead the movement to overturn the 9.63% HCRA surcharge to radiological and outpatient surgical services. This proposal would have forced many outpatient medical practices to close; would have severely limited patients’ access to care, significantly lengthened wait times for mammograms, cancer screenings and critical imaging, and drastically reduced potentially cost-saving ambulatory surgical procedures. Due to Michelle’s leadership, the HCRA surcharge was rejected from the final state budget.




A Leader on Local Government Issues
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This year, Michelle received the Friend of Local Government Award from the New York Conference of Mayors (NYCOM) at their annual conference in Saratoga, New York. This honor was bestowed upon Michelle for her leadership on legislation aimed at protecting and preserving the rights of villages and municipalities. She is the first state legislator to ever receive an award from NYCOM.

Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel receives the Friend of Local Government Award from NYCOM. Pictured left to right are (front row) Mayor Barbara Donno, Village of Plandome Manor, Assemblywoman Schimel, Mayor Diana Merenda, Village of Plandome Heights, (back row) City Council President Chuck Lesnick, City of Yonkers, Trustee George Farenthold, Village of Aurora, and Mayor James Gaughan, Village of Altamont.


Revitalizing Our Downtowns

Since 2008, Michelle has been working with community stakeholders to help revitalize the Village of Great Neck’s business district. Michelle has also helped secure funding for the revitalization of the Port Washington Bay Walk and Albertson Memorial Park (Albertson Triangle).

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Michelle at a groundbreaking ceremony for the Port Washington Bay Walk. Pictured (L to R) are Bob and Rob Cenbrook of PSL Industries, Village Trustees Sherman Scheff, Steven Cohen and Michael Malatino, Councilman Fred Pollack, Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman, Port North Mayor Robert Weitzner, Senator Craig Johnson, County Legislator Wayne Wink, Dennis Mildner of the New York State Department of State, John Waltz of Sidney Bowne & Son, Kevin McAndrew of Cameron Engineering & Associates, former Port North Mayor Thomas Pellegrino and former Village Planning Chair Thomas Imperatore.

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Collective Negotiation for Healthcare Providers

Michelle has advocated for legislation to help decrease the exorbitant cost of medical liability insurance and to stop the delay tactics used by health insurance companies to reduce or deny payment for necessary patient care. Michelle co-sponsored Assembly bill A.4301, legislation that would permit physicians and other healthcare providers to collectively negotiate contracts with health plans under close state supervision.


Local Jobs, Local Commerce

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Michelle speaking at Young’s Fine Wines and Spirits in Manhasset about her opposition to Governor Paterson’s executive budget proposal to sell wine in grocery stores. Pictured (L to R) are North Hempstead Councilwoman Kitty Poons, Nassau County Legislator Judi Bosworth, Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel and President of the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce Christopher Murray.
Standing Up for Small Businesses

Michelle was a vocal opponent of the Governor’s proposal to sell wine in grocery stores. This proposal would have destroyed small wine and liquor stores across the state, negatively impacting our downtowns and main streets. Many stores would have been forced to close, resulting in job loss. Due to Michelle’s efforts, this proposal was rejected from the final budget.




The Assembly Passes Final State Budget

The roles of the Executive and Legislative branches in the state budget process are proscribed by Article VII of the New York State Constitution. In a manner consistent with the Constitution, the Governor sent budget bills to the State Legislature, and the Assembly has fully and finally acted upon such bills. The Governor is not constitutionally empowered to unilaterally restart or reconfigure the state budget process at this time. Article VII §3 of the Constitution expressly precludes Executive submission of any additional or alternative budget bills without “the consent of the legislature” at this time. The Assembly is willing to engage in discussions with the Executive and the State Senate about all fiscal issues.


Key Highlights of the State Legislature’s Education Budget Plan

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Improving Main Street

Michelle co-sponsored a new law to help stimulate economic growth in New York’s communities by allowing municipalities from across the state to receive funds for streetscape improvements, façade renovations, and building rehabilitation.

This past year, Michelle delivered the opening remarks at the New York State Main Street Program’s Administration Workshop in Westbury. The workshop, sponsored by the NYS Department of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR), offered information about grants to not-for-profits and municipalities looking to conduct downtown revitalization projects. Pictured (L to R) are BID President Roy Smithheimer, Great Neck Plaza Mayor Jean Celender, Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, Great Neck Mayor Ralph Kreitzman, Main Street Program Director Chris Leo, and Deputy DHCR Director Joseph Rabito.


Hundreds of New Local Jobs

As a result of a new law authored by Michelle, which enables the United States Merchant Marine Academy to finance the construction of a new classroom and student lodging facility, 300 new local jobs will be created.


Michelle Visits St. Mary’s High School

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This past May, Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel visited St. Mary’s College Preparatory High School in Manhasset. Michelle met with School Board President Marc de Venoge and school administrators to discuss issues of concern to Catholic schools. During her visit, Michelle had the opportunity to tour the campus and speak with students about her work in the Assembly.

Pictured (L to R) are Dr. Kevin McBride, Principal of St. Mary’s College Preparatory High School, Mrs. Kristin Lynch Graham, Director of Development and Alumni Relations, Sr. Mariette Quinn, IHM, Assistant Principal for Academics and Director of Admissions, Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel and Mr. Marc de Venoge, School Board President.


Schimel Applauds Emergency Response to Microburst

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North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel discussing the storm damage with FEMA/SEMO officials.
Michelle recently joined Supervisor Jon Kaiman of the Town of North Hempstead and Great Neck public officials to take a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and New York State Emergency Management Office (SEMO) bus tour of the extensive storm damage caused by the microburst.

“On the FEMA/SEMO bus tour, I was able to see first hand how the incredible coordination and response effort of the villages, town, fire and water districts, and the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management, maximized the clean up efforts witnessed by the State and Federal agencies. Seeing the extent of the devastation caused by this storm and the extensive resources needed for the cleanup, I am amazed and grateful that no one was hurt.”
-Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel

The Salute to Israel Parade

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Michelle recently marched in the Salute to Israel Parade in Manhattan with the New York State Chapter of Jewish State Legislators. Pictured (L to R) are Congressman Gary Ackerman, Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, Assemblymen Micah Kellner and Charles Lavine, and State Senator Craig Johnson.




Protecting Our Environment

Fighting to Keep Our State Parks Open

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Michelle Fought to Keep Open Our State Parks, Aquariums, Botanic Gardens, & Zoos: Recognizing the value of our state park system to our residents and economy, Michelle fought to ensure that the 55 state parks and historic sites slated to be closed by the Governor, were open in time for Memorial Day weekend.

Michelle with Patti Wood, Executive Director of Grassroots Education, and volunteers at the Dodge Family Farm in Port Washington.


Beautifying Our Parks

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Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel volunteering with Boy Scout Troop 80 to help revitalize the Albertson Memorial Park’s World War II Veterans Monument.




A Leader Against “Hydrofracking”

Michelle is one of the most outspoken state leaders supporting a moratorium on hydrofracking, also known as hydraulic fracturing, a method used to create fractures that extend out after drilling for natural gas. There is significant controversy over this procedure, which can release harmful chemicals into New York’s drinking water.


Making New York Green

The Green Jobs, Green New York Program: This new law helps tackle our economic and environmental problems head-on by investing in green energy resources, while creating jobs to support this new industry.

Saving Money with Renewable Energies: Michelle co-sponsored the state’s new net-metering law. This policy expands net-metering to allow all utility customers to receive credits for energy they produce through solar, wind and farm technologies.

Encouraging the Use of Reusable Bags: Michelle has introduced legislation (A.9190a) to help encourage the use of eco-friendly bags by requiring store-operators to post signs reminding customers not to forget their reusable bags.


Finally a Statewide Electronic Waste Law

To help reduce some of the most hazardous forms of toxic waste, Michelle has worked tirelessly to implement a statewide electronic waste program. After many years of her advocacy, an electronic waste recycling bill was signed into law.


Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel

District Office:
45 North Station Plaza, Suite 203
Great Neck, New York 11021 • 516-482-6966
E-mail: schimelm@assembly.state.ny.us
Albany Office:
Room 324 Legislative Office Building
Albany, New York 12248 • 518-455-5192
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