DELIVERING RESULTS FOR NORTH HEMPSTEAD
Once again I had the privilege of working with high school and college student interns from my Assembly District this summer (this year I had a baker’s dozen). It was great fun conferencing and researching bills with them, watching them interact with constituents, and most important, handle the rough and tumble world of post-legislative session media and politics. The summer flew by thanks to all of them. Their enthusiasm made it a pleasure to come to my District Office each morning.
Every year these wonderful interns remind me how fortunate we are to have schools that can engage and educate them so well. Katie plans to be a scientist, Lindsay a gerontologist, Melissa and Cabrina lawyers, Matt and Aviya doctors, and Amanda a future politician, poor thing.
They are all our children and soon enough we will be depending on them. When I am on the floor of the Assembly, I make sure every vote counts for them.
Member of Assembly
Michelle sponsored Tier V Pension Reform legislation, which she witnessed the Governor sign into law at North Hempstead Town Hall. This law tackles the core problems with the pension system while providing much needed relief to taxpayers by saving the state and local governments an estimated $48.5 billion over the next 30 years.
To help Long Island get its fair share of school funding, Michelle is sponsoring the Framework for the Future Act. This legislation (A.7209a) fixes inequities with the foundation formula, increases the state’s share of educational funding to fifty percent and allocates new funding through expense driven formulas. The bill provides a comprehensive plan to control costs and increase state financial support when the economy improves, better serving Long Island’s public schools and reducing property taxes for homeowners.
Michelle is fighting to secure state and federal funding to help finance upgrades to the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District’s sewage treatment plant located on East Shore Road. In March she joined United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in calling on the federal government to make a commitment to funding water infrastructure projects.
Imposing Tougher Penalties for Drunk Drivers
Michelle sponsored a new law considered to be the toughest DWI law in the country. Leandra’s Law creates the first-time felony of driving while intoxicated with a child passenger. This measure requires the installation of ignition interlock devices by those convicted of the new crime and other DWI-related offenses. This device is a breathalyzer tied to a car’s ignition system and prevents drivers from starting their vehicles when intoxicated.
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.
Michelle meets with nursing students from Adelphi University to discuss pending healthcare legislation.
Overturning HCRA Surcharge to
Critical Medical & Outpatient 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.
The New York State Assembly recently passed legislation (A.10063) supported by Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, which increases roadway safety by making the statewide ban on using portable electronic devices while driving a primary offense.
The Assembly recently passed legislation (A.9753a), which Michelle supported, reforming New York’s antiquated divorce laws. Assembly bill A.9753a allows no-fault divorce to be granted to a husband or wife without assigning fault to either of the parties if a relationship has broken down irretrievably for a period of six months. Currently, New York is the only state that mandates a divorce be obtained by alleging fault. This bill was recently signed into law by the Governor.
Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel presents a citation to the Albertson Fire Department, which certifies that the new American flag she donated was flown over the State Capitol. Pictured (L to R) with Assemblywoman Schimel is Chairman of the Board Daniel Giordano and Chief Carl D’Antonio.
The Rededication of Albertson Memorial Park
Due to Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel’s efforts in securing capital funding for the revitalization of Albertson Memorial Park, the Town of North Hempstead was able to refurbish and re-landscape this important parcel of land and restore the World War II veterans’ monument located at the center of the park.
In November, Michelle and North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman were joined by members of the Albertson community at a ceremony rededicating the park, which is also known as the “Albertson Triangle.” This park was established decades ago by the community to honor Albertson’s brave service men and women who served in World War II.
The revitalization of Albertson Memorial Park was a true partnership between local government and the Albertson community. Boy Scout Nicholas Salvatore adopted Albertson Memorial Park as his Eagle Scout Project. Pictured (L to R) in front of the World Ward II Veterans Monument are North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman, Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, the Albertson VFW Color Guard and members of Boy Scout Troop 80 (left).
Public Authorities Reform
Michelle sponsored a new law that enacts sweeping reforms to the state’s more than 700 public authorities, which largely operate without much government oversight and with limited public scrutiny. This law increases legislative oversight of these quasi-governmental agencies, establishes new rules to control their debt, and provides the State Comptroller with the power to pre-approve public authority contracts over $1 million that are not competitively bid.
Schimel Authors Bill to Protect
Local Governments from Costly Litigation
Last year, Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel led the opposition at the state level against the push for the consolidation/dissolution of local governments. Despite her efforts, the New York Government Reorganization and Citizens Empowerment Act (Empowerment Act) was signed into law.
Realizing that there were significant problems with the new consolidation/dissolution process created by the Empowerment Act, Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel and Senator Craig Johnson introduced legislation (A.10432/S.7238) to fix these technical issues. Their legislation, which was drafted in collaboration with the New York Conference of Mayors (NYCOM), the Association of Towns (AOT), the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY), and the Association of Fire Districts of the State of New York (AFDSNY), will help prevent costly legal challenges to the local governments attempting to consolidate or dissolve under the new law.
Michelle recently visited the Buckley Country Day School in Roslyn to speak to students who participated in Cablevision’s Internet Smarts Program. Students who participated in this program learned about cyber bullying, how to keep personal information private, and how to act responsibly when using the internet. The students performed a variety of skits on internet smarts.
Michelle pictured with Headmaster Dr. Jean-Marc Juhel, Cablevision Vice President of Education Trent Anderson, faculty and students at Buckley Country Day School. Michelle presented the group of students with a citation for becoming certified as “Internet Smart” by participating in Cablevision’s Power to Learn Program.
Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel &
the Veterans Health Alliance of LI
Date: September 22, 2010
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Nassau Community College
CBC Building, Multi-Purpose Room
One Education Drive, Garden City, NY 11530
Information & Services will include:
VA Health & Compensation Benefits
Get your DD-214 (military discharge papers)
Learn more about GI Education Benefits
Information for Older Veterans & Family Support Services
please call (516) 482-6966
& The Nassau County Bar Association’s Elder Law Committee Sponsor their first Senior Citizen Law Day
Date: Sunday, October 3rd, 2010
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Clinton G. Martin Park
1601 Marcus Avenue
New Hyde Park, NY 11040
Light breakfast will be served
Topics will include:
Elder Law and Estate Planning • Long Term Health Care • Planning for someone with special needs
please call (516) 482-6966