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Message from Assemblyman Michael J. Cusick
1911 Richmond Avenue • Staten Island, NY 10314 • (718) 370-1384
The state faced upheaval this year when Governor Spitzer’s administration ended abruptly because of scandal, forcing him to resign in disgrace. But we continued the serious business of the state and I thank our new governor, David Paterson, for a smooth transition that led us through successful budget discussions. In a spirit of cooperation we achieved significant goals that benefit Staten Island families.
Our state budget increased aid to New York City schools and kept the state’s commitment to honor the CFE decision and provide New York City students with an opportunity for a “sound basic education.”
We continued tax relief for homeowners and increased tax relief for seniors, kept kids safe from dangerous sex predators and addressed transportation concerns.
My newsletter highlights our accomplishments for the 2008 legislative session. I will continue to fight to make life better for Staten Island families and l look forward to working with Governor Paterson to address the important issues Staten Island families face.
I hope you find this information useful and informative and if I can help you in any way, please let me know.
Keeping the commitment to our schools
Assemblyman Cusick kept his promise to Staten Island’s children by backing a budget that follows through on the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, delivering a $644 million increase for New York City schools, adding over $1 billion in the last two years.
This year’s increase will ensure our schools have the resources they need to provide our children with the best education possible.
Providing additional funding to teach children and keep them safe
Assemblyman Cusick supported vital initiatives that:
Expanding care to
more New Yorkers
Assemblyman Cusick supported a budget that continues to provide reliable health care, a necessity for working families. Assemblyman Cusick worked to:
Fighting to get Staten Island its
fair share of health care funding from NYC
Staten Island’s population numbers nearly 500,000 people, which represents 6 percent of New York City’s population, and it is expected to grow. Unlike the city’s four other boroughs, Staten Island has no public hospital to supplement medical care. Residents depend solely upon its two private hospitals, Richmond University Medical Center and Staten Island University Hospital. Both will likely have to expand services to meet increasing demands for care.
To help ensure needed support for the future, Assemblyman Cusick authored legislation mandating that New York City’s Health and Hospital Corporation, which oversees the city’s public hospital system, earmark 10 percent of its budget for acute care and emergency room facilities for Staten Island (A.6717).
This minimum call for funding would finally include Staten Island under the HHC public funding umbrella by requiring New York City to accept its responsibility established more than 35 years ago under the HHC law and provide care and treatment to the ill on Staten Island.
Total Fitness Challenge: Keeping our
children in shape – mentally and physically
Assemblyman Cusick launched his first summer Total Fitness Challenge for students from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade to prepare for the upcoming school year.
New York has a dismal record of keeping kids physically fit. According to 2005 statistics compiled by the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System – which is part of the Centers for Disease Control – 37 percent of New York State’s children self-reported that they did not do vigorous exercise in three or more days out of seven and 78 percent self-reported they did not do moderate exercise in five or more days out of seven. Almost 85 percent of New York State youth self-reported they did not have daily physical education. Studies also show preschool and childhood obesity on the rise.
To help reverse this trend, Assemblyman Cusick has a brochure listing games and sports to play as well as suggested books and stories to read before the school year begins. Reading together for just 15 minutes a day during the summer and getting outside to garden or hit a few balls will help keep you in shape. Mark down what you do on the brochure’s calendar and return it to Assemblyman Cusick for a certificate.
For a copy of the brochure, contact Assemblyman Cusick’s district office at (718) 370-1384.
During the busy legislative year, Cusick acted on measures to improve life for all Staten Island residents. He’ll continue to work to represent your best interests.
from sex offenders
Assemblyman Cusick sponsored two bills to keep sexual predators away from children:
Providing for veterans and their families
Cusick authored two bills that assist veterans and their families.
Addressing the cost of fuel
Assemblyman Cusick supported an energy package that passed the Assembly to protect consumers from rising prices and make “Big Oil” pay its fair share:
Ensuring tax relief for homeowners
Cusick sponsored legislation to increase penalties for assaulting a senior citizen:
Easing traffic on Staten Island Expressway
Cusick introduced legislation to establish a demonstration project using cameras on high- occupancy vehicle and bus lanes to ensure these lanes are used properly (A.11333).
|Tips on staying cool this summer|
Heat-related illnesses rise dramatically if a heat wave lasts longer than two days. Young children and seniors may be particularly vulnerable.
The New York City Office of Emergency Management at http://gis.nyc.gov/oem/cc/index.htm can provide helpful information about how to stay cool, including information on cooling centers. You can also call 311 (For hearing impaired, TTY 212-504-4115).
When the temperature rises, keep the following tips in mind:
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