Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I-Brooklyn/Staten Island) joined Assembly and Senate colleagues yesterday at the joint budget hearing on elementary and secondary education. The hearing allowed members of the legislature to discuss budget priorities, as well as issues facing elementary and secondary schools with education stakeholders from across the state. As a follow up to last year’s budget hearing in which Malliotakis brought up her concern that cursive writing was no longer being taught in New York City’s elementary schools, the Assemblywoman was relieved to receive a commitment from New York City Chancellor Carmen Fariña that cursive writing is once again being included in the third grade curriculum in city schools. Many schools already began implementing the curriculum this year.
“I thank New York City Chancellor Fariña for hearing my concerns about the discontinuation of cursive instruction, and am pleased that over the past year she has worked with superintendents across the city to ensure third graders will once again learn cursive writing.” said Malliotakis. “It is important that young people, who will soon be entering the real world, know how to write a signature of their own to identify themselves, and have the ability to sign a legal document, check, or voter registration form. Without knowing how to read script, students can’t even read historic documents like the Declaration of Independence. It is very unfortunate that there is a generation of students who did not learn to write and read cursive, but today we have been assured that this wrong has been corrected.”
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I,Ref – East Shore), Assemblyman Ron Castorina (R,C,I,Ref – South Shore), Assemblyman Mike Cusick (D,WFP,I – Mid-Island), State Senator Andrew Lanza (R,C,I,Ref – Mid-Island/South Shore), State Senator Diane Savino (D,WFP,I – North Shore), and Assemblyman Matt Titone (D,WFP,I – North Shore) sent the attached letter to Dr. Mary Travis Bassett, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) today, requesting that the agency allow Wilbur the Pig to remain with his family.
Wilbur has resided in the Matteo Family’s Great Kills home for the past five years, and has been designated by the National Service Animal Registry as an “emotional support animal” for Thomas Matteo, currently engaged in a bout with cancer.
DOHMH has ordered the Matteo Family that it will seize Wilbur if they fail to find him a new home before the end of the month. The agency has not stated what will happen to the animal once in its possession.
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I,Ref-East Shore), State Senator Andrew Lanza (R,C,I, Ref-Mid-Island, South Shore), and State Senator Diane Savino (D,IP,WF-North Shore) praised Governor Andrew Cuomo for including the state’s $151 million share of the costs for the Staten Island Seawall project in the 2017-2018 Executive Budget.
In 2015, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced plans to implement a seawall from Fort Wadsworth to Oakwood Beach. The total cost of the project is $613,430,000, with the state responsible for 70 percent of the non-federal share. Last year, Malliotakis, Lanza, and Savino sent a letter requesting that Gov. Cuomo include this commitment in his 2017-2018 Executive Budget. The state share will be paid over the course of three years and will be bonded capital spending through the Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) authority bond account.
“After decades of fear and waiting, the people of Staten Island’s shoreline communities are finally receiving the protection they need and deserve. Including this appropriation in the Executive Budget will ensure the very important seawall stays on track for scheduled completion in 2022,” said Assemblywoman Malliotakis. “I want to thank Governor Cuomo for upholding the state’s financial commitment toward this critical capital project. It is a true testament to government officials at all levels working together to deliver results for their residents.”
“The seawall project is vital to the future resiliency of our shoreline communities. I applaud Governor Cuomo for including this funding in the 2017-18 budget proposal. With this commitment, the residents of Staten Island’s waterfront can rest easier knowing that a real and permanent storm surge solution is on the way. I look forward to working with my legislative colleagues to ensure that this funding is included in the final adopted State budget,” said Senator Lanza.
“Having the Governor recognize the importance of this project by putting the necessary funding in the Executive Budget is another successful step in protecting the residents of Staten Island,” said Senator Savino. “The budget process is complex, and as Vice-Chair of the Finance committee I am committed to continuing the fight for this capital project that my colleagues and myself worked to bring to the administration’s attention”
State Senator Martin Golden (R,C,I,Ref – Brooklyn) and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I,Ref – Brooklyn-Staten Island) are applauding the de Blasio Administration’s decision to install bulletproof windows on all NYPD patrol vehicles. In 2014, the two lawmakers called for police vehicles to be outfitted with bulletproof glass on the windows to better protect the men and women who keep New Yorkers safe – our police officers.
In recent years, the City of New York has experienced the pain of losing three NYPD officers – Det. Wenjian Liu, Det. Rafael Ramos, and Det. Brian Moore – via shots fired through their vehicle windows.
“On behalf of all the men and women of the NYPD and their families, I join with my colleague Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis in thanking Mayor de Blasio for committing to this important investment. We provide police offers with bullet proof vests to protect them when they are on the streets patrolling. Now, we are moving forward to guard our officers when they are in their patrol cars protecting our City,” said Senator Golden, a retired NYC police officer.
“No one can doubt that this is money well spent. Our police officers put their lives on the line each and every day, and we need to do everything possible to keep them safe. We owe it to them, their families, and the memory of our fallen heroes,” said Assemblywoman Malliotakis.
Earlier this year, the city announced an allocation of $6.8 million to install bulletproof door panels on the NYPD’s 3,813 patrol vehicles. The installation of bulletproof windows will cost approximately $10.4 million.
Gov. Cuomo’s Executive Budget includes nearly $250 million in higher DMV fees
Today, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I,REF-Brooklyn, Staten Island) slammed Gov. Cuomo’s plan to increase everyday fees for New York drivers. The Executive Budget includes a $25, or 50 percent fee increase for certificates of title from $50 to $75, as well as a $20, or 100 percent fee increase for duplicate certificates of title from $20 to $40. Additionally, there is a proposed fee of $5 for the issuance of REAL ID driver licenses and identification cards to comply with federal law.
The federal REAL ID Act, enacted May 11, 2005, establishes specific federal requirements for state-issued driver licenses and identification cards to be accepted for certain federal purposes, like entering a federal building or boarding a domestic flight. Starting in October 2020, New Yorkers will need a REAL ID compliant license to board a domestic flight or enter a federal building without secondary forms of identification, as per the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
“The governor’s budget simply spends too much, and instead of living within the state’s means, he is looking to impose more taxes and fees on drivers, riders, cigar smokers, online shoppers and wireless phone users,” said Malliotakis. “Every time we turn our backs, the state is sticking its hands in the pockets of hard-working taxpayers like they are ATM machines. It is the compilation of ever-increasing costs that make New York unbearable for businesses and residents. We should be looking to ease the burden on New York’s residents, not drive them to the point where they want to leave our state.”