Strengthening Our Communities

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Harvey and Ellen Weisenberg joined East Rockaway Mayor Edward Sieban (far right) in presenting Sgt. Jesse Quinn, U.S. Army, 38th Infantry Division a Certificate of Appreciation for service in Iraq.

Being a public servant is all about helping people get the services and support they need to take care of themselves and their families. One of the best parts of my job is being able to obtain funding for a wide variety of nonprofit organizations that provide these services and enrichment. From making sure that first responders have the equipment they need, to helping fund health, recreation and education programs for elderly citizens, children and teens, to supporting arts programming, I'm proud to help so many organizations make a difference in our communities.

In addition to the millions of dollars in state grants I have secured for these groups, I have donated more than a quarter of a million dollars from my fundraisers - money that would otherwise be added to my campaign funds - to support organizations such as food pantries, Angela's House and AHRC. While this is a highly unusual way to spend these funds, it is personally important to me that I support these groups in every that I can.

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Assemblyman Weisenberg met with Long Beach Police Officers Stephen Gumella and Jose Miguez following a ceremony at the New York State Police Memorial in Albany.

The reality of life today also requires that I devote considerable time and energy to improving public safety. Foremost, I have pushed for gun safety laws for 15 years. Every year, children die because guns have been stored in homes in unsafe ways. This is a preventable tragedy, and I will continue to make gun safety a legislative priority. I have authored legislation, which has become law, prohibiting sex offenders from entering schools or child care facilities and have increased penalties on sex offenders who fail to register in their communities. I was also responsible for increasing penalties to drivers who leave the scene of an accident and for creating the crimes of aggravated vehicular assault and aggravated vehicular homicide.


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Making a Splash! With a $100,000 grant from Assemblyman Weisenberg, Long Beach residents have a great place to cool off at the Recreation Splash Park. Residents will also be able to enjoy two new water parks, one on Georgia Avenue in the West End and the other on Clark Street in the East End.

As a lifelong resident of Long Beach, I cherish the beauty of the ocean and beaches. These spectacular natural resources enhance the quality of life and are a treasure for all New Yorkers that must be preserved for future generations. I'm proud to receive top marks every year when the coalition of environmental advocates rate legislators on their support of important environmental legislation. I championed the law that made funding available to dredge Jones Inlet and protect the beaches at Pt. Lookout. I was also responsible for legislation that prohibits storing or pumping of water into the pristine Lloyds Sand Aquifer, the sole source of drinking water for 10 percent of Nassau County.

It is such a thrill for me to join tens of thousands of my neighbors each year in supporting fundraisers on behalf of victims of skin cancer, breast cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. The community spirit in my district is unparalleled. As an avid participant in the Polar Bear Club's winter swims, I am proud that so many of my neighbors have willingly braved the frigid waters to raise more than $1 million dollars for Make-A-Wish and other charities.

Over the years, I have secured funding for:

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Celebrating the opening of Pt. Lookout Beach with Twister on the beach in 2008. Standing, left to right, Sen. Dean Skelos, Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, Herb Abbe of the Pt. Lookout Civic Association, and Assemblyman Weisenberg. On the Twister board is Jerry Ottavino of the Pt. Lookout Civic Association and Hempstead Town Councilmember Angie Cullen.
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Harvey and Ellen Weisenberg at the Long Beach Memorial Day Parade.

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Assemblyman Weisenberg is a proud member of the Long Beach Polar Bear Club. He, along with thousands of others in his district, brave the cold water every January to raise money for Make-A-Wish Foundation and other charities. Pictured with the Assemblyman and Ellen Weisenberg is Patricia Clemency, Regional Director of Make-A-Wish.
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A graduate of Long Beach High School, Harvey Weisenberg was proud to congratulate the school's girls' championship softball team.


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