Saturday, December 23, 2006

Assemblymember Thomas P. DiNapoli should replace Hevesi

Assemblyman Thomas P. DiNapoli 16th Assembly District
Tom is the perfect elected official to take over Hevesi's post as State Comptroller. Newsday has called him "Mr. Clean" because of his integrity, honesty and hard work ethic. Both Silver and Spitzer want someone they know and trust to handle this very important position......well.....Tom is your man......Tom has a wonderful reputation in Albany and is respected on both sides of the Legislative Aisle........I have posted Tom's Biography below.......after reading will have to agree.......Tom is the perfect choice.........andy
For over three decades Thomas P. DiNapoli has served the residents of Nassau County as a community activist and elected official.
Assemblyman DiNapoli first gained recognition in 1972, at the age of 18, as the youngest person in New York State to hold public office when he served as a Trustee of the Mineola Board of Education. This prompted the passage of legislation, signed by Governor Nelson Rockefeller, establishing the right of 18 to 21 year-olds to hold public office in New York State. DiNapoli served on the school board for ten years, including two terms as President.
In 1986, Tom was elected to the New York State Assembly, representing the 16th Assembly District in Northwestern Nassau County. During his 16 years in the State Assembly, DiNapoli has served as Chairman of the Standing Committees on Local Government, Governmental Operations, Consumer Affairs and Protection, Ethics and Guidance and the Assembly Task Force on the Long Island Sound. Currently, he serves as Chairman of the Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation and Co-Chair of the Legislative Commission on Water Resource Needs of New York State and Long Island.
Emphasizing his dedication to issues such as education, environment and budgeting, in addition to Chairing the Environmental Conservation Committee, DiNapoli serves as a member of the Standing Committees on Education, Ways and Means and Veterans Affairs. DiNapoli’s 16 years in Albany and strong working relationship with members from both political parties has enabled him to make important, long lasting contributions to the people of Long Island and New York State.
Since his election in 1986, Assemblyman Tom DiNapoli has earned a reputation as one of the State’s leading voices on environmental issues. He has championed efforts to preserve open space, restore the Long Island Sound, and numerous measures to ensure the quality of our drinking water and protect surface and groundwater resources throughout the State. He crafted the landmark “Long Island Pine Barrens Protection Act”, initiated the establishment of the Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee, secured passage of the nation’s first statutory phase out of the ground water contaminant – MtBE and sponsored the “Oil Spill Prevention and Contingency Act”.
Last session, his first as Chairman of the Environmental Conservation Committee, DiNapoli led the effort to restore full funding for the Environmental Protection Fund and legislation he sponsored protected 300 acres of open land at SUNY Old Westbury. Most recently, he helped secure the preservation of 51 acres of the Underhill Property in Nassau County.
As a champion of education, Assemblyman DiNapoli continues to work to provide state aid to maintain Long Island’s high educational standards and to provide access to higher education for all. Tom has also sponsored bills to increase availability of absentee ballots for school elections, encourage sharing of administrative services between school districts, requiring a single voting day for Long Island’s school budget votes and to make school bus rides safer for our children.
Assemblyman DiNapoli has taken the lead on health care issues particularly important to Long Islanders. Tom has sponsored laws to prohibit so-called “drive through” mastectomy surgery, ensuring critical decisions are left to doctors and their patients; as well as laws to provide insurance coverage for second opinions for all cancer patients and require insurance companies to cover prostate cancer screening.
For seven years he worked with breast cancer activists and health, school and environmental advocates to require prior neighbor notification before pesticide spraying. This has been heralded as the “most comprehensive legislation of its type in the nation.”
Throughout his career as a public servant, Tom DiNapoli has been known as a problem solver with a vision toward the future and a doer in a world of talkers.
Tom DiNapoli was born in Rockville Centre, grew up in Albertson and currently resides in Great Neck. He graduated from Mineola High School, holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management from the New School University and a Bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) in History from Hofstra University.
The Council of State Governments has named Tom DiNapoli a Toll Fellow as one of American’s 33 “emerging State leaders.” He has been hailed as a “hero” by the Healthy Schools Network and “Legislator of the Year” by Environmental Advocates. This year, he has been selected by NYS Audubon to receive the William Hoyt Environmental Award for his leadership on environmental and conservation issues.

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