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Senate: Criminal Checks On Bus Drivers

The New York State Senate has passed legislation to require all bus drivers submit to a criminal history check, Senator Charles Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) has announced.

“Every time someone rides a bus, they are entrusting their lives and safety to the bus driver,” Fuschillo said. “ When the stakes are that high, it is unacceptable to just assume that everyone claiming to be qualified to handle that responsibility actually is.”

The legislation, sponsored by Fuschillo, chairman of the Senate’s transportation committee, is designed to prevent bus drivers from using aliases to hide criminal histories when applying for a driver’s license.

Under existing law, this requirement applies only to school bus drivers.

Numerous incidents in recent years have focused attention on the issue of background checks for bus drivers.

 For example, on March 12, 2011, a tour bus returning to New York City from a Connecticut casino crashed in the Bronx, killing 15 people. The bus driver reportedly had prior convictions for manslaughter, grand larceny, and driving without a license.

His license was suspended following the crash after evidence surfaced that he made false statements on his application form.

Since 2011, the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles’  investigations have led to the arrest of at least 27 commercial bus drivers for using fraudulent documents to obtain a valid commercial driver license under an alias.

News

Two hundred business students from high schools across Nassau County, including Massapequa High School, competed for scholarships and cash awards—more than $33,000 in all—from various sponsors at Nassau County’s annual Comptroller’s Entrepreneurial Challenge.

The events on Sept. 11, 2001 had a profound effect on nearly all in the tri-state area, but for first responders, the effects were overwhelming. Long-time Massapequa resident Michael Smith, a member of the New York Fire Department, experienced those effects firsthand.

“While I’ve always been a person that could appreciate life, after 9/11 I became so distraught,” he said. “I realized I need to do something I want to do — something I love to do.”

A 30-year veteran of the fire department, Smith retired in 2002. He and his wife of 33 years, Teresa, began to look for a place they could enjoy life. This mindset brought them to the East End of Long Island, where they often went for day trips. They settled down in a home in Orient Point in 2004; in a home that needed quite a bit of work. And when it was time to landscape the property, a new idea took root — a vineyard.


Sports

Massapequa athletes recently received honors from their coaches at Kellenberg Memorial High School.

Each season, the coaches of all of the Kellenberg teams choose one member of their team who stands out as an athlete that has worked hard to improve themselves in their chosen sport.

The Farmingdale State women’s lacrosse team won the first game of their Spring Break trip to North Carolina with a victory over Greensboro College. In wet and muddy conditions, the Rams (8-1) held an 8-5 lead at the half and took the eventual 13-10 win.

In the first half and tied 2-2, the Pride (7-5) pulled ahead 4-2 with two unassisted goals by junior attack Nadya Fedun. Farmingdale State answered with four straight scores for a 6-4 advantage, on goals by juniors Alyssa Handel, Nicole Marzocca and Massapequan Jackie Kennedy.

Sophomore attack Ashlynn Parks put Greensboro within a goal at the 7:03 mark, but the Rams scored two more to lead 8-5 at the halftime break.

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