Merrick - (WALK) A new year brings a new challenge to Charles Fuschillo, who is leaving the New York State Senate today after nearly 16 years in office to lead the non-profit Alzheimer's Foundation of America.
"... I have decided that it is time to begin a new chapter in my life and leave the New York State Senate effective 11:59 p.m. tonight," said Fuschillo in a statement Tuesday.
Fuschillo (R-Merrick), represented approximately 210,000 registered voters in a district covering communities along the south shore of Nassau County and parts of Suffolk. He was among a block of nine GOP senators who advanced Long Island interests in Albany, specializing in issues of infrastructure improvement, transportation (including LIRR service), anti-DWI efforts, public health and safety.
Fuschillo said his new post with the New York City-based Alzheimer's Foundation of America represents "a new and exciting opportunity which will allow me to continue to help improve the lives of others while at the same time enabling me to spend more time with my family."
Representatives for Governor Andrew Cuomo reportedly did not comment on Fuschillo's resignation nor say if the governor would call for a special election or wait until November for voters to fill his post.
Photo: Charles Fuschillo