Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr.
Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., was appointed president & chief executive officer of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) in 2014. Prior to joining AFA, Fuschillo served as a member of the New York State Senate for nearly 16 years.
Fuschillo has expanded AFA’s national presence, increasing critical assistance to individuals confronting dementia, caregivers and their families. Under his leadership, the organization has grown to be more than 2,600 member organizations strong. The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), a national not-for-profit foundation provides optimal care and services to individuals confronting dementia, and to their caregivers. AFA fills the gap that exist on a national level to assure quality of care and excellence in service to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses, and to their caregivers and families. AFA’s national toll-free helpline provides assistance from licensed social workers.
During his tenure in the senate, Fuschillo authored more than 200 state laws and chaired the Senate Consumer Protection and Transportation Committees. He also served on the Senate Health committee. Prior to that, he was chief operating officer of a nonprofit family service agency that served Long Island and New York City.
In his capacity as a member of the New York State Senate, Fuschillo had been a champion against drunk driving in New York State. He sponsored “Leandra’s Law,” which makes it a felony to drive drunk with a child in the car and requires all convicted drunk drivers to use ignition interlocks to prevent them from drinking and driving again. He sponsored laws which lowered New York State’s legal blood alcohol content (BAC) level from .10 to .08; enacted tougher penalties for repeat offenders and those who drive with an elevated BAC; and expanded the use of ignition interlock devices to keep convicted DWI offenders from drinking and driving again.
Fuschillo authored New York State’s Telemarketer “Do Not Call” Registry law, which served as the model for the federal government’s “Do Not Call” registry and authored New York State’s Clean Indoor Air Act to make worksites and public places smoke-free.
Fuschillo also sponsored a statewide ban on over-the-counter products containing the dangerous dietary supplement ephedra. Fuschillo has authored child safety laws, and helped secure new educational technology for local school districts. Additionally, he sponsored a statewide ban on dangerous drop-side cribs, which have been linked to numerous child deaths and injuries.
Partnering with breast cancer advocacy organizations, he wrote the law that requires New York State to match donations made to the state’s Breast Cancer Research and Education Fund listed on state income tax return forms. He also fought to end the practice of disqualifying adoptive parents on the basis of being a survivor of cancer or any other serious illness.
He authored a law, signed on November 1, 2011, to prevent insurance companies from denying treatments and therapies for autism. Autism Speaks, a national autism advocacy organization, named Fuschillo a “legislative champion” in 2012 for authoring the law
Fuschillo has recently been recognized for his lifetime of community service and his work at AFA with awards including but not limited to: The Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award – Long Island Cares, Inc.’s; Pendl Badge of Courage Award, Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York State Grand Lodge Foundation.