Senator Flanagan Leads Effort To Return One Billion To Schools By Eliminating The GEA

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today joined with his Senate Republican colleagues at a press conference in Albany to call for the complete elimination of the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) to protect our public schools and taxpayers.  The Conference proposed a plan that would return $1 billion to schools across the state by accelerating the complete elimination of the GEA in the 2015-16 state budget.

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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE REPUBLICANS CALL FOR A BUDGET THAT RETURNS $1 BILLION TO SCHOOLS BY ENDING THE GEA THIS YEAR

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady), along with his colleagues in the New York State Senate Majority, held a press conference in Albany today, and outlined their plan to abolish the notorious Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) and its impact on state funding to public schools. The Senate Republican Conference is proposing to return $1 billion to schools across the state by accelerating the complete elimination of the GEA in the 2015-16 state budget.

The GEA was first imposed on New Yorkers in 2010 by former Governor David Paterson and the Democrats who controlled the Senate and Assembly. The entire Senate Republican Conference voted against the GEA because it created severe cuts to the bottom lines for public schools.

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Join Senator Flanagan In Eliminating The Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA)

Recently, Senator Flanagan was joined by his colleagues in the Senate Republican Conference to call for the complete elimination of the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) in the 2015-16 state budget.  The GEA was put in place in 2010, against strong Republican opposition, when the Democrats controlled the Senate, Assembly and Governor's Office.  It was used as a budget gimmick to help close a multi-billion dollar state deficit but it took billions from schools across the state.

Senator Flanagan Supports Tougher Penalties For Sex Offenders

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with his colleagues in the New York State Senate Majority to pass a package of legislation, including a bill that he sponsored, that would help keep communities safer from sexual predators.  These seven bills would help prevent the most dangerous offenders from having contact with children and college students, require more stringent residency reporting requirements for the sex offender registry, strengthen penalties for those who help sex offenders evade registration requirements, and

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Feb. 7th Is Take Your Child to the Library Day

Did you know tomorrow, Feb. 7th, is Take Your Child to the Library Day? The day promotes spending time with your family and utilizing the many services local libraries have to offer.

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National Wear Red Day Highlights Heart Disease

If you see a lot of people wearing red today, Feb. 5th, it is because today is National Wear Red Day. For more information on heart disease, visit https://www.goredforwomen.org/home/know-your-risk/

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Senator Flanagan Joining Long Island Cares For Pet Food Drive

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is again joining Long Island Cares for its annual Legislature Pet Food Drive Challenge. Through this effort, the organization is working to collect pet supplies to stock Baxter’s Pet Panty to help ensure all Long Island families are able to care for their pets.

Baxter’s Pet Pantry was created by Long Island Cares in 2009, in partnership with the Animal Relief Fund Inc. (ARF), to help pet-owning families throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties get the supplies they need. In addition to providing pet food, the Pet Pantry offers toys, pet clothes and other supplies to Long Island families.

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Senator Dilan Joins in Calls for Greater Oversight of North Brooklyn’s Toxic Sites

Neighbors Allied for Good Growth have started a petition asking city officials to develop a timely and thorough system of responding to, and reporting of, potential exposure to toxins in the event of a fire. On Saturday, January 31 a seven-alarm fire consumed a Williamsburg warehouse used for storing office supplies. Plumes of smoke drifted in-land affecting residents and homes as far as Cypress Hills, who complained of noxious odors and ill effects. As NAG points out, communities like Williamsburg and Greenpoint, are overburdened by toxic waste sites, including the Greenpoint oil spill and numerous state and federal Superfund sites.

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Metro North Collision

There are many questions regarding last night’s unfortunate accident. I can only hope the coming investigation gives us some answers as to why we have another fatal accident, its deadliest to date, on the Metro North line. In the meantime, my thoughts are with the victim’s families. It truly is a tragic and senseless loss.

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