Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is calling on congressional leaders to reject the “Double-Tax Plan” included in a federal budget proposal that would end the longstanding policy allowing taxpayers to deduct their state and local tax liability, including property taxes, from their federal taxes. If approved by Congress and signed into law, this change would cost the average Long Island homeowner approximately $4,500 a year.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that much-needed tax relief for middle-class families, help for job-creating businesses and additional funding for our school children are all included in the recently passed 2013-14 state budget. For the third consecutive year, the budget keeps spending growth below two percent, which is consistent with the local spending cap that applies to school districts and local governments.
On Memorial Day, our nation will join together to honor the members of our military who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
Throughout Memorial Day weekend, local communities will pay tribute to these brave men and women and it is my hope that you will take some time to participate in these events to recognize these heroic citizens in your own special way.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently joined Jay Weinkam of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum for a tour of the site in lower Manhattan. The memorial and the museum are dedicated to the nearly 3,000 people who were killed in the terror attacks of 9/11 as well as the six people who were killed in the 1993 bombing at the World Trade Center.
During the visit, Senator Flanagan viewed the two enormous reflecting pools that stand within the footprints where the Twin Towers once stood. The reflecting pools are each nearly an acre in size and feature the largest manmade waterfalls in the North America. The names of every person who was killed in both the 2001 and 1993 attacks are inscribed on bronze panels edging the pools.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and Assemblyman Charles Lavine (13th Assembly District) recently presented a New York State Legislative Resolution to The Early Years Institute (EYI) proclaiming April 29 – May 5 “Screen-Free Week” in New York State. This week is designed to help protect today’s “plugged in” kids from the problems associated with spending too much time on computers and other types of electronic devices, and to increase awareness of the downside of screen overuse. The effort is aimed at helping all young children improve their health and their success in school and life.
More than 10,000 New Yorkers are on waiting lists as the need for organ donations far exceeds the supply. One person who donates organs (hearts, lungs, liver, kidneys, pancreas and intestines) can save up to eight lives, while a tissue donor (corneas, bone, skin, heart valves, tendons, veins, etc.) can improve 12 or more lives by restoring eyesight, helping fight infections in burn patients and preventing the loss of mobility and disability.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently welcomed the members of Boy Scout Pack 539 Den #9 to his Smithtown office to assist them in achieving their goal of attaining their Citizenship Badges. During the meeting, the fourth graders and Senator Flanagan discussed his role as a state legislator and how the New York State government works.
"Scouting is a great way for young boys to learn about the world they live in and it was enjoyable to help these young men achieve their goal. I truly enjoyed their visit to my office and enjoyed playing a small role in their efforts,” said Senator Flanagan about his talk with (from left to right) Sean Weidner, Kevin Morris, Thomas Mach, Alex Koliner and Matthew Loglisci.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently joined with Senator Lee M. Zeldin (3rd Senate District) and his other colleagues in the State Senate to announce that funding for the continuation and expansion of the PFC Joseph Dwyer PTSD Peer-to-Peer Veterans Counseling program has been included in the recently approved 2013-14 state budget.
Initiated by Senator Zeldin, the program provides “peer-to-peer” counseling for veterans suffering from the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Since its inception last year, the program has been assisting veterans in four test counties: Suffolk, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Jefferson.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently visited the students of The Jewish Academy in East Northport to discuss his role in New York State Government. The East Northport school, founded in 2004, is a nursery through grade 6 educational center and is the only Jewish Day School in Suffolk County.
While at the school, Senator Flanagan spoke with a group of 4th, 5th and 6th grade students about his background and described a senator’s role in government. They ended the meeting with the children asking Senator Flanagan questions about the Senate.
I would like to thank all the students who contributed to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest. This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 2ndSenatorial District.
Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state. I am proud of everyone's work and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently welcomed student musicians from Long Island who received the honor of being selected to one of the New York State School Music Association's (NYSSMA) All-State jazz performing groups. The students were in the State Capital in Albany to perform in early March to kick off the National and State "Music in Our Schools Month" celebration.
By Monica Gleberman & Rachel Shapiro - April 3, 2013
With $1.6 million more in state aid expected for next school year, Smithtown schools Superintendent Anthony Annunziato said he is now proposing only tier one cuts to help eliminate the gap between revenue and expenditures for the upcoming school year.
At Tuesday night's Board of Education meeting, Annunziato said revenue for 2013-14 is now expected to be $224 million, with expenditures at $227 million. To remain within the state-mandated tax levy increase cap of 3.63 percent — which includes exemptions for certain costs — Annunziato said the district would have to cut at least $2.8 million.
ALBANY - New York's senate approved an approximately $136 billion budget that raises the minimum wage to $9 over three years and offers a $350 rebate to families with children, completing the votes a little over two hours before dawn on Wednesday.
The Assembly plans to take a pass at the budget on Thursday. This will be the third time in a row the state will have met its April 1 deadline.
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has announced that due to the smoke stack implosion at Nissequogue River State Park, several travel restrictions will be in effect surrounding Nissequogue River State Park. Road closures will be enforced at the following locations:
•Old Dock Road from St. Johnland road to Flynn Road•Sections of Kings Park Boulevard •Hike & Bike Trail from Flynn Road to the Tiffany Field Soccer Field
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation to impose felony charges on wrong-way and other reckless drivers. The bill (S752), which Senator Flanagan co-sponsored, is an effort to protect law abiding drivers from those who make the decision to drive in a dangerous manner.
The bill would establish the new crime of “aggravated reckless driving” and make it a class E felony, punishable by a prison sentence of up to four years. The charge would apply to:
Drivers who drive the wrong way or against the flow of traffic; either knowingly or because they are intoxicated or impaired;
Drivers who drive more than 30 miles-an-hour over the speed limit while intoxicated or impaired; or
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today voted for the New York State Senate’s 2013-14 budget resolution. The budget, which is an answer to the proposal put forth by Governor Andrew Cuomo in January, was formulated by the Senate Majority Coalition.
The Senate budget resolution, which will now be the focus of negotiations between the Senate, the Assembly and the Governor, focuses on helping businesses create new jobs, investing additional funds in education and transportation, providing needed tax relief for middle class families, restoring the property tax rebate program for senior citizens, providing mandate relief to local governments and restoring proposed cuts to women’s health programs and programs for the developmentally disabled.