John J. Flanagan's News items

Senator Flanagan Pushes Measure To Protect Cell Phone Consumers

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) has introduced legislation that would greatly enhance the rights of cell phone consumers. Senator Flanagan sponsored the "Wireless Telephone Service Consumer Protection Act" to help provide safeguards for New York State residents who sign up with a cell phone provider.The main component of the act is the introduction of a trial period for customer evaluation of cell phone service. This evaluation period, which is to last no less than 15 days, would allow a cell phone consumer to test their new service provider.

October 24, 2006
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Senator Flanagan Appears On News 55 Focus

Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) was a recentguest on News 55 Focus this Sunday. Senator Flanagan joined hosts Richard Rose, the anchor of News 55 newscast, and Matthew T.

October 20, 2006
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Senator Flanagan Joins Stony Brook Medical Center To Protect Newborn Babies

Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) proudly joined the staff and administration of the Stony Brook University Medical Center as they announced the establishment of the Brady William Russell Memorial Fund. Senator Flanagan secured startup funding for the project that will enable research into neonatal complications from high-risk pregnancies, premature birth and Sudden Infant Death (SIDS).The fund is named in honor of Brady William Russell, the son of Sean and Mary Ellen Russell, who passed away earlier this year.

October 17, 2006
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Senator Flanagan Discusses Government With Smithtown Scouts

Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently joined with a group of Smithtown webelos to discuss his job as New York State Senator. The visit was arranged by scout leaders to provide the children with insight into the governmental process.Senator Flanagan talked to the scouts about how state government works and how laws are passed. As part of their discussion, Senator Flanagan had the children take part in a mock legislative session and vote on a piece of legislation regarding banning homework.

October 17, 2006
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Senator Flanagan Meets With Area Chiropractors

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is joined by (from left to right) Dr. Jack Breice and Dr. Ronald Bernardini, President of the Suffolk Chapter of the New York State Chiropractic Association, at a recent meeting of District 7 of the New York State Chiropractic Association.Senator Flanagan addressed the group at their September meeting and discussed a variety of topics with the doctors.

October 16, 2006
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Senator Flanagan To Be Honored As A Champion Of Small Business By Ssa

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently was informed that he has been chosen by the Support Services Alliance (SSA) as one of their 2006 Champions of Small Business. The honor, which recognizes Senator Flanagan's hard work on behalf of New York small businesses, will be officially presented at a future ceremony.In a recent letter, Vice President of Membership Services and Marketing Christopher A. Koetzle stated, "Thanks to your dedication to the small-business community, several pro-small-business bills were introduced into the Legislature.

October 16, 2006
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Senator Flanagan Secures Thousands For New Playground For Students

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with the parents and teachers of the Jericho Elementary School as they officially opened their new playground. The cost of the purchase and construction of the playground was offset by a $50,000 grant secured by Senator Flanagan.The school, which is located in Centereach, has been looking to build this new playground for many years and the funding secured by Senator Flanagan greatly assisted in making that goal a reality.

October 12, 2006
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Senator Flanagan Secures Million Dollars In Funding For Brookhaven

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today announced that he has secured one million dollars in state funding for several projects throughout the Town of Brookhaven. Joined by Town of Brookhaven Supervisor Brian X. Foley and Councilwoman Kathleen Walsh (3rd Council District), Senator Flanagan announced the funding at a press conference at Brookhaven Town Hall."This will enable the Town to improve the roadways at a variety of intersections that need to be improved.

October 4, 2006
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Senator Flanagan Secures Million Dollars For Transportation Projects In Smithtown

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) publicly announced that he has secured $1,000,000 in funding to support construction projects throughout the Town of Smithtown. This funding, which was requested by Town Supervisor Patrick R.

October 4, 2006
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Senator Flanagan Renews His Call To Fight Online Predators

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) renewed his call to close a dangerous loophole in New York State law to protect the children of our community. The change, which Senator Flanagan voted for in June, would allow police to charge those who send sexually explicit e-mail to minors with a felony regardless of the actually substance of the messages.This change is necessary since the courts have used a loophole in the law to rule that e-mail that contains explicit text but lacks photos or images is not covered under current law.

October 4, 2006
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Senator Flanagan To Appear On WLIW’s Q & A Regarding Nixzmary’s Law

Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) will appear on WLIW Channel 21’s Q&A program on Monday, February 6 at 7:30 p.m. The show will cover the topic of child abuse in the wake of the death of Nixzmary Brown. The 7-year old was brutally beaten and left for dead, allegedly at the hands of her mother and her stepfather.

October 1, 2006
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Senator Flanagan Welcomes John Mccormick To Emergency Preparedness Seminar

John McCormick, who resides in a home operated by United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Suffolk, recently attended Senator John Flanagan’s Emergency Preparedness Seminar at the Eugene Cannataro Senior Citizen Center in Smithtown to learn more about what to do in the event that Long Island is hit by a hurricane or other disaster. Mr. McCormick picked up relevant literature and brochures, which he will share with his roommates and house staff.

September 29, 2006
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Senator Flanagan Announces Nesconset Armory Legislation Signed Into Law

Clearing the way for the Town of Smithtown to transfer the Nesconset Armory property to the Smithtown Library District, Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that state legislation authorizing the transfer has been signed into law. Since the Armory site was originally designated by the town as parkland when it purchased the land from the state in the mid-1990s, the legislation sponsored by Senator Flanagan and Assemblyman Michael J. Fitzpatrick (7th Assembly District) was needed to legally authorize an alternative use for this property.

September 25, 2006
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Senator Flanagan Announces Home Ownership Initiative

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that he has worked with the eight other members of the Long Island Senate Delegation to create a new $25 million program to help Long Island's future home owners. Developed and funded jointly by the Long Island Senators, the Homeownership and Economic Stabilization for Long Island Program (HELP) provides down payment assistance and rehabilitation grants to eligible home buyers.The program is designed specifically for Nassau and Suffolk County residents.

September 21, 2006
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Senator Flanagan Welcomes Ddi Teachers Back To School

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), who recently announced that he has secured $135,000 in state funding for Developmental Disabilities Institute (DDI), visited the organization's Smithtown campusto wish the teachers, therapists and support staff good luck in the coming year. The funding secured by Senator Flanagan will be used to offset the cost of improvements to the facility in Smithtown. Over the past few years, Senator Flanagan has secured over $300,000 in grants to fund urgently needed construction projects at DDI’s Hollywood Drive campus in Smithtown.

September 21, 2006
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Senator Flanagan's Boating While Intoxicated Law Honored For Impact On Safety

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently joined with other state officials recently as the National Safe Boating Council honored New York State for their efforts on behalf of boaters. The Council's Pillar of Support Award was presented to New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Bernadette Castro at a press conference at the U.S.

September 20, 2006
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Senator Flanagan Heralds New Environmentally Friendly Measures

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today joined Governor George E. Pataki and Town of Smithtown Supervisor Patrick R. Vecchio to announce two initiatives that will greatly enhance the ability of residents to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. The first part is the announcement of the state's awarding of a $150,000 contract to assist the expansion of Clean Energy's compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle fueling station in Hauppauge.

September 20, 2006
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Mental Health Parity Legislation Sponsored By Senator Flanagan Passes Senate

In a landmark vote, the New York State Senate today voted to provide parity in insurance coverage for mental illnesses. The unanimous vote on "Timothy’s Law", which was sponsored by Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), reflects an agreement with the New York State Assembly."Mental illness can affect anyone at any time and we have a responsibility to ensure that those affected have proper access to care and treatment when it is needed.

September 15, 2006
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Senator Flanagan Honors Memory Of Slain New York State Trooper

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today joined with his Senate colleagues in sponsoring a legislative resolution honoring the life and achievements of fallen New York State Trooper Joseph Anthony Longobardo. Trooper Longobardo of Middle Grove, Saratoga County was killed in the line of duty during the recent manhunt for an escaped prisoner in southwestern New York."The men and women who work in law enforcement are the very reason that our communities remain safe.

September 15, 2006
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Senator Flanagan Calls For Movement On Legislation Supported By Aarp

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently called for action on some outstanding pieces of legislation that are supported by the American Association of Retired Persons. The legislation has already passed in the Assembly and Senator Flanagan joins with the AARP in calling for its immediate adoption."The Senate has been a leader in the fight to protect the rights of the seniors of our state and we should be working to provide as much protection to the elderly residents of our state as possible.

September 14, 2006
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