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.
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.
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.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently announced that he has secured funding for United Cerebral Palsy of Suffolk in Hauppauge. This state funding will be utilized by the organization to offset the cost of supporting the Suffolk Seagulls, a group of competitive athletes with disabilities.
Senator Flanagan joins with (from left) Laurie Pastore (Commack Public Library), Michael Squillante (Elwood Public Library), Stephanie Heineman (Northport-East Northport Public Library), Senator Flanagan, Robert Lusak (Smithtown Library) and Kevin Verbesey (Suffolk Cooperative Library System) to celebrate the additional funding that was directed to the libraries across New York State.
In the continuing fight to protect the rights of New York taxpayers, legislation sponsored by Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) to combat Medicaid fraud has been signed into law. This new law establishes the toughest, most comprehensive plan to combat Medicaid fraud in the United States and creates the new office of Medicaid Inspector General. "Long Island taxpayers overwhelmingly want to be sure that their money is being used correctly and it is the state's responsibility to protect their investment.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced today that Governor George Pataki has signed two new laws to protect victims of crime. The two new laws, which Senator Flanagan sponsored, will provide law enforcement community with new tools to fight crime and to catch those who perpetrate crime in New York State.One law ends the statute of limitations for the crime of rape.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and Assemblyman Steven Englebright (4th Assembly District) joined together to announce the signing of landmark legislation to protect the rights of local property taxpayers.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently joined Selden and Centereach residents, business owners, community leaders and civic organizations to announce that he had secured a $50,000 grant for the Middle Country Coalition for Smart Growth and Sustainable Long Island.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District), who recently announced his successful efforts to increase the penalties faced by those who boat while intoxicated, is currently offering free copies of the New York State Boater's Guide. The handbook, which is offered in partnership with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, contains useful information boaters need to operate their vessels safely."Boating is a way of life on Long Island and a great way to enjoy all the sights and activities we have to offer.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced today that, as of Sunday, August 6th, the penalties for Boating While Intoxicated will be increased. Senator Flanagan sponsored the new law in partnership with Assemblyman Thomas DiNapoli (16th Assembly District).
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) will be hosting two Emergency Preparedness Seminars to help Long Islanders prepare for any sort of emergency situation. The meetings, which will be held in Nesconset and Stony Brook, will be open to all and will be free of charge.Representatives of the New York State Emergency Management Office, the Suffolk County Office of Emergency Management and the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) will offer residents expert advice about how to prepare for and deal with an emergency situation.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with Middle Country Public Library Director Sandra Feinberg and Allstate representatives Brian M. Pozzi and Inez Birbiglia to remind residents of the importance of preparing in case of an emergency.
The four joined for a radio show hosted by Sandy Brewster that will air on WBAB, 102.3 FM and WBLI, 106.1 FM, at 6:30 a.m. this Sunday, July 30th.
A member of the Senate Committee on Aging, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently welcomed the opportunity to meet and listen to representatives from area adult homes at a meeting at the Echo Arms Adult Home in Port Jefferson. The meeting with the Resident Council Leadership Committee, which was arranged by the Family Service League, enabled Senator Flanagan to listen to the concerns of adult home residents in our community.Senator Flanagan spoke with the resident leaders about the issues they face in their everyday life.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today announced that Medicaid reforms he fought for to ease the burden on local governments and property taxpayers have resulted in significantly greater savings for Suffolk County than originally projected. Senator Flanagan urged the county to pass along the unexpected savings to property taxpayers.
An avid baseball fan, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently had the honor of throwing out the first pitch at a Long Island Ducks game. Senator Flanagan delivered the pitch to Ducks catcher, and Smithtown resident, Greg Connors to ceremonially kick off the home game."The Long Island Ducks are such an integral part of the Long Island sports landscape that it was truly an honor to take part in the game.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced today that legislation he sponsored to expand information available through the New York State Sex Offender Registry has been signed into law by Governor George Pataki. The law will improve the registry by expanding the number of sex offender who are required to be posted on the Internet and allowing law enforcement to distribute more information about offenders to the community."Parents deserve to have the most up to date information available as they work to protect their children from those who would harm them.
As a strong supporter of the Federation of Organization's Foster Grandparent Program, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently attended a special ceremony to honor all who participate in the program. Senator Flanagan had the opportunity to discuss the program with guest speakers Jenna Lee Ruf and Jessica Slack, who have both participated in the program.The Foster Grandparent Program gives older adults the opportunity to earn extra income by working one-on-one with children who have special needs.