Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined Governor George E. Pataki at the Eugene Cannataro Senior Center in Smithtown as the Governor signed the property tax relief rebate program into law. The program will deliver an estimated $210 million in direct property tax relief this year to homeowners across Long Island.The rebate plan, which originated in the New York State Senate, will deliver rebate checks directly to homeowners beginning this October.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and Assemblyman Thomas DiNapoli (16th Assembly District) announced that legislation that would increase the penalties for those convicted of boating while intoxicated (BWI) has passed both houses of the New York State Legislature. The legislation, which the two lawmakers sponsored in their respective houses, would bring the current penalties for BWI up to the level of penalties faced by those convicted of drunk driving.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) will be a guest on tonight's episode of WLIW's Face Off Show. The show, which is hosted by Newsday columnist Lawrence Levy and Robert McMillan, will air at 7:30 p.m. on WLIW Channel 21.Senator Flanagan was joined by Assemblywoman Patricia Eddington to discuss the recent legislative session. The show focuses on the multiple agreements that were reached during the session about issues ranging from property tax relief to enhanced protections for victims of crime. The show will re-air on Saturday morning at 6:30 a.m.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and Assemblyman Steven Englebright (4th Assembly District) announced the passage of legislation that would protect the financial interests of residents surrounding Stony Brook University.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today announced that legislation that would increase the penalties for those convicted of boating while intoxicated (BWI) has passed the New York State Senate. The legislation would bring the current penalties for BWI in line with the penalties faced by those convicted of drunk driving.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today announced passage of two pieces of legislation he sponsored that will greatly enhance the prosecution of criminals in New York State. Both pieces of legislation would provide the law enforcement community with new tools to fight crime and to catch those who perpetrate crime in New York State.To protect the rights of victims of rape, Senator Flanagan sponsored legislation that would end the statute of limitations.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today announced that legislation he sponsored to provide transportation options to taxi passengers with disabilities has passed both houses of the New York State Legislature. The legislation would offer tax credits of up to $10,000 for taxicab and livery companies that make improvements to provide accessible transportation.This would enable the companies to modify their existing vehicles without having to absorb the additional cost or having to pass this cost on to its customers.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced today that legislation he sponsored to protect the rights of crime victims has passed the Senate. The legislation would prohibit all persons who are held responsible for a crime from profiting from their crimes regardless of their plea or conviction.Senator Flanagan's legislation would close a loophole in the original Son of Sam law, which prevented David Berkowitz, dubbed the Son of Sam during his killing spree in 1977, from profiting from his crime.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) met with the group representing the NephCure Foundation at the Kings Park Street Fair on Saturday, June 17. According to their web site, the NephCure Foundation is the only organization solely committed to seeking a cause and cure for two potentially devastating kidney conditions, Nephrotic Syndrome and Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS).
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) was recently honored by Alternatives for Children for his commitment to the children of Long Island. At a ceremony at the organization's East Setauket location, Senator Flanagan was presented with a plaque for his commitment to the children of his community and for his efforts in securing grant funding for the organization.During his visit, Senator Flanagan was provided a tour of the new Sound Garden by Executive Director Marie E. Ficano and Chairman Vincent R. O'Leary.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently hosted a Town Hall meeting in Stony Brook. The meeting was held at the R.C. Murphy Junior High School and enabled Senator Flanagan to listen to the ideas and feelings of the community."With a number of important issues facing our community, I am glad to have the opportunity to listen to and speak with our community. I thank everyone who attended the meeting and appreciate all the input," stated Senator Flanagan.
In an important development in the future use of the Nesconset Armory, Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced Senate passage of legislation that will enable the Town of Smithtown to transfer this property to the Smithtown Library District for the purpose of constructing a new library branch in Nesconset. Since the Armory site was originally designated by the town as parkland when it purchased the land from the state, the legislation sponsored by Senator Flanagan was needed to legally authorize an alternative use for this property.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined the Smithtown community at the 18th Annual Smithtown Festival Day along Main Street. The fair is organized by the Greater Smithtown Chamber of Commerce. "This event brings the entire community together for a full day of fun. The weather was great, the turnout was excellent and I was happy to see the town enjoy the day together," stated Senator Flanagan.Senator Flanagan hosted a booth at the street fair.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced today that a constitutional amendment he sponsored to provide residents with a more direct role in the affairs of government has passed the Senate. The Initiative and Referendum amendment would empower the public to join together to enact and amend laws."The power of the people should be expanded beyond simply voting for a candidate on election day. This amendment would open up the halls of our government so that everyone has the power to bring an idea to the people of New York State.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District), Chairman of the Senate Elections Committee, announced today that legislation that would protect the rights of voters with disabilities and reduce county election costs has passed the Senate. Senator Flanagan sponsored the two pieces of legislation to ensure that New York State offers all voters greater access without overburdening the taxpayers."If funding is needed to ensure access for voters with disabilities, then New York State has an obligation to make that funding available to protect the rights of every voter.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently visited Blydenburgh County Park Historic District for the premiere of a DVD. Senator Flanagan secured funding to offset the cost of the DVD and was invited by the Long Island Greenbelt Trail Conference for the premiere.Senator Flanagan joined the volunteers who organize hikes and guided tours of the park's historic buildings and majestic scenery at one of the park's sites.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently honored Mr. Willie Mackey of Nesconset as his 2006 Senate Achiever honoree in Albany. Mr. Mackey was introduced to the entire New York State Senate Chamber and presented with an Achiever's Award and a Senate Proclamation.Mr. Mackey is a man who has overcome tremendous adversity in his life. Blind since birth due to bilateral cataracts and diagnosed at age two with Down’s Syndrome and Severe Mental Retardation, Mr.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined veterans from the Centereach area on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend as they honored those America has lost. Senator Flanagan broke from the parade route to acknowledge a Suffolk County police officer in the parade as reminder that heroes are working to protect our way of life both overseas and here at home."The fine men and women who fought to provide us our way of life, especially those we have lost, must be remembered every day. They sacrificed so we could enjoy all that our great nation has to offer.