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Senator Flanagan Urges Suffolk Residents To Take Advantage Of Sales Tax Free Week

With families getting ready to purchase back-to-school supplies and others eyeing fall fashions, State Senator John J. Flanagan (R,C-East Northport) reminds shoppers that New York's Sales Tax Free Week on clothing and footwear will be held from Tuesday, August 30th through Labor Day, Monday, September 5th."The sales tax free week is a terrific opportunity for parents to get a break on clothing and footwear items for their children who are heading back to school or college," said Senator Flanagan.

August 25, 2005

Flanagan Applauds Signing Of Campaign Finance Reform Bill

Senator John Flanagan (R-C, East Northport), Chairman of the Senate Elections Committee, announced today that a campaign finance reform bill that will extend computerized disclosure requirements to local races and improve public access to campaign finance records was signed by Governor Pataki. "As was shown in a report earlier this year, the state has tremendous difficulty in correlating these filings and, as a result, discovering violations when they occur." Senator Flanagan said.

August 9, 2005

Senator Flanagan To Appear On Cablevision's "meet The Leaders"

State Senator John Flanagan recently taped an episode of Cablevision’s popular "Meet the Leaders", a half-hour program hosted by former Suffolk County Executive Patrick Halpin.

Topics discussed by the Senator included the redevelopment of the Kings Park Psychiatric Center property, the "Help America Vote Act" (HAVA), recently enacted school accountability legislation, Megan’s law, and identity theft.

The program will air throughout the month of August on both the Hauppauge/Brookhaven and Riverhead Cable systems (Channel 18) according to the schedule below:


August 3, 2005

Senator Flanagan Holds Urgent Kppc Meeting

Citing the importance of supporting and assisting the Kings Park community in their efforts to properly redevelop the Kings Park Psychiatric Center (KPPC) site, State Senator John J. Flanagan (R,C-East Northport) today announced that he recently hosted two meetings at his district office on Wednesday July 20th with representatives from Cherokee Northeast/Arker Companies and several representatives from the Kings Park community.

"It is critically important that the community has strong input on the future redevelopment of the KPPC property," Senator Flanagan said.

August 2, 2005

School Accountability Legislation Signed Into Law

Senator John J. Flanagan (R,C-East Northport) announced that a package of legislation he cosponsored, that will strengthen oversight and increase accountability of school district finances, while protecting property taxpayers from fraud and abuse, was signed into law by Governor George E. Pataki.

"These legislative reforms will help ensure that money budgeted for educating children is being expended correctly," said Senator Flanagan.

July 28, 2005

Flanagan Calls On Governor Pataki To Postpone Sale Of Kppc

Continuing his efforts on behalf of Kings Park residents, Senator John J. Flanagan (R,C-East Northport) today sent a letter to Governor George E. Pataki requesting the postponement of the sale of the Kings Park Psychiatric Center (KPPC) until several critically important issues are resolved concerning the property.

"The redevelopment of the KPPC property represents a valuable opportunity to return idle property to productive use," Senator Flanagan said.

July 14, 2005

Flanagan Arranges Community Meeting With Governor Pataki

Senator John Flanagan arranged a community meeting on Thursday, June 30, 2005 between his office,Governor George E. Pataki, Empire State Development Corporation Chairman, Charles Gargano, and several constituents to discuss the development of the Kings Park Psychiatric Center site, school taxes and health care issues.

July 7, 2005

Senate Passes Package Of Hava Legislation

The New York State Senate passed a package of legislation today that allows New York State to meet federal election standards by bringing the New York State election law into compliance with the federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA).

June 23, 2005

Senator Flanagan Honors Local "women Of Distinction"

Albany – Chosen by New York State Senator John J. Flanagan (R,C-East Northport) for their extraordinary accomplishments and contributions as New Yorkers, Kings Park’s Rosalyn Haber and Northport’s Kate Kelly were both honored as outstanding women across New York State at the 2005 "Women of Distinction" program held in Albany on June 14. The program is sponsored by the New York State Senate."It is an honor to recognize and pay tribute to Rosalyn Haber and Kate Kelly," Senator Flanagan said.

"For the last 12 years, Mrs.

June 15, 2005

Senator Flanagan Passes Probation Fee Bill

Senator John J. Flanagan (R,C-East Northport) today passed legislation giving county governments the right to impose supervisory, electronic monitoring and drug testing fees upon probationers. The legislation will save Suffolk County taxpayers over $500,000.

Several counties across the state, including Suffolk County, have already passed local laws imposing a wide variety of such fees, but due to a recent Attorney General’s opinion, statewide legislation was needed to collect the fees.

June 8, 2005

Senate Votes To Ban Salvia Divinorum

Working aggressively to ban the sale of an increasingly popular party scene drug, Senator John J. Flanagan (R,C-East Northport) today announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation he sponsored to ban the sale of Salvia Divinorum in New York State.

June 7, 2005

Senate Honors Joshua Stuart With Achievers' Award

Senator John J. Flanagan (R,C-East Northport) today named Joshua Stuart as a recipient of the New York Senate Achievers’ Award.

May 24, 2005

Senate Looks To Strengthen Megan's Law

Senator John J. Flanagan (R,C-East Northport) today announced the Senate Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections will hold a public hearing to examine the current Megan's law statute, and study ideas and legislation designed to enhance existing law through increased public notification of all registered sex offenders.

May 23, 2005
May 10, 2005

Flanagan And Marcellino Announce Funding For Rail Yard Facility Withdrawn

Senator John J. Flanagan (R,C-East Northport) and Senator Carl L. Marcellino (R - Syosset) were pleased to announce today that the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR), as part of a reduction in their 5-year capital plan, has eliminated funding for the construction of a 16 track electric rail yard facility on the Huntington/Port Jefferson branch. "I am pleased to learn that the LIRR has withdrawn funding for their ill-conceived plan to place a rail yard on the Huntington/Port Jefferson line," said Senator Flanagan.

April 26, 2005

Senator Flanagan Announces Environmental Scoping Public Information Meetings For The Proposed Ny Route 347 Safety And Mobility Improvement Project

On Tuesday, May 3rd and Wednesday, May 4th the New York State Department of Transportation, (DOT) Region 10, Long Island, is conducting environmental scoping public information meetings concerning the proposed 15 mile long, NY Route 347 Safety and Mobility Improvement Project in the Towns of Smithtown, Islip, and Brookhaven.

April 21, 2005

Senator Flanagan Participates In Smithtown Home Care Visit

SMITHTOWN—Anne Johanson, a bed bound patient with multiple sclerosis (MS) who needs significant nursing assistance to remain at home, was visited Thursday by New York State Senator John J. Flanagan (R,C-East Northport). Senator Flanagan came to Ms. Johanson’s Smithtown home to learn more about the high-tech nursing services she receives through New York’s Medicaid Private Duty Nursing program.Ms. Johanson’s condition (she has a tracheostomy and is on a ventilator) requires her to have nursing care twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

April 15, 2005

State Budget Caps Medicaid, Requires State Takeover Of Family Health Plus

Republican legislators from Suffolk County government gathered on the steps of the state office building in Hauppauge today to inform county residents of the expected savings that county and local governments should receive from the state’s restructuring of Medicaid and the Family Health Plus program.“The state Legislature has delivered property tax containment measures to county governments by capping Medicaid and taking over Family Health Plus,” said Assemblywoman Patricia L. Acampora (R,I,C,WF-Mattituck).

April 15, 2005

Flanagan Secures $19.5 Million For Sbu Campus Recreation Center

Responding to the growing need for recreational facilities on the Stony Brook University campus, Senator John J. Flanagan (R,C-East Northport) secured $19.5 million in the 2005-06 state budget for the construction of a Campus Recreation Center."This Recreation Center will ensure the availability of the broadest range of recreation opportunities for the university community," said Senator Flanagan. "Keeping physically active is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.

April 11, 2005

State Senate Passes Hava Legislation

The New York State Senate today approved legislation, sponsored by State Senator John J. Flanagan (R,C-East Northport), to implement the federal Help America Vote Act of 2002. The Senate will act on three bills to implement a statewide voter registration list, establish an administrative complaint procedure and provide for the 5 percent state match which will trigger an additional $153 million of federal HAVA funding."This legislation establishes a couple of firsts for the people of New York State.

April 6, 2005
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