Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), along with members from both parties in the New York State Senate and Assembly, joined with over 1,200 taxpayers and students from across Long Island to fight for Long Island’s fair share of education funding. The protest was held a day after Governor David Paterson utilized federal stimulus funding to partially fill the over $185 million hole he created in his original budget.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today joined a student-led rally on the campus of Stony Brook University to protest the scheme to use SUNY tuition increases to balance the state’s budget. The rally, which was organized by Adal D. Regis, was the students’ way of voicing their opposition to the state’s diversion of revenue raised by a recent tuition increase.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), who has long been regarded as an expert on the state budget and a fighter for Long Island education, was recently selected to serve as the Ranking Republican Member of the Senate Standing Committee on Education.
The selection, which was announced by Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos, will expand Senator Flanagan’s ability to fight for Long Island’s fair share of education aid. In his new role, Senator Flanagan will lead the Republican members of the committee and work to protect Long Island children and taxpayers.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and Island Harvest President and Chief Executive Randi Shubin Dresner joined together to unveil the organization’s newest tool in their fight against hunger – a new 53’ refrigerated trailer. The new trailer, which was fully funded through an $80,000 grant Senator Flanagan secured, will allow Island Harvest to transport perishable foods and to broaden its efforts to help those in need.
To inform residents about how to prepare in the event of an emergency, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently hosted a community seminar which provided helpful tips and information to local residents. The event, which was held at the Middle Country Public Library in Centereach, was presented with the help of a number of emergency assistance organizations. The meeting provided those who attended with numerous safety tips on how to prepare for and recover from an emergency.
Continuing his series of Emergency Preparedness seminars, Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) will be hosting a meeting in Smithtown to help local residents prepare for any sort of emergency situation. The meeting 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, the American Red Cross and the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) will be on hand to provide residents with expert advice about how to prepare for and deal with an emergency situation.
To hear what is on the minds of the people he represents, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently joined residents to discuss the issues that are important to them at a series of town hall events across the district. The meetings were an open forum that gave Senator Flanagan an opportunity to hear what is on the minds of the people of the community. Beginning at the Centereach Branch of the Middle Country Public Library, Senator Flanagan hosted meetings in Commack at the Commack Public Library and in Smithtown at the Eugene A. Cannataro Senior Citizen Center.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today announced that he has sponsored legislation that would formally require New York State to recognize the 2006 expansion of the Nissequogue River State Park.
That expansion, which Senator Flanagan achieved through a cooperative effort with the Pataki administration and former New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYSOPRHP) Commissioner Bernadette Castro, added 365 acres of public parkland to the New York State parks system.
Yesterday's resignation of Eliot Spitzer will hopefully close the book on this sad chapter in our state's history and signal a new beginning for all of our residents. Incoming Governor David Paterson, who is well-known and respected, will now be entrusted with the difficult task of rebuilding the trust our residents have in the Executive office and I look forward to working with him to restore that confidence.
To provide Long Islanders with an opportunity to voice their support for Long Island school children and taxpayers, Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today announced that he is coordinating an Education and Taxpayers Rally in response to Governor Eliot Spitzer's proposed cuts to Long Island schools.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is urging all homeowners to sign up for the School Tax Relief (STAR) program prior to the upcoming March 1st deadline. Homeowners who have not yet signed up for the STAR program, which is available to all homeowners, can apply with their town assessor’s office."The STAR program delivers millions in tax relief to Long Island homeowners every year and I hope that everyone takes advantage of this program prior to the deadline.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) was recently honored by Leah S. Dunaief, Editor and Publisher, and the Times Beacon Record Newspapers as the Man of the Year in a number of their publications.
In the article written by Lee Lutz, Senator Flanagan was noted as a "tireless advocate for his constituents and the people of New York State."
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today joined with Senator Owen Johnson (4th Senate District) and Senator Caesar Trunzo (3rd Senate District) to introduce legislation that will preserve open space while protecting Long Islanders from further traffic problems.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District), in a joint letter with his Long Island Senate Majority Delegation colleagues, brought his fight for Long Island's fair share of education funding and tax relief directly to Governor Eliot Spitzer.
In the letter sent to Governor Spitzer as he prepared his 2008 State of the State address, the Long Island senators call on him to make reducing the tax burden faced by our region a main focus of his speech and his upcoming Executive Budget proposal.
As Governor Eliot Spitzer prepares to unveil his 2008 blueprint for New York State, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) continued meeting with Long Island's educational community to make sure that the region is collectively prepared to fight for its fair share.
To continue his efforts to provide meaningful tax relief to the residents of Long Island, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced a major initiative that will provide further relief for Long Island's overburdened taxpayers.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), the Chairman of the Senate Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Committee, today blasted the leadership of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) following the approval of an increase in MTA fares and tolls.