In an effort to stem drug use among New York State's youth, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today renewed his push to ban the sale of Salvia Divinorum in New York State. This hallucinegin, which is widely claimed as having the same effects of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), is currently available via the Internet and in stores without age restrictions. Legislation sponsored by Senator Flanagan to ban the substance passed the Senate in February of this year.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that important legislation increasing funding levels for important environmental projects has been signed into law. This new law, which is in effect now, will increase total funding for the New York State Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) to $300 million by 2009. The New York State Legislature created the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) in 1993 to provide a reliable, dedicated source of funding for a variety of key environmental programs in NYS.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) to announce an extension in the comment period regarding the proposed Long Island Truck Rail Inter Modal Facility (LITRIM). This change, which was made following Senator Flanagan’s formal written request to the NYSDOT, has extended the project’s public comment period 61 days to September 24."Area residents and all interested parties deserve the ability to fully air their concerns and recommendations to the department and to have their voices heard.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee of Corporations, Authorities and Commissions, today announced Senate passage of legislation that will ensure greater openness and responsiveness in State government. The legislation that Senator Flanagan supported would require expenditure reports from State agencies, public authorities, and the Judiciary.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), who has been heavily involved in the fight to increase the safety of boaters, joined with the Old Field Point Power Squadron to unveil new equipment the organization will use to promote safety on the Long Island waterways.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatick (7th Assembly District) recently visited the Fairfield at St. James condominium complex to speak with the residents. The legislators were invited to address the residents by the Fairfield Civic Association.The two elected officials opened up the meeting by speaking about their respective legislative houses and their feelings on the issues facing New York State.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently visited the Setauket Elementary School to congratulate two of their classes for their recent efforts in the State Senate’s 16th Annual I*MA*GREEN*NATION" competition. The classes won statewide recognition for their environmentally aware entries into the contest.Mrs. Kimberly Shaughnessy’s 3rd grade class won second place in the Literature competition in Grades 1-3. Their project was a compilation of poems that were written by the students regarding the environment and recycling.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced final passage of legislation to increasing funding levels for important environmental projects. The legislation, which has passed both the Senate and the Assembly, will increase total funding for the New York State Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) to $300 million by 2009. The New York State Legislature created the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) in 1993 to provide a reliable, dedicated source of funding for a variety of key environmental programs in NYS.
To protect children from secondhand smoke, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) has successfully sponsored legislation to prohibiting smoking on all playgrounds. The legislation, which passed the Senate, is sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblymember Sandy Galef (90th Assembly District).Specifically, the legislation that Senator Flanagan is pushing would ban smoking within fifty feet of any public playground.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today announced that legislation he sponsored to enhance security in all New York schools has passed the New York State Senate. The legislation, which is awaiting approval in the Assembly, would authorize a mapping program for every school, college and university throughout the state.
Senator Flanagan is joined in his office by Sha Na Na’s Jon "Bowzer" Bauman to discuss legislation to protect bands and concert goers. To protect both consumers who attend concerts and the bands they love, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced today that he has introduced the "Truth in Musical Advertising Act".
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and Assemblyman Andrew Raia (9th Assembly District) recently welcomed Flat Stanley to Albany as part of a class project of kindergartner Gretchen Mack of St. Paul’s Lutheran School. The two legislators provided Flat Stanley with a tour of the State Capitol and took him into both chambers of the New York State Legislature.Gretchen Mack sent Flat Stanley to Albany after reading the book "Flat Stanley" in her kindergarten class.
Senator John Flanagan 2nd Senate District) recently joined with a large group of advocates who traveled to Albany to urge Governor Eliot Spitzer to voice their opposition to the Broadwater Energy project proposed for the Long Island Sound. The group joined with a number of members of both the Senate and the Assembly to voice their opposition to this project."The waters of the Long Island Sound are the very lifeblood of our community and they need to be protected.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today announced that legislation he sponsored to create the new charge of aggravated vehicular homicide for drunk drivers who kill others has passed the New York State Senate."Drunk driving is a preventable crime and those who choose to put others at risk should be penalized for their actions especially if their actions cause death. This legislation will send the clear message to those who choose to get behind the wheel after they have been drinking that they will be held accountable," stated Senator Flanagan.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate has passed major property tax reform legislation that will alter the property tax structure throughout New York State and provide needed relief for residents. The main component of this legislative package is the possibility of the complete elimination of residential school property taxes in school districts that vote to phase out property taxes over five years, with revenue replaced with additional State funding.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today announced that he has successfully sponsored legislation that will require all prior convictions of operating a vehicle while intoxicated to be considered during sentencing of a subsequent Boating While Intoxicated (BWI) conviction.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) welcomed the Director of Development for Federation of Organizations for the New York State Mentally Disabled Ruth Del Col to Albany for a ceremony honoring her as his 2007 Woman of Distinction. The Commack resident was recognized at a statewide reception held in the state capital."It is my privilege to honor Ruth as one of the women who set the standard for our state.