John J. Flanagan's News items

Senator Flanagan Honors Commack Resident As His 2007 Woman Of Distinction

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.

June 5, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Meets With Aarp Members To Rally Support For His Legislation

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) was recently thanked by close to forty members of the AARP at a meeting outside his office in Smithtown.

June 4, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Meets With Commack Fourth Grader To Help With Class Project

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently met with Commack fourth grader Sean Briody to assist the student with a school report about what he wants to be when he gets older. Since Sean has already decided he would like to be the President of the United States, his parents arranged for him to speak to Senator Flanagan as part of his research for Mr. Robert Ciani’s class at Mandracchia-Sawmill Intermediate School (MSIS).During their meeting, Senator Flanagan spoke with Sean about the role of government in people’s lives and about his role in that process.

June 4, 2007
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New York State Primary Moved From September 11th To September 18th

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that legislation to move the date of New York State’s primary day from September 11th, 2007 to September 18th, 2007 has been signed into law by Governor Eliot Spitzer. This change, which was agreed to by both the Assembly and the Senate earlier this month, will move this political event away from the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks to respect the memories of those who were lost.It is estimated that 2,819 people died on September 11th 2001.

May 29, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Calls On Governor Spitzer To Join In Reforming Public Authorities

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), the Chairman of the Senate Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Committee, today called on Governor Eliot Spitzer to join him in providing real reform regarding the oversight of how New York State public authorities operate. This call follows Senate passage of legislation sponsored by Senator Flanagan that will strengthen the Public Authorities Reform Act of 2005 by instituting reforms that will ensure greater openness, transparency and accountability in New York State’s public authorities.Joining with Assemblyman Richard L.

May 24, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Welcomes Student Council From Kings Park Middle School

Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently welcomed the Student Council members from William T. Rogers Middle School in Kings Park to his office to speak with them about state government.The meeting with the fifteen 7th and 8th graders and their advisors, Karen Lessler and Laurie Tosi, was arranged to provide the students with insight into New York State government.

May 23, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Hosts Girl Scouts For Operation: Cookie

Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently joined with Brownie Troop #2072 and Girl Scout Troop #295 of Smithtown to host Operation: Cookie at his office. The program allows local residents to purchase Girl Scout cookies which are then sent by the Girl Scouts to United States servicemen and women serving overseas.Those who purchased cookies for the troops could sponsor them by filling out a sponsorship form which includes a place for your name and a personal message to the troops.

May 23, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Working To Expand And Enhance New York State Dna Database

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced today that legislation he sponsored to expand the New York State DNA database to include samples from every person convicted of a crime has passed the Senate. The legislation will also improve the methods for collection and preservation of DNA evidence and extend the statute of limitations for cases based on DNA evidence.This follows the Senate lead expansion of the databank last year to include samples from people who are convicted of a felony or one of eighteen common misdemeanors.

May 21, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Successful In Pushing For Public Authorities Reform

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), the Chairman of the Senate Corporations, Authorities and Commissions, announced Senate passage of legislation that will strengthen the Public Authorities Reform Act of 2005. The legislation, which Senator Flanagan sponsored, will institute important reforms that will ensure greater openness, transparency and accountability in New York State's public authorities."Until we enacted the Public Authorities Accountability Act of 2005, these agencies in many ways operated independent of any real external oversight.

May 21, 2007
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Senators Flanagan And Marcellino Discuss School Budget Issues

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with his colleague, Senator Carl Marcellino (5th Senate District), to address a gathering of school administrators, PTA members and representatives from the teachers union regarding state aid.

May 15, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Appointed To Historic Bipartisan Committee

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) has been appointed as a member of a new historic committee that will help the Senate and the Assembly work together to pass meaningful new laws. The Committee on Conference Committees will work with a similar Assembly committee to bring about agreement on major pieces of legislation.The creation of this joint effort was announced by Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

May 14, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Announces Effort To Collect Fees From People On Probation

In an effort to protect counties from unnecessary costs related to crime, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that he has successfully sponsored legislation to require those on probation to reimburse the county for fees directly associated with their probation.

May 8, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Calls For Moving New York State's Primary Day To Respect 9/11 Victims

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that legislation to move the date of New York State’s primary day from September 11th, 2007 to September 18th, 2007 has passed the Senate. This change will move this political event away from the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks to respect the memories of those who were lost.It is estimated that 2,819 people died on September 11th 2001. This included approximately 343 firefighters and paramedics along with 23 New York City Police Officers.

May 8, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Announces Passage Of Enhanced Rebate Checks For Seniors

Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today announced that legislation he sponsored to increase the size of direct property tax rebate checks for senior citizen homeowners has passed the New York State Senate. The legislation, which has been sent to the Assembly for action, would return about $200 million to the senior citizens of New York State.

May 7, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Discusses Child Protection On Wliw's Q & A

Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) will appear as a guest on WLIW Channel 21’s Q&A program to discuss the issue of protecting children from Internet predators. The show will air on Monday, May 7th at 7:30 p.m and replay on Saturday, May 12th at 7:00 a.m.During his segment on the show, Senator Flanagan joined host Alexander Johnson and fellow guest Richard P.

May 3, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Proposes Increasing Rebate Checks For Senior Property Taxpayers

Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today unveiled a plan to greatly increase the size of direct property tax rebate checks for senior citizen homeowners. The legislation that Senator Flanagan has proposed would return about $200 million to the senior citizens of New York State.

April 30, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Welcomes Mrs. New York State 2007 To Albany To Unveil Domestic Violence Legislation

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) welcomed Smithtown resident and reigning Mrs. New York United States 2007 Lori Donaudy to Albany as he introduced a comprehensive package of legislation aimed at protecting the victims of domestic violence. The announcement was made just prior to Senate action on several important pieces of legislation that will enhance protections for domestic violence victims.

April 23, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Announces Funding For Area Groups

As part of the recently adopted New York State budget, Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) was able to secure funding for dozens of community groups and other worthy projects throughout the Second Senate District. This funding, which is targeted for specific projects, will allow these groups to provide services to many residents."Providing critical resources for the groups that deliver services to our community is very important to ensuring that they are able to achieve their important mission.

April 22, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Hosts Town Hall Meeting In East Setauket

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently hosted a Town Hall meeting in East Setauket. The meeting at the Setauket Elementary School allowed Senator Flanagan to discuss important issues with members of the surrounding community. "Listening to the thoughts of the people who attended allows me to hear what is on their minds.

April 19, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Takes Part In Smithtown Podcast Series

Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently recorded a legislative update podcast that is now available on the Smithtown Library web site. The taped message from Senator Flanagan, which covered topics of importance to residents of Smithtown and the surrounding areas, can be accessedbyCLICKING HERE.During his chat, Senator Flanagan speaks about the recently enacted New York State budget and the impact it will have on Long Island taxpayers.

April 19, 2007
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