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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yesterday, I voted against the nomination of Carol Ash to the position of Commissioner of New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP). This no vote was based on the fact that, in dealing with the ongoing expansion of the Nissequogue River State Park, Ms. Ash has not been forthcoming about her plans regarding the future of this vital parcel of land.Since the transfer of this land to the parks system in December, I have clearly stated my desire to begin the process of delivering the best possible park for our region.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and local Girl Scout troops from Suffolk County will again join together on Friday, April 20th to bring a feeling of home to United States servicemen and women overseas. Senator Flanagan will join the Girl Scouts to host Operation: Cookie in Smithtown from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The event will take place in the lobby of 260 Middle Country Road in Smithtown, where Senator Flanagan's district office is located.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today announced that he is sponsoring legislation that will protect cell phone purchasers. Senator Flanagan joined with the AARP in pushing for the "Wireless Telephone Service Consumer Protection Act" to protect the rights of cell phone users throughout New York State. Cell phones are critical for use in case of an emergency for most New Yorkers. In fact, for older people in the state, it is the main reason they buy cell phones.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) will be hosting a Town Hall meeting in East Setauket on Thursday, April 19th. The forum will be held at the Setauket Elementary School located at 134 Main Street in East Setauket. The meeting will continue the Town Hall meeting series that Senator Flanagan is hosting. The open meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will cover any topic that the audience wishes to discuss.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced Senate passage of legislation he sponsored that would protect the rights of victims of crimes. This legislation, which was sent to the Assembly, would require that personal information of crime victims and witnesses be kept private in court.The legislation would protect crime victims and witnesses by allowing them to refuse to answer personal questions in open court. It would further protect them by not permitting any other party from releasing their personal information in open court.