John J. Flanagan's News items

Senator Flanagan Joins With Area Girl Scouts For Operation: Cookie

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.

April 16, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Joins With Aarp To Protect Cell Phone Users

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.

April 10, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Announces Enhanced Rebates For Long Island Homeowners

Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that as part of the recently approved state budget, the benefits of the successful STAR Rebate program will double in the coming year.

April 5, 2007
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Senator Flanagan To Host A Town Hall Meeting In East Setauket

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.

April 4, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Sponsors Legislation To Protect Privacy Of Crime Victims

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.

March 30, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Welcomes Members Of The Guide Dog Foundation To His Legislative Update Show

Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) welcomed a group from the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind to his weekly Legislative Update television show. On the show, which will be airing this coming week on Cablevision’s public access channel, Senator Flanagan is joined by Chief Executive Officer Wells Jones, Foundation instructor Sebastian McPherson and guide dog Tomme, a one-and-a-half-year old black labrador.

March 29, 2007
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Senator Flanagan To Host A Town Hall Meeting In Kings Park

Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) will be hosting a Town Hall meeting in Kings Park on Wednesday, April 11th. The forum will be held at the Kings Park High School located at 200 Route 25A in Kings Park. The meeting will be the third in an ongoing series of Town Hall meetings that Senator Flanagan is hosting. The open discussion will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will cover any topic that the audience wishes to talk about.

March 29, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Announces Signing Of Workers' Compensation Legislation

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate district) today announced that historic new legislation to reform workers’ compensation insurance has been signed into law, resulting in increased benefits for injured workers and reduced costs for businesses in New York State."This historic workers’ compensation reform law provides much-needed financial assistance for injured workers and substantially reduces the financial burden on businesses", said Senator Flanagan.

March 28, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Announces Signing Of Child Protection Legislation

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today announced that legislation offering greater protection to children who use the Internet has been signed into law. The new law, already in effect, changes current law by criminalizing the transmission of sexually explicit text-only e-mail messages to minors.

March 28, 2007
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Senator Flanagan And Assemblyman Raia Call For Greater Protections For Seniors And Physically Disabled

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and Assemblyman Andrew Raia (9th Assembly District) today announced that they are sponsoring legislation that will significantly increase penalties for crimes against the elderly and the physically disabled.The lawmaker’s renewed call for the increased criminal penalties comes following the assault of 101-year-old Rose Morat in the lobby of her Queens apartment building by an unknown assailant.

March 21, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Fights For More Aid For Long Island Schools To Protect Taxpayers From Increases

To make sure that children of Long Island have access to the educational opportunities they deserve, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that the Senate has added $358 million in school aid to the proposal presented by Governor Eliot Spitzer. This additional funding, which was included in the Senate’s education budget approved this week, will provide Long Island schools with their fair share of school aid.

March 19, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Applauds Signing Of Civil Commitment

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today applauded Governor Eliot Spitzer for signing civil commitment into law. This new law, which Senator Flanagan sponsored in the Senate, will give the state the ability to place sexually violent predators who still pose a threat to society in a secure state mental facility for the purpose of continued rehabilitation at the conclusion of their prison sentence."This is a huge step forward in the fight to protect our children and our communities.

March 16, 2007
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Senator Flanagan's Legislation To Assist Growth Of Smithtown Library Passes Senate

To help the Smithtown Special Library District deliver the best services possible for the residents of Smithtown, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced Senate passage of legislation that will make it easier for continued growth and improvement of this educational resource.

March 16, 2007
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Long Island Senators Declare Spitzer’s Budget Bad For Long Island

The eight members of the Long Island State Senate Delegation held a press conference today to discuss the long-term ramifications Governor Eliot Spitzer’s proposed budget poses to Long Island taxpayers. The Governor’s budget shortchanges Long Island schools by $68 million and raises property taxes for hundreds of thousands of Nassau and Suffolk County homeowners.

March 15, 2007
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New Workers’ Compensation Law Delivers Results In Its First Year

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate district) today heralded the news from the New York State Insurance Department regarding the positive impact of this year’s historic reform of Worker’s Compensation Law. The new law aims to increase the benefits for injured workers and reduce the cost of doing business in New York State and this week’s announcement that the rates for workers’ compensation insurance will decline by more than 20.5% to save New York businesses about $1 billion in the 2007-2008 fiscal year clearly demonstrates its initial success.

March 13, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Discusses The Issues With Community Members

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) continued his Town Hall meeting series with a open forum with residents in Dix Hills.

March 12, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Calls For Change In Education Commissioner Selection

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today announced that he and his Senate colleagues will be introducing legislation to reform and improve accountability within New York State’s public education system by giving the Governor the power to appoint the Commissioner of Education.Currently, this important selection is under the control of the Board of Regents, which is not directly accountable to voters.

March 9, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Calls On Governor Spitzer To Implement Sex Offender Plan

In an attempt to build on the momentum of the recentagreement and movement regardingcivil commitment legislation, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today joined with his colleagues to call on Governor Eliot Spitzer to enhance the New York law enforcement’s ability to track and monitor sex offenders. The three-point plan that Senator Flanagan is proposing would help identify the whereabouts of the more than 1,000 convicted sex offenders who have failed to comply with address verification requirements.

March 7, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Meets With Residents In Centereach

To kick off his annual Town Hall series, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently joined residents in Centereach to discuss the issues that are important to them.

March 6, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Announces Senate Passage Of Civil Commitment Legislation

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced Senate passage of legislation he sponsored that would provide for the civil commitment of sexually violent predators at a secure treatment facility after they have completed their prison sentence to protect the public from criminals likely to commit repeated acts of sexual violence. This passage reflects an agreement between Governor Eliot Spitzer and both the Senate and Assembly that was announced last week.

March 5, 2007
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