Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced today that a number of new state laws, including elimination of the marriage penalty, a personal income tax credit for volunteer firefighters and emergency personnel and an increase in the minimum wage, will go into effect on January 1, 2007. The tax credits and reductions that take effect will save almost $1 billion. "The main goal has been to reduce the tax burden on New York residents and these laws will deliver some much needed tax relief.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced today that through a cooperative effort of a variety of state offices, the Kings Park Psychiatric Center Property has been officially transferred to the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYS OPRHP).
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently visited Cub Scout Den 2 of Bellerose Elementary School Pack 52 to talk to them about the New York State Legislature. The meeting was arranged by Den Leaders Polly Sullivan and Beth Darrell as part of the children's efforts to attain the Citizen Activity Badge.During the meeting with the seventeen scouts, Senator Flanagan discussed his role in the state government and his responsibilities as their representative.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today joined with Kings Park community leaders in declaring a major victory in a lawsuit regarding the future of the Kings Park Psychiatric Center (KPPC).
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined Wendy Peters as they were honored by the Developmental Disabilities Institute (DDI) during the recent Stars Gala & Casino Night held at the Hyatt Regency in Islandia. The annual event, now in its sixth year, celebrated DDI's achievements over the past year.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently visited with the staff of Friends of Karen in their Port Jefferson office to show his support for their continued service to Long Island families.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently visited the Cleary School for the Deaf in Nesconset to view the new and improved playground facilities that were funded through a state grant he was able to secure. The $50,000 grant was used by the school to offset the cost of the recreation area improvements.A majority of the funding was used by the school to enhance the safety of the play area. The centerpiece of those improvements was the installation of a new synthetic safety surface that will soften the impact of falls and trips.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today joined with area veterans to commemorate the 65th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day. Along with Assemblyman Steve Englebright (4th Assembly District), Senator Flanagan gathered with the veterans at the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge in Centereach to recall that fateful day in 1941.The two legislators were honored to be joined by Pearl Harbor survivors William Vatter and Howard Love.Organized by Frank F. Belsito, Commander of the American Legion Pearl Harbor Memorial Post No.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with the Ward Melville Heritage Organization (WMHO) to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Stony Brook Village Center. The Stony Brook Village Center was completed in 1941 and welcomed its final tenant, Bayles Hardware, on December 7, 1941.Senator Flanagan joined with Gloria Rocchio, President of the WMHO, and others from the Stony Brook community outside the Stony Brook Post Office to recognize the occasion.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with the Long Island 9/11 Memorial Board to honor the labor unions who took part in recovery efforts at Ground Zero. The eighteen unions honored were each presented with an honorary flag for their dedicated efforts during a ceremony held at the future site of a seven-acre 9/11 memorial on the campus of Farmingdale State University. The event was highlighted by the unveiling of a 1,500 pound I-beam that was recovered at Ground Zero and will become a centerpiece of the future memorial.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently hosted four students from Sachem High School as part of the school's Job Shadow Day. The students, Kyle Hill and Malika Moro from Sachem North and Jared Kirschenbaum and Mike McKnight from Sachem East, are members of the AP Government program and were chosen to represent their respective classes.The four seniors joined Senator Flanagan as he went through a typical day of attending meetings and events.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today announced that, thanks to a new state law, consumers who register for the New York State Do Not Call registry will be protected from unwanted sales calls in a more timely fashion. To offer enhanced consumer protection, the new law requires telemarketers to update their do not call lists no later than every thirty one days.This change will ensure that those who register their phone number are protected within one month of registration. Prior to this change, a delay of 90 days was allowable by law.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) would like to remind residents to be careful when shopping online during the holiday season. "As more consumers begin to do their holiday shopping online, the need for them to be aware of the risk of Internet identity theft grows. While many online retailers offer extremely safe and convenient shopping, there are some who use this growing Internet shopping world to scam and deceive consumers," stated Senator Flanagan.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently joined with Island Harvest President and CEO Randi Dresner to call on all Long Islanders to do what they can to help those in need this upcoming holiday season. Appearing together on a recently taped Meet the Leaders, the two spoke with host Patrick Halpin about the growing need for Long Islanders to join together to assist those less fortunate.Island Harvest serves as a bridge between those who have surplus food, such as restaurants and businesses, and those in need.
Dear Friend:I want to thank you for providing me the opportunity to continue serving as your New York State Senator. It has been my privilege to represent our community and I look forward to working with you in the coming years.Over the past couple of months, I have had discussions with many of you regarding your concerns and priorities and I am hopeful that we can continue that dialogue.
When Dennis John Wickes, Jr. saw his friend struggling off the Kings Park Bluff, he selflessly jumped into the dangerous waters to save a life. For those actions, the Centereach 11th grader was presented with the New York State Senate Liberty Medal by Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District). The honor was presented to Dennis in front of the entire 11th Grade class at a special assembly at the Centereach High School.In July, Dennis was relaxing with two friends at the Kings Park Bluff when one of the boys decided to go swimming.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined Bernadette Castro, Commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historical Preservation, at the Governor Alfred E. Smith/Sunken Meadow State Park in King Park to announce the commitment of $500,000 for beach replenishment at the Long Island Sound waterfront park.
Beginning on November 1st, a new law sponsored by Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) will enable New York State consumers to block access to their credit report. The new law, which was signed into law in June, will strengthen the available identity theft protections enjoyed by New Yorkers and severely limit the ability of identity thieves to open fraudulent accounts in the name of innocent consumers.If a credit card company or bank cannot view an applicant’s credit history, they are unlikely to issue that person any new credit cards, loans, etc.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently announced that he has secured $200,000 in state funding for the Long Island Museum. The funding will offset the cost of improvements and new exhibitions in the Carriage Museum. "I am always impressed with the work of the staff and administration of the Long Island Museum and I am proud to work closely with them to deliver the history of Long Island to our community," stated Senator Flanagan.