John J. Flanagan's Press releases

Senate Passes Legislation To Honor Veterans In New York

The New York State Senate today passed 14 measures dedicated to improving the lives of veterans and honoring them for their exceptional service. The Senate today also celebrated the achievements of veterans from across the state during the Senate’s annual Veterans’ Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

May 21, 2015
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Senate Passes Legislation Making The Property Tax Cap Permanent

The New York State Senate today acted on one of its top end-of-session priorities by passing legislation to make the property tax cap permanent.  The bill (S5597), sponsored by Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-C-I, East Northport), would prevent the planned expiration of the tax cap to continue saving taxpayers billions of dollars each year, increase investments by businesses, and create more jobs.

May 19, 2015
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Statement from Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan

With the end of the Legislative session quickly approaching, there are just 15 session days remaining to do the people’s business and conclude our work for the year.  That’s not a lot of time, but it’s enough to make a difference in the lives of hardworking New Yorkers and their families. 

First and foremost, we should make the property tax cap permanent in New York.  Doing so will bring certainty to taxpayers, help create good jobs and grow our economy for the future.  To that end, the Senate will act as early as this week to make the current property tax cap permanent in New York State.

May 18, 2015
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Senate Passes Bills To Protect Victims Of Domestic Violence

The New York State Senate today passed two measures to strengthen protections for victims of domestic violence and children at risk of abuse. The bills would create new safeguards for victims who testify against their abusers in court, as well as establish a commission to study and recommend methods of preventing child abuse in New York.

May 13, 2015
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Senate Passes Measures To Protect Children

The New York State Senate today passed four bills to promote the safety and well-being of children and families. The measures would prevent felons from working in child day care programs, increase penalties for child endangerment, protect consumers by preventing unauthorized vendors from selling items like baby food, and help keep military families together by eliminating deployment as a barrier to child custody. 

May 12, 2015
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Senate Passes Bills To Strengthen Laws For Reckless And Irresponsible Driving

The New York State Senate today passed four measures that would keep our roads safe by holding drivers accountable for reckless and irresponsible actions. The legislation would increase or create new penalties for repeat DWI offenders, those who drive at high speeds, and individuals who cause a death while driving without a valid license.

May 12, 2015
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Senator Flanagan Announces Passage Of Legislation To Assist Family Caregivers

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate has approved legislation that would help caregivers receive the necessary resources to deliver care to older adults and others with long term health needs in a home setting. The CARE Act (S676A) would reduce future hospitalizations of patients by ensuring that caregivers are involved in and educated about patients’ needs and how to best meet them once they leave the hospital.

May 5, 2015
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Senator Flanagan Announces Passage Of Legislation To Assist Family Caregivers

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate has approved legislation that would help caregivers receive the necessary resources to deliver care to older adults and others with long term health needs in a home setting. The CARE Act (S676A) would reduce future hospitalizations of patients by ensuring that caregivers are involved in and educated about patients’ needs and how to best meet them once they leave the hospital.

May 1, 2015
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Senator Flanagan Supports USPS Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is once again supporting the National Association of Letter Carrier's (NALC) annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive.  This year’s effort to assist those in need in our community will be held on Saturday, May 9th.  During the event, letter carriers in our communities will collect food along their normal route to help restock area food banks, pantries and shelters. 

May 1, 2015
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Senator Flanagan Partners With Emma S. Clark Library To Benefit Three Village Community

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently visited with the staff of the Emma S. Clark Memorial Library to view the facility’s impressive state-of-the-art Technology Center. The library utilized $10,000 in state funding that Senator Flanagan secured to offset the cost of the refurbished center including the acquisition of new computer equipment.

April 21, 2015
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Senator Flanagan Joins With Senator Croci To Pass Legislation Targeting Cyber Terrorism

            Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently joined with Senator Tom Croci (3rd Senate District) to sponsor four bills that would crack down on cyber terrorism and its rapidly expanding threat to the state’s security and finances.  The legislation would enact tougher penalties for cyber-related crimes, create cyber security programs to identify potential risks and threats and require the state to perform a comprehensive review of all its cyber security measures every five years.

March 12, 2015
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Senator Flanagan Announces Senate Passage Of Legislation Protecting Children From Sex Offenders

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with his colleagues in the New York State Senate today to take quick action on nine bills that would close dangerous loopholes in the laws protecting children and communities from sexual predators.  The measures, which have been sent to the Assembly for further action, would address critical issues raised by a recent Court of Appeals ruling that prevents local governments from enacting laws restricting sex offenders, as well as the saf

February 26, 2015
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Senator Flanagan Fighting To Keep Children Safe From Sex Offenders

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined his colleagues in the New York State Senate Coalition this week to unveil an alarming joint-investigative report,

February 25, 2015
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Senator Flanagan Leads Effort To Return One Billion To Schools By Eliminating The GEA

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today joined with his Senate Republican colleagues at a press conference in Albany to call for the complete elimination of the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) to protect our public schools and taxpayers.  The Conference proposed a plan that would return $1 billion to schools across the state by accelerating the complete elimination of the GEA in the 2015-16 state budget.

February 10, 2015
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Senator Flanagan Supports Tougher Penalties For Sex Offenders

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with his colleagues in the New York State Senate Majority to pass a package of legislation, including a bill that he sponsored, that would help keep communities safer from sexual predators.  These seven bills would help prevent the most dangerous offenders from having contact with children and college students, require more stringent residency reporting requirements for the sex offender registry, strengthen penalties for those who help sex offenders evade registration requirements, and

February 10, 2015
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Senator Flanagan Joining Long Island Cares For Pet Food Drive

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is again joining Long Island Cares for its annual Legislature Pet Food Drive Challenge. Through this effort, the organization is working to collect pet supplies to stock Baxter’s Pet Panty to help ensure all Long Island families are able to care for their pets.

Baxter’s Pet Pantry was created by Long Island Cares in 2009, in partnership with the Animal Relief Fund Inc. (ARF), to help pet-owning families throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties get the supplies they need. In addition to providing pet food, the Pet Pantry offers toys, pet clothes and other supplies to Long Island families.

February 4, 2015
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Senator Flanagan Joins Senate Colleagues To Approve Women’s Equality Package

            Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with his fellow members of the Senate Republican Conference and the Senate Independent Democratic Conference to approve a comprehensive Women’s Equality Agenda that would enhance the rights of women and protect those who are most vulnerable to abuse and discrimination.

January 12, 2015
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Senator Flanagan Meets UFC Champion Weidman

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently met Dix Hills resident and UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman during a visit to an area school.  The Hofstra University graduate won his title in July of 2013 and has successfully defended it two times.

“Chris is a true gentleman who has worked hard for all that he has achieved.  It was great to meet this champion and I wish him continued success in the future,” stated Senator Flanagan.

November 25, 2014
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Senator Flanagan Joins ReesSpecht Life And Family Service League Toy Drive

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) has announced that his office is joining with ReesSpecht LIFE and Family Service League for a special Toy Drive during the upcoming holiday season. Project TOY (Treasure Our Youth) will help local families in need have a happy holiday season.

“This is a great program that my office is proud to participate in to help make the upcoming holidays brighter for our entire community. Hopefully, we can all join together to help ensure that every child has a happy holiday season,” stated Senator Flanagan.

November 21, 2014
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