John J. Flanagan's Press releases

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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Senator Flanagan Assists Commack Library In Providing Life Saving Apparatus To Patrons

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that his office has secured $10,000 in state funding for the Commack Public Library as part of the 2014-15 State budget. The funding will be used by the library to offset the cost of an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) program.

The library will use funding secured by Senator Flanagan to purchase AED equipment as well as to obtain a special cabinet that will house the lifesaving device. The funding will also be used to support the training of library staff so that any patron who suffers a cardiac emergency will be assisted as quickly as possible.

November 19, 2014
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Senator Flanagan’s Legislation To Protect Students With Medical Conditions Signed Into Law

Legislation sponsored by Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) that will provide relief to students who struggle with respiratory diseases or diabetes has been signed into law.  The new law permits students who utilize an inhaler or other prescribed equipment or medication to carry and use these devices in school and at school functions. 

October 31, 2014
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Senator Flanagan Welcomes Miss New York Junior Teen

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently welcomed Miss New York Junior Teen Hailey Germano to his office in Smithtown.  Ms. Germano, who is in her first year at Smithtown West High School, was crowned in August and will be heading to Orlando in November to represent New York State in the Miss America Junior Teen pageant.

“It was great to meet Hailey during our recent visit.  She is a great representative for our community and she will make our entire state proud.  I wish her all the best in the upcoming pageant in Orlando,” stated Senator Flanagan.

October 30, 2014
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Smithtown Library Utilizes Funding Secured By Senator Flanagan

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that his office has secured $10,000 in state funding for The Smithtown Library as part of the 2014-15 State budget.  The funding will help offset the cost of the purchase of a new carpet cleaner for the library.

The new Tennant 1610 Dual Technology Carpet Extractor is a deep cleaning system that will protect the carpeting in the library from wear and tear.  The purchase of this new machine will protect the investment of the taxpayers and the quality of the buildings, all of which recently underwent significant renovations.

October 28, 2014
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Senator Flanagan Works With Kings Park School District To Benefit Students

Senator John Flanagan( 2nd Senate District) recently announced that his office has secured funding for the Kings Park Central School District.  The funding, which is the result of Senator Flanagan’s ongoing efforts to provide additional opportunities to Kings Park students, will help enhance the overall educational experience at all of the schools in the district.

Over the past four years, Senator Flanagan has secured close to $300,000 in state funding, beyond traditional school aid, that the district has used to offset the cost of a number of projects. 

October 21, 2014
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Senator Flanagan Secures Funding To Benefit Commack School Students

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently announced that he has secured funding for the Commack Public Schools.  The funding, the result of Senator Flanagan’s ongoing efforts to secure educational funding for Commack students, will help enhance technology in facilities throughout the school district.

October 20, 2014
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Senator Flanagan Secures Funding For East Northport Library

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that his office has secured $10,000 in state funding as part of the 2014-15 State budget for the Northport-East Northport Library.  The funding will help offset the cost of installing new carpeting in the children’s room of the East Northport branch of the library.

October 17, 2014
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Senator Flanagan Voices His Opposition To Illegal Immigrant Rights Legislation

Measure Pushed by Senate Democrats Would Become Law if Conference is Handed Keys to the Chamber

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today voiced his strong opposition to a plan sponsored by the Senate Democrats that would provide illegal immigrants with the right to vote, to run for office and to obtain a driver’s license.  The plan, which is known as “New York Is Home”, would also provide them with access to college aid and make them immediately eligible for taxpayer-funded welfare benefits, driving up property and state taxes.

September 18, 2014
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Senators Flanagan and Boyle Assist in Reinstatement of Grant to Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center, Inc.

On September 15, Mary Ann Malack-Ragona, Executive Director/CEO, Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center, Inc. (ADRC), was joined by New York State Senators Phil Boyle and John Flanagan, ADRC clients and their families and caregivers to announce that the organization has had its grant from the New York State Department of Health restored. The money would be used to continue providing its programs and services: care and consultation; support groups; and educational programs.

September 16, 2014
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Senator Flanagan Joins With Local Residents To Designate September As Hydrocephalus Awareness Month In New York State

To raise awareness of Hydrocephalus and support the 9th Annual Hydrocephalus WALK, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) successfully sponsored legislation to designate the month of September as Hydrocephalus Awareness Month in New York State.  Senator Flanagan presented copies of the resolution to Mia Padron and Jackie Davidson of the Hydrocephalus Association during a visit to his office in Smithtown.

September 15, 2014
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Senator Flanagan Reads To Young Students At Stony Brook University’s Freedom School

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently visited the Stony Brook University’s Freedom School to read with the children who participate in the summer enrichment program. The motivational project, which was the first of its kind on Long Island, is designed to generate positive attitudes toward learning. 

Senator Flanagan was invited to join the children by Dr. Charles Robbins, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Dean of the Undergraduate Colleges. 

August 12, 2014
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Senator Flanagan Joins With Senate Colleagues To Launch Bold Plan To Keep State Moving Forward

Plan Would Invest Over $3 Billion From BNP Bank Settlement To Accelerate Tax Relief, Rebuild Infrastructure to Create Jobs, Help Schools

July 14, 2014
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Senator Flanagan’s Legislation To Protect Students With Medical Conditions Passes Senate

Legislation sponsored by Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) which will provide relief to students who struggle with respiratory diseases or diabetes has passed the New York State Senate.  The legislation (S7758) allows students who utilize an inhaler or other prescribed equipment or medication to carry and use these devices in school and at school functions. 

June 23, 2014
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Senator Flanagan Supports Women’s Equality Package

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) this week joined with his colleagues in the State Senate and voted in favor of the measures that complete the nine-part New York State Senate’s Women’s Equality Agenda.  The legislation approved this week would stop sexual harassment at work, allow for the recovery of attorney’s fees by victims of gender discrimination, and enable domestic violence victims to obtain orders of protection electronically.

June 23, 2014
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Legislation Sponsored By Flanagan And Fitzpatrick To Uphold Smithtown Election Results Signed Into Law

Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and Assemblyman Michael J. Fitzpatrick (8th Assembly District) announced that legislation they jointly sponsored that would allow Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio and Councilwoman Lynne C. Nowick to serve their full four-year terms has been signed into law.  The enacted legislation would in effect uphold the results of the November 2013 local election when Smithtown voters overwhelmingly elected Vecchio and Nowick to serve in office.

June 20, 2014
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Senator Flanagan Supports Effort To Address Growing Heroin and Opioid Epidemic

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently joined with his colleagues in the New York State Senate to pass legislation to address issues surrounding the increase in heroin and opioid abuse, addiction, and related crimes in New York.

June 20, 2014
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Senator Flanagan Sponsoring Blood Drive In Nesconset

With our region facing a high demand for blood donations, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is joining with Long Island Blood Services to sponsor a blood drive on Thursday, June 26 at the Nesconset Branch of the Smithtown Library.  The event will be held from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the library, which is located at 148 Smithtown Boulevard in Nesconset.

June 17, 2014
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Senator Flanagan Supports Tougher Penalties For Multiple DWI Convictions

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently voted in favor of “Vince’s Law,” a bill (S7108) that would significantly toughen criminal penalties to get persistent drunk drivers off the road.

June 16, 2014
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