John J. Flanagan's Press releases

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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Senator Flanagan Supports Wide Reaching Tax Relief Package

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with his colleagues in the Senate to pass seven bills that would provide tax relief to businesses, expand exemptions from the job-killing MTA payroll tax, encourage historic preservation projects, reduce energy taxes, protect forestland, and provide tax benefits to disabled veterans, as well as teachers who purchase school supplies.

June 12, 2014
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Senator Flanagan Honors 70th Anniversary of D-Day

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with his colleagues in the New York State Senate to honor our World War II veterans by adopting  a resolution that commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Allied Army invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944.  This defining day in world history marked the beginning of the liberation of Europe and the eventual end of World War II.

June 6, 2014
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Senator Flanagan Honors Greenlawn Resident As His 2014 Woman Of Distinction

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently honored Filomena Piscitelli of Greenlawn as his 2014 Woman of Distinction.  As part of the honor, Senator Flanagan welcomed Mrs. Piscitelli to Albany to take part in a special Senate Women of Distinction ceremony.

Born in Italy, Mrs. Piscitelli and her late husband came over to America in 1963 to start a new life for their family.  In 1966, she successfully became a citizen of the United States of America while taking care of her two children and helping her husband open Mario’s Shoe Repair in Greenlawn. 

June 4, 2014
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Senator Flanagan Announces Legislation To Assist Small Businesses Passes State Senate

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate recently passed his legislation to direct more state economic development funding to small businesses enabling them to become more economically competitive, grow, and create more jobs.  The bill (S1530) would require state agencies that award economic development assistance to give preference to small businesses and entrepreneurs because they are most in need of assistance and are significant job creator

May 20, 2014
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Senator Flanagan’s Bill Upholding Smithtown Terms of Office Passes Senate

Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate has passed his legislation allowing Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio and Councilwoman Lynne C. Nowick to serve their full four-year terms. If enacted into law, the 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.

The legislation is sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblyman Michael J. Fitzpatrick (8th Assembly District).

April 29, 2014
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Senator Flanagan Joins Letter Carriers To Help Stamp Out Hunger

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is encouraging everyone in our community to join this year's National Association of Letter Carrier's (NALC) Stamp Out Hunger food drive on Saturday, May 10th.  During the event, letter carriers in our communities will carry on their tradition, now in its 22nd

April 28, 2014
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Stony Brook University Commemorates Opening of Newly Refurbished Recreation Fields

Stony Brook University celebrated the opening of its newly renovated Campus Recreation Field Complex with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the southeast corner of the South P parking area of the campus. Stony Brook University students will have primary use of the three competition size turf and grass fields which measure over nine square acres and include lights for evening practice and competition.

April 24, 2014
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Senator Flanagan Welcomes Commack Boy Scout

     Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently welcomed Dylan Feldman of Boy Scout Troop 403 in Commack to his office.  The Commack Middle School 6th grader met with Senator Flanagan to discuss the constitutional rights and obligations of citizens of the United States.  The meeting was scheduled as part of Dylan’s effort to achieve the rank of First Class Rank Scout. 

     "Scouting presents a tremendous opportunity for young boys to learn about the world they live in and it was enjoyable to help Dylan as he works to achieve his goal.  I enjoyed our visit and wish Dylan all the best in his scouting career,” stated Senator Flanagan.

April 21, 2014
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Senator Flanagan’s Legislation Mandating DWI Testing After Serious Accidents Passes Senate

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced today that the New York State Senate has passed legislation he sponsored that would help increase prosecution of drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.  The bill (S1446) would require chemical testing of drivers suspected of being impaired when an accident occurs and results in serious injury or death. 

Under current law, chemical testing is permitted at the discretion of law enforcement following an accident but it is not required.  Additionally, law enforcement needs to establish reasonable cause to order a chemical test. 

March 26, 2014
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Uncle Giuseppe's Marketplace Announces Data Breach

Uncle Giuseppe’s Marketplace has announced that it has become the latest in a long line of companies which has had their customers’ credit data breached. The breach affects an unknown number of credit and debit card customers in three stores (Smithtown, East Meadow and Port Washington) who shopped there between late January and the end of February.

March 7, 2014
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Flanagan And Fitzpatrick Introduce Legislation To Allow Vecchio And Nowick To Serve Full Terms

Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and Assemblyman Michael J. Fitzpatrick (8th Assembly District) have introduced legislation that would allow Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio and Councilwoman Lynne C. Nowick to serve out their full four-year terms.  The legislation would uphold the results of the November 2013 election when the voters of the Town of Smithtown overwhelmingly elected Supervisor Vecchio and Councilwoman Nowick to four-year terms.

March 5, 2014
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Senator Flanagan Joins With Senator Hannon To Get Insurance Rights For Families Affected By Heroin Epidemic

With the recent death of actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman highlighting the growing impact of heroin and other drugs, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced today that he is joining with Senator Kemp Hannon (6th Senate District) in his effort to provide families affected by addiction with the tools they need to fight this serious disease.  Senators Flanagan and Hannon are sponsoring legislation (S.4623) that would put treatment decisions for those struggling with addiction in the hands of physicians as opposed to insurance companies.

February 18, 2014
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Statement from Senator John Flanagan Regarding Town of Smithtown

I am pleased to see that the sitting town board members acknowledge that Supervisor Vecchio and Councilwoman Nowick were duly elected by the voters this past November and have rightly reinstated them to their elected offices.

They deserve to serve their full terms of office as intended and expected by the voters, and I will work with Assemblyman Fitzpatrick to advance state legislation in the hopes of  achieving that goal. I am confident that the board members who have reappointed Supervisor Vecchio and Councilwoman Nowick will do everything in their power to assist us in enacting this state legislation.

February 14, 2014
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