John J. Flanagan's Press releases

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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Flanagan and Fitzpatrick Call for Immediate Appointment of Vecchio and Nowick

Today, Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and Assemblyman Michael J. Fitzpatrick (8th Assembly District) announced their full support for Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio and Councilwoman Lynne C. Nowick, and jointly called on current Town Board members to immediately appoint Vecchio and Nowick to the offices that voters elected them to in November 2013.

February 11, 2014
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Senator Flanagan Joins With Long Island Cares For Pet Food Drive

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is joining Long Island Cares for its 3rd Annual Legislative Food Drive Challenge.  This year, the organization is focusing its efforts on collecting pet food to ensure that the most vulnerable members of Long Island families are able to get the food they need.

February 6, 2014
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Senate Co-Leaders Dean Skelos and Jeff Klein, and Senate Education Chair John Flanagan Call for Delay of Common Core and Sharing of Student Privacy Data

Senators Skelos, Klein and Flanagan issued the following statement:

We continue to support the goals of an improved education curriculum that increases standards and ensures that students are college and career ready. However, after having spent months listening to parents, teachers, administrators and educational professionals at public hearings conducted throughout New York State, it is our belief that while the implementation of Common Core Learning Standards may have been well intended, it has been poorly executed.

February 4, 2014
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Senator Flanagan’s Legislation To Restore School Funding Lost Under The Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) Approved By Senate Education Committee

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that his legislation to accelerate the restoration of funding lost by school districts under the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) has been approved by the Senate Education Committee.  The legislation would establish a definitive timetable for making full restoration of GEA funding to all school districts over a three-year period.

The bill will now go to the Senate Finance Committee for further consideration.  From there, the bill is expected to be sent to the full Senate for a vote.

February 4, 2014
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Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day

Today is National Earned Income Tax Credit Day – an effort by the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance (NYSDTF) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to make sure that all New York taxpayers are aware of all of the tax relief available to them.

January 31, 2014
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Senator Flanagan Announces Pet Dealer Oversight Law Now In Effect

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently announced the enactment of legislation he supported that will help provide better regulation of animal breeders and pet stores.  The new law (Chapter 553 of 2013 signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo) authorizes local governments to enact more stringent laws than those that currently exist at the state level.

Any new local laws, rules, regulations or ordinances must be at least as stringent as state law and must not result in banning the sale of dogs and cats that are raised in a safe and healthy manner.

January 27, 2014
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Statement from Senator Flanagan Regarding Governor Cuomo's Budget Address

It was encouraging to hear Governor Cuomo publicly discuss taking action on issues that were repeatedly raised by concerned parents and teachers at the recent hearings held by the Senate Education Committee throughout New York State.  Specifically, his support of a ban on standardized testing, which is aligned with legislation I sponsored in December, and his support of a full examination of the implementation of new learning standards is a clear sign to our parents and teachers that their voices are being heard.

January 22, 2014
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PSEG Long Island Warns Customers About an Email Payment Scam

PSEG Long Island is alerting customers not to be defrauded by a scam in which fraudulent emails appear to be bills sent from their utility. The emails request personal information from the customer, leading to identity theft.

PSEG Long Island has received reports of customers receiving such emails and urges its customers to be wary of these types of suspicious emails.  The utility would not ask its customers to provide personal information online without first logging into My Account.

January 16, 2014
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Senator Flanagan’s Education Reform Package Approved By Senate Education Committee

Education reform legislation sponsored by Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), Chairman of the New York State Senate Standing Committee on Education, has been reported out of committee.

January 14, 2014
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Consumer Alert Regarding Target Information Breach

Retailer Target has announced that data connected to about 40 million credit and debit card accounts was stolen as part of a breach that began over the Thanksgiving weekend.  According to Target, if you used your credit or debit card in any of their stores, it is potential that your information was accessed. 

December 20, 2013
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Senator Flanagan Presents Liberty Medal To Smithtown Student

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently presented the New York State Senate Liberty Medal to ten-year-old Kyle Geringer of Smithtown for his efforts in alerting his Smithtown neighbors about a chimney fire at their home.  Senator Flanagan joined Kyle and his family in his fifth-grade class at Accompsett Elementary School, which is taught by Mr. Scott Miller, for a special ceremony organized by Principal Jeanne Kull-Minarik.

December 17, 2013
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NYS Education Chairman Flanagan Calls For Immediate SED Action on Common Core and Unveils a Package of Legislative Actions

Today, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), Chairman of the New York State Senate Standing Committee on Education, issued a report of findings and recommendations related to the Education Committee's recent series of statewide public hearings entitled: The Regents Reform Agenda: "Assessing" Our Progress.

December 12, 2013
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STAR Re-Registration Assistance Event

According to state officials, more than 175,000 homeowners on Long Island have yet to re-register for their Basic STAR tax exemption, with the deadline of December 31st approaching.  To assist those who need additional help, state employees will be at the Perry Duryea State Office Building, located at 250 Veterans Highway in Hauppauge, from 9 am to 5 pm today through Friday to help homeowners re-register for Ba

December 2, 2013
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Patch: Cuomo Brings Meals, Aid to LI Cares

By Pam Robinson (Editor) - November 27, 2013

Gov. Cuomo delivered Thanksgiving meals and an infusion of funds to Long Island Cares, one of a series of stops Wednesday at food banks around the state.

December 2, 2013
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Long Island State Veterans Home Receives $12.5 Million In Funding From VA Construction Grant Program

The Long Island State Veterans Home is the recent recipient of a $12.5 million VA Construction Grant Award as announced by VA Secretary Erik K. Shinseki.

November 8, 2013
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Senator Flanagan Announces New Counsel To Education Committee

New York State Senator John J. Flanagan is pleased to announce the appointment of Carl Mills III as his new Counsel to the Senate Education Committee.  Mr. Mills is a well seasoned graduate of Albany Law School and has worked as a member of Senator Flanagan’s staff for the past two years; first as a fellow in the New York State Graduate Fellowship program, and more recently as Special Counsel to the Senator.

November 1, 2013
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Halloween Safety Tips for your Family from Senator Flanagan

For many families in our community, Halloween is a day for children to enjoy time with their friends and to go trick-or-treating. But that fun needs to be balanced with some safety measures to ensure that our little ghosts and goblins are able to safely enjoy the day.

To help you keep the children in your life safe this Halloween, I wanted to share some common-sense tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

October 30, 2013
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Senator Flanagan And Senator Felder Partner Host Education Hearing In New York City

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), Chairman of the New York State Senate Standing Committee on Education, today joined with his colleague Senator Simcha Felder (17th Senate District), the Chair of the New York City Education Subcommittee, to convene an education hearing in New York City to review the impact and effectiveness of recent state education reforms.  The “Regents Reform Agenda: ‘Assessing’ Our Progress” is the fourth of five Senate Education Committee hearings being held throughout the state.

October 29, 2013
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Senator Flanagan Helps Open New Press Box At Kings Park High School

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently joined with members of the Kings Park School District community to cut the ribbon on the new press box at the Kings Park High School football field.  The new facility was funded through a state grant of $85,000 that Senator Flanagan helped secure.

The new press box will replace an older one which was accessible only by ladder and had been deemed unsafe for both students and faculty.  To ensure safety and comfort, the new facility features a glass-enclosed broadcast booth that overlooks the playing field and a rooftop platform that enables safe filming of on-field activities.

October 28, 2013
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