John J. Flanagan's Press releases

Senator Flanagan Named Chairman of Senate Education Committee

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), who has been a leader in the fight to secure Long Island’s fair share of state education aid, has been selected as the Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Education.

The selection, which was announced by Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos, will help Senator Flanagan expand his role in the fight to protect the educational system of both Long Island and the entire State of New York.  In this new position, Senator Flanagan will have a clearer and more effective voice in shaping the educational goals of our state and the future of the state’s children.

January 11, 2011
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Senator Flanagan Renews Call For Ban Of Hallucinogenic Drug Following Miley Cyrus Video

Following media reports that pop star Miley Cyrus was caught on video allegedly using salvia divinorum, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today called for the Assembly to join him in his effort to ban the sale of this legal hallucinogen throughout New York State.  Senator Flanagan has been pushing for a ban of the hallucinogen, which is widely claimed to have the same effects of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), for years and has been successful in gaining passage of the ban in the Senate.

Salvia divinorum, also known as Diviner’s Sage, Sister Salvia, Ska Maria Pastora or simply salvia, is a psychoactive plant from the mint family and is currently available on the Internet and in stores without age restrictions.

December 13, 2010
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Senator Flanagan Offers Holiday Shopping Tips

As the holiday season approaches, Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is reminding all Long Islanders to be wary of identity theft and crime as they do their holiday shopping.  To help consumers protect themselves, Senator Flanagan has established a special section on his web site – Helpful Holiday Shopping and Safety Tips – to help make the holiday season safer for shoppers.

November 18, 2010
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Senator Flanagan Joins Salute To Veterans At The Long Island State Veterans Home

Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) was honored to join the staff and volunteers of the Long Island State Veterans Home (LISVH) in Stony Brook for a special Veteran’s Day ceremony.  The event was a salute to the special men and women who reside at the LISVH for their service to the country.

November 17, 2010
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OPEN LETTER TO CONSTITUENTS OF THE SECOND SENATE DISTRICT

Dear Friend:

I would like to thank the residents of the 2nd Senate District for providing me with the opportunity to continue serving as their New York State Senator.  The ability to represent our community in the Senate over the past eight years has been a privilege and I look forward to working on everyone’s behalf over the next two.

November 9, 2010
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Senator Flanagan Visits Kings Park Students

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently visited Kings Park High School to discuss the New York State Senate with students of the AP Government class.

Senator Flanagan spoke to the students, who are taking part in the class under the direction of teacher Jack Bishop, about his role in the legislative process, his efforts to protect the residents of the 2nd Senate District and other topics that provided the students with an overview of how New York State government operates.  The students were then provided with an opportunity to ask Senator Flanagan questions about the state issues that are important to them.

October 25, 2010
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Senator Flanagan Secures Grant To Help St. Catherine of Siena Expand Cardiac Services

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently joined with St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center to unveil improvements at the newly renovated Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory.  Senator Flanagan secured a $100,000 grant for the program which helped enhance the medical center’s ability to enhance its services with advance technology in intravascular imaging.

September 16, 2010
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Senator Flanagan Given High Marks For Job Creation Efforts

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) was recently given a top score on the job creation scorecard released by the Business Council of New York State.  The Business Council recognized Senator Flanagan for consistently voting to protect small businesses across the state from increased taxes and out of control state spending that were proposed and passed by Senate Democrats.

September 15, 2010
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Senator Flanagan Honored For Efforts To Help Expand Kings Park Fire Department

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) was recently honored by the Kings Park Fire District’s Board of Fire Commissioners for his efforts in getting the state to transfer a parcel of land on the former Kings Park Psychiatric Center property to the Kings Park Fire District (KPFD).

The transfer, which was sponsored by Senator Flanagan and Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick (7th Assembly District) in their respective houses of the legislature and signed into law on August 26TH, will enable the fire district to build a substation at the site and provide better service the Kings Park residents.

September 15, 2010
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Senator Flanagan Helps Residents Get Prepared

In an effort to help residents prepare for emergencies, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently joined with a number of public agencies to host three community preparedness seminars.  The three seminars, which offered residents helpful tips and information, were held at the Kings Park Fire Department, the Lake Ronkonkoma Fire Department and the Half Hollow Hills Library in Dix Hills.

September 7, 2010
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Senator Flanagan To Host Emergency Preparedness Meetings

Continuing his annual effort to help the community prepare, Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) will be hosting three Emergency Preparedness Seminars throughout the region. The meetings, which will be held in Dix Hills, Kings Park and Ronkonkoma, will be free of charge to all in the community.

August 9, 2010
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Senator Flanagan Gains Passage Of Extention Of Alternative Energy Tax Exemption

Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently announced that legislation he sponsored to extend tax relief for alternative-energy homeowners has passed both the Senate and the Assembly.  The legislation, which now is awaiting Governor David Paterson’s signature, will extend local tax exemptions for environmentally-friendly homeowners who install energy-efficient systems on their homes.

July 26, 2010
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Senator Flanagan Disappointed By Senate Democrats Rejection Of Cyber-Bullying Legislation

To protect the state’s children, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and his Senate Republicans recently offered an amendment to a proposal by the Senate Democrats called the Dignity for All Students Act, which creates a limited class of protections for students but does not include any provis

July 8, 2010
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Senator Flanagan Joins Suffolk Executive Steve Levy And Other Elected Officials To Protest Loss of State Economic Development Tax Credits

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy, Senator Ken LaValle (1st Senate District), Senator Owen Johnson (4th Senate District), Suffolk legislators and area business leaders to protest a proposal by the Democrat leaders in the New York State Legislature and Governor David Paterson that will eliminate over 30 economic

July 6, 2010
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A Message About The State Budget

Recently, Governor Paterson announced after a private meeting with the Democratic leaders of the Senate and the Assembly that the repeal of sales tax increases on clothing was “on the table”.  This latest tax increase would remove the ability of our residents to purchase clothing items under $110 without paying state sales tax which has been the law since initiated under the Republican majority in the Senate to help everyone afford the necessities their fam

June 25, 2010
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Senator Flanagan Offers Summer Safety Tips

To help protect families, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is reminding all parents of the need for  greater awareness and safety as school lets out and summer begins.  To assist parents in this effort, Senator Flanagan recently posted summer safety tips on his web site.  This section, called Senator Flanagan's Summer Safety Tips, provides useful information to help keep our community safer during the summer months.

June 18, 2010
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Senator Flanagan Hosts Ms. New York Senior America 2010

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently hosted Dr. Elisabeth Zamarelli of Stony Brook in Albany to honor her selection as Ms. New York Senior America 2010.  

June 15, 2010
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Senator Flanagan Proudly Inducts Edward J. Borowski Into Senate Veterans' Hall Of Fame

Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently had the privilege of presenting Mr. Edward J. Borowski as his honoree for induction into the New York State Senate Veteran’s Hall of Fame at a special ceremony in Albany.  Mr. Borowski, who was nominated by his son Paul E. Borowski, served in the United States Navy during World War II.

June 9, 2010
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Senator Flanagan Introduces Legislation To Freeze Public Sector Wages

To address the severe state budget deficit, prevent thousands of layoffs, and generate hundreds of millions in savings, Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today introduced legislation to freeze the wages of all public employees statewide for one year.

May 25, 2010
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