John J. Flanagan's Press releases

Senator Flanagan Calls For Passage Of Salvia Ban

Following media reports that a teen in New York City had been smoking salvia divinorum before apparently leaping to his death in Roosevelt Island, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today called for the Assembly to join with him in banning the sale of this legal hallucinogen throughout New York State.  According to media reports, the 21-year-old man jumped from a Roosevelt Island balcony while smoking the legal herb just before he jumped.

March 10, 2011
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STATEMENTS ON DEA’S BAN OF SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA FROM SENATOR JOHN FLANAGAN


STATEMENTS ON DEA’S BAN OF SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA FROM SENATOR JOHN FLANAGAN

March 4, 2011
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Senator Flanagan Celebrates Local Senior Artists

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently joined the residents and staff of the Smithtown Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Care in Smithtown to celebrate the artistic works of residents Patricia Dorsett, 63, and Cecilia Polanski, 90.  The two were selected to join just 11 other artists from around New York State whose artwork is featured in the 2011 “Art from the Heart” calendar which is produced by the New York State Health Facilities Association (NYSHFA), the New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSCAL) and the Foundation for Quality Care, Inc.

February 16, 2011
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Senator Flanagan Reminds Homeowners To Apply For STAR Program

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is urging all homeowners to apply for the School Tax Relief (STAR) program prior to the upcoming March 1st deadline if they have not done so already.  This program provides New York homeowners with partial exemptions from school property taxes that are taken directly off taxpayers property tax bills.

Homeowners who have not yet signed up for the STAR program can apply with their town assessor’s office.

February 8, 2011
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Senator Flanagan Working To Provide Tools For Early Detection Of Breast Cancer

Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that he has authored legislation that would provide stronger preventative health care for women.  The legislation would require insurance companies to cover the cost of supplemental screening for women who have dense breast tissue or who are at greater risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer.

February 3, 2011
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Senator Flanagan Sponsors Property Tax Cap

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced today that legislation he sponsored in the New York State Senate to cap property tax growth has been successfully passed.  The legislation, which is now in the hands of the Assembly, would cap the growth of school and local taxes at two percent or the Consumer Price Index (CPI), whichever is less. 

In addition, the Republican-led Senate approved two measures related to providing mandate relief to school districts and local governments.

February 2, 2011
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Senator Flanagan Named To Key Committee Positions

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), who was recently named the Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Education, has announced that he has also been named as a member of three powerful Senate committees that will have a major impact on the future of New York State and Long Island: Senate Finance Committee, Senate Codes Committee and the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee.

January 28, 2011
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January 25, 2011
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Senator Flanagan: Arizona Shooter Shows Need To Ban Salvia In New York State

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is again calling for the Assembly to join him in his effort to impose a statewide ban on the sale of salvia divinorum, which is widely claimed to have the same effects of LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide), throughout New York State.  His renewed call to ban the legally available hallucinogen follows the news that Jared Loughner, the alleged shooter in Arizona earlier this month, had been a regular user of the hallucinogenic substance.

January 21, 2011
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Senator Flanagan and Senate Majority Act On Job Creation and Taxpayer Protection Act

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today supported the Job Creation and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2011, a three-part plan to encourage the creation of new private sector jobs and ensure fiscal responsibility.  This plan, which is now being sent to the Assembly for further action, includes a jobs incentive program, a two percent state spending cap and a new requirement that calls for a two-thirds “super majority” vote to increase taxes in New York State.

January 19, 2011
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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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