The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) is advising motorists to slow down, drive cautiously and avoid flood-prone roadways today as weather forecasts call for heavy rain, flash floods, and highway and coastal flooding which could create hazardous driving conditions. Presently, rain with heavy downpours is expected through this afternoon into this evening with areas of fog, with a total of 1.5 to 2.5 inches of rain likely through late Friday night.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate today passed legislation to address the threat posed to the public by “legal” but dangerous drugs. The bill (S1686) criminalizes the sale and possession of synthetic marijuana and “bath salts.”
The New York State Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) that would allow consumers more protections when purchasing a pet. The bill (S.3723B) would provide consumers with more information about the origins of their pet, and more protections should their pet become ill, under what is known as the “pet lemon law”.
SUFFOLK COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SERVICES NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Suffolk County Department of Public Works’ Division of Vector Control plans to treat parts of the following salt marshes by helicopter to control mosquito larvae. Should weather conditions prevent completion of the work, treatment will be continued on the next suitable day.
Time and date of the application: June 11, 2013, 5:00 AM- 8:00 PM
Senator Trunzo was an exemplary statesman who will be sorely missed. I was fortunate to have him as a mentor, a colleague and a friend. He epitomized in every sense of the word what it meant to be a gentleman. His soft spoken demeanor belied his passionate advocacy for his constituents.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate and Assembly have passed legislation that would increase penalties for killing a police dog or police horse in the line of duty. The legislation, which Senator Flanagan sponsored, is a clear recognition of the importance of the lives of police animals and the vital role they play in crime solving as well as rescue and recover
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is calling on congressional leaders to reject the “Double-Tax Plan” included in a federal budget proposal that would end the longstanding policy allowing taxpayers to deduct their state and local tax liability, including property taxes, from their federal taxes. If approved by Congress and signed into law, this change would cost the average Long Island homeowner approximately $4,500 a year.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that much-needed tax relief for middle-class families, help for job-creating businesses and additional funding for our school children are all included in the recently passed 2013-14 state budget. For the third consecutive year, the budget keeps spending growth below two percent, which is consistent with the local spending cap that applies to school districts and local governments.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently joined Jay Weinkam of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum for a tour of the site in lower Manhattan. The memorial and the museum are dedicated to the nearly 3,000 people who were killed in the terror attacks of 9/11 as well as the six people who were killed in the 1993 bombing at the World Trade Center.
During the visit, Senator Flanagan viewed the two enormous reflecting pools that stand within the footprints where the Twin Towers once stood. The reflecting pools are each nearly an acre in size and feature the largest manmade waterfalls in the North America. The names of every person who was killed in both the 2001 and 1993 attacks are inscribed on bronze panels edging the pools.
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 11th, letter carriers in our communities will continue their tradition of collecting food along their normal route to help restock community food banks, pantries and shelters.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and Assemblyman Charles Lavine (13th Assembly District) recently presented a New York State Legislative Resolution to The Early Years Institute (EYI) proclaiming April 29 – May 5 “Screen-Free Week” in New York State. This week is designed to help protect today’s “plugged in” kids from the problems associated with spending too much time on computers and other types of electronic devices, and to increase awareness of the downside of screen overuse. The effort is aimed at helping all young children improve their health and their success in school and life.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently welcomed the members of Boy Scout Pack 539 Den #9 to his Smithtown office to assist them in achieving their goal of attaining their Citizenship Badges. During the meeting, the fourth graders and Senator Flanagan discussed his role as a state legislator and how the New York State government works.
"Scouting is a great way for young boys to learn about the world they live in and it was enjoyable to help these young men achieve their goal. I truly enjoyed their visit to my office and enjoyed playing a small role in their efforts,” said Senator Flanagan about his talk with (from left to right) Sean Weidner, Kevin Morris, Thomas Mach, Alex Koliner and Matthew Loglisci.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently joined with Senator Lee M. Zeldin (3rd Senate District) and his other colleagues in the State Senate to announce that funding for the continuation and expansion of the PFC Joseph Dwyer PTSD Peer-to-Peer Veterans Counseling program has been included in the recently approved 2013-14 state budget.
Initiated by Senator Zeldin, the program provides “peer-to-peer” counseling for veterans suffering from the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Since its inception last year, the program has been assisting veterans in four test counties: Suffolk, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Jefferson.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently visited the students of The Jewish Academy in East Northport to discuss his role in New York State Government. The East Northport school, founded in 2004, is a nursery through grade 6 educational center and is the only Jewish Day School in Suffolk County.
While at the school, Senator Flanagan spoke with a group of 4th, 5th and 6th grade students about his background and described a senator’s role in government. They ended the meeting with the children asking Senator Flanagan questions about the Senate.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently welcomed student musicians from Long Island who received the honor of being selected to one of the New York State School Music Association's (NYSSMA) All-State jazz performing groups. The students were in the State Capital in Albany to perform in early March to kick off the National and State "Music in Our Schools Month" celebration.
ALBANY - New York's senate approved an approximately $136 billion budget that raises the minimum wage to $9 over three years and offers a $350 rebate to families with children, completing the votes a little over two hours before dawn on Wednesday.
The Assembly plans to take a pass at the budget on Thursday. This will be the third time in a row the state will have met its April 1 deadline.
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has announced that due to the smoke stack implosion at Nissequogue River State Park, several travel restrictions will be in effect surrounding Nissequogue River State Park. Road closures will be enforced at the following locations:
•Old Dock Road from St. Johnland road to Flynn Road•Sections of Kings Park Boulevard •Hike & Bike Trail from Flynn Road to the Tiffany Field Soccer Field
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation to impose felony charges on wrong-way and other reckless drivers. The bill (S752), which Senator Flanagan co-sponsored, is an effort to protect law abiding drivers from those who make the decision to drive in a dangerous manner.
The bill would establish the new crime of “aggravated reckless driving” and make it a class E felony, punishable by a prison sentence of up to four years. The charge would apply to:
Drivers who drive the wrong way or against the flow of traffic; either knowingly or because they are intoxicated or impaired;
Drivers who drive more than 30 miles-an-hour over the speed limit while intoxicated or impaired; or