John J. Flanagan's Press releases

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Senator Flanagan Hails Late Assemblyman Conte’s Organ Donation Law

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) proudly announced that Lauren’s Law (S.7103A of 2012), which the late Assemblyman James Conte led the fight to pass last year to increase enrollment of organ donors in New York State, is now in effect in New York State.  The law will require common sense changes to license applications in New York State to help increase organ donation.

October 4, 2013

Important STAR Program Information from Senator Flanagan

Important information if you receive the Basic STAR property tax savings from New York State

All homeowners who are enrolled in the Basic STAR program must re-register with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance (NYSDTF) by the end of this year in order to continue getting the STAR exemption for 2014 and beyond. This re-registration is part of a new effort to eliminate fraud and protect property taxpayers.

September 30, 2013

Senator Flanagan Throws Out First Pitch For Long Island Ducks

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently had the privilege of joining the Long Island Ducks to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the team’s recent victory over the Lancaster Barnstormers at Bethpage Ballpark in Central Islip.  Senator Flanagan delivered the pitch to former New York Met Bud Harrelson, part-owner of the Ducks and the current bench coach.

September 3, 2013

Senator Flanagan Joins With Stony Brook Medicine's Prostate Care Program To Promote Awareness

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is joining with Stony Brook Medicine’s Prostate Care Program to provide men throughout our community with free prostate screenings to commemorate National Prostate Cancer Awareness month.

The free screenings will be available from Monday, September 16th through Thursday, September 19th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Stony Brook Urology office located in Suite 500 at 24 Research Way in Setauket.  All examinations are free and conducted under the direction of Medical Director Howard L. Adler, MD, FACS.

August 29, 2013

Honoring the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King's 'I Have a Dream' speech

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.


August 28, 2013

Senator Flanagan Announces Hearings To Review State Education Policies

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), Chairman of the New York State Senate Standing Committee on Education, announced that the Education Committee will be holding a series of hearings to review the impact and effectiveness of recent state education reforms.

Senator Flanagan will convene “The Regents Reform Agenda: ‘Assessing’ Our Progress” hearings on the following dates and locations:


August 27, 2013
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