John J. Flanagan's Press releases

Senator Flanagan Announces DNA Databank Expansion

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate has, in cooperation with Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State Assembly, approved the largest expansion of the State’s DNA Databank since it was first created in 1994.  The change would make New York State the first “all crimes DNA” state in the nation by requiring DNA samples to be collected from anyone convicted of a felony or a penal law misdemeanor.

Since its inception, DNA stored in the databank has been used to identify perpetrators in about 10,000 crimes, including 900 murders and 3,500 sexual assaults.  Since 2006, when the DNA databank was expanded to include 36 misdemeanors, law enforcement agencies have used the information to convict 1,460 criminals.

March 16, 2012
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Senator Flanagan Urges Residents To Take Advantage Of $3.5 Million Household Appliance Rebate Program

Rebates Are Available for High-Efficiency Refrigerators and Clothes Washers

March 13, 2012
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Senate Approves Budget Plan To Create Jobs And Restore Fiscal Responsibility To New York State

"This budget resolution will build on our efforts of last year when we worked with Governor Cuomo and the Assembly to cut taxes for our residents, provide relief for businesses and cap local property taxes.  It provides incentives to create jobs, requires state government to budget efficiently and works to relieve the pressures facing our local governments and our schools,” stated Senator Flanagan.

“The Senate budget resolution is right in line with our priorities to cut taxes, control spending and create jobs,” Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos said.  “I am confident that we will be able to work with the Governor and Assembly to get a new budget enacted well before the deadline that includes our priorities.”

March 12, 2012
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NY Parks: Kings Park Demolition Contract Approved

New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey today announced that a $6.4 million contract for a demolition project at the former Kings Park Psychiatric Center has been awarded to National Salvage & Service Corporation. Work on the project to demolish 15 abandoned buildings and related structures at the site is expected to begin in mid-May.

March 9, 2012
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Senator Flanagan's Legislation To Protect Taxpayers From Cost Of Acts Of Vandalism Passes Senate

In an effort to protect local governments and taxpayers, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently announced that the Senate has passed his legislation requiring criminals to "pay up" for acts of vandalism against public property.  The bill, which is now in the Assembly awaiting further action, would make those convicted of vandalizing public property responsible for covering the cost of their crime.  

March 7, 2012
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SENATE REPUBLICANS ANNOUNCE 2012 NEW JOBS-NY JOB CREATION PLAN

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with his colleagues in the New York State Senate Republican Conference today to announce the 2012 NEW JOBS-NY Job Creation Plan.  The plan includes significant tax relief to encourage the creation of new private sector jobs, measures to ensure fiscal responsibility and control state spending, as well as other reforms and incentives to make New York more economically competitive.  The plan will be included in the Senate budget resolution to be acted on next week.

March 7, 2012
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Senators Flanagan and Martins Honor Long Island Students For Cancer Research Senators Flanagan and Martins Honor Long Island Students For Cancer Research

Senators John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and Jack Martins (7th Senate District) joined together to recognize Commack High School junior Kayla Neville and Great Neck South High School senior John Yang for their efforts to study experimental nanoparticles in an effort to better treat and diagnose cancer in human.

March 6, 2012
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Help Those Affected By the Recent Tornadoes

Recent tornadoes have caused extensive damage throughout the heartland of America.  Five states (Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Alabama & Georgia) have reported deaths, totaling at least 38 victims.  

Many local governments and voluntary agencies are providing shelter for disaster survivors displaced by the storms, but the road to recovery will be a long one and further assistance is always welcome. 

For those seeking a way to help out our fellow Americans in this time of need, I have provided a list below of some non-profit agencies and the different ways one can contribute.

By Texting: 

March 5, 2012
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Senator Flanagan Reminds Homeowners To Apply For STAR Program Before March 1st Deadline

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is urging all homeowners in Suffolk County to remember to register for the School Tax Relief (STAR) program prior to the upcoming March 1ST deadline.  Homeowners who have not yet signed up for the STAR program are able to sign up until March 1st through their local assessor’s office to take advantage of this program.

The program has two components to help everyone eligible get the tax relief they are entitled to:

February 17, 2012
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Senator Flanagan Discusses The Issues With Residents During Community Meeting Series

To give residents an opportunity to provide their input on the issues facing New York State, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently hosted a series of Town Hall meetings throughout the region.  The meetings, which were held at the Smithtown Library in Nesconset, the Half Hollow Hills Public Library in Dix Hills and the Middle Country Public Library in Centereach, gave community members an open forum to publicly speak about the subjects important to them.

February 16, 2012
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DiNapoli Warns of Lottery Scam Using Fake Checks

DiNapoli Warns of Lottery Scam Using Fake Checks

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today warned of a lottery scam involving mail containing fraudulent checks that appear to have been issued by New York State.

February 3, 2012
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Senator Flanagan Supports Passage of DNA Databank Expansion

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently voted for the largest expansion of the state’s DNA databank since it was created in 1994.  The legislation mirrors the DNA databank expansion plan proposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo in his recently introduced Executive Budget and would require those who are convicted in New York State of a felony and a misdemeanor under penal law to submit DNA samples to the authorities.

February 2, 2012
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Senator Flanagan Works To Enhance Protections For Young Victims Of Sexual Abuse

 

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced today that legislation he sponsored to strengthen protections for young victims of sexual crimes has passed the New York State Senate.  The legislation, which has been sent to the Assembly for action, would expand the definitions of aggravated sexual abuse to include victims less than thirteen years old when the abuser is eighteen years of age or older.

January 31, 2012
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Newsday - Low bids, high hopes for Kings Park demolition

By Carl MacGowan - January 25, 2012

January 26, 2012
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Senator Flanagan Passes Legislation To Ban Salvia Divinorum And Calls On Assembly For Its Support

Senator John Flanagan today announced that legislation he sponsored to ban the sale of the hallucinogen salvia divinorum throughout New York State has passed the Senate.  The Senator has been advocating since 2005 for a statewide ban of the hallucinogen, which is widely claimed to have the same effects as lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD).  While his efforts have gained Senate passage five times prior to this vote, the New York State Assembly has repeatedly failed to act.

This year, however, the legislation is being sponsored by Assemblyman Felix Ortiz (51st Assembly District) and Senator Flanagan is hopeful that the Assembly will act so the legislation can be sent to Governor Andrew Cuomo to finally become law in New York State.

January 24, 2012
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Senator Flanagan Announces Reappropriation Of Funding For Nissequogue River State Park In Cuomo's Budget

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that over $22.5 million in funding he secured in 2006 for the environmental cleanup of the Nissequogue River State Park has been reappropriated in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget.  The funding was requested by Senator Flanagan in a recent letter to Governor Cuomo and announced as part of the Executive Budget unveiled on January 17th.

A total of $29 million has been secured by Senator Flanagan for Nisseqougue River State Park.  The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) has already spent $4 million of those funds on an environmental engineering study and has set aside additional funds related to an upcoming demolition project at the site.

January 20, 2012
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Senator Flanagan Welcomes Cadet Color Guard To Albany

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) welcomed the members of the Colonel Francis S. Gabreski Cadet Squadron from the Long Island group of Civil Air Patrol Color Guard to the Senate Chamber in Albany.  The group, which is comprised of young adults from across Long Island and included several young constituents from Senator Flanagan’s district, presented the colors at the ceremonial beginning of the 2012 Senate Session.

January 13, 2012
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Senators Renew Efforts To Protect School Taxpayers

Continuing their effort to protect property taxpayers, Senators Kenneth P. LaValle (1st Senate District), John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), Lee Zeldin (3rd Senate District) and Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District) are pushing forward to get restoration of building aid to four Suffolk County school districts.  Today, they took the first step in that process by gaining Senate Education Committee approval of legislation that would restore funding that was vetoed last year by Governor Andrew Cuomo for Central Islip, Smithtown, Rocky Point and Babylon.

January 11, 2012
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ATM SCAM ALERT - Be Aware Of Your Rights

According to a report in Newsday, there has been a ring of thieves who have been placing skimming devices on ATM machines on Long Island.  Please be sure to carefully read your bank statements to find any discepancies and report any issues to your bank immediately

If you have any issues or concerns, be sure to contact your banking institution as soon as you can.

Please utilize the following links for more information on how to protect yourself:

Federal Trade Commission: Credit and Charge Card Fraud Advice

January 10, 2012
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Senator Flanagan Announces New Laws For The New Year Including Property Tax Cap And Middle Class Tax Cut

    To help keep the residents of the 2nd Senate District informed, Senator Flanagan is highlighting some new state laws are in effect as of January 1, 2012.  Of particular importance to many in our area, Senator Flanagan is proud that both the middle class tax cut that will reduce tax rates for millions of hardworking taxpayers and the two-percent property tax cap will go into effect and start providing taxpayers with much needed tax relief.

January 6, 2012
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