John J. Flanagan's Press releases

Senator Flanagan Delivers First Pitch For Long Island Ducks

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently participated in a time-honored tradition when he threw out the first pitch prior to game three of the Liberty Division Championship Series between the Long Island Ducks and the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs at Bethpage Ballpark in Central Islip.  Senator Flanagan delivered the pitch to former New York Met player Bud Harrelson, owner of the Ducks and the current bench coach.

The Ducks, who won the Liberty Division Championship series against the Blue Crabs, will now face the Lancaster Barnstormers in a best-of-five series for the Atlantic League Championship. 

October 5, 2012

Senator Flanagan’s Drug Drop Off Event Gets Over 175 Pounds Of Household Drugs Out Of Community

To help community members get unwanted drugs out of their households, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently hosted a Drug Drop Off event at the Selden Fire Department.  The event, which was held with the cooperation of the Suffolk County Police Department and the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, enabled community members to drop off unwanted drugs anonymously and helped collect over 175 pounds of drugs.

October 3, 2012


Events Planned for September 28 & 29 Focus on Increasing Economic Opportunities for New York’s Growing Hispanic Community

Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos today announced that the Senate and the Hispanic Federation will conduct the second annual Unidad Latina event this week. Unidad Latina is a two-day conference designed to help increase economic opportunities for the growing Hispanic community in New York. It is being held on September 28 and 29 at the Hilton New York in Manhattan.


September 27, 2012

Senator Flanagan and Education Commissioner King Discuss Education With Kings Park Students

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently joined with New York State Education Department Commissioner John King for a tour of Kings Park High School.  During the visit, the two along with Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick, Regent Roger Tilles and a variety of school officials joined with students for a roundtable discussion of education.

The visit was arranged with the cooperation of Dr. Susan Agruso, the Superintendent of the Kings Park Central School District, and the staff at the high school.

September 26, 2012

Senator Flanagan Sponsors Resolution Making September Hydrocephalus Awareness Month

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently joined with Mia Padron of the Hydrocephalus Association to proclaim September Hydrocephalus Awareness Month and to present the organization with a resolution he sponsored to help raise awareness of the incurable condition.

The pair also used the meeting to inform residents of the 7th annual Hydrocephalus WALK that will take place on Saturday, September 29th at 10:00 a.m. in Belmont Lake State Park in West Babylon.  The family fun day and walk will include refreshments, Chinese Auction, bake sale, arts and crafts, DJ, Tae kwon do demo show, balloon animals and other fun events.  WBAB and the New York Islanders will also take part in the day’s events.

September 18, 2012

Senator Flanagan Joins With Stony Brook University To Promote Prostate Cancer 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 in recognition of Prostate Cancer Awareness week, which begins on Monday, September 17th.  

Under the direction of Medical Director Howard L. Adler, the program will offer screenings from Monday, September 17th through Thursday, September 20th at the Stony Brook Urology office located in Suite 500 at 24 Research Way in Setauket.

Screenings are available each day from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  Due to limited availability and required appointments, residents who wish to take advantage of this free program are urged to call HealthConnect at 631-444-4000 to schedule their screening.

September 7, 2012

Kings Park Demolition Begins


New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey today announced that demolition work began today on a $6.4 million project to demolish abandoned buildings and related structures at the former Kings Park Psychiatric Center in Smithtown, Suffolk County. Building 123, a 20,000-square-foot brick kitchen and dining hall with a collapsed roof, will be the first of 15 buildings to be removed.

“It’s gratifying to see this long-awaited project is moving forward,” said Harvey. “Governor Cuomo and the Legislature are committed to building stronger communities and revitalizing our economy, and this project is a great example of how they have New York State on the right track.”  

August 13, 2012

Statement from Senator Flanagan Regarding New Synthetic Drug Regulations

With so many stories in the media highlighting the dangers of synthetic marijuana and bath salts, today’s announcement by Governor Cuomo is a step in the right direction.  But the severity and increasing number of these incidents make it abundantly clear that even stronger actions need to be taken as soon as possible.

August 7, 2012

NYSDOT: Night Time Closures of NY Route 111 Now Underway In the Vicinity of NY Route 347 in Hauppauge, Town of Smithtown, Suffolk County

Night time closures on NY Route 111 just north and south of NY Route 347 in Hauppauge in the Town of Smithtown, Suffolk County are now underway.  Traffic is still being maintained on NY Route 111, but short sections are being closed each night, Sunday through Thursday, for approximately two weeks, weather permitting.  

These closures are needed to perform drainage work that would be too disruptive to the high volume of traffic during the day.  Motorists are being warned in advance of the closings via electronic road signs but should plan ahead and use alternate routes to avoid delays.  

July 25, 2012

Senator Flanagan Announces “Breast Density Inform” Bill Signed Into Law By Governor Andrew Cuomo

Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and Assemblymember Ellen Jaffee (95th Assembly District) announced that Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed the “Breast Density Inform” (S.6769-B) legislation they sponsored into law.   The legislation, which passed both the Senate and the Assembly unanimously, will help women in the fight against cancer by ensuring that women are informed of their own “density” and that other screening options may be helpful in early detection.  

The measure would require that every mammography report given to a patient with dense breast tissue inform the women in plain, non-technical language that she has dense breast tissue and that she should discuss the potential benefit of further screenings with her physician.

July 24, 2012

Senator Flanagan Announces Senate Passes Legislation Creating The Justice Center For The Protection of People with Special Needs

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently voted for Senate passage of sweeping legislation that will transform how New Yorkers with special needs and disabilities are protected.  The bill (S7749), which passed the Senate unanimously, is part of an agreement between the Senate, Assembly and Governor Andrew Cuomo to establish the strongest standards and practices in the nation for protecting individuals in state operated, certified or licensed facilities and programs.

June 21, 2012

Senator Flanagan Announces Major Breast Cancer Prevention Enhancement Passes Both Senate And Assembly

In a major victory in his three-year battle to enhance women’s ability to protect themselves against breast cancer, Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that legislation he sponsored to assist in the fight against breast cancer has passed the Senate and the Assembly.  The legislation will provide women with dense breasts the information they need to make decisions regarding their health care. 

June 19, 2012

Senator Flanagan Votes To Pass “I-STOP” To Fight Prescription Drug Abuse

In an effort to fight the escalating problem of prescription drug abuse, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with his colleagues in the Senate recently to unanimously pass legislation that will make significant changes to the way prescription drugs are distributed and monitored in New York State.  The legislation, which Senator Flanagan co-sponsored, will create the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing (“I-STOP”) Act and include “real time” prescription tracking to provide more information to doctors and pharmacists, in an effort to prevent deaths from abuse and overdoses of prescription drugs, particularly painkillers.

The bill (S.7637) was also approved in the Assembly and will be sent to Governor Andrew Cuomo to be signed into law.

June 19, 2012

New York Senate Takes Steps To Curb Dangerous Driving

The New York State Senate passed two bills intended to keep dangerous drivers off our streets and increase penalties for drivers who injure or kill pedestrians or other drivers.

One piece (S.1835), sponsored by Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) would toughen criminal penalties for motorists who injure or kill pedestrians or other drivers as a result of dangerous and unlawful driving.  

June 19, 2012

Long Island Senators Send Best Wishes To Stony Brook Seawolves

The Long Island Delegation of the New York State Senate recently joined together in the Senate Chamber to support Stony Brook Seawolves baseball team who recently advanced to the College World Series.  The team is the first from New York to make it to the College World Series since 1980 and the first from the Northeast region since 1986. 

June 14, 2012

Senate Passes 2012 New JOBS-NY Job Creation Plan

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today joined with his colleagues in the New York State Senate Republican Conference to announce Senate passage of the 2012 NEW JOBS-NY Job Creation Plan.  The plan includes significant tax relief to encourage the creation of thousands 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.

June 11, 2012

Senator Flanagan Working To Restore STAR Property Tax Rebate Checks

In an effort to provide tax relief to Long Island homeowners, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently voted to restore the STAR Rebate Check program.  The program, which was eliminated in 2009 when the Senate Democrats were in the majority in the Senate, would provide $202 million in property tax relief to senior citizens in the 2012-13 school year and $1.2 billion in property tax relief to families across the state starting in the 2013-14 school year.

Senator Flanagan was a leader in the fight to create the original STAR Rebate Check program in 2006 and has been fighting to get it restored since it was eliminated during budget negotiations in 2009.

June 8, 2012

Senator Flanagan Fights To Close Loophole In “Son Of Sam” Law

Today, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate has passed his legislation to correct a longstanding flaw in the State’s existing “Son of Sam” law.  The legislation would extend the reach of the current law to prevent all criminals, regardless of their final plea or conviction, from profiting from their crimes.

The legislation, which has passed the Senate five times before, has again been delivered to the Assembly for action.

May 30, 2012

Senators Flanagan And Marcellino Welcome Second Lieutenant Ciuffo From Northport To Senate

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) was joined by Senator Carl Marcellino (5th Assembly District) as he welcomed Second Lieutenant Phillip Cuiffo of Northport to the New York Senate Chamber.  Second Lieutenant Cuiffo was in Albany as the Senate honored Fort Drum and the United States Army 10th Mountain Division, which is the most deployed combat brigade in the United States Army.

Fort Drum is the largest United States Army post in the Northeastern United States, with 19,987 soldiers and 4,614 civilian workers.  The post is commanded by Major General Mark A. Millay and a dedicated group of officers.

During the visit, the Senate voted to proclaim May 23, 2012 as 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum Day in the State of New York.

May 25, 2012
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