John J. Flanagan's Press releases

Statement from Senator John Flanagan Regarding Death of Osama Bin Laden

The death of Osama Bin Laden is welcome news for our nation and our state.  As the mastermind behind the deadly 9/11 terror attacks and numerous other attacks throughout the world, Bin Laden was a continuous threat to our residents and I congratulate President Obama for authorizing the military action that removed this criminal.Most importantly, I would like to thank the brave men and women who are fighting the war on terror for keeping all of us safe from further attacks.  This attac

May 3, 2011
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Senator Flanagan Welcomes Student Photography Contest Entries

            Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) would like to invite all students who reside in the community and who are in the eighth grade and above to take part in his 4th Annual Community Photography contest.  This contest will focus on photographs of community-based events and will allow students to showcase their hometown or school. 

April 28, 2011
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Senator Flanagan Joins Letter Carriers To Help Stamp Out Hunger

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 14th, just as they have done for years, letter carriers in our communities will collect food during their normal route to help restock community food banks, pantries and shelters that many families rely on throughout the summer as part of what is now the largest one-day food collection in the nation to provide for those in our community who are in need.

April 26, 2011
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Senate Passes Senator Flanagan’s Home Invasion And Sexual Abuse Legislation

            The New York State Senate recently passed several anti-crime bills to strengthen penalties and create new charges for offenses including two measures sponsored by Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) that would expand the penalties for home invasions and sexual abuse.  The two bills were part of a package that included legislation dealing with bank robberies and driving irresponsibly.  The package will help deter criminals, hold violators accountable and create safer communities throughout the state.

April 19, 2011
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Senator Flanagan Accepting Nominees For Veterans Hall of Fame

            Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today invited local residents to nominate family members, friends, coworkers and neighborhood leaders for induction into the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame.  Local veterans can be nominated for either their service during combat or notable work they have performed for their community after discharge from the service.

April 18, 2011
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Senator Flanagan Votes To Require Quicker Refunds For New York State Taxpayers

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) voted for legislation that would speed up the delivery of tax refunds owed to taxpayers by the state.  The legislation addresses excessive delays of up to two months from when taxpayers file their return to when they may actually see the refund from the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.

April 13, 2011
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Senator Flanagan Joins With Business Leaders And Republican Leaders Of Assembly and Senate To Call For Assembly Passage Of Property Tax Cap

            Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos, Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb and representatives of business organizations today to urge the Assembly Majority to pass a meaningful property tax cap bill.  Senator Flanagan sponsored and voted for property tax cap legislation earlier this year that was proposed and supported by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

April 13, 2011
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Senator Flanagan Announces Early Completion Of State Budget

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that the New York State Legislature has finalized the state budget prior to the April 1st deadline.  The budget, which was crafted by working with Governor Andrew Cuomo, achieves the Senate Republicans’ goals of reducing state spending, not raising taxes and creating new private sector jobs.

April 6, 2011
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Senator Flanagan Supports Senator Zeldin’s Act To Limit Protests At Military Funerals

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today voted in favor of legislation sponsored by Senator Lee Zeldin (3rd Senate District) that would limit protests at military funerals.  Called “The Specialist Thomas Wilwerth Military Dignity Act,” the proposed law is named for an Iraq War Veteran who lost his life in combat in 2006.

March 17, 2011
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Senator Flanagan Joins With Assemblywoman Pheffer To Provide Women With The Tools Needed For Early Detection Of Breast Cancer

Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer (23rd Assembly District) announced that they have joined together to support legislation that would provide stronger preventative health care for women.  The legislation, which the two lawmakers sponsor in their respective houses, 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.

March 15, 2011
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Statement From Senator Flanagan Regarding Nassau County Police Officer Geoffrey J. Breitkopf

It is with great sadness and respect that I recognize the life and untimely death of Nassau County Police Officer Geoffrey J. Breitkopf.

March 14, 2011
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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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