Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today announced that the Senate has passed legislation he sponsored that would repeal the MTA Payroll Tax, easing an enormous financial burden that has caused job losses and hurt businesses across Long Island. The legislation Senator Flanagan supported, which has strong support from business organizations including the Hauppauge Industrial Association, Business Council of New York State and the National Federation of Independent Businesses, was also sponsored by Senator Lee M. Zeldin (3rd Senate District), Senator Jack Martins (7th Senate District) and other Senators representing the 12-county MTA region.
At a recent ceremony in Albany, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) hosted Ms. JoAnn Pushkin to officially recognize her selection as his 2011 Woman of Distinction. The Dix Hills resident was honored for her efforts to expand access to early breast cancer detection for the 40% of women who have dense breast tissue. Ms.
1st Place Winner - Anita Kalonaros of Commack High School
As the winner, Ms. Kalonaros will be a guest of Senator Flanagan's during an upcoming session of the New York State Senate. In Albany, the winning student will be given a guided tour of the historic Capitol, visit the Senate photography staff for a personal lesson and be provided with access to the Senate Chamber to take pictures during a live Senate session.
In an effort to streamline the teacher discipline system to protect educational quality for students across the state, Senator John Flanagan, Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, convened a hearing of the New York State Senate Education Committee to examine the current system. The “Due Process Teacher Discipline Without Delay: Reforming Section 3020-a of the Education Law to Meet the Needs of the 21st Century” accepted testimony from interested parties in an effort to examine how New York State can reform the system to provide the appropriate discipline for educator misconduct as well as the appropriate protection for those wrongfully accused.
Long Island’s nine Republican State Senators joined a local family at their home to again urge the New York Assembly’s Democratic leaders to finally pass a school and local government tax cap. This legislation, which passed the Senate in January at the
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that legislation he sponsored to protect the rights of crime victims has passed the New York State Senate. The legislation would expand the State’s Son of Sam laws by prohibiting all persons who are held responsible for a crime from profiting from their crimes regardless of their plea or conviction.
Legislation sponsored by Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) that would ban the sale of synthetic marijuana products throughout New York State was passed today by the New York State Senate. This fake drug, which has been legally available under a variety of names like K2, Spike 99 and Spice at stores throughout New York State, including on Long Island and just blocks away from the State Capitol in Albany, is smoked as an altern
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.