John J. Flanagan's Press releases

Senator Flanagan Announces Step Forward In Cleanup Of Nissequogue River State Park

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently announced that the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) Commissioner Rose Harvey has agreed to utilize a portion of the $29 million in state funding he secured to remediate the expanded Nissequogue River State Park to undertake a major demolition project at the site.  This announcement by the OPRHP was in direct response to a le

October 19, 2011

Statement From Senator John Flanagan Regarding Governor Cuomo's Veto

Governor Cuomo was wrong to veto my legislation restoring $3.5 million in building aid to Smithtown School District.  The veto would have been expected and understood if the aid had been based upon some act of fraud, abuse or malicious intent.  But, nothing could be further from the truth in this case.

September 27, 2011

Senator Flanagan Pays Visit To Commack School's 9/11 Memorial

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently had the honor of visiting Commack High School to view the “Flags for Freedom” display which commemorates those who were perished in the September 11th attacks on America.  The display is comprised of nine hundred and eleven 3’x5’ American flags that were installed along the roadway leading to the school as a show of support for those who serve and protect our freedom in honor of the 10th Anniversary of that fateful day.

September 14, 2011

Important Information from the New York State Police Regarding E-mail Hoax

The New York State Police has issued the following warning regarding an e-mail hoax which can impair your computer:

UTT Hoax E-mail Returns

(August 17, 2011 - Albany, NY) - The New York State Police Computer Crime Unit is issuing a warning about the new release of a hoax e-mail that purports to be a Uniform Traffic Ticket from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles issued by the New York State Police. This e-mail is not from the State Police or the Department of Motor Vehicles.

August 18, 2011

Senator Flanagan Welcomes Hauppauge High School Student

             Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently thanked Hauppauge resident Timothy Curran for volunteering his time as an intern in his district office.  Curran, a senior this coming fall at Hauppauge High School, has been working in Senator Flanagan’s office in order to gain some experience in government before heading to college next year.

August 11, 2011

Senator Flanagan Delivers First Pitch For Long Island Ducks

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently had the honor of throwing out the first pitch at a Long Island Ducks game before the team took on the Bridgeport Blue Fish at Bethpage Ballpark in Central Islip.  Senator Flanagan delivered the pitch to former New York Met player Bud Harrelson, who is an owner of t

August 11, 2011

Senator Flanagan and Congressman Bishop Welcome Home Wounded Hero

            Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and Congressman Tim Bishop (1st Congressional District) recently traveled to the home of Ronnie Brandafino to welcome the United States Marine home to Nesconset.  Corporal Brandafino was visiting his family following months of treatment at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for injuries he sustained during a helicopter accident while training in Hawaii.

July 19, 2011

Happy 4th Of July


July 1, 2011


Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently had the privilege of presenting Mr. Bill Beatty of Centereach as his honoree for induction into the New York State Senate Veteran’s Hall of Fame at a special ceremony in Albany.  Mr. Beatty, who was accompanied at the ceremony by his wife Veronica, was honored for his service to his country during the Korean War and his continued dedication to fellow veterans since his service ended.

Mr. Beatty served as a Corporal in the 40th Infantry Division, 160th Infantry Regiment as part of the Regimental Combat Team and saw action in the Iron Triangle – the area in Korea bounded by Ch'orwon, Kumhwa, and Pyonggang.

June 29, 2011

Senator Flanagan Sponsors Measure To Reform New York State Government

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently sponsored and voted for Senate passage of the Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011 which will provide major ethics reform in New York State government.  The legislation represents a three-way agreement between the Senate, the Assembly and Governor Andrew Cuomo and is a significant step toward restoring the public’s trust in government.

June 29, 2011

Senator Flanagan Supports Successful Tax Cap And Mandate Relief Measure

     Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) proudly voted in favor of a historic property tax relief legislation that enacts a cap on the growth of local property taxes.  The bill will provide taxpayers of Long Island with the property tax relief they need by limiting the growth of school and local taxes to less than two percent or the Consumer Price Index (CPI), whichever is lower.

June 28, 2011
June 22, 2011

Senator Flanagan And Senate Colleagues Vote To Repeal MTA Payroll Tax

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.

June 15, 2011

Senator Flanagan Honors Dix Hills Breast Cancer Leader As His 2011 Woman Of Distinction

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.

June 7, 2011

Senator Flanagan Unveils Winner Of The 4th Annual Community Photography Contest

 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. 

May 25, 2011

Senate Education Committee Examines Teacher Discipline Process

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.

May 24, 2011

Long Island Senators Urge Assembly To Pass Property Tax Cap

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

May 23, 2011

Senator Flanagan’s Legislation To Expand Crime Victim’s Rights Passes Senate

            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.

May 10, 2011

Senator Flanagan’s Legislation to Ban Synthetic Marijuana Passes Senate

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

May 9, 2011
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