Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with his colleagues in state government and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to announce that New York State will provide the funding to cover the local share of disaster response and recovery costs resulting from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in Nassau and Suffolk counties.
I write to provide you with relevant and important information regarding recently passed legislation that seeks to address numerous concerns and complaints about the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA). The lengthy details provided herein are necessary to ensure a thorough overview of all the intricate issues involved.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently announced the enactment of legislation he supported that will help provide better regulation of animal breeders and pet stores. The new law (Chapter 553 of 2013 signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo) authorizes local governments to enact more stringent laws than those that currently exist at the state level.
Any new local laws, rules, regulations or ordinances must be at least as stringent as state law and must not result in banning the sale of dogs and cats that are raised in a safe and healthy manner.
I am pleased to see that the sitting town board members acknowledge that Supervisor Vecchio and Councilwoman Nowick were duly elected by the voters this past November and have rightly reinstated them to their elected offices.
They deserve to serve their full terms of office as intended and expected by the voters, and I will work with Assemblyman Fitzpatrick to advance state legislation in the hopes of achieving that goal. I am confident that the board members who have reappointed Supervisor Vecchio and Councilwoman Nowick will do everything in their power to assist us in enacting this state legislation.