The 23 days since two prisoners escaped from a Dannemora prison have been a tense and difficult period for all New Yorkers, especially those residents of the North Country where the escape took place.
During that time, hundreds of state and local law enforcement officials have scoured local communities, tirelessly following every lead and putting their own lives and safety on the line to bring these two brutal convicts to justice.
Living on Long Island provides all of us with some great opportunities to enjoy all that the summer season has to offer. From Jones Beach to the lighthouse in Montauk, we have some of the greatest beaches and recreational areas in the state and I urge you to take advantage of all Long Island has to offer.
As you enjoy the coming months, I wanted to provide you with some important summer safety information to make sure that the summer is as safe as possible. These easy-to-follow tips from experts are designed to help you prepare for almost any situation and I hope you will take advantage of them.
News12 Long Island's coverage of the extension of the property tax cap as part of the agreement announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie - June 23, 2015
Earlier today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan and Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie announced the framework of a three-way agreement on a number of priorities for the end of the 2015-16 legislative session.
The three-way agreement includes the following reforms and actions, among others:
Strengthening and Extending Rent Laws in New York City and Other Metropolitan Areas
Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate has passed a sweeping package of 10 bills to protect vulnerable senior citizens from predatory financial schemes and physical and emotional abuse. The legislation would create a statewide elder abuse reporting system and increase public awareness of elder mistreatment, facilitate the prosecution of individuals who endanger the welfare of seniors, and help ensure adequate care for the elderly in long-term care facilities.
As I said earlier, we fully expect to complete the bulk of our legislative business this evening and are making preparations to conclude the session.
The State Senate has already acted on legislation to extend New York City’s current rent laws for eight years with provisions to enforce the intent of the laws that ensure help to those who truly need it. Unfortunately, the Assembly has failed to pass this bill.
Negotiations on a range of issues important to the people of New York State remain ongoing and are moving in a positive direction toward a resolution. As discussions continue through the weekend, the Assembly and Senate have agreed to pass – and the Governor has agreed to sign – a five day extender of New York City’s rent regulations that will codify into law important safeguards for more than two million tenants.
Building on the $1.4 billion school aid increase that was the centerpiece of the 2015-16 state budget approved in March, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and his colleagues in the Senate Republican conference acted to further protect students and their schools by passing common-sense education reforms that will empower parents and teachers, restore local control, and aggressively address the problems caused by an overemphasis on standardized testing.
Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with his Senate colleagues to pass legislation (S240), sponsored by Senator Jack Martins (7th Senate District), that would help protect children who become trapped inside an overheated car. Under the legislation, Good Samaritans who forcibly enter a car to rescue a child locked inside are immune from liability.
This legislation would allow an individual to legally break a window or forcibly enter a parked car without liability if there is a reasonable belief that these actions would assist a child under the age of eight years old who would suffer harm if not immediately removed from the vehicle.
Sawyer Fredericks, who recently won The Voice, took some time to travel to Albany and visited with Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (2nd Senate District).
"It was great to get a chance to meet and speak with New York’s own Sawyer Fredericks who recently won “The Voice”. A truly talented young man with a terrific future," stated Senator Flanagan. "Congratulations Sawyer and good luck as your career begins."
Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is joining with the Long Island Blood Center (LIBC) to host a blood drive in Centereach. The event will be held at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4927 located at 31 Horseblock Road from 1 pm to 7 pm on Thursday, June 18th.
Majority Leader John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today joined his colleagues in the New York State Senate for the annual Animal Advocacy Day. The event brings together lawmakers, law enforcement, and hundreds of pet owners and advocates to raise awareness of important animal issues.
As part of this annual day celebrating animal rights, the Senate approved several pieces of legislation that further protect animals from harm and cruelty.
Majority Leader John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate has passed a package of bills that would provide increased monitoring of convicted sex offenders and improve access to important information to better notify employers, schools, and concerned members of the community.
The New York State Senate today passed 14 measures dedicated to improving the lives of veterans and honoring them for their exceptional service. The Senate today also celebrated the achievements of veterans from across the state during the Senate’s annual Veterans’ Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
The New York State Senate today acted on one of its top end-of-session priorities by passing legislation to make the property tax cap permanent. The bill (S5597), sponsored by Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-C-I, East Northport), would prevent the planned expiration of the tax cap to continue saving taxpayers billions of dollars each year, increase investments by businesses, and create more jobs.