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Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day

Today is National Earned Income Tax Credit Day – an effort by the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance (NYSDTF) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to make sure that all New York taxpayers are aware of all of the tax relief available to them.

January 31, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Education Senator John J. Flanagan, Chair 10:00 AM, Tuesday, February 4, 2014 Room 124 CAP

February 4, 10:03 AM - 10:12 AM
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News12 Segment on School Aid

Senator John Flanagan (New York State) joins News12 to discuss the upcoming budget battle over state education funding - January 27, 2014

January 29, 2014
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Senator Flanagan Announces Pet Dealer Oversight Law Now In Effect

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.

January 27, 2014
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January 23, 2014 - Senate Education Committee Meeting

Chairman John Flanagan and the other members of the New York State Senate Education Committee were joined by New York State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. for an open discussion on education issues -  January 23, 2014

January 23, 2014
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Statement from Senator Flanagan Regarding Governor Cuomo's Budget Address

It was encouraging to hear Governor Cuomo publicly discuss taking action on issues that were repeatedly raised by concerned parents and teachers at the recent hearings held by the Senate Education Committee throughout New York State.  Specifically, his support of a ban on standardized testing, which is aligned with legislation I sponsored in December, and his support of a full examination of the implementation of new learning standards is a clear sign to our parents and teachers that their voices are being heard.

January 22, 2014
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PSEG Long Island Warns Customers About an Email Payment Scam

PSEG Long Island is alerting customers not to be defrauded by a scam in which fraudulent emails appear to be bills sent from their utility. The emails request personal information from the customer, leading to identity theft.

PSEG Long Island has received reports of customers receiving such emails and urges its customers to be wary of these types of suspicious emails.  The utility would not ask its customers to provide personal information online without first logging into My Account.

January 16, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Education Senator John J. Flanagan, Chair 10:00 AM, Thursday, January 23, 2014 Room 124 CAP

January 23, 10:00 AM - 11:56 AM
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Senator Flanagan’s Education Reform Package Approved By Senate Education Committee

Education reform legislation sponsored by Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), Chairman of the New York State Senate Standing Committee on Education, has been reported out of committee.

January 14, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Education Senator John J. Flanagan, Chair 10:00 AM, Tuesday, January 14, 2014 Room 124 CAP

January 14, 10:00 AM - 10:17 AM
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Senator Flanagan Discusses Education Issues On Capital Tonight

Senate Education Chairman John Flanagan (New York State) joins with Capital Tonight's Liz Benjamin to discuss the need for the state to address important education issues that were not included in the State of the State - January 8, 2014

January 9, 2014
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New York State Unclaimed Funds

New York State is holding over $12 billion in unclaimed funds, and some of it may be yours! A simple internet search is all it takes to see if there are unclaimed funds in your name.

Click here to find out if you have any unclaimed funds waiting for you. 

Why does New York State have unclaimed funds?

December 27, 2013
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Consumer Alert Regarding Target Information Breach

Retailer Target has announced that data connected to about 40 million credit and debit card accounts was stolen as part of a breach that began over the Thanksgiving weekend.  According to Target, if you used your credit or debit card in any of their stores, it is potential that your information was accessed. 

December 20, 2013
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Senator Flanagan Presents Liberty Medal To Smithtown Student

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently presented the New York State Senate Liberty Medal to ten-year-old Kyle Geringer of Smithtown for his efforts in alerting his Smithtown neighbors about a chimney fire at their home.  Senator Flanagan joined Kyle and his family in his fifth-grade class at Accompsett Elementary School, which is taught by Mr. Scott Miller, for a special ceremony organized by Principal Jeanne Kull-Minarik.

December 17, 2013
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Cablevision Editorial - Common Core: Tests for Tots

Cablevision's Peter Kohler voices his support for the efforts of Senator John Flanagan (New York State) to protect young students from over-testing - December 17, 2013

Please click here to visit Cablevision Editorial's web site.

December 17, 2013
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Senator John Flanagan Presents Education Reform Proposals

Senator John Flanagan (New York State), Chairman of the New York State Senate Standing Committee on Education, presents a report of findings and recommendations related to the Education Committee's recent series of statewide public hearings entitled The Regents Reform Agenda: "Assessing" Our Progress - December 12, 2013.

December 16, 2013
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News12 Segment on Senator Flanagan's Education Proposal

News12 Coverage of the Education Reform Proposal presented by Senator John Flanagan (New York State), Chairman of the New York State Senate Standing Committee on Education.  Senator Flanagan issued a report of findings and recommendations related to the Education Committee's recent series of statewide public hearings entitled: The Regents Reform Agenda: "Assessing" Our Progress - December 12, 2013

December 13, 2013
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NYS Education Chairman Flanagan Calls For Immediate SED Action on Common Core and Unveils a Package of Legislative Actions

Today, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), Chairman of the New York State Senate Standing Committee on Education, issued a report of findings and recommendations related to the Education Committee's recent series of statewide public hearings entitled: The Regents Reform Agenda: "Assessing" Our Progress.

December 12, 2013
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