Stony Brook University celebrated the opening of its newly renovated Campus Recreation Field Complex with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the southeast corner of the South P parking area of the campus. Stony Brook University students will have primary use of the three competition size turf and grass fields which measure over nine square acres and include lights for evening practice and competition.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently welcomed Dylan Feldman of Boy Scout Troop 403 in Commack to his office. The Commack Middle School 6th grader met with Senator Flanagan to discuss the constitutional rights and obligations of citizens of the United States. The meeting was scheduled as part of Dylan’s effort to achieve the rank of First Class Rank Scout.
"Scouting presents a tremendous opportunity for young boys to learn about the world they live in and it was enjoyable to help Dylan as he works to achieve his goal. I enjoyed our visit and wish Dylan all the best in his scouting career,” stated Senator Flanagan.
Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest. This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 2nd Senatorial District.
Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state. I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.
I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2014 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:
Zachary GoldsteinGrade 4Smithtown Elementary School
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced today that the New York State Senate has passed legislation he sponsored that would help increase prosecution of drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. The bill (S1446) would require chemical testing of drivers suspected of being impaired when an accident occurs and results in serious injury or death.
Under current law, chemical testing is permitted at the discretion of law enforcement following an accident but it is not required. Additionally, law enforcement needs to establish reasonable cause to order a chemical test.
Senator John Flanagan (New York State) recently discussed his legislation (S.1446) on News 12. The legislation would provide law enforcement with an enhanced ability to order alcohol and drug content testing in the event of accidents that result in serious physical injury or death -- March 11, 2014
Senator John Flanagan (New York State) speaks on the Assembly floor during a Joint Legislative Session regarding the reappointment of four members of the New York State Board of Regents - March 11, 2014
Uncle Giuseppe’s Marketplace has announced that it has become the latest in a long line of companies which has had their customers’ credit data breached. The breach affects an unknown number of credit and debit card customers in three stores (Smithtown, East Meadow and Port Washington) who shopped there between late January and the end of February.
It’s not just pick-pockets who steal your credit cards and money anymore. Advances in computer technology have made it possible for ID thieves to ruin your credit and tarnish your good name. Below are tips to protect you and your family.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and Assemblyman Michael J. Fitzpatrick (8th Assembly District) have introduced legislation that would allow Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio and Councilwoman Lynne C. Nowick to serve out their full four-year terms. The legislation would uphold the results of the November 2013 election when the voters of the Town of Smithtown overwhelmingly elected Supervisor Vecchio and Councilwoman Nowick to four-year terms.
The New York State School Tax Relief Program (STAR) provides New York homeowners with partial exemptions from school property taxes. If you earn less than $500,000 and own and live in your home, you are probably eligible for the STAR exemption.
There are two types of STAR property tax exemptions:
Basic STAR is available for owner-occupied, primary residences where the owners’ total income is less than $500,000. Basic STAR works by exempting the first $30,000 of the full value of a home from school taxes.
With the recent death of actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman highlighting the growing impact of heroin and other drugs, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced today that he is joining with Senator Kemp Hannon (6th Senate District) in his effort to provide families affected by addiction with the tools they need to fight this serious disease. Senators Flanagan and Hannon are sponsoring legislation (S.4623) that would put treatment decisions for those struggling with addiction in the hands of physicians as opposed to insurance companies.
Today, Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and Assemblyman Michael J. Fitzpatrick (8th Assembly District) announced their full support for Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio and Councilwoman Lynne C. Nowick, and jointly called on current Town Board members to immediately appoint Vecchio and Nowick to the offices that voters elected them to in November 2013.
Senate Education Committee Chairman John Flanagan (R-Suffolk) this afternoon was far less critical than Gov. Cuomo when discussing the changes the Board of Regents have proposed for the Common Core curriculum.
Flanagan praised the Regents for addressing many of the issues that parents and the lawmakers have been calling for. He called the changes a major step in the right direction and said it shows the Regents were listening to the widespread complaints.
“Compared to where they were and where they are today is night and day from where they started,” Flanagan said.
Senator John Flanagan (New York State), Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, joins Susan Arbetter of Capitol Pressroom to discuss the flawed implementation of Common Core Learning Standards by the New York State Department of Education and the need to provide teachers and the students with the necessary tools for success – February 6, 2014