The state Senate is fast-tracking at least eight education funding bills that were vetoed in September by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The bills all involve school districts that have been stripped of state aid because of minor errors. The bills include the restoration of $3.8 million to the Schenectady City School District.
In this morning's state Senate Committee on Education meeting, Chairman John Flanagan, R-Long Island, said, "We're going to push the issue." The eight bills have been referred to the Senate Committee on Finance.
To help keep the residents of the 2nd Senate District informed, Senator Flanagan is highlighting some new state laws are in effect as of January 1, 2012. Of particular importance to many in our area, Senator Flanagan is proud that both the middle class tax cut that will reduce tax rates for millions of hardworking taxpayers and the two-percent property tax cap will go into effect and start providing taxpayers with much needed tax relief.
I would like to wish you and your family a Happy and Healthy New Year.
While there have been a great many things accomplished in New York State in 2011, we are all mindful that much more remains to be done and I look forward to working with you in the coming year to make New York State the best it can be.
As always, I invite you contact me by either replying to this message or calling my office at 631-361-2154 if you have any thoughts or comments on our state or if my office can provide you with any assistance.
In a recent letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senators Kenneth P. LaValle (1st Senate District), John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), Lee Zeldin (3rd Senate District) and Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District) formally called for the restoration of building aid to four Suffolk County school districts to be included as part of the Governor’s upcoming budget proposal. The State Education Department originally denied this funding to the districts because they inadvertently failed to file paperwork on time for certain capital construction projects.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently participated in the Parents as Reading Partners (PARP) program at North Ridge Primary School to read to the children. Reading “Duck for President” by Doreen Cronin to Mrs. Rosanne Wilson’s ABA class, Mrs. Cyndi Nichols’ Kindergarten class, and Mrs. Jen Ryan’s 2nd grade class, Senator Flanagan joined parents and other community members in bringing the joy of reading to the students of the Commack school.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and Congressman Timothy Bishop (1st Congressional District) recently joined Long Island State Veterans Home (LISVH) Executive Director Fred S. Sganga and Stony Brook University President Samuel Stanley to formally announce a joint effort between the New York State Senate, the Long Island Congressional Delegation and the Veterans Administration that will deliver $16 million in funding for facility upgrades at the Home.
The Business Council of New York State has announced that Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) has received the highest score of all New York State Senators in their 2011 Voters’ Guide. The guide measures New York State legislators’ commitment to improving the state’s economic climate and performance by scoring their support for key business legislation during the 2011 session.
This section of Senator Flanagan’s web site is designed to help those people in our community who are ready to work find the job they need and want. Please utilize the links below to find job search resources as well as information about upcoming job fairs in our area.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) was proud to take part in two-day economic conference, entitled “Unidad Latina,” that the New York State Senate and the Hispanic Federation recently held in New York City. The conference was an opportunity to discuss ways to increase economic opportunities for the growing Hispanic community in New York.
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.
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.
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.
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