Father Gann of Kings Park Provides Senate Invocation

At the invitation of Senator John Flanagan (New York State), Father Sean J. Gann, Pastor at St. Joseph's Church in Kings Park, delivers the invocation at beginning of New York State Senate Session on May 8, 2012.

May 9, 2012

Senator Flanagan Welcomes Commack Student To Albany

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently welcomed Commack High School junior Samantha Kunz to Albany as she took part in the twelfth annual Students Inside Albany program.  While in Albany, Ms. Kunz shadowed Senator Flanagan for an afternoon and joined him on the Senate floor during a recent legislative session.  

May 4, 2012

Albany Times Unions - Testing Can Save Lives Of Women

Bill mandates insurers to cover MRI or other cancer exam for patients with dense breast tissue

Excerpt from Albany Times Union by Casey Seiler - May 1, 2012 

ALBANY — The backers of a bill newly introduced in the state Legislature say it could save the lives of women who don't even know they're in peril.

As many as 50 percent of tumors in women with dense breast tissue go undetected by conventional mammograms, and most women with dense tissue don't even know about this aspect of their bodies — even if their doctors do. Dense tissue tends to appear cloudy on a mammogram, potentially hiding a tumor of small or even larger size.

May 2, 2012

Senator Flanagan Working To Help Residents Get The Tax Refund They Deserve

After joining with his colleagues and Governor Andrew Cuomo over the last year to deliver tax relief to residents, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is working to make getting that tax relief easier and quicker for all New York residents in two ways.

First, to help residents who are expecting a state or federal income tax refund figure out when they can expect their money, Senator Flanagan is making them aware that both the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance (NYSDTF) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have set up web sites that will enable you to track your income tax refunds via the Internet.  

May 1, 2012


Taxpayers whose state and/or federal income tax returns indicate that they will receive a tax refund this year can find now out when their refund will arrive.  Both the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance (NYSDTF) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have web sites that enable residents to track the status of their income tax refunds via the Internet. 

May 1, 2012

Senator Flanagan Discusses Issues On Capital Tonight

Senator John Flanagan (New York State) discusses his efforts to ban synthetic marijuana and bath salts and the New NY Education Reform Commission that he was named to during an appearance with Liz Benjamin on Capital Tonight - April 30, 2012

May 1, 2012

Senator Flanagan Announces Passage Of Legislation To Make Synthetic Marijuana And Bath Salts Illegal

In an ongoing effort to protect New Yorkers from the danger posed by “legal” drugs, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that legislation he sponsored to criminalize the sale and possession of synthetic marijuana and “bath salts” has passed the New York State Senate.

Synthetic marijuana or “fake pot” are herbs sprayed with chemicals called “synthetic cannabinoids.” These products -- including Spice, K2, Cloud 9 and Black 9 -- have dangerous side effects, including rapid heart rate, tremors, loss of consciousness and hallucinations. “Bath salts”, or “substituted cathinones,” are chemically related to methamphetamines and ecstasy that also cause harmful physical and psychological reactions.

April 30, 2012

NEWSDAY -DOE: Lowest proposed school tax hikes in 15 years

"Taxpayers wanted relief. We gave them relief by passing the cap," said state Senator John Flanagan (R-East Northport), chairman of the Senate Education Committee. "Schools needed relief. We gave them relief by raising state aid. The overwhelming majority of districts are living within the cap, and I think that demonstrates their concern for taxpayers."

Excerpt from Newsday article by John Hildebrand - April 26,2012

Efforts to curb local property taxes are having a dramatic effect on Long Island with state figures released Thursday showing the lowest proposed school district tax hikes in more than 15 years.

April 27, 2012

Senator Flanagan Reads With St. James Students

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently visited the St. James Elementary School to join Mr. Michael Klee’s 5th Grade Class in reading “Sybil Ludington’s Midnight Ride” by Marsha Amstel to the students.

The story, about the bravery of the 16-year old girl who in 1777 rode through the countryside upstate spreading the word of a British attack on Danbury, provided the students with a lesson regarding the great things that young people can do for their community and their country.  After reading the book, Senator Flanagan talked with the children about how the story related to them and to their potential.

April 26, 2012

Committee Meeting: Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Education Senator John J. Flanagan, Chair 10:00 AM, Tuesday, May 1, 2012 Room 124 CAP

May 1, 10:00 AM - 10:11 AM

Senator Flanagan Supports Legislation To Keep Violent Felons Off The Streets

In an effort to keep the most dangerous criminals off the streets of New York State, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) has announced that he recently voted to support legislation (S.1539) that would require life imprisonment without parole for persistent violent felony offenders who are convicted three times.

April 25, 2012

Senator Flanagan Joins With Governor Cuomo To Announce New York State Aid For Counties Response And Recovery

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.

April 18, 2012

Senator Flanagan Announces State Parks Going Smoke-Free

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is informing residents that the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYSPRHP) has announced that it will create smoke-free areas in outdoor settings within state parks and historic sites including around playgrounds and pools.

April 13, 2012

Committee Meeting: Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Education Senator John J. Flanagan, Chair 10:00 AM, Wednesday, April 18, 2012 Room 124 CAP

April 18, 10:00 AM - 10:06 AM

NYSDEC Reminds New Yorkers Of State Law Restricting Use Of Lawn Fertilizers Containing Phosphorus

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is urging New Yorkers to be mindful of a new state law that limits the percentage of phosphorus in lawn fertilizers and restricts the time of year and locations where fertilizers can be used. The fertilizer provisions of the NYS Dishwasher Detergent and Nutrient Runoff Law went into effect on January 1. 

The new restrictions, affecting those who want to fertilize their lawns this spring, will reduce the quantity of phosphorus entering the state’s waters, diminishing the degradation to ponds, rivers, lakes and streams. 

April 11, 2012

Earth Day 2012 Poster Contest Winners

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year event.  Thanks also to the families and teachers whose dedication and involvement in this event provided the encouragement for you to be creative and participate in the 2012 Earth Day Poster Contest.

I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2012 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:

Ariel - Grade: 6

Dawnwood Middle School


April 1, 2012


For the second consecutive year, the New York State Senate has completed an early passage of the state budget. The 2012-13 state budget achieves the Senate Republicans’ goals of reducing state spending, not raising taxes and creating new private sector jobs.  The new state fiscal year begins April 1st.



> The $132.6 billion spending plan limits all-funds spending growth to 1.9 percent. For the second year in a row, state spending growth is less than the two percent spending cap advocated by Senate Republicans and placed on local government and school budgets. 

March 30, 2012

Senator Flanagan Announces State Tax Free Shopping Providing More Purchasing Power To New Yorkers

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) has announced that clothing and footwear purchases under $110 per item are exempt from the New York State portion of sales tax beginning on April 1st, 2012.  The purchase price limit is increasing from the current $55 per item in order to provide families across New York State with greater ability to buy items they may need.

March 29, 2012

Protect our Kids



Whether it's in our local neighborhood, on the playground, or out in cyberspace, protecting our kids is the most important concern of every responsible parent.

This section of Senator Flanagan's website is designed to provide parents with a web-based, one-stop-shop loaded with important news-you-can-use to help keep your kids safe. 

Click on the links below to download printable copies of useful brochures and fact sheets that were compiled with one goal in mind: Protecting our kids!

March 28, 2012