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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
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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
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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
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SENATE COMPLETES SECOND CONSECUTIVE EARLY PASSAGE OF STATE BUDGET

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.

2012-13 STATE BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS

STATE SPENDING GROWTH HELD UNDER TWO PERCENT

> 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
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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
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Protect our Kids

 

PROTECTING 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
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Senator Flanagan Honored By NYSSBA

Senator John Flanagan (New York State) is awarded the 2011-2012 State Leader of the Year award from the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA).  The award was presented to Senator Flanagan, who serves as the Chairman of the New York State Senate Education Committee, at the Association’s annual State Issues Conference in Albany on March 11, 2012.

March 23, 2012
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Senator Flanagan Named State Leader Of The Year By NYSSBA

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) has been named the 2011-2012 State Leader of the Year by the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA).  The award was presented to Senator Flanagan, who serves as the Chairman of the New York State Senate Education Committee, at the Association’s annual State Issues Conference in Albany.

March 23, 2012
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Senator Flanagan and Assemblymember Jaffee Introduce Life-Saving Legislation to Improve Breast Cancer Early Detection

In a major advance in the fight against breast cancer, Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd District) and Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee (95th District) today announced the introduction of joint legislation (A9586/S6769) to require insurance companies to cover the cost of supplemental screenings for women with dense breast tissue, a condition that can impede detection of breast tumors by mammography and correlates with a greater likelihood for developing breast cancer.

March 21, 2012
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Public Hearing: Joint Legislative Public Hearing on 2012-2013 Executive Budget Proposal: Topic " Education "

 Education

Hearing Room C

Assembly

Senate

Catherine Nolan (Co-Chair)

John J. Flanagan (Co-Chair)

Vivian Cook

Andrew Lanza

March 22, 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
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Senator Flanagan Announces DNA Databank Expansion

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate has, in cooperation with Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State Assembly, approved the largest expansion of the State’s DNA Databank since it was first created in 1994.  The change would make New York State the first “all crimes DNA” state in the nation by requiring DNA samples to be collected from anyone convicted of a felony or a penal law misdemeanor.

Since its inception, DNA stored in the databank has been used to identify perpetrators in about 10,000 crimes, including 900 murders and 3,500 sexual assaults.  Since 2006, when the DNA databank was expanded to include 36 misdemeanors, law enforcement agencies have used the information to convict 1,460 criminals.

March 16, 2012
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Public Hearing: "Joint Legislative Public Hearing on 2012-2013 Executive Budget Proposal: Topic "Education"

Assembly
Senate

Catherine Nolan( Co-Chair)
John J. Flanagan (Co-Chair)

Vivian Cook
Andrew Lanza

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March 14, 1:30 PM - 2:20 PM
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Senator Flanagan Urges Residents To Take Advantage Of $3.5 Million Household Appliance Rebate Program

Rebates Are Available for High-Efficiency Refrigerators and Clothes Washers

March 13, 2012
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Senate Approves Budget Plan To Create Jobs And Restore Fiscal Responsibility To New York State

"This budget resolution will build on our efforts of last year when we worked with Governor Cuomo and the Assembly to cut taxes for our residents, provide relief for businesses and cap local property taxes.  It provides incentives to create jobs, requires state government to budget efficiently and works to relieve the pressures facing our local governments and our schools,” stated Senator Flanagan.

“The Senate budget resolution is right in line with our priorities to cut taxes, control spending and create jobs,” Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos said.  “I am confident that we will be able to work with the Governor and Assembly to get a new budget enacted well before the deadline that includes our priorities.”

March 12, 2012
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Senators Flanagan and Martins Honor Future Leaders In Fight Against Cancer

Senators John Flanagan and Jack Martins (New York State) welcome Commack High School junior Kayla Neville and Great Neck South High School senior John Yang to Albany to recognize their efforts in the fight against cancer -- March 5, 2012

March 9, 2012
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NY Parks: Kings Park Demolition Contract Approved

New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey today announced that a $6.4 million contract for a demolition project at the former Kings Park Psychiatric Center has been awarded to National Salvage & Service Corporation. Work on the project to demolish 15 abandoned buildings and related structures at the site is expected to begin in mid-May.

March 9, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Education Senator John J. Flanagan, Chair 10:00 AM, Wednesday, April 25, 2012 Room 124 CAP

April 25, 10:00 AM - 10:03 AM
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Senator Flanagan's Legislation To Protect Taxpayers From Cost Of Acts Of Vandalism Passes Senate

In an effort to protect local governments and taxpayers, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently announced that the Senate has passed his legislation requiring criminals to "pay up" for acts of vandalism against public property.  The bill, which is now in the Assembly awaiting further action, would make those convicted of vandalizing public property responsible for covering the cost of their crime.  

March 7, 2012
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SENATE REPUBLICANS ANNOUNCE 2012 NEW JOBS-NY JOB CREATION PLAN

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with his colleagues in the New York State Senate Republican Conference today to announce the 2012 NEW JOBS-NY Job Creation Plan.  The plan includes significant tax relief to encourage the creation of new private sector jobs, measures to ensure fiscal responsibility and control state spending, as well as other reforms and incentives to make New York more economically competitive.  The plan will be included in the Senate budget resolution to be acted on next week.

March 7, 2012
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