Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently welcomed student musicians from Long Island who received the honor of being selected to one of the New York State School Music Association's (NYSSMA) All-State jazz performing groups. The students were in the State Capital in Albany to perform in early March to kick off the National and State "Music in Our Schools Month" celebration.
By Monica Gleberman & Rachel Shapiro - April 3, 2013
With $1.6 million more in state aid expected for next school year, Smithtown schools Superintendent Anthony Annunziato said he is now proposing only tier one cuts to help eliminate the gap between revenue and expenditures for the upcoming school year.
At Tuesday night's Board of Education meeting, Annunziato said revenue for 2013-14 is now expected to be $224 million, with expenditures at $227 million. To remain within the state-mandated tax levy increase cap of 3.63 percent — which includes exemptions for certain costs — Annunziato said the district would have to cut at least $2.8 million.
ALBANY - New York's senate approved an approximately $136 billion budget that raises the minimum wage to $9 over three years and offers a $350 rebate to families with children, completing the votes a little over two hours before dawn on Wednesday.
The Assembly plans to take a pass at the budget on Thursday. This will be the third time in a row the state will have met its April 1 deadline.
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has announced that due to the smoke stack implosion at Nissequogue River State Park, several travel restrictions will be in effect surrounding Nissequogue River State Park. Road closures will be enforced at the following locations:
•Old Dock Road from St. Johnland road to Flynn Road•Sections of Kings Park Boulevard •Hike & Bike Trail from Flynn Road to the Tiffany Field Soccer Field
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation to impose felony charges on wrong-way and other reckless drivers. The bill (S752), which Senator Flanagan co-sponsored, is an effort to protect law abiding drivers from those who make the decision to drive in a dangerous manner.
The bill would establish the new crime of “aggravated reckless driving” and make it a class E felony, punishable by a prison sentence of up to four years. The charge would apply to:
Drivers who drive the wrong way or against the flow of traffic; either knowingly or because they are intoxicated or impaired;
Drivers who drive more than 30 miles-an-hour over the speed limit while intoxicated or impaired; or
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today voted for the New York State Senate’s 2013-14 budget resolution. The budget, which is an answer to the proposal put forth by Governor Andrew Cuomo in January, was formulated by the Senate Majority Coalition.
The Senate budget resolution, which will now be the focus of negotiations between the Senate, the Assembly and the Governor, focuses on helping businesses create new jobs, investing additional funds in education and transportation, providing needed tax relief for middle class families, restoring the property tax rebate program for senior citizens, providing mandate relief to local governments and restoring proposed cuts to women’s health programs and programs for the developmentally disabled.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with his colleagues in the Senate Republican conference today to announce a bold and sweeping job creation plan to improve New York’s business climate so it not only keeps up with other states, but surpasses them. Among other things, the “Senate Republican Blueprint for Jobs: ReThink. ReVitalize. ReBuild” would cut taxes for one million small businesses and reduce energy costs for every business and residential ratepayer in New York, saving them $2.5 billion.
The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) is advising motorists that forecasts call for rain, snow, wintry precipitation and wind gusts up to 50 MPH which could create hazardous driving conditions particularly later this evening. Motorists are advised to drive with extreme caution throughout the storm. Presently, snowfall is predicted during the overnight hours with rain and wind during the day.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with the other members of the Senate Republican Conference today in unveiling the Family Tax Relief Act. This package of tax relief and reform measures is designed to provide a major economic boost to New York’s struggling middle class families.
The plan would increase tax breaks which have not kept pace with inflation and, in some instances, have not been adjusted for more than 25 years. The plan would also restore the STAR property tax rebate check program to provide real and direct relief to millions of New Yorkers who pay some of the highest property taxes in the country.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is reminding all homeowners that the deadline to apply for the School Tax Relief (STAR) program is March 1st. Homeowners who are not enrolled in this property tax savings program can apply with their town assessor’s office prior to the deadline.
The STAR program provides homeowners with property tax relief and works in two ways:• Basic STAR is available to homeowners whose primary residence is a house, condominium, cooperative apartment, mobile home or farm house and whose combined total adjusted gross income does not exceed $500,000, regardless of age. It does not require annual renewal.