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Senator Flanagan Reminds Homeowners To Apply For STAR Program Before March 1st Deadline

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is urging all homeowners in Suffolk County to remember to register for the School Tax Relief (STAR) program prior to the upcoming March 1ST deadline.  Homeowners who have not yet signed up for the STAR program are able to sign up until March 1st through their local assessor’s office to take advantage of this program.

The program has two components to help everyone eligible get the tax relief they are entitled to:

February 17, 2012
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Senator Flanagan Discusses The Issues With Residents During Community Meeting Series

To give residents an opportunity to provide their input on the issues facing New York State, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently hosted a series of Town Hall meetings throughout the region.  The meetings, which were held at the Smithtown Library in Nesconset, the Half Hollow Hills Public Library in Dix Hills and the Middle Country Public Library in Centereach, gave community members an open forum to publicly speak about the subjects important to them.

February 16, 2012
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DiNapoli Warns of Lottery Scam Using Fake Checks

DiNapoli Warns of Lottery Scam Using Fake Checks

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today warned of a lottery scam involving mail containing fraudulent checks that appear to have been issued by New York State.

February 3, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Education Senator John J. Flanagan, Chair 10:00 AM, Tuesday, February 7, 2012 Room 124 CAP

February 7, 10:00 AM - 10:06 AM
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Senator Flanagan Supports Passage of DNA Databank Expansion

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently voted for the largest expansion of the state’s DNA databank since it was created in 1994.  The legislation mirrors the DNA databank expansion plan proposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo in his recently introduced Executive Budget and would require those who are convicted in New York State of a felony and a misdemeanor under penal law to submit DNA samples to the authorities.

February 2, 2012
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Senator Flanagan Works To Enhance Protections For Young Victims Of Sexual Abuse

 

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced today that legislation he sponsored to strengthen protections for young victims of sexual crimes has passed the New York State Senate.  The legislation, which has been sent to the Assembly for action, would expand the definitions of aggravated sexual abuse to include victims less than thirteen years old when the abuser is eighteen years of age or older.

January 31, 2012
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Newsday - Low bids, high hopes for Kings Park demolition

By Carl MacGowan - January 25, 2012

January 26, 2012
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Newsday - LI Districts May Get Second Chance On Aid

By Carl MacGowan - January 19, 2012

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's proposed budget has good news -- and a modicum of bad news -- for four Suffolk school districts facing the loss of $48 million in construction aid due to missed deadlines, state lawmakers said this week.

The governor's 2012-13 budget plan, released Tuesday, would allow the Central Islip, Smithtown, Babylon and Rocky Point districts to reapply for the aid this year, lawmakers said. But they may be docked part of the aid as a penalty for the filing errors.

The measure requires approval by the State Legislature as part of the budget process, which has an April 1 deadline.

January 24, 2012
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Senator Flanagan Passes Legislation To Ban Salvia Divinorum And Calls On Assembly For Its Support

Senator John Flanagan today announced that legislation he sponsored to ban the sale of the hallucinogen salvia divinorum throughout New York State has passed the Senate.  The Senator has been advocating since 2005 for a statewide ban of the hallucinogen, which is widely claimed to have the same effects as lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD).  While his efforts have gained Senate passage five times prior to this vote, the New York State Assembly has repeatedly failed to act.

This year, however, the legislation is being sponsored by Assemblyman Felix Ortiz (51st Assembly District) and Senator Flanagan is hopeful that the Assembly will act so the legislation can be sent to Governor Andrew Cuomo to finally become law in New York State.

January 24, 2012
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Senator Flanagan Announces Reappropriation Of Funding For Nissequogue River State Park In Cuomo's Budget

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that over $22.5 million in funding he secured in 2006 for the environmental cleanup of the Nissequogue River State Park has been reappropriated in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget.  The funding was requested by Senator Flanagan in a recent letter to Governor Cuomo and announced as part of the Executive Budget unveiled on January 17th.

A total of $29 million has been secured by Senator Flanagan for Nisseqougue River State Park.  The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) has already spent $4 million of those funds on an environmental engineering study and has set aside additional funds related to an upcoming demolition project at the site.

January 20, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Education Senator John J. Flanagan, Chair 10:00 AM, Tuesday, January 24, 2012 Room 124 CAP

January 24, 10:00 AM - 10:16 AM
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News12: Senator Flanagan Discusses Governor Cuomo’s Budget Proposal

Senator John Flanagan (New York Senate) speaks to News12 about Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget proposal – January 17, 2012

January 18, 2012
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Senator Flanagan Welcomes Cadet Color Guard To Albany

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) welcomed the members of the Colonel Francis S. Gabreski Cadet Squadron from the Long Island group of Civil Air Patrol Color Guard to the Senate Chamber in Albany.  The group, which is comprised of young adults from across Long Island and included several young constituents from Senator Flanagan’s district, presented the colors at the ceremonial beginning of the 2012 Senate Session.

January 13, 2012
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Public Hearing: Joint Legislative Public Hearing on 2012-2013 Executive Budget Proposal: Topic "Elementary & Secondary Education"

Joint Legislative Public Hearing Notice and Testimonies for Elementary and Secondary Education

January 23, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Senators Renew Efforts To Protect School Taxpayers

Continuing their effort to protect property taxpayers, Senators Kenneth P. LaValle (1st Senate District), John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), Lee Zeldin (3rd Senate District) and Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District) are pushing forward to get restoration of building aid to four Suffolk County school districts.  Today, they took the first step in that process by gaining Senate Education Committee approval of legislation that would restore funding that was vetoed last year by Governor Andrew Cuomo for Central Islip, Smithtown, Rocky Point and Babylon.

January 11, 2012
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Senator Flanagan Joins Senate Colleagues In Recognizing Colonel Francis S. Gabreski Cadet

Senator John Flanagan (New York Senate) and his colleagues in the New York State Senate welcome the Colonel Francis S. Gabreski Cadet Squadron from the Long Island group of Civil Air Patrol Color Guard to Albany -- January 9, 2012

January 11, 2012
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Daily Gazette: Senate pushes restoration of education funds

By David Lombardo - Tuesday, January 10, 2012

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.

January 10, 2012
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Senator Flanagan Announces New Laws For The New Year Including Property Tax Cap And Middle Class Tax Cut

    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.

January 6, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Education Senator John J. Flanagan, Chair Off the Floor Tuesday, January 10, 2012 Room 332 CAP  Immediately following session

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January 10, 12:00 PM - 12:08 PM
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Happy New Year From Senator Flanagan

Dear Friend:

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.

December 30, 2011
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