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Senator Flanagan Sponsors Measure To Reform New York State Government

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently sponsored and voted for Senate passage of the Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011 which will provide major ethics reform in New York State government.  The legislation represents a three-way agreement between the Senate, the Assembly and Governor Andrew Cuomo and is a significant step toward restoring the public’s trust in government.

June 29, 2011
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Senator Flanagan Supports Successful Tax Cap And Mandate Relief Measure

     Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) proudly voted in favor of a historic property tax relief legislation that enacts a cap on the growth of local property taxes.  The bill will provide taxpayers of Long Island with the property tax relief they need by limiting the growth of school and local taxes to less than two percent or the Consumer Price Index (CPI), whichever is lower.

June 28, 2011
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June 22, 2011
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Senator Flanagan And Senate Colleagues Vote To Repeal MTA Payroll Tax

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today announced that the Senate has passed legislation he sponsored that would repeal the MTA Payroll Tax, easing an enormous financial burden that has caused job losses and hurt businesses across Long Island.  The legislation Senator Flanagan supported, which has strong support from business organizations including the Hauppauge Industrial Association, Business Council of New York State and the National Federation of Independent Businesses, was also sponsored by Senator Lee M. Zeldin (3rd Senate District), Senator Jack Martins (7th Senate District) and other Senators representing the 12-county MTA region.

June 15, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Education Senator John J. Flanagan, Chair 12 Noon, Monday, June 13, 2011 Room 124 CAP

June 13, 12:00 PM - 12:03 PM
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William Beatty

Mr. William Beatty of Centereach served in the United States Army during the Korean War and is the honoree of Senator John J. Flanagan. His selection is based on the nomination from the administration of the Long Island State Veteran’s Home (LISVH) in Stony Brook.

Mr. Beatty served as a Corporal in the 40th Infantry Division, 160th Infantry Regiment as part of the Regimental Combat Team and saw action in the Iron Triangle – the area in Korea bounded by Ch'orwon, Kumhwa, and Pyonggang.

June 9, 2011
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Senator Flanagan Honors Dix Hills Breast Cancer Leader As His 2011 Woman Of Distinction

At a recent ceremony in Albany, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) hosted Ms. JoAnn Pushkin to officially recognize her selection as his 2011 Woman of Distinction.  The Dix Hills resident was honored for her efforts to expand access to early breast cancer detection for the 40% of women who have dense breast tissue.  Ms.

June 7, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Education Senator John J. Flanagan, Chair 10:00 AM, Tuesday, June 7, 2011 Room 123 CAP

June 7, 10:00 AM - 10:05 AM
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Committee Meeting: Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Education Senator John J. Flanagan, Chair 10:00 AM, Thursday, June 2, 2011 Room 124 CAP

June 2, 10:00 AM - 10:02 AM
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Senator Flanagan Unveils Winner Of The 4th Annual Community Photography Contest

 1st Place Winner - Anita Kalonaros of Commack High School

 As the winner, Ms. Kalonaros will be a guest of Senator Flanagan's during an upcoming session of the New York State Senate.  In Albany, the winning student will be given a guided tour of the historic Capitol, visit the Senate photography staff for a personal lesson and be provided with access to the Senate Chamber to take pictures during a live Senate session. 

May 25, 2011
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Senate Education Committee Examines Teacher Discipline Process

In an effort to streamline the teacher discipline system to protect educational quality for students across the state, Senator John Flanagan, Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, convened a hearing of the New York State Senate Education Committee to examine the current system.  The “Due Process Teacher Discipline Without Delay: Reforming Section 3020-a of the Education Law to Meet the Needs of the 21st Century” accepted testimony from interested parties in an effort to examine how New York State can reform the system to provide the appropriate discipline for educator misconduct as well as the appropriate protection for those wrongfully accused.

May 24, 2011
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Long Island Senators Urge Assembly To Pass Property Tax Cap

Long Island’s nine Republican State Senators joined a local family at their home to again urge the New York Assembly’s Democratic leaders to finally pass a school and local government tax cap.  This legislation, which passed the Senate in January at the

May 23, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Education Senator John J. Flanagan, Chair 10:00 AM, Tuesday, May 24, 2011 Room 124 CAP

May 24, 10:00 AM - 10:05 AM
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Public Hearing: Due Process Teacher Discipline Without Delay: Reforming Section 3020-a of the Education Law to Meet the Needs of the 21st Century

Senate Standing Committee on Education

Chair: Senator John J. Flanagan

Public Hearing: Teacher Discipline

Place: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New York

Time: 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.

Contact: Robin Mueller (518) 455-2071

Media Contact: Robert Caroppoli (631) 361-2154

To seek input on the issue of improving the teacher discipline system throughout the state, Senator John Flanagan, Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, will be hosting a formal hearing on the topic in Albany.  The Committee will solicit testimony from interested parties to examine how New York State can reform the system to provide the appropriate discipline for educator misconduct as well as the appropriate protection of those wrongfully accused.

The hearing will provide an open and fair examination on the policies and mechanisms that can be used to accomplish these goals, as well as their impact on school children, taxpayers and the school system as a whole.          

Scheduled to testify during the hearing are New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, New York State Education Department Chief Executive Officer Val Grey, and New York State United Teachers Executive Vice President Andrew Pallotta.  Testimony will also be provided by representatives from the United Federation of Teachers, New York State School Boards Association, New York State Council of School Superintendents, Conference of Big 5 School Districts, New York State Association of School Attorneys, Small City School Districts and Council of School Supervisors & Administrators.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the public hearing and submit written testimony.

ORAL TESTIMONY IS BY INVITATION ONLY

May 23, 10:00 AM - 1:50 PM
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Committee Meeting: Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Education Senator John J. Flanagan, Chair 10:00 AM, Tuesday, May 17, 2011 Room 124 CAP

May 17, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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JoAnn Pushkin

JoAnn Pushkin is a breast cancer survivor who has made the decision to use her personal situation to help others fight back against this deadly disease.  After her diagnosis in 2005, which was originally missed because she is one of millions of women with dense breast tissue, Ms. Pushkin dedicated herself to advocating for advanced screening coverage and the disclosure of enhanced information to all women.

Ms. Pushkin is a cofounder of D.E.N.S.E. (Density Education National Survivors’ Effort), a national grassroots effort to raise awareness about breast density, and its inherent cancer risk, and is also founder of the New York chapter D.E.N.S.E. NY.  

May 11, 2011
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Senator Flanagan’s Legislation To Expand Crime Victim’s Rights Passes Senate

            Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that legislation he sponsored to protect the rights of crime victims has passed the New York State Senate.  The legislation would expand the State’s Son of Sam laws by prohibiting all persons who are held responsible for a crime from profiting from their crimes regardless of their plea or conviction.

May 10, 2011
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Senator Flanagan’s Legislation to Ban Synthetic Marijuana Passes Senate

Legislation sponsored by Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) that would ban the sale of synthetic marijuana products throughout New York State was passed today by the New York State Senate.  This fake drug, which has been legally available under a variety of names like K2, Spike 99 and Spice at stores throughout New York State, including on Long Island and just blocks away from the State Capitol in Albany, is smoked as an altern

May 9, 2011
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