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School’s Open -- Drive Carefully!

It’s that time when millions of children across New York State will put away their bikes and swimsuits, and head back to school. This is an exciting time for many boys and girls as new experiences and challenges await.

It’s also a time for increased vigilance and awareness by all New Yorkers. With schools back in session, local streets will be filled with school buses and children rushing to them.

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September 12, 2008
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Senator Flanagan Helps Residents Prepare For Emergencies

To inform residents about how to prepare in the event of an emergency, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently hosted a community seminar which provided helpful tips and information to local residents. The event, which was held at the Middle Country Public Library in Centereach, was presented with the help of a number of emergency assistance organizations. The meeting provided those who attended with numerous safety tips on how to prepare for and recover from an emergency.

September 2, 2008
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Senator Flanagan To Host Emergency Preparedness Meeting In Smithtown

Continuing his series of Emergency Preparedness seminars, Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) will be hosting a meeting in Smithtown to help local residents prepare for any sort of emergency situation. The meeting will be open to all and will be free of charge.Representatives of the New York State Emergency Management Office, the Suffolk County Office of Emergency Management, the American Red Cross and the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) will be on hand to provide residents with expert advice about how to prepare for and deal with an emergency situation.

August 12, 2008
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Senator Flanagan Discusses The Issues With Area Residents

To hear what is on the minds of the people he represents, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently joined residents to discuss the issues that are important to them at a series of town hall events across the district. The meetings were an open forum that gave Senator Flanagan an opportunity to hear what is on the minds of the people of the community. Beginning at the Centereach Branch of the Middle Country Public Library, Senator Flanagan hosted meetings in Commack at the Commack Public Library and in Smithtown at the Eugene A. Cannataro Senior Citizen Center.

April 11, 2008
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Senator Flanagan Moves To Protect Expansion Of Nissequogue River State Park

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today announced that he has sponsored legislation that would formally require New York State to recognize the 2006 expansion of the Nissequogue River State Park.

That expansion, which Senator Flanagan achieved through a cooperative effort with the Pataki administration and former New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYSOPRHP) Commissioner Bernadette Castro, added 365 acres of public parkland to the New York State parks system.

March 28, 2008
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Statement From Senator Flanagan Regarding Governor Spitzer's Resignation

Yesterday's resignation of Eliot Spitzer will hopefully close the book on this sad chapter in our state's history and signal a new beginning for all of our residents. Incoming Governor David Paterson, who is well-known and respected, will now be entrusted with the difficult task of rebuilding the trust our residents have in the Executive office and I look forward to working with him to restore that confidence.

March 12, 2008
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Senator Flanagan Joins Students and Taxpayers to Rally for Long Island

Senator Flanagan is joined by members of the Commack School District community to call for Long Island’s fair share of education funding.  From left to right: Commack Board of Education President MaryJo Masciello, Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Feltman, Commack PTA Council President Laura Werner, and Assistant Superintendent for Business Laura Newman.

March 3, 2008
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Education And Taxpayer Rally Set For March 1st

To provide Long Islanders with an opportunity to voice their support for Long Island school children and taxpayers, Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today announced that he is coordinating an Education and Taxpayers Rally in response to Governor Eliot Spitzer's proposed cuts to Long Island schools.

February 19, 2008
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Senator Flanagan Heralds Victory For Kings Park Community

Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) praised a recent court ruling affirming the state's right to cancel the sale of the former Kings Park Psychiatric Center (KPPC).

January 25, 2008
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Senator Flanagan Reminds Homeowners To Apply For Star Program

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is urging all homeowners to sign up 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, which is available to all homeowners, can apply with their town assessor’s office."The STAR program delivers millions in tax relief to Long Island homeowners every year and I hope that everyone takes advantage of this program prior to the deadline.

January 23, 2008
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Senator Flanagan Honored As Man Of The Year

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) was recently honored by Leah S. Dunaief, Editor and Publisher, and the Times Beacon Record Newspapers as the Man of the Year in a number of their publications.

In the article written by Lee Lutz, Senator Flanagan was noted as a "tireless advocate for his constituents and the people of New York State."

January 15, 2008
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Senator Flanagan Works To Expand Edgewood Oak Brush Plains State Preserve

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today joined with Senator Owen Johnson (4th Senate District) and Senator Caesar Trunzo (3rd Senate District) to introduce legislation that will preserve open space while protecting Long Islanders from further traffic problems.

January 15, 2008
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Senator Flanagan Brings Tax Relief Call Directly To Governor Spitzer

Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District), in a joint letter with his Long Island Senate Majority Delegation colleagues, brought his fight for Long Island's fair share of education funding and tax relief directly to Governor Eliot Spitzer.

In the letter sent to Governor Spitzer as he prepared his 2008 State of the State address, the Long Island senators call on him to make reducing the tax burden faced by our region a main focus of his speech and his upcoming Executive Budget proposal.

January 8, 2008
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Senator Flanagan Discusses State Aid With School Superintendents

As Governor Eliot Spitzer prepares to unveil his 2008 blueprint for New York State, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) continued meeting with Long Island's educational community to make sure that the region is collectively prepared to fight for its fair share.

January 7, 2008
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Senator Flanagan Aiming To Provide Increased Relief For Taxpayers

To continue his efforts to provide meaningful tax relief to the residents of Long Island, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced a major initiative that will provide further relief for Long Island's overburdened taxpayers.

January 4, 2008
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Senator Flanagan Criticizes MTA Fare Hikes

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), the Chairman of the Senate Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Committee, today blasted the leadership of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) following the approval of an increase in MTA fares and tolls.

December 19, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Joins With Schools To Rally For Long Island Students

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today joined with 34 Long Island school districts in a grassroots campaign to fight for the region's fair share of education funding.

The rally provided all in attendance a chance to voice their disapproval of the New York State Board of Regents' recent proposal and to demand that Long Island schools be sufficiently funded in the upcoming budget negotiations.

December 11, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Urges Governor To Stall Thruway Toll Increases

New York State Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), the Chairman of the Senate Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Committee, today was joined by two other influential members of the Senate in calling for a halt to the proposed toll increases on the New York State Thruway. In a letter to Governor Eliot Spitzer, Senator Flanagan, Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Thomas W.

December 7, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Announces Release Of Report On Governor Spitzer Licensing Plan

New York State Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), a member of the New York State Senate Majority Task Force on Immigration, today announced the release of a comprehensive report on Governor Spitzer’s plan to grant driver’s licenses to illegal aliens. The report entitled Fiasco: The Governor’s Plan to Grant Illegal Aliens Driver’s Licenses in New York State is the first legislative report that details the plan, which has since been withdrawn.

December 5, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Tells State To Give Long Islanders Their Fair Share

Following a recent written demand for more state aid for Long Island, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today personally called on the Spitzer administration to give Long Island its fair share.

November 30, 2007
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