Senators Skelos, Klein and Flanagan issued the following statement:
We continue to support the goals of an improved education curriculum that increases standards and ensures that students are college and career ready. However, after having spent months listening to parents, teachers, administrators and educational professionals at public hearings conducted throughout New York State, it is our belief that while the implementation of Common Core Learning Standards may have been well intended, it has been poorly executed.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that his legislation to accelerate the restoration of funding lost by school districts under the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) has been approved by the Senate Education Committee. The legislation would establish a definitive timetable for making full restoration of GEA funding to all school districts over a three-year period.
The bill will now go to the Senate Finance Committee for further consideration. From there, the bill is expected to be sent to the full Senate for a vote.
Today is National Earned Income Tax Credit Day – an effort by the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance (NYSDTF) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to make sure that all New York taxpayers are aware of all of the tax relief available to them.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently announced the enactment of legislation he supported that will help provide better regulation of animal breeders and pet stores. The new law (Chapter 553 of 2013 signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo) authorizes local governments to enact more stringent laws than those that currently exist at the state level.
Any new local laws, rules, regulations or ordinances must be at least as stringent as state law and must not result in banning the sale of dogs and cats that are raised in a safe and healthy manner.
Chairman John Flanagan and the other members of the New York State Senate Education Committee were joined by New York State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. for an open discussion on education issues - January 23, 2014
It was encouraging to hear Governor Cuomo publicly discuss taking action on issues that were repeatedly raised by concerned parents and teachers at the recent hearings held by the Senate Education Committee throughout New York State. Specifically, his support of a ban on standardized testing, which is aligned with legislation I sponsored in December, and his support of a full examination of the implementation of new learning standards is a clear sign to our parents and teachers that their voices are being heard.
PSEG Long Island is alerting customers not to be defrauded by a scam in which fraudulent emails appear to be bills sent from their utility. The emails request personal information from the customer, leading to identity theft.
PSEG Long Island has received reports of customers receiving such emails and urges its customers to be wary of these types of suspicious emails. The utility would not ask its customers to provide personal information online without first logging into My Account.
Senate Education Chairman John Flanagan (New York State) joins with Capital Tonight's Liz Benjamin to discuss the need for the state to address important education issues that were not included in the State of the State - January 8, 2014
Retailer Target has announced that data connected to about 40 million credit and debit card accounts was stolen as part of a breach that began over the Thanksgiving weekend. According to Target, if you used your credit or debit card in any of their stores, it is potential that your information was accessed.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently presented the New York State Senate Liberty Medal to ten-year-old Kyle Geringer of Smithtown for his efforts in alerting his Smithtown neighbors about a chimney fire at their home. Senator Flanagan joined Kyle and his family in his fifth-grade class at Accompsett Elementary School, which is taught by Mr. Scott Miller, for a special ceremony organized by Principal Jeanne Kull-Minarik.