Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today announced passage of legislation that he sponsored to stop Governor Eliot Spitzer's policy change allowing those in the country illegally to obtain driver's licenses.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and Senator Carl Marcellino (5th Senate District) today joined to sponsor legislation that would extend the date to apply for property tax rebate checks from November 30th to December 31st, 2007.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with Brookhaven Town Supervisor Brian X. Foley, Councilwoman Kathy Walsh and the Brookhaven Parks Department to announce a partnership with local youth groups to expand the recreational facilities in the Selden-Centereach community. The projects will be aided through $325,000 in state funding that Senator Flanagan secured.The first project will add a new ball field to Levitt Field and the cost of this project will be offset with $75,000 of the funding.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), who has been a leader in the fight to overturn Governor Spitzer's driver's license policy, today sought further answers for this major shift in policy at a joint Senate hearing in Albany.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) issued a letter to New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation calling for a meeting. The written call for a meeting follows Commissioner Carol Ash's recent visit to the park which was originally intended as a private tour for the Long Island Association and Newsday.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) will appear on the Cutting Edge on WLNY TV55 to discuss the future of the Nissequogue River State Park. On the show airing this Saturday and Sunday, Senator Flanagan joined Newsday's James Klurfeld, former Suffolk County Executive John Klein and the President of the Long Island Association (LIA) Matthew Crosson to continue his call for the new administration to respect the Kings Park community and to preserve this park.The Cutting Edge airs on WLNY TV55 on Saturday at 5:00 p.m.
Commissioner Carol Ash's visit is another disappointment and further proof of her disregard for the Kings Park community. In addition, it demonstrates the Spitzer Administration’s real intentions for this newly designated parkland.As the Chief steward for state parks, Commissioner Ash has had ample opportunities and open invitations from the community to show her support for preserving this magnificent piece of property.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that the Middle Country Public Library has been granted over $70,000 in state funding to expand their Family Place Libraries program. This expansion will bring this valuable program to four new libraries, including both the Elmont Public Library and the Deer Park Public Library.
Senator Flanagan (third from right) joins with Assistant Superintendent for Business Bruce Singer, Principal Denise Kleinman, Brookhaven Town Councilwoman Kathy Walsh, Annmarie Czarnecki, Janet Coleman, Debra Hall, Debbie Olshefsky, Physical Education teacher Peter Cafiso and Superintendent Charles Murphy at Gantlet Avenue Elementary School as they open the new playground.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined his 2007 Woman of Distinction honoree Ruth Del Col at the Commack branch of the Smithtown Library to view the New York State Senate Women of Distinction display. This traveling exhibit honors the women who have been recognized for their impact on the history of New York State and has been hosted by the Commack library for a month.As the Director of Development for Federation of Organizations for the New York State Mentally Disabled, Mrs. Del Col was recognized by Senator Flanagan at a ceremony in June.
To protect both consumers who attend concerts and the bands they love, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), a member of the Consumer Protection Committee, and Assemblyman Peter M. Rivera (76th Assembly District) announced that the "Truth in Musical Advertising Act" they jointly sponsored is now in effect.
Joining with children and parents from Wenonah Elementary School, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently helped unveil two new playground sets at the school located in Lake Grove. Senator Flanagan worked closely with the Wenonah Children's Playground Committee to secure $50,000 in state funding to offset the cost and installation of the playground equipment.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that residents are now able to obtain emergency preparedness information at their local supermarket. In a joint program with area supermarkets, Senator Flanagan will be supplying the stores with the Get Ready! Hurricane Preparedness brochure for free distribution to residents.This partnership with Stop & Shop, King Kullen, Waldbaum’s, ShopRite and Pathmark supermarkets will help educate residents on how to prepare their homes should a hurricane strike our area.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently joined the golfers and veterans at the Northport VA Medical Center in Northport to unveil a number of improvements for the benefit of those who use the golf course.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and Town of Smithtown Councilman Ed Wehrheim recently attended the monthly meeting of the Smithtown Fire Chief's Council to announce the securing of over $80,000 in government funding. The funding that the two jointly worked to obtain will offset the cost of two important projects that the council has been working to finalize.The first project will utilize $35,000 to purchase and install satellite phones.
To make sure that Long Islanders take advantage of the STAR Rebate program, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is reminding eligible homeowners to apply for their 2007 rebate check. Unlike last year, all homeowners - except those enrolled in the Enhanced STAR program - will need to file by November 30 to receive their direct tax relief check.Homeowners 65 and older who qualify for and are already enrolled in the Enhanced STAR program through their local assessor will automatically receive their rebate checks and are not required to fill out an application.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), a member of the Senate Labor Committee, announced today that legislation he sponsored to protect working mothers has been signed into law by Governor Eliot Spitzer. The new law, which is effective immediately, requires employers to permit nursing mothers to express breast milk during the working day.According to the web site Baby Center, expressing breast milk is the act of squeezing milk from a new mother’s breasts, either by hand or through the use of a pump.