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Senator Flanagan Visits Woman Of Distinction Display With 2007 Honoree

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.

October 1, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Announces New Law To Protect Music Fans From Fraud

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.

September 18, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Secures Funding For School Playground In Lake Grove

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.

September 18, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Announces New Home Ownership Initiative

To help assist home buyers, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) reminded future homeowners about a new home ownership initiative that is designed to help Long Islanders afford down payments.

September 13, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Teams With Area Supermarkets To Help Residents Prepare For Hurricane Season

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.

September 11, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Helps Bring Better Facilities To Northport Va Golfers

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.

September 10, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Welcomes Rsvp To Their New Office In Smithtown

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with the volunteers and staff of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) as they opened their new headquarters in Smithtown.

September 7, 2007
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Senator Flanagan And Councilman Wehrheim Secure Funding For Smithtown Firefighters

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.

September 7, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Reminds Homeowners To Apply For Property Tax Rebate By November 30 Deadline

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.

August 31, 2007
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Senator Flanagan And Councilman Wehrheim Celebrate The Growth Of The Nesconset Park

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with Town of Smithtown Councilman Edward R. Wehrheim to view the developing Village Green Gazebo and the adjoining areas.

August 28, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Successful In Effort To Protect Rights Of Mothers In The Workplace

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.

August 28, 2007
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Senator Flanagan And Supervisor Foley Unveil New Accessible Bathrooms At Bald Hill

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with Town of Brookhaven Supervisor Brian X. Foley to announce the opening of new wheelchair accessible rest rooms at the town’s wheelchair softball field. Senator Flanagan, who originally secured $150,000 in state funding for the construction of the accessible ball fields, was able to secure an additional $80,000 to offset the cost of the facilities.The Ball Field at Bald Hill is an accessible facility and the first on Long Island specifically designed for wheelchair use.

August 13, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Announces Legislation To Aid State Parks

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that he will be introducing legislation to create a $500 million bond to pay for needed maintenance at New York State parks. The $500 million in funding would be available to assist the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation fulfill their duty to provide quality parks to the residents of New York State.Senator Flanagan announced this initiative during a speech to the Long Island State Park, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commission.

August 8, 2007
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Senator Flanagan On Wbab And Wbli To Help Residents Prepare

Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with Allstate Regional Counsel Brian Pozzi and Middle Country Public Library Director Sandra Feinberg on a recent radio show to discuss the state of Long Island catastrophe readiness. During the program, which will air on both WBAB 102.3 FM and WBLI 106.1 FM this Sunday at 6:30 a.m., the three discussed what residents need to do to prepare themselves for all types of emergencies.The trio also spoke about two important upcoming meetings that are designed to help them prepare:August 14 from 9 a.m.

August 3, 2007
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State Senators Demand Withdrawal Of Litrim Project

Three Long Island State senators today sent a letter to the New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Astrid C. Glynn demanding that the Long Island Truck Rail Inter Modal Facility (LITRIM) project be withdrawn from the Long Island Region’s capital plan.

August 2, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Sponsors New Law To Protect Computer Buyers

In an effort to protect consumers, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and Assemblyman Richard L. Brodsky (92nd Assembly District) have sponsored a new law to ensure that all new computers contain only new parts unless otherwise noted. The measure, which was signed into law in July and will be in effect this September, will require retailers to clearly note if a computer has any parts that are used or reconditioned.According to the new law, any computer or computer accessory that is sold as new must contain only new parts.

August 1, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Renews Call For Ban Of Hallucinogenic Drug

In an effort to stem drug use among New York State's youth, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today renewed his push to ban the sale of Salvia Divinorum in New York State. This hallucinegin, which is widely claimed as having the same effects of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), is currently available via the Internet and in stores without age restrictions. Legislation sponsored by Senator Flanagan to ban the substance passed the Senate in February of this year.

July 26, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Announces Additional Funds To Protect Environment

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that important legislation increasing funding levels for important environmental projects has been signed into law. This new law, which is in effect now, will increase total funding for the New York State Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) to $300 million by 2009. The New York State Legislature created the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) in 1993 to provide a reliable, dedicated source of funding for a variety of key environmental programs in NYS.

July 25, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Works To Get Litrim Comment Period Extended

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) to announce an extension in the comment period regarding the proposed Long Island Truck Rail Inter Modal Facility (LITRIM). This change, which was made following Senator Flanagan’s formal written request to the NYSDOT, has extended the project’s public comment period 61 days to September 24."Area residents and all interested parties deserve the ability to fully air their concerns and recommendations to the department and to have their voices heard.

July 25, 2007
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Senator Flanagan To Host Emergency Preparedness Meetings In Centereach, Dix Hills And Smithtown

Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) will be hosting three Emergency Preparedness Seminars to help local residents prepare for any sort of emergency situation.

July 17, 2007
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