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Open Letter Regarding New York State Budget from Senator John Flanagan

On Friday, the New York State Senate Majority followed the lead of the Assembly and put the final touches on the worst budget that our state has ever seen.  As the representative for the 2nd Senate District, I voted no to every component of this budget because it is bad for Long Island, bad for those who work and bad for anyone who owns a home.

April 6, 2009
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SENATOR FLANAGAN PROPOSES MANDATE RELIEF IN STATE BUDGET

During the recently concluded New York State budget negotiations, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) introduced an amendment to the state budget that would reign in runaway school spending, increase transparency within local school districts and protect taxpayers from having to pick up the additional costs for unfunded mandates.

April 6, 2009
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Senator Flanagan Believes Long Islanders Deserve a Better Budget

Joining voices with numerous community members who have contacted his office today, New York State Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) expressed his disappointment with the budget agreement reached by the Democratic leaders of New York State.  From increased taxes to skyrocketing spending, the deal that Governor David Paterson reached in secrecy with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith was criticized by most who live or work on Long Island.

March 30, 2009
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Senator Flanagan Calls For Long Island’s Fair Share Of School Aid

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) has been joined by his Long Island Senate colleagues in calling on the state to give Long Island its fair share of state funding in the 2008-2009 budget. In a letter to State Education Commissioner Richard P. Mills and Chancellor Robert M. Bennett, the delegation expressed its disappointment with the 2008-09 Regents State Aid proposal, which was released in October, and outlined how this plan would unfairly impact Long Island residents.

March 26, 2009
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Senator Flanagan And Parents For Megan’s Law Host A Sex Abuse Seminar In Kings Park

Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and Parents for Megan's Law recently hosted a sexual abuse prevention seminar in Kings Park to provide parents with the tools they need to protect children. The free seminar, which was held at the Kings Park High School, included tips for parents that will help them teach their children how to avoid sexual predators.

March 26, 2009
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Senator Flanagan And Parents For Megan’s Law Host A Sex Abuse Prevention Seminar In St. James

Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and Parents for Megan's Law recently hosted a sexual abuse prevention seminar in St. James to provide parents with the tools they need to protect children. The seminar, which was held at the St. James Elementary School, included tips for parents that will help them teach their children how to avoid sexual predators.

March 26, 2009
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Senator Flanagan Discusses Education Funding And The Proposed State Budget On Tv55’s Cutting Edge

Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) will be the guest on the Cutting Edge on WLNY-TV this Saturday and Sunday. Senator Flanagan joined hosts Matthew T. Crosson, the President of the Long Island Association President, James M. Klurfeld, Editor of Newsday's Editorial Pages, and Patrick Halpin, former Suffolk County Executive, for a half-hour discussion of the issues facing Long Island residents.

March 26, 2009
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Senator Flanagan’s Message Regarding The Future Of The Nissequogue River State Park

Recently, I informed you that, thanks to the work of Commissioner Bernadette Castro, the Nissequogue River State Park had expanded by adding the former Kings Park Psychiatric Center property to protect over 360 acres.

In the past month, I have repeatedly sought assurances from Governor Spitzer's Administration indicating that they will respect the commitment the previous administration made to the people of Kings Park and Long Island - and to date I have not received the commitment I need.

March 26, 2009
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Senator Flanagan Pleased That Kings Park Cleanup Funding Included In Governor’s Budget

Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that the $25 million he secured last year for the environmental cleanup of the former Kings Park Psychiatric Center has been reappropriated in Governor Eliot Spitzer's proposed budget, which was presented on January 31st. This money, which is an unprecedented appropriation for environmental cleanup, will be utilized by the state to help remediate the property that is now part of the Nissequogue River State Park. Senator Flanagan had sought this funding in a recent letter to Governor Spitzer. The funding will greatly ease the burden on the state parks department as they move forward.

March 26, 2009
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Senator Flanagan and the Senate Republican Conference Propose Restoring Funds to Libraries, Non-Public Schools

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), along with his fellow members of the Senate Republican Conference, recently proposed an amendment to deficiency budget legislation being advanced by Senate Democrats that would restore $2.7 million to libraries and $6.3 million to non-public schools. 

March 26, 2009
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Senator Flanagan Joins Students and Taxpayers to Rally for Long Island

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), along with members from both parties in the New  York State Senate and Assembly, joined with over 1,200 taxpayers and students from across Long Island to fight for Long Island’s fair share of education funding.  The protest was held a day after Governor David Paterson utilized federal stimulus funding to partially fill the over $185 million hole he created in his original budget.

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Senator Flanagan Joins Students and Taxpayers to Rally for Long Island

Senator Flanagan Joins Students and Taxpayers to Rally for Long Island

Senator Flanagan Joins Students and Taxpayers to Rally for Long Island

March 4, 2009
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Senator Flanagan Joins With SUNY Students to Fight for Fairness

Senator Flanagan Joins with Stony Brook STudents to Protest Tuition Increase

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today joined a student-led rally on the campus of Stony Brook University to protest the scheme to use SUNY tuition increases to balance the state’s budget.  The rally, which was organized by Adal D. Regis, was the students’ way of voicing their opposition to the state’s diversion of revenue raised by a recent tuition increase.

 

February 27, 2009
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