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Senator Flanagan Calls For Additional Funds To Protect Environment

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced final passage of legislation to increasing funding levels for important environmental projects. The legislation, which has passed both the Senate and the Assembly, 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.

June 22, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Calls For Smoking Ban On Playgrounds

To protect children from secondhand smoke, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) has successfully sponsored legislation to prohibiting smoking on all playgrounds. The legislation, which passed the Senate, is sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblymember Sandy Galef (90th Assembly District).Specifically, the legislation that Senator Flanagan is pushing would ban smoking within fifty feet of any public playground.

June 21, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Supports Plan To Make Higher Education More Affordable For New York State Families

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today announced that a comprehensive higher education package he cosponsored to make obtaining a college education more affordable has passed the Senate.

June 20, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Calls For Increased Safety Measure For Schools And Colleges

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today announced that legislation he sponsored to enhance security in all New York schools has passed the New York State Senate. The legislation, which is awaiting approval in the Assembly, would authorize a mapping program for every school, college and university throughout the state.

June 19, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Sponsors Legislation To Protect Concert Attendees From Fraud

Senator Flanagan is joined in his office by Sha Na Na’s Jon "Bowzer" Bauman to discuss legislation to protect bands and concert goers. To protect both consumers who attend concerts and the bands they love, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced today that he has introduced the "Truth in Musical Advertising Act".

June 18, 2007
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Senator Flanagan And Assemblyman Raia Welcome Flat Stanley To Albany

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and Assemblyman Andrew Raia (9th Assembly District) recently welcomed Flat Stanley to Albany as part of a class project of kindergartner Gretchen Mack of St. Paul’s Lutheran School. The two legislators provided Flat Stanley with a tour of the State Capitol and took him into both chambers of the New York State Legislature.Gretchen Mack sent Flat Stanley to Albany after reading the book "Flat Stanley" in her kindergarten class.

June 15, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Joins With Long Island Advocates To Oppose Broadwater

Senator John Flanagan 2nd Senate District) recently joined with a large group of advocates who traveled to Albany to urge Governor Eliot Spitzer to voice their opposition to the Broadwater Energy project proposed for the Long Island Sound. The group joined with a number of members of both the Senate and the Assembly to voice their opposition to this project."The waters of the Long Island Sound are the very lifeblood of our community and they need to be protected.

June 14, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Sponsors Legislation To Hold Drunk Drivers Responsible For Deaths

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today announced that legislation he sponsored to create the new charge of aggravated vehicular homicide for drunk drivers who kill others has passed the New York State Senate."Drunk driving is a preventable crime and those who choose to put others at risk should be penalized for their actions especially if their actions cause death. This legislation will send the clear message to those who choose to get behind the wheel after they have been drinking that they will be held accountable," stated Senator Flanagan.

June 13, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Sponsors Property Tax Overhaul To Provide Relief To Homeowners

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate has passed major property tax reform legislation that will alter the property tax structure throughout New York State and provide needed relief for residents. The main component of this legislative package is the possibility of the complete elimination of residential school property taxes in school districts that vote to phase out property taxes over five years, with revenue replaced with additional State funding.

June 13, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Sponsors Measure To Increase Boating Safety

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today announced that he has successfully sponsored legislation that will require all prior convictions of operating a vehicle while intoxicated to be considered during sentencing of a subsequent Boating While Intoxicated (BWI) conviction.

June 7, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Honors Commack Resident As His 2007 Woman Of Distinction

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) welcomed the Director of Development for Federation of Organizations for the New York State Mentally Disabled Ruth Del Col to Albany for a ceremony honoring her as his 2007 Woman of Distinction. The Commack resident was recognized at a statewide reception held in the state capital."It is my privilege to honor Ruth as one of the women who set the standard for our state.

June 6, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Meets With Commack Fourth Grader To Help With Class Project

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently met with Commack fourth grader Sean Briody to assist the student with a school report about what he wants to be when he gets older. Since Sean has already decided he would like to be the President of the United States, his parents arranged for him to speak to Senator Flanagan as part of his research for Mr. Robert Ciani’s class at Mandracchia-Sawmill Intermediate School (MSIS).During their meeting, Senator Flanagan spoke with Sean about the role of government in people’s lives and about his role in that process.

June 5, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Meets With Aarp Members To Rally Support For His Legislation

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) was recently thanked by close to forty members of the AARP at a meeting outside his office in Smithtown.

June 5, 2007
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New York State Primary Moved From September 11th To September 18th

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that legislation to move the date of New York State’s primary day from September 11th, 2007 to September 18th, 2007 has been signed into law by Governor Eliot Spitzer. This change, which was agreed to by both the Assembly and the Senate earlier this month, will move this political event away from the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks to respect the memories of those who were lost.It is estimated that 2,819 people died on September 11th 2001.

May 30, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Calls On Governor Spitzer To Join In Reforming Public Authorities

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), the Chairman of the Senate Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Committee, today called on Governor Eliot Spitzer to join him in providing real reform regarding the oversight of how New York State public authorities operate. This call follows Senate passage of legislation sponsored by Senator Flanagan that will strengthen the Public Authorities Reform Act of 2005 by instituting reforms that will ensure greater openness, transparency and accountability in New York State’s public authorities.Joining with Assemblyman Richard L.

May 25, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Welcomes Student Council From Kings Park Middle School

Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently welcomed the Student Council members from William T. Rogers Middle School in Kings Park to his office to speak with them about state government.The meeting with the fifteen 7th and 8th graders and their advisors, Karen Lessler and Laurie Tosi, was arranged to provide the students with insight into New York State government.

May 24, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Hosts Girl Scouts For Operation: Cookie

Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently joined with Brownie Troop #2072 and Girl Scout Troop #295 of Smithtown to host Operation: Cookie at his office. The program allows local residents to purchase Girl Scout cookies which are then sent by the Girl Scouts to United States servicemen and women serving overseas.Those who purchased cookies for the troops could sponsor them by filling out a sponsorship form which includes a place for your name and a personal message to the troops.

May 24, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Working To Expand And Enhance New York State Dna Database

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced today that legislation he sponsored to expand the New York State DNA database to include samples from every person convicted of a crime has passed the Senate. The legislation will also improve the methods for collection and preservation of DNA evidence and extend the statute of limitations for cases based on DNA evidence.This follows the Senate lead expansion of the databank last year to include samples from people who are convicted of a felony or one of eighteen common misdemeanors.

May 22, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Successful In Pushing For Public Authorities Reform

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), the Chairman of the Senate Corporations, Authorities and Commissions, announced Senate passage of legislation that will strengthen the Public Authorities Reform Act of 2005. The legislation, which Senator Flanagan sponsored, will institute important reforms that will ensure greater openness, transparency and accountability in New York State's public authorities."Until we enacted the Public Authorities Accountability Act of 2005, these agencies in many ways operated independent of any real external oversight.

May 22, 2007
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Senators Flanagan And Marcellino Discuss School Budget Issues

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with his colleague, Senator Carl Marcellino (5th Senate District), to address a gathering of school administrators, PTA members and representatives from the teachers union regarding state aid.

May 16, 2007
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