The eight members of the Long Island State Senate Delegation held a press conference today to discuss the long-term ramifications Governor Eliot Spitzer’s proposed budget poses to Long Island taxpayers. The Governor’s budget shortchanges Long Island schools by $68 million and raises property taxes for hundreds of thousands of Nassau and Suffolk County homeowners.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate district) today heralded the news from the New York State Insurance Department regarding the positive impact of this year’s historic reform of Worker’s Compensation Law. The new law aims to increase the benefits for injured workers and reduce the cost of doing business in New York State and this week’s announcement that the rates for workers’ compensation insurance will decline by more than 20.5% to save New York businesses about $1 billion in the 2007-2008 fiscal year clearly demonstrates its initial success.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today announced that he and his Senate colleagues will be introducing legislation to reform and improve accountability within New York State’s public education system by giving the Governor the power to appoint the Commissioner of Education.Currently, this important selection is under the control of the Board of Regents, which is not directly accountable to voters.
In an attempt to build on the momentum of the recentagreement and movement regardingcivil commitment legislation, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today joined with his colleagues to call on Governor Eliot Spitzer to enhance the New York law enforcement’s ability to track and monitor sex offenders. The three-point plan that Senator Flanagan is proposing would help identify the whereabouts of the more than 1,000 convicted sex offenders who have failed to comply with address verification requirements.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced Senate passage of legislation he sponsored that would provide for the civil commitment of sexually violent predators at a secure treatment facility after they have completed their prison sentence to protect the public from criminals likely to commit repeated acts of sexual violence. This passage reflects an agreement between Governor Eliot Spitzer and both the Senate and Assembly that was announced last week.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), a member of the Task Force on Critical Choices, today announced the release of a report that calls for the enactment of a wide array of aggressive measures designed to protect children throughout New York from the dangers posed by Internet predators, child pornography and child sexual abuse.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) will be hosting a Virtual Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, March 20 beginning at 7:30 PM. This half-hour Internet event will give residents the opportunity to discuss the topics of the day with Senator Flanagan from the comfort of their home.Anyone who wishes to submit a question for the upcoming chat session should CLICK HERE.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced an agreement between Governor Eliot Spitzer and both the Senate and Assembly regarding civil commitment that would enhance the security of our communities.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), a member of the Senate Labor Committee, today announced a newly reached agreement that will enhance the rights of the New York State workforce. The landmark agreement, which is supported by the leaders of the Assembly and the Senate and Governor Eliot Spitzer, will reform the state’s workers’ compensation system by providing greater benefits for workers and reducing related costs faced by job creating businesses throughout the state."The workers of our state deserve to know that New York is working for them.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced Senate passage of a small business and manufacturing assistance plan that targets the biggest concerns of small business and aims to remove some of the obstacles that these job creating businesses face.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently visited the Eugene Auer Memorial Elementary School to discuss the legislative process with Ms. Michele Miller's fifth grade class. The meeting was arranged after the students contacted Senator Flanagan about several pieces of legislation they were researching as part of their class so they could discuss these bills in person.During the visit, the children offered their views on the legislation and provided Senator Flanagan with their feelings on a variety of local issues.
Dear Friend:With one child currently enrolled in college and two others who plan to attend in the next few years, I am well aware of the need for families to utilize programs to help pay for college-related expenses. That is why I am happy to inform you about an important program that has recently come to my attention that is designed to help you make sense of all the programs that are available.This Saturday, February 10th, the State University of New York (SUNY) will host a statewide Student Financial Aid Day at many campuses across the state.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that budget reform legislation he sponsored in the Senate has been signed into law. The legislation, which will help ensure on-time budgets, reflects an agreement between the Senate, Governor and Assembly."This change is a great beginning to improving New York State government operations. The taxpayers deserve to know how their money is spent and this reform provides that information.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today announced Senate passage of civil commitment legislation. This legislation would give the state the ability to place a sexually violent predator who is still a threat to society in a secure state mental facility for the purpose of continued rehabilitation at the conclusion of their prison sentence."By making sure that criminals receive additional treatment and by removing them as a threat, we can greatly enhance the safety and the peace of mind of all New York residents," stated Senator Flanagan.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently visited the Association for the Help of Retarded Children (AHRC) Suffolk Chapter's Work Center in Bohemia. Senator Flanagan's visit was arranged after he was invited by AHRC vocational participant Cristen Mich (pictured at right with Senator Flanagan).
According to the AHRC, work centers like the one in Bohemia provide job training and simulate work conditions for more than five hundred adults with developmental disabilities. Work comes from subcontracts with local businesses.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined environmental advocates and members of the Kings Park community at the former Kings Park Psychiatric Center demanding that Governor Eliot Spitzer and his administration give strong and clear assurances that the transfer of this land into the Nissequogue River State Park will be respected."The Kings Park community deserves to know that their rights will be respected.