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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee of Corporations, Authorities and Commissions, today announced Senate passage of legislation that will ensure greater openness and responsiveness in State government. The legislation that Senator Flanagan supported would require expenditure reports from State agencies, public authorities, and the Judiciary.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), who has been heavily involved in the fight to increase the safety of boaters, joined with the Old Field Point Power Squadron to unveil new equipment the organization will use to promote safety on the Long Island waterways.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatick (7th Assembly District) recently visited the Fairfield at St. James condominium complex to speak with the residents. The legislators were invited to address the residents by the Fairfield Civic Association.The two elected officials opened up the meeting by speaking about their respective legislative houses and their feelings on the issues facing New York State.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently visited the Setauket Elementary School to congratulate two of their classes for their recent efforts in the State Senate’s 16th Annual I*MA*GREEN*NATION" competition. The classes won statewide recognition for their environmentally aware entries into the contest.Mrs. Kimberly Shaughnessy’s 3rd grade class won second place in the Literature competition in Grades 1-3. Their project was a compilation of poems that were written by the students regarding the environment and recycling.
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.
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.