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Senator Flanagan Welcomes Members Of The Guide Dog Foundation To His Legislative Update Show

Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) welcomed a group from the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind to his weekly Legislative Update television show. On the show, which will be airing this coming week on Cablevision’s public access channel, Senator Flanagan is joined by Chief Executive Officer Wells Jones, Foundation instructor Sebastian McPherson and guide dog Tomme, a one-and-a-half-year old black labrador.

March 29, 2007
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Senator Flanagan To Host A Town Hall Meeting In Kings Park

Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) will be hosting a Town Hall meeting in Kings Park on Wednesday, April 11th. The forum will be held at the Kings Park High School located at 200 Route 25A in Kings Park. The meeting will be the third in an ongoing series of Town Hall meetings that Senator Flanagan is hosting. The open discussion will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will cover any topic that the audience wishes to talk about.

March 29, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Announces Signing Of Workers' Compensation Legislation

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate district) today announced that historic new legislation to reform workers’ compensation insurance has been signed into law, resulting in increased benefits for injured workers and reduced costs for businesses in New York State."This historic workers’ compensation reform law provides much-needed financial assistance for injured workers and substantially reduces the financial burden on businesses", said Senator Flanagan.

March 28, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Announces Signing Of Child Protection Legislation

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today announced that legislation offering greater protection to children who use the Internet has been signed into law. The new law, already in effect, changes current law by criminalizing the transmission of sexually explicit text-only e-mail messages to minors.

March 28, 2007
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Senator Flanagan And Assemblyman Raia Call For Greater Protections For Seniors And Physically Disabled

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and Assemblyman Andrew Raia (9th Assembly District) today announced that they are sponsoring legislation that will significantly increase penalties for crimes against the elderly and the physically disabled.The lawmaker’s renewed call for the increased criminal penalties comes following the assault of 101-year-old Rose Morat in the lobby of her Queens apartment building by an unknown assailant.

March 21, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Fights For More Aid For Long Island Schools To Protect Taxpayers From Increases

To make sure that children of Long Island have access to the educational opportunities they deserve, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that the Senate has added $358 million in school aid to the proposal presented by Governor Eliot Spitzer. This additional funding, which was included in the Senate’s education budget approved this week, will provide Long Island schools with their fair share of school aid.

March 19, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Applauds Signing Of Civil Commitment

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today applauded Governor Eliot Spitzer for signing civil commitment into law. This new law, which Senator Flanagan sponsored in the Senate, will give the state the ability to place sexually violent predators who still pose a threat to society in a secure state mental facility for the purpose of continued rehabilitation at the conclusion of their prison sentence."This is a huge step forward in the fight to protect our children and our communities.

March 16, 2007
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Senator Flanagan's Legislation To Assist Growth Of Smithtown Library Passes Senate

To help the Smithtown Special Library District deliver the best services possible for the residents of Smithtown, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced Senate passage of legislation that will make it easier for continued growth and improvement of this educational resource.

March 16, 2007
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Long Island Senators Declare Spitzer’s Budget Bad For Long Island

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.

March 15, 2007
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New Workers’ Compensation Law Delivers Results In Its First Year

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.

March 13, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Discusses The Issues With Community Members

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) continued his Town Hall meeting series with a open forum with residents in Dix Hills.

March 12, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Calls For Change In Education Commissioner Selection

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.

March 9, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Calls On Governor Spitzer To Implement Sex Offender Plan

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.

March 7, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Meets With Residents In Centereach

To kick off his annual Town Hall series, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently joined residents in Centereach to discuss the issues that are important to them.

March 6, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Announces Senate Passage Of Civil Commitment Legislation

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.

March 5, 2007
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Senate Task Force Announces Measures To Protect Children

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.

March 5, 2007
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Senator Flanagan To Host Virtual Town Hall Meeting

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.

March 2, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Announces Agreement On Civil Commitment

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.

March 1, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Announces Agreement Designed To Benefit Both Workers And Employers

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.

February 28, 2007
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Senator Flanagan Announces Passage Of Legislation To Protect Children On The Internet

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today announced Senate passage of legislation that would provide additional protection for children who use the Internet.

February 23, 2007
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