Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently joined with Island Harvest, a group he assisted by securing $75,000 in state funding last year, to deliver food to Long Island residents. Senator Flanagan and Island Harvest volunteers rallied at the Watermill Caterers in Smithtown to distribute nutritious food to area non-profit agencies, all members of Island Harvest's network, for delivery in local communities. "The opportunity to do something truly helpful is one of the greatest benefits of being an elected official.
To celebrate National Library Week, Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today announced that he has successfully worked to secure over $19 million in funding for the libraries of New York State. This money was included in the Senate budget and the Assembly agreed to the funding during budget negotiations.A key component of the funding is the Senate's plan to use 2000 census numbers to allocate library funding. By discontinuing the use of 1990 census information, the change will allow library funding to accurately reflect changes in population.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) will be hosting a Town Hall meeting in Smithtown on Thursday, April 27. The meeting will be held at the Eugene Cannataro Senior Center located at 420 Middle Country Road in Smithtown.The open discussion will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will include an extended question and answer period for residents to speak to Senator Flanagan. All residents are invited to attend this free meeting.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) was recently honored as the "Man of the Year" at the Federation of Organization’s 25th Annual Community Mental Health Awards Luncheon.
The annual event, which was held on St. Patrick's Day, recognizes the contributions of public officials and mental health advocates in support of mental health consumers and survivors. Senator Flanagan was recognized for his ongoing support of Federation's programs and services, and for his efforts in passing legislation and securing funding that benefit mental health clients.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that he has secured $25 million in state funding for the environmental cleanup of the Kings Park Psychiatric Center site. This money, which is an unprecedented appropriation for environmental cleanup, was included in the legislative budget which passed today.
In an effort to help parents protect their children, Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently joined with Parents for Megan’s Law to host a sexual abuse prevention seminar at the Commack High School. The free seminar included tips for parents that will help them teach their children how to avoid sexual predators.The "Apple of My Eye" program was developed by Parents for Megan’s Law and is based on the work of Executive Director Laura Ahearn.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District), the Chairman of the Senate Elections Committee, today announced that this year's legislative budget will include $5 million in funding for disabled access to polling places. This funding, which Senator Flanagan originally had placed in the Senate's budget, is the result of an agreement between Senator Flanagan and the Assembly leadership.The funding will be dedicated to making necessary improvements to polling places throughout the state.
To help parents protect their children from sexual abuse, Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is joining with Parents for Megan’s Law to host a sexual abuse prevention seminar in Stony Brook at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5. This important seminar will be held at the R.C. Murphy Junior High located at 351 Oxhead Road.The "Apple of My Eye" program was developed by Parents for Megan’s Law and is based on the work of Executive Director Laura Ahearn.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District), a member of the Senate Transportation Committee, today announced that legislation he sponsored to protect drivers from an unfair E-ZPass surcharge has passed the New York State Senate. The legislation, which would prohibit all agencies who administer the E-ZPass program from charging any monthly fee, was sent to the New York State Assembly for further action."The idea that Long Island drivers are being assessed a one dollar charge per month just for having an E-ZPass account is unfair.
To protect New York taxpayers from Medicaid fraud, Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) has sponsored the Medicaid Fraud Prevention and Recovery Reform Act of 2006. This multiple point plan, which has passed the New York State Senate, would fight fraud and abuse at every step of the process and could potentially save taxpayers $2 billion annually."Medicaid fraud takes money out of the pockets of working families, puts pressure on the local governments of our state and affects the health care of our state's most vulnerable.
To combat incidents of violence against animals, Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today pushed for passage of his legislation that would enhance the penalties faced by animal abusers. Senator Flanagan was joined at the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals officein Smithtown by animal protection agents and local law enforcement officials for the announcement. "Recent events have demonstrated that stronger penalties are necessary to deal with and prevent these types of crimes.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced recently that he has been able to secure $10,000 in state funding for the Art League of Long Island. The funding will offset the cost of the purchase of an automated external defibrillator (AED) for the organization’s gallery home.The automated external defibrillator (AED) is a computerized medical device that is able to check a person’s heart rhythm.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently welcomed Commack resident and Farmingdale State University senior Jordan Henner to his Albany office staff. Mr. Henner will spend the entire spring semester in Senator Flanagan's Albany office working in the Senate Session Assistant Program.As a Management Technology major, Mr. Henner will utilize his time in the State Capital researching issues, working with constituents and tracking the progress of legislation. For his efforts, he will earn 15 credits towards his degree, which he is scheduled to complete in May.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is inviting all residents to join him at a town hall meeting in Dix Hills on Tuesday, April 18th. Originally scheduled for March 2nd, this meeting was postponed due to a snow storm that forced the closing of the Half Hollow Hills Community Library. The open forum will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Dix Hills Branch of the Half Hollow Hills Community Library located at 55 Vanderbilt Parkway in Dix Hills.
In an effort to help parents protect their children from sexual abuse, Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is joining with Parents for Megan’s Law to host a sex abuse seminar in Commack. The seminar will be held at the Commack High School on March 23 beginning at 7:00 p.m. located at One Scholar Lane.The "Apple of my Eye" program was developed by Parents for Megan’s Law and is based on the work of Executive Director Laura Ahearn.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) was joined by the entire majority in the New York State Senate in calling for greater investigation into the Dubai Ports World take over of the region’s ports. Senator Flanagan voted to call on the New York Congressional Delegation to urge President George W. Bush to order a thorough investigation of the deal to protect the residents of New York.
Due to the snow storm and the subsequent closing of the Half Hollow Hills Community Library, tonight’s town hall meeting with Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) has been postponed. The meeting, which was scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at the Dix Hills branch of the Half Hollow Hills Community Library, will be rescheduled shortly and the new date will be posted on this website."While this meeting is very important to me, your safety, the safety of the Library staff and that of the men and women charged with clearing our roadways is even more important.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently announced that he has secured funding for the Girl Scouts of Suffolk County to offset the cost of the purchase of a maintenance truck. The truck will be used for the upkeep of the grounds at Camp Edey in Bayport. "We strive to maintain our facilities to meet the highest standards," said Marilyn A. Proios, the CEO and Executive Director of Girl Scouts of Suffolk County.