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 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.
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 Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced Senate passage of a three-part plan that would provide taxpayers with needed tax relief this year and allow for greater public input in the future.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today announced that budget reform legislation he sponsored to increase accountability and transparency in the New York State budget process has passed the Senate. The legislation, which will also help ensure on-time budgets, reflects an agreement between the Senate, Governor and Assembly."By reforming the budget process, we can create an economic climate that will benefit all New York State residents.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently hosted the Webelos of St. Margaret of Scotland Pack 229 in his office as part of the children's efforts to earn the Citizen Activity Badge. The meeting was arranged by Webelos Den Leader Dawn Inderdohnen and Pack 229 Cubmaster Frank Punzi.
During the meeting, Senator Flanagan discussed his role as their state legislator and the role the scouts could play in the legislative process. The five boys took the opportunity to ask Senator Flanagan how he got involved in politics and about New York State.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) would like to remind drivers who received their inspection stickers in either January or February of 2006 which provided them with a specific ten-day period of expiration that they are valid throughout the end of the month denoted on the sticker.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is reminding homeowners who have not yet received their School Tax Relief (STAR) program check that the deadline for applying for this tax relief is January 20th.PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR THE APPLICATION AND GUIDELINES OF THIS IMPORTANT PROGRAM.The rebate program, which originated in the New York State Senate, is designed to deliver tax relief in the form of rebate checks to homeowners throughout the state and will deliver over $2.7 billion in tax savings to Ne
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently welcomed Striker, a two-year old Black Labrador Retriever from the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, to his office to wish the dog well on his upcoming relocation to the Walter Reed Medical Center.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced today that a number of new state laws, including elimination of the marriage penalty, a personal income tax credit for volunteer firefighters and emergency personnel and an increase in the minimum wage, will go into effect on January 1, 2007. The tax credits and reductions that take effect will save almost $1 billion. "The main goal has been to reduce the tax burden on New York residents and these laws will deliver some much needed tax relief.