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.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced today that through a cooperative effort of a variety of state offices, the Kings Park Psychiatric Center Property has been officially transferred to the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYS OPRHP).
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently visited Cub Scout Den 2 of Bellerose Elementary School Pack 52 to talk to them about the New York State Legislature. The meeting was arranged by Den Leaders Polly Sullivan and Beth Darrell as part of the children's efforts to attain the Citizen Activity Badge.During the meeting with the seventeen scouts, Senator Flanagan discussed his role in the state government and his responsibilities as their representative.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today joined with Kings Park community leaders in declaring a major victory in a lawsuit regarding the future of the Kings Park Psychiatric Center (KPPC).
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined Wendy Peters as they were honored by the Developmental Disabilities Institute (DDI) during the recent Stars Gala & Casino Night held at the Hyatt Regency in Islandia. The annual event, now in its sixth year, celebrated DDI's achievements over the past year.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently visited with the staff of Friends of Karen in their Port Jefferson office to show his support for their continued service to Long Island families.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently visited the Cleary School for the Deaf in Nesconset to view the new and improved playground facilities that were funded through a state grant he was able to secure. The $50,000 grant was used by the school to offset the cost of the recreation area improvements.A majority of the funding was used by the school to enhance the safety of the play area. The centerpiece of those improvements was the installation of a new synthetic safety surface that will soften the impact of falls and trips.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today joined with area veterans to commemorate the 65th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day. Along with Assemblyman Steve Englebright (4th Assembly District), Senator Flanagan gathered with the veterans at the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge in Centereach to recall that fateful day in 1941.The two legislators were honored to be joined by Pearl Harbor survivors William Vatter and Howard Love.Organized by Frank F. Belsito, Commander of the American Legion Pearl Harbor Memorial Post No.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with the Ward Melville Heritage Organization (WMHO) to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Stony Brook Village Center. The Stony Brook Village Center was completed in 1941 and welcomed its final tenant, Bayles Hardware, on December 7, 1941.Senator Flanagan joined with Gloria Rocchio, President of the WMHO, and others from the Stony Brook community outside the Stony Brook Post Office to recognize the occasion.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with the Long Island 9/11 Memorial Board to honor the labor unions who took part in recovery efforts at Ground Zero. The eighteen unions honored were each presented with an honorary flag for their dedicated efforts during a ceremony held at the future site of a seven-acre 9/11 memorial on the campus of Farmingdale State University. The event was highlighted by the unveiling of a 1,500 pound I-beam that was recovered at Ground Zero and will become a centerpiece of the future memorial.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently hosted four students from Sachem High School as part of the school's Job Shadow Day. The students, Kyle Hill and Malika Moro from Sachem North and Jared Kirschenbaum and Mike McKnight from Sachem East, are members of the AP Government program and were chosen to represent their respective classes.The four seniors joined Senator Flanagan as he went through a typical day of attending meetings and events.