Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently joined host Patrick Halpin for a taping of Cablevision's Meet the Leaders program. Senator Flanagan took the opportunity to update Long Islanders about a number of important issues that he is currently working on.The discussion included an update on Senator Flanagan's continuing efforts to stop Governor Eliot Spitzer's attempt to allow those in the country illegally to obtain driver's licenses.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently addressed the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Retiree Council 23 at their Fall Luncheon. The forum, which was recently held at the Watermill Inn in Smithtown, presented Senator Flanagan with the opportunity to speak to the members about the issues facing their communities and to hear what was on the minds of the former educators.As part of the discussion, Senator Flanagan provided the group with a comprehensive review of last spring's state budget negotiations.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with his colleagues in the Senate majority, the Long Island Housing Partnership ("LIHP") and BAE Systems to herald the first beneficiary of the Senate's Homeownership and Economic Stabilization for Long Island Program ("HELP").
At a celebration in Huntington Station, BAE Systems employee Cindy Howard welcomed everyone to a house warming at her new home, which she purchased with the help of the downpayment assistance provided through the new program.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today joined with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to remind residents that the buildings on the Nissequogue River State Park are off limits to all members of the general public.To reinforce that message and increase the safety of the area during Halloween, the parks department has issued restrictions on travel within the boundaries of the park and specifically on Kings Park Boulevard:Beginning 4:00 PM on October 31, 2007 increased patrols of the New York State Park Police and New York State
Senator John J. Flanagan appeared onLou Dobbs Tonight (CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE SEGMENT - please allow time to load on your computer) on CNN to discuss Governor Eliot Spitzer's plan to allow those in the country illegally to obtain driver's licenses. Senator Flanagan joined with host Lou Dobbs to discuss how the policy was shortsighted and dangerous to our nation's security.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently visited the Hauppauge Fire Department to view their new Technical Rescue Trailer. The cost of the trailer and its specialized equipment was offset by a state grant secured by Senator Flanagan.The new equipment is primarily designed for situations such as confined space, trench collapse, building collapse, or high angle rope rescues.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today resumed his call for Governor Eliot Spitzer to withdraw his proposal to allow those in the country illegally to obtain driver's licenses following a story in the Albany Times Union that highlights serious problems with the technology that will be used to administer this plan.Today's story cited state government sources who claimed that the scanning machines the Department of Motor Vehi
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today announced passage of legislation that he sponsored to stop Governor Eliot Spitzer's policy change allowing those in the country illegally to obtain driver's licenses.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and Senator Carl Marcellino (5th Senate District) today joined to sponsor legislation that would extend the date to apply for property tax rebate checks from November 30th to December 31st, 2007.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with Brookhaven Town Supervisor Brian X. Foley, Councilwoman Kathy Walsh and the Brookhaven Parks Department to announce a partnership with local youth groups to expand the recreational facilities in the Selden-Centereach community. The projects will be aided through $325,000 in state funding that Senator Flanagan secured.The first project will add a new ball field to Levitt Field and the cost of this project will be offset with $75,000 of the funding.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), who has been a leader in the fight to overturn Governor Spitzer's driver's license policy, today sought further answers for this major shift in policy at a joint Senate hearing in Albany.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) will appear on the Cutting Edge on WLNY TV55 to discuss the future of the Nissequogue River State Park. On the show airing this Saturday and Sunday, Senator Flanagan joined Newsday's James Klurfeld, former Suffolk County Executive John Klein and the President of the Long Island Association (LIA) Matthew Crosson to continue his call for the new administration to respect the Kings Park community and to preserve this park.The Cutting Edge airs on WLNY TV55 on Saturday at 5:00 p.m.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) issued a letter to New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation calling for a meeting. The written call for a meeting follows Commissioner Carol Ash's recent visit to the park which was originally intended as a private tour for the Long Island Association and Newsday.
Commissioner Carol Ash's visit is another disappointment and further proof of her disregard for the Kings Park community. In addition, it demonstrates the Spitzer Administration’s real intentions for this newly designated parkland.As the Chief steward for state parks, Commissioner Ash has had ample opportunities and open invitations from the community to show her support for preserving this magnificent piece of property.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that the Middle Country Public Library has been granted over $70,000 in state funding to expand their Family Place Libraries program. This expansion will bring this valuable program to four new libraries, including both the Elmont Public Library and the Deer Park Public Library.
Senator Flanagan (third from right) joins with Assistant Superintendent for Business Bruce Singer, Principal Denise Kleinman, Brookhaven Town Councilwoman Kathy Walsh, Annmarie Czarnecki, Janet Coleman, Debra Hall, Debbie Olshefsky, Physical Education teacher Peter Cafiso and Superintendent Charles Murphy at Gantlet Avenue Elementary School as they open the new playground.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined his 2007 Woman of Distinction honoree Ruth Del Col at the Commack branch of the Smithtown Library to view the New York State Senate Women of Distinction display. This traveling exhibit honors the women who have been recognized for their impact on the history of New York State and has been hosted by the Commack library for a month.As the Director of Development for Federation of Organizations for the New York State Mentally Disabled, Mrs. Del Col was recognized by Senator Flanagan at a ceremony in June.
Joining with children and parents from Wenonah Elementary School, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently helped unveil two new playground sets at the school located in Lake Grove. Senator Flanagan worked closely with the Wenonah Children's Playground Committee to secure $50,000 in state funding to offset the cost and installation of the playground equipment.
To protect both consumers who attend concerts and the bands they love, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), a member of the Consumer Protection Committee, and Assemblyman Peter M. Rivera (76th Assembly District) announced that the "Truth in Musical Advertising Act" they jointly sponsored is now in effect.