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Senator Flanagan Welcomes Ddi Teachers Back To School

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), who recently announced that he has secured $135,000 in state funding for Developmental Disabilities Institute (DDI), visited the organization's Smithtown campusto wish the teachers, therapists and support staff good luck in the coming year. The funding secured by Senator Flanagan will be used to offset the cost of improvements to the facility in Smithtown. Over the past few years, Senator Flanagan has secured over $300,000 in grants to fund urgently needed construction projects at DDI’s Hollywood Drive campus in Smithtown.

September 21, 2006
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Senator Flanagan Announces Home Ownership Initiative

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that he has worked with the eight other members of the Long Island Senate Delegation to create a new $25 million program to help Long Island's future home owners. Developed and funded jointly by the Long Island Senators, the Homeownership and Economic Stabilization for Long Island Program (HELP) provides down payment assistance and rehabilitation grants to eligible home buyers.The program is designed specifically for Nassau and Suffolk County residents.

September 21, 2006
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Senator Flanagan Heralds New Environmentally Friendly Measures

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today joined Governor George E. Pataki and Town of Smithtown Supervisor Patrick R. Vecchio to announce two initiatives that will greatly enhance the ability of residents to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. The first part is the announcement of the state's awarding of a $150,000 contract to assist the expansion of Clean Energy's compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle fueling station in Hauppauge.

September 20, 2006
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Senator Flanagan's Boating While Intoxicated Law Honored For Impact On Safety

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently joined with other state officials recently as the National Safe Boating Council honored New York State for their efforts on behalf of boaters. The Council's Pillar of Support Award was presented to New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Bernadette Castro at a press conference at the U.S.

September 20, 2006
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Donate Blood - Save A Life

TheNEW YORK BLOOD CENTERis always looking for people to donate blood. If you are interested in helping them help others,please CLICK HEREto schedule an appointment or to get information about upcoming events inyour community. You may also call 1-800-933-2566.ACCORDING TO THE NEW YORK BLOOD CENTER, YOU MUST:-AT LEAST 17 YEARS OF AGE-WEIGH AT LEAST 110 POUNDS-AND BE IN GENERAL GOOD HEALTH TO DONATE.

September 19, 2006
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Senator Flanagan Honors Memory Of Slain New York State Trooper

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today joined with his Senate colleagues in sponsoring a legislative resolution honoring the life and achievements of fallen New York State Trooper Joseph Anthony Longobardo. Trooper Longobardo of Middle Grove, Saratoga County was killed in the line of duty during the recent manhunt for an escaped prisoner in southwestern New York."The men and women who work in law enforcement are the very reason that our communities remain safe.

September 15, 2006
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Mental Health Parity Legislation Sponsored By Senator Flanagan Passes Senate

In a landmark vote, the New York State Senate today voted to provide parity in insurance coverage for mental illnesses. The unanimous vote on "Timothy’s Law", which was sponsored by Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), reflects an agreement with the New York State Assembly."Mental illness can affect anyone at any time and we have a responsibility to ensure that those affected have proper access to care and treatment when it is needed.

September 15, 2006
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Senator Flanagan Calls For Movement On Legislation Supported By Aarp

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently called for action on some outstanding pieces of legislation that are supported by the American Association of Retired Persons. The legislation has already passed in the Assembly and Senator Flanagan joins with the AARP in calling for its immediate adoption."The Senate has been a leader in the fight to protect the rights of the seniors of our state and we should be working to provide as much protection to the elderly residents of our state as possible.

September 14, 2006
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Senator Flanagan Secures State Funding For United Cerebral Palsy Of Suffolk

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently announced that he has secured funding for United Cerebral Palsy of Suffolk in Hauppauge. This state funding will be utilized by the organization to offset the cost of supporting the Suffolk Seagulls, a group of competitive athletes with disabilities.

September 7, 2006
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Senator Flanagan Thanked For His Support Of Libraries

Senator Flanagan joins with (from left) Laurie Pastore (Commack Public Library), Michael Squillante (Elwood Public Library), Stephanie Heineman (Northport-East Northport Public Library), Senator Flanagan, Robert Lusak (Smithtown Library) and Kevin Verbesey (Suffolk Cooperative Library System) to celebrate the additional funding that was directed to the libraries across New York State.

Senator John J.

September 6, 2006
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Senator Flanagan Successful In Creation Of Medicaid Inspector General

In the continuing fight to protect the rights of New York taxpayers, legislation sponsored by Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) to combat Medicaid fraud has been signed into law. This new law establishes the toughest, most comprehensive plan to combat Medicaid fraud in the United States and creates the new office of Medicaid Inspector General. "Long Island taxpayers overwhelmingly want to be sure that their money is being used correctly and it is the state's responsibility to protect their investment.

August 25, 2006
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Senator Flanagan Announces New Protections From Sex Offenders

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced today that Governor George Pataki has signed two new laws to protect victims of crime. The two new laws, which Senator Flanagan sponsored, will provide law enforcement community with new tools to fight crime and to catch those who perpetrate crime in New York State.One law ends the statute of limitations for the crime of rape.

August 23, 2006
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Flanagan And Englebright Successful In Fight To Protect Local Property Taxpayers

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and Assemblyman Steven Englebright (4th Assembly District) joined together to announce the signing of landmark legislation to protect the rights of local property taxpayers.

August 21, 2006
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Senator Flanagan Joins Smart Growth Organization To Plan Future Of Middle Country

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently joined Selden and Centereach residents, business owners, community leaders and civic organizations to announce that he had secured a $50,000 grant for the Middle Country Coalition for Smart Growth and Sustainable Long Island.

August 18, 2006
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Senator Flanagan Offers Boater's Safety Guide

Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District), who recently announced his successful efforts to increase the penalties faced by those who boat while intoxicated, is currently offering free copies of the New York State Boater's Guide. The handbook, which is offered in partnership with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, contains useful information boaters need to operate their vessels safely."Boating is a way of life on Long Island and a great way to enjoy all the sights and activities we have to offer.

August 11, 2006
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Senator Flanagan And Supervisor Vecchio Work To Continue Efforts To Avoid Over Development At Kings Park Psychiatric Center

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently received a letter from Town of Smithtown Supervisor Patrick R.

August 8, 2006
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Stronger Boating While Intoxicated Laws Now In Effect

Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced today that, as of Sunday, August 6th, the penalties for Boating While Intoxicated will be increased. Senator Flanagan sponsored the new law in partnership with Assemblyman Thomas DiNapoli (16th Assembly District).

August 4, 2006
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Senator Flanagan To Host Emergency Preparedness Meetings In Nesconset And Stony Brook

Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) will be hosting two Emergency Preparedness Seminars to help Long Islanders prepare for any sort of emergency situation. The meetings, which will be held in Nesconset and Stony Brook, will be open to all and will be free of charge.Representatives of the New York State Emergency Management Office, the Suffolk County Office of Emergency Management and the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) will offer residents expert advice about how to prepare for and deal with an emergency situation.

August 3, 2006
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Senator Flanagan Visits With Adult Home Resident Council

A member of the Senate Committee on Aging, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently welcomed the opportunity to meet and listen to representatives from area adult homes at a meeting at the Echo Arms Adult Home in Port Jefferson. The meeting with the Resident Council Leadership Committee, which was arranged by the Family Service League, enabled Senator Flanagan to listen to the concerns of adult home residents in our community.Senator Flanagan spoke with the resident leaders about the issues they face in their everyday life.

July 27, 2006
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