Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today criticized the recent lawsuit filed by The Arker Companies and Cherokee Northeast, LLC against the State of New York in their effort to force Empire State Development (ESD) to close on the sale of the former Kings Park Psychiatric Center (KPPC).
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District), a member of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, has written to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff to express his displeasure regarding the proposed takeover of the port of New York.Senator Flanagan, in a letter to Chertoff, requested that the federal government take a more deliberative approach to the potentially dangerous situation."This is a situation that must be diligently and exhaustively examined before any approval is given.
To further protect children from sexually violent predators, Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) has sponsored a package that would strengthen Megan’s Law. The 25-point plan has passed the Senate and follows the successful agreement on lifetime registration that was signed into law in January. "As we have seen recently, there remains a constant need to improve Megan’s Law. We must give law enforcement the tools to fight this crime and we must require our courts to follow through," stated Senator Flanagan.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District), a member of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, is joining with Smithtown veterans to support America’s troops. As part of the nationwide Angels of Mercy Program, Senator Flanagan will be accepting donations of items for the combat wounded and their families at his office located at 260 Middle Country Road in Smithtown.Senator Flanagan is joining with the Smithtown American Legion Post 833 and Smithtown Veterans of Foreign War Post 10870 in accepting these donations.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) will be hosting a Town Hall meeting in Dix Hills on Thursday, March 8. The forum will be held at the Dix Hills Branch of the Half Hollow Hills Community Library located at 55 Vanderbilt Parkway in Dix Hills. The open discussion will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will cover any topic that the audience wishes to address. At the beginning of the event, Senator Flanagan will deliver an update to cover topics that are of interest to most residents and that will be followed by an extended question and answer period.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District), a member of the Senate Aging Committee, announced an agreement to provide an additional $100 million in emergency state funding for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). The state funding will supplement the federally funded 2005-2006 HEAP program to ensure that eligible seniors and low-income New Yorkers are able to afford to heat their homes throughout the remainder of this winter.Senator Flanagan announced that this amount represents an additional $50 million in emergency aid added by the legislature.
To protect the health care of thousands of seniors, Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) voted to override Governor George E. Pataki’s veto of legislation that will provide prescription coverage for New York’s most vulnerable.The veto override will protect the prescription drug benefits of eligible New York residents while problems with Medicare Part D are addressed.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) presented Michael Shack of Stony Brook with the New York State Medal of Merit, awarded to full-time military persons who have served in the Armed Forces. Mr. Shack served as a Demolition Specialist in the U.S. Army from 1943 until 1946, when he was honorably discharged from service. In recognition of his wartime efforts, Shack received numerous commendations including the American Service Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the Philippines Liberation Ribbon and the World War II Victory Medal.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently presented members of the SAJES (Strengthening Community Through Education and Collaboration) Council on Prejudice Reduction (CPR) with a check for $25,000. The grant will be used for their Annual Conference to educate school administrators and k-12 educators on ways to reduce prejudice and advance equity."The SAJES organization is a valuable resource for all of us here on Long Island", said Senator Flanagan.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently announced the positive effects of the New York State Medicaid cap implemented by the Senate last year. A report issued by the Office of the New York State Comptroller stated that the cap resulted in $190 million in property tax relief across the state. Over the next five years, it is estimated that the plan will save Suffolk County homeowners over $280 million.
With the recent announcement of the increasing Long Island population and the corresponding need to utilize alternate sources of energy, Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that he has sponsored legislation that would deliver relief from energy costs to homeowners. The proposal was part of a comprehensive energy package, which was passed in the Senate, which would provide relief from energy costs to small businesses and homeowners across Long Island.
New York State Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) was joined by Assemblyman Michael J. Fitzpatrick (7th Assembly District) and Suffolk County Legislator Lynne C. Nowick (13th Legislative District) at a recent meeting with security officials regarding the security and safety of the Kings Park Psychiatric Center (KPPC).
Albany -- New York State Senator John J. Flanagan (R,C-East Northport) announced that the New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.6409) to mandate lifetime registration for the most dangerous sex offenders and prevent sex offenders from coming off the registry this week.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District)announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislationthat provides for the civil commitment of sexually violent predators at a secure treatment facility after they’ve completed their prison sentence in order to protect the public from criminals likely to commit repeated acts of sexual violence.
Today, New York State Senator John J. Flanagan (R-Smithtown) announced cancellation of the pending sale of the former Kings Park Psychiatric Center. Displaying a letter from Empire State Development (ESD) dated January 13, 2006, Senator Flanagan said, "The prospect of building 1,800 units of housing on this unique parcel of land is permanently off the table. This is a victory for the residents and taxpayers of Kings Park, and a critical first step in finding an alternative use for this magnificent piece of property that fairly and properly considers local input and the best interests of the community."
Albany—State Senator John J. Flanagan (R,C-East Northport) has been appointed to a joint legislative conference committee on legislation that would mandate lifetime registration for sex offenders."I am pleased to have the opportunity to work on this critical issue to mandate lifetime registration for sex offenders.
In an effort to reduce the enormous burden of some of the highest property taxes in the country, Senator Flanagan announced that the Senate Majority Conference proposed the REBATE-NY plan, a comprehensive, 25 point plan to provide more than $2.4 billion in school and municipal property tax relief over the next three years, including direct rebate checks to property taxpayers, expanding the STAR program and the property tax circuit breaker, and encouraging consolidation of local government services.
Senator John J. Flanagan (R,C-East Northport) announced that the Senate acted on legislation requiring the lifetime registration of sex offenders to prevent sexual predators from coming off the State sex offender registry later this month. "Parents have the right to know if a dangerous sex offender is living in their neighborhood especially since the rate of recidivism among these individuals is among the highest of any category of criminal," said Senator John J. Flanagan.
HUNTINGTON--- Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today announced that the Town of Huntington will receive a $14,482 grant award to help finance a boiler replacement project at Huntington Town Hall.
Senator John J. Flanagan (R,C-East Northport) today announced that New York state is providing $1.9 million to Stony Brook University’s Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) in Diagnostic Tools and Sensor Systems to enable the institution to expand high technology research and development activities that will lead to the creation of new products, innovations and jobs.