Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced today that an agreement to reduce and cap state sales tax on gasoline has been reached by the Senate and the Assembly. This agreement was pushed for by Senator Flanagan after the Senate passed similar legislation three times in the last year. When enacted, the legislation will go into effect on June 1st of this year to provide relief at the gas pump for the summer driving season."The price of gas is continuing to rise and we need to provide relief to our drivers now.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently joined Stony Brook University Hospital as it officially opened its new Sleep Disorders Center in Smithtown. The center, located at 240 Middle Country Road, is a new multidisciplinary, state-of-the-art facility that is equipped with eight bedrooms and uses the newest technological advances for conducting sleep studies. Senator Flanagan joined Richard N. Fine, M.D., Dean, Stony Brook University School of Medicine, as he cut the ribbon on the new facility.
To provide local students with practical journalistic experience, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) hosted twenty school reporters at a Student Press Conference. The event, which was held in Smithtown, offered the aspiring writers the ability to ask Senator Flanagan questions in a professional press conference setting.The press conference was an opportunity for the twenty writers and editors to discuss the issues facing New York State and the region with Senator Flanagan.
Senator John J. Flanagan today encouraged Suffolk County to join New York State in eliminating its portion of the sales tax on clothing and footwear under $110. The state eliminated its portion of the tax during budget negotiations in March and New York consumers have benefited from the elimination since April 1st.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently visited the Burr Intermediate School in Commack to join them in celebrating their yearlong Reading Challenge. Senator Flanagan joined over 80 students at a special "Free to Read" program.The Burr Reading Challenge is an annual school-wide program designed to promote reading. The children who participate are encouraged to read with their families everyday and to visit the local library on a regular basis.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently visited the Nassakeag Elementary School in Setauket to speak with Ms. Cassie Sheridan's 5th grade class. As part of their government studies, Senator Flanagan met with the class to discuss his role in the New York State legislative process.Senator Flanagan spoke to the children about his role in the New York State Legislature and described the process of how new laws are created.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently hosted a Town Hall meeting in Smithtown. The meeting at the Eugene Cannataro Senior Center enabled Senator Flanagan to hear directly from the people he represents. "This meeting was a great way to communicate, share ideas and inform the public. I appreciate the input of those who attended and will remember their thoughts in the coming months," stated Senator Flanagan.Senator Flanagan opened the meeting with some remarks about the issues he is working on in the New York State Senate.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently hosted a Town Hall meeting in Dix Hills. The meeting at the Dix Hills branch of the Half Hollow Hills Community Library enabled Senator Flanagan to hear directly from his those he represents. "This was a great opportunity to hear directly from the people I represent. I heard some great ideas regarding the future of New York State and the future of our community.
In an appalling act of legislating from the bench, United States District Court Judge Denny Chin recently decided to overturn critical improvements to Megan's Law, thereby allowing over 4,000 sex offenders in New York State to elude legal tracking.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is renewing his call for the New York State Assembly to join the Senate in protecting Long Island residents from skyrocketing fuel costs. Specifically, Senator Flanagan is calling for action on a Senate proposal that would protect drivers from the skyrocketing price of gasoline by capping the state and local taxes on gasoline if the price rises above $2 per gallon."With the price of gasoline crossing the three dollar mark, the need for relief from these prices is obvious.
In an effort to help parents protect their children, Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently joined with Parents for Megan’s Law to host a sexual abuse prevention seminar at Murphy Junior High School in Stony Brook.
In an effort to help parents protect their children from sexual abuse, Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is joining with Parents for Megan’s Law to host a sex abuse seminar in Kings Park. The seminar will be held at the Kings Park High School on Wednesday, November 29 beginning at 7:00 p.m. located at 200 Route 25A in Kings Park.
In an effort to protect the youth of Long Island, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today announced that legislation he sponsored that would ban the sale of Salvia Divinorum has successfully passed the New York State Senate. This drug, which has been reported to have the hallucinogenic effects of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), is legally available over the Internet and in stores without age restrictions.Salvia Divinorum, also known as Diviner’s Sage, Sister Salvia, Ska Maria Pastora or simply salvia, is a psychoactive plant from the mint family.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that the $25 million in state funding for the environmental cleanup of the Kings Park Psychiatric Center site has been approved by Governor George E. Pataki.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently joined with Island Harvest, a group he assisted by securing $75,000 in state funding last year, to deliver food to Long Island residents. Senator Flanagan and Island Harvest volunteers rallied at the Watermill Caterers in Smithtown to distribute nutritious food to area non-profit agencies, all members of Island Harvest's network, for delivery in local communities. "The opportunity to do something truly helpful is one of the greatest benefits of being an elected official.
To celebrate National Library Week, Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today announced that he has successfully worked to secure over $19 million in funding for the libraries of New York State. This money was included in the Senate budget and the Assembly agreed to the funding during budget negotiations.A key component of the funding is the Senate's plan to use 2000 census numbers to allocate library funding. By discontinuing the use of 1990 census information, the change will allow library funding to accurately reflect changes in population.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) will be hosting a Town Hall meeting in Smithtown on Thursday, April 27. The meeting will be held at the Eugene Cannataro Senior Center located at 420 Middle Country Road in Smithtown.The open discussion will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will include an extended question and answer period for residents to speak to Senator Flanagan. All residents are invited to attend this free meeting.