Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined the Smithtown community at the 18th Annual Smithtown Festival Day along Main Street. The fair is organized by the Greater Smithtown Chamber of Commerce. "This event brings the entire community together for a full day of fun. The weather was great, the turnout was excellent and I was happy to see the town enjoy the day together," stated Senator Flanagan.Senator Flanagan hosted a booth at the street fair.
In an important development in the future use of the Nesconset Armory, Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced Senate passage of legislation that will enable the Town of Smithtown to transfer this property to the Smithtown Library District for the purpose of constructing a new library branch in Nesconset. Since the Armory site was originally designated by the town as parkland when it purchased the land from the state, the legislation sponsored by Senator Flanagan was needed to legally authorize an alternative use for this property.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced today that a constitutional amendment he sponsored to provide residents with a more direct role in the affairs of government has passed the Senate. The Initiative and Referendum amendment would empower the public to join together to enact and amend laws."The power of the people should be expanded beyond simply voting for a candidate on election day. This amendment would open up the halls of our government so that everyone has the power to bring an idea to the people of New York State.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District), Chairman of the Senate Elections Committee, announced today that legislation that would protect the rights of voters with disabilities and reduce county election costs has passed the Senate. Senator Flanagan sponsored the two pieces of legislation to ensure that New York State offers all voters greater access without overburdening the taxpayers."If funding is needed to ensure access for voters with disabilities, then New York State has an obligation to make that funding available to protect the rights of every voter.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently visited Blydenburgh County Park Historic District for the premiere of a DVD. Senator Flanagan secured funding to offset the cost of the DVD and was invited by the Long Island Greenbelt Trail Conference for the premiere.Senator Flanagan joined the volunteers who organize hikes and guided tours of the park's historic buildings and majestic scenery at one of the park's sites.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined veterans from the Centereach area on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend as they honored those America has lost. Senator Flanagan broke from the parade route to acknowledge a Suffolk County police officer in the parade as reminder that heroes are working to protect our way of life both overseas and here at home."The fine men and women who fought to provide us our way of life, especially those we have lost, must be remembered every day. They sacrificed so we could enjoy all that our great nation has to offer.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) was honored to serve as the Grand Marshal of the 2006 Memorial Day Parade organized by the Knights of Columbus, Holy Mother Mary #3958 and held in Smithtown. "We can call ourselves American because of the efforts of those we honor on Memorial Day and we must never forget their sacrifice and the sacrifices of their families. We are a nation that remembers and honors our heroes and I am proud to be a small part of this commemoration," stated Senator Flanagan.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently honored Mr. Willie Mackey of Nesconset as his 2006 Senate Achiever honoree in Albany. Mr. Mackey was introduced to the entire New York State Senate Chamber and presented with an Achiever's Award and a Senate Proclamation.Mr. Mackey is a man who has overcome tremendous adversity in his life. Blind since birth due to bilateral cataracts and diagnosed at age two with Down’s Syndrome and Severe Mental Retardation, Mr.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and Assemblyman Thomas DiNapoli (16th Assembly District) today joined to announce legislation that would increase the penalties for those convicted of boating while intoxicated (BWI). The legislation, which the two lawmakers have sponsored in their respective houses, would bring the current penalties for BWI up to the level of penalties faced by those convicted of drunk driving.
Dear Friend:As the elected representative of the 2nd Senate District, it is my honor to publicly commemorate Memorial Day by thanking those who protect our country and our freedom.That appreciation is humbly offered to those who have served in past American efforts, those who serve to protect our country today and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in their service to our nation.
To kick off the Memorial Day weekend, Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined the residents of the Long Island State Veterans Home at Stony Brook University for their Memorial Day event.Senator Flanagan delivered the keynote remarks for the event.Senator Flanagan also delivered an open message to all veterans to salute the heroes of our country.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and local Girl Scout troops from Suffolk County will join together on Thursday, June 8th to bring a feeling of home to United States servicemen and women overseas. Senator Flanagan will join the Girl Scouts to host Operation: Cookie in Smithtown from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The event will take place in the lobby of 260 Middle Country Road in Smithtown, where Senator Flanagan's district office is located.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) will be hosting a Town Hall meeting at R.C. Murphy Jr. High School on Thursday, June 8. The school is located at 351 Oxhead Road in Stony Brook.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 important forum.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced today that a cap on state sales tax on gasoline, which he sponsored in the Senate, will go into effect on June 1. The cap, which was recently signed into law, was a major component of an agreement reached recently between the Senate and the Assembly to offer relief to New York drivers.
The agreement will reduce and cap state sales tax on gasoline at eight cents per gallon, effectively freezing the tax at the $2 per gallon rate.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently joined with Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio and Councilman Edward R. Wehrheim at the Eugene Cannataro Senior Center to unveil a van that will be used by the Smithtown Residential Repair Program. Senator Flanagan secured over $16,000 in funding for the purchase of the van. The program provides minor household assistance for senior citizens 60 years of age and above.
PRINTED ON MAY 18, 2006 IN NEWSDAY LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Boosting gas prices is not the answerNewsday's editorial page recently criticized the state for working to provide tax relief at the gas pump. Newsday again repeated its call for higher gas prices to change drivers' behavior ["Gasonomics," Editorial, May 10].But a policy of inflicting greater fiscal pain to force consumers to make smarter energy choices is the wrong approach.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District), the Chairman of the Senate Elections Committee, today called for the rights of voters with disabilities to be protected. To ensure voting rights are protected, Senator Flanagan sent a letter to Judge Gary L. Sharpe of the United States District Court calling for a new and improved plan that will protect everyone's right to vote.Senator Flanagan has sought to provide $15 million in state funding to address the needs of voters with disabilities throughout the state.
At a rally in front of his office in Smithtown, Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today was publicly thanked by animal rights advocates for his support of legislation that would allow New York counties to ban trapping. The rally was organized by the Bite Back Coalition, a group that advocates the banning of trapping to protect the animals and children of Long Island.The legislation would allow the banning of trapping on a county by county basis. This change would permit New York State counties that decide to ban trapping to do so.
In a move designed to deliver some immediate relief to New York drivers, Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate has approved a measure that would reduce and cap state sales tax on gasoline. The legislation approved in the Senate is part of an agreement between the Senate and the Assembly which was reached last week and the legislation has been delivered to the Assembly for action.This agreement was pushed for by Senator Flanagan after the Senate passed similar legislation three times in the last year.