Senator Flanagan Appointed To Budget Conference Committees

Albany - With the state legislature’s increased desire to pass the annual state budget on-time, New York State Senator John J. Flanagan (R,C-East Northport) is pleased to announce that he has been appointed to serve on the Joint Budget Conference Committees for Education and General Government/Local Assistance."It is a great honor and privilege to represent the Senate on the Education and General Government/Local Assistance Budget Conference Committees," said Senator Flanagan.

March 17, 2005

"truth In Voting" Ensures Accountability

Senator John J. Flanagan (R,C-East Northport) and members of the Long Island Senate Delegation joined in support of Senator LaValle's Truth in Voting Act. The measure ensures that school districts provide the public with clearly defined school budget proposals that include a detailed contingency budget, prior to the school budget vote.

"People are frustrated with misleading school budget information that threatens to cut or eliminate valued programs if the budget is not passed," said Senator LaValle.

March 14, 2005

Senator Flanagan Announces "countdown To April 1"

With the April 1st state budget deadline a month away, Senator John J. Flanagan (R,C-East Northport) announced an effort that will enable residents of the 2nd Senate District to show their support for the Senate's fight to pass a new state budget for the first time in 20 years.

March 10, 2005

Senate Passes Death Penalty Legislation

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.2727), that would amend the state's death penalty law to fix a provision that was ruled invalid by the state Court of Appeals.

In addition, the Senate has established an Internet web site,, for people to sign an online petition, registering their support for fixing the death penalty law and getting it back on the books.

March 9, 2005

Senate Passes Bills To Make New York H.a.v.a. Compliant, Calls On Assembly To Reconvene Conference Committees

The New York State Senate today passed a comprehensive package of legislation, sponsored by Senator John Flanagan (R-C, East Northport), which would bring the state into full compliance with the federal Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA). If enacted into law, these bills would improve and enhance voter access and free approximately $219 million in federal funds to modernize voting machines and improve procedures.In an effort to expedite the process and meet the federal deadlines, Senate Majority Leader Joseph L.

February 16, 2005

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Contest Winners Announced

Senator John J. Flanagan (R,C-East Northport), Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick (R,C-Smithtown) and Assemblyman Andrew Raia (R,C,I,WF-East Northport) today welcomed students from Kings Park High School and Ward Melville High School to the State Capitol to promote awareness of the seriousness of teen dating violence, and to acknowledge the winners of the Teen Dating Violence and Healthy Relationships Media Contest.

February 15, 2005

Flanagan Assigned Senate Duties

New York State Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno has announced that Senator John J. Flanagan (R,C-East Northport) will be Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Elections and Co-Chairman of the Administrative Regulations Review Commission. In addition, Flanagan will serve as a member on six Senate committees: Aging, Higher Education, Insurance, Labor, Transportation and Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs"I am honored that Senate Majority Leader Bruno has appointing me to Chair the Senate Elections Committee.

January 26, 2005

John J. Flanagan Sworn In As State Senator

Senator John J. Flanagan (R,C-East Northport) was sworn in on January 5, 2005 to begin his second-term as State Senator representing the second Senate District of New York. Senator Flanagan’s son, Sean, holds the bible while Chief Judge of the State of New York Judith S. Kayeadministered the oath of office in the Senate Chambers at the New York State Capitol in Albany.

January 19, 2005

Senate Passes Two Budget Reform Bills

Citing the need to restore public confidence in New York's budget-making process, Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that as its first order of business for the 2005 legislative session, the New York State Senate passed two comprehensive budget reform bills that would fix the budget process and put an end to late budgets beginning this year with the enactment of a contingency budget in the event a new budget is not enacted by April 1.

January 13, 2005

Senator Flanagan Invites Students To Join In Environment Competition

Senator John J. Flanagan (R,C-East Northport) today called for local student entries for the 14th annual "I*MA*GREEN*NATION" Celebration, a statewide competition that encourages student awareness of environmental issues.

January 13, 2005