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State Senate Passes Hava Legislation

The New York State Senate today approved legislation, sponsored by State Senator John J. Flanagan (R,C-East Northport), to implement the federal Help America Vote Act of 2002. The Senate will act on three bills to implement a statewide voter registration list, establish an administrative complaint procedure and provide for the 5 percent state match which will trigger an additional $153 million of federal HAVA funding."This legislation establishes a couple of firsts for the people of New York State.

April 5, 2005
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Bretton Woods Elementary Students Raise Money For Tsunami Relief

Hauppauge -- Senator John J. Flanagan (R,C-East Northport)joined students from Bretton Woods elementary school to recognize their efforts in raising money for the victims of the tragic tsunami disaster. In just four days, January 18-21, the students collected $2,356. Responding to the enormous financial need in Southeast Asia, The Bretton Woods Student Government was determined to collect money from students from every grade and donate it to help children in Southeast Asia.

April 4, 2005
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Senator Flanagan Delivers $23 Million For New Stony Brook University Cancer Center

Albany -- New York State Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced today that he was instrumental in securing $23 million in the 2005-06 State Budget to construct an ambulatory care pavilion which will house Stony Brook University Hospital’s Comprehensive Outpatient Cancer Center.

April 4, 2005
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2005-06 State Budget Includes $155 Million Tax Cut Package

Senator John J. Flanagan (R,C-East Northport) today announced that the 2005-06 State budget includes a tax cut package of more than $155 million in business and personal income tax reductions over the next four years to create jobs and strengthen the economy. The budget will also expand the Empire Zone program to include 12 new zones.The plan includes tax credits for biotechnology, adopting a single sales factor to boost manufacturing jobs and investment in emerging technologies.

April 3, 2005
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Senate Passes Public Protection And General Government Budget Bills

Senator John J. Flanagan (R,C-East Northport) annouced that the New York State Senate passed the 2005-06 public protection and general government budget legislation (S.550E, S.3666) that includes a $57 million increase in aid to localities and would continue the operation of several correctional facilities."This legislation restores and provides additional funding to areas of the budget that are necessary for the safety and well-being of every New Yorker.

April 3, 2005
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Senator Flanagan Fights For Area Schools

Local listing of State School aid for schools in the 2nd Senate District:School District Total State Aid for 2005-06Commack $ 24,021,376Half Hollow Hills $ 20,062,917Hauppauge $ 12,394,605Kings Park $ 11,809,378Middle Country $ 73,615,462Northport $ 8,479,489Sachem $102,513,043Smithtown $ 29,529,023South Huntington $ 18,951,831Three Village $ 31,032,915 Flanagan noted that the Legislature's specific restorations and additions to the Executive Proposal include $322 million in additional general support for education for the 2005-06

April 3, 2005
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April 3, 2005
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Kings Park Psychiatric Center Update

Many residents in Kings Park, Fort Salonga, San Remo and Smithtown have recently contacted my office regarding the Kings Park Psychiatric Center (KPPC) property. Thank you for taking the time to sign petitions, send letters and call the office to express your concerns and share your suggestions.

March 29, 2005
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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
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"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
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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
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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, www.DeathPenaltyNY.com, 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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