Dennis Michael Sullivan served as an alcohol and drug counselor with the United States Army HHC Company Division Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division during the Vietnam War. His rank was E-4 and he is the recipient of the Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal.Mr. Sullivan is a Life Member and Past Post Commander of VFW Post 4927 in Centereach and also served as the Suffolk County Council Commander.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is calling on congressional leaders to reject the “Double-Tax Plan” included in a federal budget proposal that would end the longstanding policy allowing taxpayers to deduct their state and local tax liability, including property taxes, from their federal taxes. If approved by Congress and signed into law, this change would cost the average Long Island homeowner approximately $4,500 a year.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that much-needed tax relief for middle-class families, help for job-creating businesses and additional funding for our school children are all included in the recently passed 2013-14 state budget. For the third consecutive year, the budget keeps spending growth below two percent, which is consistent with the local spending cap that applies to school districts and local governments.
As the publisher of the Times Beacon Record Newspapers, Ms. Dunaief has played an essential role in Suffolk County and been instrumental in expanding the dialogue in the local community. Having founded her first paper four decades ago, she has been a trailblazer and a role model for countless young female journalists.
Under her leadership, the Times Beacon Record has flourished and now delivers local news to area residents through seven weekly newspapers. The company also publishes numerous annual special editions that focus on the community.
Ms. Duniaef is also a writer, and her column, “Between You And Me,” has won numerous state and county awards over the years.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently joined Jay Weinkam of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum for a tour of the site in lower Manhattan. The memorial and the museum are dedicated to the nearly 3,000 people who were killed in the terror attacks of 9/11 as well as the six people who were killed in the 1993 bombing at the World Trade Center.
During the visit, Senator Flanagan viewed the two enormous reflecting pools that stand within the footprints where the Twin Towers once stood. The reflecting pools are each nearly an acre in size and feature the largest manmade waterfalls in the North America. The names of every person who was killed in both the 2001 and 1993 attacks are inscribed on bronze panels edging the pools.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is encouraging everyone in our community to join this year's National Association of Letter Carrier's (NALC) Stamp Out Hunger food drive. On Saturday, May 11th, letter carriers in our communities will continue their tradition of collecting food along their normal route to help restock community food banks, pantries and shelters.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and Assemblyman Charles Lavine (13th Assembly District) recently presented a New York State Legislative Resolution to The Early Years Institute (EYI) proclaiming April 29 – May 5 “Screen-Free Week” in New York State. This week is designed to help protect today’s “plugged in” kids from the problems associated with spending too much time on computers and other types of electronic devices, and to increase awareness of the downside of screen overuse. The effort is aimed at helping all young children improve their health and their success in school and life.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently welcomed the members of Boy Scout Pack 539 Den #9 to his Smithtown office to assist them in achieving their goal of attaining their Citizenship Badges. During the meeting, the fourth graders and Senator Flanagan discussed his role as a state legislator and how the New York State government works.
"Scouting is a great way for young boys to learn about the world they live in and it was enjoyable to help these young men achieve their goal. I truly enjoyed their visit to my office and enjoyed playing a small role in their efforts,” said Senator Flanagan about his talk with (from left to right) Sean Weidner, Kevin Morris, Thomas Mach, Alex Koliner and Matthew Loglisci.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently joined with Senator Lee M. Zeldin (3rd Senate District) and his other colleagues in the State Senate to announce that funding for the continuation and expansion of the PFC Joseph Dwyer PTSD Peer-to-Peer Veterans Counseling program has been included in the recently approved 2013-14 state budget.
Initiated by Senator Zeldin, the program provides “peer-to-peer” counseling for veterans suffering from the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Since its inception last year, the program has been assisting veterans in four test counties: Suffolk, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Jefferson.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently visited the students of The Jewish Academy in East Northport to discuss his role in New York State Government. The East Northport school, founded in 2004, is a nursery through grade 6 educational center and is the only Jewish Day School in Suffolk County.
While at the school, Senator Flanagan spoke with a group of 4th, 5th and 6th grade students about his background and described a senator’s role in government. They ended the meeting with the children asking Senator Flanagan questions about the Senate.
I would like to thank all the students who contributed to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest. This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 2ndSenatorial District.
Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state. I am proud of everyone's work and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently welcomed student musicians from Long Island who received the honor of being selected to one of the New York State School Music Association's (NYSSMA) All-State jazz performing groups. The students were in the State Capital in Albany to perform in early March to kick off the National and State "Music in Our Schools Month" celebration.
By Monica Gleberman & Rachel Shapiro - April 3, 2013
With $1.6 million more in state aid expected for next school year, Smithtown schools Superintendent Anthony Annunziato said he is now proposing only tier one cuts to help eliminate the gap between revenue and expenditures for the upcoming school year.
At Tuesday night's Board of Education meeting, Annunziato said revenue for 2013-14 is now expected to be $224 million, with expenditures at $227 million. To remain within the state-mandated tax levy increase cap of 3.63 percent — which includes exemptions for certain costs — Annunziato said the district would have to cut at least $2.8 million.
ALBANY - New York's senate approved an approximately $136 billion budget that raises the minimum wage to $9 over three years and offers a $350 rebate to families with children, completing the votes a little over two hours before dawn on Wednesday.
The Assembly plans to take a pass at the budget on Thursday. This will be the third time in a row the state will have met its April 1 deadline.