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Statement from Senator John Flanagan on Passing of Senator Caesar Trunzo

Senator Trunzo was an exemplary statesman who will be sorely missed.  I was fortunate to have him as a mentor, a colleague and a friend.  He epitomized in every sense of the word what it meant to be a gentleman.  His soft spoken demeanor belied his passionate advocacy for his constituents.

May 29, 2013
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Senator Flanagan Fights To Protect Police Animals

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate and Assembly have passed legislation that would increase penalties for killing a police dog or police horse in the line of duty.  The legislation, which Senator Flanagan sponsored, is a clear recognition of the importance of the lives of police animals and the vital role they play in crime solving as well as rescue and recover

May 23, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Education Senator John J. Flanagan, Chair 10:00 AM, Thursday, May 30, 2013 Room 124 CAP

May 30, 10:00 AM - 10:10 AM
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Dennis Michael Sullivan

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.

May 19, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Education Senator John J. Flanagan, Chair 10:00 AM, Tuesday, May 21, 2013 Room 124 CAP

May 21, 10:06 AM - 10:10 AM
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Senator Flanagan: Washington Leaders Must Protect New York Taxpayers

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.

May 15, 2013
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Senator Flanagan Announces Tax Relief For Businesses and Families In State Budget

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.

May 15, 2013
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Leah Dunaief

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. 

May 13, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Education Senator John J. Flanagan, Chair 10:00 AM, Tuesday, May 7, 2013 Room 124 CAP

May 7, 10:00 AM - 10:05 AM
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Senator Flanagan Pays Respects At 9/11 Memorial Site

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.

May 2, 2013
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Senator Flanagan Joins Letter Carriers To Help Stamp Out Hunger

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. 

May 1, 2013
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Senator Flanagan And Assemblyman Lavine Join Together With Early Years Institute and CA Technologies To Promote Screen-Free Week

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. 

April 29, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Education Senator John J. Flanagan, Chair 10:00 AM, Tuesday, April 30, 2013 Room 124 CAP

April 30, 10:00 AM - 10:06 AM
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April 24, 2013
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Boston Strong

God Bless The City and The People of Boston - New York Stands With You

April 18, 2013
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Senator Flanagan Meets With Kings Park Scouts

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.

April 16, 2013
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Senator Flanagan Joins Senator Zeldin To Announce Expanded Funding Of PFC Joseph Dwyer Peer-To-Peer Veterans Counseling Program

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. 

April 15, 2013
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Senator Flanagan Meets With Students At The Jewish Academy in East Northport

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.

April 15, 2013
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Earth Day 2013 Poster Contest Participants

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 2nd Senatorial 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.

April 15, 2013
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