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Stony Brook University Commemorates Opening of Newly Refurbished Recreation Fields

Stony Brook University celebrated the opening of its newly renovated Campus Recreation Field Complex with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the southeast corner of the South P parking area of the campus. Stony Brook University students will have primary use of the three competition size turf and grass fields which measure over nine square acres and include lights for evening practice and competition.

April 24, 2014
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Senator Flanagan Welcomes Commack Boy Scout

     Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently welcomed Dylan Feldman of Boy Scout Troop 403 in Commack to his office.  The Commack Middle School 6th grader met with Senator Flanagan to discuss the constitutional rights and obligations of citizens of the United States.  The meeting was scheduled as part of Dylan’s effort to achieve the rank of First Class Rank Scout. 

     "Scouting presents a tremendous opportunity for young boys to learn about the world they live in and it was enjoyable to help Dylan as he works to achieve his goal.  I enjoyed our visit and wish Dylan all the best in his scouting career,” stated Senator Flanagan.

April 21, 2014
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Earth Day 2014 Poster Contest

Thank you for your wonderful contribution 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 your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.

I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2014 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:

Zachary GoldsteinGrade 4Smithtown Elementary School

April 17, 2014
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Senator Flanagan Welcomes Bill Cosby To Stony Brook University

"It was an honor to meet Mr. Cosby recently when he performed at Stony Brook University's Staller Center.  A true legend, he has provided our nation with so much laughter and insight during his storied and far-reaching career as an actor, a comedian and an author and it was a thrill for my wife and me to spend some time with him when he visited our community," stated Senator Flanagan.

 

April 11, 2014
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Senator Flanagan Discusses Education Budget Negotiations

Senator John Flanagan (New York State) discusses the Senate Majority's priorities in relation to the education portion of the New York State budget -- March 26, 2014

March 27, 2014
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Senator Flanagan’s Legislation Mandating DWI Testing After Serious Accidents Passes Senate

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced today that the New York State Senate has passed legislation he sponsored that would help increase prosecution of drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.  The bill (S1446) would require chemical testing of drivers suspected of being impaired when an accident occurs and results in serious injury or death. 

Under current law, chemical testing is permitted at the discretion of law enforcement following an accident but it is not required.  Additionally, law enforcement needs to establish reasonable cause to order a chemical test. 

March 26, 2014
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News 12 Segment On The Fight Against Impaired Driving

Senator John Flanagan (New York State) recently discussed his legislation (S.1446) on News 12.  The legislation would provide law enforcement with an enhanced ability to order alcohol and drug content testing in the event of accidents that result in serious physical injury or death -- March 11, 2014

March 12, 2014
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Senator Flanagan Speaks At Joint Legislative Session

Senator John Flanagan (New York State) speaks on the Assembly floor during a Joint Legislative Session regarding the reappointment of four members of the New York State Board of Regents - March 11, 2014

March 11, 2014
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Uncle Giuseppe's Marketplace Announces Data Breach

Uncle Giuseppe’s Marketplace has announced that it has become the latest in a long line of companies which has had their customers’ credit data breached. The breach affects an unknown number of credit and debit card customers in three stores (Smithtown, East Meadow and Port Washington) who shopped there between late January and the end of February.

March 7, 2014
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Identity Theft Protection Information

It’s not just pick-pockets who steal your credit cards and money anymore. Advances in computer technology have made it possible for ID thieves to ruin your credit and tarnish your good name. Below are tips to protect you and your family.

March 5, 2014
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Flanagan And Fitzpatrick Introduce Legislation To Allow Vecchio And Nowick To Serve Full Terms

Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and Assemblyman Michael J. Fitzpatrick (8th Assembly District) have introduced legislation that would allow Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio and Councilwoman Lynne C. Nowick to serve out their full four-year terms.  The legislation would uphold the results of the November 2013 election when the voters of the Town of Smithtown overwhelmingly elected Supervisor Vecchio and Councilwoman Nowick to four-year terms.

March 5, 2014
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Q & A About The New York State School Property Tax Exemption (STAR)

What is STAR?

The New York State School Tax Relief Program (STAR) provides New York homeowners with partial exemptions from school property taxes. If you earn less than $500,000 and own and live in your home, you are probably eligible for the STAR exemption.

There are two types of STAR property tax exemptions:

Basic STAR is available for owner-occupied, primary residences where the owners’ total income is less than $500,000. Basic STAR works by exempting the first $30,000 of the full value of a home from school taxes.

February 25, 2014
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Senator Flanagan Joins With Senator Hannon To Get Insurance Rights For Families Affected By Heroin Epidemic

With the recent death of actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman highlighting the growing impact of heroin and other drugs, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced today that he is joining with Senator Kemp Hannon (6th Senate District) in his effort to provide families affected by addiction with the tools they need to fight this serious disease.  Senators Flanagan and Hannon are sponsoring legislation (S.4623) that would put treatment decisions for those struggling with addiction in the hands of physicians as opposed to insurance companies.

February 18, 2014
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Flanagan and Fitzpatrick Call for Immediate Appointment of Vecchio and Nowick

Today, Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and Assemblyman Michael J. Fitzpatrick (8th Assembly District) announced their full support for Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio and Councilwoman Lynne C. Nowick, and jointly called on current Town Board members to immediately appoint Vecchio and Nowick to the offices that voters elected them to in November 2013.

February 11, 2014
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New York Daily News: NYS Senate Education Chairman Praises Regents Changes To Common Core

Senate Education Committee Chairman John Flanagan (R-Suffolk) this afternoon was far less critical than Gov. Cuomo when discussing the changes the Board of Regents have proposed for the Common Core curriculum.

Flanagan praised the Regents for addressing many of the issues that parents and the lawmakers have been calling for. He called the changes a major step in the right direction and said it shows the Regents were listening to the widespread complaints.

“Compared to where they were and where they are today is night and day from where they started,” Flanagan said.

February 10, 2014
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Senator Flanagan Discusses Common Core On Capitol Pressroom

Senator John Flanagan (New York State), Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, joins Susan Arbetter of Capitol Pressroom to discuss the flawed implementation of Common Core Learning Standards by the New York State Department of Education and the need to provide teachers and the students with the necessary tools for success – February 6, 2014

February 6, 2014
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Senator Flanagan Joins With Long Island Cares For Pet Food Drive

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is joining Long Island Cares for its 3rd Annual Legislative Food Drive Challenge.  This year, the organization is focusing its efforts on collecting pet food to ensure that the most vulnerable members of Long Island families are able to get the food they need.

February 6, 2014
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Join Senator Flanagan In Ending The Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA)

Recently, the Senate Education Committee approved legislation Senator Flanagan sponsored that would accelerate the restoration of funding lost under the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA).  The legislation (S.5452) would set a definitive three-year timetable for making full restoration of GEA funding to all school districts to protect taxpayers and schoolchildren.

February 4, 2014
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Senate Co-Leaders Dean Skelos and Jeff Klein, and Senate Education Chair John Flanagan Call for Delay of Common Core and Sharing of Student Privacy Data

Senators Skelos, Klein and Flanagan issued the following statement:

We continue to support the goals of an improved education curriculum that increases standards and ensures that students are college and career ready. However, after having spent months listening to parents, teachers, administrators and educational professionals at public hearings conducted throughout New York State, it is our belief that while the implementation of Common Core Learning Standards may have been well intended, it has been poorly executed.

February 4, 2014
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Senator Flanagan’s Legislation To Restore School Funding Lost Under The Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) Approved By Senate Education Committee

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that his legislation to accelerate the restoration of funding lost by school districts under the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) has been approved by the Senate Education Committee.  The legislation would establish a definitive timetable for making full restoration of GEA funding to all school districts over a three-year period.

The bill will now go to the Senate Finance Committee for further consideration.  From there, the bill is expected to be sent to the full Senate for a vote.

February 4, 2014
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