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Don’t Let the Tax Cap Expire: Let’s KEEP THE CAP!

From creating the historic STAR and Enhanced STAR programs, to enacting property tax rebate legislation, the Senate Republican Majority has consistently led the fight to provide hardworking families with property tax relief. 

May 19, 2015
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Statement from Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan

With the end of the Legislative session quickly approaching, there are just 15 session days remaining to do the people’s business and conclude our work for the year.  That’s not a lot of time, but it’s enough to make a difference in the lives of hardworking New Yorkers and their families. 

First and foremost, we should make the property tax cap permanent in New York.  Doing so will bring certainty to taxpayers, help create good jobs and grow our economy for the future.  To that end, the Senate will act as early as this week to make the current property tax cap permanent in New York State.

May 18, 2015
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Majority Leader Flanagan Discusses Issues With News 12

Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (New York State) discusses his new role with Doug Geed - May 12, 2015

May 13, 2015
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Senate Passes Bills To Protect Victims Of Domestic Violence

The New York State Senate today passed two measures to strengthen protections for victims of domestic violence and children at risk of abuse. The bills would create new safeguards for victims who testify against their abusers in court, as well as establish a commission to study and recommend methods of preventing child abuse in New York.

May 13, 2015
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Senate Passes Measures To Protect Children

The New York State Senate today passed four bills to promote the safety and well-being of children and families. The measures would prevent felons from working in child day care programs, increase penalties for child endangerment, protect consumers by preventing unauthorized vendors from selling items like baby food, and help keep military families together by eliminating deployment as a barrier to child custody. 

May 12, 2015
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Senate Passes Bills To Strengthen Laws For Reckless And Irresponsible Driving

The New York State Senate today passed four measures that would keep our roads safe by holding drivers accountable for reckless and irresponsible actions. The legislation would increase or create new penalties for repeat DWI offenders, those who drive at high speeds, and individuals who cause a death while driving without a valid license.

May 12, 2015
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Senator Flanagan Elected Majority Leader Of New York State Senate

Senator John Flanagan (New York State) is sworn in as the Temporary President and Majority Leader of the New York State Senate - May 11, 2015

May 11, 2015
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Senator Flanagan Welcomes Samantha Picco To Senate’s West Point Day

Senator John Flanagan (New York State) joined with his colleagues to pay tribute to the cadets and leaders of the United States Military Academy at West Point during a special occasion in the Senate Chamber.  In addition to welcoming all the cadets, Senator Flanagan made special mention of Cadet Samantha Picco who resides in the 2nd Senate District – May 6, 2015

May 6, 2015
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Senator Flanagan Announces Passage Of Legislation To Assist Family Caregivers

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate has approved legislation that would help caregivers receive the necessary resources to deliver care to older adults and others with long term health needs in a home setting. The CARE Act (S676A) would reduce future hospitalizations of patients by ensuring that caregivers are involved in and educated about patients’ needs and how to best meet them once they leave the hospital.

May 5, 2015
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Senator Flanagan Announces Passage Of Legislation To Assist Family Caregivers

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate has approved legislation that would help caregivers receive the necessary resources to deliver care to older adults and others with long term health needs in a home setting. The CARE Act (S676A) would reduce future hospitalizations of patients by ensuring that caregivers are involved in and educated about patients’ needs and how to best meet them once they leave the hospital.

May 1, 2015
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Senator Flanagan Partners With Emma S. Clark Library To Benefit Three Village Community

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently visited with the staff of the Emma S. Clark Memorial Library to view the facility’s impressive state-of-the-art Technology Center. The library utilized $10,000 in state funding that Senator Flanagan secured to offset the cost of the refurbished center including the acquisition of new computer equipment.

April 21, 2015
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Senator Flanagan Discusses Budget On Capitol Pressroom

Senator John Flanagan (New York State) discusses the state budget with Susan Arbetter - April 3, 2015

April 6, 2015
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Regents role in evaluating teachers is focus as school aid is ‘delinked’ in Albany - Buffalo News by Tom Precious

Senate Education Committee Chairman John J. Flanagan, R-East Northport, said turning to the Board of Regents is a possibility. “They do set educational policy,” he said, adding that discussions are continuing about not only who should devise changes to the evaluations, but how teachers are rated based on considerations such as how many disabled and English language learners they teach and the level of poverty in a school.

March 27, 2015
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Newsday - Flanagan: Can't wait until June for school aid totals

March 25, 2015 by Yancey Roy / yancey.roy@newsday.com

Though lawmakers might punt the controversial teacher evaluation process until  June, a key state senator said Wednesday they likely will settle the school aid issue now.

March 25, 2015
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Senator Flanagan Discusses State Budget Negotiations On Capital Tonight

Senator John Flanagan (New York State) discusses the ongoing budget negotiations with Capital Tonight host Liz Benjamin – March 24, 2015

March 25, 2015
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Join The Women's Equality Campaign In New York State

     Recently, the New York State Assembly took action on components of the Senate's Women’s Equality Agenda which the Senate passed back in January.  This eight-point plan that takes steps to protect the rights of New York women at work and at home and it is important that every component be voted on and approved by the Assembly.

March 21, 2015
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Senator Flanagan Discusses Education Issues on Capitol Pressroom

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with Capitol Pressroom host Susan Arbetter to discuss education issues facing New York State - March 2, 2015

March 3, 2015
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Senator Flanagan Announces Senate Passage Of Legislation Protecting Children From Sex Offenders

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with his colleagues in the New York State Senate today to take quick action on nine bills that would close dangerous loopholes in the laws protecting children and communities from sexual predators.  The measures, which have been sent to the Assembly for further action, would address critical issues raised by a recent Court of Appeals ruling that prevents local governments from enacting laws restricting sex offenders, as well as the saf

February 26, 2015
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Senator Flanagan Leads Effort To Return One Billion To Schools By Eliminating The GEA

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today joined with his Senate Republican colleagues at a press conference in Albany to call for the complete elimination of the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) to protect our public schools and taxpayers.  The Conference proposed a plan that would return $1 billion to schools across the state by accelerating the complete elimination of the GEA in the 2015-16 state budget.

February 10, 2015
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Senator Flanagan Leads Fight To Eliminate GEA

Senator John Flanagan (New York State) was joined by his New York State Senate Majority Conference colleagues to call for the complete elimination of the Gap Elimination Adjustment - February 10, 2015

February 10, 2015
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