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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

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

Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day

Today is National Earned Income Tax Credit Day – an effort by the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance (NYSDTF) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to make sure that all New York taxpayers are aware of all of the tax relief available to them.

January 31, 2014

January 23, 2014 - Senate Education Committee Meeting

Chairman John Flanagan and the other members of the New York State Senate Education Committee were joined by New York State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. for an open discussion on education issues -  January 23, 2014

January 23, 2014

Statement from Senator Flanagan Regarding Governor Cuomo's Budget Address

It was encouraging to hear Governor Cuomo publicly discuss taking action on issues that were repeatedly raised by concerned parents and teachers at the recent hearings held by the Senate Education Committee throughout New York State.  Specifically, his support of a ban on standardized testing, which is aligned with legislation I sponsored in December, and his support of a full examination of the implementation of new learning standards is a clear sign to our parents and teachers that their voices are being heard.

January 22, 2014

PSEG Long Island Warns Customers About an Email Payment Scam

PSEG Long Island is alerting customers not to be defrauded by a scam in which fraudulent emails appear to be bills sent from their utility. The emails request personal information from the customer, leading to identity theft.

PSEG Long Island has received reports of customers receiving such emails and urges its customers to be wary of these types of suspicious emails.  The utility would not ask its customers to provide personal information online without first logging into My Account.

January 16, 2014

Senator Flanagan’s Education Reform Package Approved By Senate Education Committee

Education reform legislation sponsored by Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), Chairman of the New York State Senate Standing Committee on Education, has been reported out of committee.

January 14, 2014

Senator Flanagan Discusses Education Issues On Capital Tonight

Senate Education Chairman John Flanagan (New York State) joins with Capital Tonight's Liz Benjamin to discuss the need for the state to address important education issues that were not included in the State of the State - January 8, 2014

January 9, 2014

New York State Unclaimed Funds

New York State is holding over $12 billion in unclaimed funds, and some of it may be yours! A simple internet search is all it takes to see if there are unclaimed funds in your name.

Click here to find out if you have any unclaimed funds waiting for you. 

Why does New York State have unclaimed funds?

December 27, 2013

Consumer Alert Regarding Target Information Breach

Retailer Target has announced that data connected to about 40 million credit and debit card accounts was stolen as part of a breach that began over the Thanksgiving weekend.  According to Target, if you used your credit or debit card in any of their stores, it is potential that your information was accessed. 

December 20, 2013

Senator Flanagan Presents Liberty Medal To Smithtown Student

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently presented the New York State Senate Liberty Medal to ten-year-old Kyle Geringer of Smithtown for his efforts in alerting his Smithtown neighbors about a chimney fire at their home.  Senator Flanagan joined Kyle and his family in his fifth-grade class at Accompsett Elementary School, which is taught by Mr. Scott Miller, for a special ceremony organized by Principal Jeanne Kull-Minarik.

December 17, 2013

Cablevision Editorial - Common Core: Tests for Tots

Cablevision's Peter Kohler voices his support for the efforts of Senator John Flanagan (New York State) to protect young students from over-testing - December 17, 2013

Please click here to visit Cablevision Editorial's web site.

December 17, 2013

News12 Segment on Senator Flanagan's Education Proposal

News12 Coverage of the Education Reform Proposal presented by Senator John Flanagan (New York State), Chairman of the New York State Senate Standing Committee on Education.  Senator Flanagan issued a report of findings and recommendations related to the Education Committee's recent series of statewide public hearings entitled: The Regents Reform Agenda: "Assessing" Our Progress - December 12, 2013

December 13, 2013

STAR Re-Registration Assistance Event

According to state officials, more than 175,000 homeowners on Long Island have yet to re-register for their Basic STAR tax exemption, with the deadline of December 31st approaching.  To assist those who need additional help, state employees will be at the Perry Duryea State Office Building, located at 250 Veterans Highway in Hauppauge, from 9 am to 5 pm today through Friday to help homeowners re-register for Ba

December 2, 2013

Patch: Cuomo Brings Meals, Aid to LI Cares

By Pam Robinson (Editor) - November 27, 2013

Gov. Cuomo delivered Thanksgiving meals and an infusion of funds to Long Island Cares, one of a series of stops Wednesday at food banks around the state.

December 2, 2013

Helpful Holiday Safety And Shopping Tips

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November 26, 2013

City and State Common Core Roundtable

November 18, 2013 - Issue Spotlight / COMMON CORE


Chair; New York State Senate Education Committee

Q: The implementation of Common Core standards has proven controversial. Why?

November 26, 2013

Senator Flanagan Discusses Education On Capital Tonight

Senate Education Chairman John Flanagan (New York State) joined with Capital Tonight's Liz Benjamin to discuss state education policies -- November 13, 2013

November 15, 2013

Long Island State Veterans Home Receives $12.5 Million In Funding From VA Construction Grant Program

The Long Island State Veterans Home is the recent recipient of a $12.5 million VA Construction Grant Award as announced by VA Secretary Erik K. Shinseki.

November 8, 2013

Senator Flanagan Announces New Counsel To Education Committee

New York State Senator John J. Flanagan is pleased to announce the appointment of Carl Mills III as his new Counsel to the Senate Education Committee.  Mr. Mills is a well seasoned graduate of Albany Law School and has worked as a member of Senator Flanagan’s staff for the past two years; first as a fellow in the New York State Graduate Fellowship program, and more recently as Special Counsel to the Senator.

November 1, 2013