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Senator Flanagan Announces Major Breast Cancer Prevention Enhancement Passes Both Senate And Assembly

In a major victory in his three-year battle to enhance women’s ability to protect themselves against breast cancer, Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that legislation he sponsored to assist in the fight against breast cancer has passed the Senate and the Assembly.  The legislation will provide women with dense breasts the information they need to make decisions regarding their health care. 

June 19, 2012

Senator Flanagan Votes To Pass “I-STOP” To Fight Prescription Drug Abuse

In an effort to fight the escalating problem of prescription drug abuse, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with his colleagues in the Senate recently to unanimously pass legislation that will make significant changes to the way prescription drugs are distributed and monitored in New York State.  The legislation, which Senator Flanagan co-sponsored, will create the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing (“I-STOP”) Act and include “real time” prescription tracking to provide more information to doctors and pharmacists, in an effort to prevent deaths from abuse and overdoses of prescription drugs, particularly painkillers.

The bill (S.7637) was also approved in the Assembly and will be sent to Governor Andrew Cuomo to be signed into law.

June 19, 2012

New York Senate Takes Steps To Curb Dangerous Driving

The New York State Senate passed two bills intended to keep dangerous drivers off our streets and increase penalties for drivers who injure or kill pedestrians or other drivers.

One piece (S.1835), sponsored by Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) would toughen criminal penalties for motorists who injure or kill pedestrians or other drivers as a result of dangerous and unlawful driving.  

June 19, 2012

Long Island Senators Send Best Wishes To Stony Brook Seawolves

The Long Island Delegation of the New York State Senate recently joined together in the Senate Chamber to support Stony Brook Seawolves baseball team who recently advanced to the College World Series.  The team is the first from New York to make it to the College World Series since 1980 and the first from the Northeast region since 1986. 

June 14, 2012

Senator Flanagan Joins Liz Benjamin On Capital Tonight

Senator John Flanagan (New York State) discusses public hearing he hosted as the Chairman of the Senate Education Committee entitled “The Evolution of Student Assessments: Where We Started; Where We Are; and Where We Should Be Going” with Liz Benjamin – June 11, 2012

June 12, 2012

Senate Passes 2012 New JOBS-NY Job Creation Plan

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today joined with his colleagues in the New York State Senate Republican Conference to announce Senate passage of the 2012 NEW JOBS-NY Job Creation Plan.  The plan includes significant tax relief to encourage the creation of thousands of new private sector jobs, measures to ensure fiscal responsibility and control state spending, as well as other reforms and incentives to make New York more economically competitive.

June 11, 2012

Senator Flanagan Working To Restore STAR Property Tax Rebate Checks

In an effort to provide tax relief to Long Island homeowners, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently voted to restore the STAR Rebate Check program.  The program, which was eliminated in 2009 when the Senate Democrats were in the majority in the Senate, would provide $202 million in property tax relief to senior citizens in the 2012-13 school year and $1.2 billion in property tax relief to families across the state starting in the 2013-14 school year.

Senator Flanagan was a leader in the fight to create the original STAR Rebate Check program in 2006 and has been fighting to get it restored since it was eliminated during budget negotiations in 2009.

June 8, 2012

Senator Flanagan Fights To Close Loophole In “Son Of Sam” Law

Today, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate has passed his legislation to correct a longstanding flaw in the State’s existing “Son of Sam” law.  The legislation would extend the reach of the current law to prevent all criminals, regardless of their final plea or conviction, from profiting from their crimes.

The legislation, which has passed the Senate five times before, has again been delivered to the Assembly for action.

May 30, 2012

Senators Flanagan And Marcellino Welcome Second Lieutenant Ciuffo From Northport To Senate

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) was joined by Senator Carl Marcellino (5th Assembly District) as he welcomed Second Lieutenant Phillip Cuiffo of Northport to the New York Senate Chamber.  Second Lieutenant Cuiffo was in Albany as the Senate honored Fort Drum and the United States Army 10th Mountain Division, which is the most deployed combat brigade in the United States Army.

Fort Drum is the largest United States Army post in the Northeastern United States, with 19,987 soldiers and 4,614 civilian workers.  The post is commanded by Major General Mark A. Millay and a dedicated group of officers.

During the visit, the Senate voted to proclaim May 23, 2012 as 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum Day in the State of New York.

May 25, 2012

Senator Flanagan Votes For Protection Of New Yorkers With Special Needs

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with his colleagues in the New York State Senate to pass the Protection of People With Special Needs Act, which reforms and strengthens protections for more than one million state residents with special needs.  The legislation (S7400) will enhance the safeguards for children and adults who are particularly vulnerable to abuse and neglect and receive care from New York’s human service agencies and programs.

May 23, 2012

Senator Flanagan Joins With Colleagues To Help Make College More Affordable

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos and the other members of the Senate Majority Conference to announce a plan that will help middle-class families and students afford the rapidly increasing cost of a college education.  The Senate’s 2012 College Affordability Plan would help parents save for higher education for their children and give students and families access to low interest student loans, as well as clear information about the size of the loan debt they are taking on.

May 21, 2012

Senator Flanagan Acts To Close Child Pornography Loophole

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) voted in support of legislation that would make the viewing of child pornography a felony crime.  The bill would amend current state law to make it felony when a person knowingly accesses child pornography with the intent to view.

May 21, 2012

Senator Flanagan On "What's UP With School Taxes?"

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) appears on News12's "What's UP With School Taxes?" to discuss school spending and property taxes - May 10, 2012

May 21, 2012

Harry Janson, Sr.

Harry Janson, Sr., of Setauket, served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and is the honoree of Senator John Flanagan. He was nominated by the administration of the Long Island State Veteran’s Home (LISVH) in Stony Brook.

Harry served as a member of the Army from 1967 to 1970 including one year of combat in Vietnam. He is a recipient of the Purple Heart and a member of the Military Order of Purple Hearts.

Since his honorable discharge as a Sergeant E-5, Harry has built a successful career in the supermarket industry and is now president of Janson Supermarkets LLC and the owner of ShopRite stores in Hauppauge and Patchogue.

May 18, 2012

Congratulations To Commack High School


It was announced on May 7, that Commack High School is ranked as one of the Best 100 Schools in the United States by U.S. News & World Report. In addition, Commack received a Gold Medal ranking and is ranked 18th in New York State, and first in Suffolk County!

May 10, 2012

Father Gann of Kings Park Provides Senate Invocation

At the invitation of Senator John Flanagan (New York State), Father Sean J. Gann, Pastor at St. Joseph's Church in Kings Park, delivers the invocation at beginning of New York State Senate Session on May 8, 2012.

May 9, 2012

Senator Flanagan Welcomes Commack Student To Albany

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently welcomed Commack High School junior Samantha Kunz to Albany as she took part in the twelfth annual Students Inside Albany program.  While in Albany, Ms. Kunz shadowed Senator Flanagan for an afternoon and joined him on the Senate floor during a recent legislative session.  

May 4, 2012

Albany Times Unions - Testing Can Save Lives Of Women

Bill mandates insurers to cover MRI or other cancer exam for patients with dense breast tissue

Excerpt from Albany Times Union by Casey Seiler - May 1, 2012 

ALBANY — The backers of a bill newly introduced in the state Legislature say it could save the lives of women who don't even know they're in peril.

As many as 50 percent of tumors in women with dense breast tissue go undetected by conventional mammograms, and most women with dense tissue don't even know about this aspect of their bodies — even if their doctors do. Dense tissue tends to appear cloudy on a mammogram, potentially hiding a tumor of small or even larger size.

May 2, 2012

Senator Flanagan Working To Help Residents Get The Tax Refund They Deserve

After joining with his colleagues and Governor Andrew Cuomo over the last year to deliver tax relief to residents, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is working to make getting that tax relief easier and quicker for all New York residents in two ways.

First, to help residents who are expecting a state or federal income tax refund figure out when they can expect their money, Senator Flanagan is making them aware that both the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance (NYSDTF) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have set up web sites that will enable you to track your income tax refunds via the Internet.  

May 1, 2012