Legislation sponsored by Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) that would ban the sale of synthetic marijuana products throughout New York State was passed today by the New York State Senate. This fake drug, which has been legally available under a variety of names like K2, Spike 99 and Spice at stores throughout New York State, including on Long Island and just blocks away from the State Capitol in Albany, is smoked as an altern
The death of Osama Bin Laden is welcome news for our nation and our state. As the mastermind behind the deadly 9/11 terror attacks and numerous other attacks throughout the world, Bin Laden was a continuous threat to our residents and I congratulate President Obama for authorizing the military action that removed this criminal.Most importantly, I would like to thank the brave men and women who are fighting the war on terror for keeping all of us safe from further attacks. This attac
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) would like to invite all students who reside in the community and who are in the eighth grade and above to take part in his 4th Annual Community Photography contest. This contest will focus on photographs of community-based events and will allow students to showcase their hometown or school.
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 14th, just as they have done for years, letter carriers in our communities will collect food during their normal route to help restock community food banks, pantries and shelters that many families rely on throughout the summer as part of what is now the largest one-day food collection in the nation to provide for those in our community who are in need.
The New York State Senate recently passed several anti-crime bills to strengthen penalties and create new charges for offenses including two measures sponsored by Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) that would expand the penalties for home invasions and sexual abuse. The two bills were part of a package that included legislation dealing with bank robberies and driving irresponsibly. The package will help deter criminals, hold violators accountable and create safer communities throughout the state.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) voted for legislation that would speed up the delivery of tax refunds owed to taxpayers by the state. The legislation addresses excessive delays of up to two months from when taxpayers file their return to when they may actually see the refund from the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that the New York State Legislature has finalized the state budget prior to the April 1st deadline. The budget, which was crafted by working with Governor Andrew Cuomo, achieves the Senate Republicans’ goals of reducing state spending, not raising taxes and creating new private sector jobs.
Senator John Flanagan (New York State) speaks on the Senate floor about the efforts of the Senate to restore needed funding for educational programs for the students. This additional funding for education was restored without adding any additional spending to the overall budget and without any new taxes - March 30, 2011
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today voted in favor of legislation sponsored by Senator Lee Zeldin (3rd Senate District) that would limit protests at military funerals. Called “The Specialist Thomas Wilwerth Military Dignity Act,” the proposed law is named for an Iraq War Veteran who lost his life in combat in 2006.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer (23rd Assembly District) announced that they have joined together to support legislation that would provide stronger preventative health care for women. The legislation, which the two lawmakers sponsor in their respective houses, would require insurance companies to cover the cost of supplemental screening for women who have dense breast tissue or who are at greater risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer.
The New York State Senate today celebrated Women’s History Month by announcing an exhibit honoring historic New York women whose achievements in arts, science, government, military, labor, education, and social reform have earned them recognition as “Women of Distinction.”
Following media reports that a teen in New York City had been smoking salvia divinorum before apparently leaping to his death in Roosevelt Island, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today called for the Assembly to join with him in banning the sale of this legal hallucinogen throughout New York State. According to media reports, the 21-year-old man jumped from a Roosevelt Island balcony while smoking the legal herb just before he jumped.
Senator John Flanagan (New York State) appears on Good Day New York on Fox 5 to discuss his legislation that would keep the best teachers in the New York City classrooms. The "Last In, First Out" legislation was passed by the New York State Senate on Tuesday - March 2, 2011