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NYSDEC Reminds New Yorkers Of State Law Restricting Use Of Lawn Fertilizers Containing Phosphorus

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is urging New Yorkers to be mindful of a new state law that limits the percentage of phosphorus in lawn fertilizers and restricts the time of year and locations where fertilizers can be used. The fertilizer provisions of the NYS Dishwasher Detergent and Nutrient Runoff Law went into effect on January 1. 

The new restrictions, affecting those who want to fertilize their lawns this spring, will reduce the quantity of phosphorus entering the state’s waters, diminishing the degradation to ponds, rivers, lakes and streams. 

April 11, 2012

Earth Day 2012 Poster Contest Winners

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year event.  Thanks also to the families and teachers whose dedication and involvement in this event provided the encouragement for you to be creative and participate in the 2012 Earth Day Poster Contest.

I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2012 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:

Ariel - Grade: 6

Dawnwood Middle School


April 1, 2012


For the second consecutive year, the New York State Senate has completed an early passage of the state budget. The 2012-13 state budget achieves the Senate Republicans’ goals of reducing state spending, not raising taxes and creating new private sector jobs.  The new state fiscal year begins April 1st.



> The $132.6 billion spending plan limits all-funds spending growth to 1.9 percent. For the second year in a row, state spending growth is less than the two percent spending cap advocated by Senate Republicans and placed on local government and school budgets. 

March 30, 2012

Senator Flanagan Announces State Tax Free Shopping Providing More Purchasing Power To New Yorkers

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) has announced that clothing and footwear purchases under $110 per item are exempt from the New York State portion of sales tax beginning on April 1st, 2012.  The purchase price limit is increasing from the current $55 per item in order to provide families across New York State with greater ability to buy items they may need.

March 29, 2012

Senator Flanagan Named State Leader Of The Year By NYSSBA

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) has been named the 2011-2012 State Leader of the Year by the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA).  The award was presented to Senator Flanagan, who serves as the Chairman of the New York State Senate Education Committee, at the Association’s annual State Issues Conference in Albany.

March 23, 2012

Senator Flanagan and Assemblymember Jaffee Introduce Life-Saving Legislation to Improve Breast Cancer Early Detection

In a major advance in the fight against breast cancer, Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd District) and Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee (95th District) today announced the introduction of joint legislation (A9586/S6769) to require insurance companies to cover the cost of supplemental screenings for women with dense breast tissue, a condition that can impede detection of breast tumors by mammography and correlates with a greater likelihood for developing breast cancer.

March 21, 2012

Senator Flanagan Announces DNA Databank Expansion

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate has, in cooperation with Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State Assembly, approved the largest expansion of the State’s DNA Databank since it was first created in 1994.  The change would make New York State the first “all crimes DNA” state in the nation by requiring DNA samples to be collected from anyone convicted of a felony or a penal law misdemeanor.

Since its inception, DNA stored in the databank has been used to identify perpetrators in about 10,000 crimes, including 900 murders and 3,500 sexual assaults.  Since 2006, when the DNA databank was expanded to include 36 misdemeanors, law enforcement agencies have used the information to convict 1,460 criminals.

March 16, 2012

Senator Flanagan Urges Residents To Take Advantage Of $3.5 Million Household Appliance Rebate Program

Rebates Are Available for High-Efficiency Refrigerators and Clothes Washers

March 13, 2012

Senate Approves Budget Plan To Create Jobs And Restore Fiscal Responsibility To New York State

"This budget resolution will build on our efforts of last year when we worked with Governor Cuomo and the Assembly to cut taxes for our residents, provide relief for businesses and cap local property taxes.  It provides incentives to create jobs, requires state government to budget efficiently and works to relieve the pressures facing our local governments and our schools,” stated Senator Flanagan.

“The Senate budget resolution is right in line with our priorities to cut taxes, control spending and create jobs,” Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos said.  “I am confident that we will be able to work with the Governor and Assembly to get a new budget enacted well before the deadline that includes our priorities.”

March 12, 2012

NY Parks: Kings Park Demolition Contract Approved

New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey today announced that a $6.4 million contract for a demolition project at the former Kings Park Psychiatric Center has been awarded to National Salvage & Service Corporation. Work on the project to demolish 15 abandoned buildings and related structures at the site is expected to begin in mid-May.

March 9, 2012

Senator Flanagan's Legislation To Protect Taxpayers From Cost Of Acts Of Vandalism Passes Senate

In an effort to protect local governments and taxpayers, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently announced that the Senate has passed his legislation requiring criminals to "pay up" for acts of vandalism against public property.  The bill, which is now in the Assembly awaiting further action, would make those convicted of vandalizing public property responsible for covering the cost of their crime.  

March 7, 2012


Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with his colleagues in the New York State Senate Republican Conference today to announce the 2012 NEW JOBS-NY Job Creation Plan.  The plan includes significant tax relief to encourage the creation 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.  The plan will be included in the Senate budget resolution to be acted on next week.

March 7, 2012

Senators Flanagan and Martins Honor Long Island Students For Cancer Research Senators Flanagan and Martins Honor Long Island Students For Cancer Research

Senators John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and Jack Martins (7th Senate District) joined together to recognize Commack High School junior Kayla Neville and Great Neck South High School senior John Yang for their efforts to study experimental nanoparticles in an effort to better treat and diagnose cancer in human.

March 6, 2012

Help Those Affected By the Recent Tornadoes

Recent tornadoes have caused extensive damage throughout the heartland of America.  Five states (Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Alabama & Georgia) have reported deaths, totaling at least 38 victims.  

Many local governments and voluntary agencies are providing shelter for disaster survivors displaced by the storms, but the road to recovery will be a long one and further assistance is always welcome. 

For those seeking a way to help out our fellow Americans in this time of need, I have provided a list below of some non-profit agencies and the different ways one can contribute.

By Texting: 

March 5, 2012

Times Beacon Record - Bill Would Expand Child Sex Abuse Protections


Legislation advanced by state Senate would criminalize acts against 11- and 12-year-olds

By Arlene Gross - February 29, 2012

Though New York State already had laws on the books to prosecute the most serious sex crimes committed against minors, the Senate recently passed legislation 58-2 to expand the definitions of aggravated sexual abuse of victims younger than 13 years old when the abuser is at least 18.

Sponsored by Sen. John Flanagan (R-East Northport), the bill passed in the Senate Jan. 30 and was delivered that day to the Assembly, where Assemblyman Peter Abbate (D-Brooklyn) is leading the charge.

March 1, 2012

February 29, 2012 - The Daily Peekskill

State Sen. Greg Ball introduces fellow Republican state senator and education chairperson State Sen. John Flanagan.

Photo credit: Art Cusano


Ball Hosts Education Forum in Peekskill

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. – The state tax cap and mandates, both unfunded and partially unfunded, were the hot topics of conversation at an education forum at Peekskill High School Tuesday evening hosted by District 40 State Sen. Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson). 

March 1, 2012

Senator Flanagan Participates In Longwood Legislative Breakfast

Senator John Flanagan (New York State) joins educators at the Eighth Annual Longwood Regional Legislative Breakfast sponsored by the Longwood Central School District and Eastern Suffolk BOCES -- February 11, 2012

February 24, 2012

Kings Park in the kNOw

Senator Flanagan joins Kings Park in the kNOw for a discussion of the heroin epidemic facing Long Island

Please click here for more information on Kings Park in the kNOw

Long Island Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence

New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services

February 17, 2012

Senator Flanagan Reminds Homeowners To Apply For STAR Program Before March 1st Deadline

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is urging all homeowners in Suffolk County to remember to register for the School Tax Relief (STAR) program prior to the upcoming March 1ST deadline.  Homeowners who have not yet signed up for the STAR program are able to sign up until March 1st through their local assessor’s office to take advantage of this program.

The program has two components to help everyone eligible get the tax relief they are entitled to:

February 17, 2012

Senator Flanagan Discusses The Issues With Residents During Community Meeting Series

To give residents an opportunity to provide their input on the issues facing New York State, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently hosted a series of Town Hall meetings throughout the region.  The meetings, which were held at the Smithtown Library in Nesconset, the Half Hollow Hills Public Library in Dix Hills and the Middle Country Public Library in Centereach, gave community members an open forum to publicly speak about the subjects important to them.

February 16, 2012