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.
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.
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.
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.
Senator John Flanagan (New York State) discusses his efforts to ban synthetic marijuana and bath salts and the New NY Education Reform Commission that he was named to during an appearance with Liz Benjamin on Capital Tonight - April 30, 2012
In an ongoing effort to protect New Yorkers from the danger posed by “legal” drugs, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that legislation he sponsored to criminalize the sale and possession of synthetic marijuana and “bath salts” has passed the New York State Senate.
Synthetic marijuana or “fake pot” are herbs sprayed with chemicals called “synthetic cannabinoids.” These products -- including Spice, K2, Cloud 9 and Black 9 -- have dangerous side effects, including rapid heart rate, tremors, loss of consciousness and hallucinations. “Bath salts”, or “substituted cathinones,” are chemically related to methamphetamines and ecstasy that also cause harmful physical and psychological reactions.
"Taxpayers wanted relief. We gave them relief by passing the cap," said state Senator John Flanagan (R-East Northport), chairman of the Senate Education Committee. "Schools needed relief. We gave them relief by raising state aid. The overwhelming majority of districts are living within the cap, and I think that demonstrates their concern for taxpayers."
Excerpt from Newsday article by John Hildebrand - April 26,2012
Efforts to curb local property taxes are having a dramatic effect on Long Island with state figures released Thursday showing the lowest proposed school district tax hikes in more than 15 years.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently visited the St. James Elementary School to join Mr. Michael Klee’s 5th Grade Class in reading “Sybil Ludington’s Midnight Ride” by Marsha Amstel to the students.
The story, about the bravery of the 16-year old girl who in 1777 rode through the countryside upstate spreading the word of a British attack on Danbury, provided the students with a lesson regarding the great things that young people can do for their community and their country. After reading the book, Senator Flanagan talked with the children about how the story related to them and to their potential.
In an effort to keep the most dangerous criminals off the streets of New York State, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) has announced that he recently voted to support legislation (S.1539) that would require life imprisonment without parole for persistent violent felony offenders who are convicted three times.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with his colleagues in state government and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to announce that New York State will provide the funding to cover the local share of disaster response and recovery costs resulting from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in Nassau and Suffolk counties.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is informing residents that the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYSPRHP) has announced that it will create smoke-free areas in outdoor settings within state parks and historic sites including around playgrounds and pools.
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.
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:
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.
2012-13 STATE BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS
STATE SPENDING GROWTH HELD UNDER TWO PERCENT
> 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.”