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STATEMENTS ON DEA’S BAN OF SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA FROM SENATOR JOHN FLANAGAN


STATEMENTS ON DEA’S BAN OF SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA FROM SENATOR JOHN FLANAGAN

March 4, 2011
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New York Post Editorial - Thursday, February 24, 2010

The people of New York have spoken. The state Senate is taking action.

Now the rest is up to Gov. Cuomo. That is, if New York's ar chaic, seniority-driven teacher-lay off law -- "Last in, first out" -- is to be modernized, it's up to the governor.

And he has only until next Thursday to set things in motion.

It's the right thing to do.

And the people demand it.

The Quinnipiac Poll has a new survey out today, and the numbers are astounding:

* New Yorkers prefer that merit, not seniority, govern teacher layoffs by 85 percent to 12 percent.

* Even members of union households support merit-based layoffs by 75 percent to 20 percent.

* And parents of public-school children oppose LIFO by a mind-boggling 90 percent to 7 percent.

February 24, 2011
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New York Post - Senate bill for 'fire' power vs. teachers

ALBANY -- Mayor Bloomberg's drive to end "last in/first out" protections for underachieving city teachers got a big boost in the state Senate last night with the introduction of a measure to end the union-backed practice, The Post has learned.

February 24, 2011
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Senator Flanagan And Senator Martins Host Tax Cap and Mandate Relief Hearing

To gather expert testimony on the most effective way for New York State to proceed in its efforts to provide tax relief to its residents while protecting valuable services, Senator Jack M. Martins, Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Local Government, and Senator John Flanagan, Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Education, hosted a joint hearing entitled “The True Path to Reducing New York’s Real Property Tax Burden: Mandate Relief and Tax Caps”.

February 22, 2011
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Senator Flanagan Celebrates Local Senior Artists

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently joined the residents and staff of the Smithtown Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Care in Smithtown to celebrate the artistic works of residents Patricia Dorsett, 63, and Cecilia Polanski, 90.  The two were selected to join just 11 other artists from around New York State whose artwork is featured in the 2011 “Art from the Heart” calendar which is produced by the New York State Health Facilities Association (NYSHFA), the New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSCAL) and the Foundation for Quality Care, Inc.

February 16, 2011
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Public Hearing: Public Hearing: Senate Hearing on Mandate Relief and Real Property Tax Caps

Senator John Flanagan, chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Education, and Senator Jack M. Martins, chair of the Standing Committee on Local Government, will be co-sponsoring a hearing on the intertwined issues of mandate relief and the property tax cap.

February 17, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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February 14, 2011
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February 9, 2011 - Senator Flanagan Discusses Education Aid On Long Island Talks

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) appears on Long Island Talks on News12 Long Island.

February 10, 2011
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Senator Flanagan Reminds Homeowners To Apply For STAR Program

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is urging all homeowners to apply for the School Tax Relief (STAR) program prior to the upcoming March 1st deadline if they have not done so already.  This program provides New York homeowners with partial exemptions from school property taxes that are taken directly off taxpayers property tax bills.

Homeowners who have not yet signed up for the STAR program can apply with their town assessor’s office.

February 8, 2011
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State of Politics Blog - Superintendent Salary Cap Support Grows

Posted on Capital Tonight on Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Sen. John Flanagan told me during a CapTon interview last night that he’s open to the idea of a salary cap for public school superintendents, whose compensation was targeted by Gov. Andrew Cuomo during his budget address last week.

Cuomo mentioned the salary of a Syosset schools superintendent, Carole Hankin, who earns $386,868 a year, as an example of where education officials might consider cutting to make up for the loss of state aid they are expected to suffer during this budget cycle.

February 8, 2011
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February 7, 2011 - Senator Flanagan Discusses Budget On Capital Tonight

Senator John Flanagan (New York State) discusses the school aid issues with Liz Benjamin.

February 8, 2011
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Senator Flanagan Working To Provide Tools For Early Detection Of Breast Cancer

Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that he has authored legislation that would provide stronger preventative health care for women.  The legislation 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.

February 3, 2011
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January 31, 2011 - Senator Flanagan Outlines Need For Tax Cap Legislation

Senator John Flanagan (New York State) discusses the need to protect taxpayers as he speaks in support of the 2% property tax cap legislation he cosponsored during Senate Session -- January 31, 2011

February 2, 2011
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Senator Flanagan Sponsors Property Tax Cap

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced today that legislation he sponsored in the New York State Senate to cap property tax growth has been successfully passed.  The legislation, which is now in the hands of the Assembly, would cap the growth of school and local taxes at two percent or the Consumer Price Index (CPI), whichever is less. 

In addition, the Republican-led Senate approved two measures related to providing mandate relief to school districts and local governments.

February 2, 2011
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Senator Flanagan Named To Key Committee Positions

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), who was recently named the Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Education, has announced that he has also been named as a member of three powerful Senate committees that will have a major impact on the future of New York State and Long Island: Senate Finance Committee, Senate Codes Committee and the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee.

January 28, 2011
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January 25, 2011
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Senator Flanagan: Arizona Shooter Shows Need To Ban Salvia In New York State

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is again calling for the Assembly to join him in his effort to impose a statewide ban on the sale of salvia divinorum, which is widely claimed to have the same effects of LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide), throughout New York State.  His renewed call to ban the legally available hallucinogen follows the news that Jared Loughner, the alleged shooter in Arizona earlier this month, had been a regular user of the hallucinogenic substance.

January 21, 2011
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Senator Flanagan and Senate Majority Act On Job Creation and Taxpayer Protection Act

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today supported the Job Creation and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2011, a three-part plan to encourage the creation of new private sector jobs and ensure fiscal responsibility.  This plan, which is now being sent to the Assembly for further action, includes a jobs incentive program, a two percent state spending cap and a new requirement that calls for a two-thirds “super majority” vote to increase taxes in New York State.

January 19, 2011
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Senator Flanagan Named Chairman of Senate Education Committee

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), who has been a leader in the fight to secure Long Island’s fair share of state education aid, has been selected as the Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Education.

The selection, which was announced by Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos, will help Senator Flanagan expand his role in the fight to protect the educational system of both Long Island and the entire State of New York.  In this new position, Senator Flanagan will have a clearer and more effective voice in shaping the educational goals of our state and the future of the state’s children.

January 11, 2011
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