Recently, Governor Paterson announced after a private meeting with the Democratic leaders of the Senate and the Assembly that the repeal of sales tax increases on clothing was “on the table”. This latest tax increase would remove the ability of our residents to purchase clothing items under $110 without paying state sales tax which has been the law since initiated under the Republican majority in the Senate to help everyone afford the necessities their fam
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently had the privilege of presenting Mr. Edward J. Borowski as his honoree for induction into the New York State Senate Veteran’s Hall of Fame at a special ceremony in Albany. Mr. Borowski, who was nominated by his son Paul E. Borowski, served in the United States Navy during World War II.
To address the severe state budget deficit, prevent thousands of layoffs, and generate hundreds of millions in savings, Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today introduced legislation to freeze the wages of all public employees statewide for one year.
In the wake of nationwide and local concern about the scourge of drug abuse among young people, the Smithtown Central School and the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) recently announced the implementation of the “Too Good For Drugs” program at a press conference at Accompsett Middle School.
In order to provide middle-class taxpayers across the State with relief from soaring property taxes, Senator Flanagan worked with members of the Senate Republican delegation to put forward an amendment to a budget extender that would provide relief to Long Island’s property taxpayers.
Unfortunately, Senate Democrats unanimously voted down the Republican-sponsored amendment that would have enacted a property tax cap, prevented school districts from raising local tax levies this year, and provided middle-class taxpayers across the State with relief from soaring property taxes.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today invited local residents to nominate family members, friends, coworkers and neighborhood leaders for induction into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame. Veterans can be nominated for either their service during combat or their notable work performed after discharge from the service.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently visited the entire 5th grade class of Eugene Auer Elementary School to talk to the students. The visit was arranged by Ms. April Mindlin, a teacher at the Lake Grove school, to provide students with an opportunity to learn first-hand about Senator Flanagan’s work and to give them a better understanding of New York State government.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) was recently presented with an award of appreciation by the members of the Friends of Caleb Smith Preserve for his efforts to help them preserve this natural wonder. The organization, which works in conjunction with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to make the preserve a community resource, was especially grateful for Senator Flanagan’s efforts to help the
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently hosted Charles and Colin Tekverk, who are both members of Boy Scout Troop 75 of Kings Park as part of their efforts to achieve the Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge. The meeting with Senator Flanagan helped the boys satisfy one of the requirements of the badge as they strive to become Eagle Scouts.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today introduced legislation to ban the sale of synthetic marijuana products that are being smoked by teenagers as an alternative to marijuana. The fake drug is 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.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with the other members of the Senate Republican Conference to unveil the “Homeowner Protection and Property Tax Rebate Act,” a major new tax cut initiative aimed at protecting the taxpayers of New York State.
The main focus of the plan is the restoration of the property tax rebate plan for every middle-class taxpayer. The rebate would reimburse homeowners based on how much they pay in property taxes and how much they can afford.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is reminding all homeowners about a new law that requires most residences in New York State to have at least one working carbon monoxide (CO) detectors. The new law has been in effect since February 22, 2010 and affects all residences with appliances, devices, or systems that emit carbon monoxide.
This new law is named in honor of Amanda Hansen, a 16-year-old from West Seneca, New York who died from carbon monoxide poisoning while sleeping at a friend’s house. The source of the carbon monoxide was a faulty boiler in the home.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today joined with other members of the New York State Senate Republican delegation to unveil the Domestic Violence Act of 2010, a comprehensive effort to strengthen the State’s porous and ineffective domestic violence laws.
This groundbreaking initiative would, among other enhancements, create a specific crime of domestic abuse in State law and provide law enforcement with greater tools to stamp out domestic violence.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with the other members of the Senate Republican Conference to announce legislation to create thousands of new jobs and turn around the state’s economy. The jobs proposal would provide tax credits to businesses that create new jobs, eliminates the state corporate franchise tax for small businesses, and rolls back the personal income tax surcharge that hit small businesses last year.
In an effort to protect the work of the Kings Park community, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) has demanded the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Carol Ash guarantee that the current financial problems facing the state will not be used as an excuse to reverse their obligation to rehabilitate the expanded Nisseguogue River State Park.