Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today joined with his colleagues in the New York State Senate Republican Conference to announce Senate passage of the 2012 NEW JOBS-NY Job Creation Plan. The plan includes significant tax relief to encourage the creation of thousands 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.
In an effort to provide tax relief to Long Island homeowners, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently voted to restore the STAR Rebate Check program. The program, which was eliminated in 2009 when the Senate Democrats were in the majority in the Senate, would provide $202 million in property tax relief to senior citizens in the 2012-13 school year and $1.2 billion in property tax relief to families across the state starting in the 2013-14 school year.
Senator Flanagan was a leader in the fight to create the original STAR Rebate Check program in 2006 and has been fighting to get it restored since it was eliminated during budget negotiations in 2009.
Today, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate has passed his legislation to correct a longstanding flaw in the State’s existing “Son of Sam” law. The legislation would extend the reach of the current law to prevent all criminals, regardless of their final plea or conviction, from profiting from their crimes.
The legislation, which has passed the Senate five times before, has again been delivered to the Assembly for action.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) was joined by Senator Carl Marcellino (5th Assembly District) as he welcomed Second Lieutenant Phillip Cuiffo of Northport to the New York Senate Chamber. Second Lieutenant Cuiffo was in Albany as the Senate honored Fort Drum and the United States Army 10th Mountain Division, which is the most deployed combat brigade in the United States Army.
Fort Drum is the largest United States Army post in the Northeastern United States, with 19,987 soldiers and 4,614 civilian workers. The post is commanded by Major General Mark A. Millay and a dedicated group of officers.
During the visit, the Senate voted to proclaim May 23, 2012 as 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum Day in the State of New York.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with his colleagues in the New York State Senate to pass the Protection of People With Special Needs Act, which reforms and strengthens protections for more than one million state residents with special needs. The legislation (S7400) will enhance the safeguards for children and adults who are particularly vulnerable to abuse and neglect and receive care from New York’s human service agencies and programs.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos and the other members of the Senate Majority Conference to announce a plan that will help middle-class families and students afford the rapidly increasing cost of a college education. The Senate’s 2012 College Affordability Plan would help parents save for higher education for their children and give students and families access to low interest student loans, as well as clear information about the size of the loan debt they are taking on.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) voted in support of legislation that would make the viewing of child pornography a felony crime. The bill would amend current state law to make it felony when a person knowingly accesses child pornography with the intent to view.
Harry Janson, Sr., of Setauket, served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and is the honoree of Senator John Flanagan. He was nominated by the administration of the Long Island State Veteran’s Home (LISVH) in Stony Brook.
Harry served as a member of the Army from 1967 to 1970 including one year of combat in Vietnam. He is a recipient of the Purple Heart and a member of the Military Order of Purple Hearts.
Since his honorable discharge as a Sergeant E-5, Harry has built a successful career in the supermarket industry and is now president of Janson Supermarkets LLC and the owner of ShopRite stores in Hauppauge and Patchogue.
COMMACK HIGH SCHOOL AWARDED GOLD MEDAL AND NAMED TO US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT'S 2012 BEST 100 HIGH SCHOOLS IN THE NATION
It was announced on May 7, that Commack High School is ranked as one of the Best 100 Schools in the United States by U.S. News & World Report. In addition, Commack received a Gold Medal ranking and is ranked 18th in New York State, and first in Suffolk County!
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.