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Senator Flanagan Proudly Inducts Dennis Sullivan Into Veteran's Hall Of Fame

Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently had the honor of presenting Mr. Dennis Sullivan of Selden as his honoree for induction into the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame at a special ceremony in Albany.  Mr. Sullivan, who was accompanied to the ceremony by his wife Teresa, was honored for his service to his country during the Vietnam War and his continued dedication to fellow veterans since his service ended.

July 10, 2013

Senator Flanagan Offers Summer Safety Tips

To help families stay safe as the school year ends and summer vacation begins, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is reminding all parents that summer is time for greater awareness and safety.  To assist parents, Senator Flanagan recently posted important tips on a special

June 27, 2013

Senator Flanagan Supports Legislation To Protect Individuals With Developmental Disabilities

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today voted to pass legislation (S4777D), which he sponsored in the Senate, that would protect providers of services for the developmentally disabled from state funding cuts.  The legislation would appropriate up to $90 million to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) to protect providers from funding reductions if recommended savings measures fall short of projections.

June 18, 2013

Senator Flanagan Supports Comprehensive Superstorm Sandy Package

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) was joined by his colleagues in the New York State Senate in passing a comprehensive legislative package that provides relief to people and communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy, aids rebuilding efforts, and increases disaster preparedness.  The legislation will be integral to providing needed financial assistance to homeowners, businesses, local governments, school districts, and others still recovering from the storm, and give those responsible for disaster response the tools they need to be more effective and efficient.

June 18, 2013

News from NYSDOT Regarding Dangerous Roadways

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) is advising motorists to slow down, drive cautiously and avoid flood-prone roadways today as weather forecasts call for heavy rain, flash floods, and highway and coastal flooding which could create hazardous driving conditions.  Presently, rain with heavy downpours is expected through this afternoon into this evening with areas of fog, with a total of 1.5 to 2.5 inches of rain likely through late Friday night.

June 13, 2013

News 12: Sachem kindergarten program saved from cuts; district must approve new budget

News 12 reports on how funding secured by Senators Flanagan, Boyle and Zeldin has helped to save full-day kindergarten in the Sachem School Disrict

June 12, 2013

Senator Flanagan Announces Passage Of Legislation To Make Synthetic Marijuana And Bath Salts Illegal

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate today passed legislation to address the threat posed to the public by “legal” but dangerous drugs.  The bill (S1686) criminalizes the sale and possession of synthetic marijuana and “bath salts.”

June 11, 2013

Senator Flanagan Works To Protect Pet Owners

The New York State Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) that  would allow consumers more protections when purchasing a pet.  The bill (S.3723B) would provide consumers with more information about the origins of their pet, and more protections should their pet become ill, under what is known as the “pet lemon law”.

June 11, 2013

Spraying Notification from Suffolk County Department of Health Services



The Suffolk County Department of Public Works’ Division of Vector Control plans to treat parts of the following salt marshes by helicopter to control mosquito larvae.  Should weather conditions prevent completion of the work, treatment will be continued on the next suitable day.

Time and date of the application: June 11, 2013, 5:00 AM- 8:00 PM

June 10, 2013

Important Notice - New Texting-While-Driving Penalties In Effect June 1

GOVERNOR ISSUES IMMEDIATE CHANGE TO TEXTING-WHILE-DRIVING POLICY - Those convicted of texting-while-driving will receive five points on their license instead of the current three.


Press Release from Governor Andrew Cuomo's Office:

May 31, 2013

Statement from Senator John Flanagan on Passing of Senator Caesar Trunzo

Senator Trunzo was an exemplary statesman who will be sorely missed.  I was fortunate to have him as a mentor, a colleague and a friend.  He epitomized in every sense of the word what it meant to be a gentleman.  His soft spoken demeanor belied his passionate advocacy for his constituents.

May 29, 2013

Senator Flanagan Fights To Protect Police Animals

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate and Assembly have passed legislation that would increase penalties for killing a police dog or police horse in the line of duty.  The legislation, which Senator Flanagan sponsored, is a clear recognition of the importance of the lives of police animals and the vital role they play in crime solving as well as rescue and recover

May 23, 2013

Senator Flanagan: Washington Leaders Must Protect New York Taxpayers

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is calling on congressional leaders to reject the “Double-Tax Plan” included in a federal budget proposal that would end the longstanding policy allowing taxpayers to deduct their state and local tax liability, including property taxes, from their federal taxes.  If approved by Congress and signed into law, this change would cost the average Long Island homeowner approximately $4,500 a year.

May 15, 2013

Senator Flanagan Announces Tax Relief For Businesses and Families In State Budget

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that much-needed tax relief for middle-class families, help for job-creating businesses and additional funding for our school children are all included in the recently passed 2013-14 state budget.  For the third consecutive year, the budget keeps spending growth below two percent, which is consistent with the local spending cap that applies to school districts and local governments.

May 15, 2013

Senator Flanagan Pays Respects At 9/11 Memorial Site

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently joined Jay Weinkam of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum for a tour of the site in lower Manhattan.  The memorial and the museum are dedicated to the nearly 3,000 people who were killed in the terror attacks of 9/11 as well as the six people who were killed in the 1993 bombing at the World Trade Center.

During the visit, Senator Flanagan viewed the two enormous reflecting pools that stand within the footprints where the Twin Towers once stood.  The reflecting pools are each nearly an acre in size and feature the largest manmade waterfalls in the North America.  The names of every person who was killed in both the 2001 and 1993 attacks are inscribed on bronze panels edging the pools.

May 2, 2013

Senator Flanagan And Assemblyman Lavine Join Together With Early Years Institute and CA Technologies To Promote Screen-Free Week

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and Assemblyman Charles Lavine (13th Assembly District) recently presented a New York State Legislative Resolution to The Early Years Institute (EYI) proclaiming April 29 – May 5 “Screen-Free Week” in New York State.  This week is designed to help protect today’s “plugged in” kids from the problems associated with spending too much time on computers and other types of electronic devices, and to increase awareness of the downside of screen overuse.  The effort is aimed at helping all young children improve their health and their success in school and life. 

April 29, 2013
April 24, 2013

Boston Strong

God Bless The City and The People of Boston - New York Stands With You

April 18, 2013

Senator Flanagan Meets With Kings Park Scouts

Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently welcomed the members of Boy Scout Pack 539 Den #9 to his Smithtown office to assist them in achieving their goal of attaining their Citizenship Badges.  During the meeting, the fourth graders and Senator Flanagan discussed his role as a state legislator and how the New York State government works.

"Scouting is a great way for young boys to learn about the world they live in and it was enjoyable to help these young men achieve their goal.  I truly enjoyed their visit to my office and enjoyed playing a small role in their efforts,” said Senator Flanagan about his talk with (from left to right) Sean Weidner, Kevin Morris, Thomas Mach, Alex Koliner and Matthew Loglisci.

April 16, 2013

Senator Flanagan Joins Senator Zeldin To Announce Expanded Funding Of PFC Joseph Dwyer Peer-To-Peer Veterans Counseling Program

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently joined with Senator Lee M. Zeldin (3rd Senate District) and his other colleagues in the State Senate to announce that funding for the continuation and expansion of the PFC Joseph Dwyer PTSD Peer-to-Peer Veterans Counseling program has been included in the recently approved 2013-14 state budget.

Initiated by Senator Zeldin, the program provides “peer-to-peer” counseling for veterans suffering from the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).  Since its inception last year, the program has been assisting veterans in four test counties:  Suffolk, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Jefferson. 

April 15, 2013