Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is informing the community that the New York Bankers Association (NYBA) and the New York Business Development Corporation (NYBDC) have agreed to establish a $10 million small business emergency loan fund to provide immediate financial assistance for businesses impacted by Storm Sandy.
Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos and the members of the Long Island State Senate delegation today called on President Obama to initiate a swift and aggressive federal disaster response to assist those who have been severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy, saying Long Island residents are facing a “Katrina-style” disaster, a potential outbreak of crime and additional deaths.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) was recently presented with the "Champion of Exposing the Secret" Award for his efforts in the fight against breast cancer. The award was presented to him at Adelphi University during an event to celebrate breast cancer survivors sponsored by the Adelphi New York Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program. Senator Flanagan was honored for passing a new law (S.6769-B) which requires a mammography report to inform patients when they have dense breast tissue and to recommend that such patient have a discussion with their physician about pursuing further screening options.
This week, Huntington lost a true leader and New York State lost a very valued public servant. For me personally, I lost a great colleague and more importantly, a dear friend. Jim Conte passed away after a long battle with cancer. Throughout that period he endured many physical challenges, but he never wavered on things that were important to him, especially his family.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will build and renovate playground areas at ten state Parks across Long Island. The park improvements are funded with $1.35 million from the Governor’s New York Works initiative.
“It is important that children have a safe and engaging place to play, and these NY Works projects will give them just that in State Parks across New York,” said Governor Cuomo. “The numbers tell the story of more and more people visiting the parks, and I encourage everyone to visit these new and improved areas inside the state parks as well as the beauty that New York has to offer.”
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently participated in a time-honored tradition when he threw out the first pitch prior to game three of the Liberty Division Championship Series between the Long Island Ducks and the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs at Bethpage Ballpark in Central Islip. Senator Flanagan delivered the pitch to former New York Met player Bud Harrelson, owner of the Ducks and the current bench coach.
The Ducks, who won the Liberty Division Championship series against the Blue Crabs, will now face the Lancaster Barnstormers in a best-of-five series for the Atlantic League Championship.
To help community members get unwanted drugs out of their households, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently hosted a Drug Drop Off event at the Selden Fire Department. The event, which was held with the cooperation of the Suffolk County Police Department and the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, enabled community members to drop off unwanted drugs anonymously and helped collect over 175 pounds of drugs.
Events Planned for September 28 & 29 Focus on Increasing Economic Opportunities for New York’s Growing Hispanic Community
Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos today announced that the Senate and the Hispanic Federation will conduct the second annual Unidad Latina event this week. Unidad Latina is a two-day conference designed to help increase economic opportunities for the growing Hispanic community in New York. It is being held on September 28 and 29 at the Hilton New York in Manhattan.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently joined with New York State Education Department Commissioner John King for a tour of Kings Park High School. During the visit, the two along with Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick, Regent Roger Tilles and a variety of school officials joined with students for a roundtable discussion of education.
The visit was arranged with the cooperation of Dr. Susan Agruso, the Superintendent of the Kings Park Central School District, and the staff at the high school.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently joined with Mia Padron of the Hydrocephalus Association to proclaim September Hydrocephalus Awareness Month and to present the organization with a resolution he sponsored to help raise awareness of the incurable condition.
The pair also used the meeting to inform residents of the 7th annual Hydrocephalus WALK that will take place on Saturday, September 29th at 10:00 a.m. in Belmont Lake State Park in West Babylon. The family fun day and walk will include refreshments, Chinese Auction, bake sale, arts and crafts, DJ, Tae kwon do demo show, balloon animals and other fun events. WBAB and the New York Islanders will also take part in the day’s events.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is joining with Stony Brook Medicine’s Prostate Care Program to provide men throughout our community with free prostate screenings in recognition of Prostate Cancer Awareness week, which begins on Monday, September 17th.
Under the direction of Medical Director Howard L. Adler, the program will offer screenings from Monday, September 17th through Thursday, September 20th at the Stony Brook Urology office located in Suite 500 at 24 Research Way in Setauket.
Screenings are available each day from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Due to limited availability and required appointments, residents who wish to take advantage of this free program are urged to call HealthConnect at 631-444-4000 to schedule their screening.
New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey today announced that demolition work began today on a $6.4 million project to demolish abandoned buildings and related structures at the former Kings Park Psychiatric Center in Smithtown, Suffolk County. Building 123, a 20,000-square-foot brick kitchen and dining hall with a collapsed roof, will be the first of 15 buildings to be removed.
“It’s gratifying to see this long-awaited project is moving forward,” said Harvey. “Governor Cuomo and the Legislature are committed to building stronger communities and revitalizing our economy, and this project is a great example of how they have New York State on the right track.”
With so many stories in the media highlighting the dangers of synthetic marijuana and bath salts, today’s announcement by Governor Cuomo is a step in the right direction. But the severity and increasing number of these incidents make it abundantly clear that even stronger actions need to be taken as soon as possible.
Night time closures on NY Route 111 just north and south of NY Route 347 in Hauppauge in the Town of Smithtown, Suffolk County are now underway. Traffic is still being maintained on NY Route 111, but short sections are being closed each night, Sunday through Thursday, for approximately two weeks, weather permitting.
These closures are needed to perform drainage work that would be too disruptive to the high volume of traffic during the day. Motorists are being warned in advance of the closings via electronic road signs but should plan ahead and use alternate routes to avoid delays.
Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and Assemblymember Ellen Jaffee (95th Assembly District) announced that Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed the “Breast Density Inform” (S.6769-B) legislation they sponsored into law. The legislation, which passed both the Senate and the Assembly unanimously, will help women in the fight against cancer by ensuring that women are informed of their own “density” and that other screening options may be helpful in early detection.
The measure would require that every mammography report given to a patient with dense breast tissue inform the women in plain, non-technical language that she has dense breast tissue and that she should discuss the potential benefit of further screenings with her physician.