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Senator Zeldin Adds To The Record on 2 Important Parts of the MTA Tax Repeal Debate

State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) released the following statement today in response to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) challenging the merits of Wednesday’s ruling by State Supreme Court Justice R. Bruce Cozzens, Jr.

Senator Zeldin also addressed the MTA’s threat to drastically increase fares and cut services as a result:

The MTA Payroll Tax is Unconstitutional

August 24, 2012
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Senator Lee Zeldin Reacts to State Supreme Court Ruling to Overturn MTA Payroll Tax

State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley) today applauded the decision of State Supreme Court Justice R. Bruce Cozzins Jr., for ruling the MTA Payroll Tax unconstitutional. Senator Zeldin has been an outspoken critic of this tax which was created in May 2009 to bailout the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).

“The MTA Payroll Tax is an unconstitutional, job killing tax, which should have never been passed in the first place,” said Senator Zeldin. “I was proud to lead the fight for a repeal in the State Legislature and am thankful that the New York State Supreme Court has ruled it unconstitutional. I congratulate the Plaintiffs of the lawsuit for fighting for this decision.”

August 22, 2012
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Lower Taxes + Balanced Budgets = More Jobs

Before Andrew Cuomo became our Governor and Lee Zeldin became our Senator, Albany raised taxes by $14 billion and increased state spending by $14 billion in 2009 and 2010.

Partnering with Governor Cuomo, Senator Zeldin helped pass two on-time budgets that closed a $13 billion budget deficit by cutting spending, instead of creating new taxes.

By controlling wasteful spending, Senator Zeldin was able to cut state income taxes on middle income families to the lowest level in 50 years.

Senator Zeldin also capped local property taxes for overburdened homeowners.

It’s a simple formula:

By reducing state spending and cutting taxes, Senator Lee Zeldin is working to turn around Long Island’s economy and create jobs.

File: 
Lower Taxes + Balanced Budgets = More Jobs.pdf

August 16, 2012
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State Senator Lee Zeldin Tours East Islip Public Library

East Islip, N.Y. – State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) toured the East Islip Public Library this past Tuesday, August 7, 2012. Senator Zeldin and his colleagues in the State Senate Majority were successful in securing additional aid for public libraries on Long Island during this year’s Legislative Session.

Senator Zeldin (2nd from left) is pictured here with (from left to right): Library Director Guy Edwards, Library Trustee Stanley Sadowski, Jr., and Library Trustee Joseph Montouri, Jr.

August 10, 2012
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Senator Zeldin Presents Amelia Earhart Award to Civil Air Patrol Cadet Captain Shreeya Panigrahi

Ronkonkoma, NY – State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) presented the Amelia Earhart Award, the third highest honor given to cadets of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), to Cadet Captain Shreeya Panigrahi of the CAP Suffolk Cadets Squadron 10 this past Tuesday, August 7, 2012, at MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma.

Senator Zeldin (right) is pictured here with Captain Panigrahi (left) after the presentation.

August 9, 2012
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Senator Zeldin Celebrates Opening of Bridgehampton National Bank’s 21st Branch in Ronkonkoma

Ronkonkoma, N.Y. – State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) joined Bridgehampton National Bank (BNB) President & CEO Kevin O’Connor, State Assemblyman Al Graf (R, C- Holbrook), Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi (R- Bay Shore), and others for a ribbon cutting ceremony this past Monday, July 30, 2012, announcing the opening of BNB’s 21st branch. This new location, named the Airport Branch, is located at 4155 Veterans Memorial Highway in Ronkonkoma.

Senator Zeldin (center) is pictured here with Legislator Cilmi (left) and Mr. O’Connor (Right).

July 31, 2012
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Forum/Town Hall: Medford, Farmingville, Holtsville Communities: Senator Zeldin's Hamlet Day and Mobile Office Hours

Hamlet Days are a great opportunity for me to bring our state government straight to the people I proudly serve and represent. Whether you have questions about legislation before the State Senate or issues concerning a state agency, I encourage you to take full advantage of my mobile office hours on Wednesday, August 1st.”

Come sit down with Senator Zeldin or a staff member one-on-one to discuss the issues or concerns important to you. For more information, please contact: 631-585-0608 or zeldin@nysenate.gov.

Walk-ins are welcome. No appointment is necessary. Please note: All attendees who arrive by 11 am will be guaranteed a meeting with Senator Zeldin or a staff member.

August 1, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Senator Zeldin & Suffolk’s State Senate Delegation Host Career Fair at SCCC

Brentwood, N.Y. – State Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley), along with Senator Owen Johnson (R, C, I- Bayblon), Senator John Flanagan (R, C, I- East Northport), and Senator Kenneth LaValle (R, C, I- Port Jefferson), co-hosted a Career Fair this past Wednesday, July 18, 2012, at the Suffolk County Community College Grant Campus in Brentwood.

Countless job-seekers from across Suffolk County were able to come into direct contact with an array of Long Island based businesses looking to hire new employees. Senator Zeldin (above right) is pictured here with Senator Johnson (above left).

July 24, 2012
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Senator Zeldin Applauds Governor’s Swift Action on Bill to Keep NY’s Craft Beer Flowing

Ronkonkoma, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) commended Governor Cuomo today for signing into law his legislation (S.7728/ A.10695) to protect and expand New York’s craft brewing industry.

In March, as the result of a Supreme Court ruling, an unexpected and significant tax burden was placed on New York brewers. This decision unfortunately struck down an important excise tax exemption for our craft breweries.

July 18, 2012
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Senator Zeldin Votes to Repeal MTA Payroll Tax for Self-Employed Individuals

New York State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) speaks on the Senate Floor in support of Senate Bill 7165-A, sponsored by Senator Greg Ball, that will repeal the MTA Tax for self-employed individuals earning $250,000 a year or less. The bill passed the New York State Senate on June 20, 2012.

July 18, 2012
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Senator Lee Zeldin Marches in Village of Patchogue Independence Day Parade

Patchogue, N.Y. – State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) marched in the Village of Patchogue’s annual Independence Day Parade this past Wednesday, July 4, 2012. Senator Zeldin (left) is pictured here marching with Brookhaven Town Councilman Tim Mazzei (center) and Village of Patchogue Trustee John Krieger (right).

July 6, 2012
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Senator Zeldin Introduces Resolution Honoring "Tri-Hamlet Community Day"

New York State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) speaks on the Senate Floor in support of a Legislative Resolution honoring the 1st Annual "Tri-Hamlet Community Day", a free event in the Mastic, Mastic Beach, and Shirley area which highlighted some of the many historic and natural sites in these communities. The idea for the event was spawned from the Tri-Hamlet Renaissance Project, a collaborative effort of elected officials, community leaders, and Tri-Hamlet residents to revitalize their community.

July 6, 2012
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Forum/Town Hall: South Islip Communities: Senator Zeldin's Hamlet Day and Mobile Office Hours

 

"Hamlet Days are a great opportunity for me to bring our state government straight to the people I proudly serve and represent. Whether you have questions about legislation before the State Senate or issues concerning a state agency, I encourage you to take full advantage of my mobile office hours on Tuesday, July 10th.”

 

Come sit down with Senator Zeldin or a staff member one-on-one to discuss the issues or concerns important to you. For more information, please contact: 631-585-0608 or zeldin@nysenate.gov.

July 10, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Senator Lee Zeldin Joins Amneal Pharmaceuticals in Announcing Plans to Expand Yaphank Facility

Yaphank, N.Y. – State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) joined Empire State Development (ESD) Commissioner Ken Adams, and Amneal Pharmaceuticals’ CEO Chintu Patel this past Friday, June 15, 2012, to announce Amneal’s plans to expand their facility located in Yaphank.

Amneal was awarded $3 million through Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council Initiative in 2011 to assist the company in their expansion which will bring critical high-tech jobs to Suffolk County. Amneal is one of Long Island’s largest pharmaceutical companies and the proposed expansion will help strengthen the region’s position as a leader in the fields of biotechnology and pharmaceutical research.

June 21, 2012
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Forum/Town Hall: North Islip Communities: Senator Zeldin's Hamlet Day and Mobile Office Hours

"Hamlet Days are a great opportunity for me to bring our state government straight to the people I proudly serve and represent. Whether you have questions about legislation before the State Senate or issues concerning a state agency, I encourage you to take full advantage of my mobile office hours on Tuesday, June 26th.”

Come sit down with Senator Zeldin or a staff member one-on-one to discuss the issues or concerns important to you. For more information, please contact: 631-585-0608 or zeldin@nysenate.gov.

Walk-ins are welcome. No appointment is necessary. Please note: All attendees who arrive by 11 am will be guaranteed a meeting with Senator Zeldin or a staff member.

June 26, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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SENATE PASSES BILLS TO GROW CRAFT BREWING INDUSTRY IN NEW YORK

The state Senate today passed three bills to help grow and expand the craft beer industry in New York State. The bills, which represent a three-way agreement among the Senate, Assembly and Governor Cuomo, will protect an important tax benefit for small breweries that produce beer in New York, create a Farm Brewery license that will allow craft brewers to expand their operations through opening restaurants or selling new products and will exempt breweries that produce small batches of beer from paying an annual State Liquor Authority fee.

June 18, 2012
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New York State Senate Passes Legislative Package To Crack Down on Organized Retail Crime

State Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley), Chairman of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee, announced Senate passage today of his legislative bill package designed to crack down on Organized Retail Crime (ORC).

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, organized retail theft is an industry that costs United States retailers about $30 billion per year. Supermarket losses account for $15 billion of that annual theft. Additionally, state and local governments are losing out on tens of millions of dollars annually in lost sales tax and excise fee revenue.

The legislative package consists of five bills:

S.6956-A:

June 18, 2012
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Statement from Senator Lee M. Zeldin: New York Craft Beer Tax Credit

“It is critically important to do everything in our power to help New York's craft brewers succeed.  This industry has thrived and expanded over the past decade while other industries have suffered and jobs have been lost. That’s why I, as the original Senate sponsor of this legislation, am excited to help announce an agreement to keep New York’s craft beer flowing.”

June 14, 2012
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