RONKONKOMA—On Wednesday, June 2, 2014, Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R,C—Shirley) welcomed home long-time friend and Islip Town Supervisor, Commander Tom Croci, USN-Intel officer, from his 3rd deployment to Afghanistan.
On this last deployment, Commander Croci was stationed in Afghanistan from September 28, 2013-June 22, 2014 while supporting special operations forces. A Hero’s welcome was held at MacArthur Airport in his honor and Senator Zeldin was on hand to present the Supervisor with a proclamation and to thank him for his dedicated service to our nation.
Senator Zeldin is pictured above with Commander Croci during the ceremony.
PATCHOGUE—On Friday, June 13th, 2014, Senator Lee Zeldin (R,C,I—Shirley) was the Guest Speaker at the Annual Flag Day Ceremony hosted by Patchogue Elks Lodge 1323. The ceremony included the singing of the Star Spangled Banner, America the Beautiful and God Bless America, and featured remarks on the history and importance of our nation's flag.
Senator Zeldin is pictured above with members of Girl Scout Troop 335 Patchogue who also participated in the ceremony.
Center Moriches—On Friday, June 7, 2014, Senator Lee Zeldin (R,C,I—Shirley) joined local officials and community members for the Annual Blessing of the Fleet at Senix Marina. Senator Zeldin was a key speaker at the event’s opening ceremony and is pictured above with (from left to right) Dale Javino, Danny Rivera, Brookhaven Town Councilman Dan Panico, John Paul Ceramello, Sr. and Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine.
Senator Lee Zeldin (R,C,I—Shirley) attended the 3rd Annual Tri-Hamlet Community Day, on Saturday May 31st. The celebration was held to promote the hidden treasures of the community, including the Manor of St. George, site of American victory in Revolutionary War, and William Floyd Estate, home of a Signer of the Declaration of Independence. The other included sites were the grave of Revolutionary War General and Hero Nathaniel Woodhull, Wertheim Wildlife Refuge, and the TWA800 Memorial.
Senator Zeldin is pictured above at the Ceremonial Kick off with fellow elected officials, numerous other community leaders, as well as the Huntington Revolutionary War Militia.
RONKONKOMA—This past Memorial Day, Senator Lee Zeldin (R,C,I—Shirley) addressed local veterans and community members following the Lake Ronkonkoma Memorial Day Parade at Raynor Beach Park, thanking them for their service and honoring their fallen comrades.
Senator Zeldin is pictured above with community veterans during the address.
ALBANY—On March 20, 2014, Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I—Shirley) inducted a local hero into the NYS Senate's Veterans Hall of Fame: VFW State Commander Michael Pascal.
A resident of Suffolk County for the past 41 years, Commander Pascal served the U.S. Army from 1966 thru 1969. He honorably served in the Vietnam War and his passion for serving his fellow veterans has stayed with him far beyond his years of service in uniform.
“Please take a minute to join me in thanking those, like Commander Pascal, who have sacrificed their lives-on and off the battlefield-in defense of our nation, our Constitution, and our freedoms,” said Senator Zeldin. “Thank you to all of our servicemen and women for your selfless commitment.”
ALBANY—At a ceremony in Albany on Tuesday, May 13, Senator Lee Zeldin (R,C,I—Shirley) presented the Honorable A. Gail Prudenti with the NYS Senate’s annual Woman of Distinction Award.
In her role as the Chief Administrative Judge of the Courts of New York State, Judge Prudenti manages the administration and operation of our state’s Unified Court System, making her responsible for a budget of over $2 billion, 3,600 state and local judges and 15,000 non-judicial employees in over 350 court locations around the state.
MEDFORD—Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I—Shirley) toured the DaVita Medford Kidney Center this past Wednesday, April 9 2014. DaVita is the leading provider of kidney care in the United States and has been recognized for its developmental initiatives by Fortune, Modern Healthcare, Newsweek and World Blu.
Senator Zeldin is pictured above (from left to right) with Noreen Gangwish RN (Clinical Coordinator), Sherry Russo RN (Assistant Facility Administrator), Darlene Rydberg RN (Facility Administrator), Dr. Carmichael Angeles (Medical Director), and Luann Regensburg (Regional Operations Director).
Senator Lee Zeldin (R,C,I—Shirley) was joined by local leaders and veterans on Thursday, April 3, 2014, to announce the continuation and expansion of one of his most significant legislative achievements to date: the PFC Joseph Dwyer PTSD Peer-to-Peer Veterans Support program.
The unique program, which provides our heroes with support and guidance to combat the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), has served 450 Suffolk County veterans since its inception. Given its success, the 2014-2015 state budget has expanded the program to include 12 counties across the state.
On Friday, December 6, Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I—Shirley), along with Senators Phil Boyle, John Flanagan and Ken LaValle, hosted a successful Career Fair for over 450 area job seekers. The event, held at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue, brought in 50 employers who were on hand to meet with applicants and recruit new employees.
Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I—Shirley) hosted a Senior Golden Gathering event last week to bring free healthcare screenings and informational services to our community’s seniors and their families.
Despite the snowy weather, over thirty vendors representing everything from consumer protection to health and nutrition turned out to answer questions and provide demonstrations of their useful services. CVS of Shirley (pictured above with Senator Zeldin) was on hand to provide free flu shots to defend against the impending season.
In 2010, the State Education Department secured Race to the Top Funding from the U.S. Department of Education. In exchange for $700 Million in funding, the state education department made various commitments related to educational standards, testing, a teacher evaluation system, and data collection.