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.
Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I—Shirley) stopped by the Tangier Smith Elementary School Friday to take part in their Veterans Day Celebration.
A veteran himself and current Major in the Army Reserves, Senator Zeldin stood alongside some of our nation’s finest as they were presented with ‘thank you cards’ from the students for their dedicated service to our country.
Mastic Beach, NY—Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R,C,I—Shirley) recently attended the 85th annual Mastic Beach Property Owners Association’s Blue Claw Crab Festival. Senator Zeldin (right) is pictured with Kevin Collins (left) who is a member of the Mastic Beach Property Owners Association’s Board of Directors.
PATCHOGUE—Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R,C,I—Shirley) hosted a successful Shed Your Meds campaign last night through the Suffolk County Police Department’s Operation Medicine Cabinet.
Operation Medicine Cabinet is a long term program that allows residents to anonymously drop off their unused, unwanted or expired medications in secure receptacles located within all seven Suffolk County precincts.
“The abuse of prescription drugs is well documented and has reached a point of crisis here on Long Island and across the nation,” said Senator Zeldin. “Operation Medicine Cabinet plays a critical role in combating that abuse by providing community members with a secure way to dispose of their unused prescription drugs. ”
On August 6, 2013, Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I—Shirley) attended a ground breaking ceremony for the Tri-Hamlet Gateway Town Square hosted by Suffolk County Legislator Kate Browning.
The town square will feature a new, beautified landscape design and a statue of William Floyd.
Senator Zeldin said, “The building of the town square will serve to reinforce the historical foundation of the community and is a positive step for the Tri-Hamlet. I congratulate Legislator Browning, Pat Matthews and the William Floyd Community Summit for making this project a reality.”
On August 5th, 2013, Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I—Shirley) toured the Brookhaven Rail Terminal. Having added two large temporary warehouses and extended rail links, the facility is providing a welcome economic boost to the Long Island economy and job market. The public officials were given the opportunity to see the progress being made at the facility first-hand as Brookhaven Rail Terminal President, Andy Kaufman (not pictured), led the tour.
Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I—Shirley) attended the first ever Military Family Appreciation Day at Heckscher State Park this past Sunday, July 28th. The event was organized by the Soldiers Project, a group that offers free, confidential counseling for military members and their families.
Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I—Shirley) joined with the New York Sportfishing Federation, Recreational Fishing Alliance, New York Fishing Tackle Trade Association and Captree Boatmen's Association today to sponsor "Teach a Kid to Fish" at Captree State Park. Nearly forty area children participated in the event where they were given a hands-on lesson in fishing basics and safety.
“Whether for work or play, fishing has long been a cornerstone of Long Island’s culture and economy,” said Senator Zeldin. “By sharing the gift of fishing with the youngest members of our community and inspiring an interest early on, we are ensuring the continuation of that legacy for generations to come.”
Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I—Shirley) held a Community Prayer & Peace Rally at Common Ground Christian Life Center on Saturday, June 15, 2013. Building on the momentum of the prior week’s event in Brentwood, the Community Prayer and Peace Rally was formed once again to continue to bring awareness to the issue of gang related violence in our Long Island communities. Senator Zeldin currently sponsors a bill in the Senate (S.5384) taking significant action to curb gang violence.
Bishop Donald Hudson of the Common Ground Christian Life Center in Central Islip led a prayer for the victims, Keenan Russell and Derrick Mayes, of the recent deadly gang violence shootings.
Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I—Shirley) held a Community Prayer & Peace Rally at Ross Memorial Park in Brentwood to help raise awareness of the continuing issue of gang violence on Long Island and to pray for the victims of the recent deadly gang-related shootings in Central Islip, Keenan Russell and Derrick Mayes.
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.