State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I – Shirley) recently attended the annual Remembrance Ceremony at the New York State Police Officers Memorial, located at the Empire State Plaza in Albany. Senator Zeldin (above left) is pictured here with Tracy Zane (above right) and her young daughter, whose husband, the late NYPD Officer Robert Anthony Zane, Jr. of Sayville, was added to the Memorial wall for his heroic efforts on 9/11.
State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) recently joined State Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-On-Hudson) for the unveiling of the new Purple Heart “Forever” Postage Stamp. Senator Zeldin (Above, Left), a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves congratulated Senator Larkin (Above, Right), a retired Colonel in the U.S. Army, for all of his efforts leading the call for the Purple Heart Postage Stamp, classified as a “Forever” Stamp. The Stamp goes on sale at your local Post Office today, May 5, 2011.
State Senator Lee Zeldin recently visited with the Bayport-Blue Point Library Director, Mike Firestone (Above Right). Pictured here is the library's "Origami Crane Tree", created by staff and members of the local community who folded 1,300 origami cranes as part of a disaster relief effort in conjunction with the clothing manufacturer, OshKosh B'Gosh. The company has pledged to donate one piece of clothing to the victims of the earthquakes and tsunami in Japan for every crane folded.
Albany, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) joined with his colleagues of the Senate Republican Majority and the Assembly Republican Minority to call for the Assembly Majority to take action on the Property Tax Cap. Senator Zeldin was a co-sponsor of the Cap in the Senate which passed on January 31st, 2011. Joining Senator Zeldin (Above, Left) at the press conference was Heather Briccetti (Above, Right), Acting President and CEO of The Business Council of New York State.
Ronkonkoma, NY- New York State Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) updated a crowd of over 100 supporters, business owners, and members of the community on the status of his fight to repeal the MTA Payroll Tax. Pictured with Senator Zeldin (Above, Center) are Assemblyman Al Graf (Above, Left) and Assemblyman Dean Murray (Above Right).
Albany, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) recently welcomed Major Michael McDermott to the State Senate. Major McDermott, who is now Aide-de-Camp at West Point, was Senator Zeldin’s company commander with the 82nd Airborne Division in Tikrit, Iraq. Major McDermott was in Albany on April 6, 2011 as part of West Point Day, an annual event in the State Legislature honoring West Point cadets.
State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I – Shirley) and Assemblyman Dean Murray (R, C – East Patchogue) recently welcomed the Bellport Senior High School Social Studies Department to Albany as part of the group’s “Albany Lobby Day.” Senator Zeldin and Assemblyman Murray (above, center) held a productive Q&A session with the students followed by a tour of the Capitol Building and Senate Chamber.
State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) recently met with and welcomed Joan McDonald, the new Commissioner of Transportation for New York State. Senator Zeldin joined the rest of the State Senate on Tuesday March 8, 2011, to unanimously approve her nomination.
State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) spoke at a press conference on Veterans Hill Day in Albany on March 14, 2011. Senator Zeldin was discussing his legislation to ban protests at Military Funerals (S.3901). The legislation will be named the “The Specialist Thomas Wilwerth Military Dignity Act” in honor of Specialist Thomas Wilwerth, an Iraq War Veteran who lost his life in combat in 2006.
State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) recently welcomed the William Floyd Youth in Government group to Albany. Zeldin (center), an alumnus of the Youth in Government program is pictured here shaking hands with James Evans, a student at William Floyd High School who is serving as Governor of this year’s Youth in Government conference.
Albany, NY- State Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) recently met with students from Briarcliffe College located in Patchogue, NY. The college students visited Albany as part of their annual lobby day. Pictured here(left to right) are: Shomari Dias, Simone McCroy, Senator Zeldin, Kathy Genua, Dean of Student Affairs, Edward Martinez, Director of Student Life, Chris Myrtel, Angela Pannullo.
Albany, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) recently met with members of the New York State VFW Legislative Committee in Albany. Senator Zeldin, a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves, had the opportunity to discuss issues of top importance to our veterans community. Zeldin, a Senior Vice-Commander of his VFW Post, is currently a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs.
Ronkonkoma, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) recently honored former State Senator Caesar Trunzo at the annual Ronkonkoma Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal Ball. Former Senator Trunzo was appointed to serve as the Grand Marshal for the 2011 Ronkonkoma Saint Patrick’s Day Parade which will take place on March 13, 2011.
Central Islip, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) recently toured the new NYIT Community Health Clinic being built on Carleton Avenue in Central Islip. Pictured here is Senator Zeldin (above, right) with Dr. Tom Scandelis, Dean of NYIT School of Medicine, reviewing the blueprints for the new facility.
Garden City, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) attended a public hearing today on Mandate Relief and the creation of a Real Property Tax Cap. Long Island Senators John Flanagan (R, C, I- East Northport) and Jack Martins (R,C, I-Mineola) hosted this joint committee hearing in Nassau County, NY, and invited Zeldin (above, right) to participate on the panel. This hearing focused on the policies and mechanisms that can be used to accomplish the two goals of Mandate Relief and a Real Property Tax Cap, as well as their impact on taxpayers, local governments, school districts, labor, businesses and jobs.
Albany, NY- Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) met this week with members of Eastern Suffolk BOCES. The group was in Albany to discuss a number of issues with Senator Zeldin. Topics ranged from an overview of BOCES services to the state's budget cuts. School districts have been using BOCES programs for shared services with other school districts. Pictured here with Senator Zeldin from left to right: Senator Zeldin, Terry Cucina, Cheryl Rosolie, Linda Dackow and Francis Nilsen.
Hauppauge, NY- Senate Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) was recently honored by local school districts for his interest and dedication to local education issues. Pictured here, Senator Zeldin (Left) was presented this award by local students who attended the Longwood School District’s 7th annual Regional Legislative Breakfast.
Sayville, NY- Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) awarded a New York State Senate Certificate of Recognition to Kiona Bustamante from Sayville High School for winning the statewide Youth Art Contest. Her winning flag design will represent New York State in Washington, DC and at the next National Art Education Association Convention in Seattle, Washington in March.
Shirley, NY- Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) met with the William Floyd School District this week to discuss the upcoming State budget and what can be done to help alleviate unfunded mandates placed on local school districts by the State. Pictured here from left to right are: Anne Marie Marrone Caliendo, Assistant Superintendent of Business, Dr. Paul Casciano, Superintendent of Schools, Senator Zeldin and Malasia Walker, Director of Special Education.
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.