Lee M. Zeldin's Press releases

Senator Zeldin’s Gas Price Disclosure Legislation Passes Senate’s Consumer Protection Committee

Albany, NY- Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley), Chairman of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee, announced that his gas price disclosure legislation, S.7087, passed the committee today by a 9-0 vote.

April 30, 2012

Shirley, Mastic & Mastic Beach “Tri-Hamlet” Elected Officials and Community Residents Unveil Tri-Hamlet Renaissance Project and Report

“Unprecedented Unified Effort Could Change Community Forever” ~ Senator Lee Zeldin

Mastic Beach, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley), Assemblyman Fred Thiele, Jr. (I- Sag Harbor), Assemblyman Dean Murray (R, C- East Patchogue), County Legislator Kate Browning (WFP, D- Shirley), Brookhaven Town Councilman Dan Panico (R, C, I- Manorville) and Mastic Beach Village Mayor Bill Biondi were all on hand today at the William Floyd High School Library to announce the Tri-Hamlet Renaissance Project and unveil a 33 page collaborative report detailing proposed projects that community leaders, including local elected officials from every layer of government, have agreed to work together towards achieving.

April 29, 2012

Senator Lee Zeldin Targets Gas Stations Providing Misleading Prices at Pump

Announces Details of “Buyer Beware” Legislation to Protect Gas Station Customers

Hauppauge, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley), Chairman of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee, held a press conference today detailing his legislation designed to protect consumers at the pump.

Senator Zeldin started drafting this legislation after reports surfaced across Long Island and the NYC Metro region of gas stations charging differences of at least $1, and upwards of $2, between the cash price on the street sign and the non-disclosed credit price.

April 24, 2012

Senators Zeldin and McDonald Secure Funding for PFC Joseph Dwyer Program

Peer to Peer Pilot Program Targeted to Assist Veterans Suffering from PTSD and TBI

Sayville, NY- Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) announced today that the New York State Senate, Assembly and Governor Andrew Cuomo, approved funding for the PFC Joseph Dwyer Program, a pilot program for four counties, including Suffolk County, to help returning veterans cope with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) by offering a Peer to Peer mentoring program.

April 1, 2012

Senator Zeldin to Introduce Legislation to Protect Consumers at the Gas Pump

Albany, NY- Responding to a story in today’s Newsday, Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley), Chairman of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee, announced he will introduce legislation to protect consumers at the gas pump.

“I am concerned that some gas stations on Long Island are getting away with charging consumers as much as $1 per gallon more for credit card than with cash. Moreover, the deceptive advertising that is happening is outrageous and has to stop,” said Senator Zeldin.

March 14, 2012

Senator Zeldin and Senate Majority Restore STAR Rebate for Seniors in Budget Resolution

State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I-Shirley) announced today that within this week’s State Senate 2012-2013 Budget Resolution, there will be much needed tax relief for New York’s Senior Citizens.

Senator Michael Ranzenhofer (R, C, I-Amherst) and Senator Zeldin introduced this legislation (S.6286) in January and have been actively advocating on its behalf since. On February 29, 2012, the Senate’s Aging Committee unanimously passed their bill to restore the STAR Rebate Check for seniors.

“The return of the STAR Rebate will give struggling seniors on fixed incomes a little breathing room,” said Senator Zeldin. “The Rebate Check should not have been repealed in 2009 and it is important that we bring it back to provide property tax relief to seniors who need it most.”

March 12, 2012

Senator Lee Zeldin Announces Passage of his Legislation to Protect the Confidentiality of Sexual Violence Victims

Albany, N.Y. – New York State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) announced the passage of his legislation today to help protect the confidentiality of victims of sexual violence.

The bill (S.4073B), which will allow victims of sexual violence to have their voter records sealed in order to protect them from their attacker, passed the State Senate today with bi-partisan support and will now be delivered to the Assembly for consideration. The bill in the Assembly is being sponsored by Assemblyman Gabryszak (D-Cheektowaga).

February 29, 2012

Senator Lee Zeldin Applauds Passage of Legislation to Curb Prescription Drug Abuse

“The recent wave of prescription drug abuse has become not only dangerous, but violent and deadly,” said State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley). “The horrific shooting at Haven Drugs in Medford last June was a tragedy that should have never occurred. The legislation we passed in the Senate today is an important step in our efforts to curb this growing epidemic and help insure that what happened in Medford never happens again. These bills, which I was proud to co-sponsor, will place tighter controls on prescription drugs such as Hydrocodone and Tramadol; they will also create new penalties, and increase existing penalties, for those who contribute to the black market sale of these dangerous substances.

February 13, 2012

Senators Martins and Zeldin, Assemblymen Thiele and Murray, Introduce Legislation To Repeal MTA Payroll Tax for Suffolk County and Its Towns and Villages

Local Elected Officials Express Support for Legislation

Brookhaven, NY- New York State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) and New York State Assemblyman Dean Murray (R, C- East Patchogue) today joined local elected officials to announce the introduction of State Legislation to fully repeal the MTA Payroll Tax for all counties, towns and villages outside of New York City.

February 6, 2012

Senator Zeldin: Executive Budget Falls Short on Education Funding For Long Island Schools

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., Senator Jack Martins and Senator Lee Zeldin today stated that the recent proposed executive budget which calls for a 4% increase in state aid to education does not provide Long Island schools with their fair share.

In the recently announced executive budget, Nassau and Suffolk Counties receive a disproportionate share of state education aid. Long Island is home to approximately 17 percent of the state’s students. However, out of the over $19.7 billion in state education aid appropriated for school districts statewide under the executive budget, aid to Long Island falls short.

January 20, 2012

Zeldin: Let’s Complete Trifecta for Long Island Fishing Industry

DEC Considers Lowering Minimum Size Limit for Fluke

Ronkonkoma, NY – State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) and fishing industry leaders today hailed the announcement by Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) officials, that New York State may reduce the size limit for fluke for the upcoming recreational fluke fishing season.

The current size limit for fluke caught recreationally in New York State waters is 20.5 inches. The 2012 fluke season may see a reduction in that limit to 19.5 or maybe even 19 inches.

December 17, 2011


West Hempstead, N.Y. – State Senator Lee M. Zeldn (R, C, I- Shirley) joined his legislative colleagues and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today as the Governor signed into law a new measure to eliminate the MTA Payroll Tax for approximately 80 percent of all employers currently paying the tax.

Last week, the Legislature passed a bill repealing the MTA Payroll Tax for 78.2 percent of all employers (over 700,000 taxpayers). In addition, thousands more will see a reduction. In addition to the 290,000 employers who will have their tax eliminated, 414,000 self-employed taxpayers will also see the MTA Tax repealed. All elementary and secondary schools, both public and private, will now also be completely exempt from the payroll tax.

December 12, 2011

Senator Zeldin Congratulates Recipients of New Economic Growth Investments From New York State

Albany, NY- Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) congratulated the winners announced today from the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council’s proposal.

Related to the Third Senate District, Senator Zeldin was pleased that Governor Cuomo selected the Ronkonkoma Hub, Brentwood’s Heartland Project, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and other projects impacting his district.

“I thank Governor Cuomo and his economic team for making these investments in the Third Senate District. These projects will be a transformational economic spark for our community for job growth and economic stability.”

December 8, 2011

Senator Zeldin Secures Repeal in MTA Payroll Tax

“Today is the start of the much anticipated repeal of the MTA Payroll Tax. This is a huge victory for my constituents, the taxpayers of the Third Senate District.

As a result of the agreement between the Legislature and the Governor, 78.2 percent of all employers (over 700,000 taxpayers) will see a total elimination of the tax. Many others will receive a reduction.

I very much appreciate Governor Cuomo’s good faith efforts working with Senate Republicans to remove this unfair burden on Long Island businesses, nonprofits and others.

December 7, 2011


Ronkonkoma, N.Y. – The Business Council of New York State recently released their 2011 Voters’ Guide, which measures New York State legislators’ “Commitment to improving the state’s economic climate and performance by scoring their support for key business legislation during the 2011 session.” Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) received the Business Council’s highest score.

November 15, 2011

Zeldin, Murray: State DEC Announces Permit Modifications for L.I. Compost

YAPHANK, NY - In a new development regarding odor and dust complaints in Yaphank, New York State Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) and Assemblyman Dean Murray (R, C- East Patchogue) today announced that the state's Department of Environmental Conservation has informed Long Island Compost of a permit modification for certain operations.

The DEC modification removes the variance allowing the company to operate an un-enclosed transfer station; limits the size of mulch piles at the facility; and prohibits storage of uncured compost. A copy of the DEC's correspondence containing the modifications accompanies this release.

October 27, 2011

NYS School Boards Assoc. Endorses Sen. Zeldin’s MTA Payroll Tax Repeal Legislation

Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I –Shirley) announced today that the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) has endorsed his MTA Payroll Tax Repeal legislation.

S.5596-A/A.8193-A passed the New York State Senate on June 15, 2011, with a bi-partisan vote, 40-22. The bill was introduced in the Assembly by Assemblyman George Latimer (D-Rye). Twenty-one other Assembly Members have signed on as co-sponsors of this legislation, including Dean Murray (R, C- East Patchogue), Al Graf (R, C- Holbrook), Dan Losquadro (R, C- Shoreham), and Fred Thiele (I- Sag Harbor).

The New York State School Boards Association released the following statement:

October 7, 2011

Senator Zeldin Delivers on Military Dignity Act Promise

Governor Cuomo Signs Bills To Limit Protests at Military Funerals

Ronkonkoma, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R-C-I Shirley) announced today that Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law Senator Zeldin’s bill to limit protests at military funerals.

In keeping with his 2010 campaign promises, Senator Zeldin sponsored and delivered passage of a series of bills, one of them named after Specialist Thomas J. Wilwerth, an Iraq War Veteran who lost his life in combat in 2006.

The bills, sponsored by Senators Lee Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley) and Joseph Griffo (R-C, Rome), balance the constitutional right of free speech with the need to protect families mourning the loss of their fallen servicemember.

September 27, 2011

State Senators Lee Zeldin, Roy McDonald, and Ken LaValle Host Autism Forum on Long Island

Central Islip, N.Y. – State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley), State Senator Roy J. McDonald (R- Saratoga), Chairman of the State Senate Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee, and State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R, C, I- Port Jefferson) hosted an Autism and similar type developmental disabilities forum this past Tuesday, September 13, 2011, at the Touro Law Center in Central Islip. Senator Zeldin, and his colleagues Senator McDonald and Senator LaValle, talked with and listened to experts, educators, service providers, individuals and their families on issues relating to autism and developmental disabilities.

September 15, 2011

Statement from Senator Lee M. Zeldin RE: 10th Anniversary of September 11th, 2001

“On the 10th Anniversary of September 11th, 2001, we all honor and remember those who lost their lives on that tragic day,” said State Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley).

9/11 will forever remain a day of reflection for all Americans, one now ingrained in the American psyche for generations to come. Not only must we remember the tragedy and terror of the day, but also the courage and great sacrifice of those first responders who answered the call when their fellow Americans needed them most.

September 9, 2011
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