Lee M. Zeldin's Press releases

Senator Lee M. Zeldin and Assemblyman Dean Murray Introduce Legislation to Ban Protests at Military Funerals

“The Specialist Thomas Wilwerth Military Dignity Act”

Mastic Beach, NY- Hometown State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) and Assemblyman Dean Murray (R, C- East Patchogue) announced today before a crowd of more than 100 Veterans, supporters and media that they are introducing legislation to ban protests at Military Funerals.  It will be named “The Specialist Thomas Wilwerth Military Dignity Act” (S.3901). 

March 12, 2011
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SENATOR ZELDIN INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO HALT RENTAL COMPANIES FROM RENTING RECALLED VEHICLES

The Measure Protects Consumers; Closes Loophole

State Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) today announced legislation to require car rental companies to fix recalled vehicles before renting those vehicles to consumers.  

March 3, 2011
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State Senator Zeldin Calls on Governor Andrew Cuomo to Support Military Protest Ban

Zeldin Commends Supreme Court Justice Alito for Dissenting Today in Snyder v. Phelps, et al.

Specialist Thomas Wilwerth Military Dignity Act To Be Introduced Next Week

“I am disappointed in the United States Supreme Court for its decision today in Snyder v. Phelps. I further would like to express my deepest sympathies to the family of Marine Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder who lost his life in Operation Iraqi Freedom. This story has defined for our nation the existence of two American heroes, Lance Corporal Snyder and Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.

March 2, 2011
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Senator Lee M. Zeldin and Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. Announce Legislation (S.3638) to Repeal New York’s Saltwater Fishing Fee

Brentwood, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) announced at a Saturday press conference and rally that he will be introducing legislation on Monday to repeal the New York State Saltwater Fishing License fee.  The press conference was held at the 2011 annual Suffolk County Boat and Sport Fishing Show amongst a large crowd of fishing enthusiasts.  Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (I- Sag Harbor) was on hand to announce his partnership as the sponsor of the bill in the State Assembly. 

February 26, 2011
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Op-Ed from Senator Lee M. Zeldin

For too many years, state budgets in New York lost touch with fiscal reality by spending and taxing way more than taxpayers could afford.  The result is that we now have the worst business climate in the country. 

February 18, 2011
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JOINT STATEMENT BY SENATORS LEE M. ZELDIN AND JACK M. MARTINS

“Since before we came into office on January 1st, 2011, we have had to contend, on an almost daily basis, with inquiries about state government funding which our predecessors promised local governments and non-profit agencies in our districts during this past year.    

February 9, 2011
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Senator Zeldin Tours New Patchogue YMCA

Patchogue, NY-  Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) recently toured the new 54,000 square foot facility in the Village of Patchogue.  Senator Zeldin is pictured here with Patchogue YMCA Executive Director, Donna Boyle. 

February 8, 2011
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Senator Zeldin Holds First Consumer Protection Committee Meeting

Albany, NY-  Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) today held his first Consumer Protection Committee Meeting.   Senator Zeldin (pictured above, center) reported three bills through the Committee today, including S.1833, sponsored by Senator Flanagan which prohibits the sale of salvia divinorum in New York.  Also reported out of Committee today was S.2910, sponsored by Senator Zeldin, which amends the telemarketing sales calls statewide registry to include unwanted facsimile transmissions.

February 8, 2011
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Enhanced School Tax Relief Program (STAR) Application Deadline March 1, 2011

As we move into February, I want to take this take this opportunity to inform you about a very important deadline regarding your STAR property tax exemption savings on your tax bill this year. 

 

If you own your primary residence, turn 65 years of age at any time during 2011 and meet the income requirements, you might be eligible for the Enhanced STAR school tax exemption.  The Enhanced STAR exemption is more than two times the value of the Basic STAR exemption you may already be receiving. 

 

February 7, 2011
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Zeldin to Commission Blue Ribbon “John P. Jennings” Veterans’ Advisory Panel

Zeldin to Commission Blue Ribbon “John P. Jennings” Veterans’ Advisory Panel

Board to Focus on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other Veterans’ Issues

Albany, NY- In keeping with his campaign promises, Army Veteran and State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) today announced the creation of the John P. Jennings Veterans’ Advisory Panel to assist with the creation of legislation to help our Veterans community.

“To further fulfill my campaign promises, I am assembling this advisory panel to assist me in creating important legislation for veterans and their families,” said Zeldin.

February 7, 2011
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Zeldin Posthumously Awards New York State Senate Liberty Medal To Infantryman John P. Jennings

Hauppauge, NY- State Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) announced today that he has presented the New York State Senate Liberty Medal to the family of Iraq War Veteran John P. Jennings of Suffolk County.

“John was a man who sacrificed so much of himself in Iraq, experienced the loss of many of his comrades in arms, and suffered injuries that haunted him until the end. He was fiercely loyal and patriotic to his core,” said Senator Zeldin.  “I am presenting this medal as a tribute to his service to his country and the great credit his service has brought upon the State of New York.”

February 4, 2011
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Statement from Senator Lee M. Zeldin RE: Governor Cuomo’s Budget Proposal

“I will be analyzing Governor Cuomo’s Budget Proposal very thoroughly in the coming days and weeks.  I will continue to work hard for a balanced budget that does not include any tax increases. For the past two years, Long Islanders and Third Senate District taxpayers have been shortchanged by Albany politicians.  I will work hard to make sure that our district's interests and region's interests are not ignored. "

 

February 1, 2011
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Statement from Senator Lee M. Zeldin RE: Property Tax Cap

“Today's vote shows that there is bipartisan support for property tax relief in New York State.  I am looking forward to working with Local Governments, School Districts and others on a comprehensive package of governmental reforms.  We need to move forward on mandate relief to ensure that we reach our goals of both a quality education for our youth and property tax relief for our families.  This property tax cap should only be a first step towards progress."

 

January 31, 2011
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Statement from Senator Lee M. Zeldin RE: MTA Payroll Tax

“I would like to commend the Governor for speaking out about the need to eliminate the MTA Payroll Tax. I have heard much concern about this tax since its enactment almost two years ago. If in office in 2009, I would have never voted for it and I continue to support its full repeal. The Governor's leadership on this issue would be very welcome for all of my constituents of the Third Senatorial District. I offer my full support if he is willing to take bold action to address this important issue.”

January 21, 2011
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It’s a New Day for New York

During my campaign, I spoke often of what I would do if I was given the chance to represent us in Albany.   Now that I am in office, I have a moral obligation to live up to campaign rhetoric.  I believe that my legislative record needs to demonstrate that I remain true to the themes of my campaign: cut taxes, cut spending and create jobs. 

 

This week, in Albany, I took the first concrete steps towards making these commitments a reality.  On Wednesday, January 19th, I passed my first piece of legislation in the Senate. That proposal, Senate Bill 1919, calls for a state Constitutional amendment requiring a two-thirds “super majority” vote in both the Senate and the Assembly in order to increase any state taxes or fees. 

 

January 21, 2011
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Senator Zeldin Announces Passage of His First Piece of Legislation To Protect the Taxpayers

 “It’s a new day for New York”

 Albany, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) today announced the passage of his first piece of legislation in the New York State Senate, a state Constitutional amendment requiring a two-thirds “super majority” vote in both the Senate and the Assembly to increase any state taxes or fees. 

 

“This legislation sets the tone for what we have to do this Session in Albany.  New Yorkers have spoken and the message is loud and clear: reduce taxes, reduce spending, create jobs, and reform government,” said Senator Zeldin.

 

January 19, 2011
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Senator Lee Zeldin Honors Dr. Martin Luther King

In honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I share the following quote from Dr. King's Lincoln Memorial Address on August 28, 1963:

"Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline."

I am very proud of all your support and proud to be your new State Senator. Let Dr. King's words inspire our efforts each and every day. Our cause may change with time, but Dr. King's words should never be forgotten.

January 17, 2011
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Important Winter Phone Numbers

With more snow expected this winter, Senator Zeldin is reminding residents about contact numbers of where they can get storm-related information or services:

To report power outages or downed power lines:

* LIPA Hotline: (800) 490-0075

Information on mass transit service:

* MTA/LIRR: www.mta.info

* LIRR 24 hour travel information center: 718-217-5477

* Suffolk County Transit information: 631-852-5200

* NYC Transit travel information: 718-330-1234

January 11, 2011
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Senator Lee M. Zeldin Selected to Chair Committee on Consumer Protection

Freshman Senator Also Secures Appointment to Seven Other Committees

 

Albany, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) announced today that he has been selected to Chair the Senate Standing Committee on Consumer Protection.

 

January 11, 2011
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Statement by Senator Lee M. Zeldin on Governor Cuomo's State Of The State Message

“The message that we heard from Governor Cuomo today was very clear.   It was the same message of my campaign: cut taxes, cut spending, create jobs. 

January 5, 2011
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