Lee M. Zeldin's Press releases

Senator Zeldin Votes to Provide Assistance to NY Taxpayers

Albany, NY-  State Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) voted this week in favor of a measure to strengthen the rights of taxpayers.

April 14, 2011
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Senator Lee M. Zeldin Announces Next Steps in MTA Payroll Tax Repeal

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.

The MTA Payroll Tax is a tax which was placed on every business, school, local government, nonprofit and hospital in Suffolk County, costing Suffolk County Taxpayers more than $163,636,074 since its inception 2009.

“Throughout my first 100 days in office, I have been working very hard to deliver on my campaign pledges and principles that sent me to Albany, and I will continue to do so,” said Senator Zeldin. 

April 10, 2011
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Statement From Senator Lee M. Zeldin On The 2011-2012 New York State Budget

During my campaign, I committed to cut taxes, reduce spending and empower private sector job growth. This year’s State Budget is my first opportunity to make good on those commitments, and I’m very pleased that my efforts have achieved significant success.  The new $132.5 billion spending plan my Senate colleagues and I are enacting decreases year-to-year spending by 2 percent, reduces state agency operations by 10 percent, reduces Medicaid by $2.8 billion and puts New York back on the road to fiscal recovery.

March 30, 2011
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Senator Lee M. Zeldin Announces School Aid Runs

My colleagues and I in New York State Senate fought to restore Millions of Dollars in School Aid funding.  Without our hard work in the State Senate, the cuts made by the Governor might have not been restored. 

March 30, 2011
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Senator Lee Zeldin Secures Repeal of the Saltwater Fishing License Fee

Agreement in the 2011-2012 State Budget 

Albany, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) announced today a three way agreement on his efforts to repeal the Saltwater Fishing License Fee. 

“In recent days, during Budget negotiations, there have been productive discussions between leaders from the Senate, Assembly and Governor’s office with regards to the repeal of the Saltwater Fishing License Fee,” said Senator Zeldin.

March 24, 2011
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Senator Lee M. Zeldin Announces First Phase of MTA Payroll Tax Repeal and Full Repeal of the Saltwater Fishing License in Senate Budget Resolution

Albany, NY- Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) welcomed passage of today’s Senate Budget Resolution as an important first step in restoring New York’s economy and achieving several of the important initiatives for Long Islanders that he has been fighting for since taking office in January.

“I made clear from the beginning of the Budget process that I would not support any new taxes or fees,” said Senator Zeldin. “Today’s Senate Budget Resolution remains faithful to this commitment by avoiding any tax and fee increases while providing the foundation for a fiscally responsible on-time budget.

March 15, 2011
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Senator Lee M. Zeldin Announces Senate Passage of Legislation to Limit Protests at Military Funerals

“The Specialist Thomas Wilwerth Military Dignity Act” 

Albany, NY- Just over 48 hours after Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) announced the introduction of legislation to ban protests at Military Funerals, “The Specialist Thomas Wilwerth Military Dignity Act” passed the full Senate.

March 14, 2011
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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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