RONKONKOMA—On Wednesday, June 2, 2014, Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R,C—Shirley) welcomed home long-time friend and Islip Town Supervisor, Commander Tom Croci, USN-Intel officer, from his 3rd deployment to Afghanistan.
On this last deployment, Commander Croci was stationed in Afghanistan from September 28, 2013-June 22, 2014 while supporting special operations forces. A Hero’s welcome was held at MacArthur Airport in his honor and Senator Zeldin was on hand to present the Supervisor with a proclamation and to thank him for his dedicated service to our nation.
Senator Zeldin is pictured above with Commander Croci during the ceremony.
Senator Zeldin Slams New Rivera Illegal Immigration Bill
Bill Would Grant Citizenship to Illegal Immigrants
ALBANY—Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I—Shirley), just released the following statement in response to the introduction of a bill by Senator Gustavo Rivera (S. 7879) that would grant citizenship to illegal immigrants and provide them with rights as such including access to Medicaid and tuition assistance:
Senator Zeldin Protects Children from Identity Theft
ALBANY—Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I—Shirley), Chair of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee, announced today that his bill aimed at protecting minor children from identity theft passed in the Senate.
The bill, S. 6682-B, will create a mechanism whereby parents or guardians can place a freeze on the credit record of a minor child in order to prevent their child from becoming a victim of identity theft.
PATCHOGUE—On Friday, June 13th, 2014, Senator Lee Zeldin (R,C,I—Shirley) was the Guest Speaker at the Annual Flag Day Ceremony hosted by Patchogue Elks Lodge 1323. The ceremony included the singing of the Star Spangled Banner, America the Beautiful and God Bless America, and featured remarks on the history and importance of our nation's flag.
Senator Zeldin is pictured above with members of Girl Scout Troop 335 Patchogue who also participated in the ceremony.
Center Moriches—On Friday, June 7, 2014, Senator Lee Zeldin (R,C,I—Shirley) joined local officials and community members for the Annual Blessing of the Fleet at Senix Marina. Senator Zeldin was a key speaker at the event’s opening ceremony and is pictured above with (from left to right) Dale Javino, Danny Rivera, Brookhaven Town Councilman Dan Panico, John Paul Ceramello, Sr. and Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine.
Senator Lee Zeldin (R,C,I—Shirley) attended the 3rd Annual Tri-Hamlet Community Day, on Saturday May 31st. The celebration was held to promote the hidden treasures of the community, including the Manor of St. George, site of American victory in Revolutionary War, and William Floyd Estate, home of a Signer of the Declaration of Independence. The other included sites were the grave of Revolutionary War General and Hero Nathaniel Woodhull, Wertheim Wildlife Refuge, and the TWA800 Memorial.
Senator Zeldin is pictured above at the Ceremonial Kick off with fellow elected officials, numerous other community leaders, as well as the Huntington Revolutionary War Militia.
Senator Lee Zeldin Lowers Hunting and Fishing Fees for Long Island Seniors
ALBANY—Senator Lee Zeldin (R,C,I—Shirley) announced that his bill to lower the age limits in which seniors are entitled to receive a reduction in fees for various hunting, fishing and trapping licenses passed in the Senate today.
The bill, S. 5133, changes the senior citizen age accepted by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation from seventy to sixty-five.
After the last mile of the parades have been walked and the barbeque flames have been extinguished—the flame of devotion to our veterans must be further extended. In honoring our veterans, those who have sacrificed the entirety of their lives to protect our own, it is critical that we carry the spirit of this past weekend with us far beyond a short holiday.
Memorial Day is about celebrating and remembering those who have lost their lives in service to our great nation. Words will never be enough to say thank you.
Yet, what better way to honor those we have lost than to ensure that their brothers and sisters in arms are treated with the highest caliber of respect and are afforded the very best care upon their return?
RONKONKOMA—This past Memorial Day, Senator Lee Zeldin (R,C,I—Shirley) addressed local veterans and community members following the Lake Ronkonkoma Memorial Day Parade at Raynor Beach Park, thanking them for their service and honoring their fallen comrades.
Senator Zeldin is pictured above with community veterans during the address.
ALBANY—On March 20, 2014, Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I—Shirley) inducted a local hero into the NYS Senate's Veterans Hall of Fame: VFW State Commander Michael Pascal.
A resident of Suffolk County for the past 41 years, Commander Pascal served the U.S. Army from 1966 thru 1969. He honorably served in the Vietnam War and his passion for serving his fellow veterans has stayed with him far beyond his years of service in uniform.
“Please take a minute to join me in thanking those, like Commander Pascal, who have sacrificed their lives-on and off the battlefield-in defense of our nation, our Constitution, and our freedoms,” said Senator Zeldin. “Thank you to all of our servicemen and women for your selfless commitment.”
Michael Pascal served in the United States Army from 1966 thru 1969. He served a tour in Germany with HHC, 1st Brigade, 24th Infantry Division, and also with Alfa Company, 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment and 24th Infantry Division. It was from this Unit, at Fort Riley, Kansas, that Mr. Pascal was sent to Vietnam.
In Vietnam, Mr. Pascal served with the 588th Direct Support, an Ordinance Company, based in Chu Lai, I Corp., as part of the Da Nang support operation. The 588th supported the American Division, 108th Artillery Group, and elements of the 1st Cavalry, 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions.
In 1973, Mr. Pascal and his family relocated from the Flatbush section of Brooklyn to Medford, Long Island, where they have resided for the past forty-one years.
ALBANY—At a ceremony in Albany on Tuesday, May 13, Senator Lee Zeldin (R,C,I—Shirley) presented the Honorable A. Gail Prudenti with the NYS Senate’s annual Woman of Distinction Award.
In her role as the Chief Administrative Judge of the Courts of New York State, Judge Prudenti manages the administration and operation of our state’s Unified Court System, making her responsible for a budget of over $2 billion, 3,600 state and local judges and 15,000 non-judicial employees in over 350 court locations around the state.
The Honorable A. Gail Prudenti is the Chief Administrative Judge of the Courts of New York State as well as a New York State Supreme Court Justice. As Chief Administrative Judge, she oversees the administration and operation of the New York State Unified Court System, with a budget of over $2 billion, 3,600 state and local judges and 15,000 non-judicial employees in over 350 court locations around the state.
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.