“Today, I join my colleagues in approving Thomas Prendergast, the Governors nominee to be the Chairman of the MTA.
As a member of the Senate standing Committee on Transportation, I had the opportunity to discuss with the New MTA Chairman my concerns with the way the MTA currently operates, and some suggestions on how to address those concerns including: enacting cost cutting measures, re-negotiating collective bargaining agreements, measuring the fiscal impact of the real estate transfer tax collections, selling off excess real estate holdings, reducing the cash and investment float and lowering the excessive number of managers and supervisors, just to name a few.
ALBANY- Chairman of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee, Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley), today announced that the State Senate has passed his legislation, the Counterfeit Airbag Prevention Act (S. 5037-B), to protect unsuspecting consumers from the installation of potentially fatal counterfeit airbags.
Since 2010, when U.S. customs intercepted over 300 counterfeit airbags manufactured at Guangzhou Global Auto parts, and bearing the logos of Honda, BMW, Lexus, and Audi, the US has become aware of a growing proliferation of counterfeit automobile parts.
Bills Offer Relief to Businesses, Homeowners, Local Governments, and School Districts; Increase Disaster Preparedness; and Remove Obstacles to Recovery
The New York State Senate today passed a comprehensive legislative package that provides relief to people and communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy, aids rebuilding efforts, and increases disaster preparedness. The package, made up of over 20 bills, will be integral to providing needed financial assistance to homeowners, businesses, local governments, school districts, and others still recovering from the storm, and give those responsible for disaster response the tools they need to be more effective and efficient.
Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I—Shirley) held a Community Prayer & Peace Rally at Common Ground Christian Life Center on Saturday, June 15, 2013. Building on the momentum of the prior week’s event in Brentwood, the Community Prayer and Peace Rally was formed once again to continue to bring awareness to the issue of gang related violence in our Long Island communities. Senator Zeldin currently sponsors a bill in the Senate (S.5384) taking significant action to curb gang violence.
Bishop Donald Hudson of the Common Ground Christian Life Center in Central Islip led a prayer for the victims, Keenan Russell and Derrick Mayes, of the recent deadly gang violence shootings.
Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I—Shirley) held a Community Prayer & Peace Rally at Ross Memorial Park in Brentwood to help raise awareness of the continuing issue of gang violence on Long Island and to pray for the victims of the recent deadly gang-related shootings in Central Islip, Keenan Russell and Derrick Mayes.
Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I—Shirley) attended the 10th Anniversary of the Long Island 2 Day Breast Cancer Walk on Saturday, June 8. The walk spans 2 days and covers 35 miles of Suffolk County. Over $400,000 had been raised as of the start of the walk, bringing the total funds raised to assist breast cancer survivors on Long Island to over $5,000,000 since the organization's first walk in 2004. Senator Zeldin is pictured here with Teri Bogardt.
Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) recently attended the second annual Tri-Hamlet Community Day on Saturday, June 1st, 2013. Senator Zeldin (above, center) is pictured with (from left to right) Brookhaven Town Receiver of Taxes Lou Marcoccia, NYS Assemblyman Ed Hennessey, Suffolk County Legislator Kate Browning, Tri-Hamlet Project Marketing Work Member Mike Lubrano, Senator Zeldin, Brookhaven Town Deputy Supervisor/Councilman Dan Panico, William Floyd Summit President Beth Wahl, William Floyd School Board Member Bob Guerriero,and Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine.
"It is with deep sadness, that we pause to mourn, honor and remember the life of former New York State Senator Caesar Trunzo. He was a man who dedicated his life to public service and, in so doing, profoundly impacted the lives of so many New Yorkers. The Third Senatorial District was very well represented during Senator Trunzo's time in office. He fought hard for individuals, organizations and communities throughout his Senate District. Senator Trunzo also served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946.
On May 26, 2013, Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) attended the Great River Memorial Day Parade. Pictured here with Senator Zeldin and Boy Scout Troop 205 is Islip Town Supervisor Tom Croci, Councilman Anthony Senft, Councilwoman Trish Bergin-Weichbrodt, and Assemblyman Andrew Garbarino.
Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) honored Gail Hoag, who recently retired from her position as Executive Director of the Patchogue Chamber of Commerce. At the surprise retirement party on May 23, 2013, Gail was recognized for her 15 years of service to the Patchogue Chamber.
On May 24, 2013, Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) presented Certificates of Recognition to the 27 students and 3 teachers from Eastern Suffolk Boces who recently helped Hagerman Fire Department Firefighter Ralph Lettieri, Jr. Ralph lost his left leg due to a flesh eating disease, just under a year ago. The students volunteered their time to upgrade his house and also donated Christmas toys to the Lettieri family.
Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) recently honored Master Sergeant (MSgt.) Eric Carver of East Patchogue, as his 2013 inductee to the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was created to honor and recognize outstanding veterans from the Empire State who have distinguished themselves both in military and civilian life.
In April 2013, MSgt. Carver completed his 27th year of combined U.S. Air Force service between active duty service and Air National Guard service.
Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) attended the Lake Ronkonkoma Heritage Association’s Armed Forces Day at the corner of Portion Road and Hawkins Avenue in Lake Ronkonkoma on Saturday, May 18th. Senator Zeldin spoke to the gathering regarding the importance of service to our country and honoring those who have served.
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.