Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration. We received outstanding poems, essays, and artwork that exemplify the creativity of New York State’s young people.
The submissions received are remarkable in what they represent – showing gratitude and respect for family, friends, our troops fighting overseas, and many other important subjects and activities. I am humbled and honored to see such inspiring contributions in response to what is a deceptively difficult question: “What are you thankful for?”
On behalf of the New York State Senate, I would like to offer my wholehearted congratulations to all of the participants in this year’s Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration.
Albany, NY- New York State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley), Chairman of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee, announced that his bill, S.6608-A, which Governor Cuomo recently signed into law, takes effect this week.
The new law is designed to protect consumers from identity theft by making it illegal for individuals or businesses to request your Social Security Number (SSN) except for certain circumstances.
The Federal Trade Commission, Social Security Administration, General Accounting Office and others acknowledge that the widespread public exposure of personal information, especially SSNs, plays a significant role in identity theft.
This week, State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) was named to the New York State Senate Task Force for Hurricane Sandy Recovery.
As New York begins large-scale rebuilding efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, this bipartisan Senate task force has been charged with undertaking some of the recovery’s biggest challenges.
As federal and state aid begins to materialize, task force members will play a pivotal role in developing the short and long-term plans to help bring back these communities. Each task force member represents one of New York State’s hardest hit areas and is thus uniquely qualified to pinpoint those neighborhoods and businesses most in need.
Farmingville, N.Y. – State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) and Assemblyman Dean Murray (R, C- East Patchogue) honored fallen local FDNY hero, Lieutenant Richard Nappi, this past Saturday, October 13, 2012, by dedicating the North Ocean Ave Bridge over the Long Island Expressway as the FDNY Lt Richard Nappi Memorial Bridge during a ceremony at the Farmingville Fire Department.
Lt. Nappi, who was also a volunteer with the Farmingville Fire Department and a top instructor at the Suffolk County Fire Academy in Yaphank, is survived by his wife Mary Anne, his daughter Catherine, and son Nicholas. In 1995, he was honored as a hero for pulling his fellow firefighters out of danger during the height of the Long Island wildfires.
Islandia, N.Y. – State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) and Assemblyman Al Graf (R, C- Holbrook) partnered with the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) to bring the Department’s Foreclosure Relief Unit Mobile Command Center to Islandia this past Friday, September 21, 2012, to assist residents struggling with their home mortgages.
Pictured here are (from left to right): Senator Zeldin, George Haggerty, Executive Deputy Superintendent for Real Estate Finance at the NYS Dept. of Financial Services, Assemblyman Graf, and Village of Islandia Mayor Allan Dorman.
Central Islip, N.Y. – State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I-Shirley), Chairman of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee, held his second hearing to investigate circumstances surrounding Organized Retail Crime (ORC) this past Wednesday, September 19, 2012, at the Touro Law Center in Central Islip.
The focus of the hearing was to examine methods employed by the retail industry to combat ORC and to identify solutions to better address this growing criminal enterprise throughout New York State and around the Nation.
Farmingville, N.Y. – State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) joined local Girl Scout Ashley Modafferi of Ronkonkoma and member of Troop 244 for a Veterans Appreciation Breakfast she hosted at the VFW Farmingville Memorial Post 400 this past Saturday, September 15, 2012.
Senator Zeldin (first from left) is pictured here with (from left to right): VFW Post Commander Frank Roger, Army Sgt. Peters, Ashley Modafferi, Army Sgt Martinez, and Assemblyman Al Graf.
North Bay Shore, N.Y. – State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) marched in the Central American Day Parade this past Sunday, September 16, 2012. Senator Zeldin (center) is pictured here with the parade’s Grand Marshals, ESPN Soccer “Play-By-Play” Commentator Fernando Palomo (left) and Heartland Town Square Developer Gerald Wolkoff (right).
“On this Anniversary of September 11th, 2001, our thoughts and prayers go out to all those who lost their lives on that fateful day. Not only was 9/11 a day where the worst of human nature maliciously terrorized our great nation, it was also one where the best of our humanity shined through. Americans do not cower in the face of evil and adversity.
That is exactly what we saw on September 11, 2001, when the heroes of the FDNY and NYPD selflessly stormed the burning towers in an effort to save the lives of their fellow New Yorkers, many of them sacrificing their own in the process.
State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) released the following statement today in response to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) challenging the merits of Wednesday’s ruling by State Supreme Court Justice R. Bruce Cozzens, Jr.
Senator Zeldin also addressed the MTA’s threat to drastically increase fares and cut services as a result:
State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley) today applauded the decision of State Supreme Court Justice R. Bruce Cozzins Jr., for ruling the MTA Payroll Tax unconstitutional. Senator Zeldin has been an outspoken critic of this tax which was created in May 2009 to bailout the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).
“The MTA Payroll Tax is an unconstitutional, job killing tax, which should have never been passed in the first place,” said Senator Zeldin. “I was proud to lead the fight for a repeal in the State Legislature and am thankful that the New York State Supreme Court has ruled it unconstitutional. I congratulate the Plaintiffs of the lawsuit for fighting for this decision.”