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.
For generations as Long Islanders, we have enjoyed our right to fish for free. Two years ago, that right was taken away from us. Fishing is part of our history, and for many its part of the reason why we live here.
We shouldn’t have to pay for something that we have always enjoyed for free. That is why I have introduced S.3638, which repeals the Saltwater Fishing License Fee.
Albany, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) recently met with members of the New York State VFW Legislative Committee in Albany. Senator Zeldin, a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves, had the opportunity to discuss issues of top importance to our veterans community. Zeldin, a Senior Vice-Commander of his VFW Post, is currently a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs.
Ronkonkoma, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) recently honored former State Senator Caesar Trunzo at the annual Ronkonkoma Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal Ball. Former Senator Trunzo was appointed to serve as the Grand Marshal for the 2011 Ronkonkoma Saint Patrick’s Day Parade which will take place on March 13, 2011.
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.
Central Islip, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) recently toured the new NYIT Community Health Clinic being built on Carleton Avenue in Central Islip. Pictured here is Senator Zeldin (above, right) with Dr. Tom Scandelis, Dean of NYIT School of Medicine, reviewing the blueprints for the new facility.
Hauppauge, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) will be holding his first press conference as State Senator on Saturday, February 26 at 1 PM. The event will take place at the 2011 Suffolk County Boat and Sport Fishing Show in Brentwood, NY. Dozens of Long Islanders are expected to attend in support of the repeal of the Saltwater Fishing License fee. This fee was enacted by the New York State Legislature two years ago and has been resented by Long Islanders ever since. Senator Zeldin is expected to announce legislation to repeal it.
WHO: Senator Lee M. Zeldin and members of the Long Island fishing community
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.
Garden City, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) attended a public hearing today on Mandate Relief and the creation of a Real Property Tax Cap. Long Island Senators John Flanagan (R, C, I- East Northport) and Jack Martins (R,C, I-Mineola) hosted this joint committee hearing in Nassau County, NY, and invited Zeldin (above, right) to participate on the panel. This hearing focused on the policies and mechanisms that can be used to accomplish the two goals of Mandate Relief and a Real Property Tax Cap, as well as their impact on taxpayers, local governments, school districts, labor, businesses and jobs.
Albany, NY- Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) met this week with members of Eastern Suffolk BOCES. The group was in Albany to discuss a number of issues with Senator Zeldin. Topics ranged from an overview of BOCES services to the state's budget cuts. School districts have been using BOCES programs for shared services with other school districts. Pictured here with Senator Zeldin from left to right: Senator Zeldin, Terry Cucina, Cheryl Rosolie, Linda Dackow and Francis Nilsen.
Hauppauge, NY- Senate Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) was recently honored by local school districts for his interest and dedication to local education issues. Pictured here, Senator Zeldin (Left) was presented this award by local students who attended the Longwood School District’s 7th annual Regional Legislative Breakfast.
Sayville, NY- Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) awarded a New York State Senate Certificate of Recognition to Kiona Bustamante from Sayville High School for winning the statewide Youth Art Contest. Her winning flag design will represent New York State in Washington, DC and at the next National Art Education Association Convention in Seattle, Washington in March.
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Shirley, NY- Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) met with the William Floyd School District this week to discuss the upcoming State budget and what can be done to help alleviate unfunded mandates placed on local school districts by the State. Pictured here from left to right are: Anne Marie Marrone Caliendo, Assistant Superintendent of Business, Dr. Paul Casciano, Superintendent of Schools, Senator Zeldin and Malasia Walker, Director of Special Education.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.