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State Senate Passes Bill Increasing Hit-and-Run Penalties

Senator Lee Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley) today announced that legislation (S.2503) he cosponsored to increase the penalties for leaving the scene of a hit-and-run accident has been passed by the New York State Senate.

“The tragic hit-and-run death of Erika Hughes, a 24-year-old Mastic resident and mother of a 15-month-old girl, and the subsequent insufficient punishment of the driver who struck her and left her to die, became the rallying cry in my Senate District for serious changes in the law,” said Senator Zeldin. Hughes’ killer only received a sentence of 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison.

February 11, 2013
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Winter Safety Information from Senator Zeldin

Once again, Long Island is bracing for another significant weather event.

Below are contact numbers of where you can get storm-related information or services:

To report power outages or downed power lines:

Customers can report power outages to National Grid through the Long Island Power Authority’s (LIPA) hotline: 1-800-490-0075 or at 631-755-6900 or by visiting their Storm Central website at www.lipower.org/stormcenter from a computer or mobile device.

Information on mass transit service:

* MTA/LIRR: www.mta.info

* LIRR 24 hour travel information center: 718-217-5477

February 8, 2013
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SENATOR ZELDIN COMMENTS ON BIPARTISAN TASK FORCE ON HURRICANE SANDY RECOVERY PRELIMINARY REPORT

Task Force Makes 10 Initial Recommendations After Completing Tours of Storm Damaged Regions

Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley), Chairman of the New York State Senate Committee on Consumer Protection, today joined fellow committee members of the New York State Senate Bipartisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy Recovery at a press conference held in Albany to announce the release of a preliminary report and recommendations on Sandy relief and storm planning.

The preliminary report and recommendations come after Task Force members toured storm damaged communities across Long Island, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and the Hudson Valley.

February 4, 2013
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State Senator Lee M. Zeldin Receives “Guardian of Small Business” Award

Albany, NY- On January 24, 2013, Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley) was presented with the National Federation of Independent Business' “Guardian of Small Business” Award by NFIB New York State Director, Mike Durant, and Assistant Director, Erin DeSantis. Senator Zeldin was honored for his work on behalf of small businesses across the state.

January 24, 2013
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State Legislators Co-Sponsor Bill Increasing Hit and Run Penalties

Senator Lee Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley), Senator Ken LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R Merrick), Assemblyman Ed Hennessey (D, Medford) and Assemblyman Fred Thiele (I, Sag Harbor) announced today that they are cosponsoring legislation that would increase the penalties for leaving the scene of a hit-and-run accident. The bill was introduced this morning in the State Senate (S.2503).

January 18, 2013
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Statement from Senator Lee M. Zeldin RE: Tonight’s Vote on Gun Legislation

“The tragedies we have experienced in recent years, like last month in Newtown, Connecticut, deeply concern me and the vast majority of our state and nation. The senseless taking of innocent lives is unacceptable in any capacity. In our Constitution are certain rights which provide the foundation of America’s greatness. Its Second Amendment in no uncertain terms guarantees the right of law abiding citizens to keep and bear arms.

January 15, 2013
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State Senator Lee M. Zeldin Sworn into Second Term

Albany, NY- Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley) was sworn into office on January 9, 2013 to begin his second term as State Senator representing the 3rd Senate District. Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman administered the oath of office in the Senate Chamber at the New York State Capitol in Albany.

January 14, 2013
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STATEMENT BY NYS SENATOR LEE M. ZELDIN ON THE 2013 STATE OF THE STATE MESSAGE

Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley) today issued the following statement upon viewing the 2013 State of the State Message issued today by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

January 9, 2013
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SENATOR LEE ZELDIN ANNOUNCES STATE FUNDING FOR 3RD SENATE DISTRICT INITIATIVES

Area Projects Among Winners of Regional Economic Development Council Awards

December 19, 2012
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Thanksgiving Essays and Contributions

Dear Participant,

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. 

December 14, 2012
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Senator Zeldin: New Law Protecting Social Security Numbers Takes Effect This Week

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.

December 14, 2012
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Senator Zeldin Named to Bipartisan Senate Task Force for Hurricane Sandy Recovery

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.

December 14, 2012
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Hurricane Sandy Update

 

As New Yorkers closely monitor the path of Hurricane Sandy, it is important that we prepare for the storm’s potential impact.

October 26, 2012
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Senator Lee Zeldin & Assemblyman Dean Murray Honor Fallen Local FDNY Hero

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.

October 16, 2012
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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The following organizations are helping in the fight against breast cancer on Long Island: Please reach out to them with your questions and concerns.

Susan G. Komen For the Cure

1-877-GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636

www.komen.org

 

Adclphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program

Office: (516) 877-4320

Hotline: (800) 877-8077

www.adelphi.edu/nysbreastcancer

 

 

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 3, 2012
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Senator Zeldin & Assemblyman Graf Team Up with DFS to Bring Foreclosure Prevention Mobile Command Center to Islandia

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.

September 24, 2012
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Senator Zeldin and NY Senate Consumer Protection Committee Hold Second Hearing on Organized Retail Crime

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.

September 21, 2012
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