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.”
Senate Standing Committee on Consumer ProtectionChair: Senator Lee M. ZeldinPublic Hearing: To investigate circumstances surrounding organized retail crime and stolen goods.Place: MultiFaith Meeting Room, Touro Law Center, 225 Eastview Drive, Central Islip, New YorkTime: 11:00 A.M.Contact: Jennifer Slagen (518) 455-3570Media Contact: Marcus Povinelli (518) 455-3570ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY
East Islip, N.Y. – State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) toured the East Islip Public Library this past Tuesday, August 7, 2012. Senator Zeldin and his colleagues in the State Senate Majority were successful in securing additional aid for public libraries on Long Island during this year’s Legislative Session.
Senator Zeldin (2nd from left) is pictured here with (from left to right): Library Director Guy Edwards, Library Trustee Stanley Sadowski, Jr., and Library Trustee Joseph Montouri, Jr.
Ronkonkoma, NY – State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) presented the Amelia Earhart Award, the third highest honor given to cadets of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), to Cadet Captain Shreeya Panigrahi of the CAP Suffolk Cadets Squadron 10 this past Tuesday, August 7, 2012, at MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma.
Senator Zeldin (right) is pictured here with Captain Panigrahi (left) after the presentation.
Ronkonkoma, N.Y. – State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) joined Bridgehampton National Bank (BNB) President & CEO Kevin O’Connor, State Assemblyman Al Graf (R, C- Holbrook), Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi (R- Bay Shore), and others for a ribbon cutting ceremony this past Monday, July 30, 2012, announcing the opening of BNB’s 21st branch. This new location, named the Airport Branch, is located at 4155 Veterans Memorial Highway in Ronkonkoma.
Senator Zeldin (center) is pictured here with Legislator Cilmi (left) and Mr. O’Connor (Right).
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.