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Forum/Town Hall: Medford, Farmingville, Holtsville Communities: Senator Zeldin's Hamlet Day and Mobile Office Hours

Hamlet Days are a great opportunity for me to bring our state government straight to the people I proudly serve and represent. Whether you have questions about legislation before the State Senate or issues concerning a state agency, I encourage you to take full advantage of my mobile office hours on Wednesday, August 1st.”

Come sit down with Senator Zeldin or a staff member one-on-one to discuss the issues or concerns important to you. For more information, please contact: 631-585-0608 or zeldin@nysenate.gov.

Walk-ins are welcome. No appointment is necessary. Please note: All attendees who arrive by 11 am will be guaranteed a meeting with Senator Zeldin or a staff member.

August 1, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Senator Zeldin & Suffolk’s State Senate Delegation Host Career Fair at SCCC

Brentwood, N.Y. – State Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley), along with Senator Owen Johnson (R, C, I- Bayblon), Senator John Flanagan (R, C, I- East Northport), and Senator Kenneth LaValle (R, C, I- Port Jefferson), co-hosted a Career Fair this past Wednesday, July 18, 2012, at the Suffolk County Community College Grant Campus in Brentwood.

Countless job-seekers from across Suffolk County were able to come into direct contact with an array of Long Island based businesses looking to hire new employees. Senator Zeldin (above right) is pictured here with Senator Johnson (above left).

July 24, 2012
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Senator Zeldin Applauds Governor’s Swift Action on Bill to Keep NY’s Craft Beer Flowing

Ronkonkoma, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) commended Governor Cuomo today for signing into law his legislation (S.7728/ A.10695) to protect and expand New York’s craft brewing industry.

In March, as the result of a Supreme Court ruling, an unexpected and significant tax burden was placed on New York brewers. This decision unfortunately struck down an important excise tax exemption for our craft breweries.

July 18, 2012
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Senator Zeldin Votes to Repeal MTA Payroll Tax for Self-Employed Individuals

New York State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) speaks on the Senate Floor in support of Senate Bill 7165-A, sponsored by Senator Greg Ball, that will repeal the MTA Tax for self-employed individuals earning $250,000 a year or less. The bill passed the New York State Senate on June 20, 2012.

July 18, 2012
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Senator Lee Zeldin Marches in Village of Patchogue Independence Day Parade

Patchogue, N.Y. – State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) marched in the Village of Patchogue’s annual Independence Day Parade this past Wednesday, July 4, 2012. Senator Zeldin (left) is pictured here marching with Brookhaven Town Councilman Tim Mazzei (center) and Village of Patchogue Trustee John Krieger (right).

July 6, 2012
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Senator Zeldin Introduces Resolution Honoring "Tri-Hamlet Community Day"

New York State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) speaks on the Senate Floor in support of a Legislative Resolution honoring the 1st Annual "Tri-Hamlet Community Day", a free event in the Mastic, Mastic Beach, and Shirley area which highlighted some of the many historic and natural sites in these communities. The idea for the event was spawned from the Tri-Hamlet Renaissance Project, a collaborative effort of elected officials, community leaders, and Tri-Hamlet residents to revitalize their community.

July 6, 2012
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Forum/Town Hall: South Islip Communities: Senator Zeldin's Hamlet Day and Mobile Office Hours

 

"Hamlet Days are a great opportunity for me to bring our state government straight to the people I proudly serve and represent. Whether you have questions about legislation before the State Senate or issues concerning a state agency, I encourage you to take full advantage of my mobile office hours on Tuesday, July 10th.”

 

Come sit down with Senator Zeldin or a staff member one-on-one to discuss the issues or concerns important to you. For more information, please contact: 631-585-0608 or zeldin@nysenate.gov.

July 10, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Senator Lee Zeldin Joins Amneal Pharmaceuticals in Announcing Plans to Expand Yaphank Facility

Yaphank, N.Y. – State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) joined Empire State Development (ESD) Commissioner Ken Adams, and Amneal Pharmaceuticals’ CEO Chintu Patel this past Friday, June 15, 2012, to announce Amneal’s plans to expand their facility located in Yaphank.

Amneal was awarded $3 million through Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council Initiative in 2011 to assist the company in their expansion which will bring critical high-tech jobs to Suffolk County. Amneal is one of Long Island’s largest pharmaceutical companies and the proposed expansion will help strengthen the region’s position as a leader in the fields of biotechnology and pharmaceutical research.

June 21, 2012
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Forum/Town Hall: North Islip Communities: Senator Zeldin's Hamlet Day and Mobile Office Hours

"Hamlet Days are a great opportunity for me to bring our state government straight to the people I proudly serve and represent. Whether you have questions about legislation before the State Senate or issues concerning a state agency, I encourage you to take full advantage of my mobile office hours on Tuesday, June 26th.”

Come sit down with Senator Zeldin or a staff member one-on-one to discuss the issues or concerns important to you. For more information, please contact: 631-585-0608 or zeldin@nysenate.gov.

Walk-ins are welcome. No appointment is necessary. Please note: All attendees who arrive by 11 am will be guaranteed a meeting with Senator Zeldin or a staff member.

June 26, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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SENATE PASSES BILLS TO GROW CRAFT BREWING INDUSTRY IN NEW YORK

The state Senate today passed three bills to help grow and expand the craft beer industry in New York State. The bills, which represent a three-way agreement among the Senate, Assembly and Governor Cuomo, will protect an important tax benefit for small breweries that produce beer in New York, create a Farm Brewery license that will allow craft brewers to expand their operations through opening restaurants or selling new products and will exempt breweries that produce small batches of beer from paying an annual State Liquor Authority fee.

June 18, 2012
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New York State Senate Passes Legislative Package To Crack Down on Organized Retail Crime

State Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley), Chairman of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee, announced Senate passage today of his legislative bill package designed to crack down on Organized Retail Crime (ORC).

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, organized retail theft is an industry that costs United States retailers about $30 billion per year. Supermarket losses account for $15 billion of that annual theft. Additionally, state and local governments are losing out on tens of millions of dollars annually in lost sales tax and excise fee revenue.

The legislative package consists of five bills:

S.6956-A:

June 18, 2012
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Statement from Senator Lee M. Zeldin: New York Craft Beer Tax Credit

“It is critically important to do everything in our power to help New York's craft brewers succeed.  This industry has thrived and expanded over the past decade while other industries have suffered and jobs have been lost. That’s why I, as the original Senate sponsor of this legislation, am excited to help announce an agreement to keep New York’s craft beer flowing.”

June 14, 2012
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SENATE GIVES FINAL PASSAGE TO BILL PROTECTING CONSUMERS FROM INTRUSIVE TELEMARKETERS

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to a bill that protects New Yorkers from intrusive or unwanted telemarketing practices. The bill (S7567A), sponsored by Senator Lee Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley), regulates all telemarketers who do business in New York, wherever they may be located, and adds new consumer protections from unwelcome prerecorded calls, known as robocalls, from telemarketers.

“This legislation finally gives consumers the protections needed from unwanted telemarketers,” said Senator Zeldin, Chairman of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee. “By allowing individuals the ability to opt-out and by strengthening the state's registry for telemarketers, we will be reducing the flood of calls to protect New Yorkers."

June 13, 2012
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June 13, 2012
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June 13, 2012
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Senate Passes Legislation to Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse

In response to the escalating problem of prescription drug abuse, the state Senate today passed legislation that would make significant changes to the way prescription drugs are distributed and monitored in New York State.

The bill (S7637), sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza (R-I, Staten Island) and Senator Kemp Hannon (R, Nassau), Chairman of the Senate Health Committee, includes “real time” prescription tracking to provide more information to doctors and pharmacists, in an effort to prevent deaths from abuse and overdoses of prescription drugs, particularly painkillers.

June 12, 2012
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Senator Lee Zeldin Votes to Restore the Middle Class STAR Rebate Program

State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) announced Senate approval today of legislation he co-sponsored to restore the Middle Class STAR Rebate check program.

This program was originally designed to give relief to overtaxed property owners. Unfortunately, the property tax rebate was repealed in 2009 under the leadership of the former NYC based Senate Democratic Majority. This is an important program that gives help to homeowners who are struggling to pay local property taxes. With homeowners experiencing difficulty with their finances because of the troubled state of our economy, it is more important than ever to re-instate the STAR Rebate Program.

June 6, 2012
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New York State Senate Committee on Consumer Protection Targets Organized Retail Crimes

State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley), Chairman of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee, held a hearing today on Organized Retail Crimes (ORC).

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, organized retail theft is an industry that costs United States retailers about $30 billion per year. Supermarket losses account for $15 billion of that annual theft. Additionally state and local governments are losing out on tens of millions of dollars annually in lost sales tax and excise fee revenue.

Last week, the Consumer Protection Committee, passed a package of six bills (S.6954-A, S.6955-A, S.6956, S.6957-A, S.6958-B and S6959-A) designed to crack down on ORC. The legislation now awaits final senate approval.

June 5, 2012
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Senator Lee Zeldin Targets Organized Retail Crimes

State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley), Chairman of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee, announced legislative action on a bill package designed to crack down on Organized Retail Crime (ORC). The legislation (S.6954-A, S.6955-A, S.6956, S.6957-A, S.6958-B and S6959-A) passed in today’s committee meeting and will now be reported to the Senate floor for final approval.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, organized retail theft is an industry that costs United States retailers about $30 billion per year. Supermarket losses account for $15 billion of that annual theft. Additionally state and local governments are losing out on tens of millions of dollars annually in lost sales tax and excise fee revenue.

May 30, 2012
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