Senator Zeldin Congratulates Recipients of New Economic Growth Investments From New York State

Albany, NY- Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) congratulated the winners announced today from the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council’s proposal.

Related to the Third Senate District, Senator Zeldin was pleased that Governor Cuomo selected the Ronkonkoma Hub, Brentwood’s Heartland Project, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and other projects impacting his district.

“I thank Governor Cuomo and his economic team for making these investments in the Third Senate District. These projects will be a transformational economic spark for our community for job growth and economic stability.”

December 8, 2011

Senator Zeldin Secures Repeal in MTA Payroll Tax

“Today is the start of the much anticipated repeal of the MTA Payroll Tax. This is a huge victory for my constituents, the taxpayers of the Third Senate District.

As a result of the agreement between the Legislature and the Governor, 78.2 percent of all employers (over 700,000 taxpayers) will see a total elimination of the tax. Many others will receive a reduction.

I very much appreciate Governor Cuomo’s good faith efforts working with Senate Republicans to remove this unfair burden on Long Island businesses, nonprofits and others.

December 7, 2011


Ronkonkoma, N.Y. – The Business Council of New York State recently released their 2011 Voters’ Guide, which measures New York State legislators’ “Commitment to improving the state’s economic climate and performance by scoring their support for key business legislation during the 2011 session.” Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) received the Business Council’s highest score.

November 15, 2011

Senator Lee Zeldin Hosts Home Mortgage Information Seminar for Residents of the 3rd Senate District

Central Islip, N.Y. – Recognizing that many communities within the 3rd Senate District were among the hardest hit by the recent foreclosure crisis, State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) hosted a Home Mortgage Informational Seminar this past Wednesday, November 2, 2011, at the Central Islip High School.

Representatives from the Economic Opportunity Council (E.O.C.) of Suffolk County and the Long Island Housing Partnership, Inc., were on hand to provide one-on-one counseling with the many individuals who were in attendance. Presentations were also made on various topics, including the Federal Homes Affordable Act (HAMP) modification loan procedures, short sales, deed in lieu of foreclosure, mortgage redemption, and forbearance.

November 7, 2011

Senator Lee Zeldin Honors Local Businessman Santiago Reyes at State Senate’s “Unidad Latina” Conference

New York, N.Y. – State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) joined his colleagues in the State Senate and the Hispanic Federation this past weekend for a two-day “Unidad Latina” economic conference to discuss ways to increase economic opportunities for the growing Hispanic community in New York.

During the conference, Senator Zeldin (above right) recognized Santiago Reyes, a successful entrepreneur and Brentwood small business owner, as “Business Owner of the Year.”

Pictured here with Senator Zeldin are (from left to right): Senator Jack Martins (R- Mineola), Santiago Reyes, Keyry Reyes, and Mrs. Blanca Reyes.

October 27, 2011

Zeldin, Murray: State DEC Announces Permit Modifications for L.I. Compost

YAPHANK, NY - In a new development regarding odor and dust complaints in Yaphank, New York State Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) and Assemblyman Dean Murray (R, C- East Patchogue) today announced that the state's Department of Environmental Conservation has informed Long Island Compost of a permit modification for certain operations.

The DEC modification removes the variance allowing the company to operate an un-enclosed transfer station; limits the size of mulch piles at the facility; and prohibits storage of uncured compost. A copy of the DEC's correspondence containing the modifications accompanies this release.

October 27, 2011
October 17, 2011

Senator Lee Zeldin Attends Official Kick-Off of “Can Tabs for Kids” Program

Mastic Beach, N.Y. – State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) attended the official kick-off of the "Can Tabs for Kids" program at the William Floyd Elementary School in Mastic Beach this past Friday, October 7, 2011. The program is a fundraising project to help in the fight against childhood cancer. Last year, the students of William Floyd Elementary collected over 1,000 tabs and were able to donate $1,506 to the Sunrise Fund of Stony Brook Hospital.

Each week, the students bring bags of can tabs (similar to the one pictured here) to Gershow Recycling where they are weighed and recycled. "Can Tabs for Kids" was the idea of Maria Marks, a William Floyd Elementary School student who was diagnosed with cancer at an early age.

October 12, 2011

Senator Lee Zeldin Honors Local Community Leaders at Hispanic Heritage Ceremony

Hauppauge, N.Y. – In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) hosted his first annual Hispanic Heritage Ceremony this past Wednesday, October 5, 2011, at the New York State Office Building in Hauppauge.

Senator Zeldin (above center) honored five local Hispanic leaders from the 3rd Senate District for their many achievements and contributions to the community.

October 7, 2011

NYS School Boards Assoc. Endorses Sen. Zeldin’s MTA Payroll Tax Repeal Legislation

Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I –Shirley) announced today that the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) has endorsed his MTA Payroll Tax Repeal legislation.

S.5596-A/A.8193-A passed the New York State Senate on June 15, 2011, with a bi-partisan vote, 40-22. The bill was introduced in the Assembly by Assemblyman George Latimer (D-Rye). Twenty-one other Assembly Members have signed on as co-sponsors of this legislation, including Dean Murray (R, C- East Patchogue), Al Graf (R, C- Holbrook), Dan Losquadro (R, C- Shoreham), and Fred Thiele (I- Sag Harbor).

The New York State School Boards Association released the following statement:

October 7, 2011

Senator Lee Zeldin Participates in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

Shirley, NY – State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk this past Sunday, October 2, 2011, at Dowling College’s Brookhaven Campus in Shirley. Senator Zeldin (above center) is pictured here with his team of 25 walkers from the local community who were able to raise over $3,000 for this worthy cause.

October 4, 2011

Senator Lee Zeldin Holds Second Meeting of The Blue Ribbon “John P. Jennings Veterans’ Advisory Panel”

Central Islip, N.Y. – State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) held the second meeting of the Blue Ribbon “John P. Jennings Veterans’ Advisory Panel” this past Wednesday, September 28, 2011, at the Touro Law Center in Central Islip.

The panel was named in honor of Infantryman John P. Jennings, a Suffolk County resident who passed away on January 10, 2011. John’s long struggle with the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) followed a deployment to Iraq from September 2004 to October 2005. This past February, Zeldin presented Jennings’ family with the New York State Liberty Medal, the highest award given by the New York State Senate for citizenry.

October 3, 2011

Senator Zeldin Delivers on Military Dignity Act Promise

Governor Cuomo Signs Bills To Limit Protests at Military Funerals

Ronkonkoma, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R-C-I Shirley) announced today that Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law Senator Zeldin’s bill to limit protests at military funerals.

In keeping with his 2010 campaign promises, Senator Zeldin sponsored and delivered passage of a series of bills, one of them named after Specialist Thomas J. Wilwerth, an Iraq War Veteran who lost his life in combat in 2006.

The bills, sponsored by Senators Lee Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley) and Joseph Griffo (R-C, Rome), balance the constitutional right of free speech with the need to protect families mourning the loss of their fallen servicemember.

September 27, 2011

Join State Senator Lee Zeldin in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

"This is a great opportunity to bring our community together for a good cause. I am proud to help support this event and I hope to see you there. Together, we can work to help save lives."

~ Senator Lee Zeldin

For more information, or to help sponsor at team, please visit:

or call Senator Zeldin's Office at (631) 585-0608 and ask for Linda.

October 2, 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

State Senators Lee Zeldin, Roy McDonald, and Ken LaValle Host Autism Forum on Long Island

Central Islip, N.Y. – State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley), State Senator Roy J. McDonald (R- Saratoga), Chairman of the State Senate Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee, and State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R, C, I- Port Jefferson) hosted an Autism and similar type developmental disabilities forum this past Tuesday, September 13, 2011, at the Touro Law Center in Central Islip. Senator Zeldin, and his colleagues Senator McDonald and Senator LaValle, talked with and listened to experts, educators, service providers, individuals and their families on issues relating to autism and developmental disabilities.

September 15, 2011

Statement from Senator Lee M. Zeldin RE: 10th Anniversary of September 11th, 2001

“On the 10th Anniversary of September 11th, 2001, we all honor and remember those who lost their lives on that tragic day,” said State Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley).

9/11 will forever remain a day of reflection for all Americans, one now ingrained in the American psyche for generations to come. Not only must we remember the tragedy and terror of the day, but also the courage and great sacrifice of those first responders who answered the call when their fellow Americans needed them most.

September 9, 2011