State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R-C-I Shirley) today issued the following statement criticizing the MTA for mistakenly threatening fare increases and service cuts as the only option to save money in manner that wouldn't be "very painful"(cited in today’s Suffolk Times article):
Hauppauge, NY- Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) and Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) announced today the introduction of legislation to repeal the job killing MTA Payroll Tax. This announcement came on the heels of months of studying, listening and learning about the MTA and its financial situation. Also joining them at today's announcement in Hauppauge was Senate co-sponsor Kenneth P. LaValle (R, C, I- Port Jefferson).
Patchogue, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) (Above, Center) held his first meeting of the Blue Ribbon “John P. Jennings Veterans’ Advisory Panel” today at St. Josephs College in Patchogue.
The panel included dozens of veterans, members of veterans’ organizations and experts in the field of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Hauppauge, NY- Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) will announce the introduction of legislation to repeal the MTA Payroll Tax. This announcement comes on the heels of months of studying, listening and learning about the MTA and their financial situation.
Senator Zeldin will be making this announcement on the steps of the State Office Building in Hauppauge. Joining Senator Zeldin will be Co-prime sponsor Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola). This legislation will be introduced in the Assembly by Assemblyman George Latimer (D-Westchester).
The MTA Payroll Tax is a job killing tax that, in 2009, was placed on every business, school, local government, nonprofit and hospital in Suffolk County and throughout the 12 county MTA region.
Great River, NY – State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I – Shirley) attended the Great River 2011 Memorial Day Parade this weekend in honor of the many brave men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who have given their lives in service to our Country.
Senator Zeldin (above right) is pictured here with the Great River Cub Scout Pack 205, with whom he marched alongside in Sunday’s parade. Also pictured are Pack 205 Leader, Mike Arens (above center) and Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi (R – Bay Shore) (center right).
Hauppauge, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) announced today that he is kicking off a drive to collect cell phones for soldiers. Zeldin (Above, Center), a captain in the U.S. Army Reserves, said that his office in the State Office Building in Hauppauge (250 Veteran's Memorial Hwy. Hauppauge, NY), will serve as a collection site for the Cell Phones for Soldiers project.
Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded by teenagers, Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, from Norwell, Mass., with $21 of their own money. Since then, the registered 501c3 non-profit organization has raised almost $2 million in donations and distributed more than 500,000 prepaid calling cards to soldiers serving overseas.
Last night, State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley), honored Judy Pepenella of Patchogue as a 2011 New York State Senate “Woman of Distinction.”
Judy Pepenella is a single mom who is raising two teenage children and is an advertising account representative for a small business on Long Island. Ms. Pepenella has devoted the last two and a half years of her life fighting for her country as a member of a local grassroots activist organization. Her activism has led her to become involved in local, state and federal politics over the last three years.
Bayport, NY – State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I-Shirley), along with 7 other Long Island Republican State Senators, recently held a news conference to pressure the State Assembly Democratic Majority into acting on property tax cap legislation that passed the Senate earlier this year. The Long Island Senators were joined by Bayport residents, Richard and Joanne Curley, whose property taxes have increased 16.2% to $11,033 in the past three years.
More than 18,000 taxpayers have signed the Senate Republicans’ PassTheTaxCap.Com petition urging the Assembly to join the Senate and pass the Governor’s property tax cap bill.
State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I-Shirley) presented a poster commemorating the introduction of the Purple Heart stamp as a Forever stamp to Commander Leo Belanger of VFW Post 8651 of the Mastics and Shirley. Senator Zeldin (Above, Left), a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves, is also the Senior Vice-Commander of Post 8651. Commander Belanger (Above, Right) is a Vietnam Veteran.
Long Island’s Republican State Senators held a news conference today to pressure the State Assembly into acting on property tax cap legislation that passed the Senate earlier this year. More than 18,000 taxpayers have signed Senate Republicans’ PassTheTaxCap.Com petition urging the Assembly to join the Senate and pass the Governor’s property tax cap bill.
“Passing the Governor’s hard property tax cap bill was one of the first things the Senate did this year and, unfortunately, the bill has languished in the Assembly,” Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos said.
State Senator Lee M. Zeldin recently welcomed Joe Destefano, a Commissioner of the Medford Fire District (Above, Left) and Don Corkery, a Commissioner of the Sayville Fire District (Above, Right) to Albany on May 16. They are pictured with Senator Zeldin on the Senate floor underneath the historic Chamber clock.
Waverly Ave Bridge over Long Island Expressway to be named the Grace Peshkur Memorial Bridge
Albany, NY- Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley), announced today Senate passage of S.4385A, a bill to name the Waverly Ave Bridge over Long Island Expressway after Grace Peshkur.
Grace Peshkur of Holtsville, passed away exactly two years ago on May 17, 2009 at the age of seven. She had suffered from Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), a connective tissue disease causing blisters in the skin and mucosal membranes. EB sufferers resemble burn victims but their wounds never heal.
Repeals pistol and revolver ballistic identification databank
Albany, NY- Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley), Chairman of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee announced that S.459, passed the committee today and will now move to the Senate floor for full consideration.
S.459, sponsored by Senator Mike Nozzolio, repeals the pistol and revolver ballistic identification databank, otherwise known as the New York Combined Ballistic Identification System (CoBIS). CoBIS has failed to produce a single “hit” on a gun crime since its inception, and is costing New York State taxpayers $4 million per year.
Senator Sends Governor Open Letter Highlighting Potential Solutions to MTA Fiscal Woes
In an open letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo, State Senate Lee M. Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley) today called on the Governor to become more involved in addressing the MTA’s fiscal woes, and repealing the MTA Payroll Tax.
In addition to reiterating his support for a thorough top-down forensic audit of the MTA, Senator Zeldin also highlighted a dozen potential cost saving solutions. These include:
-- Eliminate overtime abuse- well over $400 million is spent on overtime annually;
-- MTA should share in enforcement camera fines in MTA bus lanes;
-- Competitive bidding/ privatization of NYC bus system;
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.