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Senator Zeldin Recognizes Sayville High School Student Kiona Bustamante

Sayville, NY- Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) awarded a New York State Senate Certificate of Recognition to Kiona Bustamante from Sayville High School for winning the statewide Youth Art Contest. Her winning flag design will represent New York State in Washington, DC and at the next National Art Education Association Convention in Seattle, Washington in March.

February 14, 2011
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Legislative Questionnaire "Let Your Voice Be Heard"

As your State Senator your views are important to me.

The legislative questionnaire below is your opportunity to let your voice be heard.  Please keep in mind that these questions do not necessarily reflect my views. This is your chance to express your opinion. I want to know your position on the important issues facing our community so that I may best represent you.

Please provide your contact information and e-mail address below. Everyone who answers this survey will receive a copy of the tabulated results. All responses will be kept confidential.

Thank you for taking the time to participate.

February 11, 2011
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State Senator Zeldin Meets with William Floyd School District

Shirley, NY- Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) met with the William Floyd School District this week to discuss the upcoming State budget and what can be done to help alleviate unfunded mandates placed on local school districts by the State. Pictured here from left to right are: Anne Marie Marrone Caliendo, Assistant Superintendent of Business, Dr. Paul Casciano, Superintendent of Schools, Senator Zeldin and Malasia Walker, Director of Special Education.

February 11, 2011
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JOINT STATEMENT BY SENATORS LEE M. ZELDIN AND JACK M. MARTINS

“Since before we came into office on January 1st, 2011, we have had to contend, on an almost daily basis, with inquiries about state government funding which our predecessors promised local governments and non-profit agencies in our districts during this past year.    

February 9, 2011
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Senator Zeldin Tours New Patchogue YMCA

Patchogue, NY-  Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) recently toured the new 54,000 square foot facility in the Village of Patchogue.  Senator Zeldin is pictured here with Patchogue YMCA Executive Director, Donna Boyle. 

February 8, 2011
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Senator Zeldin Holds First Consumer Protection Committee Meeting

Albany, NY-  Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) today held his first Consumer Protection Committee Meeting.   Senator Zeldin (pictured above, center) reported three bills through the Committee today, including S.1833, sponsored by Senator Flanagan which prohibits the sale of salvia divinorum in New York.  Also reported out of Committee today was S.2910, sponsored by Senator Zeldin, which amends the telemarketing sales calls statewide registry to include unwanted facsimile transmissions.

February 8, 2011
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Enhanced School Tax Relief Program (STAR) Application Deadline March 1, 2011

As we move into February, I want to take this take this opportunity to inform you about a very important deadline regarding your STAR property tax exemption savings on your tax bill this year. 

 

If you own your primary residence, turn 65 years of age at any time during 2011 and meet the income requirements, you might be eligible for the Enhanced STAR school tax exemption.  The Enhanced STAR exemption is more than two times the value of the Basic STAR exemption you may already be receiving. 

 

February 7, 2011
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Zeldin to Commission Blue Ribbon “John P. Jennings” Veterans’ Advisory Panel

Zeldin to Commission Blue Ribbon “John P. Jennings” Veterans’ Advisory Panel

Board to Focus on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other Veterans’ Issues

Albany, NY- In keeping with his campaign promises, Army Veteran and State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) today announced the creation of the John P. Jennings Veterans’ Advisory Panel to assist with the creation of legislation to help our Veterans community.

“To further fulfill my campaign promises, I am assembling this advisory panel to assist me in creating important legislation for veterans and their families,” said Zeldin.

February 7, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Consumer Protection Meeting

Senate Committee on Consumer ProtectionLee M. ZeldinTuesday, February 8th, 2011 10:00amRoom 801 LOB

February 8, 10:00 AM - 10:05 AM
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Zeldin Posthumously Awards New York State Senate Liberty Medal To Infantryman John P. Jennings

Hauppauge, NY- State Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) announced today that he has presented the New York State Senate Liberty Medal to the family of Iraq War Veteran John P. Jennings of Suffolk County.

“John was a man who sacrificed so much of himself in Iraq, experienced the loss of many of his comrades in arms, and suffered injuries that haunted him until the end. He was fiercely loyal and patriotic to his core,” said Senator Zeldin.  “I am presenting this medal as a tribute to his service to his country and the great credit his service has brought upon the State of New York.”

February 4, 2011
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Statement from Senator Lee M. Zeldin RE: Governor Cuomo’s Budget Proposal

“I will be analyzing Governor Cuomo’s Budget Proposal very thoroughly in the coming days and weeks.  I will continue to work hard for a balanced budget that does not include any tax increases. For the past two years, Long Islanders and Third Senate District taxpayers have been shortchanged by Albany politicians.  I will work hard to make sure that our district's interests and region's interests are not ignored. "

 

February 1, 2011
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Statement from Senator Lee M. Zeldin RE: Property Tax Cap

“Today's vote shows that there is bipartisan support for property tax relief in New York State.  I am looking forward to working with Local Governments, School Districts and others on a comprehensive package of governmental reforms.  We need to move forward on mandate relief to ensure that we reach our goals of both a quality education for our youth and property tax relief for our families.  This property tax cap should only be a first step towards progress."

 

January 31, 2011
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Join the Fight to Require a 'Super-Majority' Vote to Raise Taxes and Fees

Taxes are the most important issue plaguing the Third Senate District, Long Island and New York State.  In the past two years, the New York State Legislature has increased taxes and fees by $14 billion.  Raising taxes should be a last resort, not a first option.

January 28, 2011
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Senator Lee M. Zeldin Welcomes New Commissioner of Health for New York State

Albany, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) met with and welcomed Dr. Nirav Shah, the new Commissioner of Health for New York State.  Senator Zeldin joined the rest of the State Senate on Monday January 24, 2011, to unanimously approve his nomination.

 

January 26, 2011
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Statement from Senator Lee M. Zeldin RE: MTA Payroll Tax

“I would like to commend the Governor for speaking out about the need to eliminate the MTA Payroll Tax. I have heard much concern about this tax since its enactment almost two years ago. If in office in 2009, I would have never voted for it and I continue to support its full repeal. The Governor's leadership on this issue would be very welcome for all of my constituents of the Third Senatorial District. I offer my full support if he is willing to take bold action to address this important issue.”

January 21, 2011
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It’s a New Day for New York

During my campaign, I spoke often of what I would do if I was given the chance to represent us in Albany.   Now that I am in office, I have a moral obligation to live up to campaign rhetoric.  I believe that my legislative record needs to demonstrate that I remain true to the themes of my campaign: cut taxes, cut spending and create jobs. 

 

This week, in Albany, I took the first concrete steps towards making these commitments a reality.  On Wednesday, January 19th, I passed my first piece of legislation in the Senate. That proposal, Senate Bill 1919, calls for a state Constitutional amendment requiring a two-thirds “super majority” vote in both the Senate and the Assembly in order to increase any state taxes or fees. 

 

January 21, 2011
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Senator Zeldin Announces Passage of His First Piece of Legislation To Protect the Taxpayers

 “It’s a new day for New York”

 Albany, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) today announced the passage of his first piece of legislation in the New York State Senate, a state Constitutional amendment requiring a two-thirds “super majority” vote in both the Senate and the Assembly to increase any state taxes or fees. 

 

“This legislation sets the tone for what we have to do this Session in Albany.  New Yorkers have spoken and the message is loud and clear: reduce taxes, reduce spending, create jobs, and reform government,” said Senator Zeldin.

 

January 19, 2011
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Senator Lee Zeldin Honors Dr. Martin Luther King

In honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I share the following quote from Dr. King's Lincoln Memorial Address on August 28, 1963:

"Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline."

I am very proud of all your support and proud to be your new State Senator. Let Dr. King's words inspire our efforts each and every day. Our cause may change with time, but Dr. King's words should never be forgotten.

January 17, 2011
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