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Erica Boynton

Erica Boynton captured the energy from the grief of a personal tragedy and harvested it into something that would help others. Tragically, in 2009, her 15 year old son Christopher was murdered by a member of a gang.

Ms. Boynton suffered the loss of her son and then dedicated her life to stopping gang violence.   She has helped spearhead several community events geared toward intervening in gang recruitment of youth. Dedicating herself to speaking with the youth members of her community, she is the first parent to ever speak before the students of the Brentwood School District about alternatives to gang involvement. Her campaign to get teens to “Speak Up” has spread from the middle schools to the high schools in both Central Islip and Brentwood.

May 13, 2013
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Senator Zeldin Honors Erica Boynton of Brentwood as the 3rd Senate District’s 2013 New York State Senate “Woman of Distinction”

At an award ceremony held in Albany on May 7, 2013, Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) honored Erica Boynton of Brentwood as the 3rd Senate District’s 2013 New York State Senate “Woman of Distinction.” Erica was honored for her outstanding work in the prevention of gang violence in Suffolk County. She is also a founder of the Brentwood Association of Concerned Citizens and a leader of the successful anti-graffiti and neighborhood clean-up campaign in Brentwood. The Senate’s Women of Distinction program honors the exceptional achievement, personal excellence and outstanding, courageous and heroic actions on the part of individual women from across the State. Pictured here with Senator Zeldin (right) and Erica (Center) is Leonard Tucker, Jr.

May 10, 2013
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Senator Zeldin Presents Resolution to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Pine Park Elementary

On May 3, 2013, Senator Lee Zeldin presented a Senate Resolution to the Pine Park Elementary School in Brentwood to help commemorate the school’s 50th anniversary. Pine Park Elementary is home to hundreds of Kindergarten students. Pictured with Senator Zeldin (right) and some of the students are Special Education teachers, Cara Falk and Maureen Stavrakoglou.

May 6, 2013
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Senator Lee M. Zeldin Releases Tri-Hamlet Renaissance Project First Year Progress Report

Mastic Beach, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) today released the First Year Progress Report of the Tri-Hamlet Renaissance Project.

The Project was announced on April, 29, 2012, with a 33 page collaborative report detailing proposed projects that community leaders, including local elected officials from every layer of government, have agreed to work together towards achieving.

May 3, 2013
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Senators Carlucci, Zeldin and Ball and Westchester County Executive Astorino and Putnam County Executive Odell Announce the Expansion of the PFC Joseph Dwyer PTSD Peer-to-Peer Veterans Counseling program To Westchester, Rockland and Putman Counties

Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley) today joined Senators David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester), Chairman of the Senate Mental Health Committee and Greg Ball (R,C,I-Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee as well as Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino and Putman County Executive Mary Odell to announce funding for the expansion of the PFC Joseph Dwyer PTSD Peer-to-Peer Veterans Counseling program to Westchester, Rockland and Putman Counties. The continuation and expansion of the PFC Joseph Dwyer PTSD Peer-to-Peer Veterans Counseling program was approved as part of the 2013-14 state budget.

May 2, 2013
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Senator Lee Zeldin honors five William Floyd High School alumni at the William Floyd Distinguished Alumni Day Dinner

On April 26, 2013, Senator Lee Zeldin (R,C,I- Shirley) recognized the accomplishments of five William Floyd High School alumni at the William Floyd Distinguished Alumni Day Dinner at Lombardi's on The Bay in Patchogue. Pictured from left to right are: Al Fritsch, Josephine Nobisso, Barbara Kruk, Robert Horkovich, Assemblyman Edward Hennessey and Senator Zeldin.

 

April 28, 2013
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Senator Lee Zeldin throws out the "first pitch" at the Mastic Sports Club Opening Day Ceremonies

On April 27, 2013, Senator Lee Zeldin (R,C,I- Shirley) threw out the "first pitch" at the Mastic Sports Club Opening Day Ceremonies. Also in this picture are (from right to left): Brookhaven Town Deputy Supervisor/Councilman Dan Panico, Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine, and Mastic Sports Club President Gene Mona.

April 28, 2013
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Senator Zeldin and local officials at the Osprey Park Celebration Day

On April 27, 2013, Senator Lee Zeldin (R,C,I- Shirley) helped to dedicate a park bench in memory of the late Hon. Keith Romaine, at Osprey Park Celebration Day in Mastic Beach.

April 28, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Consumer Protection Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Consumer Protection Senator Lee Zeldin, Chair 1:00 PM, Monday, April 29, 2013 Room 801 LOB

April 29, 1:00 PM - 1:18 PM
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Senator Republican Leader Skelos, and Senators Zeldin, Fuschillo, Martins, Marcellino, and Hannon, and Nassau County Executive Mangano Announce the Nassau County PFC Joseph Dwyer PTSD Peer-to-Peer Veterans Counseling program

Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley) today joined Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos, and Senators Chuck Fuschillo, Jack Martins, Carl Marcellino, and Kemp Hannon, as well as Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, to announce funding for the expansion of the PFC Joseph Dwyer PTSD Peer-to-Peer Veterans Counseling program to Nassau County. The continuation and expansion of the PFC Joseph Dwyer PTSD Peer-to-Peer Veterans Counseling program was approved as part of the 2013-14 state budget.

April 25, 2013
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Senator Zeldin Opens East Islip Autism Walk/Run

On April 21, 2013, Senator Lee Zeldin had the honor of speaking at the opening ceremony of the 7th Jigsaw Run/Walk for Autism that supports children diagnosed with autism on Long Island. Pictured with Senator Zeldin is Bea Huste Petersen, founder and Executive Director of the EJ Autism Foundation. The event, which kicked off at the East Islip Marina, was dedicated to the victims and families of Boston in the aftermath of the recent tragedy at the Boston Marathon.

April 23, 2013
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SENATE PASSES FIVE ZELDIN BILLS TARGETING ORGANIZED RETAIL CRIME

The New York State Senate today passed a package of legislation, sponsored by Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley), that would crack downn on anyone participating in Organized Retail Crime.

April 22, 2013
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SENATE PASSES ZELDIN BILL TO PUNISH PUBLIC LEWDNESS

Advocating for children, women and all law abiding citizens, Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley) today announced that the State Senate has passed legislation (S.3805) he sponsored to increase the penalties for public lewdness.

The bill creates the new crimes of Public Lewdness in the first degree, second degree and third degree and increases the penalties for anyone who repeatedly commits lewd acts in public or who targets children.

April 16, 2013
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Earth Day 2013 Poster Contest: District 3

Dear Students,

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest.   This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 3rd Senatorial District.

Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state.  I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.

I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2013 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:

Jenna Nelson

April 15, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO AND SENATOR ZELDIN OPPOSE MAYORAL CONTROL OF MTA

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the New York State Senate’s Transportation Committee, and Senator Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), a member of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, today announced their strong opposition to a proposal to have the Mayor of New York City have control over the MTA.

April 11, 2013
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THE SUFFOLK HEALTHY SOBER HOME ACT ANNOUNCED

Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley) today joined fellow elected officials and community leaders to announce the introduction of legislation to certify, assist, improve and monitor sober living homes operating in Suffolk County.

The bill is one of the core priorities of the Tri-Hamlet Renaissance Project, led by Senator Zeldin. Addressing the Sober Home issue through the creation of statewide legislation is the result of this collaborative bi-partisan, multi-governmental effort.

April 4, 2013
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