Peer to Peer Pilot Program Targeted to Assist Veterans Suffering from PTSD and TBI
Sayville, NY- Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) announced today that the New York State Senate, Assembly and Governor Andrew Cuomo, approved funding for the PFC Joseph Dwyer Program, a pilot program for four counties, including Suffolk County, to help returning veterans cope with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) by offering a Peer to Peer mentoring program.
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 2012 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:
Sayville, N.Y. - State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) attended the Smith Wever American Legion Post's 6th Annual Women's History Month Celebration this past Saturday, March 24, 2012, at the Florence Evans Memorial Park in downtown Sayville.
Islip Terrace, N.Y. – As negotiations continue on the 2012-13 State Budget, State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley), State Senator John Flanagan (R, C, I- East Northport), chair of the Senate Education Committee, State Senator Owen J. Johnson (R, C, I- West Babylon), and Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi (R, C, I- Bay Shore), attended the East Islip School District’s Legislative Breakfast this past Friday, March 23, 2012, to discuss the district’s fiscal priorities and ways to ensure equitable funding for our schools here on Long Island.
Albany, NY- Responding to a story in today’s Newsday, Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley), Chairman of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee, announced he will introduce legislation to protect consumers at the gas pump.
“I am concerned that some gas stations on Long Island are getting away with charging consumers as much as $1 per gallon more for credit card than with cash. Moreover, the deceptive advertising that is happening is outrageous and has to stop,” said Senator Zeldin.
State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I-Shirley) announced today that within this week’s State Senate 2012-2013 Budget Resolution, there will be much needed tax relief for New York’s Senior Citizens.
Senator Michael Ranzenhofer (R, C, I-Amherst) and Senator Zeldin introduced this legislation (S.6286) in January and have been actively advocating on its behalf since. On February 29, 2012, the Senate’s Aging Committee unanimously passed their bill to restore the STAR Rebate Check for seniors.
“The return of the STAR Rebate will give struggling seniors on fixed incomes a little breathing room,” said Senator Zeldin. “The Rebate Check should not have been repealed in 2009 and it is important that we bring it back to provide property tax relief to seniors who need it most.”
Medford, NY- Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) and Assemblyman Dean Murray (R, C- East Patchogue) presented The New York State Senate Veteran Hall of Fame Memorial in honor of Medal of Honor recipient Lt. Michael Murphy to the Patchogue-Medford High School this past Thursday, March 8, 2012. Lt. Murphy, a Navy SEAL who gave his life while fighting in Afghanistan, was also a graduate of Patchogue-Medford High School.
Senator Zeldin (6th from right) and Assemblyman Murray (4th from right) are pictured here with Patchogue-Medford Superintendent of Schools Michael Locantore (5th from left), Patchogue-Medford High School Principal Randy Rusielewicz (2nd from right), and various members of local veterans organizations who came out to honor the memory of Lt. Murphy.
Albany, N.Y – State Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) and State Senator Roy McDonald (R- Saratoga) hosted a public hearing on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Combat Veterans in Albany this past Wednesday, February 29, 2012, to gain information to help improve early diagnoses, increase access to treatment, and provide crisis and support services.
Both McDonald (above left) and Zeldin (above right) have both served in the military. McDonald served in the U.S. Army’s First Cavalry Division as a Forward Observer in the Vietnam War. In the summer of 2006, while assigned to the Army’s elite 82nd Airborne Division, Zeldin deployed to Iraq with an infantry battalion of fellow paratroopers in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Albany, N.Y. – New York State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) announced the passage of his legislation today to help protect the confidentiality of victims of sexual violence.
The bill (S.4073B), which will allow victims of sexual violence to have their voter records sealed in order to protect them from their attacker, passed the State Senate today with bi-partisan support and will now be delivered to the Assembly for consideration. The bill in the Assembly is being sponsored by Assemblyman Gabryszak (D-Cheektowaga).
“The recent wave of prescription drug abuse has become not only dangerous, but violent and deadly,” said State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley). “The horrific shooting at Haven Drugs in Medford last June was a tragedy that should have never occurred. The legislation we passed in the Senate today is an important step in our efforts to curb this growing epidemic and help insure that what happened in Medford never happens again. These bills, which I was proud to co-sponsor, will place tighter controls on prescription drugs such as Hydrocodone and Tramadol; they will also create new penalties, and increase existing penalties, for those who contribute to the black market sale of these dangerous substances.
Local Elected Officials Express Support for Legislation
Brookhaven, NY- New York State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) and New York State Assemblyman Dean Murray (R, C- East Patchogue) today joined local elected officials to announce the introduction of State Legislation to fully repeal the MTA Payroll Tax for all counties, towns and villages outside of New York City.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., Senator Jack Martins and Senator Lee Zeldin today stated that the recent proposed executive budget which calls for a 4% increase in state aid to education does not provide Long Island schools with their fair share.
In the recently announced executive budget, Nassau and Suffolk Counties receive a disproportionate share of state education aid. Long Island is home to approximately 17 percent of the state’s students. However, out of the over $19.7 billion in state education aid appropriated for school districts statewide under the executive budget, aid to Long Island falls short.
Hauppauge, N.Y. – State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) joined the team of Coca-Cola’s Hauppauge facility this past Thursday, December 29, 2011, as they donated fifty cases of Coca-Cola products to Island Harvest as part of Senator Zeldin's 2011 Holiday Food Drive Competition.
This generous donation came after Senator Zeldin contacted Coca-Cola and requested that they participate in the Food Drive Competition.
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.