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.
Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration. In our first year, we received outstanding poems, essays, and artwork that exemplify the creativity of New York State’s young people.
The submissions received are remarkable in what they represent – showing gratitude and respect for family, friends, our troops fighting overseas, and many other important subjects and activities. I am humbled and honored to see such inspiring contributions in response to what is a deceptively difficult question: “What are you thankful for?”
On behalf of the New York State Senate, I would like to offer my wholehearted congratulations to all of the participants in this year’s Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration.
DEC Considers Lowering Minimum Size Limit for Fluke
Ronkonkoma, NY – State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) and fishing industry leaders today hailed the announcement by Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) officials, that New York State may reduce the size limit for fluke for the upcoming recreational fluke fishing season.
The current size limit for fluke caught recreationally in New York State waters is 20.5 inches. The 2012 fluke season may see a reduction in that limit to 19.5 or maybe even 19 inches.
West Hempstead, N.Y. – State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) joined his legislative colleagues and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo this past Monday, December 12, 2011, as the Governor signed into law a new measure to eliminate the MTA Payroll Tax for approximately 80 percent of all employers currently paying the tax. Thousands more will see a reduction.
West Hempstead, N.Y. – State Senator Lee M. Zeldn (R, C, I- Shirley) joined his legislative colleagues and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today as the Governor signed into law a new measure to eliminate the MTA Payroll Tax for approximately 80 percent of all employers currently paying the tax.
Last week, the Legislature passed a bill repealing the MTA Payroll Tax for 78.2 percent of all employers (over 700,000 taxpayers). In addition, thousands more will see a reduction. In addition to the 290,000 employers who will have their tax eliminated, 414,000 self-employed taxpayers will also see the MTA Tax repealed. All elementary and secondary schools, both public and private, will now also be completely exempt from the payroll tax.
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.”
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.