East Patchogue, N.Y. - State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) and Assemblyman Dean Murray (R, C- East Patchogue) attended the South Country Ambulance Company's Annual Family Day this past Saturday, July 30th, 2011 at Hagerman Park in East Patchogue. Pictured here are (from left to right) Senator Zeldin, Chief Greg Miglino of the South Country Ambulance Company, Rob Dressler, Assemblyman Murray, and Rick Cunha.
Bellport, N.Y. - State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) and Assemblyman Dean Murray (R, C- East Patchogue) attended the Annual Bellport Day Festival this past Saturday, July 30th, 2011 in downtown Bellport. Senator Zeldin (above right) and Assemblyman Murray (above left) are pictured here with Terry and Joanne Tuthill, both members of the Bellport Day Committee who volunteered their time to staff the event.
Ronkonkoma, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) announced today that Governor Cuomo has signed his bill into law to provide assistance to Surf Clam and ocean quahog harvesters. On June 17, 2011, the State Senate passed Senator Zeldin’s legislation (S4072-A/A5347-A) by a vote of 62 to 0.
State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) announced today his co-sponsorship of legislation to crack down on prescription drug abuse. Senator Zeldin represents the Senate District where a June 19, 2011 shooting at Haven Drugs in Medford, left 4 dead.
The sudden resignation of MTA Chair man Jay Walder gives Gov. Cuomo a tremendous chance to improve the agency. While the MTA has made much progress since Walder's arrival, much more work remains. Walder aggressively pursued cost savings -- including those behind his recent announcement that he'd reduced the MTA's capital deficit by another $2 billion. But the finances of the MTA's capital and operating budgets remain dire.
The taxpayers of the 12-county MTA region need those of us in government to face the host of difficult decisions needed to protect the nation's largest mass-transit system.
State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) released the following statement in response to Jay Walder's resignation as MTA Chairman:
“While many improvements were made to the MTA under Chairman Walder's tenure, much more work needs to be done.
Here are a dozen suggestions for the next Chairman:
1) Prepare for life after the MTA Payroll Tax. Chairman Walder said it was "impossible", which was simply the wrong answer;
2) Cap the salaries of all MTA employees to no more than Governor Cuomo's salary. The amount of individuals making over $200,000, especially Chairman Walder's $350,000, is insulting to all taxpayers in the 12 county MTA region;
3) Commit to staying in the position through at least December 31, 2014;
Identifying the MTA Payroll Tax as one of the biggest obstacles to creating jobs on Long Island, State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I -Shirley) said today that the Governor’s Regional Economic Development team should make repeal of the MTA Payroll Tax it’s top legislative priority to promote economic growth.
“The MTA Payroll Tax is called a ‘job-killer’ for good reason,” said Senator Zeldin. “It’s an ill conceived tax on every existing job in the MTA region.”
The Cuomo Administration has begun to turn its attention to economic development now that the regular 2011 Legislative Session is over. The Governor is assembling regional economic teams to develop and promote new business activity and job creation.
State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R,C,I – Shirley), said today that Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s on-going audits of MTA operations are further proof that the MTA does not need to cut services or raise fares when the MTA Payroll Tax is phased out. Senator Zeldin and Comptroller DiNapoli have recently initiated dialogue with regards to the MTA's finances.
Senator Zeldin has led the fight to repeal the job-killing MTA Payroll Tax, which was enacted in 2009 to bail out the MTA. The Senate approved Senator Zeldin’s bill to phase-out the MTA Payroll Tax (S.5596-A/A.8193-A) with a bi-partisan 40-22 vote on June 15, 2011. The Assembly Democratic leadership, however, has not yet allowed a vote on the legislation despite broad bi-partisan support in their house as well.
State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) released the following statement in response to a report on MTA payroll by the Empire Center for NYS Policy:
"Once again, a new report has been released highlighting the MTA's continued fiscal mismanagement. This time the issue is with the MTA's payroll. Whether it’s increasing payroll expenses, excessive salaries for administration, or abusive overpayments to employees, the MTA continues to come up short in bringing the expense side of the ledger in line with the revenue side of the ledger.
The MTA blames an arbitrator's award to union members as the cause while completely failing to acknowledge other relevant factors like the fact that top MTA brass and overtime abusers still make over $230,000 per year.
Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y. – 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 Tim Lenihan (above right) of the William F. Taylor VFW Post 9486 in Lake Ronkonkoma. Senator Zeldin (above left), a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves, is also the Senior Vice-Commander of VFW Post 8651 of the Mastics and Shirley.
The United States Postal Service officially unveiled and issued the Purple Heart Forever stamp on May 5, 2011 in San Diego, California.
The new classification ensures the Purple Heart stamp will continue in circulation and supporters will no longer need to advocate for its reissuance each time the price of stamps increases.
State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) joined members of the Long Island State Senate Delegation and Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday, June 30, 2011, at the Lynbrook home of James and Janet Gannon for an historic signing of the property tax cap bill that passed the State Legislature on Friday, June 24, 2011. This legislation will limit the tax levy growth for school districts and local governments to two percent, or the annual increase in the Consumer Price Index (whichever is less).
“Tonight, the New York State Senate voted 33 to 29 to legalize same sex marriage in New York. While my position opposing same sex marriage has never wavered, it has been a position that I have often thought about and reflected on.
"Tonight I am very proud to have voted to enact a strong property tax cap that will limit the growth of school and local government property taxes at two percent or the Consumer Price Index (CPI), whichever is less. The number one issue in the Third Senate District is property taxes. We need property tax relief in the 3rd Senate District and this legislation is an important next step towards controlling our increasing property tax costs.
As I have repeatedly said, we need to find a more cost effective way to deliver a quality education for our school children.
Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I –Shirley) announced today that the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of New York is supporting 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). Co-sponsors include Assembly Members Dean Murray (R, C- East Patchogue), Al Graf (R, C- Holbrook), Dan Losquadro (R, C- Shoreham), Marcus Molinaro (R, I, C-Red Hook), Jim Conte (R, I, C, WF-Huntington Station), Mike Spano (D-Yonkers) and Fred Thiele (I- Sag Harbor).
The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of New York released the following statement:
State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) inducted Suffolk VFW Jr. Vice Commander, George Egan, into the New York State Senate’s Veterans Hall of Fame on Tuesday June 14, 2011 during a ceremony at the Legislative Office Building in Albany.
The New York State Senate today gave final legislative approval to two measures that offer additional buffers and restrictions for protests or demonstrations seeking to disrupt military funerals, burials or memorial services. The bills, sponsored by Senators Lee Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley) and Joseph Griffo (R-C, Rome), balance the constitutional right of free speech with the ability of families to respectfully mourn the individuals who gave their lives in service to our country.
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.