State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) recently joined State Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-On-Hudson) for the unveiling of the new Purple Heart “Forever” Postage Stamp. Senator Zeldin (Above, Left), a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves congratulated Senator Larkin (Above, Right), a retired Colonel in the U.S. Army, for all of his efforts leading the call for the Purple Heart Postage Stamp, classified as a “Forever” Stamp. The Stamp goes on sale at your local Post Office today, May 5, 2011.
I would like to thank the students in the Third Senate District for participating in our Earth Day Poster Competition. In keeping with the theme of our Earth Day Celebration of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.”We will celebrate and honor Earth Day this year by displaying your work on my website. Also, each participant will receive a certificate acknowledging their participation in the competition. Thank you and don’t forget to “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!”
Please click the participating school to view contest submissions:
State Senator Lee Zeldin recently visited with the Bayport-Blue Point Library Director, Mike Firestone (Above Right). Pictured here is the library's "Origami Crane Tree", created by staff and members of the local community who folded 1,300 origami cranes as part of a disaster relief effort in conjunction with the clothing manufacturer, OshKosh B'Gosh. The company has pledged to donate one piece of clothing to the victims of the earthquakes and tsunami in Japan for every crane folded.
Albany, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) joined with his colleagues of the Senate Republican Majority and the Assembly Republican Minority to call for the Assembly Majority to take action on the Property Tax Cap. Senator Zeldin was a co-sponsor of the Cap in the Senate which passed on January 31st, 2011. Joining Senator Zeldin (Above, Left) at the press conference was Heather Briccetti (Above, Right), Acting President and CEO of The Business Council of New York State.
Ronkonkoma, NY- New York State Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) updated a crowd of over 100 supporters, business owners, and members of the community on the status of his fight to repeal the MTA Payroll Tax.
The MTA Payroll Tax is a tax which was placed on every business, school, local government, nonprofit and hospital in Suffolk County, costing Suffolk County Taxpayers more than $163,636,074 since its inception 2009.
“Throughout my first 100 days in office, I have been working very hard to deliver on my campaign pledges and principles that sent me to Albany, and I will continue to do so,” said Senator Zeldin.
On June 15, 2011, the Senate passed my MTA Payroll Tax repeal legislation (S.5596-A/A.8193-A) with a bi-partisan vote, 40-22.
The job-killing MTA Tax represents one of the worst ideas Albany has ever come up with. I originally promised, if elected, to secure passage in the Senate of a repeal of the MTA Payroll Tax and I did that this legislative session, with a very responsible plan.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver would not allow a vote on this bill in the State Assembly, despite bi-partisan sponsorship in his house. He is obviously not looking out for the best interests of Suffolk County taxpayers.
Albany, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) recently welcomed Major Michael McDermott to the State Senate. Major McDermott, who is now Aide-de-Camp at West Point, was Senator Zeldin’s company commander with the 82nd Airborne Division in Tikrit, Iraq. Major McDermott was in Albany on April 6, 2011 as part of West Point Day, an annual event in the State Legislature honoring West Point cadets.
Hauppauge, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) will be holding a press conference on Sunday, April 10, 2011, at 1 PM, to call for the repeal of the MTA Payroll Tax. The event will take place at Pride Products, a local company paying the MTA Payroll Tax.
The MTA Payroll Tax is a tax which was placed on every business, school, local government, nonprofit and hospital in Suffolk County, costing Suffolk County Taxpayers more than $163,636,074 since 2009.
During my campaign, I committed to cut taxes, reduce spending and empower private sector job growth. This year’s State Budget is my first opportunity to make good on those commitments, and I’m very pleased that my efforts have achieved significant success. The new $132.5 billion spending plan my Senate colleagues and I are enacting decreases year-to-year spending by 2 percent, reduces state agency operations by 10 percent, reduces Medicaid by $2.8 billion and puts New York back on the road to fiscal recovery.
My colleagues and I in New York State Senate fought to restore Millions of Dollars in School Aid funding. Without our hard work in the State Senate, the cuts made by the Governor might have not been restored.
Albany, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) announced today a three way agreement on his efforts to repeal the Saltwater Fishing License Fee.
“In recent days, during Budget negotiations, there have been productive discussions between leaders from the Senate, Assembly and Governor’s office with regards to the repeal of the Saltwater Fishing License Fee,” said Senator Zeldin.
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.