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Senator Lee Zeldin Calls For Continuation and Expansion of PFC Joseph Dwyer Counseling Program

Advocating for mental health services for veterans, Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley) addressed the Mental Health Association in New York State (MHANYS) and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) at the Association's annual legislative lobby day rally in Albany. The gathering of more than 300 mental health experts, advocates and family members, also included dozens of veterans from Suffolk and Nassau Counties.

March 13, 2013

Senator Lee Zeldin Honors Local Leaders at Black History Celebration

On March 1, 2013, in celebration of Black History in the 3rd Senate District, Senator Lee M. Zeldin honored several local residents for their invaluable contributions to the local community. Pictured here at the Brentwood Public Library, from left to right are Bishop Charles T. Bullock, Doris “Dee” Dodson, Senator Zeldin, Leonard Ormond, Leonard Tucker, Jr., Dr. Aliya E. Holmes and Camara Sheppard.

March 12, 2013


Pushes For PFC Joseph Dwyer PTSD Peer Counseling

In an effort to build on the achievements of the PFC Joseph Dwyer PTSD Peer-to-Peer Veterans Counseling Program, Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley) successfully pushed for language in the State Senate’s Budget Resolution revealed today that begins the process to continue and potentially expand this meaningful program.

March 11, 2013

Senator Zeldin Marches in East Islip St Patrick's day Parade

On March 3, 2013, Senator Lee Zeldin (2nd from Left) marched in the East Islip St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Joining Senator Zeldin are (from L to R), Assemblyman Andrew Garbarino, Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi, Congressman Peter King, and Senator Phil Boyle.

March 8, 2013

Restore the STAR Property Tax Rebate Checks!


As property tax bills continue to rise, New Yorkers need relief.  

That is why I am fighting to restore STAR rebate checks to millions of New York State property owners. Under my Family Tax Relief Act, property owners will be entitled to a rebate check to help reduce the ever growing property tax burden. 

March 6, 2013

Senate Republicans Unveil Family Tax Relief Act

Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos and members of the Senate Republican Conference today unveiled the Family Tax Relief Act, a package of tax relief and reform measures designed to provide a major economic boost to New York’s struggling middle class families.

The Senate Republican plan would increase tax breaks that have not kept pace with inflation, and, in some instances, haven’t been adjusted for more than 25 years. The plan also restores the STAR property tax rebate check program to provide real and direct relief to millions of New Yorkers who pay some of the highest property taxes in the country.

March 4, 2013

$2M In Grants Fund Key Initiatives In Shirley-Mastic-Mastic Beach

State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley) hosted a meeting today of the Tri-Hamlet Renaissance Project. The gathering at William Floyd High School discussed progress on the Project's proposals, including $2 million in grants to fund key initiatives in Shirley, Mastic and Mastic Beach.

March 2, 2013

Senator Zeldin Attends Longwood Central School District's 9th Regional Legislative Breakfast

On February 23, 2013, Senator Lee Zeldin (R-C I, Shirley) participated in an open forum at the Longwood Central School District's 9th Regional Legislative Breakfast co-sponsored by Eastern Suffolk BOCES. The discussion centered around education related issues on Long Island.

Senator Zeldin (2nd from left) is pictured with representatives from the South Country School District and Assemblyman Edward Hennessey.

February 25, 2013

Senator Zeldin Comments on DFS Investigation into Superstorm Sandy Insurance Claims

"Mother Nature wreaked havoc on the lives of many Third Senate District residents this past October. Our communities stepped up to assist each other through the challenges that resulted. Amongst these great responders, many insurance companies did the right thing by their customers quickly and effectively settling extensive claims. Unfortunately, some insurance companies have been grossly underperforming in a manner that is highly questionable. The delays, lowball offers and poor customer service concern me as Chairman of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee and as the Senator representing many of these victims."

February 21, 2013

Online Legislative Questionnaire

As your State Senator your views are important to me.

The legislative questionnaire below is your opportunity to let your voice be heard.  Please keep in mind that these questions do not necessarily reflect my views. This is your chance to express your opinion. I want to know your position on the important issues facing our community so that I may best represent you.

February 21, 2013

Statement from Senator Lee M. Zeldin RE: Governor Cuomo's Budget Proposal to Eliminate the Salt Water Fishing License Fee

"The salt water fishing license fee should have never been passed in the first place. I fought hard immediately upon taking office in January 2011 to secure a three-year moratorium in the 2011-2012 state budget. Long Island's recreational fishing industry benefits as a result of a more friendly culture in Albany. As Governor Cuomo said at a Freeport press event in August of 2011, some things in life should be free and salt water fishing is one of them. This year, I introduced legislation with Assemblyman Fred Thiele to permanently eliminate the salt water fishing license fee.

February 20, 2013


In celebration of Black History in the 3rd Senate District, Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley) will highlight the invaluable contributions of several local residents at an event to be held on Friday, March 1st, from 6-8 pm, at the Brentwood Public Library Auditorium.

February 19, 2013

State Senate Passes Bill Increasing Hit-and-Run Penalties

Senator Lee Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley) today announced that legislation (S.2503) he cosponsored to increase the penalties for leaving the scene of a hit-and-run accident has been passed by the New York State Senate.

“The tragic hit-and-run death of Erika Hughes, a 24-year-old Mastic resident and mother of a 15-month-old girl, and the subsequent insufficient punishment of the driver who struck her and left her to die, became the rallying cry in my Senate District for serious changes in the law,” said Senator Zeldin. Hughes’ killer only received a sentence of 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison.

February 11, 2013

Winter Safety Information from Senator Zeldin

Once again, Long Island is bracing for another significant weather event.

Below are contact numbers of where you can get storm-related information or services:

To report power outages or downed power lines:

Customers can report power outages to National Grid through the Long Island Power Authority’s (LIPA) hotline: 1-800-490-0075 or at 631-755-6900 or by visiting their Storm Central website at www.lipower.org/stormcenter from a computer or mobile device.

Information on mass transit service:

* MTA/LIRR: www.mta.info

* LIRR 24 hour travel information center: 718-217-5477

February 8, 2013


Task Force Makes 10 Initial Recommendations After Completing Tours of Storm Damaged Regions

Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley), Chairman of the New York State Senate Committee on Consumer Protection, today joined fellow committee members of the New York State Senate Bipartisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy Recovery at a press conference held in Albany to announce the release of a preliminary report and recommendations on Sandy relief and storm planning.

The preliminary report and recommendations come after Task Force members toured storm damaged communities across Long Island, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and the Hudson Valley.

February 4, 2013

State Senator Lee M. Zeldin Receives “Guardian of Small Business” Award

Albany, NY- On January 24, 2013, Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley) was presented with the National Federation of Independent Business' “Guardian of Small Business” Award by NFIB New York State Director, Mike Durant, and Assistant Director, Erin DeSantis. Senator Zeldin was honored for his work on behalf of small businesses across the state.

January 24, 2013

State Legislators Co-Sponsor Bill Increasing Hit and Run Penalties

Senator Lee Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley), Senator Ken LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R Merrick), Assemblyman Ed Hennessey (D, Medford) and Assemblyman Fred Thiele (I, Sag Harbor) announced today that they are cosponsoring legislation that would increase the penalties for leaving the scene of a hit-and-run accident. The bill was introduced this morning in the State Senate (S.2503).

January 18, 2013