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About Senator John E. Brooks

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Since he was elected six years ago, Senator John Brooks has delivered for Long Island as a champion for our veterans, an advocate for our vulnerable communities, and a problem solver for complex issues that have impacted Long Island for years. With over 150 bills passed in the Senate, he has found success in government by focusing on his roots as a public servant, leaving partisan politics out of the equation.

As chair of the Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs committee, he has led the fight to give veterans a seat at the table in the budget negotiation process. His achievements include the elevation of the Division of Veterans Services to a full-fledged cabinet-level department, the statewide expansion of the Joseph P. Dwyer Peer-to-Peer Veterans Counseling Program, and millions of dollars in funding secured to NYS veterans organizations and local VFWs and American Legion posts. He has personally authored laws that grant our veterans and active-duty military personnel significant tax breaks, provide gold star families with free college tuition, establish a dedicated NYS veterans cemetery and more.


Legislative accomplishments include the EMS Cost Recovery Act, Brianna's Law, the establishment of the South Nassau Water Authority, the banning of guns designed to look like toys, the providing of cost estimates for residential fire sprinkler systems, the appointment of a fiscal monitor for the Wyandanch School District, and numerous additional bills increasing veterans benefits and quality of life.

He has supported and voted in favor of a number of gun safety measures, the Child Victims Act, The Reproductive Health Act and supporting legislation, efforts to address the opioid epidemic, implementing the permanent 2% property tax cap, raising the income limit for property tax relief programs for seniors and persons with disabilities, and much more.

He has plans to significantly reduce property taxes for Long Island homeowners, including The Brooks Plan (S1388B) that will reduce property taxes by up to 20-30% for overburdened homeowners without affecting existing levels of education funding, and S4599A, a bill that grants a minimum 30% automatic property tax exemption for senior citizen homeowners.

Senator Brooks has been a volunteer firefighter for 53 years and is ex-chief of the Seaford Fire Department. He previously served as the Executive Director of Risk Management for Nassau County and had a long career in the insurance industry. He is a veteran, a proud father and grandfather, and a lifelong Seaford resident.

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