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Committee Meeting: Local Government Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Local Government Senator Jack M. Martins, Chair 10:00 AM, Tuesday, February 5, 2013 Room 945 LOB

February 5, 10:00 AM - 11:25 AM
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Senator Martins Discusses Budget on 'Your Voice'

In this week's edition of "Your Voice," Senator Jack M. Martins discsussed such topics as a proposal to flatten pension contribution rates in order to bring relief to local governments and school districts as well as the Governor's proposed budget and fighting for more state aid for Long Island schools.

January 31, 2013
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Cosmos Country

Do you recall being in one room and hearing the theme music for your favorite television show emanating from the living room? I liken it to a trumpet call as we scrambled to take our places in front of the old boob tube.

January 29, 2013
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Senator Martins Reappointed Chair of Local Government Committee

Senator Jack M. Martins was reappointed chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Local Government. He served the last two years as the chair of that committee. Senator Martins has a background in local government and understands the issues facing local governments.

His additional committee assignments include:

Banks

Corporations, Authorities and Commissions

Social Services

Civil Service and Pensions

Insurance

January 28, 2013
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Senator Martins' Plan to Create Stability For Pension Rates Reaches Governor's Executive Budget

As a former mayor of village, a member of the Governor’s Mandate Relief Council and chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Local Governments, Senator Jack M. Martins is all too familiar with the challenges facing local governments, the greatest of which are skyrocketing pension rates.

“It’s the number one concern of local officials who must meet these enormous obligations while also complying with our new tax cap,” Senator Martins stated this past summer while attending Mandate Relief Council meetings, where he listened to testimony of numerous officials from local government and school districts. “It’s the way the system is set up – requiring ever increasing contributions precisely when the economy is at its worst and municipalities are least able to pay.” 

January 25, 2013
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Senator Martins Takes Part in Senate Hearing to Discuss Post-Sandy Recovery

Senator Jack M. Martins took part in the Senate hearing to consider to consider possible infrastructure and construction improvements, zoning changes and beach protection when rebuilding in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy in order to best prevent destruction from the next big storm.

The hearing was held by the Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations, chaired by Senator Carl Marcellino. Among those who testified was Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, who stated that the county was working with state and federal engineers in developing a regional solution to harden such critical infrastructure.

January 18, 2013
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Senator Martins Attends Franklin Square Chamber of Commerce Meeting

Senator Jack M. Martins was honored to have attended first meeting of the new year of the Franklin Square Chamber of Commerce meeting. Senator Martins spoke about the importance of small businesses as well as economic development efforts in the area, spearheaded by a proposal for the Cosmos to build a state-of-the-art soccer stadium at Belmont Park.

The senator thanked all of the members for all they do for the Franklin Square community.

January 17, 2013
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Senator Martins on Gun Control

Don’t Mistake Motion for Progress

There’s been a lot of talk about gun control lately but not enough thinking. It’s an understandable knee-jerk reaction to the heartbreaking massacre at Newtown that has jolted us into action on gun-violence, but we must guard against the ideologues on both the left and the right who seek to hijack the discussion with nonsense that is neither grounded nor realistic. This issue is too important and the sensible people in the middle must resist being crowded out.

January 14, 2013
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Senator Martins Honors Carle Place Hero

Presents High School Senior Frances Bruschi with the New York State Senate Library Medal

It’s sometimes difficult to stay positive with all the sad news happening around us. But, occasionally there comes a story that makes us feel good about the future of our state and nation. Enter 17-year-old Frances Brusch.

Frances is an unassuming high school senior from Carle Place who also attends Barry Tech. Her quick-thinking, alertness and will to act just may have saved a fellow student’s life.

January 11, 2013
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Senator Martins Attends LIA Annual State of the Counties Report

Senator Jack M. Martins attended the Long Island Association State of the Counties report with Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, who reported on the issues facing Nassau and Suffolk Counties respectively.

January 11, 2013
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