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Senate Passes Bill Allowing Villages, School Districts and Special Districts to Continue Using Lever Voting Machines

The New York State Senate passed a mandate relief bill that would allow school districts, special districts and villages to permanently continue using lever voting machines in their respective local elections, sponsored by Senator Jack Martins (S.6296). This legislation would remove the 2012 sunset of provisions that would allow the ability to use the lever voting machines.

The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) required states to adopt new voting machines in federal elections, and in implementing the Act, New York chose to use new machines for all elections. This has proven costly to local governments in both time and money.

February 29, 2012

From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Shade for Our Children

I spent Presidents' Week break away with my wife and our girls and I guess I relaxed as much as a dad with four daughters who text and e-mail actually can. I can’t say that I totally managed to put my Senate work aside either, but my wife says that I was definitely less compulsive about it than usual, so I’ll take that as progress. Anyway, while on break I discovered an interesting book entitled "100 Quotes to Make You Think!" and this particular one struck me as a great metaphor for our government and what we should strive for:

A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.

It's a Greek proverb and it's as true today as the day it was first uttered.

February 29, 2012

Committee Meeting: Local Government Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Local Government Senator Jack M. Martins, Chair 12 Noon, Wednesday, February 29, 2012 Room 945 LOB

February 29, 12:00 PM - 12:16 PM

Senator Martins Announces Home Mortgage Safety Seminar at Elmont Public Library

State Senator Jack M. Martins announced that he has joined with Governor Andrew Cuomo, Bethpage Federal Credit Union and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s offices in sponsoring a “Home Mortgage Safety Seminar” at the Elmont Public Library on Saturday, March 10th. The seminar begins at 10:30am and runs until 12 noon. The program is part of a series of community outreach initiatives by Senator Martins targeted towards working families and seniors who may not be able to access governmental offices during the work week.

February 23, 2012

Senator Martins Teaming With NYLAG to Bring Mobile Legal Help Center to Westbury March 2

Senator Jack M. Martins is teaming with New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) to bring a mobile legal help center to the Westbury Memorial Library, located at 455 Jefferson Street, in Westbury on Friday, March 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

NYLAG will be providing two services for this event:

- Consumer protection legal counseling in the areas of creditor harassment, identify theft, collection actions and debt management.

- Financial counseling for those facing debt.

NYLAG is a not-for-profit law office founded in 1990 to provide free civil legal services to New Yorkers who would otherwise be unable to afford or receive legal assistance. The mobile legal help center is a way to bring legal services to the community.

February 21, 2012

Mandate Relief Council Holds First Long Island Meeting

On February 12, the New York State Mandate Council met on Long Island for the first time, at SUNY Old Westbury to hear testimony from local government leaders on ideas for mandate relief measures.

The council was created as a means to review certain maintains that are placed on school districts and local governments to see if there are regulations that can be changed or eliminated in order to provide relief to local communities. Senator Jack M. Martins, the chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Local Government, was appointed to the council and is its only Long Island member.

February 21, 2012

From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

You might call it a pedestrian “no-man’s land,” a 16-mile stretch of roadway where an average of five people die each year. It’s not Manhattan’s Broadway or the Bronx’s Grand Concourse, nor is it notorious Queens Boulevard. It’s actually here in our backyard, Route 24, better known as Hempstead Turnpike.

The Tri-State Transportation Campaign has indentified the turnpike as the most dangerous road for pedestrians in the region for the last three years. This is an unfortunate distinction, but one that is finally drawing attention to a problem many of us have at least intuitively recognized for a long time. If you live, work, or even regularly drive there, you know it can be dangerous.

February 21, 2012

Senator Martins Celebrates Black History Month

Roundtable Discussion and Awards Presention Highlight Program

State Senator Jack Martins celebrated the 8th annual “Black History Month Awards” this past weekend with an educational roundtable discussion and entertainment awards presentation at the Elmont Public Library. The program was sponsored by Senator Martins and Highlighting Success. The Black History Month Celebration is a program that entails a community roundtable discussion revolving around a specific issue series, entertainment, awards and spoken word.

February 17, 2012

Senators Martins and Zeldin Introduce Bill to Eliminate MTA Payroll Tax for All Local Governments

Senator Jack M. Martins and Senator Lee M. Zeldin held a press conference in Nassau County to announce legislation to repeal the MTA Payroll Tax for all villages, towns and counties. Joining the Senators were numerous elected officials included Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. The legislation result in relief for taxpayers.

February 16, 2012

Senator Martins Congratulates Winners of Port Washington BID's Shop Port Essay Contest

The Great Port Washington Business Improvement District hosted an awards ceremony at the Port Washington Library to honor winner of the BID’s 2011 Shop Port Student Holiday Essay Contest. Senator Martins congratulated each of the winners and presented them with a certificate.Winners included:

Noah White, Ryan Schwartz, Jillian Keyes, Naome Sajnani, Anthony Guzzello, Caleb Thomas, Yasmen Munoz, Sam Rothenberg, Epsy Cassidy, Bella Feigin, Christina Corbo, Stephen Jagard, Taehoon Kim, Ali Seltzer, Kieran Dennis, Madeline Fagen, Jonathan Lin, Helena Sanders, Claire Bumberg, William Lowe, Jonathan Nadolne, Christina Sanders, Will Popovich and Maximus Mongelli.

February 13, 2012
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