Senator Jack M. Martins congratulated the New Hyde Park All-Stars girls softball team, the first ever to reach the Little League World Series, with a pizza party at Gino in New Hyde Park. The girls became the Eastern Region champions and then went on to Portland, Oregon to compete against the best teams in the world. After a 2-0 start with impressive wins over Asia Pacific and Canada, New Hyde Park finished fifth out of 10 teams.
Congratulations taxpayers. I have good news. The New York State Supreme Court ruled the MTA Payroll Tax that drained $1.4 billion from New York’s downstate economy is unconstitutional. Unfortunately, NYC-based interests are already working to overturn the ruling so I want to share some facts before waters are muddied.
Senator Jack M. Martins joined with his colleagues in state government as well as Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano last week in applauding the State Supreme Court’s decision declaring the MTA Payroll Tax unconstitutional.
The tax, which was imposed in 2009 by the former Senate majority and former Governor, proved to hurt Long Island’s economy at a time when the region was reeling from a national recession by requiring every employer to pay .34 percent of their total payroll to help fund the MTA. The tax was imposed on all schools, businesses, municipalities, hospitals and not-for-profits in seven counties including Nassau and Suffolk within the MTA region. The court concluded that to impose a tax on certain regions in the state was unconstitutional.
On a recent summer afternoon, Senator Jack M. Martins received a tour of the beautiful facility that comprise the Great Neck Park District. Commissioners Ruth Tamarin and Robert Lincoln met Senator Martins in the Great Neck House before going to visit the children's playground, pool, ice skating rink (which is set up for basketball in the summer) and the marina.
"Thank you to Commissioners Tamarin and Lincoln for the tour. The facilities are beautiful. I commend the board and staff on their efforts to provide the community with such valuable services," Senator Martins said.
The Business Council of the State of New York released its 2012 Voter’s Guide, which measures the commitment of State Legislators to promoting fiscal reform and improving the state’s economic climate. Each legislator was scored based on his or her votes taken during the 2012 legislative session on legislative items that foster job creation.
Senator Jack M. Martins was among the legislators that scored a 90 percent, tops among Senators, for his support of legislation that would reduce state and local pension costs; control state spending while avoiding new taxes; reform labor laws that impose unnecessary costs and restrictions on employers; and promote new jobs and investments in a range of strategically important business sectors.
The Maria SS. Dell’Assunta Society of Westbury held its 102nd annual Feast of the Assumption from August 15 to 19. Senator Jack M. Martins attended the feast, which featured music, entertainment, rides, games, vendors and a wide variety of delicious food. While at the feast, Senator Martins met up with his good friend, former Westbury Village Mayor Ernie Strada, who served as mayor for 28 years.
“The Dell’Assunta Society once again did an outstanding job. The Feast of the Assumption was a big success. It was great to see Mayor Strada. Westbury is blessed to have had an outstanding mayor in Ernie and now Mayor Peter Cavallaro, who is doing an exceptional job and is a tremendous advocate for his community,” said Senator Martins.
I was actually just putting the finishing touches on this week’s column when a friend e-mailed me a newspaper editorial regarding public pensions. As soon as I read it, I knew I had to lay my column aside and seize the opportunity to share what I’ve long considered a game-changing idea.
Coming into the final four months of his current term as senator of the 7th Senate District, Jack Martins sat down with Anton Community Newspapers editors on Wednesday, July 25. He will seek re-election in November, facing off against Manhasset Democrat Daniel Ross.
Martins “tipped his hat” to Governor Andrew Cuomo concerning initiatives including the new 2 percent tax cap, a timely budget process, the states dealings concerning the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) and state school district issues, most notably unfunded mandates.
New York State passed its second consecutive on-time budget. Before 2011, the state hadn’t produced an on-time budget in 15 years. The current budget represents the fourth on-time budget in 29 years.
Senator Jack M. Martins’ bill to eliminate public authorizes and urban renewal agencies that are inactive or are no longer needed was signed into law by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.
The bill (S. 5227-B) repeals the statutory authorization for approximately 95 urban renewal and industrial agencies and 28 local public authorities that are either defunct, were never ultimately established by local law, or are no longer needed to carry out the public function for which they were formed.
In order to continue to listen to the concerns of the community, State Senator Jack M. Martins has scheduled mobile office hours over the next two months across the Seventh Senate District.
“I want to thank our libraries for hosting my Mobile Office hours. My office is always available as a community resource and the mobile office hours allow us to bring the office right into our communities,” Senator Martins said.
All residents are invited to attend and bring any questions or concerns you may have directly to the Senator.
As always, please feel free to reach out to Senator Martins' district office at 516-746-5924 should you have any questions.