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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Local Governments Need Relief From MTA Payroll Tax

If you’ll indulge me, I’d ask you to imagine a very complex flow chart, one with a jumble of miniscule numbers and overlapping arrows pointing in every direction that are nearly impossible to decipher. That’s what government bureaucracies tend to create. But in my years of public service, I happen to have gotten pretty good at analyzing these labyrinths, tracing their complexities back to their respective centers. What’s more, I can now almost always predict what you’ll find there: an overburdened taxpayer that doesn’t know what hit him.

January 30, 2012
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State Mandate Relief Council Holds First Meeting

Senator Martins Is Lone Member From Long Island

The New York State Mandate Relief Council, which was created as part of the tax cap legislation that went into law this year, met for the first time on Wednesday, January 25. Senator Jack M. Martins, the lone member from Long Island to sit on the 11-member council, said he is looking forward to working with his fellow council members to bring relief to local governments and school districts.

The council will be charged with reviewing mandates that are passed on to local governments and school districts. The elimination or modification of some of the regulations will result in costs savings for local governments and school district, which can then pass on the savings to taxpayers.

January 25, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Local Government Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Local Government Senator Jack M. Martins, Chair 12 Noon, Monday, January 23, 2012 Room 945 LOB

January 23, 12:00 PM - 12:07 PM
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Public Hearing: Public Hearing: Joint Legislative Public Hearing on 2012-2013 Executive Budget Proposal: Topic "Local Government Officials /General Government"

Joint Legislative Public Hearing Notice and Testimonies for Local Government Officials /General Government

January 24, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Senate Passes Iran Divestment Act

The New York State Senate today final legislative passage to the Iran Divestment Act, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and co-sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins.  The bill would prohibit companies that provide goods, services or credit worth $20 million or more to Iran's energy industry from entering into or renewing state and local government contracts.

January 10, 2012
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Senator Martins on the State of the State

As is custom, Governor Cuomo gave his State of the State speech last week in which New York governors traditionally outline where we stand and where they hope to take us. The news outlets naturally put their own spin on things so although there’s not enough room here to touch on all aspects of the speech, I thought it would be good to review a few major ones together.

January 9, 2012
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Senator Martins Holds Town Hall Meeting at the Polk Street School

Discusses How a Bill Becomes a Law

A packed gymnasium at the Polk Street School was the scene this past Friday, where State Senator Jack Martins held a “Town Hall Style” meeting with the entire 5th grade on how a bill becomes a law. The session had students asking Senator Martins about his work as a State Senator that represents Franklin Square as well as sharing their ideas on the Franklin Square community. The meeting, according to Senator Martins, was “a great way to hear what’s on young people’s minds and listen to their hopes and dreams for the future.”

January 9, 2012
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Senator Martins Honors Bellerose Firefighter for Giving the Gift of Life

Senator Jack M. Martins recently presented Bellerose firefighter Rob Syverson with the New York State Gift of Life medal for a selfless act of generosity that captured the spirit of giving during the holiday season.

Having been on the bone marrow registry for the past 16 years, Syverson was contacted a few months as a match for a 43-year-old woman who was suffering from leukemia. Although Syverson didn’t know the woman, he decided to undergo the painful procedure of having bone marrow extracted from his pelvis to be donated to the patient. On November 30, two quarters of bone marrow were extracted while Syverson was under general anesthesia.

January 6, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Local Government Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Local Government Senator Jack M. Martins, Chair 12 Noon, Monday, January 9, 2012 Room 945 LOB

January 9, 12:00 PM - 12:17 PM
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Senator Martins: New Year Brings Lower State Income Tax Rates

Senator Jack M. Martins is reminding residents that lower state income tax rates take effect on January 1st.

"This was an important step in providing some relief to our taxpayers," Senator Martins said. “Enacting the new tax code was a fitting way to end a  very productive 2011 during which we closed a $10 billion budget deficit without raising taxes, cut government spending, approved new job creation and economic development measures, and enacted a property tax cap. We must continue to build upon these achievements in the coming year.”

January 3, 2012
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