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Senator Martins Speaks About the MTA in His Legislative Report From Albany

In his latest legislative report from Albany, Senator Jack M. Martins discusses a recent hearing on the MTA finances as well as a visit to the Henry Viscardi School and his participation in an economic development forum in Elmont.

May 11, 2011
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

As we head into the summer, we are still hard at work in Albany. We must continue to build on the momentum we’ve established since March when the Senate, Governor and Assembly worked together to pass an historic budget that closed a $10 billion budget gap without raising any taxes or fees. It represented a major change from how Albany has conducted business in recent years when the state routinely outspent its revenues and then relied on taxpayers to close the deficits with tax increases. This represents a new era in state government – one of fiscal responsibility.

May 10, 2011
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Senator Martins: Let's Work Together to Cut Taxes

During the state budget process, Senator Jack M. Martins and his colleagues in the Senator worked together with the Governor to pass a budget that closes a $10 billion deficit while holding the line on taxes. Since taking office in January, Senator Martins has been working toward providing tax relief for Long Island families and businesses.

May 9, 2011
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Senator Martins Legislative Report From Albany

In his latest Legislative Report, Senator Jack M. Martins speaks about what's going on around the Seventh Senate District. 

May 7, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Local Government Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Local Government Senator Jack M. Martins, Chair 9:00 AM, Wednesday, May 11, 2011 Room 945 LOB

May 11, 9:00 AM - 9:35 AM
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Senator Martins' Bill Allows Town of North Hempstead to Convey Parkland for Water Well

A bill sponsored by Senate Jack M. Martins authorizing the Town of North Hempstead to convey parkland from to the Carle Place Water District has passed the Senate.

The parkland begins on the western line of Carle Road going north along the western line of Carle Road from its intersection with the northern line of Winnie Court and includes about 1,627 square feet.

May 4, 2011
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Bill Making It Easier to Claim STAR Exemptions Passes Senate

Legislation (S.3576) passed by the Senate will help make it easier for property owners to claim STAR benefits if they missed the March 1 filing deadlines. This is particularly important to senior citizens who must remember to file for the enhanced STAR exemption each year. Missing the deadline and, therefore, the exemption could result in a homeowner facing an unexpected and significantly increased tax bill. This bill instead authorizes municipalities to accept STAR applications after the locality’s taxable status date and before January 10 of the following year.

May 4, 2011
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Senator Martins Speaks to Association of Fire Districts of the State of New York

On a recent Friday morning, Senator Jack M. Martins had the opportunity to travel to Lake Placid to speak to the Association of Fire Districts of the State of New York. Senator Martins spoke about legislation he sponsored that strengthens the consolidation law. The legislation makes it clearer for residents to under the ramifications of consolidating or dissolving a special district. Prior to making such as decision, residents should know who would pick up their fire fighting services if they were to considering dissolving a fire district. As the chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Local Governments, Senator Martins is well aware of the value of the fire services in the Seventh Senate District and around the state.

May 3, 2011
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Senator Martins' Bill Amending Consolidation Law Protects Villages

A bill (S.1824) introduced by Senator Jack M. Martins that clarifies and amends the Citizen’s Empowerment Act has passed the Senate today.

In 2009, Governor David Paterson signed into law a measure that would allow people to dissolve local governments. The legislation was lobbied for by then-Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.

However, there were several problems with the law. For one, residents of a municipality would be voting via a referendum on whether to dissolve that municipality, whether it be a village or special district, without knowing what the alternative plan would be to provide services for those residents.

May 3, 2011
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

It’s has been an historic past few months in New York State with the passing of this state budget. We kept our commitment to balancing the state’s budget without raising taxes or fees and have taken a significant step toward genuine, long-term fiscal health. However, our work is far from done. We must continue to explore options to ease the tax burden on our residents and business owners.

May 3, 2011
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