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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

Yesterday is Already Too Late

The selfishness we’re witnessing in Albany right now has to stop.

You know I’ve written in this column many times that New York State has made real progress these last three years. Things are far better than they used to be simply because Republicans and Democrats alike are finally working together. Despite the accompanying noise, there’s really no magic formula. Legislators with common sense have finally realized that you can’t always get everything you want and that most times, the reasonable middle ground also happens to advance the people’s agenda very nicely.

But I’m not “feeling the love” lately.

August 8, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS TO HOLD STATEWIDE HEARINGS ON STRATEGIES TO ADDRESS AND ALLEVIATE MUNICIPAL DISTRESS

Recognizing the fiscal crisis and recent filing for bankruptcy by the City of Detroit, Senator Jack M. Martins (R-C-I, Mineola), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Governments, today announced that he will hold a series of statewide public hearings with municipal leaders in communities with varying levels of distress to review state laws and state imposed municipal finance oversight boards in the context of fiscally distressed municipalities and hear testimony as to new initiatives that provide relief and assistance to fiscally distressed municipalities.

August 5, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS ROOTS NY COSMOS TO VICTORY IN OPENING GAME

Senator Jack M. Martins was at Hofstra Stadium on Saturday night, August 3 to watch the New York Cosmos' first victory in 29 years.  In front of a sellout crown of nearly 12,000, the Cosmos defeated The Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the North American Soccer League home opener. On hand, to bring back the memories of the Cosmos's glory year was soccer legend Pele. 

Senator Martins has been instrumental in trying to find a permanent home for the Cosmos. The franchise has proposed building a privately funded world-class stadium in the south lot at Belmont Park, a project the Senator has publicly supported because of its potential for economic revitalization in Elmont. 

 

August 5, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS' BILL TO BETTER ASSIST VETERANS SIGNED INTO LAW

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the signing of a new law that will require local Veterans Service Agencies (VSA) to be accredited by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (US DVA), enabling New York's veterans and their families to prepare and file federal benefits claims at offices in their local communities.

August 5, 2013
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Public Hearing: To review state laws and state imposed municipal finance oversight boards in the context of fiscally distressed municipalities and hear testimony as to new initiatives that provide relief and assistance to fiscally distressed municipalities

Senate Standing Committee on Local GovernmentChair:    Senator Jack M. MartinsPublic Hearing:    To review state laws and state imposed municipal finance oversight boards in the context of fiscally distressed municipalities and hear testimony as to new initiatives that provide relief and assistance to fiscally distressed municipalitiesPlace:    Syracuse City Hall, Common Council Chambers, 3rd Floor, 233 East Washington Street, Syracuse, New YorkTime:    10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.Contact: Peter Faherty (518) 455-3265Media Contact:    Jackie Fiore (518) 455-3265ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

August 27, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Public Hearing: Public Hearing: To review state laws and state imposed municipal finance oversight boards in the context of fiscally distressed municipalities and hear testimony as to new initiatives that provide relief and assistance to fiscally distressed municipalitie

Senate Standing Committee on Local GovernmentChair:    Senator Jack M. MartinsPublic Hearing:    To review state laws and state imposed municipal finance oversight boards in the context of fiscally distressed municipalities and hear testimony as to new initiatives that provide relief and assistance to fiscally distressed municipalitiesPlace:    Syracuse City Hall, Common Council Chambers, 3rd Floor, 233 East Washington Street, Syracuse, New YorkTime:    11:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.Contact: Peter Faherty (518) 455-3265Media Contact:    Jackie Fiore (518) 455-3265ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

August 22, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Public Hearing: To review state laws and state imposed municipal finance oversight boards in the context of fiscally distressed municipalities and hear testimony as to new initiatives that provide relief and assistance to fiscally distressed municipalities

Senate Standing Committee on Local GovernmentChair:    Senator Jack M. MartinsPublic Hearing:    To review state laws and state imposed municipal finance oversight boards in the context of fiscally distressed municipalities and hear testimony as to new initiatives that provide relief and assistance to fiscally distressed municipalitiesPlace:    Syracuse City Hall, Common Council Chambers, 3rd Floor, 233 East Washington Street, Syracuse, New YorkTime:    11:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.Contact: Peter Faherty (518) 455-3265Media Contact:    Jackie Fiore (518) 455-3265ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

August 20, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS RESIDENTS FOR A MORE BEAUTIFUL PORT WASHINGTON DISCUSSION ON LIRR PROJECT

State Senate Jack M. Martins attended a discussion held by Residents For a More Beautiful Port Washington concerning a project to expand the tracks on the Port Washington train station. Work proopsed at the Port Washington yard calls for an extension of the existing tracks on the Haven Avenue side as well as on the S. Bayles Avenue side. 

According to the LIRR, the benefits include up to nine more trains between Port Washington and Manhattan. The discussion, hosted by Residents For a More Beautiful Port Washington, enabled community leaders and elected officials to voice concerns and discuss the potential impact of the project. The community stakeholders vowed to work together to make sure the best interests of Port Washington are protected. 

July 31, 2013
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

If you mess up, fess up

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard about the city of Detroit filing for bankruptcy. It’s frightening to think that what was once one of the nation’s primary economic engines cannot pay its day-to-day bills. Despite sensationalist commentary from both sides of the political spectrum, I can assure you there’s really no single reason this happened. There are many causes and even more opinions, but one thing is for sure: Detroit borrowed and spent extravagantly for many years and dug itself right into a hole. Sadly, no one on the state level in Michigan intervened to get them back on track.

July 30, 2013
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

Weeding our Political Garden

Admittedly, I do not have a green thumb. If our home is verdant it’s entirely by my wife’s efforts but I do recall once reading some gardening advice that seemed useful: you can’t get rid of weeds by simply pulling them out. You must plant something in their place to prevent their return.

July 29, 2013
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