Issues: Community Reinvestment

September 18, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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SENATOR MARTINS PARTICIPATES IN ELMONT CLEAN-UP DAY

Senator Jack M. Martins gathered with his many Elmont friends at the Magnet Sport Lounge to kick-up clean-up day in  Elmont. Community leaders, elected officials, and business owners all worked together to beautify the area. The clean-up was co-sponsored by the Elmont West Club. 

September 10, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS MINEOLA STREET FAIR

Local businesses and organizations were out in full force in the Village of Mineola on a recent weekend for the annual Mineola Street Fair. Senator Jack M. Martins attended the fair in his hometown, where he greeted Mineola families, local business owners as well as members of the chamber of comerce and village officials.

September 10, 2013
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Funding Announced For Cortland Repertory Theatre

CORTLAND, 08/13/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that a recently adopted senate resolution includes, at his insistence, $250,000 to provide assist with the “Cortland Repertory Theatre Downtown” project. 

August 12, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS EAST HILLS INSTALLATION CEREMONY

Senator Jack Martins thanked Roslyn resident and President of Kokomo Trading Company, Jason Bash, for his generous donation of two palm trees to the East Hills park at a recent installation ceremony. As a philanthropist and local business owner, Mr. Bash has been donating trees throughout the North Shore in an effort as he says, “To help rebuild Long Island one tree at a time” nine months after Hurricane Sandy. The hardy “Windmill” palms are commonly used now in northern states since they can thrive in both extreme hot and cold temperatures. Pictured from L to R: East Hills Village Trustee, Clara Pomerantz, Assemblyman Charles Lavine, East Hills Village Trustee, Peter Zuckerman, Senator Martins, Jason Bash and East Hills Mayor, Michael Koblenz.

August 12, 2013
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Grisanti Announces $400,000 In Funding For Tonawanda

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) announced today that he has secured funding for the Town of Tonawanda that will be used for environmental, public safety and parks and recreation projects that will enhance and improve conditions in the town while accomplishing budgetary relief and increasing efficiency.

August 9, 2013
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Senator Stavisky, Congresswoman Meng, Councilwoman Koslowitz Speak Out to Save Community Garden

Elmhurst, NY—Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing), Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-Queens) and Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) gathered at the Elmhurst Community Garden today to call for a delay of the property sale so that community members have an opportunity to conserve or relocate the garden, which is located on private property.

July 26, 2013
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Grants Available For Mohawk Valley Flood Victims

HERKIMER, 07/25/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today encouraged residents, business owners and farmers hit hard by recent storms to take advantage of available grants. 

July 25, 2013
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Senator Serrano Joins Community in Celebration of The Bronx LGBTQ Pride & Health Fair

(Bronx, NY) – Senator José M. Serrano joined Congressman José E. Serrano, health organizations and community members at the Bronx LGBTQ Pride & Health Fair in Crotona Park. Providing an opportunity for members of the LGBTQ community and their supporters to show their pride, the fair also offered a space for everyone involved to receive key information and access to health screenings.

July 19, 2013
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SENATOR GRIFFO TO PARTICIPATE IN NEW YORK RISING STORM RECOVERY CONFERENCE

(Utica)- State Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-C-IP, Rome) today confirmed that he will be participating in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s New York Rising Storm Recovery Conference this Thursday in Albany. Last week, Griffo was joined by fellow Senators James Seward, Hugh Farley and David Valesky in asking President Obama, FEMA, and federal officials for greater consideration in helping the residents of central New York and the Mohawk Valley who had been devastated by the catastrophic flooding.

July 16, 2013
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Senator Mark Grisanti Announces Grants For Buffalo & Erie County Public Libraries

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti brought good news to local libraries this afternoon when he announced $128,000 in  grants through the "Bullet Aid" targeted education fund for libraries.

July 15, 2013
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‘Dangerous’ Rego Park Intersection, Calls For Speed Cameras

As reported by The Forum:  

For Pat Martin, president of Friends of LeFrak Library, it is only a matter of time before a child gets seriously injured at a Rego Park intersection near PS 206 – unless, she and other community leaders said, the city does something about it.

 “We’re all so scared of the day a child gets hurt there – and after that, the city will put in a crossing guard, but we shouldn’t have to wait for that,” Martin said of the intersection at Junction Boulevard and Horace Harding Expressway that is routinely crossed by elementary school students on their way to PS 206.

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July 9, 2013
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Be Our Guest: Affordable housing plan for Willets Point is reduced and could be doomed

As reported by the Daily News:

By State Senator Jose Pealta:

If City Hall put a wrecking ball to 2,000 units of affordable housing to make room for a shopping mall, it would be front-page news and there would be no end to the outrage.

That’s essentially what’s happening at Willets Point. Unfortunately, it’s hardly causing a stir with anyone other than local affordable housing advocates.

The Willets Point development plan agreed to by the City Council in 2008 called for a a mix of retail space and housing, including the construction of 820 homes for families making $38,400 a year or less; 330 homes for families earning between $38,400 and $46,080; and 770 units for families earning from $46,080 to $99,840.

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July 1, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS AND GOVERNOR CUOMO TOUT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Senator Jack M. Martins and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo were at SUNY Old Westbury to detail the major accomplishments that passed the State Legislature in the last days of the legislative session. The Governor and lawmakers were on hand for a bill signing ceremony for the Start-UP NY program.

Senator Martins, who introduced the Governor, spoke about a new era in Albany that has transformed New York State . The last three legislative sessions have proven that lawmakers can work together with each other and the Governor to move the state forward. This legislative year was certainly no exception as progress was made once again through common sense measures and reforms.

June 28, 2013
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Senator Serrano Joins Manhattan Borough President In a Letter to the New York City Department of Education Re: School of Cooperative Technical Education Redevelopment Plan

“The Department of Education's unilateral decision to demolish the School of Cooperative Technical Education without adequate community input is troubling. We will not quietly accept demolition of this school without allowing the voices of those in the community who will be affected most by these changes to be heard. I have been, and will remain, an advocate for a robust public process. That is why I am sponsoring S5597/A7317 along with Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal, requiring public-private redevelopment of public lands to undergo review.

June 26, 2013
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Summary of 2013 Senate Legislative Action

 

2013-2014 NEW YORK STATE BUDGET

 

The New York State Senate approved the 2013-14 state budget that delivers on priorities outlined by the Senate Republican Conference to provide much-needed tax relief for middle-class families, help businesses create jobs, and, for the third consecutive year, the budget keeps spending growth below two percent, which is consistent with the local spending cap that applies to school districts and local governments.  It was also the third consecutive budget approved prior to the April 1 deadline.

 

June 24, 2013
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Senate Passes Comprehensive Hurricane Sandy Legislation

The New York State Senate today passed a comprehensive legislative package that provides relief to people and communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy, aids rebuilding efforts, and increases disaster preparedness.

June 17, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS DELIVERS GRANT TO SHELTER ROCK LIBRARY

State Senator Jack M. Martins, a strong advocate of community libraries, secured a grant for the Shelter Rock Public Library, located on Searingtown Road in Albertson.

Noting that that libraries serve the public as community, cultural and arts and information centers, Senator Martins was able to deliver $100,000 for capital improvements at the library.

“Libraries are vital to our communities here in the Seventh Senate District. They benefit the entire community by providing programs, materials and other invaluable services directly to our residents. Shelter Rock, as a wonderful library and community center, does just that,” Senator Martins said.

June 14, 2013
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Herkimer County HealthNet Receives Statewide Honor

ALBANY, 06/11/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today honored Herkimer County HealthNet during the Parks & Trails New York  annual award ceremony at the Capitol.  Herkimer County HealthNet received the Get Outdoors award for its commitment to developing and maintaining trails and playgrounds throughout the county.

June 11, 2013
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