Issues: Constituents Corner

Senator Martins Supports Elmont Clothing and Toy Drive

Senator Jack Martins stopped by the Elmont clothing and toy drive this past Saturday and thanked students for working with the community and collecting needed clothing and toys for families in need during the holiday season. Senator Martins dropped off toys and contributed to the effort put together by Elmont students in the Class of 2012. Class President Candice Chatterpaul welcomed Senator Martins to the one-day drive and thanked him for his support of the effort. This is the second consecutive drive Senator Martins supported put on by the class. "The generosity of spirit that the young men and women of Elmont show us each and every day is truly inspirational.

November 22, 2011

Senator Martins Speaks With Members of the South Floral Park Civic Association

State Senator Jack Martins spoke to the South Floral Park Civic Association this past week where he discussed State and local issues on the minds of Village residents. The meeting was held at Village Hall where President Anthony Barbieri and Executive Board Members gave reports on Village Civic Matters.

Senator Martins called the gathering, “a great way to listen to what’s on the minds of community members. It's also a great opportunity to partner together and work for the greater community.” The well attended gathering had a question and answer format with local residents having the opportunity to ask Senator Martins questions and enter into a discussion with him.

November 22, 2011

Senator Martins Lights Up Elmont Fashion Show as Celebrity Guest

A night of glamour, glitz, music and art were showcased at Elmont Memorial High School this past week where the Elmont Music Department Fashion Show lit the night and raised funds for the music productions. Hundreds attended the gala event where casual wear, formal attire and music were showcased. State Senator Jack Martins was the celebrity guest and walked the fashion stage with Elmont Music Department Chair Eileen Kramer. Parents also got into the act and wore fashions as well and were led by Mrs. Byer, Mrs. Andrews and Mrs King. The designers and clothing were provided Adjmi Apparel and Selena Gomez!

November 22, 2011



NEW YORK -- Following the Community Education Council District 2 resolution opposing the Department of Education's revised zoning proposal, State Senator Daniel Squadron reiterated his concerns with the District 2 plan and called on the DOE to reform the student population projections it uses for rezoning.

November 21, 2011

Schumer, Squadron Announce Funding Secured for Pier 42 Redevelopment, Completion of East River Waterfront Park


In November of Last year, Schumer and Squadron Began Major Push for LMDC to Invest Portion of Remaining Federal Dollars to Complete East River Waterfront Park and Create ‘Continuous Green Ribbon’ Around Lower Manhattan

Approvals in Place to Jump-Start First Phase of Project; Abandoned Shed on Pier 42 Would be Removed to Create Public Space

Schumer, Squadron: This is the Final Link Connecting East Side and West Side Parks That Will Unleash Untold Potential for Lower Manhattan

November 18, 2011

Squadron Urges City to Award NYU/Poly Applied Sciences Proposal

Campus at 370 Jay Street Would Utilize Long-Empty Keystone Property, Allow Multiple Applied Sciences Proposals To Be Selected

BROOKLYN – State Senator Daniel Squadron is urging the City to move forward with an Applied Sciences in NYC proposal submitted by New York University and the Polytechnic Institute of NYU.  The application proposes a Center for Urban Science and Progress at 370 Jay Street in Downtown Brooklyn.

In a letter to Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert Steel that is also copied to senior officials at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Senator Squadron writes that “pursuing 370 Jay Street would be a major step forward in the resurgence of Downtown Brooklyn, an area that has garnered hundreds of millions of dollars in capital improvements, but in which a full renaissance is stymied by 370 Jay’s current abandonment and disrepair…. NYU’s application presents a long-awaited opportunity.”

November 17, 2011

Senator Squadron Announces Robert LaValva’s Appointment to NYS Council on Food Policy


NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron announced that New Amsterdam Market President Robert LaValva has been appointed to the New York State Council on Food Policy. Senator Squadron asked the Senate Minority Leader to officially recommend Mr. LaValva to the Governor for the appointment.

Mr. LaValva founded the New Amsterdam Market in Lower Manhattan, creating a flourishing center for sustainable regional and seasonal food that is open to all New Yorkers. The Market and Mr. LaValva have led efforts to redevelop the East River Market District and the South Street Seaport, helping to revive Lower Manhattan’s economy.

November 17, 2011


One of the best parts of my job is being able to celebrate milestone events and achievements of people living in the communities I represent.

That was the case today, when I presented a Senate proclamation to Mrs. Pearl Puterbaugh, who was celebrating her 101st birthday with friends at the St. Joseph's Home in Ogdensburg.

I thanked Mrs. Puerbaugh for all she has done for our community and wished her many more birthdays to come.

November 16, 2011

Monthly Column: New York must do more to compete for biopharmaceutical jobs

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer, State Senator - 61st District


The Public Policy Institute for New York State released a report in April, entitled The Global Struggle for Biopharmaceutical Jobs.  According to the report, when it comes to biopharmaceutical jobs, New York is in a global struggle, it must step up its game, and Western New York is in a pivotal position to be a part of the effort.

We’re competing not just with other states within the Northeast – New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts; nor even with just national rivals like California, Texas and North Carolina.  Instead, the report indicates we are in a global competition, with China and India, where new capital is flowing to new and huge laboratory space.

November 16, 2011

Senator Krueger & Assemblymember Kavanagh Encourage East Siders to Speak Out on Hydrofracking

(New York – NY) In an effort to ensure that East Side residents have an opportunity to voice their opinions on high volume hydraulic fracturing, also known as hydrofracking, Senator Liz Krueger and Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh hosted a Speak Out on Hydrofracking on Wednesday, November 9th at Baruch College.

“The proposal to allow hydrofracking in the State of New York is one which could affect millions of residents throughout our state,” said Senator Liz Krueger. “Any risk to our clean water and air could affect everyone throughout the State. So it’s important that residents have as many opportunities as possible to voice their opinion, whether it be in support or opposition to the drilling.”

November 15, 2011

Nadler and Squadron Respond to City’s Action on Occupy Wall Street

“We agree that Zuccotti Park must be open and accessible to everyone – OWS, the public, law enforcement and first responders – and that it is critical to protect the health and safety of protesters and the community.

“We have also been urging the City to have a zero tolerance policy on noise and sanitation violations, and to make the results of its enforcement public.

“But we must balance the core First Amendment rights of protesters and the other legitimate issues that have been raised.

“The City’s actions to shut down OWS last night raise a number of serious civil liberties questions that must be answered.  Moving forward, how will the City respect the protesters’ rights to speech and assembly?  Why was press access limited, and why were some reporters’ credentials confiscated?  How will reported incidents of excessive force used by the police be addressed?

November 15, 2011

Lawmakers Already Drawing Up Special Session Wish Lists

The Capitol wrote about the pressing issue of independent restricting being on Governnor Cuomo's agenda for the potential Legislature in Albany that will meet to discuss the state budget. Passing independent redistricting is at the top of the list of things we need to take care of.

If Gov. Andrew Cuomo calls the Legislature back to Albany this year to deal with a $350 million budget shortfall, lawmakers say he could also open the door to debating a host of simmering issues – including independent redistricting.

The next legislative session begins in less than two months, but Cuomo told radio host Susan Arbetter yesterday that the budget gap could force his hand: “If this trend continues, we may have to bring back the Legislature.”


November 15, 2011

Senator Martins Thanks Rushmore Avenue School for Sweet Donation

Senator Jack M. Martins sponsored a Sweets for Soldiers campaign to collect Halloween candy for our service men and women. Senator Martins’ office received donations thanks to the generosity of the schools in the Seventh Senate District. One of those schools that made a generous donation was the Rushmore Avenue School in Carle Place.

Dropping off the donation were Jen Sussman and Laurie Papa from the Rushmore Avenue School. “I can’t thank the Rushmore School enough for their generous donation. The students parted with their Halloween candy, showing their appreciation for our soldiers. They should be commended,” said Senator Martins. “The response from the community has been outstanding, from the teachers, students and parents. Thank you.”

November 14, 2011

Sen. Gianaris Optimistic After 2011 Elections

Senator Gianaris was on YNN's Capital Tonight with Liz Benjamin to discuss the results of Tuesday's elections. The senator hopes to gain back control of the state senate for the Democrats.

Big wins for Democrats this week have State Senator Mike Gianaris optimistic about next year’s elections. His goal is to help Democrats recapture control of the state senate.

Watch the video here.

November 10, 2011

Oppenheimer Grant Helps Restore Trees Lost to Storm Damage in Crawford Park

Crawford Park in Rye Brook was particularly hard hit by the devastating snow storm in March 2010.  Numerous trees were lost or badly damaged.  In consultation with the Town of Rye, Senator Oppenheimer arranged for a $5,000 grant for the Town of Rye and the Friends of Crawford Park, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and beautification of the Crawford estate.

November 7, 2011

Squadron Calls on Dept. of Ed: Improve District 2 Rezoning Plan

NEW YORK -- State Senator Daniel Squadron urged the NYC Department of Education to reform the student population projections it uses for rezoning, in a letter to Chancellor Dennis Walcott. The call came amidst serious concerns about DOE’s draft District 2 rezoning plan, which impacts thousands of families and many schools in Senator Squadron’s district. The letter is linked below.

Despite new schools in Lower Manhattan, the rapidly growing residential population is still leading to long waitlists, an unsustainable number of kindergarten sections at many schools, and rezoning challenges.

“The zoning plans do not include some important factors. The School Construction Authority must develop more accurate assessments of the capacity and demand for school seats in Lower Manhattan,” wrote Senator Squadron in the letter.

In particular, Senator Squadron's bill - S2884 - includes mechanisms for more accurate student population projections, better transparency and feedback in planning, and a stronger role for parents and the public. In the letter, Senator Squadron also urges DOE to use City population projections and birth rate data, as well as surveys of students’ families to better plan for the growing demand.  

November 7, 2011

Floral Park-Bellerose School Sends Candy Coated Message to the Troops

Student Council Raises 600 Pounds of Candy for Senator Martins' Candy Drive

In the days following Halloween, the students at the Floral Park-Bellerose School had no problem parting with the candy they received trick-or-treating, especially since they knew it was going to a great cause.

The Floral Park-Bellerose School Student Council collected 600 pounds of candy, which will go to the troops serving in the Armed Forces through a candy drive sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins in partnership with Dr. Edward Gottlieb of Mid-Island Dental Group, located at 182 Hillside Avenue in Williston Park, entitled, “Sweets For Soldiers.”

November 7, 2011

Senator Martins Teams With CVS For Successful Flu Shot Program at Port Washington Library

Heading into the Winter season, it’s important to get vaccinated against the flu. In order to provide a convenient way for residents to receive their flu shots, Senator Jack M. Martins sponsored a flu shot program at the Port Washington Library.

Senator Martins partnered with CVS Pharmacy, which provided the vaccine at no cost out-of-pocket costs to the residents. A total of 70 flu shots were given out.

“I want to thank the Port Washington Library for allowing us to hold our flu shot program. I also want to thank CVS for providing the vaccine and the volunteers for giving up their time to administer the shots. I hope everyone has a healthy and safe Fall and Winter season,” Senator Martins said.

November 7, 2011

Senator Martins Collects Food in Manhasset to Benefit Island Harvest

Senator Jack M. Martins was in front of King Kullen in Manhasset on a recent Saturday for a food drive to benefit Island Harvest. After visiting Island Harvest earlier in the yearand meeting with President and CEO Randi Dresner, Senator Martins promise to hep replenish the food bank, especially as the holidays are approaching and the demand for food increases.

A total of 110 pounds of food was donated. “I want to thank King Kullen for allowing us to use the outside of the store and to all those who stopped by to generously donate a food item. It will go a long way towards helping Island Harvest provide the support they have been providing for so many years,” Senator Martins said.

November 7, 2011

Statement on Efforts to Solve Downtown Quality-of-Life Issues

NEW YORK, NY – Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, State Senator Daniel Squadron, and Councilwoman Margaret Chin responded to the steps being taken by both the City and Occupy Wall Street (OWS) to ameliorate the serious quality-of-life and safety issues near the demonstrations and, in particular, today’s announcement that OWS has secured off-site 24-hour access bathrooms. 

They issued the following joint statement:

“We are pleased that, on the heels of the City responding to our calls to remove excessive barricades, there has been significant progress on one of the other pressing quality-of-life issues: improved bathroom access.  

“OWS states that it has secured access to a loading dock area connected to 52 Broadway and has obtained three portable bathrooms to install there, with a trained security guard 24-hours-a-day.  We appreciate their attention to this issue.

“We reiterate our call on the City to take a ‘zero-tolerance’ approach to public urination and other such behavior, and to enforce laws prohibiting excessive noise.

“The fact that both the City and OWS are making progress in addressing serious quality-of-life issues signals that there is a path for solving these and other emerging concerns.  We strongly encourage the parties to continue to communicate and we ask that the park remain open and accessible for emergency personnel.  

“As we have said before, these concerns must be solved but cannot be used as a pretext for the violation of First Amendment rights.”

November 4, 2011
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