Issues: Local Government

SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS CELEBRATION AT WINTHROP HOSPITAL

Senator Jack M. Martins attended a celebration a Winthrop University Hospital to mark the structural steel for the hospital's new research center being built in Mineola, which will focus on diabetes and obesity.

“It's a great day for Mineola and for Winthrop-University Hospital,” Senator Martins said. “At a time when diabetes and obesity are reaching epidemic proportions, this new state-of-the-art research facility will help lead the battle against them while training the next generation of physicians. Thanks to Winthrop for this great facility and the hundreds of construction and post construction research jobs it brings to our community.”

 

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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Senator O'Brien reminds homeowners to reapply for STAR property tax exemption

ROCHESTER, N.Y. --  Senator Ted O’Brien today reminded New Yorkers who currently receive the basic STAR exemption they must reapply before December 31 to continue receiving the exemption in 2014 and future years.

“The STAR exemption is one of the best tools we currently have to help protect New Yorkers from the crushing burden of property taxes,” Senator O’Brien said.  “The program was being strained by inappropriate and fraudulent uses, and this reapplication process will help ensure that this program is preserved for the hundreds of thousands who rely on it for tax relief.”

The exemption is for owner-occupied primary residences with a family income less than $500,000, and exempts the first $30,000 of the home’s value from school taxes.

August 30, 2013
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BASIC STAR REGISTRATION - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

New state legislation requires all homeowners receiving a Basic STAR exemption to register with the New York Tax Department in order to receive the exemption in 2014 and subsequent years.

I already receive Basic STAR, why do I need to register? This is part of a new initiative to protect New Yorkers against inappropriate or fraudulent STAR exemptions.

 

Do I have to register every year? No, this is a one-time registration. You do not have to register every year.

 

Who must register? Only those who receive the Basic STAR Property Tax Exemption.

 

August 29, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS TO ASSIST GREAT NECK STUDENTS IN SPREADING MESSAGE AGAINST BULLYING

Senator Jack M. Martins recently met with two young filmmakers who are spreading the word about the dangers of bullying and the harm that can come to others. Lelina and Melora Chang are in the best possible position to help since, not only are they both students at Great Neck South High School, but also happen to be the associate producers of a short film entitled, “Strain,” that sends a powerful message about the consequences of bullying.

Lelina and Melora both became involved in the project after their older sister, Yin, an actress who has had a recurring role in the show “Gossip Girl” wanted to write and direct her own film about bullying. “Strain” depicts how two best friends were separated by a school clique and the devastating consequences.

August 29, 2013
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Flood Recovery Funds Delivered To Mohawk Valley

HERKIMER, 08/29/13 -  Senator James L. Seward today joined Governor Andrew M. Cuomo as he issued $13.6 million in state aid checks to 1,206 homeowners, renters, businesses and farmers affected by July flooding across the Mohawk Valley, Central New York and Niagara County.

August 29, 2013
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

A Step Up

It seems part of the human condition to become so focused on that which needs correction that we often fail to appreciate our progress. It’s true in our personal lives, our work lives, and certainly when it comes to how we view government. In 11 years of public service I have yet to meet anyone whose first observation about government is how great it works.

August 29, 2013
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JOHN LIU AND ELLIOT SPITZER WITH HISPANIC MINISTERS

PRESS RELEASE

August 28, 2013

For Immediate Release

SEN. REV. RUBEN DIAZ

 

JOHN LIU AND ELLIOT SPITZER WITH HISPANIC MINISTERS

New York City Comptroller John Liu and former Governor Elliot Spitzer will be attending, The New York Hispanic Clergy Organization Meeting, this Thursday August 29, 2013.

The New York Hispanic Clergy Organization, which is presided by New York State Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz has been meeting, in a weekly basis, for the past 25 years. They meet every Thursday from 9:00 am-11:00 am in the Christian Community Neighborhood Church located at 1437 Longfellow Avenue between Jennings and Freeman in Bronx County.

August 28, 2013
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ON THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON, CAUCUSSAYS PROGRESS MADE, BUT WE HAVEN'T REACHED MOUNTAINTOP

The 1963 “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom” was organized in support of civil rights legislation, and also to call attention to significant economic inequalities. As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic “March on Washington”, inspired by its victories (the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965), we must also acknowledge that there is still much progress to be made as a society and pervasive inequalities that must be addressed.

August 28, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS COMMEMORATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. SPEECH

On August 28, 1963, Dr. Martins Luther King, Jr. helped changed the course of our nation. This year, we commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's, "I have a dream" speech, which was delivered on August 28, 1963. To pay hommage to this momentous moment in American history, here is the speech:

"I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

August 28, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS TO HOLD STATEWIDE HEARING IN NASSAU COUNTY

WHO: State Senator Jack M. Martins.

WHAT: 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

WHERE: Nassau County Theodore Roosevelt Executive & Legislative Building, 1550 Franklin Avenue in Mineola.

WHEN: Tuesday, August 27, 2013, 10 am to 4:00 pm

August 26, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS ROOTS COSMOS TO VICTORY WITH SOCCER STARS FROM ELMONT

Senator Jack M. Martins rooted the New York Cosmos to victory Saturday night as the Cosmos downed the San Antonio Scorpions at Hofstra Stadium. During a stoppage in action, the Senator discussed the game with members of Elmont Soccer who were working as ball boys and girls for the game. 

August 26, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS WELCOMES AMERICAN COMMUNITY BANK TO MINEOLA

Senator Jack M. Martins joined with Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss and the Mineola Chamber of Commerce is welcoming a new business to the Village of Mineola. American Community Bank opened at 285 Jericho Turnpike. Senator Martins wished them much success. 

 

 

August 23, 2013
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RITCHIE CELEBRATES OPENING OF OGDENSBURG VOLUNTEER RESCUE SQUAD HEADQUARTERS

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently attended the opening of the Ogdensburg Volunteer Rescue Squad Headquarters, where she joined local officials to help cut the ribbon on the new facility. 

 

 

 

August 23, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS: REBUILDING LONG ISLAND STARTS NOW

There’s a lot of excitement here in Nassau County. Last week’s announcement regarding the redevelopment of Nassau Coliseum has also shined the spotlight once again on what I believe is the single, greatest economic development opportunity Long Island has seen in many years.

That opportunity is Belmont Park.

As you are probably well aware, I have been at the forefront of the redevelopment process at Belmont and I am thrilled with the mixed-use proposal submitted to the state by the New York Cosmos. This breathtaking plan calls for a world-class soccer stadium for the Cosmos team but also includes a hotel, shopping venues, seven restaurants, new community parks, and even a new Long Island Railroad Station.

August 21, 2013
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

How to Keep Your STAR Property Tax Rebate

If you receive a STAR rebate check for your property taxes, please, please, read this column! It’s vital news to Long Island homeowners.

New legislation requires that ALL homeowners receiving a Basic STAR exemption re-apply with the New York State Tax Department in order to continue receiving the exemption in 2014 and beyond. This is part of an enormous effort to root out fraud in the $1.9 billion system and it was enacted to protect honest New Yorkers against those who are falsely obtaining the exemption. In the end, they are stealing from you – the taxpayer.

August 21, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS CHAIRS HEARING IN SYRACUSE ON FISCALLY DISTRESSED MUNICIPALITIES

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, is holding 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 21, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS CONGRATULATES PHOEBE AND JOAN FROM THE GREAT NECK SOCIAL CENTER

On August 15, the Great Neck Social Center held a barbecue to celebrate the opening of its newly furnished couryard in honor of Phoebe Lazarus and Joan Antonoff. Both are wonderful, caring and very supportive of the center. Senator Martins congratulates the Great Neck Social Center and Phoebe and Joan for their outstanding contributions to the quality of life in the Great Neck area. 

 

August 19, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS THANKS UJA-FEDERATION OF NY FOR SUPPLIES FOR SUCCESS PROGRAM

Senator Jack M. Martins congratulates the UJA-Federation of NY for their efforts in collecting and distributing school supplies for those in need.  The program, Supplies of Success, is just another example of the wonderful work that the UJA-Federation of NY does.

More than 300 volunteers will be working from August 20th to August 22th to fill more than 4,500 backpacks with school supplies for children from needy families across Long Island, through UJA-Federation’s Supplies for Success program. A year-long initiative to collect supplies and cash donations culminate in this three-day volunteer effort.

August 15, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS CONGRATULATES PLANDOME TROOP 71 EAGLE SCOUTS

Senator Jack M. Martins attended an Eagle Cout of Honor for Plandome Troop 71.  The Court of Honor was held in honor of scouts Alex Comerford and Nick Cataldo, who both reached the prestigious level of Eagle Scout, which is the highest rank a Boy Scout can achieve.

August 15, 2013
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