Issues: Local Government

Senator Stavisky Welcomes New York City Council Members in Albany

 

Albany, NY— Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) welcomed a delegation of New York City Council Members to her office in Albany to discuss collaboration between the city and the state on issues such as taxation, universal pre-K and the minimum wage.

January 29, 2014
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will. – Vince Lombardi

Earlier this week I was asked by one of the local newspapers to predict an outcome for the upcoming Super Bowl XLVIII matchup between the number one offense, Denver Broncos and the number one defense, Seattle Seahawks. The paper collects the opinions of various people and then does a side by side comparison to see who comes closest. It sounded like good fun and although I love watching football, I can’t imagine why they’d ask me. If I had any luck prognosticating that sort of thing, election years would be a whole lot easier.

January 28, 2014
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will. – Vince Lombardi

Earlier this week I was asked by one of the local newspapers to predict an outcome for the upcoming Super Bowl XLVIII matchup between the number one offense, Denver Broncos and the number one defense, Seattle Seahawks. The paper collects the opinions of various people and then does a side by side comparison to see who comes closest. It sounded like good fun and although I love watching football, I can’t imagine why they’d ask me. If I had any luck prognosticating that sort of thing, election years would be a whole lot easier.

January 28, 2014
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Senator Flanagan Announces Pet Dealer Oversight Law Now In Effect

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently announced the enactment of legislation he supported that will help provide better regulation of animal breeders and pet stores.  The new law (Chapter 553 of 2013 signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo) authorizes local governments to enact more stringent laws than those that currently exist at the state level.

Any new local laws, rules, regulations or ordinances must be at least as stringent as state law and must not result in banning the sale of dogs and cats that are raised in a safe and healthy manner.

January 27, 2014
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Times Union Editorial Supports Tkaczyk Measure on Casino Siting

Just politics, Mr. Cuomo?

Our opinion: Communities must have a say in whether they host a casino. The state should not be in sole charge of this.

Gov.

January 27, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS APPEARS ON 'YOUR VOICE' FROM ALBANY

Senator Jack M. Martins appeared on the cable tv show, "Your Voice" from Albany during which he discussed the recent hearings on the Regents reform agenda, Common Core and his concerns regarding InBloom. He also discussed the Governor's State of the State address. 

 

January 24, 2014
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Senators Valesky, DeFrancisco Provide $250,000 for Effort to Improve Government Services and Efficiency

SYRACUSE, NY – The Commission on Local Government Modernization, has launched a comprehensive study of government structure in Onondaga County in an effort to provide better services more efficiently to the community.

January 24, 2014
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Sens. Krueger, Tkaczyk Introduce Bill to Protect Communities’ Home Rule and Zoning Rights with Respect to Casinos

Today State Senators Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) and Cecilia Tkaczyk (D-Duanesburg) announced the introduction of legislation protecting the basic home-rule rights of municipalities with respect to casino siting (S. 6433-2014).

January 23, 2014
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

Making “Targets” of our children

January 23, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS WELCOMES HOME TAYLOR FROM CHINA

Demetrius Taylor is home again after playing professional basketball in China. The Elmont superstar played pro-ball in China and Shanghai in an experience Taylor described as "incredible and full of culture shock." Taylor was a special guest clinic coach at Senator Martins "Skills Challenge Basketball Camp" these past two weeks for children in the 3rd grade through 9th.

January 21, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS CONGRATULATES MISS HAITI

Senator Jack Martins recently had the honor of congratulating Miss Haiti who is none other than Elmont's Gabrielle Previlon. Senator Martins presented Previlon with one of his Dr. Martins Luther King, Jr. award at his 4th annual ceremony. Previlon is a runway model and artist throughout Long Island and New York City. "Gabby is a role model and leader that our entire community is very proud of.

January 21, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS HONORS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STARS AT MLK AWARDS

Senator Jack Martins presented his annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards to elementary school students at his 4th annual gala. Students were chosen by their respective schools as a result of their leadership, character and commitment to Social Justice.

January 21, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Local Government Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Local Government Senator Jack M. Martins, Chair 9:00 AM, Thursday, January 23, 2014 Room 945 LOB

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN TIME OF MEETING PETER BAYNES, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NEW YORK STATE CONFERENCE OF MAYORS (NYCOM)TO ADDRESS THE COMMITTEE

January 23, 9:00 AM - 9:35 AM
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SENATOR MARTINS BASKETBALL CAMP A SLAM DUNK

The Senator Jack M. Martins and Senator Dean Skelos 1st Annual Basketball Camp was a smashing success. The first day, held on January 11 at the Dutch Broadway School, and the second day, held on January 12 at Elmont Memorial High School, brought out the community's youth to learn about the finer points of the game of basketball from qualified camp coaches. 

Among the skills taught were ball handling, shooting, positioning and footwork. 

Senator Martins and Senator Skelos partnered with Gateway Youth Outreach, Elmont West Civic, the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets. The camp was well attended and extremely well received as not only basketball skills but also participation, physical fitness, sportsmanship and teamwork were fostered.

January 15, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS FLORAL PARK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LUNCHEON

Senator Jack M. Martins recently attended the Floral Park Chamber of Commerce Luncheon, where he honored a longtime chamber member. Senator Martins presented Carla Cohen with a State coin in appreciation for all she has done for the community as the longtime publisher of the Floral Park Gateway. 

 

January 15, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS CONTINUES KID PIX PROGRAM AT THE MINEOLA LIBRARY

Senator Jack M. Martins continued the valuable Kid Pix program at the Mineola Memorial Library. Partnering with Nassau County, Senator Martins offered free identification cards to children. The cards have important information on them. The program has been highly successful with parents and children taking advantage of the service. The Senator has brought the program to the communities in the Seventh Senate District. 

January 13, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS ON THE GOVERNOR'S 2014 STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS

Senator Jack M. Martins was recently in Albany for the start of the 2014 Legislative Session, which kicked off with the Governor's State of the State Address. After the address, the Senator stated:

“There is no question that over the last three years, we have made a big turnaround from years of dysfunction that have plagued New York State. Working together with the Governor, we ushered in a new era of fiscal responsibility by enacting a spending cap, a property tax cap, and passing three-consecutive, balanced budgets that were on-time because we put politics aside and worked together.

January 10, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS MEETS WITH STUDENT GOVERNMENT AT THE VINCENT SMITH SCHOOL

Senator Jack M. Martins recently visited with the student government at the Vincent Smith School in Port Washington. The Senator met with the students to discuss his role as a legislator in state government and to answer their questions. Senator Martins and the students had an insightful discussion.

With the 2014 Legislative Session have just begun in Albany, Senator Martins still finds times to visit the schools in the Seventh Senate District to discuss important issues in New York State with the students. 

January 10, 2014
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Senator Klein Launches Satellite Offices Across the Bronx and Westchester

January 9, 2014 – Starting Friday, January 10, 2014, Senator Klein will open satellite offices that will rotate weekly across various parts of Senator Klein’s district. Representatives from Senator Klein’s office will be at stationed locations, allowing for members of the community to have local access to casework assistance and information on community events. Satellite offices will be open from 9am to 5pm through March.

January 9, 2014
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