Issues: Local Government

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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IMPORTANT INFORMATION CONCERNING THE STAR EXEMPTION

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

Please see below a pfd fact sheet you can download with all the information. More information can also be found on the Tax Department's website at www.tax.ny.gov

August 14, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS JOINS GOVERNOR CUOMO FOR SIGNING OF UTILITY RESTRUCTURING LEGISLATION

Senator Jack M. Martins joined with his colleagues and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo as the Governor signed legislation that dramatically revamps the electric utility on Long Island. The legislation privatizes utility operations on Long Island, improves customer service, including stabilizing rates and enhancing emergency response and preparation; reduces the cost of Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) debt; and implements tough state oversight for the new utility company. It also achieves savings to allow the new utility to seek a rate freeze for 2013, 2014 and 2015.

August 13, 2013
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The NYS Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus Applaud Stop and Frisk Ruling

Reforming Stop and Frisk has been a top priority 

Albany, NY- Reforming "Stop and Frisk" has been one of the top priorities of the NYS Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus for at least the past decade. We strongly support and applaud Judge Shira A. Scheindlin’s decision on the New York Police Department’s Stop and Frisk Program. In 2012, the Caucus traveled to D.C. to lobby the Department of Justice to investigate NYC’s Stop and Frisk practices. While in D.C. the Caucus also briefed the Congressional Black Caucus on the status and implications of this controversial program.

August 12, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS, ASSEMBLYWOMAN SCHIMEL ANNOUNCE VETERANS BILL SIGNED INTO LAW

Measure Will Enhance Veterans' Access to Benefits and Care

State Senator Jack M. Martins and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel were joined today by members of local veterans’ organizations to announce that veterans legislation they sponsored (S.5825/A.6221-C) was recently signed into law. In an effort to improve the benefit claims process for New York’s veterans, the law requires that directors of city and county veterans service agencies become accredited as veterans’ service organization (VSO) representatives.

August 12, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS HICKSVILLE WATER DISTRICT RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY FOR RENOVATED PLANT

Senator Jack M. Martins joined with the Hickville Water District Board of Water Commissioners for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of renovations of Plant #6 on Kuhl Avenue. This renovation is part of the district’s major capital investment plan to improve services for local residents and businesses. The District has provided Service to Hicksville community for over 92 years. Tests several years ago showed that nitrate levels in wells were rising. This plant has the capability to remove excess nitrates in the water supply. Construction on facility started in 2011 and came in under budget.

 

August 12, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS PROUDLY MARCHES IN INDIA INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE IN HICKSVILLE

Senator Jack M. Martins was honored to have taken part in the India Independence Day Parade in Hicksville.  The parade, commemorating India's 66th Independence Day, was held by the Indian American community of Long Island. The India Day Parade (IDP USA) is one of the remarkable historic events on Long Island, bringing together the synergies of more than 100 organizations, to celebrate Pride, Passion and Unity.

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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