Issues: Local Government

Flood Victims Deserve Property Tax Break

HERKIMER, 10/08/13 – Mohawk Valley state legislators Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta), Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R/C/I-Rome), and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi (D-Utica) today announced introduction of special legislation to assist Mohawk Valley property owners recovering from flooding during the summer of 2013. 

October 8, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS WORKS WITH LOCAL LEADERS TO ALLEVIATE DANGEROUS TRAFFIC CONDITION

Senator Jack M. Martins secured state funding to alleviate a dangerous traffic condition in Plandome Mayor. Working with the Village of Plandome Manor Mayor Barbara Donno, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Nassau County Legislator Richard Nicolello, the dangerous traffic conditions that exist at the triangle intersection of North Plandome Road, Plandome Road and Stonytown Road in will soon be a think of the past.

October 8, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS WESTBURY FAIR

Senator Jack M. Martins had a great time at the Westbury Fair on Saturday. There are great things happening in Westbury. Most recently, the theater, named "The Space" at Westbury, opened at 250 Post Avenue and is a major step in the revitalization of the downtown area. Mayor Peter Cavallaro, Deputy Mayor Joan Boes and the board of trustees are doing an outstanding job.

Pictured are Mayor Cavallaro and Village Trustees Bill Wise, Steve Corte and Beaumont Jefferson.

October 8, 2013
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR PATTY RITCHIE ON ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY BUDGET

The newly unveiled St. Lawrence County budget represents a step in the right direction when it comes to getting the county’s finances back on track and providing real relief to hardworking taxpayers.  

By presenting a plan that will immediately reduce property taxes, St. Lawrence County lawmakers are helping to alleviate the burden placed on homeowners. 

Making this possible is the “home rule” legislation allowing St. Lawrence County to set its own sales tax rate.  As a lawmaker who has spent the past several years working to reduce taxes, I remain opposed to raising taxes in St. Lawrence County, and anywhere else in New York State. 

However, St. Lawrence County lawmakers have made a case that the home rule legislation is an important piece of the puzzle that will enable the county to rebuild its fund balance and save hardworking county taxpayers millions of dollars in unnecessary borrowing costs. 

October 7, 2013
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Irvington Fire Dept. 133rd Annual Inspection

Senator Stewart-Cousins took part in the annual tradition of inspecting firetruck engines and equipment to make sure that they are in good working condition at Irvington Fire Department's 133rd Annual Inspection on Saturday, October 5th. At this special event, the Senator had the pleasure of meeting some of New York's Bravest, many of whom have been serving the Village of Irvington for more than twenty years.

October 6, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS PARTICIPATES IN SENATE HEARING ON TAX POLICY AND REFORM INITIATIVES

Senator Jack M. Martins participated in a hearing held by the Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations and the Senate Standing Committee on Finance to examine the tax policy in New York State and reform initiatives to find ways to provide relief to families and businesses in the state. 

October 3, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS PARTICIPATES IN THIRD ANNUAL SENATE UNIDAD LATINA CONFERENCE

Senator Jack M. Martins (on right) recently attended the New York State Senate’s 3rd Annual Unidad Latina Conference with the New York State Hispanic Federation. The event, held in New York City in conjunction with National Hispanic Heritage Month, brings together hundreds of community, business and government leaders at a two-day conference designed to strengthen partnerships and increase economic opportunities for the growing Hispanic community in New York State, and at the same time, honors the rich histories, cultures and contributions of our state’s Hispanic American citizens. Pictured in the front row from l to r are scholarship recipients Cindy Moreno (Elmont Memorial HS graduate), Yasmin Kavoutlis (Sewanhaka HS) and Natalie Santiago (Elmont Memorial HS graduate).

October 3, 2013
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SENATE MEASURE TO RESTORE FUNDING CUTS TO OPWDD BECOMES OFFICIAL

Earlier this year. Senator Jack M. Martins stood with his Senate colleagues to block $120 million in cuts to programs that serve developmentally disabled New Yorkers. While our efforts during the 2013-1014 budget negotiations restored some of the funding, programs throughout our state were still in danger due to a $90 million budget shortfall --- threatening to diminish access to important services for thousands of developmentally disabled citizens across the state.

Few issues this year have generated more input from concerned constituents. That's why Senator Martins is pleased to announce that support for these vital programs will now be protected under legislation that Governor Andrew Cuomo just signed into law.

September 30, 2013
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Bill Authorizing Improvements to Dangerous Intersection in Greenburgh Signed by Governor Cuomo

Greenburgh, NY - One of the most dangerous intersections in Westchester County will receive a much needed safety improvement this year and a law sponsored by Greenburgh’s State Legislators and signed by Governor Cuomo Friday made it possible.

The law, sponsored by Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins in the Senate and Assemblyman Tom Abinanti in the Assembly, authorizes small parcels of Westchester County parkland adjacent to the intersection of Jackson Avenue and North Sprain Road in Hastings to be used to straighten a dangerous "S curve” which has caused over 80 accidents and two deaths over the last three years. The Legislators introduced the law at the request of Westchester County Legislator Mary Jane Shimsky.

September 29, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS MANHASSET CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST

Senator Jack M. Martins recently attended the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast, where he discussed with members the priorities of the Manhasset business community. It was an honor for the Senator to be among so many of the community's leaders to discuss important issues concerning the local economy. 

September 27, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS TO PARTICIPATE IN UNDIDAD LATINA CONFERENCE

Hispanic Heritage Month / Unidad Latina

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month by celebrating the rich histories, cultures and contributions of our nation's Hispanic American citizens. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15th and ending on October 15th.

September 27, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS WISHES THE HERRICKS SENIOR CENTER A HAPPY 33RD ANNIVERSARY

As is his custom every year, Senator Jack M. Martins brought a cake over to the Herricks Senior Center to celebrate the center's anniversary. This year, the center celebrated its 33rd anniversary. It continues to be a wonderful place for the community to socialize and share camaraderie.

Happy Anniversary to the Herricks Senior Center!

 

September 26, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS CO-SPONSORS HEARING ON REGULATORY REFORM

Senator Jack M. Martins co-sponsored a Senate hearing on regulatory reform pertaining to the construction industry. The hearing, which took place in the Nassau County Theodore Roosevelt County Executive and Legislative Building was part of a series of hearings on industry-specific, bipartisan forums intended to identify and examine state regulations to see if they may b e impeding job creation and economic growth.

The forums are being convened by the Administrative Regulations Review Commission and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Commerce.

September 26, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS SHOWS MUSTANG PRIDE AT HOMECOMING PARADE

Senator Jack M. Martins showed Mineola Mustang Pride at the Mineola Homecoming Parade. The rain couldn't keep the Mineola School District community from shining. By the time the game started, the sun was out. Unfortunately, the team was defeated by West Hempstead, but, as always at homecoming, students, parents, staff and the community showed plenty of spirit in their hometown schools.

September 23, 2013
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Senator Klein Honors First Responders at Third Annual First Responder Appreciation BBQ on Orchard Beach

Senator Klein with honorees at the Third Annual First Responder Appreciation BBQ.

From left to right, Sgt. Dennis Tierney, Bronx 43rd Precinct, Deputy Inspector Kevin Burke, Former Bronx 50th Precinct Captain and New C.O. of World Trade Center Command, Police Officer Jairo Vasquez of the Port Authority NY and NJ Police Department, Firefighter Dominick Libonati of FDNY Ladder Co. 56, Senator Klein, Firefighter Kevin Adams of FDNY Ladder Co. 56, Firefighter Phil Pillet of FDNY Ladder Co. 56, Lt. Julian Keiser, Pelham Fire Department

September 23, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS JOINS WILLISTON PARK COMMUNITY IN REMEMBERING BUD HALLER

Senator Jack M. Martins joined with the Williston Park community in celebrating the life of Nicholas "Bud Haller" at a dedication ceremony at the Williston Park Gazebo.

Bud Haller served the community is so many different ways. He was a trustee and deputy mayor for the Village of Williston Park. He was a life member of the Knights of Columbus, Corpus Christi Council, past president of the Williston Park Rotary and past vice president of The Chamber of Commerce of the Willistons, a longtime member American Legion Williston Post 144 and a trustee of the Williston Park Library.

This wonderful community member, husband and father will never be forgotten. Thoughts and prayers are with his family and many friends.

September 23, 2013
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Seward Lights Up Downtown Oneonta

ONEONTA, 09/20/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that a $250,000 legislative grant he secured will fund a major streetlight replacement project in downtown Oneonta. 

“The City of Oneonta is in the midst of a complete downtown renaissance – new merchants, new residents, new storefronts and new infrastructure,” said Senator Seward. “This legislative grant will assist in the redevelopment and translates to a greener downtown through energy efficiencies and cost savings.” 

September 20, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS JOINS WESTBURY IN WELCOMING THE SPACE

Senator Jack M. Martins joined with Village of Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro, members of the Village of Westbury Board of Trustees, elected officials and community members in welcoming The Space to the Village of Westbury. 

The Space at Westbury now occupies the former location of hte Westbury Movie Theater, which first opened its doors in 1927. The Space at Westbury has preserved the village history while injecting a shot of energy into the community's downtown area as a performing arts center. Cyrus Hakakian invested nearly $10 million into The Space and, with the cooperation of the village and the community, it is a welcomed addition to the downtown.

September 18, 2013
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

Are we Making the Grade?

The new school year is well underway now.

I admit that I personally dread the week it begins. Maybe because I remember that sinking feeling as the days of summer would wind down and we prepared for homework, books, and bedtimes. Nowadays, it’s the never-ending lists of school supplies and the coordination of jam-packed calendars that puts a damper on things.

September 17, 2013
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