Issues: Local Government

SENATOR MARTINS DISCUSSES RECENT HAPPENINGS IN ALBANY ON 'YOUR VOICE'

On the most recent edition of "Your Voice" from Albany, Senator Jack M. Martins discussed a Boy Scout from the Seventh Senate District who saved his sister's life, the induction of Walter Hobbs of Mineola into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame, the successful passage of the school bus mandate relief act and the upcoming Senator Jack Martins 3-on-3 Classic basketball tournament in Elmont. 

June 17, 2013
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Comptroller DiNapoli Concedes These Are Tough Times for Local Governments and School Districts (Source: Scarsdale10583.com)

Source: Scarsdale10583.com

Meanwhile, State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins just announced the passage of a bill in the state senate requiring the state to pay for unfunded mandates.

The bill requires the state to fund any mandated program imposed on local governments and school districts and would protect local municipalities from bearing the cost of programs created and/ or originated by the State, allowing local officials to set their own priorities without the possibility of future unfunded mandated programs disrupting their budgets.

June 17, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS DELIVERS GRANT TO SHELTER ROCK LIBRARY

State Senator Jack M. Martins, a strong advocate of community libraries, secured a grant for the Shelter Rock Public Library, located on Searingtown Road in Albertson.

Noting that that libraries serve the public as community, cultural and arts and information centers, Senator Martins was able to deliver $100,000 for capital improvements at the library.

“Libraries are vital to our communities here in the Seventh Senate District. They benefit the entire community by providing programs, materials and other invaluable services directly to our residents. Shelter Rock, as a wonderful library and community center, does just that,” Senator Martins said.

June 14, 2013
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A SALUTE TO THE FLAG

June 14, 2013 marks the 236th birthday of the United States flag, a day that honors the U.S. Flag and more specifically, what it means to us. 

History

June 14, 2013
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MARTINS WELCOMED TO ARMED FORCES DAY BY SEWANHAKA HIGH SCHOOL BAND

State Senator Jack Martins was welcomed to Armed Forces Day by the members of the Sewanhaka High School Band. The band plays a collection of military favorites and patriotic themes throughout the ceremony to highlight all armed services and community members who are serving. As part of the ceremony, Senator Martins thanked all Veterans and the families of those who are serving in the United States military. During his comments, Senator Martins highlighted some special reflections shared with him by those who are currently serving overseas. Pictured with Senator Martins is Sewanhaka High School Senior Robert Dowling.

June 14, 2013
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SCHOLAR-ATHLETES VISIT SENATOR MARTINS IN ALBANY

Senator Jack Martins welcomed Mohawk Valley Community College basketball player, Dillon Williams (l) and State University of Albany high jumper, Alex Bowen (r) to the State Capitol when the Elmont athletes and outstanding scholars visited the Senator in Albany this week. They shadowed Senator Martins for the day attending several meetings and observing the legislative session. Senator Martins congratulated both young men for their academic and athletic success praising Dillon for his excellent college basketball achievements and Alex for being named an All-American high jumper as well as for his impressive 11th place finish at the 2013 NCAA Championships.

June 14, 2013
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ELMONT STUDENTS FROM CLARA H. CARLSON WELCOME SENATOR MARTINS TO ELMONT COMMUNITY DAY

Students from Clara Carlson School welcomed Senator Martins to the annual Elmont Community Day held in conjunction with the Belmont Stakes Parade. Senator Martins participated in the ceremonies and activities associated with the Parade and Children's Community Day.

June 13, 2013
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MARTINS THANKS MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM FOR SERVICE AT SOUTH FLORAL ARMED FORCES DAY

State Senator Jack Martins participated in South Floral Park's annual "Armed Forces Day" hosted by Mayor Geoffrey Prime and the Village Board. The ceremony is held to honor and thank those men and women in uniform who are currently serving our country in the armed forces. Senator Martins was welcomed to the ceremony by Herbie Mickens and Eric Spinner.

June 13, 2013
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MARTINS SUPPORTS ELMONT DAD'S CLUB CAR WASH FUNDRAISER AT COVERT AVENUE SCHOOL

State Senator Jack Martins dropped by the Elmont Dad's Club annual Car Wash Fundraiser. Both Dutch Broadway and Covert Avenue hosts the car wash where hundreds of residents line up and are given service with a smile by members of the Dad's Club, students and members of the Elmont Memorial High School Key Club. Pictured with Senator Martins are Elmont School Trustee Anthony Maffea and his Car Wash Team!

June 13, 2013
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MARTINS AND MANGANO CONGRATULATE GRAND MARSHAL OF BELMONT STAKES PARADE

State Senator Jack Martins and County Executive Ed Mangano congratulated Claudine Hall, President of the Jamaica Square Improvement League, on being selected as the Grand Marshall of the Belmont Stakes Parade. In addition to her civic and community activities, Claudine was the founder of the Elmont Chapter of the NAACP and a recipient of Senator Martins' Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award in 2012.

June 13, 2013
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MARTINS MARCHES IN BELMONT DAY PARADE IN ELMONT

State Senator Jack M. Martins marched in the Belmont Day Parade in Elmont this past week. The annual parade marches down Hempstead Turnpike and celebrates the Belmont Stakes Parade. Marching with Senator Martins were Supervisor Kate Murray, Principal John Capozzi of Elmont Memorial High School, Supt. Ralph Ferrie and residents of the Elmont community.

June 13, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS NAMED HONORARY MEMBER OF MINEOLA GOLDEN AGE CLUB

During the 45th anniversary celebration of the Mineola Golden Age Club, held at Chateau Briand in Carle Place, Senator Jack M. Martins was honored to have been made an honorary member of the club by club president Lillian Barnola. Senator Martins attended many of the club's meeting when he served as Mayor of the Village of Mineola. Now, as Senator, he is an honorary member, which is no small recognition, considering the Mineola Golden Age Club is comprised of the esteemed seniors of the community who helped build the village into the wonderful community it is today. The club has a rich tradition and stays active through its meetings, activities, classes and trips. Senator Martins thanks club president Barnola and all the members for this prestigious honor. 

June 12, 2013
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SENATE PASSES MARTINS BILL TO GET UNLICENSED DRIVERS OFF OUR ROADS

Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola) today announced the State Senate has passed legislation (S.4786-A) he sponsored that will significantly increase the penalties for anyone caught driving without a legal driver’s license.

June 12, 2013
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MARTINS BILL RESOLVING CONFLICT OF LOCAL BUDGET HEARINGS WITH ROSH HASHANA PASSES SENATE

Proceedings Fall on Same Day As High Holy Day This Year

Senator Jack M. Martins (R-C-I, Mineola) today announced that legislation (S.5609) he sponsors to resolve the conflict of Rosh Hashana falling on the same day that local special district commissioners are required to hold their public budget hearings this year has passed the Senate.

By law, a special district’s annual public budget hearing must be held the first Thursday after the first Tuesday in September each year. It just so happens that this year, that date is September 5th, the same day as Rosh Hashana. The legislation sponsored by Senator Martins will allow these hearings to be held one week later on September 12th.

June 12, 2013
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK MARTINS

Slow and Steady

In Aesop’s fable, the Tortoise and the Hare we learn, “slow and steady wins the race.” Truthfully, many of us probably learned this first from an overconfident Bugs Bunny who challenged Cecil Turtle to a footrace. Who can forget his look-alike cousins who help the slow-talking tortoise outwit Bugs to win the race?

There’s something to be said about enlisting the help of others to steadily accomplish goals and this is true of my effort to protect Long Island’s drinking water. That’s why I’ve introduced legislation to create the Long Island Aquifer Commission.

June 11, 2013
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SENATE APPROVES BILLS TO CUT RED TAPE THAT HURTS JOB CREATION

Berger Commission-Style Panel To Make Binding Recommendations

The New York State Senate passed 14 regulatory reform bills today as the first part of a major initiative, that includes statewide public forums, to identify and eliminate thousands of costly and unnecessary government regulations that inhibit job creation and drive up local property taxes.

June 11, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS MINEOLA GOLDEN AGE CLUB 45TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

New York State Senator Jack M. Martins recently attended the Mineola Golden Age Club's 45th anniversary celebration and Chateau Briand in Carl Place. The Mineola Golden Age Club is truly an amazing organization that displays the talents of the Mineola's senior community. The club participates in numerous activies as the members have shared a comraderie and special bond they bring with them from the Mineola Community Center, where they regularly meet, to the casinos of Atlantic City, where the club sometimes travels to for trips.

June 11, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS BASKETBALL AWARDS CEREMONY AT HENRY VISCARDI SCHOOL

New York State Senator Jack M. Martins recently attended the awards ceremony for the Henry Viscardi School Basketball Team. Senator Martins was extremely proud to be given the opportunity to recognize the oustanding accomplishments of the members of the team as well as their coach, Joe Slaninka.

Three years ago, Senator Martins invited the team to participate in his annual 3-on-3 tournament that takes place at the Dutch Braodway School in Elmont. This year will be no exception. The Viscardi team will be ready to go on July 13 when the 10th annual tournament takes place. It has become a midsummer tradition and Senator Martins is honored that the students, staff and parents of the Henry Viscardi School family participate. 

June 11, 2013
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Leader Stewart-Cousins Announces Bill Requiring State to Pay for Unfunded Mandates Passes Senate

Albany, NY - A bill that requires the State to fund any mandated program imposed on local governments and school districts passed the Senate Monday with strong support from Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins. The bill would protect local municipalities from bearing the cost of programs created and/ or originated by the State and allow local officials to set their own priorities without the possibility of future unfunded mandated programs disrupting their budgets.

June 11, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY FOR NEW HOFSTRA MEDICAL SCHOOL

New York State Senator Jack M. Martins, the newest member of the Senate Standing Committee on Heath. attended the ribbon cutting ceremomy for the new Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. 

The ribbon cutting ceremony signified that ground was broken on a new, 65,000-square-foot expansion that will more than double the size of the school just two years after enrolling its first students. The new facility comes at a critical time since future doctors are needed to accomodate the fact that more people will be insured in the new to come. 

June 11, 2013
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