Issues: Local Government

GOOD NEWS FOR ANIMAL LOVERS

New Law Gives Pet Owners More Rights; Another Takes Aim at Unscrupulous Pet Dealers

Senator Martins explains his support for two new laws that will help protect animals:

As an animal lover, I know first-hand that there’s something truly special about the bond between a family and their pets.

But too many times, New Yorkers have brought a new pet home to become part of the family, only to discover that the animal has a serious medical condition.  That is why I was pleased to support the expanded “Pet Lemon Law.”

August 8, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS REMINDS RESIDENTS ABOUT CELLINI LODGE FESTIVAL AUGUST 14-18

Senator Jack M. Martins reminds residents that Cellini Lodge #2206 Order Sons of Italy will be sponsoring the 2013 Italian Festival. It will take place from Wednesday, August 14 to Sunday, August 18 at Michael J. Tully Park in New Hyde Park. The hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 6-11 p.m.; Saturday from 3-11 p.m., and Sunday from 3-10 p.m. This is a great event that features great vendors and food, rides and community appreciation.

The Italian Festival has become a summer tradition. You can download the flyer below for all the information.

August 8, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS PROVIDES FREE I.D. CARDS TO SENIORS

In cooperation with Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, Senator Jack M. Martins held a program at the Williston Park Library to provide free I.D. cards to seniors. Nearly 200 were issued. The cards, which were given free of charge, include vital information. The program was so successful, there are plans to expand it to other areas of the Seventh Senate District. Watch for announcements of future dates and locations. 

 

 

August 8, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS NATIONAL NIGHT OUT AT BUNKY REID PARK IN NEW CASSEL

On August 6, Senator Jack M. Martins joined with his colleagues in government and community leaders for National Night Out at Bunky Reid Park in New Cassel. National Night Out takes place around the nation as a symoblic way for communities to take a stand against crime. 

August 8, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS GOES TO AIRPORT TO WELCOME HOME ELMONT MODEL UN CHAMPIONS

Senator Jack M. Martins was among those who traveleed to JFK Airport to welcome home the Elmont Memorial High School Model Uuited Nations team that won "Best Delegation" in a competition that take place all the way in Beijing, China. Senator Martins was beaming with pride as he greated the members of the team and Principal John Capozzi, telling them they made the entire community proud by their hard work, dedication and comraderie. 

 

 

August 8, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS HONORED TO BE INDUCTED INTO CELLINI LODGE

Senator Jack M. Martins was honored to have been inducted as a member into the Cellini Lodge #2206 Order Sons of Italy in New Hyde Park.  The Cellini Lodge is an active community organization that promotes Italian heritage and community service. Senator Martins felt extremely priviledged to have been invited to join the organization. 

 

August 8, 2013
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

Yesterday is Already Too Late

The selfishness we’re witnessing in Albany right now has to stop.

You know I’ve written in this column many times that New York State has made real progress these last three years. Things are far better than they used to be simply because Republicans and Democrats alike are finally working together. Despite the accompanying noise, there’s really no magic formula. Legislators with common sense have finally realized that you can’t always get everything you want and that most times, the reasonable middle ground also happens to advance the people’s agenda very nicely.

But I’m not “feeling the love” lately.

August 8, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Promotes Sennett Taxpayers Rebate Program

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco joined other elected officials from Cayuga County for a press conference at the Sennett Town Hall on August 1, 2013.  The press conference was held to discuss the Sennett Taxpayers Rebate Program, which Governor Cuomo signed into law. Through the program, residents and business owners in the Town of Sennett will receive a $100 rebate check, as the result of a surplus in sales tax revenue.  Senator DeFrancisco was a co-sponsor of the legislation. 

 

August 6, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS TO HOLD STATEWIDE HEARINGS ON STRATEGIES TO ADDRESS AND ALLEVIATE MUNICIPAL DISTRESS

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, today announced that he will hold a 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 5, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS ROOTS NY COSMOS TO VICTORY IN OPENING GAME

Senator Jack M. Martins was at Hofstra Stadium on Saturday night, August 3 to watch the New York Cosmos' first victory in 29 years.  In front of a sellout crown of nearly 12,000, the Cosmos defeated The Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the North American Soccer League home opener. On hand, to bring back the memories of the Cosmos's glory year was soccer legend Pele. 

Senator Martins has been instrumental in trying to find a permanent home for the Cosmos. The franchise has proposed building a privately funded world-class stadium in the south lot at Belmont Park, a project the Senator has publicly supported because of its potential for economic revitalization in Elmont. 

 

August 5, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS' BILL TO BETTER ASSIST VETERANS SIGNED INTO LAW

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the signing of a new law that will require local Veterans Service Agencies (VSA) to be accredited by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (US DVA), enabling New York's veterans and their families to prepare and file federal benefits claims at offices in their local communities.

August 5, 2013
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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

Senate Standing Committee on Local GovernmentChair:    Senator Jack M. MartinsPublic 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 municipalitiesPlace:    Syracuse City Hall, Common Council Chambers, 3rd Floor, 233 East Washington Street, Syracuse, New YorkTime:    10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.Contact: Peter Faherty (518) 455-3265Media Contact:    Jackie Fiore (518) 455-3265ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

August 27, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Public Hearing: 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 municipalitie

Senate Standing Committee on Local GovernmentChair:    Senator Jack M. MartinsPublic 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 municipalitiesPlace:    Syracuse City Hall, Common Council Chambers, 3rd Floor, 233 East Washington Street, Syracuse, New YorkTime:    11:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.Contact: Peter Faherty (518) 455-3265Media Contact:    Jackie Fiore (518) 455-3265ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

August 22, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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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

Senate Standing Committee on Local GovernmentChair:    Senator Jack M. MartinsPublic 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 municipalitiesPlace:    Syracuse City Hall, Common Council Chambers, 3rd Floor, 233 East Washington Street, Syracuse, New YorkTime:    11:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.Contact: Peter Faherty (518) 455-3265Media Contact:    Jackie Fiore (518) 455-3265ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

August 20, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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NEWBORN SCREENING BILL AND LOCAL LEGISLATION SIGNED INTO LAW

Larkin Bills Approved by Governor

Three pieces of legislation were signed into law by Governor Cuomo announced the bills’ sponsor, Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson).   Of the three bills, two were local legislation dealing with Orange County’s one percent sales tax extension and conveying land in the Thiells-Roseville Fire District.  The other piece of legislation dealt with requiring hospitals to screen newborns for congenital heart defects.

August 2, 2013
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Herkimer County Can Hire Health Director From Outside

ALBANY, 08/01/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced legislation he  sponsored that will allow Herkimer County to choose a county public health director from outside the county has been signed into law by Governor Cuomo.  The legislation (S.3949/A.5666) follows a home rule request from the Herkimer County Legislature.

August 1, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS RESIDENTS FOR A MORE BEAUTIFUL PORT WASHINGTON DISCUSSION ON LIRR PROJECT

State Senate Jack M. Martins attended a discussion held by Residents For a More Beautiful Port Washington concerning a project to expand the tracks on the Port Washington train station. Work proopsed at the Port Washington yard calls for an extension of the existing tracks on the Haven Avenue side as well as on the S. Bayles Avenue side. 

According to the LIRR, the benefits include up to nine more trains between Port Washington and Manhattan. The discussion, hosted by Residents For a More Beautiful Port Washington, enabled community leaders and elected officials to voice concerns and discuss the potential impact of the project. The community stakeholders vowed to work together to make sure the best interests of Port Washington are protected. 

July 31, 2013
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

If you mess up, fess up

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard about the city of Detroit filing for bankruptcy. It’s frightening to think that what was once one of the nation’s primary economic engines cannot pay its day-to-day bills. Despite sensationalist commentary from both sides of the political spectrum, I can assure you there’s really no single reason this happened. There are many causes and even more opinions, but one thing is for sure: Detroit borrowed and spent extravagantly for many years and dug itself right into a hole. Sadly, no one on the state level in Michigan intervened to get them back on track.

July 30, 2013
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

Weeding our Political Garden

Admittedly, I do not have a green thumb. If our home is verdant it’s entirely by my wife’s efforts but I do recall once reading some gardening advice that seemed useful: you can’t get rid of weeds by simply pulling them out. You must plant something in their place to prevent their return.

July 29, 2013
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Open Letter From Senator Flanagan Regarding LIPA

July 2013

Dear Huntington Resident:

I write to provide you with relevant and important information regarding recently passed legislation that seeks to address numerous concerns and complaints about the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA).  The lengthy details provided herein are necessary to ensure a thorough overview of all the intricate issues involved.

July 23, 2013
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