Issues: Local Government

Senator Martins Inducts Mineola's Walter Hobbs Into NYS Senate Veterans Hall of Fame

The newest member of the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame is well-known in the Mineola community as someone many have come to admire not only his service to the community, but his knowledge and wisdom. But before Walter Hobbs was known as a pillar of the Mineola community, he served in World War II, as a lieutenant in the Naval Air Corps.

On Tuesday, May 21, New York State Senator Jack M. Martins honored Mr. Hobbs by inducting him into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame, joining a prestigious group of men and women who have served bravely in defending our nation’s freedom.

May 22, 2013
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GRIFFO ON STATE'S AGREEMENT WITH ONEIDA INDIAN NATION

[attachment: preliminary agreement with Oneida Indian Nation]

 STATEMENT FROM SENATOR JOSEPH A. GRIFFO

On New York State, Oneida Indian Nation, and

May 21, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Local Government Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Local Government Senator Jack M. Martins, Chair 10:30 AM, Wednesday, May 22, 2013 Room 945 LOB

May 22, 10:30 AM - 10:45 AM
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O’Brien, Morelle call for first-degree murder charges for those who deliberately target prosecutors

 

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- State Senator Ted O’Brien and Assembly Majority Leader Joseph D. Morelle today announced they are jointly sponsoring a bill that defines the deliberate slaying of a public prosecutor while on duty as first-degree murder.

Under current state law, the premeditated murder of a prosecutor does not automatically carry a first-degree charge, but after the recent killing of two district attorneys in Kaufman County, Texas, that needs to change, O’Brien and Morelle said.

May 16, 2013
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Senator Martins Seeks to Honor Fallen Officers

One bill (S4682) names the Jericho Turnpike bridge overpass that crosses over the Cross Island Parkway in Bellerose as the "Police Officer Arthur Lopez Memorial Bridge." 

Officer Lopez had served with the Nassau County Police Department for eight years and was assigned to the Emergency Services Unit, one of the department's most elite units after only five years of service. During his time on the force, Officer Lopez earned six meritorious service awards, three excellent police duty awards and several other command recognitions. 

May 15, 2013
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Celebrating Moms

When I became a new dad many years ago, I asked a friend whom I admired, how to be a good father. Without missing a beat, he responded simply, “Love their mother.”

May 14, 2013
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Senator Martins Bill Naming Bridge After Officer Joseph Olivieri Passes Senate

After passing a bill to name a bridge overpass in Bellerose after Nassau County Police Officer Arthur Lopez, Senator Jack M. Martins was successful in passing his bill to rename the bridge overpass on New Hyde Park Road, which crosses over the Long Island Expressway, in honor of another brave officer, Joseph P. Olivieri Jr.

A former NYPD officer and a 15-year-veteran of the Nassau County Police Department, Officer Olivieri, as a member of the Nassau County Police Department's Highway Patrol, was investigating a traffic accident near exit 35 on the LIE, involving an intoxicated driver, when he was tragically struck and killed by another motorist. 

May 10, 2013
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Senator Martins Passes Bill to Name Bridge After Officer Lopez

State Senator Jack M. Martins paid homage to a fallen New York City Police officer who was killed in the line of duty by passing a bill to name the Jericho Turnpike bridge overpass, crossing over the Cross Island Parkway in Bellerose, as the "Police Officer Arthur Lopez Memorial Bridge." 

Officer Lopez had served with the Nassau County Police Department for eight years and was assigned to the Emergency Services Unit, one of the department's most elite units after only five years of service. During his time on the force, Officer Lopez earned six meritorious service awards, three excellent police duty awards and several other command recognitions.

May 10, 2013
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Senator Martins Joins Great Neck School in Celebrating School Lunch Superhero Day

The Great Neck School District celebrated School Lunch Superhero Day as Senator Jack M. Martins and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel joined with Great Neck School District Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance John Powell and Great Neck Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tom Dolan in recognizing school nutrition professionals across the nation. Great Neck has an excellent one in Patricia Daley-Jimenez.

May 10, 2013
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Senator Martins Participates in Community Readers Program at South Salem School

State Senator Jack M. Martins made a special guest appearance at the South Salem Elementary School in Port Washington on an early Friday morning to read with the students. Senator Martins read "Duck For President" by Doreen Cronin as part of the communtiy readers program, which encourages community leaders to become involved in education by encouraging children to read. 

Senator Martins was honored to have spent the morning with the children by taking part in such a valuable program.

 

 

May 10, 2013
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Senator Martins Presents Senior Citizen Awards to Local Residents for Volunteerism

The Seventh Senate District is blessed to have an active senior population that has not only built the communities into what they but also still make invaluable contributions to improving the lives of others. To recognize such contributions, Senator Martins honored two residents from the Seventh Senate District during New York State Senior Citizens Day. The honorees were Fred Harber of Great Neck and Walter Wientge, Jr. of New Hyde Park.

"Fred and Walter exemplify the spirit of volunteerism. They are constantly thinking of others as they demonstrate that we can all make a difference," Senator Martins said. "They are both an inspiration to all generations."

May 10, 2013
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Senator Martins Meets with NYS Volunteer Ambulance & Rescue Association

State Senator Jack M. Martins met with members of the New York State Volunteer Ambulance & Rescue Association to review their legislative agenda. The association comprises members who volunteer their time as first responders during times of emergency. 

May 7, 2013
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Senator Martins Passes Bill to Make Lever-Style Voting Machines Permanent for Local Elections

State Senator Jack M. Martins, chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Local Government, passed a bill in the Senate to allow villages, school districts and special district to continue to use lever-style voting machines for their local elections and votes.

Lever-style voting machines are widely preferred by villages, school districts and special districts because of their ease and availability as opposed to alternatives, which have been found to be prohibitive both in terms of costs and practicality.

May 7, 2013
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LWV of the Rivertowns - Meet Your Elected Officials Event, April 28th (Source: River Journal Online)

Source: River Journal Online

Get involved in our democratic process and stay involved! This was the main theme of two speakers at the Rivertown League's recent event, "Meet your Elected Officials", graciously hosted by Monica Getz at her Tarrytown home this past Sunday, April 28.

May 6, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Local Government Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Local Government Senator Jack M. Martins, Chair 1:00 PM, Tuesday, May 7, 2013 Room 945 LOB

May 7, 1:00 PM - 1:07 PM
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Senator Martins Greets Sergeant Frame During West Point Day

During West Point Day in the New York State Senate on April 24, Senator Jack M. Martins greeted Sergeant Robert W. Frame from Albertson. Sergeant Frame is a 1998 graduate of Mineola High School. He enlisted in the Army after graduation. It was an honor for the Senator to greet a hometown hero who has served his country with pride while on the floor of the Senate to recognize the West Point Class of 2013.

May 1, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Local Government Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Local Government Senator Jack M. Martins, Chair 1:00 PM, Tuesday, April 30, 2013 Room 945 LOB

April 30, 1:00 PM - 1:07 PM
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Saturday, April 27 - National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Drop-Off Locations Around Seventh Senate District Set Up to Drop Off Unwanted or Unused Prescription Drugs

SATURDAY IS NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE BACK DAY

April 26, 2013
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Local Students 'Shadow' Senator Martins to Learn About Life in Albany

Students from area high schools had an up close and personal look at a day in the life of a New York State Senator when the students shadowed Senator Jack M. Martins for a day in Albany.

As part of a program, Students Inside Albany, run by the League of Women Voters, students head up to Albany to shadow a member of the State Legislature in order to immerse themselves in the study of government, enhancing their academic experiences they learned at home. The students get a first-hand look at helped public policy is proposed and enacted in New York State.

April 25, 2013
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Senator Martins Honored by the Humane Society

Recognized for his Support of Animal Rights

Senator Jack M. Martins was touched to receive recognition for his work toward a cause he believes strongly in – the protection of animals. The Senator was recently honored by the Humane Society of the United States for his support of animal rights.

“The protection of animals is something dear to my heart. We have an obligation to protect those who are unable to protect themselves. When it comes to animals, we are doing God’s work,” the Senator said. “I want to thank the Humane Society for all they do. It has been my pleasure to support them and I will continue to support animal rights and protection in the future.”

April 24, 2013
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