Issues: Local Government

Serrano Legislation Designed to Increase Tourism Passes New York State Senate

Bill Sponsored by Senator Serrano will Increase Hits to 'I Love NY' State Tourism Website 

May 30, 2013
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Senator O'Brien highlights state's increased focus on tourism

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Today, Senator Ted O’Brien stood alongside representatives of several tourism-related organizations and businesses, along with local elected officials, to tout the 55th Senate District’s growth as a tourism destination. He also highlighted state programs, newly introduced in this year’s budget, that seek to specifically promote, market and develop upstate tourism.

“As vibrant and exciting as the tourism industry is in Rochester and the Finger Lakes Region, we have only begun to unlock our full potential,” Senator O’Brien said. “These new initiatives, which will work in concert with our existing tourism groups and businesses, will be tremendous catalysts for growing our region’s tourism economy.”

May 24, 2013
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Senator Martins Announces Summer Reading Program

Senator Jack M. Martins once again announced his Summer Reading Program for this summer. Senator Martins invites students to "Dig Into Reading."  All you have to do is visit www.nyread.com and create a profile, start reading and record all of your books. Senator Martins wishes you a wonderful summer and keep reading! At the end of the summer, readers will receive a Certificate of Recognition, but most importantly, will have gone on the wonderful journeys that only reading can provide.

For more information, download the flyer below.

May 24, 2013
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

You Can Pay a Beautiful Tribute This Memorial Day

Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, and while it affords us a wonderful opportunity to gather with family and friends, let’s take some time to reflect on what this holiday is really about -- remembering and honoring those who sacrificed their lives for this great country.

May 24, 2013
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Senator Martins Honors NYS Youth of the Year From Hicksville

Harneet Gulati Touts Hicksville Boys & Girls Club For Encouragement

New York State Senator Jack M. Martins congratulated the New York State Youth of the Year Harneet Gulati for her work in the community and for her positive impact on its young people.

“Harneet is a shining example of the leadership our young people show in giving of their time and talents to improve the lives of others. Her perseverance and the encourage of the Hicksville Boys and Girls Club says a lot of our community. Congratulations to Harneet and thank you to the Hicksville Boys and Girls Club,” Senator Martins said.

Harneet penned an essay about how she got involved with the Hicksville Boys and Girls Club and her volunteer work. It is published below:

May 23, 2013
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Caucus Applauds Assembly Passage of the DREAM Act, a Caucus Top Priority

Albany, NY- The Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus today applauded the passage of the DREAM Act (A.2597) allowing undocumented students who meet in-state tuition requirements to access state financial aid and scholarships for higher education. This bill also opens 529 tuition savings accounts to all New York youth, and establishes a DREAM Fund Commission to raise private funds for a college scholarship program for children of immigrants.

May 22, 2013
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Civil Rights: Post Obama Conversation

The Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus Host a Forum on Civil Rights

ALBANY,NY -- On the heels of the New York State Assembly's passage of the DREAM Act and as America moves into the second term of President Barack H. Obama the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus presented a thought-provoking conversation about the past successes and future struggles of the civil rights movement. The event took place Monday, May 22, 2013 at the Legislative Office Building in Albany, New York.

May 22, 2013
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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 20, 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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