Issues: Local Government

Senator O'Brien supports reservists, National Guard members

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Ted O’Brien today announced that the State Senate passed an amendment to the real property tax law that would allow local governments to grant a 5 percent tax reduction to long-term veterans of the National Guard or any of the reserve branches of the United States Military. Senator O'Brien voted yes on the measure.

June 2, 2013
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SENATOR GALLIVAN’S WEEKLY VOTING REPORT FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 27, 2013

In An Effort To Keep The Community And Citizens Better Informed About The Business Being Undertaken By Their Elected State Government, Senator Gallivan Will Publish Important Legislative Votes Following Each Week’s Legislative Session

June 2, 2013
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Senate Passes Martins Bill to Save School's Busing Costs

The State Senate today passed legislation (S.3141) sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins (R-C-I, Mineola) that would relieve school districts of the state mandate which would require them to provide bus transportation for every eligible student whether they ride the bus or not, beginning in 2014.

The bill makes permanent school districts’ ability to coordinate student transportation based upon patterns of actual ridership rather than on the number students who are eligible to take the bus. It also allows school districts to realize additional savings through the coordination of transportation services on a regional basis, in cooperation with neighboring districts.

May 31, 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, June 4, 2013 Room 945 LOB

June 4, 1:00 PM - 1:27 PM
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Elevator Constructors Recruiting Apprentices

The International Union of Elevator Constructors JATC Local #1 will conduct a recruitment from June 3, 2013 through June 14, 2013 for 50 Elevator-Escalator Constructor and Modernizer apprentices, State Labor Commissioner Peter M. Rivera announced today.

Applications must be obtained and submitted in person at the Local #1 Union Hall, 47-24 27th St., Long Island City, NY, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Monday through Friday during the recruitment period. All applicants must provide a photo I.D. and high school diploma (or GED) to receive an application. Only original applications, completed in person, will be accepted. Applications that are incomplete or illegible will not be considered.

May 30, 2013
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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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