Issues: Local Government

Committee Meeting: Local Government Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Local Government  Senator Jack M. Martins, Chair  1:00 PM, Tuesday, March 18, 2014  Room 945 LOB

March 18, 1:00 PM - 1:06 PM
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March 17, 2:30 PM - 2:39 PM
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State Commits to Senator Kennedy to Support WNY Communities in Storm Response

With an unprecedented second blizzard warning in 2014, Kennedy calls Emergency Services Commissioner to monitor state response to storm.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, called New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Jerome Hauer this morning to ensure the state's preparedness to support storm response in Western New York. Western New York is facing an unprecedented second blizzard warning in 2014, and Kennedy is closely monitoring the state's response.

March 12, 2014
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Senator Carlucci, Congresswoman Lowey, State and Local Elected Officials Announce $9.8 Million in Federal Storm Recovery Aid for Clarkstown

WEST NYACK, N.Y. – Standing with local residents today, Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-Westchester/Rockland), the senior Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, New York State Senator David Carlucci, Clarkstown Town Supervisor Alex Gromack, and State Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski announced $9.8 million in federal storm recovery funding for the Town of Clarkstown.

The federal investments will support storm recovery and resiliency projects, including projects to address long-term flooding and help communities be prepared for future storms.

March 7, 2014
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Senator Kevin Parker Commends Mayor’s Dismissal of City’s Lawsuit Challenging the Community Safety Act

(Brooklyn, NY) - “Yesterday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced New York City will no longer seek to block or overturn Local Law 71, the Community Safety Act, which strengthens the prohibition against bias-based racial profiling by the New York Police Department (NYPD),” said Senator Kevin Parker.

March 6, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS: LOCAL GOVERNMENTS NEED HIGHWAY AID INCREASE AS PART OF THIS YEAR’S STATE BUDGET

Additional Funding Needed to Address Growing Infrastructure Needs & Increased Road Damage from Harsh Winter Weather

     With the harsher than normal winter weather causing significant damage to roadways, Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) is calling for a $50 million increase in highway funding to local governments as part of the 2014-15 state budget. 

March 5, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS DISCUSSES ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND THE ENVIRONMENT ON 'YOUR VOICE'

On the latest edition of "Your Voice" from Albany, Senator Jack M. Martins discussed the Cosmos proposal for a soccer stadium at Belmont Park, the soccer camp with the Cosmos I am sponsoring at Floral Park Memorial High School, the newly-formed NYS Caucus of Environmental Legislators. being recognized by the Long Island Water Conference, and having the opportunity to address the New York Conference of Mayors (NYCOM). 

February 28, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Local Government Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Local Government  Senator Jack M. Martins, Chair  1:00 PM, Tuesday, March 4, 2014  Room 123 CAP

March 4, 1:00 PM - 1:17 PM
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

Say No! to Attica University

If you’re a Seinfeld fan like me, you’ll probably remember the episode “Bizarro Jerry,” in which the gang’s world seems strangely inversed. The writers were apparently inspired by the Bizarro World found in the old D.C. comic books where good and sensible things were shunned and stupidity and recklessness were embraced.

Sometimes, I think I work Bizarro Albany, especially after I hear plans like Governor Cuomo’s recent proposal to give convicted felons free college educations on our taxpayer dime. You read that correctly. Our Governor has actually proposed providing prison inmates with free Associates and Bachelors degrees and he’s serious. His public relations machine is already out there making the argument.

February 25, 2014
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1917-2014 A Look at the History of the Legislators of Color

It is with honor that I present to you this up-to-date chronicle of men and women of color who have served in the New York State Legislature.

This book reflects the challenges that resolute men and women of color have addressed and the progress that we have helped New Yorkers achieve over the decades. Since this book was first published in 1977, new legislators of color have arrived in the Senate and Assembly to continue to change the color and improve the function of New York State government.

February 21, 2014
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2014 Legislative Questionnaire/What Are Your Priorities?

As we proceed through the 2014 Legislative session, I’d like your feedback on issues that may be considered, such as medical marijuana, universal full-day pre-kindergarten, and campaign finance reform. I want to know what your priorities are. What concerns you the most? Please share your thoughts by filling out this survey.

February 20, 2014
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

Counting Things That Count

“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.”

This simple observation made by Albert Einstein captures our concerns with the State’s rollout of Common Core. It’s what caused parents and educators from across the political landscape and from across this great state to come together in opposition to artificial metrics of whether our children are “college and career ready”. It’s why hundreds of you joined me at a forum this Fall at Mineola High School to demand that the Common Core rollout be rolled back. It’s why we worked so hard to ensure that our childrens’ privacy is protected. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to get it.

February 20, 2014
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Senator Kevin Parker Calls for Support of Legislation to Improve Emergency Responses Involving ‘Emotionally Disturbed’

(Brooklyn, NY) –  Today, State Senator Kevin Parker stood in solidarity with Communities for Crisis Intervention Teams (www.ccitnyc.org) – a coalition of 50 behavioral health providers and concerned citizens, and Brooklyn Borough President and retired New York Police Department Captain, Eric Adams, on City Hall steps to urge the Governor and Mayor to support the creation of specially trained Crisis Intervention Teams (CITs). The proposed CIT training would enable the NYPD to better respond to the 100,000 ‘emotionally disturbed person’ (EDP) calls received annually.

February 19, 2014
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Statement from Senator John Flanagan Regarding Town of Smithtown

I am pleased to see that the sitting town board members acknowledge that Supervisor Vecchio and Councilwoman Nowick were duly elected by the voters this past November and have rightly reinstated them to their elected offices.

They deserve to serve their full terms of office as intended and expected by the voters, and I will work with Assemblyman Fitzpatrick to advance state legislation in the hopes of  achieving that goal. I am confident that the board members who have reappointed Supervisor Vecchio and Councilwoman Nowick will do everything in their power to assist us in enacting this state legislation.

February 14, 2014
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Four Incredible Public Servants Provide 116 Years of Service to their Constituents

Senator Neil Breslin and I recently welcomed four outstanding public servants to the Senate Chamber. Together, they provided 116 years of service to their constituents as Town Clerk. They are: RoseMary Centie; Served as Town Clerk of Guilderland for 14 years. She is Past Secretary to the NYS Town Clerks Association, a Registered Municipal Clerk, a Past Regional Director of the New York State Clerks’ Association, and the President of the Town Clerks’ Association of Albany/Schenectady Counties.

February 13, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS ADDRESSES NEW YORK CONFERENCE OF MAYORS

Senator Jack M. Martins, who chairs the Senate Standing Committee on Local Government, addressed the New York Conference of Mayors (NYCOM) in Albany on the Governor's proposed budget and how it would impact local governments. As a former mayor, Senator Martins was able to discuss with the mayors from villages throughout the state the issues that are affecting local governments and how some of the Governor's proposals may affect local budgets. 

February 12, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS JOINS BI-PARTISAN ENVIRONMENTAL CAUCUS

NYS Caucus of Environmental Legislators to focus on issues concerning environment

Senator Jack M. Martins has joined the New York State Caucus of Environmental Legislators, a bi-partisan group comprised of Senators and Assembly members that will examine issues that are important to the environment.

The legislators formed NYSCEL as a forum to consider various legislative and policy issues related to preserving and protecting the environment and public health. The caucus expects to hold periodic meetings among members, host speakers, and convene other events to educate elected officials and the public and to focus attention on the need for action on environmental and energy issues.

February 11, 2014
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Sen. Krueger's Statement on Sen. Skelos' Plan to Block Vote on Home-Rule Request for Universal Pre-K

Sen. Krueger issued the following statement in reaction to Majority Co-Leader Dean Skelos' statements today announcing his intention to block a vote on New York City's home-rule request for a local tax increase to fund universal pre-kindergarten:

"Contrary to Sen. Skelos' statements, New York City seeking permission to tax itself to pay for universal pre-K is the dictionary definition of a home rule request. It will not cost the state anything, and it will not limit the options for universal pre-K in other locations. We have to make tough decisions here in Albany all the time. This is not one of them."

February 10, 2014
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MOSA's Long Haul Nears End

ALBANY, 02/10/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced that legislation he sponsors, allowing the dissolution of the Montgomery, Otsego, Schoharie Solid Waste Authority (MOSA), was approved by the senate standing committee on corporations, authorities, and commissions and reported to the floor of the senate.

Senate bill 6181 would allow for the dissolution of the tri-county solid waste authority. The measure follows a home rule request from the three member counties and the authority.

February 10, 2014
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

Beware of Mayors Seeking Tax Hikes

I guess I rained on the parade and I have to admit, it felt pretty good.

February 10, 2014
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