Issues: Local Government

Qns. bridge shops sue city after multiple crashes

The New York Post reports on a lawsuit filed against the city by two store front owners who claim that faulty traffic planning has resulted in multiple incidents of cars plowing into their storefronts.

Two Queens shops shuttered after out-of-control cars plowed into their storefronts not once but twice — and within just nine days of each other — have filed a $1 million lawsuit, blaming a 59th Street Bridge exit ramp.

Espinal Caribbean Restaurant II had been open four years in Long Island City when the first crash happened in March 2011.

“It was a major setback and years of work evaporated,’’ owner Tony Espinal said. “But then the second crash!

May 2, 2012
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

More Than Just a Tax Cap

I think people in neighboring states could hear New Yorkers breathe a collective sigh of relief this past week as we finally began to see the effects of our new tax cap. More than anything else, property taxes have been the overriding issue in New York for many years, especially since they’ve grown on average more than 6 percent a year for ten years, double the rate of inflation. So, after leading the nation in runaway increases for so long, we finally hit the brakes in 2011 with a tax cap that had bi-partisan support in both houses of the legislature. With limited exceptions, it holds increases in school and local property taxes to two percent a year, or the rate of inflation, whichever is less.

May 1, 2012
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RITCHIE-GRIFFO MANDATE RELIEF BILL OK’D BY SENATE

Sets Rules for “Low Use” Roads to Save Taxpayer Dollars

April 30, 2012
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Oppenheimer and Democratic Colleagues Call for Investigation into Potential Harms of Hydrofracking

On April 25, 2012, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) and the Democratic Conference hosted a public forum on hydraulic fracturing, also known as “hydrofracking.”  A capacity crowd attended the forum, including environmental activists, legislators, economists, healthcare professionals and residents from throughout New York State.  Attendees at the forum discussed issues and potential health care concerns about hydrofracking, a form of natural gas drilling.

April 30, 2012
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Oppenheimer and Democratic Colleagues Call for Investigation into Potential Harms of Hydrofracking

On April 25, 2012, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) and the Democratic Conference hosted a public forum on hydraulic fracturing, also known as “hydrofracking.”  A capacity crowd attended the forum, including environmental activists, legislators, economists, healthcare professionals and residents from throughout New York State.  Attendees at the forum discussed issues and potential health care concerns about hydrofracking, a form of natural gas drilling.

April 30, 2012
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Senator Martins Honors Army Sergeant First Class on Floor of Senate

During West Point Day in Albany on April 26, Senator Jack M. Martins recognized a special guest, Sergeant First Class Robert W. Frame of Albertson. Sergeant Frame, a 1998 graduate of Mineola High School, enlisted in the Army in 1998. His proud parents are Walter and Kathleen. Public service runs in the family as Walter is active in the Albertson Fire Department and involved with the Fireman's Association of the State of New York (FASNY).

“Sergeant Frame represents something larger than himself. Those who serve like Sergeant Frame serve on so many different levels. It is that multi-generational commitment to serving others that is the backbone of our communities. It’s an honor to recognize Sergeant Frame and his family,” Senator Martins said on the floor of the Senate.

April 30, 2012
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Senator Martins on 'Your Voice' to Discuss Important Issues in the Community

Appearing on 'Your Voice' in Albany, Senator Jack M. Martins discussed the restoration of train service on the Port Washington line, important crime prevention legislation, the success of the Mineola Junior Fire Department and a visit to Albany from a group from Temple Sinai of Roslyn.

April 27, 2012
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Senator Martins Visits Westbury Library for 'Meet Your Elected Officials'

Senator Jack M. Martins recently visited the Westbury Library for its “Meet Your Elected Officials” program. Residents were able to ask Senator Martins questions and relay their concerns. He also gave the community an update on the current legislative session.

“I want to thank library director Cathleen Towey, board of trustees president Eric Dobrin and the rest fo the board for inviting me,” said Senator Martins. “This provides me the opportunity to listen to the concerns of the residents as well as update them on our efforts in Albany.”

April 27, 2012
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Senator Martins Honors Sergeant Robert W. Frame From Albertson

On April 26, the New York State Senate held West Point Day, which provided an opportunity for the Legislature to meet distinguished cadets and officers from the Military Academy and show appreciation for their service. The Senate also welcomed to the Senate Chamber other guests who have served in the military or are on active duty.

April 26, 2012
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Senator Martins Attends Mineola Junior FD Installation Dinner

Senator Jack M. Martins attended the Mineola Junior Fire Department 10th Annual Installation Dinner on April 21. The officers installed included Captain Christopher Strauss, Lieutenant Matthew Barroca and Lieutenant Daniel Dempsey. Ex-captain Mike Fernandes was named the Junior Firefighter of the Year.

The Mineola Junior Fire Department has been highly successful in producing future firfighters in large part to the guidance provided by advisors Bill Gresalfi, Gary Mazur, Scott Strauss, Rob Connolly, Lou Santosus, Jack Fernandes, Joseph Tartaglia, Rich Ueland, Atnhony Natale, Michael Stack, Bryan Strauss, Jack Wolf and Tyler Wolf. Other members of the department who provide crucial support are Chief Joe Pratt and Steven "Chief" Stolarik.

 

April 23, 2012
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Senator Martins Hosts NYU Dental Van in Port Washington

On Saturday, April 21, Senator Jack M. Martins hosted the New York University College of Dentistry "Smiling Faces, Going Places" Mobile Dental Care Program to provide free oral health screenings to children and adults in the Seventh Senate District from 11 am to 3 pm at the Roberta Nixon Housing, 72 Harbor Homes, Port Washington, New York 11050.

The dental team provided oral screenings, which include a general inspection of the mouth. At the conclusion of the screening, each patient received a "goodie bag" filled with a new toothbrush, toothpaste and oral healthcare information.

April 23, 2012
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Senator Martins Honors Diana Merenda for Her Years of Service to Village of Plandome Heights

Senator Jack M. Martins, chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Local Government, recently presented a Senate Resolution in honor of Diana Merenda for her years of service as Mayor of the Village of Plandome Heights.

Diana faithfully served the village, first as a member of the Planning Board, then as a village trustee and, since 2008, as Mayor. She decided to retire this year.

Senator Martins presented Diana with a copy of the resolution, which was adopted by the New York State Senate on March 20, in front of her family at a meeting of the Nassau County Legislature. During that meeting, Legislator Judi Bosworth also presented Diana with a Legislative Citation.

April 20, 2012
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Senate Passes Bill to Provide Search and Rescue Training for Volunteers Helping Forest Rangers

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that allows for the creation of a training program for volunteers interested in assisting the search and rescue operations of state forest rangers. The bill (S.553), sponsored by Senator Betty Little (R-C-I, Queensbury), will enhance the safety of volunteers and the public during search and rescue operations in the Adirondacks, Catskills and other forested communities across the state. 

April 19, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Local Government Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Local Government Senator Jack M. Martins, Chair 9:00 AM, Wednesday, May 2, 2012 Room 945 LOB

May 2, 9:04 AM - 9:21 AM
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Area legislators sponsor legislation to encourage emergency services volunteers

Albany, N.Y., April 18—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C, Corning) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) announced today that they are continuing to sponsor legislation aimed at helping localities fend off potentially enormous future local property tax increases by offering incentives to recruit and retain volunteer firefighters and other emergency services personnel.

April 18, 2012
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Senator Flanagan Joins With Governor Cuomo To Announce New York State Aid For Counties Response And Recovery

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with his colleagues in state government and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to announce that New York State will provide the funding to cover the local share of disaster response and recovery costs resulting from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

April 18, 2012
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LIC High says no to closure

The Times Ledger reports on the rally held outside Long Island City High School, where students, parents, teachers, and elected officials gathered to protest the proposed closure and "turnaround" of the school.

More than a hundred students, teachers and supporters stood out on the steps of Long Island City High School Monday afternoon to protest the proposed closure of the institution.

 

“This is not something that we want and we’re not going to let it happen without a fight,” said state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria), an alumnus of the school.

 

April 18, 2012
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New York Works projects announced for flood control system and dam repair in the Southern Tier, Finger Lakes

Albany, N.Y., April 17—At the Capitol yesterday, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced more than $28 million in investment for 47 “New York Works” flood control system and dam repair projects in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions.

April 17, 2012
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