Issues: Local Government

STATE BUDGET INCLUDES MANDATE RELIEF FOR TAXPAYERS

Medicaid Reform Will Save Millions for Local Counties

State Senator Patty Ritchie today announced that the new state budget, adopted two days before the deadline, includes broad mandate relief for local governments, saving taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.

March 30, 2012
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Senator Martins Seeks Photographers for Spring Exhibit

CAPTURE YOUR COMMUNITY IN FULL BLOOM

Senator Jack M. Martins is seeking photography enthusiasts who live in the Seventh Senate District to submit photos for a spring photography exhibit. The theme is “Capture Your Community in Full Bloom.”

With spring here, it’s time to celebrate all the beauty our communities have to offer. Please submit a photograph that captures what you find beautiful about your community in the spring.

Photos will be displayed on an online photo gallery. Some of the photographs will be printed and displayed in both Senator Martins’ District Office in Garden City Park as well as his office in Albany. In addition, a photo exhibit will be held to recognize the photographs (details to follow).

March 30, 2012
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NEWSDAY EDITORIAL: LONG ISLAND WINS IN ALBANY

From Newsday on the New York State Budget

It was a good day for Long Island yesterday in Albany.

The state's three most powerful figures -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) -- reached agreement on a new $132.6-billion budget that builds on last year's outbreak of fiscal responsibility by reducing spending slightly while funding a bevy of worthy initiatives.

March 30, 2012
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Senator Martins and Senator Fuschillo Visit Carle Place Business

Senator Jack M. Martins and Senator Charles Fuschillo visited Formed Plastics in Carle Place to hear concerns from a local business. The Senate has made efforts to make New York State more business friendly. The Senators spoke the importance of local businesses to the economy and job creation.

March 29, 2012
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Governor Cuomo and Legislative Leaders Announce Agreement on 2012-13 State Budget

Governor Cuomo released the following announcement on March 27, 2012:

The Budget continues the Governor’s commitment to fiscal responsibility while creating jobs and strengthening communities across the state. It closes a multi-billion dollar deficit with no new taxes, fees or gimmicks, limits spending growth to two percent or below for the second year in a row, and launches the New York Works Task Force to invest billions of dollars to rebuild the state's roads, bridges, parks, and other infrastructure and create tens of thousands of jobs.

March 29, 2012
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Senator Martins on 'Your Voice': Budget Again Will Not Raise Taxes or Fees

On the Internet show, "Your Voice," Senator Jack M. Martins spoke about the state budget, which again doesn't raise any taxes or fees. In additon, the Senator spoke about the legislation that was recently passed in the Senate to crack down on auto insurance fraud, efforts to rename the Roslyn Viaduct in honor of William Cullen Bryant, supporting local businesses and his participation in the Somos Spring Conference Mock Legislative Session.

March 28, 2012
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Senator Martins Secures Funding for Belmont Park Redevelopment Plan

Study seen as first step in revitalization of Racetrack

Senator Jack M. Martins sent a clear message when state leaders agreed on a new $132.6 billion budget plan that redevelopment of Belmont Park is a priority and the Senator secured $50,000 in funding to prove it.

As part of the state budget, Senator Martins, his Elmont partner in the Senate Dean Skelos and the Long Island Senate delegation were successful in allocating $50,000 in funding through the Empire State Development Corporation toward a plan for the redevelopment of Belmont Park. The goal of the plan is to explore options for the historic park in order to revitalize the area and boost the economy of the local communities by making the park a destination.

March 28, 2012
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Gallivan Introduces "Scaffold Law" Reform Bill At Albany Press Conference

Joined By Supporters, Gallivan Seeks To Make New York Friendlier to Job Creation and Economic Growth

March 27, 2012
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State Budget Deal Meets Upstate Needs

ALBANY, 03/27/12 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on the state budget agreement:

“The announced budget agreement sets New York on course to approve an on time spending plan for a second consecutive year.  More than the timeliness, the plan meets upstate needs, provides incentives for private sector job growth and closes a $3.5 billion budget gap without raising taxes.

“One item I fought hard for was funding for our rural, low-wealth school districts and additional aid was included in the final agreement.  Community colleges also benefited, ensuring quality, affordable higher education for our young people.

March 27, 2012
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Bill Introduced By Senator Martins to Rename Roslyn Viaduct Passes Senate

A bill sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins to rename the Roslyn Viaduct in honor of William Cullen Bryant has passed the Senate. The inspiration for the bill (S.6240) comes from the community's strong commitment to preserve its history.

Mr. Bryant, a prominent poet and civic leader in the 19th Century, is one of Roslyn’s most famous residents, having served as editor of the New York Evening Post for half a century. Mr. Bryant purchased a country house in Roslyn in 1843, which remained in his family until the 1970s.

March 27, 2012
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Senator Martins Congratulates Swimming Champion Aaron Buissereth

State Senator Jack Martins congratulated Sewanaka Central High School District Swimming Champion Aaron Buissereth on his sensational victories in county meets throughout this swimming season this past week. Buissereth qualified for the Nassau County Championships and has posted some outstanding wins capturing 1st place six times in the 200 freestyle and winning the Metros Silver Championship for the 100 meter breastroke. Aaron is a member of the class of 2014 at Elmont Memorial High School where he is a high achieving student and involved in volunteer activities. "It was a great honor talking to Aaron and hearing about his outstanding acheivement. He trains hard and is an outstanding student.

March 27, 2012
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Senator Martins to Host NYU Dental Van in Port Washington April 21

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

The dental team will provide oral screenings, which include a general inspection of the mouth. No dental treatment will be rendered. At the conclusion of the screening, each patient will receive a "goodie bag" filled with a new toothbrush, toothpaste and oral healthcare information.

March 26, 2012
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Update From Albany: Senator Martins Talks About Mandate Relief, State Budget on 'Your Voice'

Senator Jack M. Martins spoke about his role on the Mandate Relief Council as well as efforts to pass a fiscally responsible state budget during "Your Voice," a legislative update show from Albany.

March 22, 2012
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Your Voice with Senator John Bonacic : Local Government Day

Senator John Bonacic discusses Local Government Day with Assemblywoman Annie Rabbitt, filling in for Lieutenant Governor Bob Duffy and presiding over the Senate as well as Saint Patrick's Day.

March 21, 2012
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Oppenheimer Obtains Important Clarification on Applicability of State Building Codes on Flood Dmage Repairs

Responding to a conversation with Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) addressing her concerns, New York’s Secretary of State, Cesar Perales, has confirmed that his Department will not issue new interpretations of the NYS Residential Code (RCNYS or the Code), which local officials had feared would require onerous and expensive repairs to homes in flood prone areas.

March 21, 2012
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Cutting Through the Baloney

This past week saw the state legislature, Senate and Assembly, work with the Governor to pass significant legislation and reforms in what is being hailed as a week of momentous initiative. Unfortunately, no matter how much was positively accomplished, there will always be special interests that focus on the negatives and attempt to diminish the accomplishments as insufficient to their cause.

March 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, March 21, 2012 Room 945 LOB

March 21, 9:00 AM - 9:10 AM
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Seward Leads Call For Flood Safety

ALBANY, 03/13/12 – The New York State Senate today adopted a legislative resolution calling on Governor Cuomo to declare March 12 – 17, 2012 as Flood Safety Awareness Week in the State of New York.

Senate resolution 3593 was sponsored by Senator James L. Seward R/C/I-Oneonta) in conjunction with the national awareness week recognized by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

“We are all painfully aware of the devastation caused by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee late last summer,” said Senator Seward.  “Many communities across New York State, including in my senate district, suffered major flooding and continue to rebuild from the destruction.

March 13, 2012
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State Senate Passes 2012-13 Budget Resolution

Griffo Says Senate Plan Emphasizes Job Creation & Fiscal Responsibility

(Albany)- Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-C-IP, Rome) said today that the State Senate passed its 2012-13 Senate Budget resolution that aims to control state spending, avoid new taxes, fees and unfunded mandates and helps create new jobs.

The Senate budget, at just under $132.5 billion, keeps the total state spending increase below two percent, and spends slightly less than the Executive Budget.  The budget closes a $2 billion budget deficit and builds on last year’s successes in putting the state’s fiscal house in order.

March 13, 2012
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