Issues: Local Government

Statement from Senator David J. Valesky Regarding Syracuse/Onondaga County Land Bank Approval

“This is excellent news for Syracuse and Onondaga County. The creation of the Greater Syracuse Property Development Corporation will give us another tool in our arsenal to revitalize our neighborhoods, increase the tax base and spur economic development with the ultimate goal of strengthening the Central New York economy.

May 17, 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 23, 2012 Room 945 LOB

May 23, 9:00 AM - 9:14 AM
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Sen. Gianaris on Democrats’ Fight to Regain the Chamber

YNN's Capital Tonight posted the video of Senator Gianaris' interview with Liz Benjamin.

Senate Democrats are hoping to win back the majority this fall. And they got some good news on that front recently. Last week, Republican Senator Jim Alesi announced he will not seek re-election, leaving his seat up for grabs. And Monday, a new Siena poll found that more than half of voters would like to see the Democrats control the Senate. Senator Mike Gianaris explains how the party hopes to build on this momentum.

Watch the video here

May 17, 2012
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The Capitol Pressroom for May 15, 2012

WCNY posted the audio of Senator Gianaris' interview with Susan Arbetter on the Capital Pressroom.

Senate Democrats smell victory in the air. Senator Michael Gianaris joins me to discuss the Dems strategy for November, the latest Siena Poll, and their priority list for the rest of the session.

Listen to the full audio here.

May 17, 2012
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Mother - The Great Vacationless Class

Two sets of twins – same family – double doses of double trouble. That was life for my mom and dad: two sets of twins and another child just to stir things up. How they actually survived, especially mom, I’ll never know. But having a weekly column I think it’s high time I offer some reflection on and praise for the woman who so selflessly raised us. So I apologize in advance if this week’s column sounds like I’m being sentimental about her. It’s only because I absolutely am.

May 14, 2012
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Gianaris urges Koch Bridge check after 4th crash

The Times Ledger wrote an article about the recent car accidents that have occured on a particular Queensborough Bridge off-ramp, which has prompted Senator Gianaris to appeal to the city Department of Transportation for increased safety measures.

State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) said he is asking the city Department of Transportation to do another comprehensive review of the Ed Koch-Queensborough Bridge off-ramps after a fourth car accident took place near the bridge last week.

 

“I think the DOT has not done enough to fix the traffic pattern there,” Gianaris said.

 

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Gianaris said while some of the drivers were allegedly speeding, the DOT must still ensure the ramps are as safe as possible.

May 14, 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 16, 2012 Room 945 LOB

May 16, 9:03 AM - 9:15 AM
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Senator Gianaris Pushes for More Safety Measures on Queensboro Bridge Ramps

DNAinfo.com wrote an article about a Queensboro Bridge off-ramp, which has been called a "death trap," following several auto collisions that have resulted in lawsuits and fatalities.

The dangerous Queensboro Bridge off-ramp at Queens Plaza South near Crescent Street has long been called a “death trap,” and after yet another accident there this month, state senator Michael Gianaris (D-12) wants more to be done to ensure New Yorkers safety.

 

The latest traffic accident occurred on May 1 - the fourth in a series of wrecks within a little more than a year.

 

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May 9, 2012
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Senator Martins Congratulates Newest Eagle Scout From New Hyde Park

Senator Jack M. Martins recently attended an Eagle Court of Honor to congratulate Neil Daniel Duggan of Boy Scout Troop 298 of New Hyde Park for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank a scout can achieve. Senator Martins presented Neil Daniel Duggan with the resolution that was passed on the floor of the Senate on April 19.,

May 9, 2012
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Senate Gives Final Passage to Iran Divestment Act Expansion

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to an expansion of the Iran Divestment Act.  The bill (S.6462), sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, includes state and local public authorities, the State University of New York, and the City University of New York among the governmental entities prohibited from entering into new or renewed contracts with companies that provide goods, services or credit worth $20 million or more to Iran's energy. The Assembly has already approved the legislation (A.9224), which is sponsored by Speaker Sheldon Silver.

May 9, 2012
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Senator Martins Discusses Local Happenings on 'Your Voice'

In the latest edition of 'Your Voice' from Albany, Senator Jack M. Martins discussed his tour of the progress being made on the East Side Access Project, the Sewanhaka Central High School District Model UN, a visit from Sergeant Frame of Albertson during West Point Day in the Senate Chamber as well as a bill to help catering halls.

May 9, 2012
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Local public libraries receive state construction grants

Albany, N.Y., May 8—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C-I, Corning) and Assemblyman Christopher Friend (R, Big Flats) announced that public libraries  throughout Chemung and Steuben counties have been awarded state library construction grants.

The area legislators said that the grants are being awarded through the state’s $14-million Library Construction Grant Program contained in last year’s state budget.

“A public library is a fundamental resource for area families, seniors, and countless other community residents.  We’re hopeful that these grants will help local libraries better afford and address their renovation needs,” the legislators said in a joint statement.

May 8, 2012
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Senator Gianaris discusses the Department of Education's unfortunate decision to close Bryant and Long Island City HIgh Schools

Senator Gianaris discussing the DOE's unfortunate decision to close Bryant and LIC High Schools at the Community Education Council District 30's legislative breakfast.

May 7, 2012
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Senator Martins Attends Groundbreaking for New Fire Station

Senator Jack M. Martins was honored to attend the groundbreaking for the new fire station or the Roslyn Highlands Fire Department in East Hills.

“The Roslyn Highlands Fire Department has a rich history of providing valuable fire services for the communities it serves. This will enhance the volunteers’ ability to provide service when they respond to calls from residents. I want to commend Chief Robert Duchnowski, 1st Deputy Chief Adam Boll and 2nd Deputy Chief Michael Gannon and all the members of the department for their service,” Senator Martins said.

May 3, 2012
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Running For The Cure

The Queens Gazette wrote an article about SHAREing and CAREing's second annual Senator George Onorato 5K Run, which Senator Gianaris and other elected officials attended.

SHAREing & CAREing held its second annual Senator George Onorato 5K Run, for adults and children, on April 22, at Aqueduct Race Track in Ozone Park.

 

This special event was held in honor of the senator in order to help raise funds to aid SHAREing & CAREing’s mission to help provide support and bring public awareness about one of the leading causes of death to women including breast and ovarian cancers.

Read the full article here.

May 2, 2012
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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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