Issues: Local Government

March 12, 2012
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Statement from Senator Valesky Regarding Syracuse Common Council Passage of Land Bank Legislation

I applaud the Common Council for moving legislation forward to create a city/county land bank. As the author of the state law, I am extremely encouraged that Onondaga County and the city of Syracuse will have the opportunity to be one of the first land banks in the state. Vacant and abandoned housing has been a problem in our communities for too long, and the application of this new strategy is a promising solution.

 

March 12, 2012
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

The Big Picture

You might be familiar with the tale of the traveler who journeyed through Europe several hundred years ago. He came upon a village where there was a great deal of construction. He walked directly into the activity and asked a stone mason, “Excuse me sir, what’s going on here?” The worker replied curtly, “Can’t you see? I’m cutting stone.” The traveler approached another worker and asked the same question. The second replied, “Can’t you see? I’m preparing a foundation.” The traveler then approached a third laborer with the same question. The third mason paused and looking up at the edifice, replied, “Can’t you see? We’re building a cathedral.”

March 12, 2012
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Martins Home Mortgage Safety Seminar Hosts Hundreds

Over 437 local residents packed the Elmont Public Library this past Saturday for Senator Jack Martins’ “Home Mortgage Safety Seminar.” The program, sponsored by Senator Martins, was a partnership with Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Governor Andrew Cuomo’s offices. Also participating in the seminar were Bethpage Federal Credit Union, Sovereign Bank, New York Communities for Change and Bank of America. Residents from Elmont, Franklin Square, Floral Park, South Floral Park, Westbury, New Cassell, Bellerose Terrace and North Valley Stream packed the Elmont Library.

March 12, 2012
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Senator Martins Helps Great Neck Scouts Earn Citizenship in the Community Badge

Senator Jack M. Martins helped members of Boy Scout Troop 10 of Great Neck earn their Citizenship in the Community Badge. As part of the badge requirements, the Scouts had to meet with a local leader to discuss community issues. On Saturday, March 11, the Scouts met with Senator Martins at his District Office in Garden City Park. The Scouts had a roundtable discussion about issues concerning their community.

“The Boy Scouts and Girl Scout are noble organizations that help shape our youth into future leaders. I was glad to help and will continue to support them,” said Senator Martins.

March 12, 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 14, 2012 Room 945 LOB

March 14, 9:00 AM - 9:18 AM
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Senator John Bonacic's Local Government Day Opening Remarks

Senator John Bonacic welcomes local officials from the 42nd Senate District and the 97th Assembly District at his Bi-Annual Local Government Day, co-hosted by Assemblywoman Annie Rabbitt in Albany, NY.

March 8, 2012
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Senate Republican Conference Announces 2012 NEW JOBS-NY Job Creation Plan

Plan Would Create Jobs, Cut Taxes and Control State Spending

Members of the Senate Republican Conference today announced details of the 2012 New Jobs-NY Job Creation Plan that includes significant tax relief to encourage the creation of new private sector jobs, measures to ensure fiscal responsibility and control state spending, as well as other reforms and incentives to make New York more economically competitive.  The plan will be included in the Senate budget resolution to be acted on soon.

March 7, 2012
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Lawmakers compare notes on state budget: O'Mara and Palmesano meet with Yates County legislators

Penn Yan, N.Y., March 7--As state legislators have spent the past several weeks at the capital poring over the details and assessing the impact of Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2012-2013 proposed state budget, Senator Tom O'Mara (R-C, Big Flats) has also been meeting back home throughout his 53rd Senate District with concerned citizens, school superintendents, and many other local representatives, including county legislators.

March 7, 2012
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RITCHIE RELEASES SECOND MANDATE RELIEF REPORT

Cost-Saving Ideas from Local Leaders to be Presented to Statewide Panel Thursday; Citizens Urged to Submit Your Ideas

March 7, 2012
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Senator Martins Brings NYLAG Mobile Legal Help Center to Westbury Library

Senator Jack M. Martins welcomed the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) mobile legal help center to the Westbury Memorial Library on Friday, March 2. Volunteers from NYLAG provided counseling on credit harassment, identity theft, collection actions and debt management.

NYLAG is a not-for-profit law office founded in 1990 to provide free civil legal counseling services to New Yorkers. For more information on NYLAG, visit their website at nylag.org.

March 6, 2012
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Senator Martins Discusses Pension Reform, the Iran Divestment Act in Albany on 'Your Voice'

Senator Jack M. Martins appeared on the show from Albany, "New York State Senate Your Voice." He discussed the ongoing budget discussions, pension reform, mandate relief and the Iran Divestment Act as well as important issues in the Seventh Senate District.

March 6, 2012
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NEWBURGH LEGISLATION PASSES SENATE

Larkin Bill To Allow City To Establish An Administrative Tribunal Approved by Senate

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced today that legislation; Senate bill S.3959, to allow the City of Newburgh to establish an administrative tribunal for parking infractions has been passed by the Senate and sent to the Assembly for action.

March 5, 2012
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Legislation Authored By Senator Gallivan To Provide Property Tax Relief For Town of Evans Passes Senate Unanimously

MEASURE WILL INCENTIVIZE HOME IMPROVEMENTS, ENCOURAGE NEW CONSTRUCTION, AND COMBAT BLIGHT

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) announced that the Senate passed legislation, S.5557A (Gallivan), that provides targeted tax relief and property tax abatement for home construction in the Town of Evans.

The bill authorizes the Town of Evans to establish a partial residential tax abatement program for the improvement, modification or construction or construction of one to three family homes that raise the assessed value of the property by at least $10,000. During the first year of the program, 50 percent of the assessed value will be abated, to a maximum of $150,000. The abatement is subsequently decreased by 10 percent each subsequent year.

March 1, 2012
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Senate Passes Bill Allowing Villages, School Districts and Special Districts to Continue Using Lever Voting Machines

The New York State Senate passed a mandate relief bill that would allow school districts, special districts and villages to permanently continue using lever voting machines in their respective local elections, sponsored by Senator Jack Martins (S.6296). This legislation would remove the 2012 sunset of provisions that would allow the ability to use the lever voting machines.

The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) required states to adopt new voting machines in federal elections, and in implementing the Act, New York chose to use new machines for all elections. This has proven costly to local governments in both time and money.

February 29, 2012
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Shade for Our Children

I spent Presidents' Week break away with my wife and our girls and I guess I relaxed as much as a dad with four daughters who text and e-mail actually can. I can’t say that I totally managed to put my Senate work aside either, but my wife says that I was definitely less compulsive about it than usual, so I’ll take that as progress. Anyway, while on break I discovered an interesting book entitled "100 Quotes to Make You Think!" and this particular one struck me as a great metaphor for our government and what we should strive for:

A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.

It's a Greek proverb and it's as true today as the day it was first uttered.

February 29, 2012
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Senator Rivera Congratulates Borough President on Third State of the Borough Address

Bronx, NY  - State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D,WF-Bronx) attended Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.’s third State of the Borough this morning and issued the following statement in response to the address:

 “I congratulate Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. on the successes of the past year for the Bronx and the many new and exciting opportunities that he outlined for our borough during today’s address. Borough President Diaz mentioned the WIN of having Fresh Direct move to the Bronx, both in terms of the jobs it will create and bring to the Bronx, but also in terms of the long-term impact their presence and partnership will have on addressing issues of access to healthy food and produce in the Bronx.

February 24, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Local Government Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Local Government Senator Jack M. Martins, Chair 12 Noon, Wednesday, February 29, 2012 Room 945 LOB

February 29, 12:00 PM - 12:16 PM
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Senator Martins Announces Home Mortgage Safety Seminar at Elmont Public Library

State Senator Jack M. Martins announced that he has joined with Governor Andrew Cuomo, Bethpage Federal Credit Union and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s offices in sponsoring a “Home Mortgage Safety Seminar” at the Elmont Public Library on Saturday, March 10th. The seminar begins at 10:30am and runs until 12 noon. The program is part of a series of community outreach initiatives by Senator Martins targeted towards working families and seniors who may not be able to access governmental offices during the work week.

February 23, 2012
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