Issues: Local Government

Senator Martins Teaming With NYLAG to Bring Mobile Legal Help Center to Westbury March 2

Senator Jack M. Martins is teaming with New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) to bring a mobile legal help center to the Westbury Memorial Library, located at 455 Jefferson Street, in Westbury on Friday, March 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

NYLAG will be providing two services for this event:

- Consumer protection legal counseling in the areas of creditor harassment, identify theft, collection actions and debt management.

- Financial counseling for those facing debt.

NYLAG is a not-for-profit law office founded in 1990 to provide free civil legal services to New Yorkers who would otherwise be unable to afford or receive legal assistance. The mobile legal help center is a way to bring legal services to the community.

February 21, 2012
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Public hearings on state mandate relief coming up

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February 20, 2012

February 21, 2012
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Mandate Relief Council Holds First Long Island Meeting

On February 12, the New York State Mandate Council met on Long Island for the first time, at SUNY Old Westbury to hear testimony from local government leaders on ideas for mandate relief measures.

The council was created as a means to review certain maintains that are placed on school districts and local governments to see if there are regulations that can be changed or eliminated in order to provide relief to local communities. Senator Jack M. Martins, the chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Local Government, was appointed to the council and is its only Long Island member.

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

You might call it a pedestrian “no-man’s land,” a 16-mile stretch of roadway where an average of five people die each year. It’s not Manhattan’s Broadway or the Bronx’s Grand Concourse, nor is it notorious Queens Boulevard. It’s actually here in our backyard, Route 24, better known as Hempstead Turnpike.

The Tri-State Transportation Campaign has indentified the turnpike as the most dangerous road for pedestrians in the region for the last three years. This is an unfortunate distinction, but one that is finally drawing attention to a problem many of us have at least intuitively recognized for a long time. If you live, work, or even regularly drive there, you know it can be dangerous.

February 21, 2012
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Senator Martins Celebrates Black History Month

Roundtable Discussion and Awards Presention Highlight Program

State Senator Jack Martins celebrated the 8th annual “Black History Month Awards” this past weekend with an educational roundtable discussion and entertainment awards presentation at the Elmont Public Library. The program was sponsored by Senator Martins and Highlighting Success. The Black History Month Celebration is a program that entails a community roundtable discussion revolving around a specific issue series, entertainment, awards and spoken word.

February 17, 2012
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Senators Martins and Zeldin Introduce Bill to Eliminate MTA Payroll Tax for All Local Governments

Senator Jack M. Martins and Senator Lee M. Zeldin held a press conference in Nassau County to announce legislation to repeal the MTA Payroll Tax for all villages, towns and counties. Joining the Senators were numerous elected officials included Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. The legislation result in relief for taxpayers.

February 16, 2012
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Area state lawmakers issue reminder on Local Efficiency Grant Program

Albany, N.Y., February 15—New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and area Assemblymen Phil Palmesano (R-C, Corning) and Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) reminded the region’s local officials today that the deadline for submitting applications for the state’s 2011-2012 Local Efficiency Grant Program is March 21, 2012.

February 15, 2012
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UCCA Holds Annual Breakfast

The Queens Gazette wrote an article about the United Community Civic Association's annual breakfast, where executives and elected officials gathered to discuss various regional issues.

The United Community Civic Association (UCCA) held its third annual Legislative/Executive Breakfast on February 3. Civic and community leaders, community board representatives, major commercial, industrial and hospital chief executive officers and administrators were invited to speak on various topics from the city budget, hydrofracking, garbage pick up, education and quality of life issues.

 

February 14, 2012
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2/14/2012: Caucus Members meet with NYCHA Chairman John B. Rhea

On Tuesday, February 14, 2012, Senator Shirley L. Huntley (D-Jamaica) as well as members of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Caucus met with New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Chairman John B. Rhea. Chairman Rhea explained the need for legislative leaders and NYCHA to work closely together to maximize the resources available to NYCHA for delivery of services to thousands of families in New York City. He stated that New York State and New York City had to put forth the effort and commitment of helping to fund NYCHA, or the federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD)agency would not put forth funding to NYCHA projects..

February 14, 2012
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Senator Martins Congratulates Winners of Port Washington BID's Shop Port Essay Contest

The Great Port Washington Business Improvement District hosted an awards ceremony at the Port Washington Library to honor winner of the BID’s 2011 Shop Port Student Holiday Essay Contest. Senator Martins congratulated each of the winners and presented them with a certificate.Winners included:

Noah White, Ryan Schwartz, Jillian Keyes, Naome Sajnani, Anthony Guzzello, Caleb Thomas, Yasmen Munoz, Sam Rothenberg, Epsy Cassidy, Bella Feigin, Christina Corbo, Stephen Jagard, Taehoon Kim, Ali Seltzer, Kieran Dennis, Madeline Fagen, Jonathan Lin, Helena Sanders, Claire Bumberg, William Lowe, Jonathan Nadolne, Christina Sanders, Will Popovich and Maximus Mongelli.

February 13, 2012
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Eight Queens high schools could lose up to half of their staff under city plan

An editorial by the New York Daily News reports on the proposal by New York City's Deptartment of Education to overhaul struggling schools. Under the plan, schools face options that range from having to replace 50% of their staff to having to shut down completely.

The future of eight large Queens high schools — and the hundreds of educators who work there — are in jeopardy as the city plans to overhaul the struggling institutions.

 

The schools could lose up to half of their staff and receive a new principal and name this fall after the city and teachers union failed to reach an agreement on teacher evaluations.

 

The move could help the city get up to $60 million in federal funds.

 

February 13, 2012
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Bloomy gabs with Gossip Girl in LIC for show’s 100th episode

The Times Ledger editorial reports on Mayor Bloomberg's celebration of Gossip Girl's 100th episode. Senator Gianaris commends Mayor Bloomberg for promoting the film industry in New York City, which has created jobs and contributed $ billions to the local economy.

Before “Gossip Girl” fans tuned in to see if Blair Waldorf would marry Prince Louis Grimaldi of Monaco or return to her old flame, Chuck Bass, Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivered an early wedding present to the cast.

 

February 13, 2012
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LIC HS Drops From Transformation To Turnaround Status

The Queens Gazette investigates the Department of Education's classification of Long Island City High School, along with many others, as a "Turnaround" school, which would require the school to close and rehire 50% of the staff before reopening. Senator Gianaris believes that negotions need to continue in order to avoid hurting students as the city tries to improve schools.

February 13, 2012
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February 13, 2012
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Next Stop: Congestion and Fare Hikes

All aboard! A bad idea is about to leave the station.

February 13, 2012
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Senator Montgomery Announces NYSABPRL's 41st Annual Legislative Conference Workshop & Event Schedule

The 41st Annual Legislative Conference of the NYS Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators will convene on Friday, February 17th and conclude on Sunday, February 19th, 2012. The theme of this year’s conference is “Open Doors to Employment, Opens Doors to Empowerment."

The Conference schedule of educational workshops and weekend-long events is included here in a pdf format that can be downloaded.  More information on the Legislative Conference may be obtained by visiting www.nysabprl.org.

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February 9, 2012
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Mandate Relief Council invites local input -- public hearings announced, new website

Albany, N.Y., February 8—The state’s Mandate Relief Council announced today that it will hold a series of public hearings across upstate New York, including in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions in March, to give local officials and the public an opportunity to provide direct input on an issue that county leaders and others have identified as a top priority in 2012.

February 8, 2012
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LEGISLATION ALLOWING TOWNS TO SET LOCAL SPEED LIMITS PASSES SENATE

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced that legislation he has cosponsored passed the New York State Senate today.  Senate bill, S.547, introduced by Senator Betty Little, would allow towns throughout New York State to set the maximum speed limit on roads within their jurisdiction.

February 7, 2012
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Senate OKs Town Speed Limit Mandate Relief Legislation

The State Senate today approved legislation that would authorize towns to set speed limits within their own jurisdictions.  Current law requires most towns to petition the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) to do so but exempt villages, cities and about 80 towns with large populations.

February 7, 2012
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Senator Martins Addresses Manhasset Men's Club

Senator Jack M. Martins was a guest speaker at a recent meeting of the Manhasset Men’s Luncheon Club at the Congregational Church of Manhasset. Senator Martins spoke about the executive budget proposed by the Governor and the need to continue to pass budgets in the state without raising any taxes or fees. Senator Martins also spoke about the current pension system and how local governments and school districts are burdened with having to fund the pension system during difficult economic times. Senator Martins explained that current employees’ pensions are protected by the New York State Constitution. However, going forward, he supports Governor Cuomo’s proposal for a Tier VI, which includes an option for a defined benefit plan, as well as a higher contribution rate.

February 7, 2012
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