Issues: Local Government

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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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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