Issues: Local Government

SENATOR MARTINS JOINS BI-PARTISAN ENVIRONMENTAL CAUCUS

NYS Caucus of Environmental Legislators to focus on issues concerning environment

Senator Jack M. Martins has joined the New York State Caucus of Environmental Legislators, a bi-partisan group comprised of Senators and Assembly members that will examine issues that are important to the environment.

The legislators formed NYSCEL as a forum to consider various legislative and policy issues related to preserving and protecting the environment and public health. The caucus expects to hold periodic meetings among members, host speakers, and convene other events to educate elected officials and the public and to focus attention on the need for action on environmental and energy issues.

February 11, 2014
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Sen. Krueger's Statement on Sen. Skelos' Plan to Block Vote on Home-Rule Request for Universal Pre-K

Sen. Krueger issued the following statement in reaction to Majority Co-Leader Dean Skelos' statements today announcing his intention to block a vote on New York City's home-rule request for a local tax increase to fund universal pre-kindergarten:

"Contrary to Sen. Skelos' statements, New York City seeking permission to tax itself to pay for universal pre-K is the dictionary definition of a home rule request. It will not cost the state anything, and it will not limit the options for universal pre-K in other locations. We have to make tough decisions here in Albany all the time. This is not one of them."

February 10, 2014
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MOSA's Long Haul Nears End

ALBANY, 02/10/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced that legislation he sponsors, allowing the dissolution of the Montgomery, Otsego, Schoharie Solid Waste Authority (MOSA), was approved by the senate standing committee on corporations, authorities, and commissions and reported to the floor of the senate.

Senate bill 6181 would allow for the dissolution of the tri-county solid waste authority. The measure follows a home rule request from the three member counties and the authority.

February 10, 2014
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

Beware of Mayors Seeking Tax Hikes

I guess I rained on the parade and I have to admit, it felt pretty good.

February 10, 2014
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State Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein Secures $300,000 Grant for Operation SNUG, an Innovative Gun and Gang Violence Prevention Program for The Bronx

BRONX - Today a cutting-edge statewide gun and gang violence prevention program – Operation SNUG – received a $300,000 award from State Senator Jeff Klein to operate in The Bronx’s Jacobi Medical Center. The hospital also generously chipped in another $50,000 to the anti-gun violence effort.

February 7, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS SAPAC'S ANNUAL BREAKFAST

Senator Jack M. Martins was honored to have attended the annual breakfast of SAPAC, an organization of professionals, doctors, lawyers, business, civic and community leaders that help comprise the South Asian-American community. Senator Martins thanked founder and chairman of SAPAC, Zahid Syed, for the invitation to attend this event that brought together many invidiuals who have been active in Long Island communities for years. 

February 7, 2014
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GIRL SCOUT TROOP 1501 PET ADOPTION EVENT SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16

Give a Pet a Second Chance at Finding a Home

Girl Scout Troop 1501 will be holding a Pet Adoption Event on Sunday, February 16 from noon to 3 pm at Petco, 1010 Willis Avenue in Albertson.

Go find that lovable dog or cat as there will be many on hand ready to bring joy. They make great companions and anyone who has had pets knows the love that they bring.

Also, if you are interested in adopting a Greyhound, visit www.gratefulgreys.com to complete an application. This will speed up the adoption process.

February 7, 2014
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DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. AWARDS HONOR COMMUNITY LEADERS

Senator Jack M. Martins recently held his Fourth Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards ceremony at Elmont Memorial High School during which he honored community leaders by presenting them with the award named after the civil rights leader who fought for positive change for our country. The ceremony was once again a big success as it not only celebrates Dr. King's life but also the entire community. 

February 7, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS TO BOARD OF REGENTS: DELAY COMMON CORE

Senator Jack M. Martins joined with his colleagues on both sides of the aisle, calling on the Board of Regents to delay implementation of the Common Core education curriculum. The call comes after months of listening to concerns from parents, educators and students that the Common Core simply wasn’t being implemented to the best interests of educating students.

February 5, 2014
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The Brooklyn Paper : Whose streets? Our streets! Bushwick pol wants Brooklyn to rule its own roads

By Megan Riesz

The Brooklyn Paper

Brooklyn, not Albany, knows best what should happen on Brooklyn streets.

That is the thinking behind a bill sponsored by state Sen. Martin Malave Dilan (D—Bushwick) that would allow the Council to reduce the speed limit on residential streets citywide to 20 miles per hour without state approval.

“It will save lives,” Dilan said. “I am excited.”

February 3, 2014
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SENATOR PATRICK M. GALLIVAN PRESSURES GOV. CUOMO ON FLOOD ASSISTANCE FOR WEST SENECA

In a letter sent over the weekend, Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-Elma) urged Governor Andrew M. Cuomo (D-New York) to use existing state disaster relief funds to provide direct relief to homeowners and residents affected earlier this month when the Buffalo Creek flooded in the Town of West Seneca. Specifically, Gallivan is requesting the Governor use funds from a $200 million appropriation  contained in the 2013-14 State Operations Budget that is intended to assist localities that have suffered from a natural or man-made disaster.

February 3, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS SHARES IN JOY OF READING WITH MUNSEY PARK SCHOOL STUDENTS

Senator Jack M. Martins recently spend a Friday morning sharing a book with the students at the Munsey Park Elementary School as part of the school's "Guess Who's Coming to Read" program, which encourages reading. It's a fun way to learn and reinforces how reading can be a fun adventure with every book. 

January 31, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS CONGRATULATES THANKSGIVING ESSAY WINNERS

Senator Jack M. Martins congratulated the winners of the 2013 Seventh Senate District Thanksgiving Essay Contest that asked six grade students to write an essay about what they are most thankful for. A student from each school who captured the spirit of the holidays was invited to a special reception at the Hillside Library, where the students read their essays aloud. The students exhibited creativity and a sense of humility in discussing what they are most thanful for. Many wrote about their famlies, friends and children. Senator Martins thanked the students for their participation and congratulated them on an outstanding job.

There are:

Fiona Kurian - Covert Avenue School

Peter Karagiorgis - New Hyde Park Road School

Nicholas Moundros - Manor Oaks School

January 30, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Local Government Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Local Government Senator Jack M. Martins, Chair 1:00 PM, Tuesday, February 4, 2014 Room 945 LOB

February 4, 1:00 PM - 1:12 PM
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS INDIAN NATIONAL FLAG HOISTING CEREMONY

Senatror Jack M. Martins recented attended the Indian National Flag Hoisiting Ceremony at the Vaishnav Temple Darshan Khand in New Hyde Park on the solemn occasion of the 65th Republic Day of India. The program was sponsored by Vaishnav Temple of New York and Indo-American Senior Citizen Center of New York. Senator Martins was honored and privileged to have taken part in such a proud ceremony. 

January 30, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Tax Reform, Consolidation and Budget Hearings on Your Voice

On this edition of Your Voice, taped on January 23, 2014, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses tax reform, consolidation, and public budget hearings.  He also announces the final numbers for his Cell Phones for Soldiers collection drive.

January 30, 2014
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Senator Stavisky Welcomes New York City Council Members in Albany

 

Albany, NY— Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) welcomed a delegation of New York City Council Members to her office in Albany to discuss collaboration between the city and the state on issues such as taxation, universal pre-K and the minimum wage.

January 29, 2014
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will. – Vince Lombardi

Earlier this week I was asked by one of the local newspapers to predict an outcome for the upcoming Super Bowl XLVIII matchup between the number one offense, Denver Broncos and the number one defense, Seattle Seahawks. The paper collects the opinions of various people and then does a side by side comparison to see who comes closest. It sounded like good fun and although I love watching football, I can’t imagine why they’d ask me. If I had any luck prognosticating that sort of thing, election years would be a whole lot easier.

January 28, 2014
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will. – Vince Lombardi

Earlier this week I was asked by one of the local newspapers to predict an outcome for the upcoming Super Bowl XLVIII matchup between the number one offense, Denver Broncos and the number one defense, Seattle Seahawks. The paper collects the opinions of various people and then does a side by side comparison to see who comes closest. It sounded like good fun and although I love watching football, I can’t imagine why they’d ask me. If I had any luck prognosticating that sort of thing, election years would be a whole lot easier.

January 28, 2014
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Senator Flanagan Announces Pet Dealer Oversight Law Now In Effect

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently announced the enactment of legislation he supported that will help provide better regulation of animal breeders and pet stores.  The new law (Chapter 553 of 2013 signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo) authorizes local governments to enact more stringent laws than those that currently exist at the state level.

Any new local laws, rules, regulations or ordinances must be at least as stringent as state law and must not result in banning the sale of dogs and cats that are raised in a safe and healthy manner.

January 27, 2014
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