Issues: Local Government

SENATOR MARTINS DISCUSSES ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND THE ENVIRONMENT ON 'YOUR VOICE'

On the latest edition of "Your Voice" from Albany, Senator Jack M. Martins discussed the Cosmos proposal for a soccer stadium at Belmont Park, the soccer camp with the Cosmos I am sponsoring at Floral Park Memorial High School, the newly-formed NYS Caucus of Environmental Legislators. being recognized by the Long Island Water Conference, and having the opportunity to address the New York Conference of Mayors (NYCOM). 

February 28, 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, March 4, 2014  Room 123 CAP

March 4, 1:00 PM - 1:17 PM
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

Say No! to Attica University

If you’re a Seinfeld fan like me, you’ll probably remember the episode “Bizarro Jerry,” in which the gang’s world seems strangely inversed. The writers were apparently inspired by the Bizarro World found in the old D.C. comic books where good and sensible things were shunned and stupidity and recklessness were embraced.

Sometimes, I think I work Bizarro Albany, especially after I hear plans like Governor Cuomo’s recent proposal to give convicted felons free college educations on our taxpayer dime. You read that correctly. Our Governor has actually proposed providing prison inmates with free Associates and Bachelors degrees and he’s serious. His public relations machine is already out there making the argument.

February 25, 2014
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1917-2014 A Look at the History of the Legislators of Color

It is with honor that I present to you this up-to-date chronicle of men and women of color who have served in the New York State Legislature.

This book reflects the challenges that resolute men and women of color have addressed and the progress that we have helped New Yorkers achieve over the decades. Since this book was first published in 1977, new legislators of color have arrived in the Senate and Assembly to continue to change the color and improve the function of New York State government.

February 21, 2014
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

Counting Things That Count

“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.”

This simple observation made by Albert Einstein captures our concerns with the State’s rollout of Common Core. It’s what caused parents and educators from across the political landscape and from across this great state to come together in opposition to artificial metrics of whether our children are “college and career ready”. It’s why hundreds of you joined me at a forum this Fall at Mineola High School to demand that the Common Core rollout be rolled back. It’s why we worked so hard to ensure that our childrens’ privacy is protected. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to get it.

February 20, 2014
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Senator Kevin Parker Calls for Support of Legislation to Improve Emergency Responses Involving ‘Emotionally Disturbed’

(Brooklyn, NY) –  Today, State Senator Kevin Parker stood in solidarity with Communities for Crisis Intervention Teams (www.ccitnyc.org) – a coalition of 50 behavioral health providers and concerned citizens, and Brooklyn Borough President and retired New York Police Department Captain, Eric Adams, on City Hall steps to urge the Governor and Mayor to support the creation of specially trained Crisis Intervention Teams (CITs). The proposed CIT training would enable the NYPD to better respond to the 100,000 ‘emotionally disturbed person’ (EDP) calls received annually.

February 19, 2014
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Statement from Senator John Flanagan Regarding Town of Smithtown

I am pleased to see that the sitting town board members acknowledge that Supervisor Vecchio and Councilwoman Nowick were duly elected by the voters this past November and have rightly reinstated them to their elected offices.

They deserve to serve their full terms of office as intended and expected by the voters, and I will work with Assemblyman Fitzpatrick to advance state legislation in the hopes of  achieving that goal. I am confident that the board members who have reappointed Supervisor Vecchio and Councilwoman Nowick will do everything in their power to assist us in enacting this state legislation.

February 14, 2014
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Four Incredible Public Servants Provide 116 Years of Service to their Constituents

Senator Neil Breslin and I recently welcomed four outstanding public servants to the Senate Chamber. Together, they provided 116 years of service to their constituents as Town Clerk. They are: RoseMary Centie; Served as Town Clerk of Guilderland for 14 years. She is Past Secretary to the NYS Town Clerks Association, a Registered Municipal Clerk, a Past Regional Director of the New York State Clerks’ Association, and the President of the Town Clerks’ Association of Albany/Schenectady Counties.

February 13, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS ADDRESSES NEW YORK CONFERENCE OF MAYORS

Senator Jack M. Martins, who chairs the Senate Standing Committee on Local Government, addressed the New York Conference of Mayors (NYCOM) in Albany on the Governor's proposed budget and how it would impact local governments. As a former mayor, Senator Martins was able to discuss with the mayors from villages throughout the state the issues that are affecting local governments and how some of the Governor's proposals may affect local budgets. 

February 12, 2014
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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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