Issues: Local Government

Disaster Assistance Deadline Extended

ONEONTA, 11/02/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today alerted residents and business owners who suffered damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Irene that the deadline to register for federal assistance has been extended until December 15, 2011“Many families and businesses in communities devastated by Irene and Lee have already received federal assistance to begin the painstaking process of rebuilding.  If you are eligible for assistance but have not yet applied I urge you to register immediately,” said Seward.

November 2, 2011
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Calendar Quirk Won't Cost Taxpayers

ONEONTA, 11/01/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today applauded an administrative decision to reschedule the due date for an “extra” mandated Medicaid payment from counties in 2012.  The slight postponement will save homeowners and taxpayers millions of dollars statewide.

“Local elected leaders are already dealing with enough bureaucratic red tape and increased costs without adding an unintentional calendar quirk to the equation,” said Senator Seward.  “By reversing the mandate that would have forced counties to write an additional check in 2012, taxpayers will avoid a costly expense.”

November 1, 2011
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Senator Martins Thanks Adelphi Breast Cancer Hotline

Since October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Senator Jack M. Martins wanted to personally thank those organizations that have made it a mission to raise awareness and support those who have suffered from breast cancer.

October 31, 2011
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Senator Martins Attends Shelter Rock Library Re-Dedication Ceremony

On Sunday, October 30, the Shelter Rock Public Library, located at 165 Searingtown Road in Albertson, held a rededication ceremony to celebrate the library’s recent renovation. The renovation includes new lighting, carpeting, furniture and comfortable seating areas, plus more modern, handicapped-accessible restrooms, a handicapped-accessible story hour room, and automatic doors. Additional computers are available for public use.

October 31, 2011
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RITCHIE RATED 'A' BY LIBRARIES GROUP

Senator's Efforts on Behalf of Rural Libraries Lauded

State Senator Patty Ritchie was given an “A” for her efforts on behalf of New York State’s public libraries during the recent legislative session, according to New Yorkers for Better Libraries.

October 31, 2011
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EXTRA MEDICAID PAYMENT FOR COUNTIES AVERTED

OLEAN - The state will not require counties to make an extra Medicaid payment in 2012 after all, saving taxpayers millions of dollars statewide, announced Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean).

Savings total more than $1.2 million in Senator Young’s district alone. The change will reduce 2012 Medicaid costs by $610,000 for Chautauqua County, $211,000 for Cattaraugus County, $207,000 for Allegany County, and $180,000 for Livingston County.

The lawmaker had requested the state Health Department to reverse a mandate that forced the expense to be added to the counties’ upcoming budgets, even though it normally would have been booked in 2013.

October 27, 2011
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Senator Martins to Sponsor Flu Shot Program November 4 at the Port Washington Library

Senator Jack M. Martins will be sponsoring a flu shot program on Friday, November 4 at the Port Washington Library. Flu shots will be given out, in conjunction with CVS Pharmacy, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Hagedorn Room. The library is located at 245 Main Street in Port Washington.

According to the New York State Department of Health, getting immunized will protect you from catching the flu, a serious illness that can make you very sick. It will also help protect your loved ones. The best time to receive the flu shot is between early fall and December. The flu shots will be available for those 18 and over.

October 21, 2011
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Senator Valesky sits down with local agri-business for ThoughtRaiser.

Yesterday, I met with several agri-business owners and operators to discuss how NY can make it easier for them to succeed.

October 21, 2011
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e-Jackhammers! New City Website Helps Cut Down on Road Work

New York Observer wrote about the recent launching of an online initiative to clear up congestion on the streets due to construction. It is called Street Works Manual, and Senator Gianaris supports the way in which this project will assist in better cooperation between construction companies to reduce the number of inconveniences due to construction.

October 18, 2011
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Seward Pledges Real Property Tax Relief Through Major Medicaid Reform

ONEONTA, 10/17/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced he is co-sponsoring legislation (S.5889-B) that will reform the cost administration of New York State’s Medicaid system through a phased-in state takeover - gradually eliminating the local share traditionally paid by county governments and funded by property taxes.

“After working for years to convert the masses in Albany, a property tax cap is finally in place,” said Senator Seward.  “The cap is a major milestone but it needs to be linked to substantial mandate relief for local governments – a step we can take by exorcising the biggest mandate demon – Medicaid.”

October 17, 2011
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Wally is a friend of mine. He’s 90 years old and a World War II veteran. He’s also a gentleman who long ago stopped worrying about what people think. Don’t get me wrong. He’s as sharp as a tack. It’s just that he speaks his mind and doesn’t sweat the outcome. You could be mayor, senator, or President of the United States, you work for him and he prides himself on “giving it to you straight.” I guess that’s a fringe benefit of a long life. It’s also why I have always valued his opinion.

October 17, 2011
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Senator Martins Joins Village of Russell Gardens in Celebrating 80th Anniversary

Senator Jack M. Martins joined with Mayor Matthew S. Bloomfield and the Village of Russell Gardens Board of Trustees in celebrating the 80th anniversary of the Village of Russell Gardens.

"The Village of Russell Gardens had a rich history and, after 80 years, it remains of the best communities in our state. I was honored to be a part of the celebration, which honored the contributions of community members throughtout the years, building the village into a wonderful place to raise a family," said Senator Martins.

October 17, 2011
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Senator Martins Meets With East Hills Seniors

Senator Jack M. Martins spent an afternoon with the East Hills Seniors at East Hills Village Hall. Senator Martins was invited to speak by the village’s Senior Activities Committee. After giving a short presentation on his first legislative session in Albany, the seniors were ready with their questions and they fired away.

October 13, 2011
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Senator Martins Congratulates Port Washington North on Dedication of Bay Walk

Senator Jack M. Martins was in the Village of Port Washington North on Sunday, October 9 to congratulate the village on the dedication of Bay Walk Park, Port North Pier and Bay Walk Outdoor Nautical Art Museum. Senator Martins was honored to join in the celebrating the project coming to fruition. The Bay Walk Nautical Art Museum offers a unique way for residents to enjoy the artwork of local artists. The Bay Walk Park and Port North Pier adds to the beauty of the village and, together with the museum, represents years of planning and determination in beautifiying the area.

October 12, 2011
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Senator Martins Speaks at Plandome Heights Civic Association Meeting

Senator Jack M. Martins was the guest speaker at a recent meeting of the Plandome Heights Civic Association. Senator Martins is working with the association in trying to move along a project that addresses traffic calming on Plandome Road as part of the Safe Routes to School program, which is designed to help to implementing transporation projects that improve safety. A grant, announced in 2008 to to be administered to the Town of North Hempstead, has yet to be dispersed because of lack of the proper paperwork. However, after Senator Martins took office at the beginning of this year, he looked into what steps need to be taken to move the grant forward.

October 12, 2011
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

What Is Plan B?

I’m a typical Long Islander which means I sometimes feel as if I live in my car. Clearly, life here is heavily shaped by our reliance on our vehicles. But over 100,000 Nassau residents also rely on our buses daily to get where they need to be. That’s why it’s especially important that we’re all aware of what’s happening with Long Island Bus and how it stands to impact friends and neighbors. To that end, I shared these concerns in a letter to Governor Cuomo last week.

October 12, 2011
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Senator Martins and Assemblywoman Schimel Take Part in League of Women Voters Forum

New York State Senator Jack M. Martins and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel both accepted an invitation to appear at a forum hosted by the Nassau County chapter of the League of Women Voters at the Manhasset Library. True to form, the League hosted an informative session as Senator Martins and Assemblywoman Schimel spoke about a variety of important issues affecting the state and our local communities.

Senator Martins and Assemblywoman Schimel have worked well together in Albany in a bi-partisan way for the communities they represent. The two legislators agree on some of the most important issues raised on the forum including the environment.

October 7, 2011
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BORDER CAUCUS IDENTIFIES ISSUES

The newly formed “International Border Caucus,” co-chaired by State Senators Patty Ritchie and Joseph Griffo and Ontario Senator Robert Runciman, discussed problems posed by delays at Northern New York’s border crossings for both Americans and Canadians.

“I am very pleased that our first organizational meeting of this international legislative group identified the problems everyday citizens and business people from both sides of the border are having when they visit each other’s countries,” Senator Ritchie said. “That’s the number one complaint I hear from the people I represent.”

October 7, 2011
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