Issues: Local Government

Senator Martins to Sponsor Child Car Seat Safety Day on September 24

Seat belts and car safety restraints can save lives. While on the road, it is necessary to ensure that your child is secure in a car seat to maximize safety. Under New York State’s Occupant Restraint Law, all children under the age of 8 are required to have a child safety restraint system. It can be a child safety seat, a harness, a vest or a booster seat attached with the vehicle seat belt or latch system, but not the vehicle seat belt alone.

September 7, 2011
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New York State Guidelines For Implementing the Property Tax Cap

The tax cap enacted by the New York State Legislature and signed into law by the Governor limits the annual growth of property tax levies at 2 percent or the rates of inflation, whichever is less. This applies to county, town and village governments as well as special districts that has authority to levy a tax and school districts.

The cap first applies to budgets beginning in 2012. Local budgets that commenced in 2011 but conclude in 2012 are not affected.

The tax cap allows for a limited number of exclusions to the tax levy limits. The exclusions are for tort actions and pension rate growth about 2 percent.

September 7, 2011
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Senator Martins: Never Forget

September 11 Ceremonies Around the District

Roslyn - Friday, Sept. 9 at 9 a.m. at the Ellen B. Ward Memorial Clock Tower, Main Street and Old Northern Boulevard.

Floral Park - Sunday, Sept. 11 at 2 p.m. at United Methodist Chuch, 35 Verbena Avenue, South Floral Park.

Great Neck - Sunday, Sept. 11 at 8 a.m. Dedication of 9/11 Memorial at Vigilant Fire Company, 83 Cutter Mill Road.

Saddle Rock - Sunday, Sept. 11 at 8:45 a.m. at Memorial Bridge, Bayview Avenue north of Gristmill Lane.

Stewart Manor - Sunday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Stewart Manor Country Club, 51 Salisbury Avenue.

Williston Park - Sunday, Sept. 11 at 4 p.m. at 9/11 Memorial Garden, Kelleher Field, Syracuse Street and Stratford Avenue.

September 6, 2011
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Senator Martins, Senator Skelos Visit Watt Fuel Cell in Port Washington

Senator Jack M. Martins and Senator Dean Skelos were in Port Washington recently to take a tour of WATT Fuel Cell, a designer and developer of fuel cell systems.

Senator Martins and Senator Skelos met with Dr. Caine Finnerty, president of Watt Fuel Cell, as well as board member Jimmy Vilardi. Dr. Finnerty explained the technology Watt is working on that makes use of fuel through fuel cells.

“Watt Fuel Cell is on the cutting edge of developing efficient energy systems for portable power. It is a high technology business that is operating right here in Nassau County,” said Senator Martins. “It’s important that we have companies that are seeking alternate energy sources.”

September 6, 2011
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Area Counties Included In Federal Disaster Declaration

ONEONTA, 09/05/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today reminded residents and businesses in eligible counties to apply for federal disaster assistance. “Families and businesses in communities devastated by Irene are determined to rebuild and the federal disaster declaration is a helpful step in the ongoing recovery.  I encourage those who have suffered damage to apply with FEMA as soon as possible to begin the assistance process,” said Senator Seward.

Those who have suffered damage are able to register with FEMA by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362).  Registration forms and additional information can be found online at www.disasterassistance.gov.

September 6, 2011
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LaValle: Individual Federal Disaster Aid Approved For Suffolk

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today said that federal disaster assistance is now available for homeowners, renters and small businesses in Suffolk County as a result of damages incurred by Hurricane Irene. Governor Cuomo made the announcement today

September 2, 2011
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Dems Hopeful Court Ruling Will Favor Them During Redistricting

Senator Gianaris was on YNN’s Capital Tonight with Liz Benjamin to discuss Nassau County’s redistricted lines, which were recently overturned by the Court of Appeals.

September 2, 2011
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Permit Suspension Prudent Course Of Action

ONEONTA, 09/01/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commended the decision to suspend certain permit requirements as homeowers and municipal workers rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

"As property owners work to safely return to their homes and local officials perform needed emergency repairs there is no time to wade through bureaucratic red tape,” said Senator Seward.  “Putting certain permitting requirements on hold removes a roadblock to recovery and allows vital work to take place immediately.”

September 1, 2011
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RITCHIE WANTS PUBLIC FORUM ON EEE

Infected St. Lawrence Co. Horse is Latest Incident of Disease That Claimed Child

State Senator Patty Ritchie is again calling on state officials for answers after a St. Lawrence County horse reportedly died from the same mosquito-borne illness that had claimed the life of a four-year-old Oswego County girl.

September 1, 2011
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Hurricane Irene Aftermath Information

Residents may find teh following websites helpful as we recover from Hurricane Irene.

New York State

http://governor.ny.gov

Long Island Power Authority

lipower.org

New York State Insurance Department

http://www.ins.state.ny.us

American Red Cross

http://www.redcross.org

Federal Emergency Management Agency

http://www.fema.gov

Disaster Assistance

September 1, 2011
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Senator Martins Celebrates Magnet Lounge Opening in Elmont

A new sports lounge had their official opening in Elmont this past week where community members were invited to cut the ribbon at "Magnet" Sports and Entertainment Lounge. The opening was attended by community leaders and family members of owners Michael Mullings, Roger Williams and Barry White. State Senator Jack Martins was invited to the opening in commemoration of his support of the new business and revitalization efforts in the Elmont community.

September 1, 2011
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Seward Views Storm Damage

PRATTSVILLE, 08/31/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today joined Governor Andrew Cuomo, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate for a tour of flood ravaged portions of upstate New York.

“The devastation is utterly astonishing,” said Senator Seward. “My heart goes out to the families and individuals who are demonstrating such amazing courage and fortitude in the face of this tragedy.

“I also want to commend the first responders, National Guard members and local elected officials who have worked tirelessly around the clock to protect life and property before, during and after the storm.”

August 31, 2011
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Senator Martins Thanks Elmont Resident For His Work For VetDogs

Senator Jack M. Martins honored Elmont resident and Sewanhaka High School student J.P. Iacaona on the floor of the New York State Senate in recognition his work to assist veterans in the greater Elmont, Franklin Square, Floral Park and North Valley Stream communities. JP has raised over $5,700 to provide service dogs to disabled veterans and wounded warriors. America's VetDogs provide guide dogs, service dogs, and new technologies for disabled veterans. VetDogs serves men and women who have lost their eyesight or limbs, suffered traumatic brain injuries or post-traumatic stress disorder, giving them companions to help them lead a more active life.

August 31, 2011
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Senator Gianaris visits downed tree in Sunnyside following Hurricane Irene.

The mayor did a good job handling the storm but the Parks Department needs to take care of the rest of the downed trees in New York City.

 

 

August 30, 2011
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Long Island Shows Its Resolve

We’ve had hail the size of baseballs, an earthquake, and now Hurricane Irene. Maybe Mother Nature is trying to tell us something. Metaphors aside, each incident serves as an intense reminder that preparation is always the best prevention. Along those lines, we’ve heard debate for a number of years as to whether Long Island is prepared for a hurricane. I think this past weekend we demonstrated that we are.

August 30, 2011
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Seward Appeals To Governor For Additional Disaster Relief

ONEONTA, 08/29/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today called on Governor Cuomo to support legislation for New York State to cover local expenses to repair public infrastructure damaged by Hurricane Irene.

“At a time when local government officials are already working on the thinnest of margins, adding the repair costs associated with Hurricane Irene could be devastating for many small, rural municipalities,” said Senator Seward.  “The state’s emergency response to Hurricane Irene has been professional and swift, now long-term financial assistance is needed to help communities rebuild.”

August 29, 2011
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Governor Cuomo Provides Advice to New Yorkers Regarding Hurrican Property Lossess & Insurance Claims - Disaster Hotline Begins Operating Today

"The days following a natural disaster can be confusing and stressful, but it is important for those who have suffered property damage to file an insurance claim as quickly as possible to help protect their financial future," Governor Cuomo said.

Benjamin Lawsky, Superintendent of the Department of Financial Services, who oversees the State Insurance Department, said, "We will do everything we can to help people who suffered damage from the storm recover and get their lives back on track as quickly as possible. The purpose of insurance is to help people rebuild and we will be working to see that process does as smoothly as possible."

August 29, 2011
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Senator Gianaris visits Newcomers High School Evacuation Center.

Senator Gianaris joined Mayor Bloomberg to visit Newcomers High School Evacuation Center in Long Island City in preparation for Hurricane Irene.

August 29, 2011
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Statement on Hurricane Irene

ONEONTA, 08/29/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on the effects of Hurricane Irene and the ongoing clean-up:

“In the wake of Hurricane Irene my thoughts and prayers go out to the many families and communities that have suffered significant losses and continue to cope with the aftermath of the storm. 

August 29, 2011
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Senator Martins Holds Successful Blood Drive With New York Blood Center

Senator Jack M. Martins and New York Blood Center joined forces on Wednesday, August 24 to hold a successful blood drive. A total of 20 pints of blood was collected in the New York Blood Center bus that was located at the Herricks Community Center.

Senator Martins held the blood drive in response to the need for blood during the summer months when not as much blood is collected. New York Blood Center (NYBC), serving more than 20 million people in New York City, Long Island, the Hudson Valley, and New Jersey alone, requires more than 2,000 volunteer blood donations each day to meet the transfusion needs of patients in its 200 partner New York and New Jersey hospitals. In fact, blood donations are even more needed during the summer months as many people go on vacation.

August 26, 2011
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