Issues: Local Government

DAILY MT KISCO: SEN. BALL NEXT STOP MT. KISCO TOWN HALL

by Kelsey Bongiovanni

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y.– New York State Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) will be at the Village Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, August 8.

August 9, 2011
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BRINGING HELP WITH STATE GOVERNMENT TO YOU

Last Thursday, I met Lexi, a therapy dog at The Chatty K-9, a combination pet store, dog grooming and dog training business in the village of Central Square.

I was spending the day in Central Square as part of my second mobile district office program that I started last month to help make it easier for the residents of Central and Northern New York to get help from their state government.

Since January, I have opened full-time offices in Oswego County, Jefferson County and St. Lawrence County where my staff is available five days a week to help with state or other government offices.

August 9, 2011
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MEDIA ADVISORY: BALL’S TOWN HALL TOUR STOPS IN MT. KISCO

***Monday, August 8th at 7:30 p.m.***

Brewster, N.Y. – (08/08/11) – Property taxes, pension costs, healthcare…oh my! If you’d like to know what your New York State Senator is doing about these issues and more, head to the Mount Kisco town hall tonight. Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) is continuing his Town Hall Tour schedule tonight with a stop in Mount Kisco, N.Y. The tour provides communities with an update following this year’s legislative session. It’s also an opportunity for residents to speak with Senator Ball about issue affecting their community. Another stop is planned for tomorrow in North Salem (8/9). For the complete Town Hall Tour schedule, click here.

August 8, 2011
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Senator Martins Thanks Volunteers For Successful Elmont 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament

It was a packed house at Villa Umberto Restaurant where volunteers of the 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament committee gathered to celebrate the success of the July 16th tournament held at Dutch Broadway School. The tournament hosted over 4,500 people and featured the NY Knicks and Knick Superstar John Starks. Over 170 volunteers attended the appreciation dinner and were saluted by State Senator Jack Martins, State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, County Legislator John Ciotti, Councilman Ed Ambrosino, Assemblyman Edward Ra, committee members and community leaders.

August 8, 2011
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Senator Martins' 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament Featured on Cablevision's Neighborhood Journal

The Summer extravaganza “Martins Classic 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament” sponsored by State Senator Jack Martins is a featured highlight on Cablevision’s “Neighborhood Journal” on Channel 118 throughout the month of August! The show features the 3-on-3 tournament along with interviews and highlights of the Henry Viscardi Cougars versus the Elmont Memorial Spartan’s basketball exhibition!

During the segment, you will see exciting basketball action, commentary and story behind the largest community event in Elmont outside the Belmont Stakes! Over 4,500 people participated in the tournament this year which was highlighted by the New York Knicks and a special guest appearance by John Starks!

August 8, 2011
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

More to Do

I love those local history books that show what our neighborhoods used to be like. I enjoy contrasting photos of wide open spaces, dirt roads and potato farms to where today stand shopping malls, highways, and supermarkets. It’s fascinating because this super-development actually didn’t begin that long ago. It was only after World War II, when our servicemen settled here with their families that Long Island’s population boom began.

August 8, 2011
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TOWN HALL TOUR STOPS IN PHILIPSTOWN

Tax Cap, Mandate Relief & Hydrofracking Take Center Stage

August 5, 2011
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Senator Martins Visits North Shore University Hospital

Senator Jack M. Martins spent recent Friday visiting North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset. North Shore is part of the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, which is comprised 15 hospitals including the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Long Island Jewish Hospital, Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York and Franklin Hospital among others.

North Shore University Hospital has numerous ambulatory facilities to satisfy the hospital’s mission of being a leader in quality health care through medical advances while conveying the qualities of compassion and excellence.

North Shore University Hospital recently opened the Katz Women’s Hospital, a world-class facility providing superior care for the special needs of women.

August 5, 2011
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Senator Martins to Hold Blood Drive August 24

In response to the need for blood donations during the summer months, Senator Jack M. Martins is sponsoring a blood drive along with the New York Blood Center that will take place on Wednesday, August 24 from 2:30-7 p.m. The Long Island Blood Services van will be at the Herricks Community Center, 999 Herricks Road in New Hyde Park.

Blood donations will be taken by Long Island Blood Services, a division of the New York Blood Center. According to the New York Blood Center, blood donations tend to drop significantly during the summer months when people go on vacation. Still, the need for blood never takes a vacation.

August 4, 2011
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GOVERNOR APPROVES FUSCHILLO BILL TO LOWER COUNTIES’ PUBLIC DEFENSE COSTS

            Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that Governor Andrew Cuomo has approved legislation (S5474) he sponsored to help counties save money in providing public defense services to individuals who cannot afford an attorney.

August 4, 2011
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THE PATCH: BALL TOUR COMES TO TOWN

By Tom Bartley

Sen. Greg Ball stopped by the Bedford town board meeting, which was preceded by a budget work session and followed by a meeting with the Bedford Community Theatre.

August 4, 2011
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Hightlights From the Historic Game Between Elmont Memorial High School and the Henry Viscardi School

On July 16, Senator Jack M. Martins sponsored the Elmont 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament. As part of the special day, Senator Martins arranged a game between the Nassau County champion Elmont Memorial High School Spartans and the Henry Viscardi School Cougars.

The Spartans finally met their match as the Cougars emerged victorious. Check out the highlights!

August 3, 2011
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Manhasset Boy Scout Interviews Senator Martins

Senator Jack M. Martins was at the Manhasset Library last week when he was asked by a Boy Scout who was working on a project for an interview. The Senator gladly obliged.

Manhasset Boy Scout Martin Clarke asked Senator Martins questions such as why he wanted to be a Senator and how you become a Senator.

Senator Martins responded that he went into public service because he wanted to make a difference. He encouraged Martin that if you want to change your community for the better, get involved. “Sometimes, it’s not enough to point out when something is wrong. You have to be willing to work toward making it better,” Senator Martins said.

August 3, 2011
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August 3, 2011
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Senator Martins Participates in Summer Reading Program at the Manhasset Library

Senator Jack M. Martins visited the Manhasset Library and participated in the children’s summer reading club in the children’s room at the library.

Senator Martins first took part in “hot potato” with the children and then sat down to read a story with them. The story the Senator read was called, “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus,” and was about a bus driver who has to leave so he asks the reader to watch the Pigeon. The pigeon tries many excuses as he tries to talk the readers into letting him drive the bus.

Senator Martins then discussed the book with the children. He told them that the moral is that you have to listen to your mommy and daddy like you listened to the bus driver in not letting the pigeon drive the bus.

August 3, 2011
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Grisanti and Ceretto Introduce Legislation To Increase Revenues To Municipalities From Tribal Casinos

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60th District) and Assemblyman John Ceretto (R,I-Lewiston) have introduced legislation to increase revenues collected from Tribal casinos by local municipalities.  The legislation, which amends the Tribal State Compact, allows municipalities to collect up to 50 percent of the net drop from electronic gaming devices.  Under current law, municipalities may only collect up to 25 percent of the net drop from these machines.

August 3, 2011
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Seventh Senate District Food Drive Underway Until August 21

Senator Martins and Villages Partner to Collect Food in Tribute to Harry Chapin

Senator Jack M. Martins is partnering with the villages in the Seventh Senate District to collect food through August 21 to benefit Long Island Cares, the Harry Chapin Food Bank. Senator Martins is sponsoring the food drive as a tribute to the late singer/song writer Harry Chapin, who passed away 30 years ago this year in a car accident on the Long Island Expressway.

The food drive comes in response to the hundreds of thousands of Long Islanders are in need of food. According to a report, entitled “Hunger in America 2010,” presented last year, one out of 10 Long Islanders seeks relief from hunger each year at food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters.

August 2, 2011
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MEDIA ADVISORY: NEXT STOP ON THE TOWN HALL TOUR, BEDFORD

***Tuesday, August 2nd at 8:00 p.m.***

Brewster, N.Y. – (08/02/11) – It’s another week and another full plate for Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) who is continuing his Town Hall Tour throughout the 40th Senate District. Tomorrow, the Senator will take his legislative update to Bedford, N.Y. The tour provides communities with an update following this year’s legislative session. Additional stops are planned this week in Beekman (8/3) and Philipstown (8/4). For the complete Town Hall Tour schedule, click here.

August 2, 2011
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

A World of Good, Right Here at Home

If you could afford only one, would you pay for heat, your rent, or buy groceries?

If that seems like a rhetorical question to you, be thankful, because for thousands of less fortunate Long Islanders, it is not. The disturbing truth is we have neighbors right here on Long Island, in our very own towns and villages, who struggle with questions like that every month.

It is estimated that there are 320,000 Long Islanders who are hungry or food insecure each day. According to a report by Long Island Cares and Island Harvest, 47 percent of those they serve have to choose between food and utilities. An even greater 49 percent have to choose between food and rent.

August 1, 2011
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Senator Gianaris speaks at press conference celebrating the one-year anniversary of the NYC restaurant grading system.

The press conference was held by NYC Department of Health and Mayor Bloomberg at Sparks Deli in Long Island City.

August 1, 2011
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