Issues: Local Government

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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Senator Martins Visits Grace Plaza Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Great Neck

Senator Martins gave a recap of this past Legislative session in Albany that saw New York State make historic progress in passing an on-time budget with no new taxes or fees as he spoke to the residents of the facility.

August 1, 2011
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THE PATCH: BALL’S LEGISLATIVE TOUR COMES TO SOUTHEAST

By Tom Bartley

In a scheduled town hall talk, some unscripted moments intrude

For Republican State Sen. Greg Ball of Patterson, the Southeast stop of his legislative road show began and ended off-script,

For starters, when the senator arrived shortly before 7:30—the Southeast Town Board’s appointed hour to  convene Thursday evening—he was forced to join staff and a rapidly growing number of constituents confined to the town hall lobby. Closed doors denied everyone access to the John Dunford Civic Center auditorium, where the town board sat sequestered in an unscheduled, apparently unannounced executive session.

July 31, 2011
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TOWN HALL TOUR STOPS IN SOUTHEAST

Senator Ball’s Town Hall Tour Makes 2nd Stop in Southeast, N.Y.

Brewster, N.Y. – (07/29/11) – A lively crowd turned out for the second stop on Senator Greg Ball’s (R, C – Patterson) Town Hall Tour tonight in Southeast, N.Y.  The tour, which provides communities with an update following this year’s legislative session, drew dozens of residents who were eager to ask the Senator questions about ethics reform, state spending, highway repairs and property taxes.

 

July 31, 2011
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LOHUD: STATE SEN. BALL COMES TO SOUTHEAST

Posted by: Mike Risinit

State Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, stopped by the Southeast Town Board meeting Thursday night to provide a legislative update from Albany.

“For the first time in a long time, Albany’s moving in the right direction,” he told the board and about 40 people in the audience.

He gave a quick rundown of issues from this year’s legislative session. Those included passing an on-time budget with a 2 percent spending cut and the property tax cap. In addition, he said he plans to continue trying to repeal the MTA payroll tax, reduce unfunded mandates and improve homeland security.

July 31, 2011
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