Issues: Local Government

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
Read more...

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
Read more...

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
Read more...

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
Read more...

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
Read more...

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
Read more...

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
Read more...

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
Read more...

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
Read more...

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
Read more...

Senator Martins Salutes Henry Viscardi Cougars For Big Win at Basketball Tournament

Under sunny skies, the heat beat down on the basketball courts at the Dutch Broadway Elementary School in Elmont. The Henry Viscardi School Cougars waited patiently for their game to begin. The Cougars weren’t taken on any ordinary team; they would be taking on the Nassau County champion Elmont Memorial High School Spartans.

July 29, 2011
Read more...

Senator Martins Joins Governor in Announcing Long Island Regional Economic Development Council

The Long Island Senate delegation joined Governor Andrew Cuomo on the campus of SUNY Old Westbury on Thursday, July 27 as the Governor launched the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council to act as the conduit between state government and the business community to spur economic development.

As part of an initiative to get make New York State more business-friendly, Governor Cuomo has created 10 regional economic development councils. Long Island is one of the regions. The Governor appointed Kevin Law, president of the Long Island Association, and Stuart Rabinowitz, president of Hofstra University, to co-chair the council.

July 29, 2011
Read more...

There Is Still Time to Register For the Senate Reading Program

There is still time to sign up for the New York State Senate Summer Reading Program. Log on to the New York Read at nyread.com to register and start reading! 

Those who finish will receive an official New York State Senate Certificate!

July 28, 2011
Read more...

BALL’S TOWN HALL TOUR CONTINUES

 

Senator Ball’s Town Hall Tour Making Stop in Southeast Tonight!

Southeast, N.Y. – (07/28/11) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) is continuing his Town Hall Tour tonight with stop in Southeast, N.Y. The presentation is an opportunity for Senator Ball to provide the town with an update following this year’s legislative session. Elected leaders and residents are encouraged ask questions about issues facing New York or affecting their communities. The Town Hall Tour will be making stops in all 22 towns in the 40th Senate District. A full list of scheduled tour dates can be found at here.

July 28, 2011
Read more...

LEWISBORO LEDGER: BALL TALKS TAXES, BENEFIT COSTS

Written by Matt Spillane

High property taxes and pension costs were two main points of discussion at the Lewisboro Library on Monday night, when New York State Senator Greg Ball discussed his political goals and concerns with the Town Board.

Financial issues were among several topics talked about at the board’s meeting as part of Senator Ball’s “Town Hall Tour,” which began with Lewisboro and will include all 22 towns in his 40th District.

July 28, 2011
Read more...

Senators Martins and Zeldin Appearing on Cablevision's Meet the Leaders

Long Island's two freshmen Senators - Senator Jack M. Martins and Senator Lee M. Zeldin - are currently appearing on the Cablevision show, Meet the Leaders. The theme of the show is a day in life of a Senator and includes footage of Senator Martins and Senator Zeldin going about their days in Albany. The two Senators then spoke about their first year in the Senate during an interview with the show's host, Patrick Halpin, at Cablevision's studios.

The show is airing until August 12 on Channel 118 on Cablevision on:

- Sundays at 7 p.m.

- Mondays at 11:30 a.m.

- Tuesdays at 7 p.m.

- Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m.

- Fridays at 11:30 a.m.

-Saturdays at 11:30 a.m.

July 27, 2011
Read more...

LEWISBORO: BALL SAYS ALBANY HAS MADE SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS

by Bob Dumas

LEWISBORO – State Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) kicked off his 22-stop Town Hall Tour at the Lewisboro Library Monday night telling the Town Board and audience members that this past year’s legislative session was highly productive.

“No one is a bigger critic of Albany than me,” said Ball, who represents the 40th Senate District, which includes both Lewisboro and Pound Ridge. “But think of what we accomplished this legislative session and with bi-partisan support. The progress we made in Albany this year was significant.”

July 27, 2011
Read more...

PATCH: SEN. GREG BALL KICKS OFF TOWN HALL TOUR

By Christine Burroni

Sen. Greg Ball (R,C – Patterson) commenced his “town hall” tour at the Lewisboro Library Monday night, reviewing his last eight months in office while looking to the year ahead.

New York’s senator representing the 40th district promised “no gimmicks” and offered to help with local town problems from road conditions to education to taxes.

July 27, 2011
Read more...

Senator Martins Visits Kaos Farms in Old Westbury

On a hot and sunny summer afternoon, Senator Jack M. Martins visited Kaos Farms, located at 10 Old Westbury Road in Old Westbury, an authentic farm that harvests organic crops.

Senator Martins met with farmers Howard “Skip” Wade and Walter Hegarty as well as Lynette Frey and Mary Callan of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Senator Martins also met with Lisa Ott, president of the North Shore Land Alliance.

Kaos Farms grows all-natural crops of produce and vegetables in a spacious farm off Old Westbury Road. Kaos Farms is in its second year of operation and now offers a limited number of CSA shares to local community members.

July 26, 2011
Read more...

From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Getting it Right for our Volunteers

The summer is here, the senate is out of session, and I’ve been able to spend more time in the communities of the Seventh Senate District, meeting with local residents and hearing what’s on their minds.  

July 26, 2011
Read more...
Syndicate content