Issues: Local Government

State Senate Passes IDC Priority Bill To Allow Schools/ Local Gov'ts to Pool Resources, Cut Costs

The New York State Senate today passed priority legislation by the Independent Democratic Conference that will cut costs and lower burdens on property taxpayers by streamlining the process for schools and other local governments to jointly consolidate healthcare-related and administrative operations.

June 16, 2011
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION CO-SPONSORED BY SENATOR VALESKY TO ASSIST IN LOCATING MISSING VULNERABLE ADULTS

 ALBANY, N.Y.— Legislation co-sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that will create a clearinghouse for information and alert system to find missing and vulnerable adults passed the State Senate today. “This is a significant piece of legislation, because it has the potential to save lives,” Senator Valesky, who serves as Chair of the Senate Aging Committee, said. “The faster families and law enforcement can act in disseminating information about missing vulnerable adults, the faster resources can be dispatched and loved ones can be located.”  The legislation (S.3293b) would build upon the previously established statewide Amber Alert system used by law enforcement to alert the public to missing children.

June 16, 2011
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Senator Martins' Message to the Graduates: Reason for Optimism

Wishing the Graduates Success and Hope

Like so many of you at this time of year, I recently had the pleasure of watching one of my own children graduate from middle school.  The auditorium was awash with the pure, unadulterated excitement of students, parents and even their teachers.  As I sat quietly wondering where the years had gone, I got to thinking about this phenomenon.  Exactly what were the ingredients of this energy?  Was it pride in accomplishment? Was it a sense of relief?  Or was it simply the prospect of summer vacation?  While I think all of these things played a role, the conversations throughout the room made it clear.  The reason was hope.

June 16, 2011
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Senator Martins Votes to Eliminate Job-Killing MTA Payroll Tax

Senator Martins, a co-sponsor of the bill to eliminate the MTA Payroll Tax, spoke about the need to repeal the tax on the Senate floor. The Senate voted in favor of eliminating this tax, which has been a blow to New York's economy.

June 16, 2011
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Senator Martins' Bill Protecting Ambulances Passes Senate

A bill sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins to give ambulances and other emergency vehicles better protection has passed the New York State Senate. The bill (S.5483) would give ambulances and other emergency service vehicles the option of using rear projecting blue lights to prevent the possibility of being struck at night.

Current law allows blue lights affixed to police and fire vehicles. In the event that the trunk or rear gate of a police or fire vehicle hampers that visibility of emergency lighting, a blue light can be affixed to the trunk, rear gate of interior of vehicle. The law went into effect in 2010, but ambulances were omitted.

June 16, 2011
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Senator Martins Inducts John S. Davanzo Into New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame

D-Day Survivor, Community Leader Honored

On Flag Day, June 14, Senator Jack M. Martins inducted John S. Davanzo of Mineola into the New York State Senate Hall of Fame, which recognizes outstanding veterans from the state who have distinguished themselves both in military and civilian life.

June 15, 2011
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Senator Martins Makes Long Island Press Power List

From the Long Island Press Power List

June 15, 2011
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Senator Michael Gianaris Session Remarks on Federal Terrorism Trials in NYC

Senator Gianaris on the Senate floor discusses the importance of ensuring that New York City residents receive the proper homeland security protection.

June 15, 2011
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Seward Bill Clears Path For Otsego County To Withdraw From MOSA

ALBANY, 06/13/11 -- The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.4555A) that would allow Otsego County to withdraw from the Montgomery, Otsego, Schoharie Solid Waste Authority (MOSA) at their discretion.   The legislation, sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R-C-I, Oneonta), establishes the legal roadmap for Otsego County to leave the authority.

June 13, 2011
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Senator Martins Holds Mobile Office Hours in the Port Washington Library

Senator Jack M. Martins held mobile hours at the Port Washington Library. The mobile office hours brings Senator Martins' office directly to his constituents to answer their questions and hear their concerns. It is one of Senator Martins' initiatives to listen to the residents of the 7th Senate District.

June 9, 2011
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Senator Martins Thanks Elmont Firefighters For Their Service

Senator Jack M Martins thanked the members of the Elmont Fire Department for their service to the greater community at the Belmont Elmont Day Parade this past weekend. The members of the Elmont Fire Department welcomed Senator Martins to the parade and showed him the fire department aparatus during the parade set-up. Senator Martins and County Legislator John Ciotti spoke to the volunteers and thanked them for their participation in community events in addition to their duties with the department and emergency services. "The men and women who serve in our fire departments are the backbone of our communities. They are our first responders and are always there when our communities need them. I can't thank them enough for their service," said Senator Martins.

June 8, 2011
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New Queens businesses band together to lure shoppers to Sunnyside

The Daily News wrote about how Sunnyside merchants have started a new initiative to make the neighborhood a more appealing place to shop, visit and hang out.

A new group focused on revitalizing Queens Blvd. in Sunnyside kicked off its agenda yesterday with some simple yet key goals - Shop local, buy local and free up some parking spaces.

"How can we entice you to shop more in your community?" Ciaran Staunton asked a large gathering of residents, elected officials and property owners at his pub Molly Blooms on hand to launch the Queens Blvd. Merchants Initiative.

"We have 200,000 people who pass here every day going to and from Manhattan," he pointed out. "How do we get them to stop?"

June 8, 2011
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News 12: Senators Martins and Zeldin Seek to Eliminate MTA Payroll Tax

News 12 Long Island reports that Senator Jack M. Martins and Senator Lee M. Zeldin are leading the charge to eliminate the MTA Payroll Tax. Watch it here.

June 7, 2011
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Elminating the MTA Payroll Tax

My first Senate session in Albany will be ending on June 20 and looking back on it, I believe our state has made significant progress toward fiscal health. The most visible highlight of the past six months has been our passage of an on-time state budget that cut spending by $10 billion. Our goal was simple: to get spending in line with revenue. In years past, the state would routinely spend more than it brought in and then turn to taxpayers to make up the difference. This practice has proved disastrous for our economy and worse for our citizens. But I am proud to say that we have put an end to it.

June 6, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE BACKS ETHICS REFORM

During my conversations with the people of Central and Northern New York,they have made it very clear that they wanted real change in Albany. They wanted to clean up the dysfunction and corruption that has made New York State a poster child for what was wrong with government in America.

June 6, 2011
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News12: Senator Martins and Senator Zeldin Introduce Legislation to Eliminate MTA Payroll Tax

Senator Jack M. Martins and Senator Lee M. Zeldin at a press conference introduced legislation to repeal the MTA Payroll Tax. Here is the News 12 Long Island coverage.

June 6, 2011
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Senator Martins Introduces Legislation to Eliminate MTA Payroll Tax

Long Island’s two freshman Senators – Senator Jack M. Martins and Senator Lee M. Zeldin – have introduced legislation to eliminate the MTA Payroll Tax, which has been burden to Long Island businesses, school districts, local governments, hospitals and even not-for-profits ever since it was enacted in 2009.

The Martins-Zeldin plan calls for the MTA Payroll Tax to be phased out each year until 2014, when it will be completely eliminated.

June 6, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Local Government Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Local Government Senator Jack M. Martins, Chair 10:30 AM, Monday, June 6, 2011 Room 945 LOB

June 6, 10:30 AM - 10:45 AM
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Court Square Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Senator Gianaris will give remarks at the ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new direct free-transfer connection between the 7 and G subway lines at the new Court Square Station Complex.

June 3, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Senator Martins Visits Mineola Leisure Club

On the Tuesday after Memorial Day, Senator Jack M. Martins was back in Mineola as he stopped by the Mineola Village Hall Community Center to spend some time with the Mineola Leisure Club, which was meeting at the time.

Senator Martins was asked to say a few words about his time in Albany. Remarked active senior and Golden Age Club President Lillian Barnola, "Now, we have to share him!"

Lillian was referring to the last eight years during which Senator Martins served as Mayor of the Village of Mineola. Now, serving his first term in the State Senate, he is the chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Local Governments.

June 2, 2011
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