Issues: Local Government

Senator Martins Congratulates Garden City Park Fire Department

Senator Jack M. Martins congratlated the Garden City Park Fire Department on their 100th anniservary. The department held a parade and carnival to celebrate the occasion. Senator Martins was proud to celebrate the occasion by marching in the parade through the streets of the Garden City Park Fire District, ending at the Tully Park Aquatic Center.

"To achieve 100 years of serving the community is a tremendous achievement. I congratulate all those who have served over the years including the present members of the department for their service to the community," said Senator Martins.

 

 

June 20, 2011
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HISTORIC LAND BANK BILL PASSES STATE SENATE

Land Banks are a Long-Term Solution to Problem of Vacant Properties

Senator David Valesky (D-Oneida) announced the unanimous passage of legislation (S663A) he sponsored in the State Senate that would allow for the creation of land banks in New York State. 

June 20, 2011
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Senate OKs Legislation Allowing Towns to Set Speed Limits

            Legislation sponsored by Senator Betty Little that would allow towns throughout New York State to establish their own speed limits was approved by the Senate today.

June 20, 2011
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Senator Martins' School Bus Mandate Relief Act Passes Senate

In an effort to provide schools with mandate relief, Senator Jack M. Martins introduced a bill in the Senate that would allow boards of education to reduce the number of seats provided for student transportation if the seats aren’t being used by students. The measure was passed by the Senate on Friday and is expected to save school districts millions of dollars.

June 17, 2011
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RITCHIE BILL TO AID SEARCH, RESCUE TEAMS

Inspired By Oswego County Search and Rescue Team

State Senator Patty Ritchie says her bill to provide training and certification for specialized search and rescue teams, inspired by Oswego County’s Search and Rescue Team, will enhance emergency service capabilities across upstate New York.

“Every year emergency personnel across the state are called out to help search for people who are lost in wilderness areas as well as neighborhoods,” Senator Ritchie said. “It’s been established that the same skills and courses developed by our state’s forest rangers to search for people lost in wilderness areas can dramatically improve the success of searches anywhere else. This legislation will encourage emergency personnel to obtain the additional training that’s available that would help them be more effective when someone turns up missing.”

June 17, 2011
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State moves to dissolve obsolete Medina agencies

From the Batavia Daily News...

Senator George Maziarz, R-C, Newfane, announced that the State Senate Thursday gave final passage to legislation requested by the village of Medina that would dissolve its Urban Renewal Agency and Housing Authority.

''These two authorities, like scores of others in small communities around the state, have been defunct for decades,'' Maziarz said. ''By formally dissolving them, we are taking a small but tangible step to reduce the size of government.''

According to Assemblyman Steve Hawley, R-I-C, Batavia, the bill's sponsor in the Assembly, the measure was approved unanimously in that chamber on Tuesday.

June 17, 2011
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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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