Issues: Local Government

Senator Martins' Bill Amending Consolidation Law Protects Villages

A bill (S.1824) introduced by Senator Jack M. Martins that clarifies and amends the Citizen’s Empowerment Act has passed the Senate today.

In 2009, Governor David Paterson signed into law a measure that would allow people to dissolve local governments. The legislation was lobbied for by then-Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.

However, there were several problems with the law. For one, residents of a municipality would be voting via a referendum on whether to dissolve that municipality, whether it be a village or special district, without knowing what the alternative plan would be to provide services for those residents.

May 3, 2011
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Meeting with local legislators to discuss important local issues.

Meeting with local legislators to discuss important local issues.

May 3, 2011
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

It’s has been an historic past few months in New York State with the passing of this state budget. We kept our commitment to balancing the state’s budget without raising taxes or fees and have taken a significant step toward genuine, long-term fiscal health. However, our work is far from done. We must continue to explore options to ease the tax burden on our residents and business owners.

May 3, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE NAMED TO RURAL RESOURCES PANEL

Senator Young: Ritchie Will Bring 'Common Sense' To Commission

State Senator Patty Ritchie has been named to the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, a bipartisan panel composed of both Senate and Assembly members, who focus on the unique issues affecting upstate’s small towns, villages and rural areas.

May 2, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Local Government Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Local Government Senator Jack M. Martins, Chair 9:00 AM, Wednesday, May 4, 2011 Room 945 LOB

May 4, 9:00 AM - 9:11 AM
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Senator Martins Gets Visit From NHP Village Trustee and MS Society

On Wednesday, Senator Jack M. Martins got a visit at his district office in Garden City Park from New Hyde Park Village Trustee Donald Barbieri and representatives from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to discuss issues involving MS and the society, which serves thousands of people affected by MS. Trustee Barbieri is a dedicated advocate for the society.

April 28, 2011
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Senator Martins, Village of Westbury Get Commitment on Ellison Avenue Bridge

Village of Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro, State Senator Jack M. Martins, the chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Local Government, and State Senator Charles Fuschillo, the chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Transportation, met yesterday with Long Island Railroad President Helena Williams and representatives from the New York State Department of Transportation to address the Ellison Avenue Bridge in Westbury, which is badly in need of renovation and rehabilitation.

April 26, 2011
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Senator Martins Addresses Residents of The Amsterdam at Harborside

On Friday, April 22, Senator Jack M. Martins visited the senior living community, The Amsterdam at Harborside in Port Washington. The Amsterdam at Harborside is dedicated to providing comfort and happiness to its residents.

Senator Martins was welcomed by Executive Director Margaret Minchini. He then had an opportunity to speak with the residents and then answered numerous questions about state government.

April 25, 2011
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Senator Martins Meets with Sands Point Mayor

On a recent Friday, Senator Jack M. Martins met with Sands Point Mayor Leonard Wurzel. Mayor Wurzel has been the Sands Point Mayor since 1989. He decided to retire and will not run for re-election this June, but it has been an outstanding run. A veteran of World War II, Mayor Wurzel has garnered numerous honors in his time as the Sands Point Mayor.

April 25, 2011
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Griffo Gets $600K for Oneida County 911

Griffo Secures $600,000 to Assist Oneida County with 911 Emergency Services Consolidation

April 25, 2011
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Senator Martins Legislative Report From Albany

In Senator Jack M. Martins' latest legislative report, he spoke about a new bill he sponsored that enhances the safety of children at camps.

April 21, 2011
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Regulations on Wiffle Ball (Fox News)

Interview with Fox News regarding new regulations on day camps.

April 19, 2011
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Senator Martins Swears in Village of Saddle Rock Mayor

On Sunday, April 10, Senator Jack M. Martins, who is chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Local Governments, had the honor and privilege of swearing in Village of Saddle Rock Mayor J. Leonard Samansky for another term.

Mayor Samansky has served the village since 1984, when he was a member of the Board of Zoning and Appeals. He then served as trustee for four terms before becoming mayor in 1991. Mayor Samansky currently serves as the president of the Great Neck Village Officials Association.

April 19, 2011
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Mineola Fire Department Makes Senator Martins an Honorary Chief

For eight years, Senator Jack M. Martins served as the Mayor of Mineola during which time he saw first-hand the commitment and dedication the men and women of the Mineola Fire Department gave to the community.

In times of emergency when residents and business owners are in need, the Mineola Fire Department is always answering the call. Whether it’s a raging fire, power outage or snow storm, the brave men and women of the department are ready and willing to help.

Recently, the Mineola Fire Department, led by Chief Rob Connolly, 1st Assistant Chief Joe Pratt and 2nd Assistant Chief Jeff Clark, bestowed upon Senator Martins the title of “Honorary Chief” and presented him with a fire helmet from the department.

April 19, 2011
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Senator Martins Tours Great Neck Arts Center

Senator Jack M. Martins spent a recent Friday morning visiting the Great Neck Arts Center, where he received a tour of the center from Executive Director Regina Keller Gil and Development Director Caroline Sorokoff.

Senator Martins was able to get a glimpse of 3D art of Dov Lederberg and Yael Avi-Yoneh, which is on display on the center until May 1. Senator Martins also toured the ceramics room, the drawing room and the studio.

The Great Neck Arts Center is a premier venue for art, music, dance, drama, film and literature. It offers a wide variety of education classes for both adults including singing and children. The center also offers an outreach program.

April 18, 2011
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4/12/2011: Paying tribute to the Life and Accomplisments of Thomas White, Jr.

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: April 29th, 2011Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | arodrigu@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

*Press Release* Commemorating the Life of Thomas White, Jr.

April 15, 2011
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Mohawk Infrastructure Improvements Complete

MOHAWK, 04/14/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today joined Village of Mohawk Mayor Irene Sweet to announce the recent completion of the Minnow Brook culvert repair project.  The project was funded through a $400,000 Multi Modal grant previously secured by Senator Seward.

“Local infrastructure is critical to the well-being of families and individuals as well as future economic growth,” said Senator Seward.  “Often times, however, repair costs are just too much for a small rural municipality to afford.  I was pleased to step in and help secure funding to protect public safety and the bottom line for those who live and work in the Village of Mohawk.”

April 15, 2011
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Foreclosure Prevention Aid

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: April 15, 2011Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | arodrigu@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

**Press Release**

Foreclosure Prevention Aid is Vetoed

April 15, 2011
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Pols demand change after copycat crashes

Queens Chronicle on the Queensborough Bridge rally.

Politicians and community members gathered at the base of the Queensboro Bridge on Friday to demand traffic changes after two people were killed in almost identical yet separate accidents.

State Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) said the accidents were too similar to be coincidental. “DOT needs to step up and stop saying they had nothing to do with it,” Gianaris said.

Read the full article here.

April 14, 2011
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Call For Investigation In Qns Plaza Crashes

Queens Tribune wrote about the press conference Senator Gianaris held in response to the crashes at Queensborough Bridge.

In the wake of two similar disastrous car accidents on the Queens side of the Queensboro Bridge, local officials are asking the city to change the traffic pattern that they say has caused two accidents that killed two and destroyed a business - twice.

In the span of two weeks, two Volkswagen Jettas crashed into a store on Queens Plaza South and Crescent Street. Both cars collided with the store after jumping the curb exiting the Queens-bound outer roadway of the Queensboro Bridge. Both accidents occurred at about 4 a.m., when the normally-congested bridge is nearly empty. Tragically, both drivers each lost an arm.

April 14, 2011
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