Issues: Local Government

Local district faces firehouse closing

Sunnyside Post asked Senator Gianaris to comment on the possible closure of Ladder 128.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to close as many as 20 firehouses – including one in Long Island City—has drawn the scorn of many of this district’s politicians.

Ladder Company 128, which serves Sunnyside, Woodside, LIC, Blissville and Greenpoint, is among those firehouses that face the chopping block.

State Sen. Mike Gianaris said that “the closure of ladder company 128 would increase response times and would have a detrimental effect on the safety of people in western queens.” Gianaris added that the closure made little sense at a time when the area is expanding and developers are building more high-rise buildings.

May 23, 2011
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Senator Martins Helps Injured Firefighter

From the New Hyde Park Illustrated News, an Anton Community Newspaper

Members of the volunteer fire services are used to coming to the aid of others. Knowing the value of volunteer firefighters in Nassau County communities, New York State Senator Jack M. Martins was glad to help one of the members of New Hyde Park’s Fire Department’s bravest.

Last Feb. 4, members of the New Hyde Park Fire Department responded to a fire in the basement of a home on 6th Avenue in New Hyde Park. Several firefighters were injured fighting the blaze including Max Devane, who was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Injured firefighter Max Devane has a chance to thank New York State Senator Jack Martins for helping him receive his SUNY Maritime deposit.

May 23, 2011
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Senator Martins Holds 'Office Hours' and Community Listen Session in Floral Park

Senator Jack M. Martins was back in Floral Park as part of his community listening tour. The Floral Park Library was the scene for the latest installment of Martins’ community-based listening sessions where residents can discuss issues, concerns and ideas in a free-flowing discussion. The Floral Park session saw a steady stream of community members drop by to talk to the Senator. “I was very pleased with the turn-out and happy with the thoughtfulness of the questions and discussion surrounding the issues,” said Senator Martins.

May 23, 2011
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Senator Martins Addresses Great Neck Chamber of Commerce

Senator Jack M. Martins was welcomed by the Great Neck Chamber of Commerce at recent Thursday morning breakfast meeting at the Inn of Great Neck, where he answered numerous questions from chamber members.

Having taken office as Senator of the Seventh Senate District this past January, Martins is making his way around the district on days he isn’t in Albany to discuss both local and state issues with the residents, elected officials and businesses owners of the community.

Senator Martins was introduced by Great Neck Chamber of Commerce President Valerie Link of Anton Community Newspapers. He kept his initial comments brief, speaking about the importance of local governments such as villages, so that chamber members would have the opportunity to ask questions.

May 23, 2011
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Senator Martins: We Need Tax Relief Now

Urges Assembly to Pass the Tax Cap

Senator Jack M. Martins and his Senate colleagues from Long Island made a push to get the Assembly to pass a 2 percent tax cap as a means to bring property tax relief to Long Island families at a press conference on Thursday. Governor Andrew Cuomo has been a proponent of the cap, which was already passed by the Senate. The bill just needs approval from the Assembly to become law.

May 20, 2011
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Legislative Report 5/19/2011

A 59th Senate District legislative report from Albany with Senator Patrick Gallivan.  Discussing legislative accomplishments and goals for the remainder of this session.

May 19, 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 25, 2011 Room 945 LOB

May 25, 9:00 AM - 9:11 AM
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Senator Martins Speaks About Community Involvement in His Latest Legislative Report

Senator Jack M. Martins speaks about his involvement in the communities in the Seventh Senate District is his latest Legislative Report from Albany.

May 17, 2011
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

In just a few months in Albany, we have made considerable progress in getting New York State back on track. When the Assembly, Senate and Governor have worked together toward a common goal, we have seen that we are capable of making significant improvements in our State. This was the case in March when the Senate worked with the Governor on a state budget. Not only was this highly complex and contentious process completed on time, but more significantly, it represented a change from past practices that have repeatedly failed the residents of New York. We were able to successfully balance the State budget and close a $10 billion deficit while not raising any taxes or fees.

May 17, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE INTRODUCES MARK'S LAW

Bill Makes Killing Emergency Responders 1st Degree Murder

State Senator Patty Ritchie has introduced “Mark’s Law,” a bill to make the killing of emergency first responders first degree murder, punishable by the stiffest penalty allowed by law - life without parole.

The bill, S 4717, was introduced in memory of Mark Davis, the emergency medical technician who was shot to death while responding to a call for help in Cape Vincent on January 30, 2009.

May 13, 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 18, 2011 Room 945 LOB

May 18, 9:00 AM - 9:12 AM
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Valesky Legislation Promotes Shared Services

Legislation sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky(D-Oneida) that encourages cooperative sharing of services betweenorganizations passed the Senate.

May 12, 2011
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Senator Krueger's Submitted Testimony on the Proposed East 91st St Marine Transfer Station

Testimony of State Senator Liz Krueger

Before the New York City Council Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management

Regarding Funding for the Proposed East 91st Street Marine Transfer Station

in the FY 2012 Executive Budget

May 12, 2011

May 12, 2011
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Senator Martins Speaks About the MTA in His Legislative Report From Albany

In his latest legislative report from Albany, Senator Jack M. Martins discusses a recent hearing on the MTA finances as well as a visit to the Henry Viscardi School and his participation in an economic development forum in Elmont.

May 11, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO HELP JEFFERSON COUNTY

Will Allow District Attorney To Hire Stenographer

State Senator Patty Ritchie announced the Senate passed a bill (S4415) she sponsored to allow Jefferson County’s District Attorney to appoint, as needed, a stenographer who lives in St. Lawrence County or any county in the fifth judicial district.

"When Jefferson County District Attorney Cindy Intschert told me she needed my help, I made sure we got this bill moving through the Senate," Senator Ritchie said. "It is critical that our prosecutors have the resources they need."

May 10, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE, SENATOR BALL DISCUSS TUG HILL COMMISSION

Tug Hill Staff Explains Its Role To SAGE Commission Member

Senator Patty Ritchie met with Hudson Valley Senator Greg Ball and representatives of the Tug Hill Commission in Albany Monday. Senator Ritchie arranged the meeting to allow Tug Hill officials to make their case before Senator Ball, who is a member of Governor Andrew Cuomo's Spending and Government Efficiency (SAGE) Commission, charged with slashing state agencies and authorities that are redundant or unnecessary. Senator Ritchie and her Central and Northern New York colleagues have been arguing that the Tug Hill Commission serves a vital purpose in helping local governments deal with state issues--at no expense to local taxpayers.

 

 

May 10, 2011
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

As we head into the summer, we are still hard at work in Albany. We must continue to build on the momentum we’ve established since March when the Senate, Governor and Assembly worked together to pass an historic budget that closed a $10 billion budget gap without raising any taxes or fees. It represented a major change from how Albany has conducted business in recent years when the state routinely outspent its revenues and then relied on taxpayers to close the deficits with tax increases. This represents a new era in state government – one of fiscal responsibility.

May 10, 2011
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STATE LEGISLATORS TO SAGE: TUG HILL COMMISSION - WORTHY AND VALUABLE INVESTMENT

Senators Ritchie, Griffo, Assembly Members Barclay, Blankenbush, Tenney Sign Joint Letter

The Tug Hill Commission saves New York State money by helping local governments reduce costs and share services, the region’s legislative delegation is telling the Governor’s Spending and Government Efficiency (SAGE) Commission.

New York State Senators Patty Ritchie and Joseph Griffo and Assembly members William Barclay, Kenneth Blankenbush and Claudia Tenney have written the SAGE Commission, telling them the Tug Hill Commission provides the kind of critical services that helps make local and state governments more efficient and reduces costs to both the state and municipalities.

May 9, 2011
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Senator Martins: Let's Work Together to Cut Taxes

During the state budget process, Senator Jack M. Martins and his colleagues in the Senator worked together with the Governor to pass a budget that closes a $10 billion deficit while holding the line on taxes. Since taking office in January, Senator Martins has been working toward providing tax relief for Long Island families and businesses.

May 9, 2011
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Senator Martins Legislative Report From Albany

In his latest Legislative Report, Senator Jack M. Martins speaks about what's going on around the Seventh Senate District. 

May 7, 2011
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