Issues: Local Government

SENATOR MARTINS TO BOARD OF REGENTS: DELAY COMMON CORE

Senator Jack M. Martins joined with his colleagues on both sides of the aisle, calling on the Board of Regents to delay implementation of the Common Core education curriculum. The call comes after months of listening to concerns from parents, educators and students that the Common Core simply wasn’t being implemented to the best interests of educating students.

February 5, 2014
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The Brooklyn Paper : Whose streets? Our streets! Bushwick pol wants Brooklyn to rule its own roads

By Megan Riesz

The Brooklyn Paper

Brooklyn, not Albany, knows best what should happen on Brooklyn streets.

That is the thinking behind a bill sponsored by state Sen. Martin Malave Dilan (D—Bushwick) that would allow the Council to reduce the speed limit on residential streets citywide to 20 miles per hour without state approval.

“It will save lives,” Dilan said. “I am excited.”

February 3, 2014
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SENATOR PATRICK M. GALLIVAN PRESSURES GOV. CUOMO ON FLOOD ASSISTANCE FOR WEST SENECA

In a letter sent over the weekend, Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-Elma) urged Governor Andrew M. Cuomo (D-New York) to use existing state disaster relief funds to provide direct relief to homeowners and residents affected earlier this month when the Buffalo Creek flooded in the Town of West Seneca. Specifically, Gallivan is requesting the Governor use funds from a $200 million appropriation  contained in the 2013-14 State Operations Budget that is intended to assist localities that have suffered from a natural or man-made disaster.

February 3, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS SHARES IN JOY OF READING WITH MUNSEY PARK SCHOOL STUDENTS

Senator Jack M. Martins recently spend a Friday morning sharing a book with the students at the Munsey Park Elementary School as part of the school's "Guess Who's Coming to Read" program, which encourages reading. It's a fun way to learn and reinforces how reading can be a fun adventure with every book. 

January 31, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS CONGRATULATES THANKSGIVING ESSAY WINNERS

Senator Jack M. Martins congratulated the winners of the 2013 Seventh Senate District Thanksgiving Essay Contest that asked six grade students to write an essay about what they are most thankful for. A student from each school who captured the spirit of the holidays was invited to a special reception at the Hillside Library, where the students read their essays aloud. The students exhibited creativity and a sense of humility in discussing what they are most thanful for. Many wrote about their famlies, friends and children. Senator Martins thanked the students for their participation and congratulated them on an outstanding job.

There are:

Fiona Kurian - Covert Avenue School

Peter Karagiorgis - New Hyde Park Road School

Nicholas Moundros - Manor Oaks School

January 30, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Local Government Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Local Government Senator Jack M. Martins, Chair 1:00 PM, Tuesday, February 4, 2014 Room 945 LOB

February 4, 1:00 PM - 1:12 PM
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS INDIAN NATIONAL FLAG HOISTING CEREMONY

Senatror Jack M. Martins recented attended the Indian National Flag Hoisiting Ceremony at the Vaishnav Temple Darshan Khand in New Hyde Park on the solemn occasion of the 65th Republic Day of India. The program was sponsored by Vaishnav Temple of New York and Indo-American Senior Citizen Center of New York. Senator Martins was honored and privileged to have taken part in such a proud ceremony. 

January 30, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Tax Reform, Consolidation and Budget Hearings on Your Voice

On this edition of Your Voice, taped on January 23, 2014, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses tax reform, consolidation, and public budget hearings.  He also announces the final numbers for his Cell Phones for Soldiers collection drive.

January 30, 2014
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Senator Stavisky Welcomes New York City Council Members in Albany

 

Albany, NY— Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) welcomed a delegation of New York City Council Members to her office in Albany to discuss collaboration between the city and the state on issues such as taxation, universal pre-K and the minimum wage.

January 29, 2014
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will. – Vince Lombardi

Earlier this week I was asked by one of the local newspapers to predict an outcome for the upcoming Super Bowl XLVIII matchup between the number one offense, Denver Broncos and the number one defense, Seattle Seahawks. The paper collects the opinions of various people and then does a side by side comparison to see who comes closest. It sounded like good fun and although I love watching football, I can’t imagine why they’d ask me. If I had any luck prognosticating that sort of thing, election years would be a whole lot easier.

January 28, 2014
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will. – Vince Lombardi

Earlier this week I was asked by one of the local newspapers to predict an outcome for the upcoming Super Bowl XLVIII matchup between the number one offense, Denver Broncos and the number one defense, Seattle Seahawks. The paper collects the opinions of various people and then does a side by side comparison to see who comes closest. It sounded like good fun and although I love watching football, I can’t imagine why they’d ask me. If I had any luck prognosticating that sort of thing, election years would be a whole lot easier.

January 28, 2014
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Senator Flanagan Announces Pet Dealer Oversight Law Now In Effect

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently announced the enactment of legislation he supported that will help provide better regulation of animal breeders and pet stores.  The new law (Chapter 553 of 2013 signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo) authorizes local governments to enact more stringent laws than those that currently exist at the state level.

Any new local laws, rules, regulations or ordinances must be at least as stringent as state law and must not result in banning the sale of dogs and cats that are raised in a safe and healthy manner.

January 27, 2014
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Times Union Editorial Supports Tkaczyk Measure on Casino Siting

Just politics, Mr. Cuomo?

Our opinion: Communities must have a say in whether they host a casino. The state should not be in sole charge of this.

Gov.

January 27, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS APPEARS ON 'YOUR VOICE' FROM ALBANY

Senator Jack M. Martins appeared on the cable tv show, "Your Voice" from Albany during which he discussed the recent hearings on the Regents reform agenda, Common Core and his concerns regarding InBloom. He also discussed the Governor's State of the State address. 

 

January 24, 2014
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Senators Valesky, DeFrancisco Provide $250,000 for Effort to Improve Government Services and Efficiency

SYRACUSE, NY – The Commission on Local Government Modernization, has launched a comprehensive study of government structure in Onondaga County in an effort to provide better services more efficiently to the community.

January 24, 2014
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Sens. Krueger, Tkaczyk Introduce Bill to Protect Communities’ Home Rule and Zoning Rights with Respect to Casinos

Today State Senators Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) and Cecilia Tkaczyk (D-Duanesburg) announced the introduction of legislation protecting the basic home-rule rights of municipalities with respect to casino siting (S. 6433-2014).

January 23, 2014
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

Making “Targets” of our children

January 23, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS WELCOMES HOME TAYLOR FROM CHINA

Demetrius Taylor is home again after playing professional basketball in China. The Elmont superstar played pro-ball in China and Shanghai in an experience Taylor described as "incredible and full of culture shock." Taylor was a special guest clinic coach at Senator Martins "Skills Challenge Basketball Camp" these past two weeks for children in the 3rd grade through 9th.

January 21, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS CONGRATULATES MISS HAITI

Senator Jack Martins recently had the honor of congratulating Miss Haiti who is none other than Elmont's Gabrielle Previlon. Senator Martins presented Previlon with one of his Dr. Martins Luther King, Jr. award at his 4th annual ceremony. Previlon is a runway model and artist throughout Long Island and New York City. "Gabby is a role model and leader that our entire community is very proud of.

January 21, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS HONORS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STARS AT MLK AWARDS

Senator Jack Martins presented his annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards to elementary school students at his 4th annual gala. Students were chosen by their respective schools as a result of their leadership, character and commitment to Social Justice.

January 21, 2014
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