Issues: Local Government

SENATOR MARTINS JOINS WILLISTON PARK COMMUNITY IN REMEMBERING BUD HALLER

Senator Jack M. Martins joined with the Williston Park community in celebrating the life of Nicholas "Bud Haller" at a dedication ceremony at the Williston Park Gazebo.

Bud Haller served the community is so many different ways. He was a trustee and deputy mayor for the Village of Williston Park. He was a life member of the Knights of Columbus, Corpus Christi Council, past president of the Williston Park Rotary and past vice president of The Chamber of Commerce of the Willistons, a longtime member American Legion Williston Post 144 and a trustee of the Williston Park Library.

This wonderful community member, husband and father will never be forgotten. Thoughts and prayers are with his family and many friends.

September 23, 2013
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Seward Lights Up Downtown Oneonta

ONEONTA, 09/20/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that a $250,000 legislative grant he secured will fund a major streetlight replacement project in downtown Oneonta. 

“The City of Oneonta is in the midst of a complete downtown renaissance – new merchants, new residents, new storefronts and new infrastructure,” said Senator Seward. “This legislative grant will assist in the redevelopment and translates to a greener downtown through energy efficiencies and cost savings.” 

September 20, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS JOINS WESTBURY IN WELCOMING THE SPACE

Senator Jack M. Martins joined with Village of Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro, members of the Village of Westbury Board of Trustees, elected officials and community members in welcoming The Space to the Village of Westbury. 

The Space at Westbury now occupies the former location of hte Westbury Movie Theater, which first opened its doors in 1927. The Space at Westbury has preserved the village history while injecting a shot of energy into the community's downtown area as a performing arts center. Cyrus Hakakian invested nearly $10 million into The Space and, with the cooperation of the village and the community, it is a welcomed addition to the downtown.

September 18, 2013
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

Are we Making the Grade?

The new school year is well underway now.

I admit that I personally dread the week it begins. Maybe because I remember that sinking feeling as the days of summer would wind down and we prepared for homework, books, and bedtimes. Nowadays, it’s the never-ending lists of school supplies and the coordination of jam-packed calendars that puts a damper on things.

September 17, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS WILLISTON PARK STREET FAIR

Senator Jack M. Martins was in Williston Park on a recent sunny Sunday for the Williston Park Street Fair. Residents, business and organizations were out in full force as the community celebrated this annual event that features the best of Williston Park. Senator Martins greeted many of his friends from the community on Hillside Avenue. 

September 16, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS, COUNTY EXECUTIVE MANGANO SPONSOR SENIOR I.D. PROGRAM IN PORT WASHINGTON

Senator Jack M. Maritns and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano sponsored the Senior I.D. Program at the Port Washington Library. The program involves making identification cards for seniors free of charge that come in handy. They contain valuable information as well as a photo. Joining Senator Martins and County Executive Mangano were Town of North Hempstead Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio and Town of North Hempstead Clerk Leslie Gross.

Senator Martins thanks the Port Washington Library for hosting. The program was enormously successful and Senator Martins is in the process of planning additional events so that communities can take advantage of this service. Watch for details. 

September 12, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS: WE WILL NEVER FORGET 9/11

On September 11, we paid tribute to those who lost their lives 12 years ago, on September 11, 2001. We remember their lives and the devotions they had to their families and friends. We will never forget.

On this 12th anniversary of 9/11 and in all years to come, it’s important that we share the lessons of that fateful day to our children. This morning, I attended a ceremony at an elementary school in the Seventh Senate District. Every student at the ceremony was either not yet born or just born when 9/11 took place. Yet, they should know the stories of bravery, heroism and sacrifice. They should know the stories of those who lost their lives and the resiliency of their families. They should know the lessons of tolerance and the ramification of hate.

September 12, 2013
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Seward Continues Push For Improved Disaster Prep & Response

CORTLAND, 09/12/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today continued to advance his multi-prong strategy to enhance the state’s response to natural disasters. 

“In recent years we have seen the number and severity of natural disasters spiral increasingly upward,” said Senator James L. Seward.  “It is vital that we, as a state, prepare for future natural disasters by constructing better protections for our homes, businesses and infrastructure, streamlining our response, and ensuring that financial resources are available.” 

September 12, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS GYO REGISTRATION-SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE GIVE-AWAY

Senator Jack M. Martins gathered with Gateway Youth Outreach (GYO) Director Pat Boyle, Bernard Keppel of the Elmont West Club and Rev. Cecil Matthew of First Church of God for the GYO Registration-School Supply Drive Give-away.

The registration school supply give away was a huge success. Senator Martins teamed with First Church of God, ZONTA, Catholic Charities and Zeta Sorority in the give-away program. The program benefited the Dutch Broadway, Clara Carlson, Covert Avenue and Gotham Avenue Schools.

 

September 11, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS WELCOMES EDUCATION COMMISSIONER TO ALDEN TERRACE SCHOOL

Senator Jack M. Martins joined with Elmont Superintendent of School Al Harper, Elmont Board of Education members and Alden Terrace School Principal Amy Buchanan in welcoming New York State Commissioner of Education Dr. John King. Dr. King discussed educational issues affecting the Elmont School District and New York State.

Pictured with Senator Martins are: Supt Al Harper, Principal Amy Bucanan, Trustees Deneice Walker, Michael Jaime, Tameka Battle-Burkett, Patrick Emeagwali, Board of Regent Roger Tilles and BOCES Supt, Dr. Rogers.

September 10, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS PARTICIPATES IN ELMONT CLEAN-UP DAY

Senator Jack M. Martins gathered with his many Elmont friends at the Magnet Sport Lounge to kick-up clean-up day in  Elmont. Community leaders, elected officials, and business owners all worked together to beautify the area. The clean-up was co-sponsored by the Elmont West Club. 

September 10, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS JOINS WITH ROSLYN HIGHLANDS HOOK & LADDER FOR OPENING OF FIRE STATION

Senator Jack M. Martins was honored to have joined with the Roslyn Highlands Hook & Ladder, Engine & Hose Co. for the official opening of their fire station. Senator Martins is always proud to join with our volunteer firefighters who do so much for our communities.

 

September 10, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS CELEBRATION AT WINTHROP HOSPITAL

Senator Jack M. Martins attended a celebration a Winthrop University Hospital to mark the structural steel for the hospital's new research center being built in Mineola, which will focus on diabetes and obesity.

“It's a great day for Mineola and for Winthrop-University Hospital,” Senator Martins said. “At a time when diabetes and obesity are reaching epidemic proportions, this new state-of-the-art research facility will help lead the battle against them while training the next generation of physicians. Thanks to Winthrop for this great facility and the hundreds of construction and post construction research jobs it brings to our community.”

 

September 10, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS MINEOLA STREET FAIR

Local businesses and organizations were out in full force in the Village of Mineola on a recent weekend for the annual Mineola Street Fair. Senator Jack M. Martins attended the fair in his hometown, where he greeted Mineola families, local business owners as well as members of the chamber of comerce and village officials.

September 10, 2013
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Senator O'Brien reminds homeowners to reapply for STAR property tax exemption

ROCHESTER, N.Y. --  Senator Ted O’Brien today reminded New Yorkers who currently receive the basic STAR exemption they must reapply before December 31 to continue receiving the exemption in 2014 and future years.

“The STAR exemption is one of the best tools we currently have to help protect New Yorkers from the crushing burden of property taxes,” Senator O’Brien said.  “The program was being strained by inappropriate and fraudulent uses, and this reapplication process will help ensure that this program is preserved for the hundreds of thousands who rely on it for tax relief.”

The exemption is for owner-occupied primary residences with a family income less than $500,000, and exempts the first $30,000 of the home’s value from school taxes.

August 30, 2013
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BASIC STAR REGISTRATION - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

New state legislation requires all homeowners receiving a Basic STAR exemption to register with the New York Tax Department in order to receive the exemption in 2014 and subsequent years.

I already receive Basic STAR, why do I need to register? This is part of a new initiative to protect New Yorkers against inappropriate or fraudulent STAR exemptions.

 

Do I have to register every year? No, this is a one-time registration. You do not have to register every year.

 

Who must register? Only those who receive the Basic STAR Property Tax Exemption.

 

August 29, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS TO ASSIST GREAT NECK STUDENTS IN SPREADING MESSAGE AGAINST BULLYING

Senator Jack M. Martins recently met with two young filmmakers who are spreading the word about the dangers of bullying and the harm that can come to others. Lelina and Melora Chang are in the best possible position to help since, not only are they both students at Great Neck South High School, but also happen to be the associate producers of a short film entitled, “Strain,” that sends a powerful message about the consequences of bullying.

Lelina and Melora both became involved in the project after their older sister, Yin, an actress who has had a recurring role in the show “Gossip Girl” wanted to write and direct her own film about bullying. “Strain” depicts how two best friends were separated by a school clique and the devastating consequences.

August 29, 2013
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Flood Recovery Funds Delivered To Mohawk Valley

HERKIMER, 08/29/13 -  Senator James L. Seward today joined Governor Andrew M. Cuomo as he issued $13.6 million in state aid checks to 1,206 homeowners, renters, businesses and farmers affected by July flooding across the Mohawk Valley, Central New York and Niagara County.

August 29, 2013
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

A Step Up

It seems part of the human condition to become so focused on that which needs correction that we often fail to appreciate our progress. It’s true in our personal lives, our work lives, and certainly when it comes to how we view government. In 11 years of public service I have yet to meet anyone whose first observation about government is how great it works.

August 29, 2013
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JOHN LIU AND ELLIOT SPITZER WITH HISPANIC MINISTERS

PRESS RELEASE

August 28, 2013

For Immediate Release

SEN. REV. RUBEN DIAZ

 

JOHN LIU AND ELLIOT SPITZER WITH HISPANIC MINISTERS

New York City Comptroller John Liu and former Governor Elliot Spitzer will be attending, The New York Hispanic Clergy Organization Meeting, this Thursday August 29, 2013.

The New York Hispanic Clergy Organization, which is presided by New York State Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz has been meeting, in a weekly basis, for the past 25 years. They meet every Thursday from 9:00 am-11:00 am in the Christian Community Neighborhood Church located at 1437 Longfellow Avenue between Jennings and Freeman in Bronx County.

August 28, 2013
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