Issues: Local Government

Bill Authorizing Improvements to Dangerous Intersection in Greenburgh Signed by Governor Cuomo

Greenburgh, NY - One of the most dangerous intersections in Westchester County will receive a much needed safety improvement this year and a law sponsored by Greenburgh’s State Legislators and signed by Governor Cuomo Friday made it possible.

The law, sponsored by Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins in the Senate and Assemblyman Tom Abinanti in the Assembly, authorizes small parcels of Westchester County parkland adjacent to the intersection of Jackson Avenue and North Sprain Road in Hastings to be used to straighten a dangerous "S curve” which has caused over 80 accidents and two deaths over the last three years. The Legislators introduced the law at the request of Westchester County Legislator Mary Jane Shimsky.

September 29, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS MANHASSET CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST

Senator Jack M. Martins recently attended the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast, where he discussed with members the priorities of the Manhasset business community. It was an honor for the Senator to be among so many of the community's leaders to discuss important issues concerning the local economy. 

September 27, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS TO PARTICIPATE IN UNDIDAD LATINA CONFERENCE

Hispanic Heritage Month / Unidad Latina

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month by celebrating the rich histories, cultures and contributions of our nation's Hispanic American citizens. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15th and ending on October 15th.

September 27, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS WISHES THE HERRICKS SENIOR CENTER A HAPPY 33RD ANNIVERSARY

As is his custom every year, Senator Jack M. Martins brought a cake over to the Herricks Senior Center to celebrate the center's anniversary. This year, the center celebrated its 33rd anniversary. It continues to be a wonderful place for the community to socialize and share camaraderie.

Happy Anniversary to the Herricks Senior Center!

 

September 26, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS CO-SPONSORS HEARING ON REGULATORY REFORM

Senator Jack M. Martins co-sponsored a Senate hearing on regulatory reform pertaining to the construction industry. The hearing, which took place in the Nassau County Theodore Roosevelt County Executive and Legislative Building was part of a series of hearings on industry-specific, bipartisan forums intended to identify and examine state regulations to see if they may b e impeding job creation and economic growth.

The forums are being convened by the Administrative Regulations Review Commission and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Commerce.

September 26, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS SHOWS MUSTANG PRIDE AT HOMECOMING PARADE

Senator Jack M. Martins showed Mineola Mustang Pride at the Mineola Homecoming Parade. The rain couldn't keep the Mineola School District community from shining. By the time the game started, the sun was out. Unfortunately, the team was defeated by West Hempstead, but, as always at homecoming, students, parents, staff and the community showed plenty of spirit in their hometown schools.

September 23, 2013
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Senator Klein Honors First Responders at Third Annual First Responder Appreciation BBQ on Orchard Beach

Senator Klein with honorees at the Third Annual First Responder Appreciation BBQ.

From left to right, Sgt. Dennis Tierney, Bronx 43rd Precinct, Deputy Inspector Kevin Burke, Former Bronx 50th Precinct Captain and New C.O. of World Trade Center Command, Police Officer Jairo Vasquez of the Port Authority NY and NJ Police Department, Firefighter Dominick Libonati of FDNY Ladder Co. 56, Senator Klein, Firefighter Kevin Adams of FDNY Ladder Co. 56, Firefighter Phil Pillet of FDNY Ladder Co. 56, Lt. Julian Keiser, Pelham Fire Department

September 23, 2013
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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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