Jack M. Martins' Press releases

SENATOR MARTINS: REBUILDING LONG ISLAND STARTS NOW

There’s a lot of excitement here in Nassau County. Last week’s announcement regarding the redevelopment of Nassau Coliseum has also shined the spotlight once again on what I believe is the single, greatest economic development opportunity Long Island has seen in many years.

That opportunity is Belmont Park.

As you are probably well aware, I have been at the forefront of the redevelopment process at Belmont and I am thrilled with the mixed-use proposal submitted to the state by the New York Cosmos. This breathtaking plan calls for a world-class soccer stadium for the Cosmos team but also includes a hotel, shopping venues, seven restaurants, new community parks, and even a new Long Island Railroad Station.

August 21, 2013
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

How to Keep Your STAR Property Tax Rebate

If you receive a STAR rebate check for your property taxes, please, please, read this column! It’s vital news to Long Island homeowners.

New legislation requires that ALL homeowners receiving a Basic STAR exemption re-apply with the New York State Tax Department in order to continue receiving the exemption in 2014 and beyond. This is part of an enormous effort to root out fraud in the $1.9 billion system and it was enacted to protect honest New Yorkers against those who are falsely obtaining the exemption. In the end, they are stealing from you – the taxpayer.

August 21, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS CHAIRS HEARING IN SYRACUSE ON FISCALLY DISTRESSED MUNICIPALITIES

Recognizing the fiscal crisis and recent filing for bankruptcy by the City of Detroit, Senator Jack M. Martins (R-C-I, Mineola), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Governments, is holding series of statewide public hearings with municipal leaders in communities with varying levels of distress to review state laws and state imposed municipal finance oversight boards in the context of fiscally distressed municipalities and hear testimony as to new initiatives that provide relief and assistance to fiscally distressed municipalities.

August 21, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS THANKS UJA-FEDERATION OF NY FOR SUPPLIES FOR SUCCESS PROGRAM

Senator Jack M. Martins congratulates the UJA-Federation of NY for their efforts in collecting and distributing school supplies for those in need.  The program, Supplies of Success, is just another example of the wonderful work that the UJA-Federation of NY does.

More than 300 volunteers will be working from August 20th to August 22th to fill more than 4,500 backpacks with school supplies for children from needy families across Long Island, through UJA-Federation’s Supplies for Success program. A year-long initiative to collect supplies and cash donations culminate in this three-day volunteer effort.

August 15, 2013
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION CONCERNING THE STAR EXEMPTION

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

Please see below a pfd fact sheet you can download with all the information. More information can also be found on the Tax Department's website at www.tax.ny.gov

August 14, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS JOINS GOVERNOR CUOMO FOR SIGNING OF UTILITY RESTRUCTURING LEGISLATION

Senator Jack M. Martins joined with his colleagues and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo as the Governor signed legislation that dramatically revamps the electric utility on Long Island. The legislation privatizes utility operations on Long Island, improves customer service, including stabilizing rates and enhancing emergency response and preparation; reduces the cost of Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) debt; and implements tough state oversight for the new utility company. It also achieves savings to allow the new utility to seek a rate freeze for 2013, 2014 and 2015.

August 13, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS, ASSEMBLYWOMAN SCHIMEL ANNOUNCE VETERANS BILL SIGNED INTO LAW

Measure Will Enhance Veterans' Access to Benefits and Care

State Senator Jack M. Martins and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel were joined today by members of local veterans’ organizations to announce that veterans legislation they sponsored (S.5825/A.6221-C) was recently signed into law. In an effort to improve the benefit claims process for New York’s veterans, the law requires that directors of city and county veterans service agencies become accredited as veterans’ service organization (VSO) representatives.

August 12, 2013
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GOOD NEWS FOR ANIMAL LOVERS

New Law Gives Pet Owners More Rights; Another Takes Aim at Unscrupulous Pet Dealers

Senator Martins explains his support for two new laws that will help protect animals:

As an animal lover, I know first-hand that there’s something truly special about the bond between a family and their pets.

But too many times, New Yorkers have brought a new pet home to become part of the family, only to discover that the animal has a serious medical condition.  That is why I was pleased to support the expanded “Pet Lemon Law.”

August 8, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS REMINDS RESIDENTS ABOUT CELLINI LODGE FESTIVAL AUGUST 14-18

Senator Jack M. Martins reminds residents that Cellini Lodge #2206 Order Sons of Italy will be sponsoring the 2013 Italian Festival. It will take place from Wednesday, August 14 to Sunday, August 18 at Michael J. Tully Park in New Hyde Park. The hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 6-11 p.m.; Saturday from 3-11 p.m., and Sunday from 3-10 p.m. This is a great event that features great vendors and food, rides and community appreciation.

The Italian Festival has become a summer tradition. You can download the flyer below for all the information.

August 8, 2013
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

Yesterday is Already Too Late

The selfishness we’re witnessing in Albany right now has to stop.

You know I’ve written in this column many times that New York State has made real progress these last three years. Things are far better than they used to be simply because Republicans and Democrats alike are finally working together. Despite the accompanying noise, there’s really no magic formula. Legislators with common sense have finally realized that you can’t always get everything you want and that most times, the reasonable middle ground also happens to advance the people’s agenda very nicely.

But I’m not “feeling the love” lately.

August 8, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS TO HOLD STATEWIDE HEARINGS ON STRATEGIES TO ADDRESS AND ALLEVIATE MUNICIPAL DISTRESS

Recognizing the fiscal crisis and recent filing for bankruptcy by the City of Detroit, Senator Jack M. Martins (R-C-I, Mineola), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Governments, today announced that he will hold a series of statewide public hearings with municipal leaders in communities with varying levels of distress to review state laws and state imposed municipal finance oversight boards in the context of fiscally distressed municipalities and hear testimony as to new initiatives that provide relief and assistance to fiscally distressed municipalities.

August 5, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS' BILL TO BETTER ASSIST VETERANS SIGNED INTO LAW

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the signing of a new law that will require local Veterans Service Agencies (VSA) to be accredited by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (US DVA), enabling New York's veterans and their families to prepare and file federal benefits claims at offices in their local communities.

August 5, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS RESIDENTS FOR A MORE BEAUTIFUL PORT WASHINGTON DISCUSSION ON LIRR PROJECT

State Senate Jack M. Martins attended a discussion held by Residents For a More Beautiful Port Washington concerning a project to expand the tracks on the Port Washington train station. Work proopsed at the Port Washington yard calls for an extension of the existing tracks on the Haven Avenue side as well as on the S. Bayles Avenue side. 

According to the LIRR, the benefits include up to nine more trains between Port Washington and Manhattan. The discussion, hosted by Residents For a More Beautiful Port Washington, enabled community leaders and elected officials to voice concerns and discuss the potential impact of the project. The community stakeholders vowed to work together to make sure the best interests of Port Washington are protected. 

July 31, 2013
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

If you mess up, fess up

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard about the city of Detroit filing for bankruptcy. It’s frightening to think that what was once one of the nation’s primary economic engines cannot pay its day-to-day bills. Despite sensationalist commentary from both sides of the political spectrum, I can assure you there’s really no single reason this happened. There are many causes and even more opinions, but one thing is for sure: Detroit borrowed and spent extravagantly for many years and dug itself right into a hole. Sadly, no one on the state level in Michigan intervened to get them back on track.

July 30, 2013
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GOVERNOR SIGNS SENATOR MARTINS-SUPPORTED BILL STRENGTHENING LEANDRA'S LAW

The Governor signed a bill introduced by Senator Charles Fuschillo and supported by Senator Jack M. Martins that strengthens Leandra’s Law and provides new safeguards to keep drunken drivers off New York’s roads.

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

Weeding our Political Garden

Admittedly, I do not have a green thumb. If our home is verdant it’s entirely by my wife’s efforts but I do recall once reading some gardening advice that seemed useful: you can’t get rid of weeds by simply pulling them out. You must plant something in their place to prevent their return.

July 29, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS' BILL TO AID DOWNTOWNS AWAITS GOVERNOR'S SIGNATURE

With New York State and Long Island emerging slowly from a struggling economy, many regions hit a roadblock in the form of a hurricane. When Superstorm Sandy hit, many businesses and downtown areas that are such a vital part of a community’s economic engine were devastated.

July 22, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS LEADS LONG ISLAND DELEGATION IN BILLS PASSED

For the second year in a row, Senator Jack Martins has had more two-house bills pass the State Legislature than any Long Island State Legislator, Senate or Assembly.

In the 2013 Legislative Session, Senator Martins sponsored 40 pieces of legislation that were passed by the State Senate. More than two-thirds of these (27) were approved by both Houses of the Legislature, which ranks him an impressive fourth overall among his 62 Senate colleagues in successfully passing two-house bills. According to the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), Senator Martins is also the fourth highest overall in the entire 213-member Legislature in getting bills passed.

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

Peace and Quiet

During these summer months, as we spend so much time outdoors with family and friends, it’s easy to see why airplane noise has been such a big concern for many of us. Not that we don't hear the planes when we're in our homes. We do, but being outside brings the problem into focus. I guess that’s the nature of living next to three major airports. But it was never this bad, never this loud.

July 17, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS AND COUNTY EXECUTIVE MANGANO TO SPONSOR FREE SENIOR ID CARD PROGRAM AUG. 6

Senator Jack M. Martins and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano will be sponsoring a free Senior I.D. Card Program on Tuesday, August 6 from 12 pm to 3 pm at the Williston Park Library, located at 494 Willis Avenue in Williston Park. Nassau County residents ages 60 and over are eligible to participate and receive a free senior I.D. card.

The wallet-sized senior I.D. card includes a photo and the holder's personal data, physician's contact information, and emergency contact phone numbers which could be useful to paramedics in a medical emergency. Allergies and other vital information can also be printed on the card. There is no fee for the card.

Residents who would like more information can call Senator Martins' office at 746-5924.

July 17, 2013
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