The State Senate today passed legislation (S.3141) sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins (R-C-I, Mineola) that would relieve school districts of the state mandate which would require them to provide bus transportation for every eligible student whether they ride the bus or not, beginning in 2014.
The bill makes permanent school districts’ ability to coordinate student transportation based upon patterns of actual ridership rather than on the number students who are eligible to take the bus. It also allows school districts to realize additional savings through the coordination of transportation services on a regional basis, in cooperation with neighboring districts.
After passing a bill to name a bridge overpass in Bellerose after Nassau County Police Officer Arthur Lopez, Senator Jack M. Martins was successful in passing his bill to rename the bridge overpass on New Hyde Park Road, which crosses over the Long Island Expressway, in honor of another brave officer, Joseph P. Olivieri Jr.
A former NYPD officer and a 15-year-veteran of the Nassau County Police Department, Officer Olivieri, as a member of the Nassau County Police Department's Highway Patrol, was investigating a traffic accident near exit 35 on the LIE, involving an intoxicated driver, when he was tragically struck and killed by another motorist.
State Senator Jack M. Martins paid homage to a fallen New York City Police officer who was killed in the line of duty by passing a bill to name the Jericho Turnpike bridge overpass, crossing over the Cross Island Parkway in Bellerose, as the "Police Officer Arthur Lopez Memorial Bridge."
Officer Lopez had served with the Nassau County Police Department for eight years and was assigned to the Emergency Services Unit, one of the department's most elite units after only five years of service. During his time on the force, Officer Lopez earned six meritorious service awards, three excellent police duty awards and several other command recognitions.
State Senator Jack M. Martins discussed additional funding coming to the Seventh Senate District on "Your Voice" from Albany. Through the budget, there were more resources allocated to local governments and school districts. Senator Martins discusses the benefits.
Senator Jack Martins and Soulfood Society's held their first 1st Annual Poetry, Music and Spoken Word. Various members of the community exhibited their talents and they expressed themselves through poetry and song. The first event was a tremendous success and Senator Martins and Soulfood Society plan on continuing the event as part of the "Birth of Royalty" series.
Senator Jack M. Martins spoke on the floor of the Senate on the evening the 2013-14 state budget was passed. Senator Martins addressed important aspects of the budget including $1 billion in addition state funding for education as well as the pension smoothing plan that will allow school districts and local governments to opt into the program and realize immediate savings for taxpayers.
Senator Jack M. Martins appeared on "Your Voice" from Albany to discuss the Family Tax Relief Act and the new plan to create jobs in New York State. Both initiatives were included in the Senate's Budget Resolution.
Senator Jack M. Martins appeared on "Your Voice" from Albany, where he discussed a recent recent from the Secetary of State from Portugal and an important issue facing victims of Superstorm Sandy who have had significant property damage witness delays in payments from insurance companies. You can view it right here.
Senator Jack M. Martins spearheaded economic development efforts in south lot of Belmont Park area. The New York Cosmos have proposed a $400 million soccer stadium. The development would mean new jobs and more tax revenue for the community. It would also spark further redevelopment.
On the latest edition of "Your Voice" from Albany, Senator Jack M. Martins discusses the Martin Luther King Jr. Awards in Elmont, the new lunch program in the Great Neck Schools, an upcoming visit from the Secretary of State of Portugual and the budget process and efforts to institute a stable pension rate for local governments and school districts.
On the latest edition of "Your Voice," a cable television show from Albany, Senator Jack M. Martins discussed the efforts in the Senate to provide relief for utility rate payers by pushing the Governor to let the ultility tax surcharge expire. He also discussed visiting schools throughout the Seventh Senate District to get the youth of the community interested in government.
On the latest edition of the cable television show, "Your Voice," Senator Jack M. Martins discussed the proposed New York Cosmos soccer stadium for the south lot of Belmont Park in Elmont. The proposal represents a significant investment in the community. It will bring thousands of new jobs to the area as well as tax revenue with the potentional to spark further economic development for the area.
In this week's edition of "Your Voice," Senator Jack M. Martins discsussed such topics as a proposal to flatten pension contribution rates in order to bring relief to local governments and school districts as well as the Governor's proposed budget and fighting for more state aid for Long Island schools.