New York City wants to reopen 23 dormant wells in Queens and pump approximately 33 million gallons of water a day from Long Island's drinking water supply while the City repairs its existing water infrastructure. Such a drastic increase could potentially cause major changes to our water supply, including saltwater intrusion, changes to the water table, and shifting flow patterns of both water and plumes.
Senator Martins is sponsoring legislation that would require an environmental review, with the State Department of Environmental Conservation acting as the lead agency, before the City could turn on the wells. This is an important level of oversight to ensure that science, not politics, determines whether the City's plan will harm our water supply.
Join Senator Martins in fighting to restore aid to our schools which was cut by the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA).
The GEA was created in 2010 by the New York City Democrats who controlled all of state government at the time. It was a multi-billion dollar education aid cut which hurt students and schools, as well as raised the burden on already overtaxed residents.
Since taking office in 2011, Senator Martins has made eliminating the GEA a priority. Progress has been made in repealing it, but now we need to get rid of it once and for all.
Nassau Off Track Betting (OTB) is currently in negotiations to install 1,000 Video Lottery Terminals (VLTs) at the former Fortunoff's store in Westbury. Many residents in the Westbury/Carle Place have expressed concerns about this proposal, including the potential for increased traffic and crime, as well as the impact on safety, quality of life, and home values. Senator Martins shares these concerns and stands with the Carle Place/Westbury community.
New York City is planning to take 33 million gallons of water per day from Long Island's aquifers, which are the sole source of our drinking water, by reopening 52 shuttered wells in Queens whih have not been used for decades. Experts have raised concerns that the City's pumping will have a serious negative impact on Long Island's water supply. The City has not even performed a necessary environmental studey to determine what the impact of their plan would be for Nassau County residents.
Senator Martins has called on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to require New York City to do a full analysis of the environmental impacts of its plan BEFORE turning on the wells.
Senator Jack Martins has free pet rescue alert stickers available to help you protect your pets in an emergency situation.
The pet rescue alert sticker can be placed on one of your home's windows or front door to notify firefighters that there are animals in the home in the event of a fire. You can list the number, type, and names of your pets so firefighters will know exactly how many animals are in your home.
If you'd like to obtain a free pet rescue alert sticker, just fill out the form below and one will be sent to you!
Wealthy special-interest groups from New York City and Washington, D.C. want to hijack your taxes and create a taxpayer-financed state election system to the tune of more than $200 million per year. And you can bet it will cost us a lot more than that.
Instead of lowering property taxes, investing in our schools or creating jobs we desperately need, they want you – the taxpayer – to foot the bill for their outrageously expensive political campaigns.
Worse, they’re demanding the same system that’s spawned nothing but scandal and corruption in New York City. It’s an affront to our common sense.
I refuse to support using your tax dollars to pay for any political campaign.
Governor Cuomo recently announced his plan to give taxpayer-subsidized college classes to inmates at 10 state prisons in New York. You read that correctly. Our Governor has actually proposed providing prison inmates with free Associates and Bachelors degrees and he’s serious.
I can think of countless better ways to invest in higher education, but in all of them the taxpayer would take priority. Let's not educate felons at the expense of our own children. Say "No" to Attica University!
Yes Senator, I agree with you that public assistance should not be used to purchase items such as alcohol, lottery tickets and cigarettes, and by signing this petition I encourage the State Assembly to pass the Public Assistance Integrity Act.
Senator Martins will be hosting a free seminar on the legal and financial preparations parents of special needs children can make to safeguard their assets while securing benefits and services for their children.
The event will take place on Tuesday, September 24, 2013, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Mineola Village Hall, 155 Washington Avenue, Mineola, NY 11501.
Disabilities experts, attorney Andrew Cohen and financial advisor Mitch Weisbrot will speak on the legal and financial protections parents should have especially as their special needs children age.
Topics to be discussed include:
* Government benefits for individuals with disabilities
On July 1, interest rates on federally guaranteed student loans soared from 3.4% to nearly 7%, costing the average college graduate more than $4,000.Join Senator Martins in urging Washington to roll back the rates, and help make college more affordable for New York students and their families. Sign the petition below to send a message to Washington.
Dear Friends, Like many of you, I have concerns about the potential environmental impact of hydraulic-fracturing or hydro-fracking.
Hydro-fracking involves injecting water and sand along with chemicals into rock formations at high pressure to fracture the shale and release the natural gas trapped within it. The resulting flow back of liquid slurry is a dangerous mixture of chemicals that could, if not handled properly, contaminate the underground water supplies of nearby communities. The process has not been approved in New York and is currently a source of debate, much of it centering on that liquid slurry.
New York has clearly faced major economic challenges in recent years. That’s why – in partnership with Governor Andrew Cuomo – we took decisive action during this year’s Legislative Session to help revitalize our economy and create new job opportunities. Taken together, these changes and reforms represent one of the boldest job-creation plans New York State has enacted in decades. That’s good news – especially in terms of our efforts to create new jobs here right in our local community.REAL PROGRESS / FUNDAMENTAL REFORMS
The positive steps we’ve taken to create a stronger economy include the following:
On June 15, 2011, the Senate passed my MTA Payroll Tax repeal legislation (S.5596-A/A.8193-A) with a bi-partisan vote, 40-22.
The job-killing MTA Tax represents one of the worst ideas Albany has ever come up with.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver would not allow a vote on this bill in the State Assembly, despite bi-partisan sponsorship in his house. He is obviously not looking out for the best interests of Nassau County taxpayers.
Senator Jack Martins today invited local residents to nominate veterans from their community whose service on behalf of our nation designates worthy of induction to the New York State Veterans Hall of Fame.
This on-line Hall of Fame is designed to pay tribute to New Yorkers whose gallantry in the U.S. Armed Forces is complemented by their service to the community.
“The Senate takes this opportunity to honor the brave men and women who serve our nation and protect our freedom as members of the military, said Senator Martins. “The Senate Veterans Hall of Fame pays tribute to all who serve, but also singles out for special recognition those whose sacrifices and service have helped make our nation and our community better places to live.”
"Information is the currency of democracy." -- Thomas Jefferson
With our State clearly facing serious fiscal and economic challenges, it's important for all New Yorkers to get the facts about Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposed Executive Budget for 2011-2012.
My Senate colleagues and I have begun carefully reviewing the Governor's plan to determine its potential impact on taxpayers, our local communities, and New York's economic future. You can help play a role in this process by reviewing the budget briefing documents below, and then providing me with your feedback on the plan.