Senator Jack M. Martins met with library advocates from Franklin Square, Mineola, Port Washington, New Hyde Park, Elmont, Hicksville, Manhasset and Floral Park at the State Capitol this past week to discuss the State budget and library funding. Senator Martins met with the group to discuss strategies to help libraries and build support for these vital community institutions.
"Libraries are much more than books today," said Senator Martins. "People use the Internet, look for a job, attend workshops, participate in community forums and do research as well as attend events. Libraries are the lifeblood of communities and we have to insure they are given the resources and tools they need to do provide services for the greater community."
I often say that many elected officials in Albany look at the state from 30,000 feet. They see the quilt pattern of the various terrains, they see communities, but they don't see people. Much the same way, many of these same elected officials oftentimes make decisions without having an understanding as to how the decisions will impact people directly. I don't believe that there is any sinsiter motive, just a lack of perspective and understanding.
Senator Jack M. Martins, the chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Local Government, recently spent a Friday in Port Washington meeting with community leaders and listening to their concerns.
Senator Martins started the day by meeting with Village of Port Washington North Mayor Robert Weitzner. Among the topics discussed was the Port Washington North Baywalk Project, which consists of 1.7 acres of waterfront property. The village’s goal is to transform the area into an active waterfront park so that the area becomes a destination for residents.
If you think back to the budget crisis of a year ago and the discussions today, there truly is a marked difference. In both, the state was grappling with a devastating fiscal crisis, but this year the commitment was made to reduce spending as opposed to continuing the cycle of ever more taxes and spending. That was the norm in Albany from both sides of the aisle for far too long. We all remember the more than $14 billion in taxes, fees and surcharges the past two years on like payroll, electricity, natural gas, and bottled water.
Ceremony honors the lives of African-Americans, past and present
The Round Table discussion at the Eighth Annual Black History Month Celebration, presented by Elmont Online and Highlighting Success, Inc., drew attention to a significant topic: Economic Development in Elmont. Moderated by Scott Cushing, a member of the 2011 Black History Month Committee, the discussion spanned Elmont’s potential, its progress to date, and the community’s challenges.