Jack M. Martins's posts related to Local Government

Senator Martins Attends Franklin Square Chamber of Commerce Meeting

Senator Jack M. Martins was honored to have attended first meeting of the new year of the Franklin Square Chamber of Commerce meeting. Senator Martins spoke about the importance of small businesses as well as economic development efforts in the area, spearheaded by a proposal for the Cosmos to build a state-of-the-art soccer stadium at Belmont Park.

The senator thanked all of the members for all they do for the Franklin Square community.

Senator Martins Takes Part in Senate Hearing to Discuss Post-Sandy Recovery

Senator Jack M. Martins took part in the Senate hearing to consider to consider possible infrastructure and construction improvements, zoning changes and beach protection when rebuilding in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy in order to best prevent destruction from the next big storm.

The hearing was held by the Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations, chaired by Senator Carl Marcellino. Among those who testified was Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, who stated that the county was working with state and federal engineers in developing a regional solution to harden such critical infrastructure.

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Senator Martins' Plan to Create Stability For Pension Rates Reaches Governor's Executive Budget

As a former mayor of village, a member of the Governor’s Mandate Relief Council and chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Local Governments, Senator Jack M. Martins is all too familiar with the challenges facing local governments, the greatest of which are skyrocketing pension rates.

“It’s the number one concern of local officials who must meet these enormous obligations while also complying with our new tax cap,” Senator Martins stated this past summer while attending Mandate Relief Council meetings, where he listened to testimony of numerous officials from local government and school districts. “It’s the way the system is set up – requiring ever increasing contributions precisely when the economy is at its worst and municipalities are least able to pay.” 

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Senator Martins Reappointed Chair of Local Government Committee

Senator Jack M. Martins was reappointed chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Local Government. He served the last two years as the chair of that committee. Senator Martins has a background in local government and understands the issues facing local governments.

His additional committee assignments include:

Banks

Corporations, Authorities and Commissions

Social Services

Civil Service and Pensions

Insurance

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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Cosmos Country

Do you recall being in one room and hearing the theme music for your favorite television show emanating from the living room? I liken it to a trumpet call as we scrambled to take our places in front of the old boob tube.

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Senator Martins Discusses Budget on 'Your Voice'

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.

Senator Martins Congratulates Cow Bay Theatre Company on First Production

Port Washington’s new theatre group, the Cow Bay Theatre Company, held its first presentation on January 24 with a production of “Love Letters,” a play written by Pulitzer Prize-winner A.R. Gurney.

Senator Jack M. Martins attended the production at The Jeanne Rimsky Theater at the Landmark on Main Street to thank the Cow Bay Theatre Company for their commitment to the art and to wish them much success in the future.

Senator Martins presentation Senate Proclamations to actor Burt Young, the Peter and Jeri Dejana Family Foundation and Angela Susan Anton, publisher of Anton Community Newspapers for their contributions to the arts in the community and for being the recipients of the Cow Bay Theatre Company’s first annual awards.

 

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Senator Martins Discusses Proposed Soccer Stadium For Belmont Park on 'Your Voice'

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.

Senator Martins Calls On Governor to Let Utility Tax Expire, Provide Savings to Ratepayers

Senator Jack M. Martins joined in Albany with his colleagues as well as many statewide business organizations to urge Governor Cuomo to remove the proposed extension of the utility tax surcharge from his Executive Budget. The 18-a surcharge, which has increased utility bills for every ratepayer in the state, is scheduled to expire on March 31, 2014. The Governor’s proposed five-year extension would cost businesses and consumers a total of almost $3 billion.

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