Less than three months after Senate leaders launched the New York State Senate Bipartisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy recovery, the Task Force has released its preliminary report and recommendations on Sandy relief and storm planning. The preliminary report and recommendations come after Task Force members toured storm damaged communities across the New York City Metro Area, including Freeport, Island Park, Oceanside, The Rockaways, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Hudson Valley.
Senator Jack M. Martins, the chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Local Government, addressed the members of the New York Conference of Mayors (NYCOM) & Municipal Officials during their annual winter legislative meeting. Senator Martins discussed the items on NYCOM's legislative agenda.
Senate Standing Committee on Local Government Senator Jack M. Martins, Chair 9:30 AM, Tuesday, February 12, 2013 Room 945 LOB
PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN TIME OF MEETING Speakers will include representatives from New York State Association of Counties: Steven Acquario, Executive Director; from the New York State Association of Fire Districts: William Young, Counsel; and from the Fire Associations of the State of New York (FASNY): Kirby Hannan, President
Senator Jack M. Martins hosted his 3rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards to a standing-room only crowd that spilled out into the hallways at the Elmont Library Theatre this past Sunday afternoon. Over 450 residents packed the Library to honor community activists and listen to Dr. King’s inspiring “I Have a Dream Speech.” The program was a rich collection of culturally nourishing music and spoken word throughout a ceremony that has won rave reviews.
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.
Senator Jack M. Martins supported measures passed in the New York State Senate that would increase school bus safety by prohibiting registered sex offenders from becoming bus drivers and for increasing penalties for passing a stopped school bus that is picking up or dropping off students.
Legislation (S.1519) prohibits a registered sex offender from obtaining or renewing a commercial drivers license to operate a passenger or school bus, providing a greater level of protection to the public from these individuals.
Senator Jack M. Martins introduced Governor Cuomo at SUNY Old Westbury, where the Governor discussed the state-of-the-state to a packed auditorium. Senator Martins and the Governor both recognized the ability of the executive and legislature to work together the past two years on passing balanced budget that closed billion of dollars in deficits to get New York State on the right fiscal track. They also recognized that there is a lot more to do in keeping New York's economy moving through job creation and economic development.
I want to take this opportunity to remind you that the deadline for New York State’s School Tax Relief Program (STAR) is March 1, 2013. STAR is a tax relief program that lowers property taxes for owner-occupied primary residences. There are two levels of STAR benefits: Basic STAR and Enhanced STAR.
Basic STAR is available to residents who own and live in their own 1- 2 or 3-family house, condominium, or cooperative apartment and earn less than $500,000 a year. There is no age limit for Basic STAR. For qualifying homeowners. Basic STAR exempts the first $30,000 of the full value of a home from school taxes. Once you are approved for Basic STAR, you need not reapply each year unless you move to a new primary residence.
The deadline for residents living in one of the thirteen disaster-declared counties to register for FEMA assistance has been extended to March 29, 2013. The previous deadline was February 27, 2013.
Federal disaster assistance for individuals and families can include money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property losses and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance. Residents in the following counties are eligible for assistance: Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Richmond, Rockland, Westchester, Suffolk, Queens, Orange, Putnam, Sullivan and Ulster.
The state’s request also included a 30-day extension for individuals and businesses to apply to the Small Business Administration for lowered-interest loans.
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.