On Sunday, April 10, Senator Jack M. Martins, who is chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Local Governments, had the honor and privilege of swearing in Village of Saddle Rock Mayor J. Leonard Samansky for another term.
Mayor Samansky has served the village since 1984, when he was a member of the Board of Zoning and Appeals. He then served as trustee for four terms before becoming mayor in 1991. Mayor Samansky currently serves as the president of the Great Neck Village Officials Association.
On a recent Friday, Senator Jack M. Martins met with Sands Point Mayor Leonard Wurzel. Mayor Wurzel has been the Sands Point Mayor since 1989. He decided to retire and will not run for re-election this June, but it has been an outstanding run. A veteran of World War II, Mayor Wurzel has garnered numerous honors in his time as the Sands Point Mayor.
On Friday, April 22, Senator Jack M. Martins visited the senior living community, The Amsterdam at Harborside in Port Washington. The Amsterdam at Harborside is dedicated to providing comfort and happiness to its residents.
Senator Martins was welcomed by Executive Director Margaret Minchini. He then had an opportunity to speak with the residents and then answered numerous questions about state government.
Village of Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro, State Senator Jack M. Martins, the chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Local Government, and State Senator Charles Fuschillo, the chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Transportation, met yesterday with Long Island Railroad President Helena Williams and representatives from the New York State Department of Transportation to address the Ellison Avenue Bridge in Westbury, which is badly in need of renovation and rehabilitation.
On Wednesday, Senator Jack M. Martins got a visit at his district office in Garden City Park from New Hyde Park Village Trustee Donald Barbieri and representatives from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to discuss issues involving MS and the society, which serves thousands of people affected by MS. Trustee Barbieri is a dedicated advocate for the society.
It’s has been an historic past few months in New York State with the passing of this state budget. We kept our commitment to balancing the state’s budget without raising taxes or fees and have taken a significant step toward genuine, long-term fiscal health. However, our work is far from done. We must continue to explore options to ease the tax burden on our residents and business owners.
A bill (S.1824) introduced by Senator Jack M. Martins that clarifies and amends the Citizen’s Empowerment Act has passed the Senate today.
In 2009, Governor David Paterson signed into law a measure that would allow people to dissolve local governments. The legislation was lobbied for by then-Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.
However, there were several problems with the law. For one, residents of a municipality would be voting via a referendum on whether to dissolve that municipality, whether it be a village or special district, without knowing what the alternative plan would be to provide services for those residents.
Legislation (S.3576) passed by the Senate will help make it easier for property owners to claim STAR benefits if they missed the March 1 filing deadlines. This is particularly important to senior citizens who must remember to file for the enhanced STAR exemption each year. Missing the deadline and, therefore, the exemption could result in a homeowner facing an unexpected and significantly increased tax bill. This bill instead authorizes municipalities to accept STAR applications after the locality’s taxable status date and before January 10 of the following year.