Bills Offer Relief to Businesses, Homeowners, Local Governments, and School Districts; Increase Disaster Preparedness; and Remove Obstacles to Recovery
The New York State Senate today passed a comprehensive legislative package that provides relief to people and communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy, aids rebuilding efforts, and increases disaster preparedness. The 22 bills will be integral to providing needed financial assistance to homeowners, businesses, local governments, school districts, and others still recovering from the storm, and give those responsible for disaster response the tools they need to be more effective and efficient.
On Father’s Day this past weekend I sat at the breakfast table with my four daughters, facing the whirlwind of their seemingly unconnected conversations, with my occasional attempts to join in gently dismissed at least a half-dozen times by sweet smiles and quiet chuckles. It reminded me of Mark Twain who wrote, “When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.” I guess that’s nature’s way – it takes time to truly appreciate parents, especially dads and their wisdom.
The New York State Senate gave final passage to legislation (S4777D), co-sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins, to protect providers of services for the developmentally disabled from state funding cuts.
The legislation would appropriate up to $90 million, or as much as is needed, to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) to protect providers from funding reductions if recommended savings measures falls short of projections.
During the Senate Standing Committee on Transportation meeting regarding the nomination of Tom Prendergast as new head of the MTA, Senator Jack M. Martins expressed the concerns of many of the commuters who take the LIRR into the city for work. Among the Senator's points were the frequently at which fare increases are sought and that Penn Station remains at its current capacity to service LIRR riders. Senator Martins had addressed this concern in his column, "From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins," which can be read by CLICKING HERE.
Senator Jack M. Martins spoke in favor of enacted a legislative package for women's equality, saying that as a father of four daugters, equality for women is an issue that is near and dear to him.
The legislative package ensures equal pay for women, strengthens laws against human trafficking, provides greater support and protection for victims of domestic violence, further deters sexual harassment, and ends discrimination of women in the workplace related to gender, pregnancy, and family status.
Legislation passed by the Senate includes bills that:
Senator Jack M. Martins attended the 100th anniverary mass at St. Aloysius Church in Great Neck. Ground was broken at St. Aloysius in 1913. The senator was honored to have spent some time with Bishop Murphy while at the mass. Congratulations to the St. Aloysius Church family.
The New York State Senate passed an historic package of bills that would ensure equal pay for women, strengthen laws against human trafficking, provide greater support and protection for victims of domestic violence, further deter sexual harassment, and end discrimination of women in the workplace related to gender, pregnancy, and family status.
Senator Jack M. Martins recently visited the Gzuenter group for their lunch meeting at the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center in East Hills. Senator Martins discussed this past legislative session and then took question from members. The Senator was honored to have visited with the members and thanked them.
We just ended this year’s legislative session in Albany, and to be sure it produced real results for every New Yorker concerned about the economy. We passed our third, on-time, responsible state budget which closed multi-billion dollar gaps and we adhered to our self-imposed two-percent cap for a third consecutive year. This prevented $18.3 billion in new spending or to make it more tangible we avoided $3,268 in higher taxes on New Yorkers like you. No new state taxes, no new state fees – none.
This approach is crucial because state finances are like personal finances. If one’s budget is a mess then progress on other fronts is difficult. So with this sound budget we: