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.
Senator Jack M. Martins honored Boy Scout Troop 298's two newest Eagle Scouts at an Eagle Court of Honor Ceremony, held on Friday, March 11 at Clinton Martin Park in New Hyde Park. Scouts Casey Falconer and Matthew Miller reached the highest level a Boy Scout can achieve. It takes years of hard work and dedication in Scouting to become an Eagle Scout.
"I congratulate Casey and Matthew. They are two oustanding young men who have a bright future. To achieve the rank of Eagle Scout is an accomplishment that will serve them well in the future. They are leaders in their community and I was proud to attend their Eagle Court of Honor," Senator Martins said.
Senator Jack M. Martins sat down with students with the "Campaign for Summer Jobs" this past week. The campaign promotes Summer job opportunities for young people that emphasizes creating and establishing small business as well as running a business. The campaign has been a great success for a over a decade.
In this week's Legislative Update from Albany, Senator Martins discusses the state budget, recent legislation concerning prohibiting protests at military funerals and visits to the Drexel Avenue School in Westbury and the Port Washington community.
Senator Jack M. Martins and Assemblyman Ed Ra greeted students from the Elmont Union Free School District for their annual performance at the Empire State Plaza Concourse for "Music in Our Schools Week" sponsored by NYSSMA! Senator Martins greeted the Elmont String Ensemble and opened the performance with remarks. Senator Martins thanked Elmont's "maestro" Xavier Rodriguez for his work and dedication as a music teacher in the Elmont School district.
The New York State Senate passed a bill that would prevent insurance fraud by making it a felony to intentionally cause a vehicle collision. The legislation, sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R-C-I, Oneonta), targets criminals who capitalize on vulnerable motorists in attempts to profit from insurance claims.
“Criminals trying to rip off the system by staging auto accidents are also putting innocent lives in jeopardy,” Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos said. “This bill would crack down on the practice by creating tough new criminal penalties for staging car accidents, and it would have the added benefits of reducing fraud, lowering insurance costs and making our streets safer.”
On Tuesday, March 22, 2011, Senator Jack M. Martins presented a Resolution on the floor of the New York State Senate honoring the Elmont Memorial High School boys basketball team. The Sparts won the Nassau County Class AA championship.
Senator Jack M. Martins was proud to attend the Eagle Scout of Honor ceremony in honor of Gregory K. Michel and Daniel R. Michel of Troop 241 in Port Washington and present the troop’s two newest Eagle Scouts with Senate Resolutions.
The twin brothers received the highest honor that a scout can achieve, the rank of Eagle Scout. On their trail to the Eagle Scout honors, Gregory earned 27 Merit Badges and Daniel earned 23.
Senate's Proposal Eliminates MTA Payroll Tax for Schools
The New York State Senate's budget proposal for the 2011-2012 fiscal year closes a $10 billion budget deficit, calls for even less spending than the Governor's budget proposal and sends a message that education is a priority.
Senator Jack M. Martins attended the Albertson Fire Company's annual dinner, where he sworn in the officers of the fire company. He also presented Senate Resolutions to two 50-year members of the fire company, Dennis A. Craine and Peter F. Brala.
Dennis joined the Albertson Fire Company on October 10, 1960 and has served in numerous roles including chief. Peter joined the company on Janaury 9, 1961 and also served the company as chief.
Senator Jack M. Martins continued his listening tour by meeting with local veterans with Nassau County's American Legion in his office at the State Capitol. The listening tour has hosted hundreds of constituents from all areas of his district in an effort to hear the concerns and challenges that people face in these challenging economic times for the state and country. Members of the Nassau County American Legion, led by former Elmont American Legion Commander Bill Ost met with Senator Martins and discussed pending veteran's legislation being reviewed in the State Senate. "Every time I meet with our local Veterans they inspire me," said Senator Martins.
Senator Jack M. Martins met with school board leaders from throughout the 7th Senate District in Albany to strategize about state aid to schools and mandate relief. Trustees from Franklin Square, Floral Park, New Hyde Park, Sewanhaka, East Williston, North Shore and other districts met with Martins and briefed him on school issues and concerns. The discussion with local education leaders was “positive, proactive and a frank exchange between public education advocates and the Senate,” said Senator Martins. "It’s great to know that I have real partners in education that not only care about our young people, but understand that people are truly hurting economically in our communities.”
The New York State Senate Majority introduced comprehensive budget reform legislation this week that would create a non-partisan budget office and require the adoption of multi-year financial plans based on sound accounting practices. The bill, introduced during national Sunshine Week, would significantly enhance independence and accountability in the budget process.
Senator Jack M. Martins continued his tour of the schools in the 7th Senate District by visiting the Drexel Avenue Elementary School in Westbury. Senator Martins met with Principal Dr. Wanda Toledo and Westbury School Superintendent Dr. Constance Clark-Snead before visiting with three of the classes in the school.
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.
The New York State Senate passed its budget resolution - - a fiscally sound plan that reduces spending, rejects tax increases and makes responsible investments in New York’s future.
The Senate budget largely mirrors the priorities outlined in Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget and will serve as a real roadmap to the enactment of a responsible, on-time budget.
“Today’s passage of our Senate budget puts us on a path to strengthening New York this year and for the future. By controlling spending, reducing taxes and focusing on helping the private sector create jobs, Senate Republicans have shown that we’re listening to the calls of hard-working, middle-class New Yorkers and their families,” Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos said.
Measure Would Reform Process to Redraw Lines in a Fair, Non-Partisan Manner
The New York State Senate passed a Constitutional amendment, sponsored by Senator John Bonacic (R-C-I, Mount Hope), that would significantly reform the process by which new legislative and Congressional district lines are determined. The amendment would create an independent, non-partisan apportionment commission, as called for in the NY Uprising pledge.
Senator Jack M. Martins attended the Portuguese Soccer Club’s 75th anniversary gala on Saturday evening, March 12 at the Mineola Portuguese Center. The Mineola Portuguese Soccer Club has a long tradition of soccer excellence in the Portuguese community.
The club, which plays in the Long Island Football League’s East Division, has produced numerous players throughout the years who have enjoyed playing soccer while carving out successful careers such asNew England Revolution player Gary Flood, New York Red Bulls star Carlos Mendes and the club’s current president, Marco Dafonte.