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Committee Meeting: Local Government Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Local Government Senator Jack M. Martins, Chair 9:00 AM, Wednesday, April 13, 2011 Room 945 LOB

April 13, 9:00 AM - 9:06 AM
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Village of Mineola Honors Senator Martins

After a busy Monday in Albany, Senator Jack M. Martins travelled home to the Village of Mineola to see his good friend Scott Strauss sworn in as the new Mayor of the village. Senator Martins served as Mayor of the Village of Mineola from 2003 to 2011. He stepped down when he was elected to the New York State Senate.

April 6, 2011
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Senator Martins Announces State Sales Tax Exemption on Clothing, Footwear

Senator Jack M. Martins has announced that a state sales tax exemption has been reinstated from April 1, 2011 until March 31, 2012. The state sales tax rate is 4 percent. The exemption applies to sales of clothing and footwear costing less than $55 per item or pair.

The exemption will be extended to purchases of less than $110 for those items next year.

“This will be an enormous boost for our local retailers,” said Senator Martins. “It will hopefully spur economic growth. At the same time, it gives our consumers a break when they go shopping for clothing or shoes. Every little bit helps.”

April 6, 2011
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Senator Martins' Legislative Update From Albany

In his latest legislative update from Albany, Senator Jack M. Martins speaks about the state budget, restoring funding for schools, libraries and the EPIC program. He also spoke about event tht have taken place in Albany and the 7th Senate District.

April 6, 2011
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Senate Passes Anti-Crime Package

Bills Strengthen Penalties for Sex Offenders, Bank Robberies and Home Invasions

The New York State Senate passed several anti-crime bills to strengthen penalties and create new charges for offenses relating to sexual abuse, bank robberies, home invasions and driving irresponsibly. The measures will help deter criminals, hold violators accountable and create safer communities throughout the state.

“It is crucial that we regularly evaluate and enhance the laws that protect our public safety,” Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos said. “These bills address important issues and concerns that affect our homes, businesses and families. I encourage the Assembly to act so that we can help make our communities safer.”

April 6, 2011
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Senator Martins Backs Measure to Protect Children in Protective Cases

Senator Jack M. Martins is backing an effort to ensure that abused children in protective custody are truly being protected. In a press conference in Albany, Senator Martins and Senator Martin Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) announced they are introducing legislation to require child protective caseworkers to take a photograph when they make a visit to a child in the child protective services (CPS) system for abuse and neglect.

“This proposed bill saves lives, period. This will bring accountability. It’s our responsibility to protect those who are least able to protect themselves. Let’s protect our children first,” Senator Martins said.

April 5, 2011
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Senate Passes Bill to Toughen Laws for Drinking Under the Influence

The New York State Senate passed a bill (S.164C) to create new penalties for individuals supervising another driver while also under the influence of alcohol or drugs, Abbagail’s Law, sponsored by Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane), is named after an eight-year-old girl who died in a car accident caused by an inexperienced driver who was supervised by a parent under the influence of alcohol.

April 5, 2011
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Senate Passes Bill to Provide More Oversight of LIPA Rate Hikes

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.2581) to increase accountability and reduce unregulated rate increases by the Long Island Power Authority. The bill, sponsored by Senator Kenneth P. LaValle and co-sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins addresses costly rate hikes of more than 30 percent since 2001 by requiring state Public Service Commission notification and review of certain rate increases of more than 2.5 percent.

“LIPA has raised its rates seven times since 2001. If LIPA wants to raise its rates more than 2.5 percent within a year’s time, they should have to explain the reason. The end result will be a greater oversight, which will benefit our residents and business owners,” said Senator Martins.

April 4, 2011
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Senate Completes Early Passage of State Budget

011-12 State Budget Reduces Spending, Does Not Raise Taxes and Creates Jobs

The New York State Senate has completed passage of the 2011-12 state budget one day prior to the April 1st budget deadline. The budget achieves the Senate Republicans’ goals of reducing state spending, not raising taxes and creating new private sector jobs.

“With this budget we have begun to restore hope to millions of New Yorkers who want state government to spend less, tax less and do more to encourage job creation,” Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos said. “The budget achieved all of these goals by reducing overall state spending by getting rid of some of the devastating tax and fee increases enacted by

April 4, 2011
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Senator Martins To Hold Mobile Office Hours

Senator Jack M. Martins has announced he will be holding mobile office hours to bring government services directly to residents in their own communities.

Senator Martins will be holding mobile office hours in New Hyde Park on Thursday, April 7 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Hillside Public Library, 155 Lakeville Road and then again in Manhasset on Thursday, April 14 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Manhasset Public Library, 30 Onderdonk Avenue.

Residents who need assistance with government services, have questions about government programs, or would like to express concerns about a particular issue can come and share them with Senator Martins' office in a one-on-one setting. No appointments are necessary.

April 7, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Times are indeed changing in Albany and for the better. Not only do we have an on-time budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year, but we went through the process with both sides of the aisle working together. The budget passed with overwhelming support in the legislature. Most importantly, we passed a fiscally-responsible budget that closed a $10 billion deficit without raising any taxes or fees. It is quite a change from years past when our state government found a way to overspend and overtax in the middle of a financial crisis. Quite frankly, we couldn’t suffer another year of those past practices and so we made a commitment – we would balance the budget, not on the backs of our taxpayers, but by cutting spending.

April 4, 2011
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Senator Martins Swears in Officers of the Albertson Fire Company

On March 19, Senator Jack M. Martins swore in the officers of the Albertson Fire Company at the company's annual dinner at the Royalton in Roslyn Heights. Also, Senator Martins had the opportunity to recognize Dennis A. Craine and Peter F. Brala, who were being honored for 50 years of service to the company. Both have committed decades to the company inservice to the community.

April 4, 2011
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A Day Spent in the Senate

From the Albany Times Union

By Tim O'Brien

ALBANY -- Latin American college students from across the state got a chance to sit in the seat of a state senator Saturday.

About 70 students from city and state university campuses participated in the Somos Legislative Conference. For 15 years, students have been assigned to represent a Senate district, study a specific piece of legislation and then take to the Senate floor to debate.

While the students use their own names, they are supposed to represent the district and political party of the real senator. This year, they debated an actual bill that called for a five-member independent commission to redraw legislative district boundaries.

April 4, 2011
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Senator Martins Welcomes Students to Annual Somos Conference

Senator Jack M. Martins attended and opened the New York State Session for the annual Somos El Futuro conference. Martins joined with Senator Gustavo Rivera, Senator Jose Peralta, Assemblyman Marcos Crespo, Assemblywoman Vanessa Gibson for the session.

April 4, 2011
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Senator Martins Stands With the Floral Park Fire Department to Raise 9-11 Patriot Flag

In an emotional ceremony on Saturday, April 2, the Floral Park Fire Departmetn raised the 9-11 Patriot Flag in honor of Keith Fairben and Ronald Kloepfer, two local heroes who died on 9-11 whle coming to the rescue of others. Senator Jack M. Martins was honored to attend the ceremony.

April 4, 2011
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Senator Martins Attends Patriot Flag Ceremony in Floral Park

On Saturday, April 2, Senator Jack M. Martins joined the Floral Park Fire Department for the Flag and Memorial Wall ceremony. The 9-11 Patriot Flag is making a tour of all 50 states and flew over Floral Park. The flag is 30X55.5 feet and weighs 75 pounds. It was raised by two aerial ladder fire trucks at the Reliance Firehouse parking field on Jericho Turnpike and Holland Avenue.

The ceremony was extremely emotional since it paid tribute to Keith Fairben and Ronald Kloepfer, who died on 9-11 while coming to the rescue of others.

April 4, 2011
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Black History Month Roundtable Focuses On Economic Development

From Elmont.org

Ceremony honors the lives of African-Americans, past and present

The Round Table discussion at the Eighth Annual Black History Month Celebration, presented by Elmont Online and Highlighting Success, Inc., drew attention to a significant topic: Economic Development in Elmont. Moderated by Scott Cushing, a member of the 2011 Black History Month Committee, the discussion spanned Elmont’s potential, its progress to date, and the community’s challenges.

April 4, 2011
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Senator Martins: Budget Balances Needs of All Residents

Senator Jack M. Martins had the distinction of being the last Senator to speak on the budget. The budget, he said, addresses a balance between services that are necessary while providing relief for the residents of New York State who have been taxed to the breaking point.

April 1, 2011
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MTA, Nassau County, State Legislature Announce Agreement to Save Long Island Bus Service

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), Nassau County and State Senate Republicans, lead by Senator Charles Fuschillo (R, Merrick) and Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola), today announced an agreement to stave off proposed cuts to Long Island Bus that would have affected more than half of the bus routes in Nassau County.

April 1, 2011
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Keeping the Commitment - Information on the 2011-12 State Budget

The New York State Senate has completed passage of the 2011-12 state budget one day prior to the April 1st budget deadline.  The budget, which has now received final approval by the Assembly, achieves the critically important goals of reducing state spending, not raising taxes and creating new private sector jobs.

To learn more about the State's new fiscally responsible budget plan, I encourage you to review the documents below. 

April 1, 2011
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