Senator Martins Stresses the Need to Work with Local Governments in the Future
The Senate Standing Commitee on Investigations and Government Operations, chaired by Senator Carl Marcellino, held a hearing on LIPA’s response to the Irene and the efforts to restore power to communities that lost power during the storm.
On Saturday, Senator Jack M. Martins attended the Pride in Port parade, which ran along Main Street from Belleview Avenue to Schreiber High School. The parade was part of Pride in Port, which also featured the Hall of Fame Breakfast, the senior luncheon, Family Fun Day, the football game between Schreiber High School and Uniondale and the community dinner dance.
At the Hall of Fame Breakfast, six deserving individuals were inducted into the Schreiber Athletics Hall of Fame. They are: Carole Dunnels Miller, Margaret Garofalo Tomic, Joseph Marra, Elizabeth Nicholson Delan, Michael Ragusa and Lawrence Zaccherio.
I want to thank you for the feedback I received on last week’s column in which I shared some thoughts about the tenth anniversary of September 11th. Many of you were as astonished as I was to learn that the events of day are not part of our state’s education curriculum, consequently leaving our young people asking questions that no one answers. We tell them to “Never forget,” but don’t bother explaining what it is we’re asking them to remember.
Understandably, part of your reaction was “Are we doing something about it?”
Senator Jack M. Martins was at the Mansion Village Club of Sands Point on Sunday to support the Friends of Port Rowing for the launch of the fall season. Friend of Port Rowing was established in 2010 in Port Washington to support rowing in the surrounding waters.
Friends of Port Rowing supports the sport of rowing through teamwork and competitive spirit. With 125 members who are in seventh to 12th grade, Port Rowing has certainly found its niche in the community by giving those who are interested in the sport an opportunity to continue to participate in it.
On Sunday, September 18, Senator Jack M. Martins was among those who enjoyed the Williston Park Street Fair. The fair is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of the Willistons and features numerous vendors, representing Williston Park's vibrant business district. Community members also spent the Sunday afternoon on Willis Avenue to enjoy the warm, late summer day.
Senator Jack Martins “Job Resource Workshop” hosted over 400 community members from Elmont, Floral Park, Franklin Square and communities throughout the area this past Saturday. The workshop was developed, according to Martins, “to give people the tools and cutting edge strategies that will give them the edge when they are applying for and interviewing for a job.“
Senator Jack M. Martins appeared on Fox News for a story about teaching 9/11 in schools. Senator Martins is sponsoring a bill that requires schools in New York State to teach lessons about 9/11. The bill would make 9/11 part of the state curriculum for education.
Joan Judd spent her summer vacation preparing for questions like that from her fourth-grade class in Milford, N.Y.
"A few of them were born in 2001. Most of them were born in 2002. They were not around for 9/11," said Judd, "When I prepared my lesson, I realized that I was talking about the Twin Towers and fourth-graders might not even know what the Twin Towers are."
Judd teaches at an elementary school in upstate New York, which, like most of the country, has no set standard on how to teach the terror attacks of 9/11.
LIPA caused us all a lot of grief in the week following the hurricane. There were thousands of people who remained without power after Hurricane Irene and it seemed as if my office heard from each and every one of them. We literally logged hundreds upon hundreds of angry calls and e-mails and most had virtually the same complaint: There was no power and LIPA wasn’t telling them anything. People who were already very upset by not having electricity had their frustration further exacerbated by LIPA’s unbelievable lack of communication.
Senator Jack Martins congratulated Elmont's own Caprice Nugent who captured the 2011 Miss Jamaica US Pageant! The Miss Jamaica Pageant is the number one Caribbean beauty pageant in the Northeast. The Miss Jamaica US pageant celebrates empowerment, beauty, intelligence, volunteerism, education and community of Jamaican women. Media mogul Ken Williams founded the pageant in 1986. The pageant is an annual event that takes place in New York State that promotes awareness, poise, elegance, and self-esteem. Capri is a graduate of Gotham Avenue Elementary School and Elmont Memorial High School in Elmont. "Capri is an outstanding woman who has made the entire Jamaican community proud in Elmont. Her win is a testament to her hard work, determination and effort.
Seat belts and car safety restraints can save lives. While on the road, it is necessary to ensure that your child is secure in a car seat to maximize safety. Under New York State’s Occupant Restraint Law, all children under the age of 8 are required to have a child safety restraint system. It can be a child safety seat, a harness, a vest or a booster seat attached with the vehicle seat belt or latch system, but not the vehicle seat belt alone.
The tax cap enacted by the New York State Legislature and signed into law by the Governor limits the annual growth of property tax levies at 2 percent or the rates of inflation, whichever is less. This applies to county, town and village governments as well as special districts that has authority to levy a tax and school districts.
The cap first applies to budgets beginning in 2012. Local budgets that commenced in 2011 but conclude in 2012 are not affected.
The tax cap allows for a limited number of exclusions to the tax levy limits. The exclusions are for tort actions and pension rate growth about 2 percent.
Senator Jack M. Martins and the villages throughout the Seventh Senate District partnered in August to collect food for Long Island Cares the Harry Chapin Food Bank. The food drive was incredibly successful, raising an estimated 3,000 pounds of food.
“The response from our communities to help those in need has been overwhelming. I can’t thank all those who participated in this food drive enough. It is a tribute to the generosity of our communities and the effectiveness of our villages,” said Senator Martins.
Senator Jack Martins was back on the streets of Elmont Thursday knocking on doors and meeting with families, seniors and young people regarding the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. Martins has been visiting communities throughout the 7th Senate district assessing hurricane damage and listening to community leaders.
“You have to get out and listen to what’s happening. I lost power for days at my own house and had to throw out food from my family refrigerator just like countless families and seniors. Trees are down, property is damaged and people are hurting. It’s also real frustrating. That’s why you need to be accessible and try to do the best you can to help people in their time of need,” said Senator Martins.
Senator Jack M. Martins and Senator Dean Skelos were in Port Washington recently to take a tour of WATT Fuel Cell, a designer and developer of fuel cell systems.
Senator Martins and Senator Skelos met with Dr. Caine Finnerty, president of Watt Fuel Cell, as well as board member Jimmy Vilardi. Dr. Finnerty explained the technology Watt is working on that makes use of fuel through fuel cells.
“Watt Fuel Cell is on the cutting edge of developing efficient energy systems for portable power. It is a high technology business that is operating right here in Nassau County,” said Senator Martins. “It’s important that we have companies that are seeking alternate energy sources.”
As Long Island families continue preparing to head back to school this fall, Senator Jack Martins wants to make sure that all consumers know that clothing and footwear purchases under $55 per item are again exempt from the New York State portion of sales tax. The 4% state portion of the sales tax was eliminated in an effort to help consumers save money while bringing in additional revenue to stores throughout the state. In addition, the 3/8% MTA portion of the sales tax was also eliminated for the areas affected, which includes both Suffolk and Nassau Counties.According to a memo released by New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, the exemption
A website has been created by the New York State Comptroller to give local governments information on the property tax cap. The legislation creating the tax cap was passed with bi-partisan support in the Senate and Assembly and signed into law by the Governor. The law caps tax levy increases for local governments and school districts at 2 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is less.
The cap will go into effect for the 2012 fiscal year and the 2012-2013 school year.
State Senator Jack Martins welcomed and congratulated Miss Teen Long Island Sabrina Mastrangelo at the Franklin Square-Elmont PAL Baseball All Star Tournament at Rath Park this past week. Martins, Supervisor Kate Murray and Town Clerk Mark Bonilla greeted the pageant winner at the beginning of the tournament that featured outstanding baseball players associated with the Nassau County Police Athletic League. For Martins, meeting Mastrangelo was a special honor as the teen won the pageant by basing her candidacy on an issue that the Senator has been championing since his election - cyberbullying. Mastrangelo got involved in the cause after seeing a cruel post online about one of her older classmates.