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Senator Jack Martins 2011 Legislative Questionnaire

As your new State Senator, your views are important to me.

The following legislative questionnaires are your opportunity to let your voice be heard. Please keep in mind that these questions do not necessarily reflect my views. This is your chance to express your opinion. I want to know your position on the important issues facing our community so that I may best represent you.

March 1, 2011
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Senate Majority Says Additional Revenues Should Go Towards Tax Relief

Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos and members of the Senate Majority Conference today released a revenue forecast by the Senate Finance Committee that estimates additional General Fund revenues, above the Executive’s projection, of $438 million in 2011-12, offset by $23 million less than the Executive’s estimate for state fiscal year 2010-11.

The revenue projection, based on an economic forecast by the Senate’s nationally recognized fiscal consultants, IHS Global Insight, shows that the total two-year General Fund revenue surplus is $415 million.

February 28, 2011
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Property Tax and Mandate Relief For New Yorkers

The Senate passed a property tax cap as well as a spending cap on state spending are is exploring mandate relief to ease the burden on taxpayers.

February 28, 2011
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February 28, 2011
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Perhaps the most important part of our Democratic process is our citizens’ ability to vote and elect those who will make the crucial decisions for our local governments. On the local level, villages provide our residents with basic services, from emergency services, water and garbage collection to snow removal. As the former mayor for a village for eight years, I am fully aware of the effectiveness of our local villages.

This March and June, residents will be going to the polls to elect fellow residents to serve on the various village boards. Our citizens must be able to vote in a system that is accurate and effective so that the Democratic process continues. It is critical for our system of government.

February 28, 2011
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Senator Martins Seeks Governor's Signature on Voting Machine Bill

The first bill sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins, chairman of the Senate’s Standing Committee on Local Governments, passed in the New York State Senate and is one that hits close to home. Senator Martins, who served as a village mayor for eight years, worked on an emergency bill that allows villages to continue to use lever machines in time for their upcoming elections. That bill passed both houses of the Legislature and now Senator Martins is calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign it.

"We sent him a bill that makes sense, saves taxpayers money and makes sure we preserve the integrity of our voting system while the county boards of election continue the transition to the new machines," Senator Martins said.

February 25, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Local Government Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Local Government Senator Jack Martins, Chair 9:00 AM, Wednesday, March 2, 2011 Room 945 LOB

March 2, 9:00 AM - 9:37 AM
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Free Tax Filing for Eligible Taxpayers

Citizens who earned $58,000 or less in 2010 or served on active military duty may be eligible for free tax preparation services. The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance is urging eligible taxpayers to use FreeFile, a program providing user friendly software that makes it easy to claim all the credits and deductions to which you are entitled. In addition, your taxes will be E-Filed, meaning quicker and more accurate processing and faster returns. Go to the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance’s website at www.tax.ny.gov and click on FreeFile for more information.

February 23, 2011
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Senator Martins and Senator Flanagan Co-Chair Hearing on Tax Cap and Mandate Relief

To gather expert testimony on the most effective way for New York State to proceed in its efforts to provide tax relief to its residents while protecting valuable services, Senator Jack M. Martins, Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Local Government, and Senator John Flanagan, Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Education, hosted a joint hearing entitled “The True Path to Reducing New York’s Real Property Tax Burden: Mandate Relief and Tax Caps”.

February 22, 2011
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Watch the Senate Public Hearing on the Tax Cap and Mandate Relief

Senator Jack M. Martins, the chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Local Government, and Senator John Flanagan, the chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Education, co-chaired a public hearing on mandate relief at the Nassau County Courthouse on Thursday, February 17. The hearing featured guest speakers who testified on the importance of mandate relief and what it would mean in terms of easing the property tax burden.

February 22, 2011
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

As I complete my second month serving the people of the 7th Senate District, I am continuously reminded that these are interesting times in New York State. There are discussions going on in Albany about subjects that are now getting the serious attention they deserve. Mandate relief, for example, is something we need to discuss in the coming months, especially in light of the likelihood that a 2 percent tax cap will be implemented.

February 21, 2011
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Senator Martins Meets With Leaders From Nassau BOCES

Senator Jack Martins welcomed a group of Nassau BOCES students and staff at the State Capitol to discuss education and program funding for BOCES classes and initiatives. Principal James Clark led the delegation made up of Steve Witt, Sue Bergstrom, Shirlene Blake-Neil, Ryan Llanos, Joshua DaSilva and Cynthia Cruz-Melgran. "Programs like Nassau BOCES help all of our students reach as far and wide as they dream. Not only does BOCES offer non-traditional programs and services, but they offer critical skills for students in our community's schools. I was really glad to sit down and talk with all of them," Senator Martins said.

February 18, 2011
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Senator Martins Supports Anti-Crime Bills

Senator Jack M. Martins voted in the New York State Senate today to pass a package of bills that would strengthen laws and toughen criminal penalties for certain sex offenses related to rape and child pornography. In addition, bills were passed to expand information on criminal background checks for individuals applying for employment in law enforcement and increasing penalties for the crime of criminally negligent homicide.

Legislation (S.1826), sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and supported by Senator Martins, would require consecutive prison sentences for each separate act of rape when an individual is convicted of multiple counts.

February 18, 2011
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Senator Martins' Legislation Critical to Upcoming Village Elections

Due to the efforts of State Senator Jack M. Martins , the Democratic process can go forward on March 15 when residents of villages head to the polls to vote in village elections. The New York State Senate recently passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Martins that allows village governments to continue to use lever voting machines for elections until December 31, 2012.

February 18, 2011
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Senator Martins Honors Intel Semi-Finalist From Manhasset

Senator Jack M. Martins recently honored Jun Kit “Timothy” He when the Senator visited Manhasset High School. Tim was one of the semi-finalists in the 70th Intel Science Talent Search competition.

Tim’s project, “Gene Expression Profiling and EKG: The Development of a Novel Prognostic Mechanism for Cardiac Allograft Rejection,” addressed heart transplant recipients. His project used gene expression levels in white blood cells and EKG variables to create an equation that can predict rejection without the biopsy.

February 18, 2011
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Senator Martins Visits Manhasset High School

Senator Jack M. Martins continued his tour of schools around the 7th Senate District at Manhasset High School where he met with Manhasset School Superintendent Charles Cardillo, Manhasset Board of Education President Cindy Cardinal and board members Patricia Aitken, Regina Rule and Craig Anderson.

Senator Martins discussed with Superintendent Cardillo and the board members such issues that will affect school districts such as the Governor’s budget and the proposed cuts in state aid to Long Island schools as well as the tax cap.

February 18, 2011
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Senator Martins Meets With Girl Scouts of Nassau County

Senator Jack M. Martins met with the Girl Scout of Nassau County to discuss issues that are important to the Scouts.

February 16, 2011
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Senator Martins Participates in Cultural Studies Week at the Manorhaven School

Senator Jack M. Martins last week visited the Manorhaven School in Port Washington for Cultural Studies Week. The school library was transformed into the country of Ireland as the students had an opportunity to learn about the Irish culture. Senator Martins met with Port Washington School Superintendent Dr. Geoff Gordon and Manorhaven School Principal Bonni Cohen.

Students learned about Irish customs and traditions. Each student received a castle stamp to represent their “visit” to Ireland, where the students learned from 30 boards that displayed educational information about the country.

February 16, 2011
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