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Senator Martins Addresses NYS Society of CPAs

Senator Jack M. Martins was the guest speaker at a recent meeting of the Nassau County Chapter of the New York Society of CPAs. The Senator was honored to join with the society in discussing important issues to New York State such as efforts in the Senate to give families tax relief by extending tax credits and restoring the STAR rebate checks.

March 22, 2013
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Senator Martins Attends Hofstra Lecture Series on the 'Brutal Fight to Get Sandy Aid'

Senator Jack M. Martins attended the Hofstra University Distinguished Lecture Series. Congressman Peter King was the keynote speaker. The subject was the "Brutal Fight to Get Sandy Aid" and dealt with the struggle following the Hurricane to get Congress to approve FEMA aid to rebuilt regions that were hard hit by the storm.

March 22, 2013
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Guggenheim Elementary School Welcomes Senator Martins as Guest Reader

The Guggenheim Elementary School in Port Washington welcomed Senator Jack M. Martins as a guest reader. The Senator spend a Friday morning after a hectic week in Albany, reading with the students in Mrs. Pheifer's kindergarten class. Senator Martins read "Rocket Writes a Story" with the students.

Senator Martins commented on what a terrific school Guggenheim is and how is looking forward to seeing the students again as they progress through their education in the Port Washington School District, one of the best on Long Island.

 

March 22, 2013
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Senator Martins Welcomes Catholic Conference to Albany

During a busy budget week, Senator Martins took time out to welcome the Catholic Conference to the State Capitol. Among those he met with were the students from Our Lady of Mercy Academy.

March 21, 2013
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Senator Martins Passes Bill to Increase Penalties for Drug Dealers

Dealers Who Sell Drugs to Minors Under 14 to Face Stiffer Penalties

The New York State Senate passed legislation. sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins, toughening the penalties for drug dealers who sell to children.

The bill (S.988) makes the sale of drugs by an adult to a child under the age of 14 a class A-II felony.

“We need a no-nonsense policy when it comes to drug pushers who prey on our children,” said Senator Martins. “There is no excuse for anyone selling drugs to children 14 and younger. This bill holds them accountable. And makes sure they are taken off the streets.”

The bill will be sent to the Assembly.

March 21, 2013
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

The Smaller Picture

I wish I could remind all the folks in Washington D.C. and Albany that if they look beyond the special interest agendas that consume them, they would find most of us still waiting on what counts: the economy.

For all the media hoopla that highlights and exploits our disagreements, most people want exactly the same things: they want to work and make a decent living at a job that’s secure; they want to raise their families in peace; they want a good education for their kids and maybe a few of the finer things in life like a vacation or a new car once in a while. I don’t think that’s too much to ask. At one time all of these were taken as a given.

March 20, 2013
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Senator Martins Honors Community Hero

Scout from New Hyde Park Saved His Sister's Life

Within the New York State Senate chamber in the Capitol in Albany on a busy Thursday afternoon, the focus of all members of the Senate are on an 11-year-old resident of New Hyde Park. As Senator Jack M. Martins announces what brought Sean Nidermaier, a fifth grade student at the Notre Dame School, to the center of state government, he done so with a sense of pride.

“There are great things in store for this young man and his family,” Senator Martins said about Sean, who was accompanied in Albany by his proud parents Scott and Katie as well as his sisters Emma, Cailin and Braidy Grace, his scout leader Elizabeth Castelli and Sean’s good friend Michael Castelli

March 20, 2013
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Senator Martins Discusses Tax Relief, Job Creation on 'Your Voice'

Senator Jack M. Martins appeared on "Your Voice" from Albany to discuss the Family Tax Relief Act and the new plan to create jobs in New York State. Both initiatives were included in the Senate's Budget Resolution.

March 14, 2013
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Senator Martins Congratulates Mineola School District on Competitive Education Grant

The Mineola School District will received a Competitive Education Grant from New York State for implementing cost-savings measures while maintaining management efficiency. According to New York State Senator Jack M. Martins, the grant amounts to $639,387 over three years.

For Mineola, the grant is well deserved. The district’s cost-savings measures, instituted by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Nagler and the Mineola Board of Education as well as the entire school community including staff and community-based organizations, included:

- consolidating central office administrative responsibilities and positions;

March 13, 2013
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Senate Passes 2013-14 Budget Resolution

Budget Proposal Would Create New Jobs and Ensure Fiscal Responsibility

The New York State Senate approved a 2013-14 budget resolution, proposed by the Senate Majority Coalition, that focuses on helping businesses create new jobs, investing additional funds in education and transportation, providing mandate relief to local governments, and restoring proposed cuts to women’s health programs as well programs for the developmentally disabled.  The budget also includes a proposal for a permanent two-percent state spending cap.

March 12, 2013
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Senator Martins Announces Blueprint for Jobs - ReThink. ReVitalilze. ReBuild

Fiscally-Responsible Approach to Job Creation

Members of the Senate Republican conference announced a bold and sweeping job creation plan to improve New York’s business climate so it not only keeps up with other states, but surpasses them. Among other things, the “Senate Republican Blueprint for Jobs: ReThink. ReVitalize. ReBuild.” would cut taxes for one million small businesses and reduce energy costs for every business and residential ratepayer in New York, saving them $2.5 billion.

“Creating jobs remains a top priority. Improving our business climate is essential to our economic growth as a state,” said Senator Jack M. Martins. “This approach will spur job creation and will further our economic recovery as a state."

March 8, 2013
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Senator Martins Take Part in LWV Forum

Senator Jack M. Martins took part in a forum last night, hosted by the League of Women Voters, in Manhasset about campaign finance reform. Other panelists included Assemblywoman Michele Schimel, NYS League of Women Voters director Carol Mellor and Ian Vandewalker, Democracy Program Counsel for the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law.

 

March 8, 2013
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Senator Martins, FASNY Seek Ban on Novelty Lighters

Dangerous Lighters Resemble Childrens' Toys

Senator Jack Martins, FASNY 1st Vice President Bob McConville, along with firefighter organizations, including the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY), and the Office of Fire Prevention and Control (OFPC) teamed up with consumer advocates at the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) to urge a on ban novelty lighters, flame-producing lighters that resemble kids’ toys, to prevent tragic fires started by children playing with objects that look identical to their playthings.

March 7, 2013
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Senator Martins Discusses Sandy Relief on 'Your Voice'

Senator Jack M. Martins appeared on "Your Voice" from Albany, where he discussed a recent recent from the Secetary of State from Portugal and an important issue facing victims of Superstorm Sandy who have had significant property damage witness delays in payments from insurance companies. You can view it right here.

March 7, 2013
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Senator Martins Welcomes Secretary of State from Portugal to Mineola

New York State Senator Jack M. Martins, along with the Daughters of Portugal, hosted a brunch at the Jericho Terrace in Mineola on Saturday, March 2, to welcome Secretary of State from Portugal, Dr. Teresa Morais, to New York. Dr. Morais was accompanied by Maria Joao Avila, a member of the Portuguese Parliament for Portuguese Citizens Residing Abroad.

Since there is such a tight-knit Portuguese community in Mineola, it was appropriate that Dr. Morais received such a warm welcome in the village before she was scheduled to participate in a conference at the United Nations on women’s rights.

March 5, 2013
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Senator Martins Joins With Colleagues to Unveil Family Tax Relief Act

Proposal Would Cut Taxes By $2 Billion

New York State Senator Jack M. Martins and his Republican colleagues in the Senate joined together to announce a package of tax relief and reform measures to give an economic boost to New York taxpayers. The current proposal is in line with Senator Martins’ previous efforts to provide his constituents with meaningful relief during these difficult economic times.

Having already been successful in lowering the State’s income tax rates and repealing the MTA Payroll Tax, Senator Martins and his colleagues went to work on a plan to provide taxpayers with more tax relief by increasing tax breaks and restoring the STAR rebate check program.

March 5, 2013
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Video Animation of Proposed Soccer Stadium

Senator Jack M. Martins spearheaded economic development efforts in south lot of Belmont Park area. The New York Cosmos have proposed a $400 million soccer stadium. The development would mean new jobs and more tax revenue for the community. It would also spark further redevelopment.

March 4, 2013
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Senator Martins Discusses Local Events, Budget Process on 'Your Voice'

On the latest edition of "Your Voice" from Albany, Senator Jack M. Martins discusses the Martin Luther King Jr. Awards in Elmont, the new lunch program in the Great Neck Schools, an upcoming visit from the Secretary of State of Portugual and the budget process and efforts to institute a stable pension rate for local governments and school districts.

February 28, 2013
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FEMA Disaster Assistance Deadline Extended

The deadline for residents living in one of the thirteen disaster-declared counties to register for FEMA assistance has been extended to March 29, 2013. The previous deadline was February 27, 2013.

Federal disaster assistance for individuals and families can include money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property losses and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance. Residents in the following counties are eligible for assistance: Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Richmond, Rockland, Westchester, Suffolk, Queens, Orange, Putnam, Sullivan and Ulster.

The state’s request also included a 30-day extension for individuals and businesses to apply to the Small Business Administration for lowered-interest loans.

February 26, 2013
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Residents Reminded to File for Property Tax Exemption Deadline by March 1 Deadline

I want to take this opportunity to remind you that the deadline for New York State’s School Tax Relief Program (STAR) is March 1, 2013. STAR is a tax relief program that lowers property taxes for owner-occupied primary residences. There are two levels of STAR benefits: Basic STAR and Enhanced STAR.

Basic STAR is available to residents who own and live in their own 1- 2 or 3-family house, condominium, or cooperative apartment and earn less than $500,000 a year. There is no age limit for Basic STAR. For qualifying homeowners.  Basic STAR exempts the first $30,000 of the full value of a home from school taxes. Once you are approved for Basic STAR, you need not reapply each year unless you move to a new primary residence.

February 19, 2013
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