New Yorkers said, “Play it Again, Sam,” and we did. For the second consecutive year, your state government produced an on-time budget that puts the breaks on state spending and does not increase taxes or fees. You heard that correctly: holds spending in check with no new taxes or fees.
It is indeed a new era in Albany. For the second straight year, the State Legislature and the Governor agreed on an on-time budget that doesn’t raise any taxes or fees while eliminating a $2 billion deficit.
“The state is in infinitely better shape now than it was two years ago when state government was is disarray. We now have passed two consecutive budgets that represent sound fiscal management. For years, the state outspent its resources and then passed the burden onto the taxpayers. Over the last two years, we sent a clear message that those days are over,” said Senator Jack M. Martins, who is in his first term in the Senate.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced an additional and accelerated $40,686,000 investment for nine NY Works projects that will repair 86 miles of roads and six bridges on Long Island. For the transportation component of NY Works, the Department of Transportation (DOT) reviewed its Capital Program and identified those projects, which can be accelerated by utilizing either the conventional design-bid-build project delivery mechanism or the newly-enacted design-build project delivery method.
It started out simple enough. Since taking office I’ve had a small but steady stream of constituents who seek help with various mortgage and foreclosure problems. I regularly connect them to appropriate state agencies and having heard back about a number of successful resolutions, I decided to host a local seminar for anyone experiencing similar issues. I invited the New York Attorney General’s (AG’s) Office, the state’s Department of Financial Services, and even some of the larger lenders.
Senator Jack M. Martins swore in Village of Mineola Deputy Mayor Paul Pereira for another term on the village board at organization night at Mineola Village Hall. Senator Martins was honored to swear in his good friend in front his Mineola friends.
The New York State Senate passed legislation that gives judges the ability to consider well-established risk factors in determining bail or recognizance in domestic violence cases so that a victim and their family can be further protected from an assailant.
The bill (S.1414A) would allow the history of violence or threats of violence, prior orders of protection, and the accused’s access to guns to be considered by a judge, potentially affecting their release conditions and sparing many victims and their children additional harm or even death.
“This measure will add protection to victims of domestic violence who should be able to rely on the courts for greater protection,” said Senator Jack M. Martins, who supported the measure.
Senator Jack M. Martins has been visiting schools throughout the Seventh Senate District to present “How a Bill Becomes a Law,” a program his office started to engage elementary schools in the process of state government. Most recently, he visited the St. Mary's School in Manhasset to speak to fifth grade students about how a bill becomes a law.
Senator Martins told the students that it all starts with an idea and then involves building consensus through the legislature, which includes the New York State Senate and New York State Assembly. If the bill passes both houses, it is sent to the Governor, who can sign the bill into law or veto it.
Senator Jack M. Martins attended the Eagle Scout ceremony of Alessandro Sindoni and Nicholas Longobardi of Troop 482 in Floral Park at Floral Park Village Hall. Senator Martins congratulated these distinguished Scouts for achieving the highest rank in scouting. The rank of Eagle symbolizes a commitment to scouting and community.
2012-13 State Budget Reduces Spending, Does Not Raise Taxes, Creates Jobs
For the second consecutive year, the New York State Senate has completed an early passage of the state budget. The 2012-13 state budget achieves the Senate Republicans’ goals of reducing state spending, not raising taxes and creating new private sector jobs. The new state fiscal year begins April 1.
Senator Jack M. Martins is seeking photography enthusiasts who live in the Seventh Senate District to submit photos for a spring photography exhibit. The theme is “Capture Your Community in Full Bloom.”
With spring here, it’s time to celebrate all the beauty our communities have to offer. Please submit a photograph that captures what you find beautiful about your community in the spring.
Photos will be displayed on an online photo gallery. Some of the photographs will be printed and displayed in both Senator Martins’ District Office in Garden City Park as well as his office in Albany. In addition, a photo exhibit will be held to recognize the photographs (details to follow).
It was a good day for Long Island yesterday in Albany.
The state's three most powerful figures -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) -- reached agreement on a new $132.6-billion budget that builds on last year's outbreak of fiscal responsibility by reducing spending slightly while funding a bevy of worthy initiatives.
Senator Jack M. Martins and Senator Charles Fuschillo visited Formed Plastics in Carle Place to hear concerns from a local business. The Senate has made efforts to make New York State more business friendly. The Senators spoke the importance of local businesses to the economy and job creation.
State Senator Jack Martins welcomed Elmont resident and CUNY College student Ivana Roman to Albany this past week for the Statewide Latino American Conference "Somos El Futuro." Roman participated in the the mock Senate Session forum held at the State Capitol. The session debates a current events topic and individual students take the roles of Senator during the session. Roman is an honors graduate of Elmont Memorial High School and currently attends CUNY. Senator Martins attended the session and welcomed college students to the much heralded forum. "Ivana did a terrific job and made the Sewanhaka Central High School District and Elmont Memorial High School particularly proud. I was honored to watch her work and debate during the conference," said Senator Martins.
State Senator Jack Martins attended the Elmont Union Free School District Chamber Orchestra performance as part of "Music in Our Schools Month" at the State Capitol this past week. The group, led by Elmont resident and Music Teacher Xavier Rodriguez, performed at the Empire State Plaza. After the concert, Senator Martins invited the group to come to the Senate chamber and visit the Senate before session. Senator Martins also surprised the students when Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos dropped by to speak to the group.
On the Internet show, "Your Voice," Senator Jack M. Martins spoke about the state budget, which again doesn't raise any taxes or fees. In additon, the Senator spoke about the legislation that was recently passed in the Senate to crack down on auto insurance fraud, efforts to rename the Roslyn Viaduct in honor of William Cullen Bryant, supporting local businesses and his participation in the Somos Spring Conference Mock Legislative Session.
Study seen as first step in revitalization of Racetrack
Senator Jack M. Martins sent a clear message when state leaders agreed on a new $132.6 billion budget plan that redevelopment of Belmont Park is a priority and the Senator secured $50,000 in funding to prove it.
As part of the state budget, Senator Martins, his Elmont partner in the Senate Dean Skelos and the Long Island Senate delegation were successful in allocating $50,000 in funding through the Empire State Development Corporation toward a plan for the redevelopment of Belmont Park. The goal of the plan is to explore options for the historic park in order to revitalize the area and boost the economy of the local communities by making the park a destination.
Senator Jack M. Martins welcomed the Stewart Manor School String Ensemble to Albany. The Ensemble is comprised of the best young musicians the school has to offer and is part of the Elmont School District Music Program. Also pictured is Assemblyman Ed Ra.
A bill sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins to rename the Roslyn Viaduct in honor of William Cullen Bryant has passed the Senate. The inspiration for the bill (S.6240) comes from the community's strong commitment to preserve its history.
Mr. Bryant, a prominent poet and civic leader in the 19th Century, is one of Roslyn’s most famous residents, having served as editor of the New York Evening Post for half a century. Mr. Bryant purchased a country house in Roslyn in 1843, which remained in his family until the 1970s.
State Senator Jack Martins congratulated Sewanaka Central High School District Swimming Champion Aaron Buissereth on his sensational victories in county meets throughout this swimming season this past week. Buissereth qualified for the Nassau County Championships and has posted some outstanding wins capturing 1st place six times in the 200 freestyle and winning the Metros Silver Championship for the 100 meter breastroke. Aaron is a member of the class of 2014 at Elmont Memorial High School where he is a high achieving student and involved in volunteer activities. "It was a great honor talking to Aaron and hearing about his outstanding acheivement. He trains hard and is an outstanding student.