REPORT IDENTIFIES OVER 2,000 STATE RULES AND REGULATIONS THAT WARRANT REFORM OR REVIEW
The New York State Senate Majority Coalition issued a comprehensive report today that sheds light on New York State’s notoriously dense regulatory structure and identifies 2,219 specific rules, regulations and practices that put New York’s businesses at a competitive disadvantage.
The report is the product of surveys, meetings, community outreach and the input of over 100 business owners, advocacy organizations and individuals that participated in one of nine industry-specific public forums conducted throughout the State.
The Senator Jack M. Martins and Senator Dean Skelos 1st Annual Basketball Camp was a smashing success. The first day, held on January 11 at the Dutch Broadway School, and the second day, held on January 12 at Elmont Memorial High School, brought out the community's youth to learn about the finer points of the game of basketball from qualified camp coaches.
Among the skills taught were ball handling, shooting, positioning and footwork.
Senator Martins and Senator Skelos partnered with Gateway Youth Outreach, Elmont West Civic, the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets. The camp was well attended and extremely well received as not only basketball skills but also participation, physical fitness, sportsmanship and teamwork were fostered.
Senator Jack M. Martins recently attended the Floral Park Chamber of Commerce Luncheon, where he honored a longtime chamber member. Senator Martins presented Carla Cohen with a State coin in appreciation for all she has done for the community as the longtime publisher of the Floral Park Gateway.
Senator Jack M. Martins continued the valuable Kid Pix program at the Mineola Memorial Library. Partnering with Nassau County, Senator Martins offered free identification cards to children. The cards have important information on them. The program has been highly successful with parents and children taking advantage of the service. The Senator has brought the program to the communities in the Seventh Senate District.
Senator Jack M. Martins was recently in Albany for the start of the 2014 Legislative Session, which kicked off with the Governor's State of the State Address. After the address, the Senator stated:
“There is no question that over the last three years, we have made a big turnaround from years of dysfunction that have plagued New York State. Working together with the Governor, we ushered in a new era of fiscal responsibility by enacting a spending cap, a property tax cap, and passing three-consecutive, balanced budgets that were on-time because we put politics aside and worked together.
Senator Jack M. Martins recently visited with the student government at the Vincent Smith School in Port Washington. The Senator met with the students to discuss his role as a legislator in state government and to answer their questions. Senator Martins and the students had an insightful discussion.
With the 2014 Legislative Session have just begun in Albany, Senator Martins still finds times to visit the schools in the Seventh Senate District to discuss important issues in New York State with the students.
It’s a new year and much is already being made over Governor Cuomo’s pending State of the State speech, typically delivered the second week of every January. As one of the most powerful people in New York, liberals, conservatives and everyone in between are waiting to hear the tone and substance of the speech, sizing up where the supposed “battle lines” will be drawn.
Senator Jack M. Martins met recently with Kids Stock the House, an organization devoted to supporting the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. Kids Stock the House was founded by Donna Christina Oliverio, who enlisted the help of young people, getting students involved in helping others. Kids Stock the House, comprised on students who selflessly dedicated themselves to helping others, assists famlies in need by supporting the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, which provides comfort for those families who have a child undergoing medical treatment.
"Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education." So wrote the British historian Bertrand Russell, and if you’ve read the papers this week you may think he was absolutely right. Years of education do not translate into intelligence let alone an enlightened insight into truth.
Business Tax Cuts, Family Tax Relief, Health Care Measures Among New Laws Taking Effect
Hundreds of thousands of small businesses and manufacturers in New York will see a reduction in their state taxes as a result of new tax cuts that take effect on January 1, 2014. In addition, tax relief for hardworking, middle class families, new health care protections, and the START-UP NY economic development program are among the new state laws that take effect on New Year’s Day.
Senator Jack M. Martins recently attended the COPAY "Kids Helping Kids" holiday event, held at the Village of Great Neck Plaza. The Senator was honored and humbled to have received a Certificate of Appreciation from COPAY.
Community Organization for Parents and Youth (COPAY), located in Great Neck, is a wonderful organization that provides many valuable program to assist families. For more information on the programs COPAY offers, visit their website at www.copayofgreatneck.org. The phone number is (516) 466-2509.
Senator Jack M. Martins recently visited the Henry Viscardi School to wish the students and staff a happy holidays. The Henry Viscardi School is one of the jewels of education in the Seventh Senate District. Also vistiting the school was Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer of Yonkers.
Senator Martins and Assemblywoman Mayer were greated by President and CEO John Kemp and then were given a tour of the school.
Senator Jack M. Martins recently met with insurance brokers from the Chester Agency in Carle Place to discuss issues important to them. Pictured with Senator Martins are Stephen Folan, Andrew Chong, Evan Portnoy and Bruce Chester.
Senator Jack M. Martins was proud to have participated in the UJA-Federation’s annual Super Sunday phone-a-thon which brings together close to 1,000 people to help support the crucial work of UJA-Federation of New York. UJA-Federation has been a central force for communal planning and philanthropy in the New York Jewish community.
Residents will have the ability to file complaints about utility companies online
When Superstorm Sandy hit the Long Island region in October 2012, many residents and businesses were without power for weeks, some for over a month. The lack of information provided by LIPA concerning when power would be restored frustrated an extremely difficult situation as many felt they had nowhere to turn.
Elmont's Senator Jack Martins attended the GYO Holiday Celebration and played an intense game of "Connect 4" with students from the Clara Carlson School. Special thanks to Executive Director Pat Boyle and his staff.
New York State Senator Jack M. Martins once again held an annual toy drive and the communities in the Seventh Senate District answered with their customary generosity. The willingness to help others captured the spirit of the holidays as hundreds of toys from Senator Martins’ office made their way to Cohen Children’s Hospital Medical to benefit its Creative Arts Therapy Department.
Senator Jack Martins, Sewanhaka Central High School District Supt Ralph Ferrie, Trustees Jean Fichtl and Joe Armocida congratulate the Nassau County Championship Football team Carey High School! The team celebrated their wins and the Rutgers Cup at a special Championship breakfast sponsored the Carey Dads Club! "What a team and what a great school! I'm so proud of these young men, the cheerleaders and the entire coaching staff. They've made Franklin Square, Garden City South and West Hempstead proud," said Senator Jack Martins.
It may not be one of the more noble holiday traditions but I guiltily admit that one of my favorite things to do at this time of year is to settle down on the couch next to the fireplace with a bag of cookies and my dog to watch the endless stream of Christmas movies on TV. My wife and kids usually shun the endeavor and remind me that we’ve watched them, literally, dozens of times before. Yet this annual ritual gives me comfort, so I continue.