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Independence Day

You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn. You cannot build character and courage by destroying men's initiative and independence. And you cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves. - Rev. William John Henry Boetcker

This 4th of July, I thought I’d go beyond a column wishing you the usual round of safe holidays and hearty barbecues. Don’t get me wrong. Of course, I hope your holiday will be all of those things and more, but sentiment alone is never enough for a thoughtful column. Instead, I thought we could reflect on a more particular aspect of the holiday and how it may actually apply to some good news about our home state of New York.

July 5, 2012
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Newsday: Senator Martins Leads LI Delegation in Bills Passed

Newsday - Monday July 2, 2012

By Yancey Roy

Counting the number of bills a lawmaker gets passed certainly doesn’t tell the entire story.

Many of the bills the state Legislature approves are very small-scale in nature. And it’s an Albany truism that those in the political minority in either house (Republicans in the Assembly, Democrats in the Senate) rarely get more than a handful of their bills passed. Sometimes they give up “authorship” of a bill to a majority-party member to aid its passage.

That said, adding up bills is a way that constituents can see how active and successful their lawmakers are at getting bills through.

July 3, 2012
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Second Round of Low-Cost Power Allocations to Long Island Announced

Low Cost Power Program will Help to Create and Retain Thousands of Jobs across New York

An additional 161 businesses and not-for-profit organizations across the state have been awarded more than 80 megawatts (MW) of low cost power in the second round of allocations under the ReCharge New York program. This round of RNY allocations is expected to generate substantial private capital investments and retain approximately 25,000 jobs.

For Long Island, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) Board of Trustees this week approved allocations that total almost 7 MW of power to 24 enterprises, and are linked to almost 7,000 jobs and significant capital investments in the region.

July 2, 2012
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Senator Martins' Bill to Assist Firefighters Awaits Governor's Signature

Long Island is blessed to have its fire services provided by dedicated volunteers who commit their time and talent, often entering dangerous situation at all hours of the day and night, in order to protect their neighbors.

When the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) brought forth a concern, Senator Jack M. Martins, chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Local Government, sponsored legislation to alleviate the concern. It passed both houses overwhelmingly and now awaits Governor Cuomo’s signature.

June 28, 2012
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Join Senator Martins in Promoting Literacy with the New York State Senate Summer Reading Program

Join Senator Jack M. Martins this summer in promoting literacy and indulging in the wonderful world of books.

There's still time to take part in the New York State Senate Summer Reading Program. Just log on to www.nyread.com and create a profile and record your reading progress.

Those who complete the program will earn a certificate from Senator Martins.

"The more you read, the more things you will know. The more places that your learn, the more places you'll go." - Dr. Seuss

 

June 28, 2012
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Senator Martins: Getting It Done For New York

Since taking office in Janaury 2011, Senator Jack M. Martins has worked with his colleages and the Governor to make Albany gridlock and dysfunction a thing of the past . Over the past two years, hard work and compromise resulted in landmark new laws that will keep New York State moving in the right direction. These major new initiatives include the following:

· DNA Databank: This landmark crime-fighting law will implement the largest expansion of the State’s DNA databank since it was first created in 1994.

June 27, 2012
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Another Step Forward

After the final 24 hours of our legislative session, I felt like I had been shot out of a cannon. On Thursday, June 21, my colleagues and I in the State Senate had a jam-packed day that officially finished up our work for the 2012 session. We adjourned just after 10 p.m., at which time I picked up my bags at the hotel to start home, making the nearly three hour drive from Albany to Mineola. It's great to be home.

June 26, 2012
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Senator Martins Honors Officer Brennan For Brave Service

Wounded Police Officer Recovers From Shooting

Senator Jack M. Martins recently honored New York City Police Officer Kevin Brennan, who has made an incredible recover after being shot in the back of the head earlier this year while in the line of duty.

On January 31, 2012, Officer Brennan responded to a report of a shooting in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The Garden City Park resident was shot in the base of his skull. The suspect was later arrested. For Brennan, the recovery process was slow, but focusing on his family has served as motivation for a full recovery.

Brennan’s wife Janet has been a constant source of support and his daughter, Maeve, who was six-weeks-old at the time of the shooting, has been his inspiration.

June 25, 2012
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New York State Senate 2012 Session Highlights

2012-2013 NEW YORK STATE BUDGET

For the second consecutive year, the New York State Senate completed an early passage of the state budget. The 2012-13 state budget achieved the Senate Republicans’ goals of reducing state spending, not raising taxes and creating new private sector jobs.

Highlights include:

STATE SPENDING GROWTH HELD UNDER TWO PERCENT

> The $133.4 billion spending plan reduced all-funds spending for the second year in a row. In addition, the budget limited growth in state operations spending to 1.9 percent, which is less than the two percent spending cap passed last year by Senate Republicans and enacted for local government and school district budgets.

June 22, 2012
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Martins-Schimel Voting Mandate Relief Measure Passes Both Houses

Just as they did two years ago, Senator Jack M. Martins and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel stood up to fight for villages, school districts and special districts by passing legislation that ensures the democratic process will go on in local communities without a costly mandate that would ultimately have to be borne by taxpayers.

June 22, 2012
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Senator Martins Discusses Important Legislation on 'Your Voice'

On the latest edition of "Your Voice" from Albany, Senator Jack M. Martins discussed important legislation such as property tax relief for seniors and middle class families and combating prescription drug abuse, the Seventh Senate District Woman of Distinction, NYC Police Detective Kevin Brennan of Garden City Park, a visit from the students of the Hampton Street School and upcoming community events.

 

June 21, 2012
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Legislation Introduced by Senator Martins to Aid Villages Signed Into Law

Law makes it legal for villages to use the state appraisal services that are already available to counties, cities and towns

Senator Jack M. Martins announced that legislation he sponsored (S.6307A) to allow villages to acquire the same state appraisal services as counties, cities and towns when making assessments of highly complex properties and public utilities was signed into law by Governor Cuomo.

June 19, 2012
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Senate Passes Bill to Prevent Cyberbullying

The New York Senate passed legislation, supported by Senator Jack M. Martins, giving students wide-range of protections from bullying and cyberbullying. The legislation (S.7740) clarifies and expands the Dignity for All Students Act, an anti-bullying law enacted in 2010, which created guidelines for local school districts to develop policies and procedures to address the problem.

“Under this legislation, school districts can act on cyberbullying, thereby creating a suitable learning environment for all students and faculty,” Senator Martins said  

June 19, 2012
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

The Triple-Crown of Tax Relief

There certainly must have been a lot of disappointment in the days leading up to the Belmont Stakes as thoroughbred racehorse and Triple-Crown favorite, “I’ll Have Another,” showed signs of tendonitis and was scratched. I imagine it must have wreaked a fair amount of havoc on the sport, but I think most notable was the widespread, collective let-down that people experienced. Maybe we fall victim to so much press hype but I think it has something more to do with human nature. People love a winner, especially one that overcomes the odds, indisputably, three times over.

June 18, 2012
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Senate Passes Bill to Improve Health and Safety of Dogs and Cats Sold By Pet Dealers

The New York State Senate gave final legislative passage to a bill (S7268A), sponsored by that will ensure improved health and safety of pets sold in stores. The Senate took up the bill on New York State Animal Advocacy Day at the Capitol, where legislators and animal advocates network, share ideas, and lobby for stronger anti-cruelty laws.

“Those who purchase cats and dogs though breeding mills or pet dealers should be assured that they are cares for. This legislation helps to protect the health and welfare of animals and their owners,” said Senator Martins.

Dogs and cats that are sold by some pet stores receive inadequate exercise, veterinary care, and protection from the spread of disease.

June 14, 2012
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Senate Passes Domestic Violence Legislation

The New York State Senate passed legislation that will protect victims of domestic violence and establish stronger criminal penalties to punish individuals who commit acts of domestic violence.

The bill (S7638) represents a three-way agreement among the Senate, Governor Cuomo and the Assembly.  It includes several important provisions included in bills that have already passed the Senate this year, such as bail reforms and increased penalties for domestic violence crimes.

June 14, 2012
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Senate Passes Bill to Honor Fallen Firefighters

Legislation Also Passed that Allows Volunteer Firefighters to be Absent from Work During States of Emergency

The Senate apassed a bill (S.6368A) that would allow members of volunteer fire departments and volunteer ambulance squads to take an authorized absence from work when they respond to a state of emergency.

Senator Jack M. Martins strongly supported the bill. “Our firefighters and emergency personnel are always to respond it times of emergency. They should have the security to know that their jobs will be protected when they are serving to protect their communities in times when there is a state of emergency,” he said.

June 13, 2012
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Senator Martins Speaks in Support of I-STOP Legislation

Senator Jack M. Martins spoke in support of the I-STOP legislation on the Senate floor to help close the door on prescription drug abuse.

June 13, 2012
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Senator Martins and Assemblywoman Schimel Participate in League of Women Voters Forum

The League of Women Voters of Nassau County held a forum at the Port Washington Library with New York State Senator Jack M. Martins and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel recently. The League extended an invitation to both legislators who were happy to hold the forum during which members of the League and the public were invited to ask any questions they chose.

The members of the League and the public asked numerous questions on many important issues related to state and local government. Issues addressed included LIPA’s response to power outages, property taxes, hydro-fracking, gambling and local issues. Upon completion of the forum, the two lawmakers received an ovation.

June 12, 2012
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Senate Passes 'I-STOP' Legislation to Combat Prescription Drug Abuse

In response to the escalating problem of prescription drug abuse, the state Senate passed legislation that would make significant changes to the way prescription drugs are distributed and monitored in New York State.  

The bill (S7637), sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza (R-I, Staten Island) and Senator Kemp Hannon (R, Nassau), Chairman of the Senate Health Committee, and co-sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins, Chairman of the Senate Local Government Committee, includes “real time” prescription tracking to provide more information to doctors and pharmacists, in an effort to prevent deaths from abuse and overdoses of prescription drugs, particularly painkillers.

June 11, 2012
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