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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Senator Jack M. Martins was at the Weber Middle School in Port Washington for his pizza and politics program. Senator Martins discussed issues in government with sixth grade students. The senator and the students also discussed their entries into Senator Martins' Thanksgiving Essay Contest. The main theme of the essays was giving thanks after Superstorm Sandy hit our region.
At the end of the visit, Principal Marilyn Rodahan presented Senator Martins with the school's "Pride" pin for making the students feel special. The senator was honored to received this distinction from such a wonderful school.
Senator Jack M. Martins introduced Governor Cuomo at SUNY Old Westbury, where the Governor discussed the state-of-the-state to a packed auditorium. Senator Martins and the Governor both recognized the ability of the executive and legislature to work together the past two years on passing balanced budget that closed billion of dollars in deficits to get New York State on the right fiscal track. They also recognized that there is a lot more to do in keeping New York's economy moving through job creation and economic development.
New Yorkers who lost their jobs or income due to Hurricane Sandy now have an extension from February 4, 2013 to February 28, 2013 to apply for federal disaster unemployment assistance (DUA).
Disaster unemployment benefits are available to provide financial support to anyone who has lost their job and live or work in the Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Richmond, Rockland, Queens, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster or Westchester counties.
Senator Jack M. Martins supported measures passed in the New York State Senate that would increase school bus safety by prohibiting registered sex offenders from becoming bus drivers and for increasing penalties for passing a stopped school bus that is picking up or dropping off students.
Legislation (S.1519) prohibits a registered sex offender from obtaining or renewing a commercial drivers license to operate a passenger or school bus, providing a greater level of protection to the public from these individuals.
On the latest edition of "Your Voice," a cable television show from Albany, Senator Jack M. Martins discussed the efforts in the Senate to provide relief for utility rate payers by pushing the Governor to let the ultility tax surcharge expire. He also discussed visiting schools throughout the Seventh Senate District to get the youth of the community interested in government.
Senator Jack M. Martins hosted his 3rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards to a standing-room only crowd that spilled out into the hallways at the Elmont Library Theatre this past Sunday afternoon. Over 450 residents packed the Library to honor community activists and listen to Dr. King’s inspiring “I Have a Dream Speech.” The program was a rich collection of culturally nourishing music and spoken word throughout a ceremony that has won rave reviews.
Senator Jack M. Martins and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, who both represent Great Neck in the New York State Legislature, recently returned to high school for lunch period at Great Neck South High School.
While the senator and the assemblywoman may have been students at different schools – Martins at Chaminade and Schimel at Midwood – this time, they were classmates, enjoying the school’s new nutritious lunch menu with students. The senator and assemblywoman were able to listen to the students’ thoughts on the new lunch menu, which was implemented in Great Neck schools using guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Senator Jack M. Martins recently visited the Dryden Street School in Westbury, where he was welcomed by Mrs. Sabella to her kindergarten class. The senator also received a warm welcome from Principal Telmer, Westbury Superintendent of Schools Mary Lagnado, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Personnel Robert Brisbane and Westbury School Board Trustee Leslie Davis.
Senator Martins answered questions from the student and then read “Abe Lincoln’s Hat” with them. The senator was extremely impressed with the students’ comprehension and the education taking place at the Dryden Street School.
Senator Jack M. Martins, the chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Local Government, addressed the members of the New York Conference of Mayors (NYCOM) & Municipal Officials during their annual winter legislative meeting. Senator Martins discussed the items on NYCOM's legislative agenda.
Less than three months after Senate leaders launched the New York State Senate Bipartisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy recovery, the Task Force has released its preliminary report and recommendations on Sandy relief and storm planning. The preliminary report and recommendations come after Task Force members toured storm damaged communities across the New York City Metro Area, including Freeport, Island Park, Oceanside, The Rockaways, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Hudson Valley.