Legislation passed by the New York State Senate to ensure that any firefighter who is killed while performing services in the line of duty has their name included on the Fallen Firefighter Memorial in Albany was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
“The men and women who make up the volunteer fire services here on Long Island are among the bravest and most qualified firefighters in our state. They give selflessly of their time and expertise. They deserve to have their memories preserved. Thank you to Senator Dean Skelos was sponsoring the legislation and Governor Cuomo for signing it into law,” said Senator Jack M. Martins, who strongly supported the law.
The internet, text messages, and social media sites have provided convenience and an ease of communication. However, there is a negative side to electronic communications as it has been used by bullies to harass fellow students.
Recognizing the seriousness of the problem of “cyberbullying,” the New York State Senate passed legislation (S.7740) that clarifies and expands the 2010 Dignity for All Students Act, an anti-bullying law that first created guidelines for local school districts to develop policies and procedures to address the problem of bullying.
I’ve been told it’s hard for anyone to take notes when I’m speaking. Apparently, I have a habit of adding just one more thought to or trying to squeeze as much information from whatever topic is being discussed. I guess it’s true because here we are with the Senate Session over, yet I have a dozen things I want to report to you that didn’t make it into this column yet. Typically, I address events and senate happenings as they unfold, but with so much going on, there aren’t enough opportunities to write about all of them, so my “one other thing” list grows longer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.