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Senate Completes Early Passage of State Budget

011-12 State Budget Reduces Spending, Does Not Raise Taxes and Creates Jobs

The New York State Senate has completed passage of the 2011-12 state budget one day prior to the April 1st budget deadline. The budget achieves the Senate Republicans’ goals of reducing state spending, not raising taxes and creating new private sector jobs.

“With this budget we have begun to restore hope to millions of New Yorkers who want state government to spend less, tax less and do more to encourage job creation,” Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos said. “The budget achieved all of these goals by reducing overall state spending by getting rid of some of the devastating tax and fee increases enacted by

April 4, 2011
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Senator Martins To Hold Mobile Office Hours

Senator Jack M. Martins has announced he will be holding mobile office hours to bring government services directly to residents in their own communities.

Senator Martins will be holding mobile office hours in New Hyde Park on Thursday, April 7 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Hillside Public Library, 155 Lakeville Road and then again in Manhasset on Thursday, April 14 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Manhasset Public Library, 30 Onderdonk Avenue.

Residents who need assistance with government services, have questions about government programs, or would like to express concerns about a particular issue can come and share them with Senator Martins' office in a one-on-one setting. No appointments are necessary.

April 7, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Times are indeed changing in Albany and for the better. Not only do we have an on-time budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year, but we went through the process with both sides of the aisle working together. The budget passed with overwhelming support in the legislature. Most importantly, we passed a fiscally-responsible budget that closed a $10 billion deficit without raising any taxes or fees. It is quite a change from years past when our state government found a way to overspend and overtax in the middle of a financial crisis. Quite frankly, we couldn’t suffer another year of those past practices and so we made a commitment – we would balance the budget, not on the backs of our taxpayers, but by cutting spending.

April 4, 2011
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Senator Martins Swears in Officers of the Albertson Fire Company

On March 19, Senator Jack M. Martins swore in the officers of the Albertson Fire Company at the company's annual dinner at the Royalton in Roslyn Heights. Also, Senator Martins had the opportunity to recognize Dennis A. Craine and Peter F. Brala, who were being honored for 50 years of service to the company. Both have committed decades to the company inservice to the community.

April 4, 2011
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A Day Spent in the Senate

From the Albany Times Union

By Tim O'Brien

ALBANY -- Latin American college students from across the state got a chance to sit in the seat of a state senator Saturday.

About 70 students from city and state university campuses participated in the Somos Legislative Conference. For 15 years, students have been assigned to represent a Senate district, study a specific piece of legislation and then take to the Senate floor to debate.

While the students use their own names, they are supposed to represent the district and political party of the real senator. This year, they debated an actual bill that called for a five-member independent commission to redraw legislative district boundaries.

April 4, 2011
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Senator Martins Welcomes Students to Annual Somos Conference

Senator Jack M. Martins attended and opened the New York State Session for the annual Somos El Futuro conference. Martins joined with Senator Gustavo Rivera, Senator Jose Peralta, Assemblyman Marcos Crespo, Assemblywoman Vanessa Gibson for the session.

April 4, 2011
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Senator Martins Stands With the Floral Park Fire Department to Raise 9-11 Patriot Flag

In an emotional ceremony on Saturday, April 2, the Floral Park Fire Departmetn raised the 9-11 Patriot Flag in honor of Keith Fairben and Ronald Kloepfer, two local heroes who died on 9-11 whle coming to the rescue of others. Senator Jack M. Martins was honored to attend the ceremony.

April 4, 2011
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Senator Martins Attends Patriot Flag Ceremony in Floral Park

On Saturday, April 2, Senator Jack M. Martins joined the Floral Park Fire Department for the Flag and Memorial Wall ceremony. The 9-11 Patriot Flag is making a tour of all 50 states and flew over Floral Park. The flag is 30X55.5 feet and weighs 75 pounds. It was raised by two aerial ladder fire trucks at the Reliance Firehouse parking field on Jericho Turnpike and Holland Avenue.

The ceremony was extremely emotional since it paid tribute to Keith Fairben and Ronald Kloepfer, who died on 9-11 while coming to the rescue of others.

April 4, 2011
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Black History Month Roundtable Focuses On Economic Development

From Elmont.org

Ceremony honors the lives of African-Americans, past and present

The Round Table discussion at the Eighth Annual Black History Month Celebration, presented by Elmont Online and Highlighting Success, Inc., drew attention to a significant topic: Economic Development in Elmont. Moderated by Scott Cushing, a member of the 2011 Black History Month Committee, the discussion spanned Elmont’s potential, its progress to date, and the community’s challenges.

April 4, 2011
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Senator Martins: Budget Balances Needs of All Residents

Senator Jack M. Martins had the distinction of being the last Senator to speak on the budget. The budget, he said, addresses a balance between services that are necessary while providing relief for the residents of New York State who have been taxed to the breaking point.

April 1, 2011
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MTA, Nassau County, State Legislature Announce Agreement to Save Long Island Bus Service

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), Nassau County and State Senate Republicans, lead by Senator Charles Fuschillo (R, Merrick) and Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola), today announced an agreement to stave off proposed cuts to Long Island Bus that would have affected more than half of the bus routes in Nassau County.

April 1, 2011
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Senator Martins Congratulates Students Bound For Harvard

Mineola High School not only has one student accepted to Harvard University, but two.

Senator Jack M. Martins congratulated Mineola High School seniors Sean Cha and Luke Escobar for being accepted to Harvard University.

"Sean and Luke are a testament to the education taking place in Mineola. They made the entire community proud. I wish them the best of luck but I know it is hard work that will make them successful," Senator Martins said.

April 1, 2011
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Senator Martins Meets With AP Government Students at Mineola High School

Senator Jack M. Martins came home from a busy week in Albany during which the Senate passed a budget for New York State and met with students in Mark Bomser’s Advanced Placement Government class.

Senator Martins spoke about the budget that was just passed in Albany. He told the students that it was a difficult process because the Legislature had to work with the Governor to close a $10 billion deficit. Since people are in need of tax relief, the Senate and the Governor decided that the way to close the budget deficit without increasing the burden on taxpayers was to cut spending.

April 1, 2011
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Senator Martins Commits to Education, Restores Millions of Dollars in State Aid to Schools

Senator Jack M. Martins knows the value of a good education. That's why he fought to restore millions of dollars in state aid to school districts in the 7th Senate District in the budget.

March 31, 2011
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Senator Martins Restores Cuts in Aid to School Districts

Senator Jack M. Marting fought for the schools in the 7th Senate District and was able to restore significant cuts in aid that were proposed. He spoke about the importance of restoring cuts to the Elmont and Sewanhaka Central High School Districts.

March 31, 2011
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Senate Acts to Protect Children and Families From Abuse

The New York State Senate passed a legislative package that would strengthen penalties and provide additional protections for children and families who are victims of domestic or sexual abuse. The proposals build upon the Senate’s commitment to supporting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, preventing abuse from continuing, and ensuring appropriate penalties for criminals who prey upon the state’s most vulnerable populations.

March 31, 2011
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Senator Martins Legislative Report From Albany

Senator Jack M. Martins discusses the budget, Long Island Bus and making children and seniors a priority in his latest legislative report from Albany.

March 30, 2011
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Senate Approves Bill to Increase Penalties for Reckless Driving

Proposal Gives New Tools to Prosecute Wrong-Way Driving, Other Dangerous Actions

With recent tragic accidents involving motorists driving the wrong way, the New York State Senate took up a measure to address the issue by passing a bill (S.3452) to help make roads safer by strengthening penalties for reckless driving and creating a new crime of aggravated reckless driving.

The legislation, sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. and co-sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins, enhances prosecution of individuals charged with dangerous driving behavior, especially when incidents involve people who are drunk or high and drive on roads in the wrong direction.

March 30, 2011
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Ending the Cycle of Business as Usual in Albany

What a difference a year makes.

If you think back to the budget crisis of a year ago and the discussions today, there truly is a marked difference. In both, the state was grappling with a devastating fiscal crisis, but this year the commitment was made to reduce spending as opposed to continuing the cycle of ever more taxes and spending. That was the norm in Albany from both sides of the aisle for far too long. We all remember the more than $14 billion in taxes, fees and surcharges the past two years on like payroll, electricity, natural gas, and bottled water.

March 28, 2011
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Senator Martins Honors Eagle Scouts From Boy Scout Troop 298 of New Hyde Park

Senator Jack M. Martins honored Boy Scout Troop 298's two newest Eagle Scouts at an Eagle Court of Honor Ceremony, held on Friday, March 11 at Clinton Martin Park in New Hyde Park. Scouts Casey Falconer and Matthew Miller reached the highest level a Boy Scout can achieve. It takes years of hard work and dedication in Scouting to become an Eagle Scout.

"I congratulate Casey and Matthew. They are two oustanding young men who have a bright future. To achieve the rank of Eagle Scout is an accomplishment that will serve them well in the future. They are leaders in their community and I was proud to attend their Eagle Court of Honor," Senator Martins said.

March 28, 2011
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