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Senator Martins, FASNY Seek Ban on Novelty Lighters

Dangerous Lighters Resemble Childrens' Toys

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.

March 7, 2013
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Senator Martins Discusses Sandy Relief on 'Your Voice'

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.

March 7, 2013
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Senator Martins Welcomes Secretary of State from Portugal to Mineola

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.

March 5, 2013
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Senator Martins Joins With Colleagues to Unveil Family Tax Relief Act

Proposal Would Cut Taxes By $2 Billion

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.

March 5, 2013
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Video Animation of Proposed Soccer Stadium

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.

March 4, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Local Government Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Local Government Senator Jack M. Martins, Chair 1:00 PM, Tuesday, March 5, 2013 Room 945 LOB

March 5, 1:00 PM - 1:15 PM
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Senator Martins Discusses Local Events, Budget Process on 'Your Voice'

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.

February 28, 2013
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FEMA Disaster Assistance Deadline Extended

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.

February 26, 2013
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Residents Reminded to File for Property Tax Exemption Deadline by March 1 Deadline

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.

February 19, 2013
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Senator Martins Introduces Governor at SUNY Old Westbury

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.

February 15, 2013
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