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Martins Appointed to Commerce Committee

The state senator to head Commerce, Economic Development, and Small Business Committee.

Sen. Jack Martins. Credit: File Photo
Sen. Jack Martins. Credit: File Photo

Sen. Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) was named Chairman of the Senate’s Commerce, Economic Development, and Small Business Committee.

The committee oversees and develops legislation regarding business tax credits, economic development, business regulations, and growth incentives affecting businesses throughout New York.

Martins understand the “ importance of small businesses to our local communities and he has been a leader in expanding our efforts to help them grow and create new jobs,” Senate Co-Leader Dean Skelos, R-Rockville Centre, said Thursday, in a statement that announced the appointment.

Martins is widely credited for leading downtown revitalization projects  in Mineola, where he served as mayor.  He completed a master plan for Mineola, incorporating  smart growth and transit-oriented development concepts to help bring more people into the downtown area and boost foot traffic for area businesses.

“Looking forward to building on the progress we've made and continue to reduce business costs so that businesses can grow, develop, and create jobs,” Martins wrote on his Facebook page.
Vincent March 22, 2014 at 08:01 AM
Dawn Andrew: I don't know this Adina Genn person,. Which stories did she cover? Besides this one of course. I wish they would bring back the old Patch Editors like Geofrey Walters. He did yeomans work covering the Williston Park hit and run story.
Arguendo March 22, 2014 at 11:03 AM
Perhaps Mr. Martins will consider weighing in with the Governor on the 80 foot PPSEG/LIPA pole matter, on behalf of his constituents? Bury the full five miles of new 69kv feeder -- not just the first 0.6 miles in Thomaston!
Archie Bunker March 23, 2014 at 09:35 AM
Hey There Senator Martins --- Take a walk down Main Street and see first hand what the town's economic development program has done.
Arguendo March 23, 2014 at 10:13 AM
Indeed. Aided and abetted by a few individuals with their own interests at stake.
Arguendo March 25, 2014 at 10:41 PM
For Mr. Martin's consideration: In addition to conducting a patently false campaign of "Fear Uncertainty and Doubt" with regard to Port Washington power demand (no independent review of forecasts or methodology) , CEO Dave Daly flat out lied to everyone in the room when he walked back and denied any contribution of the Glenwood Landing feeder, a fact memorialized in his own slides. Quoting:"The loss of 69kV Transmission Line from Glenwood to Bar Beach will create an overload condition on the existing Port Washington to Great Neck Line due to increased customer demand projected for Summer 2014 and beyond. New Transmission Line prevents the need to load shed for loss of supply from Glenwood to Bar Beach..." Daly's own slide gives the lie to his comments that "Glenwood had nothing to do with the project", and further reinforces that simply re-supplying the Glenwood feeder can solve the problem without 210 80-foot poles. This slide appears at page 4 of: http://www.northhempstead.com/filestorage/7350/7121/7229/7271/Port_Washington_to_Great_Neck_Overhead_Transmission_Project.pdf

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