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Martins tops LI delegation in bills passed, ranks second overall

[From the Spin Cycle page in Newsday's Monday edition]

Counting bills is a limited way to measure a state legislator’s productivity. The number is influenced by whether his/her party is in the majority and by what committee he/she leads. That said, a recent report by the New York Public Interest Research Group shows that Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola) led the Long Island delegation with 34...

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State Legislature approves Grumman plume bill

Senator Charles Schumer holds a press conference on

(Credit: Anthony Lanzilote)

State lawmakers have approved a bill that orders the Department of Environmental Conservation to outline a plan to contain a toxic waste site in Bethpage.

The site centers on contaminated underground plumes traced to aircraft manufacturing operations by the U.S. Navy and Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corp., now Northrop Grumman.

The bill was one of slew of measures approved last week...

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