Rocky Point's Maertz Declares Candidacy for New York State Senate

Jennifer Maertz seeks rematch against incumbent Ken Lavalle in 2012.

Jennifer Maertz, D-Rocky Point, announced her candidacy Tuesday for the First Senate District, to run against incumbent Ken Lavalle, R- Port Jefferson.

Maertz ran in the First Senate District race against Lavalle in 2010, making her the first candidate to run against the 35-year incumbent more than once. She entered the 2010 race two months before the election and earned 34 percent of the vote.

“I made a promise to continue to advocate for Long Island families and local businesses," she said in a release. "I am announcing my intentions to continue that effort by working to provide eastern Suffolk County with the representation it deserves in the State Senate.”

Maertz, currently a practicing litigation attorney, graduated from St. John’s University, Touro Law School, and received her MBA from the New York Institute of Technology. She has a history serving on local civic and youth council boards, and has been recognized by the Town of Brookhaven for her volunteer efforts with local youth.

Maertz declared her candidacy on her website late Monday night and launched a campaign page on Facebook.

BillLongisland February 08, 2012 at 10:33 AM
Isn't this "Re-Match" for Ms. Maertz against LaValle ? Of course it is, the first time quickly replacing former Alan Hevisi staff employee Regina Calcaterra who faked her way into the election in 2010 ! http://www.newsday.com/columnists/dan-janison/calcaterra-drops-out-of-race-after-residency-flap-1.2225708 Besides receiving support in that "run" from the Working Families Party, here is a recommendation from something called the AAUW that should give you pause as to her Progressive political proclivities...another "Community Organizer" with all of the "code words"! " In furtherance of Jennifer’s commitment to her community, she intends to run for a local political office in the near future. Her proven track record demonstrates consistent success as an attorney, community leader, and political change agent." http://www.aauw-nys.org/districtcouncil_emerging.htm I love that "community leader, and political change agent" moniker ! But a Rose, is a Rose, is a "whatever" with these Democrat Progressives !
SecretAGENT February 08, 2012 at 03:44 PM
This woman is so wrong on the issues it's laughable. If she was so concerned she would have been active in the intervening two years. But she, according any available news article, took off. Silent on the issues that are of such grave importance to her. She says: "“I made a promise to continue to advocate for Long Island families and local businesses," And where was she in all of 2010 and 2011? Nowhere. Silence. Ms. Maertz is "vocal" when it is convenient for her own career. take your pap somewhere else, please.
BillLongisland February 08, 2012 at 03:54 PM
To be..."fair" here is another news sources posting... Maertz (D) lost the New York State senator (1st District) election with 34.11% of the vote on Nov. 2nd, 2010. Background Maertz, 34, of Rocky Point, is also running on the Working Families line. A lifelong resident of Suffolk County, she graduated from St. John's University, Touro Law School and received her MBA from the New York Institute of Technology. She has been a member of the Rocky Point Civic Association, North Shore Youth Council, Brookhaven Business and Community Alliance and serves as vice chair of the Brookhaven Democratic Committee. Issues Maertz wants to reduce local property taxes by rewriting the school aid formula to provide equity to Long Island homeowners. She said Long Island receives about 12 percent of New York's school aid while educating 17 percent of the state's children, which means local property taxes have been raised to make up the difference. She says she will work to make sure Long Island gets its fair share of state money, saying Long Island taxpayers send more than $8 billion annually in taxes to Albany but get back only a little more than $5 billion in services. She also wants to reform state government by requiring tougher ethics and disclosure rules for lawmakers, eliminating inside-dealing and reforming the state budget process to end "a generation of gimmicks, structural deficits, higher borrowing and higher taxes." http://politics.newsday.com/politician.php?id=143
BillLongisland February 08, 2012 at 04:13 PM
You can see she joined all of the requisite "local to her district" organizations....Rocky Point Civic Association, and the Wanting Hard To Be Resurrected "North Shore Youth Council..and something called the "Brookhaven Business and Community Alliance". What's interesting about her "issues", is she is "for" what are Impossible Tasks to accomplish but at the same time appealing to the "hearts" of Any Tax Payer. However, her political labels she is running under are antithetical to their accepted political philosophies so, I guess she depends upon The Apathy and Ignorance Of Voters.
BillLongisland February 08, 2012 at 04:18 PM
This "Brookhaven Business & Community Alliance", is "a group focused primarily on "revitalization" efforts in Rocky Point." and headed by Joe Kessell, Jr.. http://abcoonline.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=261&Itemid=1&date=2012-01-01 To give one an idea what this "new" alphabet group's thinking is, they staged an open "barbeque" on Veterans Way in Rocky Point behind TILDA's, and, allegedly " About 100 Rocky Point residents gathered at Veteran's Way Tuesday night for the park's grand re-opening, sponsored by the Brookhaven Business & Community Alliance. For some residents, the event was a sign that the downtown is on its way to being rejuvenated." http://abcoonline.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=261&Itemid=1&date=2012-01-01 However underlying these noble efforts, apparently there was some behind the scenes bickering... " Months ago, some business officials and civic members were at odds with each other over the revitalization process, with some businesspeople believing civic members wanted to keep them out of the visioning process and some civic members believing business officials were staying away from visioning meetings to thwart revitalization efforts." http://abcoonline.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=261&Itemid=1&date=2012-01-01
BillLongisland February 08, 2012 at 04:22 PM
At the heart of the "differences", was/is Rocky Point's apparent lack of an adequate sewer system. "An extensive sewer system would allow business owners to expand their operations physically and to add residential units above their stores -- a move that can only come following a change of zone in the downtown area. "With sewers, you have the capacity to build more density, and more density brings more tax rateables to the school district," Mr. Johannesen said. "And that means property tax relief." That term "rateables" should give you a clue, and give you pause, as to "where" these people are coming from...and with which Voters and Tax Payers should realize is a Myth, that Big Government advocates try to peddle to Tax Payers as a reason "why" these type of Political Elites. Especially Rocky Point civic association member Rich Johannesen...and "Big Time" Jane Bonner $upporter and "propper upper"..., who is very involved in this group ! They promise you lower property taxes, but believe me their sense of Gravity about Taxes is kind of "different" than what you and I think about them !
BillLongisland February 08, 2012 at 04:43 PM
SecretAGENT, you are going to like this...the complete AAUW posting...especially the first sentence ! "A demonstrated leader and grassroots organizer, Jennifer J. Maertz is a practicing trial attorney who is deeply involved in our community and neighborhoods. After graduating from St. John’s University and Touro Law, Jennifer received an MBA with distinction from New York Institute of Technology. A lifelong resident of Suffolk County, she serves as an active member of the Suffolk County Bar Association, AAUW, NOW, and the Brookhaven Democratic Committee. In furtherance of Jennifer’s commitment to her community, she intends to run for a local political office in the near future. Her proven track record demonstrates consistent success as an attorney, community leader, and political change agent." http://www.aauw-nys.org/districtcouncil_emerging.htm
NotJennifer February 08, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Calcaterra wannabe
BillLongisland February 09, 2012 at 12:04 PM
Let's hope she is as ineligible as Calcaterra, anyway, NotJennifer ! If past is prologue....Maertz is in the same miserable position that Regina was...and that's a Strong possiblity, if Calcaterra got as far as she did in her Fake "run" ! "As a partner in a Philadelphia law firm, Ms. Calcaterra owned a home and was registered to vote in Pennsylvania. In an income tax filing she also listed herself as a non-resident of New York. A State Supreme Court ruling later upheld on appeal found that Ms. Calcaterra was ineligible to run because she had not lived in the state for five consecutive years prior to the election." It seems that, it only goes to prove, The Only Way Any "Democrat" can win an election is by Cheating Somehow, or Stealing It ! Here's how Maertz came out of that election.... "Mr. LaValle held on to his seat, defeating Ms. Maertz by close to a 2 to 1 margin." http://www.thealbanyproject.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=9162 This is how Maertz is beginning this election cycle...kind of bad start !
BillLongisland February 09, 2012 at 05:55 PM
You're going to Love This...the address for Maertz's NY Senate run on something called "ballotpedia.org Mailing address 130 Middle Country Road Middle Island, NY http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/Jennifer_Maertz Not ever Close to Rocky Point, but maybe as close as she is going to get ! This address is The Same as Regina Calcaterra's "Friends of Regina Calcaterra" street address. http://www.manta.com/c/mw2ngz6/friends-of-regina-cal Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm ? Maybe she is closer to Calcaterra than is presented in news stories, and that Maertz wants Voters to know ? If you are curious about her "issues" this is the place to find them..it is to shudder, when you read them...you can't call them "Left", they are so far "Left" it's a wonder she can stand up ! http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/Jennifer_Maertz
BillLongisland February 12, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Here is Jennifer Maertz "unmasked", as it were, and seemingly "Proud" to be a Progressive... http://jennifermaertz.com/Issues
BillLongisland February 12, 2012 at 05:45 PM
You would be a bit surprised just how "sensitive" these Local Pols are to what is written in the local online communities, Readers. I myself have received guarded contact from one local Town district representative, who was so nervous about speaking with me, they said they had to contact me "Off" of Town property, less it be a "violation" of Town Code proscriptions about engaging in "campaign activity" on Town property. In addition, it has been my personal experience, that Town Hall have Town employees...on the public tax payroll and "on the clock"...who do nothing but monitor these local online communities all day long, as well as engage in behavior, quite similar to yours, in disrupting local readers from participating in these online communities, expressing their Opinions. Like any of these totalitarian-minded local politicians in Brookhaven, they are Nervous about any "discouraging words" from Tax Payers and they feel No compunction in "reaching out" to intimidate one's exercise in Free Speech.
BillLongisland February 12, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Somehow I knew you, eventually, would mention...the Children.
BillLongisland February 13, 2012 at 11:54 AM
Why is Jennifer Maertz "running" if earlier last year, she and Doug Segall left the Executive Board of the Brookhaven Democratic Committee ? According to a Newsday article, she left " to do other things, particularly help female candidates". http://www.newsday.com/long-island/politics/brookhaven-democratic-committee-departures-1.2911693 Ostensibly, it was over "the party's cross-endorsement of Republican town board member Kathy Walsh", but "why" is she now running against LaValle, a second time ? Interestingly, Douglas Segall is Maertz's "Senior Advisor" for this "run" ! http://www.jennifermaertz.com/Contact_Us Also, does Jennifer Maertz live in the district she is "running" in, or is she another Calcaterra ?
BillLongisland February 13, 2012 at 12:52 PM
"Last time I checked, Jen's a local." That's what the Dem-Progressive's said about Calcaterra, and she "Faked It", gathered campaign contributions, made public appearances right up to the Court decision ! Last I've seen the only thing "Rocky Point" about Maertz, is her post office box on her campaign webpage... Mail: P.O. Box 5362 Rocky Point, NY 11778 http://www.jennifermaertz.com/Contact_Us
DM/MP February 13, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Did you ask her for her long form birth certificate yet or or you just going to continue farting in your hand and smelling it? Take it up with the NSBPOA and The Civic if youre not too much of a coward.
DM/MP February 13, 2012 at 01:21 PM
http://www.rockypointcivic.org/ You do have to be a resident for the Civic. You do not have to be a Resident for the NSBPOA. Yay slumlords.
BillLongisland February 13, 2012 at 03:00 PM
As an "Emerging Leader 2011" for the AAUW.org designates Maertz as "Smithtown Area - Jennifer J. Maertz" http://www.aauw-nys.org/districtcouncil_emerging.htm Hmmmmm ?
BillLongisland February 13, 2012 at 03:16 PM
NotJennifer, here is a "connection" with Regina Calcaterra that Maertz neglects to include in her c/v on her election website...from "We Missed It The First Time Dept."... "... Maertz had served as aide to Democrat Regina Calcaterra..." http://www.northshoreoflongisland.com/Articles-i-2010-08-26-85103.112114-sub-Rocky-Pts-Maertz-to-oppose-LaValle-on-November-ballot-if-the-courts-allow.html
BillLongisland February 14, 2012 at 04:24 PM
More background on Jennifer Maertz...the not so "Un-Regina Calcaterra" Democrat "alternative"... "Ms.Calcaterra turned over her campaign office in Rocky Point to Ms. Maertz and many of her former staff members are on board with the new candidate." "Ms. Maertz, like Ms. Calcaterra, is a litigating attorney for the GEICO insurance company." http://riverheadnewsreview.timesreview.com/2010/09/2210/so-just-who-is-jennifer-maertz/ Maertz was "in on" the "Fake" Route 25A Corridor Study Rocky Point Working Group.. "Jennifer Maertz, Rocky Point Civic/BBCA" http://fedupfightback.com/Meeting%20Minutes%20-%20Rocky%20Point%20WG%20-%20100311.pdf She is a "Trustee" of the Rocky Point Civic Association...only God and they "know" whatever That is ?... http://www.rpalumni.org/rpcivic/staff.html
BillLongisland February 14, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Here is a great, humorous, "tongue and cheek", "critique"...if that's the word..of her campaign webpage platitudes.. It's a Hoot ! The Bottom Line being...lots of "platitudes" and no specifics...which is expected from politicians to be...but what we are All tired of hearing, at this point.... http://whbqt.info/template_permalink.asp?id=1865
BillLongisland February 14, 2012 at 04:53 PM
It seems that Ms. Maertz has something she is..ahem..."holding back" for our general information ! It seems in 2009 Ms. Maertz was active Enough to be a "candidate" for a "Directors" position in the North Shore Beach Property Owners Association, Inc., what DMMP calls the "NSBPOA"....the one he told us has a realtor as head... Why isn't this a part of her Current online resume...Hmmm what, she doesn't want people to know ? Oh well.... JENNIFER MAERTZ, ESQ. Jennifer J. Maertz, Esq. is a practicing trial attorney who is deeply involved in our community. After graduating from St. John’s University and Touro Law, Jennifer received an MBA with distinction from NYIT. A lifelong resident of Suffolk County, she serves as an active member of the Suffolk County Bar Association, NOW, BBCA, Rocky Point Civic, Brookhaven Democratic Committee, and is a recipient of the 2008-2009 Emerging Leader award at the NYS AAUW convention. Jennifer also intends to volunteer her time and expertise this winter helping our local youth develop valuable communication and leadership skills. Jennifer resides in Rocky Point with her husband Michael. Their home was built by Michael’s grandparents after purchasing the property at an auction on a Rocky Point beach circa 1930. Jennifer is committed to helping the NSBPOA preserve the same unique Rocky Point community atmosphere that her family has enjoyed for generations." http://www.rpalumni.org/northshorebeach/pdf/BEACH_NEWSLETTERAugust09.pdf
Alicia Palifka March 13, 2012 at 01:36 PM
No thank you..


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