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Senator Martins, LIRR President Helena Williams Outline Major Improvements at Hicksville Station

Senator Jack M. Martins and Long Island Rail Road President Helena E. Williams were at the Hicksville LIRR station on Tuesday, July 31, reviewing plans for the improvement of the station that the railroad believes will significantly improve service and customer satisfaction for Long Island commuters.

Senator Martins and Ms. Williams both indicated how important the Hicksville LIRR station is to commuters as the busiest station in Nassau County where both the Huntington/Port Jefferson Branch and the Ronkonkoma Branch converge into the Main Line.

August 3, 2012

Expansion of DNA Databank Goes Into Effect

Legislation Supported by Senator Martins Aids Crime Solving and Prevention

As of August 1, New York State got tougher on crime. That’s because legislation that expanded the DNA Databank went into effect. The All-Crimes DNA Law will add approximately 46,000 individual DNA samples a year to the databank, providing law enforcement with additional tools it needs to solve crime and potentially prevent some future crimes from occurring.

August 2, 2012

Senator Martins Attends Kiwanis Day at Mineola's Wilson Park

Each year, members of County Seat Kiwanis visit Mineola's Wilson Park to treat the campers that attend the Mineola Summer Recreation Program to lunch. This summer was no exception. Members of County Seat Kiwanis - Ed Schutz, Lois Hanson, John Davanzo and Gabe Parajos. Ed and John manned the grill, cooking the hotdogs, and Senator Jack M. Martins joined Village of Mineola Deputy Mayor Paul Pereira and Lois in preparing the hot dog rolls. Gabe served the campers. It was a wonderful summer day for an exception program run by the village's recreation department, led by Marta DeSousa and Anna Athan.

August 2, 2012

Seniors Put the Fun in Funday Monday

On Monday, July 30, Senator Jack M. Martins spent a pleasant summer day at North Hempstead Beach Park for Funday Monday. Each Monday, seniors from the communities that comprise the Town of North Hempstead gather at the beach for a day of music, dancing, card games and good company.

On July 30, Funday Monday included a health fair with numerous tables set up where residents can get information. Senator Martins provided a cool refreshment as he brought an ice cream truck, courtesy of Phil Fortuna and Long Island Checker Cab, to give free ice cream. Senator Martins greeted many friends and was honored to have spent the day with the seniors.

July 31, 2012

From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Slowly but Surely

Back in February of 2011, I met Susan, a resident of New Hyde Park, who shared with me yet another of those Long Island Railroad stories that can drive sane people mad.

Just a few weeks before, Susan had decided to avoid the snow-covered roads and purchased two one-way tickets at the New Hyde Park railroad station. She didn’t use the return fare since she was able to get a ride home. When she tried to refund the ticket, she was shocked to learn MTA policy called for a $10 processing fee regardless of the ticket’s price. That was more than her $7.25 ticket. Imagine a refund fee more costly than the actual product itself!

July 30, 2012

Senator Martins Attends Meeting of Hicksville Fire District Board of Commissioners

Senator Jack M. Martins recently attended a meeting of the Hicksville Fire District Board of Commissioners. As a proponent of the volunteer fire service, Senator Martins keeps abreast of the issues facing our volunteers.

July 27, 2012

Senator Martins Attends Viewing of HBO Documentary at Sid Jacobson JCC

Senator Jack M. Martins attended a viewing of the HBO documentary, "Hard Times: Lost on Long Island" at the Sid Jacobson Jewish Communtiy Center (JCC) in Roslyn. The film provides a sobering look at the struggles of unemployment on Long Island.

Prior the viewing of the film, Senator Martins met with Sid Jacboson JCC Executive Director David Black.

July 27, 2012

From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Beyond The Horseradish

“To a worm in horseradish, the world is horseradish.”

Yiddish Proverb


That’s one of my favorite expressions. If you’ve never heard it, it simply means that we’re mostly concerned with the world we actually live in, the everyday circumstances of our existence. We do, of course, devote some attention to greater matters, but we are generally shaped by our own daily realities.

July 26, 2012

Senator Martins Visits Hicksville PAL Summer Camp

Senator Jack M. Martins visited the Hicksville PAL summer camp where he met with the members of the girls basketball camp. The Hicksville unit of the Police Athletic League offers baseball, basketball, horseback riding, judo, karate, lacrosse, softball and wrestling for various ages.

Children learn values such as teamwork and sportsmanship as they participate in healthy and productive activities. “The PAL teaches children that winning isn’t about the numbers on the scoreboard, it’s about making friends and learning to how to play your best and respect your teammates and opponents. I commend their efforts. It’s a great way for kids to spend their summer,” said Senator Martins.

July 19, 2012

Happy 100th Birthday to Michael Villani!

Senator Jack M. Martins recently visited the Bristal at North Hills to wish Michael Villani a happy 100th birthday! Senator Martins brought birthday cake to share with the residenst in celebrating Michael’s birthday.Michael is known among the residents as one of the most friendly and loving people you will ever meet.

Born on July 10, 1912 and raised in Port Washington, Michael was the oldest of six children. When he was 9-years-old, his father came to him and said, “It is time for you to be the man of the house.” That night his father passed away and Michael did what he could to help raise the family.

July 18, 2012
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