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Senator Martins Holds Listening Session at the Magnet Sports Lounge

State Senator Jack Martins held another community 'listen session' at the Magnet Sports Lounge that was attended by over 300 Elmont and South Floral Park residents. The networking listen session gave residents the opportunity to speak one on one with Senator Martins and express their concerns and hopes for future economic development opportunities in the greater community. Joining Senator Martins in the session were Elmont School Trustees, Mayor Geoffrey Prime of South Floral Park and Trustee George Ingram. In addition to economic development initiatives, Education, Hempstead Turnpike Safety, Revitalization programs and more were actively discussed and explored in small groups and one-on-one with Senator Martins. “This listen session was a great success.

December 6, 2012
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Senator Martins Announces $100,000 in Grant Funding for Hempstead Turnpike

State Senator Jack Martins announced a $100,000 economic development revitalization grant for the Elmont community today which is yet another significant investment in Hempstead Turnpike. The grant comes on the heels of a multi-million dollar safety improvement project Governor Cuomo, Senator Martins, Senator Dean Skelos and Senator Kemp Hannon delivered to the Elmont and Franklin Square communities a few months ago. The Martins grant funding will be used towards a streetscaping revitalization project on the Turnpike next to the new Elmont Public Library. The funding is a team effort with the Town of Hempstead, Councilman Edward Ambrosino and Supervisor Kate Murray.

December 6, 2012
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Senator Martins Thanks Elmont Firefighters for Sandy Response

State Senator Jack Martins met with first reponders and volunteer firefighters of the Elmont Fire Department to thank them for their hard work in the ongoing relief efforts of Hurricane Sandy. The Elmont volunteers have given tactical assistance and support to Long Beach and surrounding communities in the weeks since the storm. This effort is in addition to the hundreds of calls the department responded to during the Hurricane in the Elmont community. Senator Martins also thanked the Engine Company for the incredible job they performed in Elmont neighborhoods assisting families reeling from the destructive force of the hurricane. “The Elmont Fire Department is always there when we need them.

December 6, 2012
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

A New Balancing Act

Writing this weekly column is one of my favorite things to do as your state senator. While it allows me to reflect on issues directly with you, it’s also been great for encouraging feedback that has been incredibly helpful to me as a freshman senator. From its inception, I wanted to avoid the typical government laundry list of events and notices that you might expect from legislators. Instead, I wanted this column to be something readers look for, a more honest and readable “inside” look at the workings of state government, warts and all.

With that in mind, I’d like to share with you what I perceive as one of the more pressing issues facing our state and particularly Long Island.

December 5, 2012
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Senator Martins Congratulates New Hyde Park Business

Senator Jack M. Martins congratulated Jamaica Bearings, located at 1700 Jericho Turnpike in New Hyde Park, for the Defense Logistics Vendor of Excellence award.

Jamaica Bearings is a family-owned business that was started 78 years ago by Frank Negri. Now, Jamaica Bearings stands as the preeminent supplier of bearings and related products to the aerospace, military and a host of major industries around the world.

Under the leadership Peter Negri, the company continues to pride itself on being a family-owned business that provides quality and reliability.

November 28, 2012
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Works of Fiction

I was advised not to write this column. I was told it wasn’t politically expedient, that it would most certainly ruffle some feathers. But I’ve always maintained that I would shoot straight with my constituents, and I think I my recent re-election means that most of you appreciate that effort.

November 27, 2012
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

The Truth about LIPA 

LIPA failed us miserably – from pre-storm preparations right through communicating when power would be restored after the storm. No arguments.

Naturally, as public servants, our job is to take public authorities like LIPA to task and take a good, hard look at why it failed us after Superstorm Sandy.  But I participated in this dog and pony show last year after Hurricane Irene and frankly, it accomplished very little except some convenient transfer of blame and lots of finger pointing. One positive:  it’s given me a few months to better see the bigger picture and zero in on where the real problems lie. 

November 19, 2012
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First Meeting Held on NHP PAL Gym Renovation

Members of the New Hyde Park PAL, led by Officer Kevin Worth, the director of the program, met on Monday morning, November 19, to discuss plans for the renovation of the gymnasium at the PAL's headquarters on Denton Avenue in New Hyde Park. Funding is now in place for work to be done renovating the gym, which will include a new gym floor. Work will also be done to alleviate any future flooding programs. Senator Jack M. Martins is assisting the PAL in looking for other revenue sources for the project.

November 19, 2012
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The Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

It’s been over two weeks since Superstorm Sandy hit our region, causing heavy damage to many of our communities. While this storm came and went during the course of a day, it’s ramifications still continue to this day. Whether you sustained damage to your property or damage to your livelihood, just about everyone has been affected by this storm.

Each day, we move closer to recovery. In order to progress, there are governmental and volunteer organizations that are providing assistance. I put together this update that I hope will be helpful.

FEMA

November 16, 2012
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Senator Martins' Toy and Book Drive Underway

Once again this year, Senator Jack M. Martins will be holding a holiday toy and book drive as donations are now being accepted at his district office, located at 151 Herricks Road, Suite 202 (on the second floor) in Garden City Park (north of Old Country Road and south of Jericho Turnpike, around the block from Mineola High School).

Senator Martins’ District Office is open business hours to receive toy and book donations. Toys collected will be given to The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. Books donated will go to the Reach Out and Read Program, which will distribute the books to Winthrop Pediatric Associates in Mineola and The Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of NY in New Hyde Park.

November 16, 2012
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