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Manhasset Boy Scout Interviews Senator Martins

Senator Jack M. Martins was at the Manhasset Library last week when he was asked by a Boy Scout who was working on a project for an interview. The Senator gladly obliged.

Manhasset Boy Scout Martin Clarke asked Senator Martins questions such as why he wanted to be a Senator and how you become a Senator.

Senator Martins responded that he went into public service because he wanted to make a difference. He encouraged Martin that if you want to change your community for the better, get involved. “Sometimes, it’s not enough to point out when something is wrong. You have to be willing to work toward making it better,” Senator Martins said.

August 3, 2011
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Senator Martins Participates in Summer Reading Program at the Manhasset Library

Senator Jack M. Martins visited the Manhasset Library and participated in the children’s summer reading club in the children’s room at the library.

Senator Martins first took part in “hot potato” with the children and then sat down to read a story with them. The story the Senator read was called, “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus,” and was about a bus driver who has to leave so he asks the reader to watch the Pigeon. The pigeon tries many excuses as he tries to talk the readers into letting him drive the bus.

Senator Martins then discussed the book with the children. He told them that the moral is that you have to listen to your mommy and daddy like you listened to the bus driver in not letting the pigeon drive the bus.

August 3, 2011
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Seventh Senate District Food Drive Underway Until August 21

Senator Martins and Villages Partner to Collect Food in Tribute to Harry Chapin

Senator Jack M. Martins is partnering with the villages in the Seventh Senate District to collect food through August 21 to benefit Long Island Cares, the Harry Chapin Food Bank. Senator Martins is sponsoring the food drive as a tribute to the late singer/song writer Harry Chapin, who passed away 30 years ago this year in a car accident on the Long Island Expressway.

The food drive comes in response to the hundreds of thousands of Long Islanders are in need of food. According to a report, entitled “Hunger in America 2010,” presented last year, one out of 10 Long Islanders seeks relief from hunger each year at food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters.

August 2, 2011
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

A World of Good, Right Here at Home

If you could afford only one, would you pay for heat, your rent, or buy groceries?

If that seems like a rhetorical question to you, be thankful, because for thousands of less fortunate Long Islanders, it is not. The disturbing truth is we have neighbors right here on Long Island, in our very own towns and villages, who struggle with questions like that every month.

It is estimated that there are 320,000 Long Islanders who are hungry or food insecure each day. According to a report by Long Island Cares and Island Harvest, 47 percent of those they serve have to choose between food and utilities. An even greater 49 percent have to choose between food and rent.

August 1, 2011
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Senator Martins Visits Grace Plaza Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Great Neck

Senator Martins gave a recap of this past Legislative session in Albany that saw New York State make historic progress in passing an on-time budget with no new taxes or fees as he spoke to the residents of the facility.

August 1, 2011
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Senator Martins Salutes Henry Viscardi Cougars For Big Win at Basketball Tournament

Under sunny skies, the heat beat down on the basketball courts at the Dutch Broadway Elementary School in Elmont. The Henry Viscardi School Cougars waited patiently for their game to begin. The Cougars weren’t taken on any ordinary team; they would be taking on the Nassau County champion Elmont Memorial High School Spartans.

July 29, 2011
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Senator Martins Joins Governor in Announcing Long Island Regional Economic Development Council

The Long Island Senate delegation joined Governor Andrew Cuomo on the campus of SUNY Old Westbury on Thursday, July 27 as the Governor launched the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council to act as the conduit between state government and the business community to spur economic development.

As part of an initiative to get make New York State more business-friendly, Governor Cuomo has created 10 regional economic development councils. Long Island is one of the regions. The Governor appointed Kevin Law, president of the Long Island Association, and Stuart Rabinowitz, president of Hofstra University, to co-chair the council.

July 29, 2011
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There Is Still Time to Register For the Senate Reading Program

There is still time to sign up for the New York State Senate Summer Reading Program. Log on to the New York Read at nyread.com to register and start reading! 

Those who finish will receive an official New York State Senate Certificate!

July 28, 2011
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Senators Martins and Zeldin Appearing on Cablevision's Meet the Leaders

Long Island's two freshmen Senators - Senator Jack M. Martins and Senator Lee M. Zeldin - are currently appearing on the Cablevision show, Meet the Leaders. The theme of the show is a day in life of a Senator and includes footage of Senator Martins and Senator Zeldin going about their days in Albany. The two Senators then spoke about their first year in the Senate during an interview with the show's host, Patrick Halpin, at Cablevision's studios.

The show is airing until August 12 on Channel 118 on Cablevision on:

- Sundays at 7 p.m.

- Mondays at 11:30 a.m.

- Tuesdays at 7 p.m.

- Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m.

- Fridays at 11:30 a.m.

-Saturdays at 11:30 a.m.

July 27, 2011
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Senator Martins Visits Kaos Farms in Old Westbury

On a hot and sunny summer afternoon, Senator Jack M. Martins visited Kaos Farms, located at 10 Old Westbury Road in Old Westbury, an authentic farm that harvests organic crops.

Senator Martins met with farmers Howard “Skip” Wade and Walter Hegarty as well as Lynette Frey and Mary Callan of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Senator Martins also met with Lisa Ott, president of the North Shore Land Alliance.

Kaos Farms grows all-natural crops of produce and vegetables in a spacious farm off Old Westbury Road. Kaos Farms is in its second year of operation and now offers a limited number of CSA shares to local community members.

July 26, 2011
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