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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Resolute

I am angry. I am sad. I am resolute. The tragedy of Newtown is the tragedy of each and every community in every corner of our country. It could have happened anywhere. It is not a partisan issue, or a regional issue, and knows no ideology.

Everyone’s asking, “What’s happening to this country of ours?” But answers require a good, hard look in the mirror and won’t be found in Washington DC, or state capitals. Instead, they reside directly in us, and unfortunately that makes people uncomfortable. That’s too bad. We’re going to have to get past this discomfort, or we condemn ourselves to a future of burying the innocent.

December 19, 2012
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Senator Martins Wishes Beatrice Hubbard a Happy 106th Birthday!

Senator Jack M. Martins, Village of Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss and “Mr. Mineola” John Davanzo recently visited a special Mineola resident. On Friday, December 14. Senator Martins, Mayor Strauss and Mr. Davanzo went to an apartment in a complex on Mineola Boulevard to wish resident Beatrice Hubbard a happy 106th birthday. That right – 106!

Beatrice was born on December 14, 1906, the same year the Village of Mineola was incorporated. In 2006, as part of the village’s centennial celebration, Senator Martins, who was then-Mayor of Mineola, named Ms. Hubbard the Grand Marshal for the village’s 100th anniversary parade.

December 18, 2012
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Environmental Assessment of Colonial Road Bridge Available For Public Comment

A project to rebuild the Colonial Road Bridge in the Village of Thomaston is nearing reality thanks to the efforts of Senator Jack M. Martins and Thomaston Village Mayor Robert Stern, who worked together with Long Island Railroad President Helena Williams in appropriately addressing community concerns over the project.

Upon taking office in 2011, Senator Martins, the chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Local Government, facilitated discussions with Mayor Stern and the LIRR so that the bridge could be rebuilt without negatively impacting the residential community.

December 13, 2012
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Then the Lights Came Back On

It was just a few short weeks ago that Superstorm Sandy was causing us nothing but panic and grief. It was one problem right after another making those few days feel like an eternity, but I think we can agree that it gave us new appreciation for simple pleasures like brewing a cup of coffee or taking a hot shower. As often happens in times of sacrifice, we grew in solidarity with our neighbors, pulling through with a sense that we were “all in this together.”

December 13, 2012
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Deadline For FEMA Assistance Extended Until January 28, 2013

The FEMA application deadline for disaster assistance has been extended until January 28th, 2013 for affected areas including Nassau County. The federal disaster assistance for families and individuals can help resolve many disaster-related problems which are not covered under insurance. Applicants can either sign up online at http://www.disasterassistance.gov/ or by telephone at 1-800-621-3362.

December 11, 2012
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FEMA Application Deadline Extended Until January 28, 2013

The FEMA application deadline for disaster assistance has been extended until January 28th, 2013 for affected areas including Nassau County. The federal disaster assistance for families and individuals can help resolve many disaster-related problems which are not covered under insurance. Applicants can either sign up online at http://www.disasterassistance.gov/ or by telephone at 1-800-621-3362.

December 11, 2012
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FEMA Application Deadline Extended Until January 28, 2013

The FEMA application deadline for disaster assistance has been extended until January 28th, 2013 for affected areas including Nassau County. The federal disaster assistance for families and individuals can help resolve many disaster-related problems which are not covered under insurance. Applicants can either sign up online at http://www.disasterassistance.gov/ or by telephone at 1-800-621-3362.

December 11, 2012
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Senator Martins Appointed to Senate Bi-Partisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy Recovery

Senator Jack M. Martins was among 10 Senators appointed to the New York State Senate Bi-Partisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy Recovery. The task force was announced during a press conference held on December 10 at a warming center in Rockaway Beach after the Senators toured a neighborhood ravaged by the hurricane, which hit the region late October.

December 11, 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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