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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

Above All, We Celbrate Hope

It may not be one of the more noble holiday traditions but I guiltily admit that one of my favorite things to do at this time of year is to settle down on the couch next to the fireplace with a bag of cookies and my dog to watch the endless stream of Christmas movies on TV. My wife and kids usually shun the endeavor and remind me that we’ve watched them, literally, dozens of times before. Yet this annual ritual gives me comfort, so I continue.

December 18, 2013
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CENTER STREET SCHOOL STUDENT SERVICE CLUB MAKES GENEROUS DONATION TO SENATOR MARTINS' HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE

Senator Jack M. Martins was overwhelmed by the generosity of the student-members of the Student Service Club at the Center Street School, one of the schools in the Herricks School. Under the leadership of faculty advisor Janine Gentile, the students collected 250 toys to donate to Senator Martins' annual toy drive. This year, the toys were donated to Cohen Children's Medical Center. 

Senator Martins visited with the Student Service Club to thank them for all of their hard work in collecting toys for children who are undergoing medical treatment. The students were very glad to be able to help others. As one student said, "When I help someone else, it makes me feel good."

December 18, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS MINEOLA GOLDEN AGE CLUB CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON

Senator Jack M. Martins recently attended the Mineola Golden Age Club Christmas Luncheon at the Chateau Briand, where he greeted many dear friends, wishing them a very merry Christmas. The Mineola Golden Age Club is one of the jewels of the Mineola community. This year, it celebrated its 45th anniversary. Senator Martins is an honorary member. 

December 13, 2013
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

We Deserve Better

I’m going to get straight to the point. Superstorm Sandy slammed into the south shore of Long Island on October 29, 2012. On that date, more than 400 days ago, millions were left without power, and tens of thousands were displaced.

December 12, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS RECOGNIZED AS LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR BY THE LONG ISLAND HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Senator Jack M. Martins was recognized as the Legislator of the Year by the Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at the chamber's 25th Annual Gala of the Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. 

Senator Martins was honored to be recognized among the other honorees for their accomplishments and to be bestowed with the Legislator of the Year honor by such a prestigious organization as the Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

December 2, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS FEATURED IN CABLEVISION EDITORIAL ON SCHOOL PRIVACY ISSUES

Senator Jack M. Martins was recently featured in a Cablevision editorial on student privacy concerns regarding the inBloom system of storing student information.  The editorial stated, "Educators believe that by using this cloud technology, third party vendors can develop computer apps to individualize instruction and diagnose learning problems. Sounds promising, but not to State Senator Jack Martins who worries about privacy. His sensible legislation would require state educators to gain parental consent before sharing sensitive student data with inBloom and third parties."

It can be seen in its entirety here:

December 2, 2013
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

The Mayor, Sebastian and the Holidays

Things happen for a reason and if you look closely enough you may find signs that, no doubt, the universe is progressing as it should. There is a synergy to it, a cycle. I was reminded of this just recently by two seemingly unconnected events.

I’ll begin with Leonard Wurzel, the long-time (22-years, to be exact) mayor of Sands Point who recently passed away at 95. He supposedly retired from his office in 2011 but anyone who knew Mayor Wurzel also knew that was impossible for him. He loved his village and the people in it too much to simply walk away, even if it was much-deserved. I know that his passion and joy were wrapped up in his public service.

November 26, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS EDUCATION DISCUSSION AT GREAT NECK SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL

Senator Jack M. Martins attended a discussion on important issues related to education at Great Neck South High School. The Great Neck United Parent Teacher Council organized this important discussion, which featured Regent Roger Tilles, who addressed parents, teachers and administrators about concerns such as testing and the Common Core. 

 

 

November 26, 2013
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BRIDGE OVERPASS DEDICATED TO BRAVE POLICE OFFICER

New York State Senator Jack M. Martins announced that the bridge overpass on New Hyde Park Road, which crosses over the Long Island Expressway, in New Hyde Park has been officially renamed the "Police Officer Joseph P. Olivieri Jr. Memorial Bridge" in honor of a brave officer who have his life while in the line of duties.

A former NYPD officer and a 15-year-veteran of the Nassau County Police Department, Officer Olivieri, as a member of the Nassau County Police Department's Highway Patrol, was investigating a traffic accident last October near exit 35 on the LIE, involving an intoxicated driver, when he was tragically struck and killed by another motorist.

November 25, 2013
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

Where Is the Students’ Lobbyist?

You may recall that I recently called for the resignation of New York State Education Commissioner, Dr. John King. The initiatives he has undertaken in his brief tenure as Commissioner of the State Education Department, including his roll-out of the Common Core curriculum, testing, teacher evaluations, and gathering of student data, are shaping up to be among the most controversial issues I’ve ever dealt with as a public servant. It’s easy to see why. These changes have created confusion among parents, anxiety for our children, and put life-long educators at odds with the department of education in Albany. This was only exacerbated when he cancelled town hall meetings on the issue.

November 21, 2013
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