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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Signed, Sealed and DELIVERED

There was a lot going on, but I didn’t forget. Even though the last year was widely recognized as one of the most successful for the New York Legislature in decades, for most of us, progress is still measured on the streets where we live, right in our own neighborhoods.

January 11, 2013
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Senator Martins Takes Oath of Office For Second Term

Senator Jack M. Martins’ first term in Albany, representing the Seventh Senate District, may go down in state history as the two yeasr during which New York was transformed from a dysfunctional state government to one that in which things get done.

January 10, 2013
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Important Information on Seasonal Flu

We are in the midst of the winter months and many people are experiencing flu-like symtoms even though some may have had the flu shot. Here is some information you may find helpful if you are either experiencing symptoms or to help avoid the flu:

http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/influenza/seasonal/

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm

January 10, 2013
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Intern for Senator Martins Raises Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness

Mineola High School Senior Eric Timlin, an intern at the District Office of State Senator Jack M. Martins, wanted his senior project to be something that would benefit his classmates and the community as a whole. Timlin decided to organize an assembly at Mineola High School about a problem that has come to light in recent years – the prescription drug abuse epidemic.

Recently, the New York State Senate added a powerful tool to combat the epidemic through a new law, entitled I-STOP, that was co-sponsored by Senator Martins. The legislation, which was signed into law by Governor Cuomo, creates an online database accessible to doctors and pharmacists who will be able to identify who is getting excessive prescriptions of narcotics.

January 7, 2013
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Groundbreaking in Mineola-Carle Place on Project to Alleviate Flooding

Senator Martins Secures Funding to Put an End to Longstanding Problem

Ground has been broken on a project to alleviate flooding in the Bruce Terrace/Fairfield areas of Mineola and Carle Place. The flooding has been a decades-old problem plaguing some of the residents of those areas who experienced flooding in their homes as a result of heavy rains. However, the end of the problem is now within sight. Senator Jack M. Martins was able to secure a grant, which he distributed to the Village of Mineola, Town of North Hempstead and Nassau County , bringing the three governmental entities together to put an end to the longstanding problem.

January 4, 2013
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State Bipartisan Task Force For Hurricane Sandy Recovery Meets on Long Island

The New York State Senate’s Bipartisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy Recovery today visited communities on Long Island to tour storm damage and speak with local officials, business leaders, and individuals about the progress and challenges of the ongoing recovery efforts.

Today’s meeting focused on Hurricane Sandy’s impacts in Nassau and Suffolk counties and included tours of Freeport, Island Park, and Oceanside to view the extensive storm damage and recovery efforts. This was the second meeting of the Bipartisan Senate Task Force for Hurricane Sandy Recovery, which first met on December 10, 2012, in the Rockaways in Queens.

January 3, 2013
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Statement on House of Representatives Adjourning Without Approving Sandy Aid

STATEMENT ON HOUSE ADJOURNING WITHOUT APPROVING AID FOR SANDY RECOVERY

"There are people living without heat, running water and electricity during the coldest days of the winter and the House of Representatives adjourns without approving the aid for Hurricane Sandy recovery. Shame on them. There are people struggling from the effects of a devastating storm. To just go home without even a vote is inexcusable."

January 2, 2013
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New Year Brings New Laws in New York State

The following is from Senator Jack M. Martins:

I hope that you had a happy and safe holiday. As we approach the new year, I wanted to remind you of the new laws that will be taking effect on January 1, 2013. These new laws include greater protections for domestic violence victims, a new tax exemption to encourage use of solar energy and a measure to allow eligible colleges and universities in New York State to self-insure their students for health insurance.

The new laws taking effect include:

January 2, 2013
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Senator Martins' Job Resource Center

For those who may be seeking employment, every tool could be important. That's we set up this resource center. Hopefully, you will find the following information helpful.

Job Banks/Civil Service Exams:

Search for jobs, learn job searching techniques, and find out about upcoming state, local, and federal civil service exams.

* Nassau County Department of Civil Service

December 26, 2012
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Happy Holidays From Senator Jack M. Martins

I received an e- mail from Afghanistan in late October – actually from one of our local guys from New Hyde Park who is currently stationed there.

He serves in what is uniquely known as one of the Navy’s “Force Reintegration Cells.” It’s not what you might think, though. His unit actually distributes small grants and community funding for local projects, most of the time using the former insurgent fighters as laborers on the projects. Each leaves the fight “honorably” and each represents one less fighter or suicide bomber for the Taliban. As he notes in his message,

“As a native New Yorker, I was very skeptical at first, but I have to admit, that the program is working. We’ve peacefully removed 5,000 insurgent fighters from the battle space…”

December 21, 2012
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