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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Getting it Right for our Volunteers

The summer is here, the senate is out of session, and I’ve been able to spend more time in the communities of the Seventh Senate District, meeting with local residents and hearing what’s on their minds.  

July 26, 2011
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Senator Martins' Food Drive to Begin August 1

Senator Jack M. Martins is partnering with Long Island Cares as well as local communities to collect food for those in need during a drive from August 1-21. There will be Long Island Cares drop boxes for food collection throughout the Seventh Senate District for those wishing to donate food.

Long Island Cares the Harry Chapin Food Bank was founded by the late singer-songwriter Harry Chapin. It is dedicated to providing food for those in need with the assistance of Long Island’s communities.

After visiting Long Island Cares, Senator Martins wanted to help the food bank. He reached out to all the villages in the Seventh Senate District to ask if they help host the food drive by placing a food collection box at their village hall.

July 26, 2011
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Senator Martins Reads with the Children of the Bryant Library in Roslyn

Senator Jack M. Martins visited the children’s summer reading program at the Bryant Library in Roslyn. Senator Martins spent some time with the children, discussing the summer with them. The Senator then read a book with the children – “The 10 Things I Can Do To Help My World” by Melanie Walsh. The story was how even little things can make a big difference.

July 25, 2011
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Senator Jack M. Martins Football Tournament Scores in Elmont

One of the great attractions at the 3on3 Basketball Tournament held on July 16th was the 1st annual "Senator Jack M. Martins 7on7 Football Tournament" for college and high school students. The chairperson for the tournament was Elmont resident Donald Pierre-Louis who worked overtime to make the tournament a huge success. Football stars from Elmont, Franklin Square, Floral Park, North Valley Stream and New Hyde Park participated in the games.

July 25, 2011
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Senator Martins Supports Cancer Research Fundraiser in Elmont

Senator Jack M. Martins was back in Elmont to support a cancer research fundraising effort at Averill Park in the form of a Street Hockey Marathon! The 3rd annual hockey marathon is entitled "Playing for a Cure." Young people and adults throughout Elmont, Franklin Square, Floral Park and South Floral Park play hockey and raise money for cancer reasearch for charities like 1 in 9. Senator Martins was joined by 1 in 9 Director Gerri Barash and hundreds of local Elmont residents in the effort.

"This is a great cause and it's a lot of fun," said Senator Martins. "I'm very proud to have supported the effort and to cheer on our Elmont hockey players!"

July 25, 2011
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Senator Martins Tours Great Neck Water Pollution Treatment Facility

Senator Jack M. Martins was in Great Neck to tour the Great Neck Water Pollution District. Senator Martins received an up-close look at the district’s new state-of-the-art wastewater treatment facility. The facility is currently under construction as is undergoing an upgrade and expansion.

The upgrade and expansion of the District’s Wastewater Treatment Facility is expected to yield significant water quality and other environmental benefits to the waters and coastal areas of both Manhasset Bay and Long Island Sound.

The construction of the new facility, which started in 2010, will be fully completed December 14, 2013. The District’s facility will be meeting all required guidelines and regulations by the June 14, 2014 deadline.

July 25, 2011
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Senator Martins' Bill Protecting Ambulances Becomes Law

A bill sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins to give ambulances and other emergency vehicles better protection was signed into law. The bill legislation gives ambulances and other emergency service vehicles the option of using rear projecting blue lights to prevent the possibility of being struck at night.

Previous law allowed for blue lights to be affixed to police and fire vehicles. Senator Martins’ bill gives ambulances the same protection by allowing ambulances to be equipped with blue lights so that emergency service vehicles that are responding can easily be seen. Studies have shown that the blue light is the most noticeable light, and as a result, provides the highest level of safety.

July 20, 2011
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Elmont Shines Again During 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament at Dutch Broadway School

It was 7 a.m. Saturday at Dutch Broadway School, where over 200 volunteers were putting up banners, assembling tents, setting up hoops and putting the finishing touches on the 2011 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament. Months of preparation, that began this past February, were being executed by high school and college students with precision and efficiency that local civic leaders marveled at. “This is what Elmont is all about,” said Tournament Sponsor, Senator Jack M. Martins.

July 19, 2011
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Senator Martins Congratulates Nick Ruscillo on His Acceptance to SUNY Maritime

Senator Jack M. Martins recently congratulated Nick Ruscillo for his acceptance to SUNY Maritime College. The Carle Place resident was nominated by Senator Martins for the Cadet Appointment Program. The program allows elected officials to nominate candidates for a full tuition scholarship.

“Nick is a terrific young man. He has a bright future and I was proud to nominate him for the Cadet Appointment Program. He has a great upbringing, which is a credit to his parents, and I am certain he will succeed at SUNY Maritime,” Senator Martins said. “I congratulate and commend him.”

July 13, 2011
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Senator Martins' Bill Protecting Children Signed Into Law

A bill introduced by Senator Jack M. Martins that requires camp operators to report suspected child abuse or maltreatment has been signed into law by the Governor.

The previous law stated that camp directors are only required to report abuse or maltreatment to the Department of Health when the abuse or maltreatment occurs at the camp. The camp director is not obligated to report abuse or maltreatment that occurs outside the camp. Should they choose to contact the proper authorities, the camp director could have been subject to civil liability such as slander and defamation.

July 12, 2011
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