Issues: Local Government

SENATOR MARTINS HONORS AND CONGRATULATES DAVID LOUIS ON DRAFT INTO THE CBL

Senator Jack Martins joined with Elmont Memorial High School Principal John Capozzi in congratulating Elmont's David Louis on his recent drafting into the Canadian Pro-Basketball League. Louis was signed by the Saint John Millrats. The 6 foot 5 basketball star was a sensation at Elmont Memorial High School. Martins honored Louis for his leadership, being a community role model for young people and his achievement. "David is a great young man with a very bright future. He makes our entire community proud and is a leader who will make his mark in the CBL without a doubt," said Martins.

October 30, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS JOINS SEWANHAKA FOOTBALL TEAM AT HOMECOMING

State Senator Jack Martins attended the annual Sewanhaka Homecoming parade and greeted members of the varsity football team this past week. The Sewanhaka Indians beat their homecoming opponents in exciting action at the Anthony Dwyer fields. Before the game, Senator Martins spoke to the team and wished them well in their game.

October 29, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS BOOSTS ELMONT SPARTANS DURING HOMECOMING BREAKFAST

State Senator Jack Martins joined County Executive Ed Mangano and the members of the Elmont West Club Alumni Football players in sponsoring a breakfast for the team at homecoming. Coach Jay Hegi, Principal John Capozzi, Assisant Coaches Kru Patel and Dave Kinsley joined with Martins and the entire football team for breakfast and inspirational speeches from Ian Holder, Herve' Duroseau and Lancelot Theobald.

October 29, 2013
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

An Education No-Brainer

Could you imagine if tomorrow school districts across New York State had to absorb more than 400,000 new students? Or picture your local school enrolling hundreds of new students and the effect it would have on class sizes, let alone our ability to provide books and materials, desks and lockers. Our current facilities could in no way withstand that kind of blow. In each district, new schools would have to be immediately built and hundreds of teachers, aides, and support staff would have to be hired. With the average cost to educate a student in New York at over $20,000 annually, you could bet our already sky-high school taxes would zoom to astronomical levels.

October 29, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS SPONSORS KID PIX PROGRAM AT THE BRYANT LIBRARY IN ROSLYN

Senator Jack M. Martins sponsored a Kid Pix program in cooperation with Nassau County at the Bryant Library in Roslyn. The program enables kids to get free identification cards that are include valuable information on them for the safety of kids. The Senator greeted many of the parents as they came with their children to receive the i.d. cards. 

Senator Martins thanks the Bryant Library for co-hosting this program. 

October 25, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS INTERNATIONAL GOLD COAST FILM FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT GALA

Senator Jack M. Martins was honored to have attended the 2013 International Gold Coast Film Festival opening night gala at The Space at Westbury, the newly oepened theater in downtown Westbury. The honorees were Susie Essman, Paul Sorvino and The Mindel Family as well as Samar Hospitality.

The Gold Coast International Film Festival was founded with the purpose of establishing a home on Long Island to showcase the work of exceptional filmmakers and provide the public with an insider’s view of the film industry. Festival events include screenings, workshops, conversations with prominent members of the film community, parties and a gala.

October 25, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS SAPAC'S THIRD ANNUAL FALL LUNCH

Senator Jack M. Martins was honored to have attended the SAPAC third annual fall lunch to discuss important issues affecting the South Asian American community with civic, community and business leaders. The event was a tremendous success. 

 

October 25, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS HONORED AS LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR BY THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS

Senator Jack M. Martins recently received the Legislator of the Year Award from the Long Island Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. AIA Long Island, a Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, has over 600 members, including architects, associates, and professional affiliates. Its mission is to advance the profession of architecture and to promote its value to society.

 

October 25, 2013
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New Parameters For Emergency Services Loan Fund

ALBANY, 10/22/13 – A highly successful state loan program to assist first responders is changing with the times under legislation (S.3728B) signed into law today. The legislation was sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) and increases the amounts of allowable loans under the emergency services loan fund.

“Our first responders put their lives on the line every time they answer an emergency call and need to be outfitted with the latest safety gear,” said Senator Seward. “Emergency equipment costs, like everything else, continue to rise, and it is essential that this successful loan program evolves to meet the changing needs of our fire and rescue squads.”

October 22, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS TO HOST IMPORTANT AIRPLANE NOISE HEARING ON OCTOBER 28

From Senator Jack M. Martins:

I am asking for your help in our continuing fight against deafening airplane noise in our community.

The Port Authority is looking to expand and reconfigure runways at JFK airport which will result in increased air traffic and aircraft noise over our neighborhoods.  Now is the time for us to raise our voices before they are drowned out by the roar of aircraft engines overhead.

October 22, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS FLORAL PARK WOMAN'S CLUB 115TH ANNIVERSARY

Senator Jack M. Martins was honored to have attended the Floral Park Woman's Club 115th Year Anniversary and Luncheon Program. Senator Martins wished the Floral Park Woman's Club many more years of success! 

 

 

October 16, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS HOLDS KID PIX PROGRAM AT HILLSIDE LIBRARY

Senator Jack M. Martins, in cooperation with Nassau County, sponsored a Kid Pix program at the Hillside Library in New Hyde Park. Over 150 kids received free i.d.'s that help protect children in an emergency. Senator Martins thanks Nassau County, the Hillside Public Library for hosting and all those who came out for this worthwhile program.

 

October 11, 2013
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What's on Your Mind? - Unfunded Mandates

Senator Gipson is interested in your ideas. Leave comments or suggestions here along with issues that interest you.

October 11, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS PAYS HOMAGE TO OUR VETERANS IN VIDEO TRIBUTE

In honor of Veterans Day on November 11, Senator Jack M. Martins has put together this tribute video to honor those men and women who served and continue to serve to protect our nation's freedom. 

October 11, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS KICKOFF OF 3RD ANNUAL GOLD COAST INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Senator Jack M. Martins was honored to have attended today's opening of 3rd Annual Gold Coast International Film Festival at the Bow Tie Manhasset Cinema. For all the information on the festival, visit www.goldcoastfilmfestival.org.

he Gold Coast International Film Festival was founded with the purpose of establishing a home on Long Island to showcase the work of exceptional filmmakers and provide the public with an insider’s view of the film industry. Festival events include screenings, workshops, conversations with prominent members of the film community, parties and a gala.

October 9, 2013
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ATTENTION SIXTH GRADE STUDENTS: IT'S TIME FOR SENATOR MARTINS' THANKSGIVING ESSAY CONTEST

It's time once again for the Senator Jack Martins Thanksgiving Essay Contest, open to all sixth grade students who reside in the 7th Senate District. Now in its third year, The Senator Martins Thanksgiving Essay Contest has received numerous submission over the first two years with students writing about what they are most thankful for.

As has been the tradition, students are being asked to write an essay, "What Are You Most Thankful For?"

Last year, many of the essays focused on students' being thankful that their families were safe after Hurricane Sandy. Each year presents another opportunity for a student to express what he or she is thankful for whether it be their family, friends, school, their country, or whatever it is you want to write about.

October 9, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS NAMED TO STATEWIDE FINANCIAL RESTRUCTURING BOARD

Senator Jack M. Martins has been tapped by Governor Andrew Cuomo to serve on the state’s new Financial Restructuring Board (FRB) for Local Governments, which is tasked with creating restructuring strategies and long-term solutions for municipalities under fiscal stress.

One of six individuals appointed to the board from across the state, Senator Martins, as Chairman of the Senate Local Government Committee and as the former Mayor of the Village of Mineola, will lend his expertise to help develop individualized plans for distressed municipalities that wish to better manage their finances and operate more efficiently. 

October 8, 2013
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Flood Victims Deserve Property Tax Break

HERKIMER, 10/08/13 – Mohawk Valley state legislators Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta), Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R/C/I-Rome), and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi (D-Utica) today announced introduction of special legislation to assist Mohawk Valley property owners recovering from flooding during the summer of 2013. 

October 8, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS WORKS WITH LOCAL LEADERS TO ALLEVIATE DANGEROUS TRAFFIC CONDITION

Senator Jack M. Martins secured state funding to alleviate a dangerous traffic condition in Plandome Mayor. Working with the Village of Plandome Manor Mayor Barbara Donno, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Nassau County Legislator Richard Nicolello, the dangerous traffic conditions that exist at the triangle intersection of North Plandome Road, Plandome Road and Stonytown Road in will soon be a think of the past.

October 8, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS WESTBURY FAIR

Senator Jack M. Martins had a great time at the Westbury Fair on Saturday. There are great things happening in Westbury. Most recently, the theater, named "The Space" at Westbury, opened at 250 Post Avenue and is a major step in the revitalization of the downtown area. Mayor Peter Cavallaro, Deputy Mayor Joan Boes and the board of trustees are doing an outstanding job.

Pictured are Mayor Cavallaro and Village Trustees Bill Wise, Steve Corte and Beaumont Jefferson.

October 8, 2013
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