Issues: Local Government

SENATOR MARTINS VISITS THE HENRY VISCARDI SCHOOL

Senator Jack M. Martins recently visited the Henry Viscardi School to wish the students and staff a happy holidays. The Henry Viscardi School is one of the jewels of education in the Seventh Senate District. Also vistiting the school was Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer of Yonkers.

Senator Martins and Assemblywoman Mayer were greated by President and CEO John Kemp and then were given a tour of the school.

 

 

December 23, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS MEETS WITH INSURANCE BROKERS

Senator Jack M. Martins recently met with insurance brokers from the Chester Agency in Carle Place to discuss issues important to them. Pictured with Senator Martins are Stephen Folan, Andrew Chong, Evan Portnoy and Bruce Chester.

 

 

December 23, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS PARTICIPATES IN UJA-FEDERATION'S ANNUAL SUPER SUNDAY PHONE-A-THON

Senator Jack M. Martins was proud to have participated in the UJA-Federation’s annual Super Sunday phone-a-thon which brings together close to 1,000 people to help support the crucial work of UJA-Federation of New York. UJA-Federation has been a central force for communal planning and philanthropy in the New York Jewish community.

December 20, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS' LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION'S OVERSIGHT SIGNED INTO LAW

Residents will have the ability to file complaints about utility companies online

When Superstorm Sandy hit the Long Island region in October 2012, many residents and businesses were without power for weeks, some for over a month. The lack of information provided by LIPA concerning when power would be restored frustrated an extremely difficult situation as many felt they had nowhere to turn.

December 20, 2013
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Sen. Klein, Joined by Dozens of Victimized Bronx Homeowners, Announce Filing of Class Action Lawsuit Against Deceptive Contractors

BRONX, NY– Standing on the steps of the Bronx County Supreme Court, Senator Klein, joined by dozens of Bronx homeowners and Assemblyman Marcos Crespo (D-Bronx), announced that a lawsuit charging fraud, conspiracy, breach of contract and negligence had been filed against members of an elaborate scheme targeting first time, minority homeowners. Homeowners allege that the defendants, working in concert, (referenced to as the “Tota-Kash Group” in the complaint), bilked them for millions of dollars by inducing them to purchase homes in the Bronx without valid certificates of occupancy and with shoddy workmanship.

December 20, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS GATEWAY YOUTH OUTREACH HOLIDAY CELEBRATION

Elmont's Senator Jack Martins attended the GYO Holiday Celebration and played an intense game of "Connect 4" with students from the Clara Carlson School. Special thanks to Executive Director Pat Boyle and his staff. 

December 20, 2013
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THANKS TO COMMUNITY'S GENEROSITY, TOY DRIVE RAISES HUNDREDS OF TOYS FOR COHEN CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL

New York State Senator Jack M. Martins once again held an annual toy drive and the communities in the Seventh Senate District answered with their customary generosity. The willingness to help others captured the spirit of the holidays as hundreds of toys from Senator Martins’ office made their way to Cohen Children’s Hospital Medical to benefit its Creative Arts Therapy Department.

December 19, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS CONGRATULATES CAREY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS

Senator Jack Martins, Sewanhaka Central High School District Supt Ralph Ferrie, Trustees Jean Fichtl and Joe Armocida congratulate the Nassau County Championship Football team Carey High School! The team celebrated their wins and the Rutgers Cup at a special Championship breakfast sponsored the Carey Dads Club! "What a team and what a great school! I'm so proud of these young men, the cheerleaders and the entire coaching staff. They've made Franklin Square, Garden City South and West Hempstead proud," said Senator Jack Martins.

December 18, 2013
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

Above All, We Celebrate 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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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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Public Hearing: Examination of the Laws Governing the Age of Adult Criminal Responsibility

Joint – Assembly Standing Committee on CodesChair: Assembly Member Joseph R. LentolAssembly Standing Committee on JudiciaryChair: Assembly Member Helene E. WeinsteinAssembly Standing Committee on Children and FamiliesChair: Assembly Member Donna LupardoAssembly Standing Committee on EducationChair: Assembly Member Catherine T. Nolanand New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative CaucusChair: Assembly Member Karim CamaraPublic Hearing: Examination of the Laws Governing the Age of Adult CriminalResponsibilityPlace: Assembly Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, Room 1923, 19th Floor, New York, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M.Contact: Rebecca Mudie (518) 455-4313Media Contact: Assembly Press Office (518) 455-3888ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

December 6, 9:45 AM - 12:45 PM
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES OVER $750,000 IN HOMELAND SECURITY GRANT FUNDING FOR LONG ISLAND

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is informing residents that New York State announced that Nassau and Suffolk Counties will be receiving over $750,000 in total combined grant funding to enhance their emergency preparedness capabilities. 

     “Our first responders are the front line of defense and put their lives on the line every day to protect our families. This new funding will give them additional resources to perform their duties and help keep our communities safe,” said Senator Fuschillo. 

December 3, 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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