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
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
State Taxes Need To Be Reformed, Simplified and Reduced; Recommendations Would Create Jobs, Reduce Taxes on Businesses, Families & Seniors
State Senate Republicans issued a comprehensive report on state taxes that calls for personal income taxes, business taxes, estate taxes and local property taxes to be reformed, simplified and reduced. The report makes sweeping recommendations for reducing the tax burden on all New Yorkers. The plan recommends enacting a permanent two-percent state spending cap and dedicating surplus revenues to tax reductions.
Senator Jack M. Martins was a guest reader at the Floral Park Library on a recent morning as he read to the children a book about Thanksgiving. With the holiday fast appoaching, spending some time with the children in the library was the perfect way to get in the holiday spirit.
Representatives From The 7th Senate District’s Fifteen Area School Districts Seek Answers From State Education Commissioner
New York State Education Commissioner, Dr. John King, held a three-hour forum on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at Mineola High School to field questions on the roll out of the controversial Common Core curriculum from the residents of the Seventh Senate District.
NANUET, NY – Senator David Carlucci (D, Rockland/Westchester) said, “ I thank the Governor for his partnership and leadership in signing this important piece of legislation. Working with my colleagues in government we have delivered comprehensive oversight for the taxpayers of Rockland County. This is an important first step in getting Rockland County's finances back on track."
Senator Jack M. Martins will once again be holding a Holiday Toy Drive. Toys can be brought to Senator Martins' District Office at 151 Herricks Road, Suite 202, Garden City Park during normal business hours. The toys will benefit the Child Life, Education & Creative Arts Therapy Department at Cohen Children's Medical Center. Toys will be collected through Wednesday, December 11 and then brough over to Cohen Children's Medical Center.
Senator Martins has held very successful toy drives in the past thanks to the generosity of the residents, school, libraries, businesses and villages throughout the Seventh Senate District.
Senator Jack M. Martins joined with the Mineola American Legion Post #349 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Adolph Block Post #1305 in paying tribute to the veterans on Veterans Day during a ceremony at Mineola Memorial Park.
If you’re a person who values common sense then prepare yourself to be disgusted and angry. I’m about to tell you about a sensible piece of legislation that’s long overdue, but is being blocked by the New York State Assembly,which is shamelessly pandering to its constituents with your tax money. In fact, you may be shocked to learn that we even need this legislation at all, let alone that it’s being systematically stymied by some in Albany.
Senator Jack M. Martins brought the successful Kid Pix program to the Westbury Library in coordinattion with Nassau County. The program allows parents to bring their children to receive a free identification card. The program has been extremely popular among parents and the kids are always happy to receive their i.d.'s.
Senator Martins thanks the Westbury Library for hosting.
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.
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.