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.
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 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.
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.
Senator Jack M. Martins attended a hearing held by the Senate Standing Committee on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, chaired by Senator Phil Boyle, that included testimony from various experts in the field of addiction treatment and prevention. Among those who testified were New York State Officer of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner Arlene Gonzales-Sanchez and Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, Executive Director of the Long Island Coalition of Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.
The hearing examined the problem and drug and alcohol addiction and abuse. The problem is a serious one in our region that will take a community effort to combat.
Also attending was New York State Assemblyman Joseph Saladino.
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.
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.
The Senate Standing Committee on Education, under the leadership of Chairman, Senator John Flanagan, held another hearing in its series on the Regents Reform Agenda, this time in New York City.
Much of the testimony concerning the hearing focused on the Common Core standards that were implemented and rolled out by the Commission of Education. As a member of the education committee, Senator Martins attended the hearing. Senator Martins has been listening to constituents and has expressed his as well as their concerns over the implementation of the Common Core.
Elmont's own Titus "God Gifted" Williams and Tyrone "Pretty Boy" James have scored a second pair of wins back to back and will advance to the Metro Boxing Championships. Senator Martins caught up with the two boxing sensations at the Magnet Sports Lounge for the Elmont West Club birthday celebration party where the two fighters were congratulated by County Executive Ed Mangano, Councilman Ed Ambrosino, County Legislator Vin Muscarella and Golden Gloves Champion Herve' Duroseau.
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.
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.
Senator Jack M. Martins frequently visits the schools around the Seventh Senate District. One of his favorite things to do is read book with the students. He had an opportunity to do just that when he participated in the Manorhaven Elementary School Community Read Aloud.
Senator Martins read "Zen Shorts" with the students. It is a story is about three siblings and their new neighbor, a panda, and invites children to consider the world and their perceptions from different angles.
The Manorhaven Elementary School is in the Port Washington School District.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Senator Jack M. Martins recently participated in a forum on the Affordability of Faith-Based Schools at the Solomon Schechter School in Williston Park. The forum was co-sponsored by the Catholic, Jewish, Luterhan and Islamic communities of northern Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
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!
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.