Senator Jack Martins recently dropped by the Clara H. Carlson School in Elmont to visit the Autism Academy and see how his “friends” in the program were progressing. Senator Martins visited the program earlier in the year where he met with students and listened to several classroom instruction periods as part of his listening tour of the district. The Autism program in Elmont is a cutting edge initiative that has received wide acclaim and support in the community. "This program really makes a difference in the lives of the children it serves," said Senator Martins noting, "the work the staff and teachers perform with our young people is not only respected throughout the State, but is a model that many districts look to emulate," said Senator Martins.
Senator Jack Martins attended a recent special fundraising effort in Elmont to build bathrooms and additional classroom space for children in countryside hilltowns in Haiti. The fundraising initiative is chaired by Elmont resident David Duchatelier who has been instrumental in raising tens of thousands of dollars to build schools for children who do not have access to any educational institutions. The fundraiser was held at St. Boniface church where hundreds of Elmont residents attended the evening reception of food, fun and terrific Haitian music performed by local residents. Senator Martins was welcomed to the fundraiser by Father Eddy Julien of St. Boniface Church.
Senator Jack Martins saluted Elmont School District Community Affairs Coordinator Norma DeBartolo for her work and dedication at her retirement dinner at the Sandcastle in Franklin Square. Mrs. Debartolo, who is affectionately referred to as the “Mayor of Elmont,” is retiring at the end of this year after decades of service to the children in the Elmont Union Free School District. “Norma is a treasure and friend who gives of herself each and every day. From her days in the Pre-K program to working at every community event possible, Norma is an inspiration to everyone. I wish her all the best as she retires and spends time with her grandchildren and family. Elmont's Mayor is going to be sorely missed,” said Senator Martins.
State Senator Jack Martins was back in Elmont to swear-in the new student government at Dutch Broadway School. Senator Martins spoke to the council and listened to their ideas on how to improve Dutch Broadway School in a town-hall style format. At the end of the discussion, new student President Lea Stewart, Vice President Marvia Pressoir and Secretary-Treasurer Hannah Meikle took the oath of office from Senator Martins as council members looked on.
Work has begun to renovate the New Hyde Park PAL gym, including the much needed replacement of the gym floor, which was ravaged by flooding. "I am glad to see that work has begun on the new gym floor for the New Hyde Park PAL. Great job by the PAL is bringing the project to fruition," said Senator Martins.
Attending the most recent meeting were Senator Martins, Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman, Town Councilwoman Lee Seeman, Nassau County Legislator Richard Nicolello and County PAL director Sergeant Doug Kenah and PAL center director Kevin Worth.
Members of the New Hyde Park PAL, led by Officer Kevin Worth, the director of the program, met on Monday morning, November 19, to discuss plans for the renovation of the gymnasium at the PAL's headquarters on Denton Avenue in New Hyde Park. Funding is now in place for work to be done renovating the gym, which will include a new gym floor. Work will also be done to alleviate any future flooding programs. Senator Jack M. Martins is assisting the PAL in looking for other revenue sources for the project.
Senator Jack M. Martins attended the Long Island Builders Institute meeting to discuss issues important to its members.The Long Island Builders Institute, formed in 1941, is an association of building industry professionals who are dedicated to making Long Island a better place to live and work, by creating a balance between the economy, the environment and development opportunities for all communities and residents.
Jack M. Martins was back in Elmont visiting the Clara H. Carlson School to participate in a special "Reading 180" program that has been established in the Covert Avenue, Clara Carlson, Dutch Broadway, Stewart Manor, Gotham Avenue and Alden Terrace Schools. The program is funded through grant funding Senator Martins was able to channel to the Elmont School District. Superintendent Al Harper, Clara Carlson School Principal Ken Rosner and Assistant Supt. Barbara Schwarz briefed Senator Martins on the program that is an aggressive reading program developed by Scholastic. "The Reading 180 program is very impressive and is working in the Elmont School District.
Senator Martins continues to make his office accessible to residents around the Seventh Senate District by bringing the office directly to the community through his mobile office hours. Most recently, Senator Martins held mobile office hours in the Shelter Rock Library to listen to questions and concerns from residents.
Senator Jack M. Martins was recently honored by the Long Island Contractors' Association for his work in the Senate on moving Long Island economy forward. "This was a tremendous honor. I thank LICA for recognizing our efforts in the Senate to move our economy forward and create jobs," he said.
The project to repave Jericho Turnpike is underway and, in an effort to make sure the communities are well informed, Senator Jack M. Martins facilitated a meeting between representatives from the New York State Department of Transportation and the officials from the Villages of New Hyde Park, Floral Park and Bellerose. The project involves the repavement of Jericho Turnpike, which is a state road that hasn't been repaved in quite some time. While workers will strive to impact communities as little as possible, Senator Martins wanted to ensure that the villages would be kept informed concerning the project and its progress.
Senator Martins had also facilitated a meeting some time ago with the Villages of Mineola and Westbury.
Senator Jack M. Martins recently visited the Westbury Boxing Gym, a local business located in Westbury. Senator Martins is a big supporter of small businesses, which are vital to the economy in our region.
Senator Jack M. Martins met with residents at the Great Neck Library to discuss issues important to the community. Among the issues discussed were hydo-fracking and local zoning. Senator Martins believes strongly in meeting with residents to listen to their questions and concerns. It's why he has scheduled mobile office hours throughout the Seventh Senate District.
Senator Jack M. Martins recently attended the 4th Annual Mineola Street Fair. Merchants, community leaders and residents were out in full force as the village's downtown was busy and alive with music. The fair was sponsored by the Mineola Chamber of Commerce and the Village of Mineola.
While at the fair, Senator Martins met up with Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss and Deputy Mayor Paul Pereira. The fair began four years ago when Senator Martins was serving as the Mayor of the Village of Mineola as a way to promote the downtown area and its businesses as well as the many worthwhile community organizations the village is blessed to have.
Senator Jack M. Martins recently attended the Telugu Literary and Cultural Association (TLCA) Picnic, where he discussed issues with members of this prestigious Indian associations. It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Christopher Morley Park. Senator Martins was honored to have spent time with the esteemed members of TLCA of New York, one of the earliest Indian Associations in North America and the first Telugu association. The TLCA was formed with the primary goal of promoting the Telugu Literary and Cultural Activities in the tristate area. Successive generations of Telugu children and adults have benefited from its tremendous success towards this goal, as can be seen by the vitality of its programs even 35 years later.
Senator Jack M. Martins recently attended a barbecue for the residents of Magnolia Gardens in Westbury. The facility providing housing for our seniors. Senator Martins enjoyed saying hello and reminding the residents that his office is always available to provide assistance at 746-5924.
Senator Jack M. Martins recently attended Project Independence at Christopher Morley Park. Project Independence, sponsored by the Town of North Hemsptead Department of Services For the Aging, assists seniors. Senator Martins has close connections to the senior community and also has made his office available for anyone seeking assistance in state issues.
Senator Jack M. Martins recently attended the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast, where he gave an update on accomplishments in Albany. He reiterated the important of having a vibrant business community and the need to ease the tax burden on businesses as well as residents in order to get the economy on the right track. Senator Martins has worked with the Governor to provide tax relief and make the state more business friendly in order to create jobs. He thanked the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce for the invite and enjoyed spending the morning with the esteemed members.
Senator Jack M. Martins recently spent a morning with the seniors at the Herricks Community Center. Senator Martins brough dessert and discussed issues with the seniors. Her cherishes the time he gets to spend with the senior community. "Our seniors have so much to teach us. They lived through difficult times our country faced and they persevered," he said.
Whether it's by visiting seniors centers or Funday Monday at Bar Beach during the summer, Senator Martins stays in close contact with the senior community, which, in the Seventh Senate District, is extremely vibrant.
In an effort to give constituents access to his office, Senator Jack M. Martins is holding mobile office hours throughout the 7th Senate District. Recently, he held mobile office hours in the Port Washington Library, where he met with residents and listened to their questions and concerns. Senator Martins feels it's important to frequently meet with residents to listen to their concerns as it is essential to his job representing the people of the 7th Senate District. The Senate thanks the Port Washington Library for allowing him the use of the library. Senator Martins' District Office is always available to residents at (516) 746-5924.