Senator Jack M. Martins held mobile office hours at the Bryant Library in Roslyn, where he discussed issues important to residents. Senator Martins has been holding mobile office hours around the 7th Senate District as a way of bringing his office directly into the community and making himself accessible to the residents.
Community Day in Elmont was a huge success as Senator Jack Martins and BET's 106 and Park television star DJ Monumental handed out free school supplies to children and talked about the importance of education this past Saturday. Hundreds streamed into the Family Life Worship Center where Bishop Cox, Senator Martins and the congregation sponsored free children's dental screenings, a blood drive, child and senior id kits and much more. "Community Day was such a huge success and I can't thank Bishop Cox and DJ Monumental for their special efforts for our community's young people," said Senator Martins. DJ Monumental said, "I love spending time in my hometown and giving back to the community. The school supply give-away and all the events for our young people were spectacular.
Senator Jack Martins dropped by the Jamaica Square Iprovement League Block Party this past Saturday where residents from Jamaica Square and South Floral Park packed the street and enjoyed great food and fun. Pictured with Senator Martins are South Floral Park Civic Association President Anthony Barbieri, Jamaica Square Improvement League President Claudine Hall, Elmont Coalition Chair Sandra Smith, former Elmont Library Board President Tania Lawes and block party goers. "The block party was truly a family affair with everyone having a great time and enjoying the games, food and camaraderie. My thanks go to Claudine Hall and all the volunteers who made this day such a great success," said Senator Martins.
On a recent summer afternoon, Senator Jack M. Martins received a tour of the beautiful facility that comprise the Great Neck Park District. Commissioners Ruth Tamarin and Robert Lincoln met Senator Martins in the Great Neck House before going to visit the children's playground, pool, ice skating rink (which is set up for basketball in the summer) and the marina.
"Thank you to Commissioners Tamarin and Lincoln for the tour. The facilities are beautiful. I commend the board and staff on their efforts to provide the community with such valuable services," Senator Martins said.
The Maria SS. Dell’Assunta Society of Westbury held its 102nd annual Feast of the Assumption from August 15 to 19. Senator Jack M. Martins attended the feast, which featured music, entertainment, rides, games, vendors and a wide variety of delicious food. While at the feast, Senator Martins met up with his good friend, former Westbury Village Mayor Ernie Strada, who served as mayor for 28 years.
“The Dell’Assunta Society once again did an outstanding job. The Feast of the Assumption was a big success. It was great to see Mayor Strada. Westbury is blessed to have had an outstanding mayor in Ernie and now Mayor Peter Cavallaro, who is doing an exceptional job and is a tremendous advocate for his community,” said Senator Martins.
Senator Jack M. Martins was honored to take part in Long Island's first ever Indian Day Parade on a recent Sunday in Hickville. The parade marked a celebration of India's independence as well as the Indian culture, which has enriched many communities here on Long Island and in the Seventh Senate District.
"It was an honor to be a part of this historic day. The Indian as well as many of the cultures that have strenghened our communities is about rememberance and pride," said Senator Martins.
Senator Jack M. Martins and Village of Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss were on Jericho Turnpike recently to receive an update on the progress being made on the Jericho Turnpike project.
The project involves the repaving of Jericho Turnpike from the city line through to Glen Cove Road as well as safety improvements. Originally, the project was supposed to end before the Village of Mineola. However, Senator Martins and Mayor Strauss were able to get the project extended through to Glen Cove Road so that it will encompass Jericho Turnpike in Mineola.
Currently, there is sidewalk preparation work underway It is estimated the project will be completed by the end of next year.
Each year, members of County Seat Kiwanis visit Mineola's Wilson Park to treat the campers that attend the Mineola Summer Recreation Program to lunch. This summer was no exception. Members of County Seat Kiwanis - Ed Schutz, Lois Hanson, John Davanzo and Gabe Parajos. Ed and John manned the grill, cooking the hotdogs, and Senator Jack M. Martins joined Village of Mineola Deputy Mayor Paul Pereira and Lois in preparing the hot dog rolls. Gabe served the campers. It was a wonderful summer day for an exception program run by the village's recreation department, led by Marta DeSousa and Anna Athan.
Senator Jack M. Martins recently attended a meeting of the Hicksville Fire District Board of Commissioners. As a proponent of the volunteer fire service, Senator Martins keeps abreast of the issues facing our volunteers.
Senator Jack M. Martins attended a viewing of the HBO documentary, "Hard Times: Lost on Long Island" at the Sid Jacobson Jewish Communtiy Center (JCC) in Roslyn. The film provides a sobering look at the struggles of unemployment on Long Island.
Prior the viewing of the film, Senator Martins met with Sid Jacboson JCC Executive Director David Black.
Senator Jack M. Martins visited the Hicksville PAL summer camp where he met with the members of the girls basketball camp. The Hicksville unit of the Police Athletic League offers baseball, basketball, horseback riding, judo, karate, lacrosse, softball and wrestling for various ages.
Children learn values such as teamwork and sportsmanship as they participate in healthy and productive activities. “The PAL teaches children that winning isn’t about the numbers on the scoreboard, it’s about making friends and learning to how to play your best and respect your teammates and opponents. I commend their efforts. It’s a great way for kids to spend their summer,” said Senator Martins.
The League of Women Voters of Nassau County held a forum at the Port Washington Library with New York State Senator Jack M. Martins and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel recently. The League extended an invitation to both legislators who were happy to hold the forum during which members of the League and the public were invited to ask any questions they chose.
The members of the League and the public asked numerous questions on many important issues related to state and local government. Issues addressed included LIPA’s response to power outages, property taxes, hydro-fracking, gambling and local issues. Upon completion of the forum, the two lawmakers received an ovation.
Senator Jack M. Martins recently visited the Solomon Schechter School of Nassau County in Williston Park. Beginning in September 2011, the middle and high schools moved into its new location, the former Cross Street School.
Senator Martins enjoyed the visit to the school, which provides quality education and an education center for Conservative Judaism.
Senator Jack M. Martins was honored by the Met Council during its 36th Annual Legislative Breakfast on Sunday, June 3 with the State Legislative Leadership Award.
Each year, Met Council aids, sustains and empowers 100,000 New Yorkers in need. Met Council is a Jewish organization that serves everyone, fighting poverty through comprehensive social services that treat every individual with dignity and respect.
Senator Jack M. Martins recently congratulated the Herricks Wrestling team on a successful season. Senator Martins is pictured here with co-captains Mike Vespe and Andrew Farrell as well as coaches Mike Miller and Cliff Forziat, who presented Senator Martins with a Herricks Wrestling sweatshirt.
Senator Jack M. Martins received a visit from the fourth grades students from the Meadow Drive School. Senator Martins spoke to the students and showed them around the State Capitol, discussing what a day is like in the life of a Senator. He thanked them for coming and wished all the students a wonderful summer.
The Meadow Drive School is in the Mineola School District.
Senator Jack M. Martins recently attended an Eagle Court of Honor as Christopher Farrell, Christopher Trietsch and David Vespe of Boy Scout Troop 201 of Herricks reached the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank an Boy Scout can reach. Becoming an eagle Scout is a tremendous accomplishment as it takes years of hard work and perseverance. Senator Martins joined with Nassau County Clerk Maureen O'Connell, Nassau County Legislator Richard Nicolello and Williston Park Mayor Paul Ehrbar in congratulating these fine young men.
Senator Jack M. Martins attended the grand opening of Stannards Brook Park in Port Washington. The main entrance is on Carlton Avenue at Charles Street. The park was renovated with funding, in part, from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund. The renovation included newly paved paths, newly constructed bridges as well as a bubbling stream, Council Circle and Amphitheater.
During a visit to St. Brigid Our Lady of Hope School in Westbury for "Pizza and Politics," the students had a special assembly in honor of Senator Martins. Principal Paul Clagnaz made the Senator an honorary graduate of the school. Some of the students then sang a stirring rendition of Proud to Be an American. Some of the members of the student council then performed a sketch in which Senator Martins was being interviewed by the press. Jamie played Senator Martins. During the assembly, the school also received a visit from a special guest, Village of Westbury Deputy Mayor Joan Boes.
Senator Jack M. Martins recently brought his “Pizza and Politics” initiative to the St. Brigid Our Lady of Hope School in Westbury. “Pizza and Politics” is an initiative started by Senate Martins whereby the Senator visits schools in the Seventh Senate District, bringing pizza for lunch and discussing issues that are important to young people. At St. Brigid, Senator Martins and the members of the student council discussed state support of parochial schools.