Jack M. Martins' Press releases

SENATOR MARTINS JOINS CAPS IN HONORING ROSLYN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FOR BULLYING PREVENTION EFFORTS

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently joined with Child Abuse Prevention Services (CAPS) in honoring Roslyn High School’s Students United for Safer Schools (SUSS) team. The students were honored for their efforts to prevent bullying and cyberbullying. 

     The SUSS team has worked hard towards creating a safe school climate where students feel valued and accepted. As part of their efforts, the students visited the district’s elementary schools and facilitated classroom lessons on prevention and response to bullying, respecting difference, and encouraging upstander behavior.

April 24, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS, MANHASSET CASA, AND NASSAU POLICE HELP RESIDENTS “SHED THE MEDS”

Approximately 500 Pounds of Medications Collected For Safe Disposal

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently partnered with the Manhasset Community Coalition Against Substance Abuse (CASA) and the Nassau County Police Department to hold a Shed the Meds program where residents could safely dispose of their old, unwanted medications.  The program was held at Shelter Rock School in Manhasset.

     Approximately 500 pounds of medications were collected for safe disposal by the Nassau County Police Department.

April 22, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS INFORMS RESIDENTS HOW THEY CAN TRACK THE STATUS OF THEIR INCOME TAX REFUNDS

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) is informing residents expecting a state and/or federal income tax refund that they can track the status of their refund online through his website.

     Both the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have online tracking systems which allow residents whose income tax returns indicated they will be receiving a refund to find out when they can expect it to arrive. Both systems are updated daily to reflect new information as tax returns are processed. There is no fee to utilize these services.

April 20, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS & MANHASSET HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT COUNCIL SHARE “PIZZA AND POLITICS”

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) was recently invited to Manhasset High School by members of the Student Council to share “pizza and politics.” 

     Senator Martins talked about his job as a New York State Senator, discussed issues with the students, and answered questions they had about government and politics.

     “The Student Council are a great group of kids who are very bright, eager to get involved, and asked some really interesting questions. I enjoyed spending time with them and thank them for inviting me,” said Senator Martins.

     Senator Martins is pictured with members of Manhasset High School’s Student Council.

April 17, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS SPEAKS WITH COMMUNITY GROUPS ABOUT PROTECTING LONG ISLAND’S WATER SUPPLY

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently joined with members of Residents For a More Beautiful Port Washington, local officials, water providers, and community groups to discuss aquifer protection.  The meeting was held in response to a plan put forth by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection to reopen 23 shuttered wells in Queens and draw approximately 33 million gallons of water a day from Long Island’s drinking water supply.  

April 15, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS TO SPONSOR FREE LEGAL SERVICES PROGRAM IN ELMONT

Mobile Legal Help Center Will Offer Free Legal Assistance to Residents in Need

     Senator Jack Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that he will be sponsoring a program in Elmont to provide free legal services to those in need.

     Senator Martins has arranged to bring the Mobile Legal Help Center to the Family Life Worship Center (1350 A Street, Elmont) on Friday, May 8th from 10 am to 3 pm. The Mobile Legal Help Center, which is a partnership between the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) and the New York State Office of Court Administration, brings free, civil legal services directly into communities.

April 14, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS HELPS KICK OFF 2015 LITTLE LEAGUE SEASON IN WILLISTON PARK

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently joined with the Williston Park Little League in celebrating the opening day of the 2015 little league season. Senator Martins offered his best wishes to the players, coaches, and parents for a fun and safe season.

    Senator Martins (right) is pictured throwing out a ceremonial first pitch at Kelleher Field to help kick off the 2015 little league season in Williston Park.

April 13, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS & NASSAU POLICE TO HOLD PROGRAM TO HELP PARENTS SPOT THE SIGNS OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) and the Nassau County Police Department will be sponsoring a free program to help parents protect their children from substance abuse. The substance abuse prevention program will be held on Wednesday, May 6th at 7:30 pm at the Port Washington Library (1 Library Drive, Port Washington). 

April 10, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS ANNOUNCES NEW RESOURCES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST HEROIN

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate district) announced that New York State is providing new resources to combat the growing heroin epidemic. The state will be providing naloxone kits to schools and training for school personnel across the state.

     “The heroin epidemic affects every community on Long Island, and kids are the number one target. Giving schools these new resources and training will allow them to potentially save a life and prevent a tragedy. This is a smart investment which will help protect our children,” said Senator Martins, who supported the funding.

April 9, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS ANNOUNCES LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN PENALTIES FOR DRIVERS WHO KILL OR INJURE SOMEONE WHILE DRIVING WITH A SUSPENDED OR REVOKED LICENSE

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) today announced new legislation he is sponsoring to strengthen penalties for individuals who kill or injure someone while driving with a suspended or revoked license. 

April 2, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS INVITES RESIDENTS TO “SHED THE MEDS” IN MANHASSET ON APRIL 18th

Residents can Safely Dispose of Expired or Unwanted Medications

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District), in partnership with the Nassau County Police Department and the Manhasset Community Coalition Against Substance Abuse (CASA), is sponsoring a “Shed the Meds” program to help residents safely dispose of unused or expired medications.

     The “Shed the Meds” program will be held on Saturday, April 18th from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at Shelter Rock Elementary School (27A Shelter Rock Road, Manhasset).

March 30, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS SPEAKS TO STUDENTS AT SEWANHAKA CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT’S MODEL UN CONFERENCE

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently served as a guest speaker to students at the Sewanhaka Central High School District’s 22nd annual Model UN Conference. The conference was held at New Hyde Park Memorial High School. 

March 30, 2015
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

One Limb For Life

      I often marvel at the resiliency of the human spirit. More often than not it’s reflected in a person’s grace in dealing with adversity, accepting that which cannot be changed, and persevering despite the challenge. This resiliency is vibrantly displayed in those who, through a condition at birth or misfortune later in life, rely on prosthetics to go about what we would otherwise consider routine. For them, access to a prosthetic limb is their link to the pursuit of a normal, everyday life and modern healthcare has come a long way in that regard. That’s why what I’m about to share is so implausible, so unreasonable, that you’ll undoubtedly be as offended as I was to hear it.

March 27, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS JOINS WITH RESIDENTS FOR A MORE BEAUTIFUL PORT WASHINGTON IN HONORING LOCAL RESIDENTS

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently joined with Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington at their annual gala. Senator Martins joined with the organization in honoring The Peter & Jeri Dejana Family Foundation, Susan Goldman, and Lisa Grossman for their many efforts to improve the quality of life in the Port Washington community.

March 24, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS’ LEGISLATION RAISING PENALTIES FOR UNLICENSED DRIVERS PASSED BY SENATE

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate passed legislation he sponsored to increase penalties for drivers who operate a vehicle without a driver’s license. The legislation would address an inequity in current law which people who drive with a suspended license face a far stronger penalty than someone who drives with no license at all. Right now, driving with a suspended license is a crime – a misdemeanor – while driving without ever having had a license is a traffic infraction. 

March 23, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS APPOINTED CO-CHAIRMAN OF NEW TASK FORCE ON WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Task Force Will Help Identify Ways to Improve Employee Training and Readiness to Promote Private Sector Growth

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) has been appointed Co-Chairman of a new Senate Task Force on Workforce Development. The Task Force will review the state’s existing programs designed to train both job seekers and existing employees for current and prospective employment opportunities, as well as help develop new initiatives to improve employee readiness, meet the needs of private sector employers, and create well-paying jobs to grow New York’s economy.

March 23, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS PARTICIPATES IN “LEADERSHIP U” IN FLORAL PARK

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently took part in the third annual Leadership U at Floral Park Memorial High School. 

     Leadership U (short for Leadership University) is a program where students get to interact with community leaders and role models to learn leadership skills. The program is sponsored by The Leadership Foundation of Floral Park-Bellerose.

     “I really enjoyed participating in this program, and once again the Foundation did a fantastic job. It was great meeting the kids, talking with them, and learning about all the wonderful things they're doing in school and the community,” said Senator Martins.

March 20, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS STATEMENT ON ASSEMBLY PASSAGE OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING LEGISLATION

     “I am pleased that my colleagues in the Assembly have finally joined the Senate in acting on legislation to protect people from human trafficking. 

     As I have long said, reforms like tougher penalties for human trafficking, measures to ensure pay equity for women, and stronger protections for victims of domestic violence and discrimination should not be tied together. Each of the measures should be considered individually, on their own merits, not held hostage for political purposes. I am hopeful that the Assembly’s action today means that they are joining us in finally putting women first.

March 16, 2015
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

One Oar in the Water

     I used to chuckle when an old friend of mine would say someone had “just one oar in the water.” She was usually describing somebody who was pursuing this or that bad idea and who just didn’t see things clearly. That’s why it’s the perfect title for this week’s message.

March 16, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSAGE OF MEASURES TO PREVENT DRUG USE IN NEW YORK COMMUNITIES

Bills Would Prevent Use of Parks or Playgrounds for Drug Activity and Strengthen Penalties for Meth-Related Crimes

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation to stop drug dealers from preying on children at playgrounds and parks, as well as combat the spread of methamphetamine (“meth”) use in New York. Senator Martins supported both measures in the Senate.

March 13, 2015
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