Jack M. Martins' Press releases

Williston Park American Legion Holds Everlasting Services on Memorial Day

Senator Martins Serves as Guest Speaker

Due to rain showers and dark skies early on Memorial Day morning, the Williston Park American Legion Post #144 did not hold its Memorial Day parade, but did have a stirring tribute to the veterans inside the post. The 55th Annual Post Everlasting Services paid tribute to all those who served, departed members and those who went off to service and sadly did not return.

Post commander Frank Oliveiri conducted the services. Reverend Christine van Liew of the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection gave the invocation and then former Town of North Hempstead Supervisor John Kiernan introduced guest speaker, Senator Jack M. Martins.

May 31, 2011
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Senator Martins Honors Intel Semifinalists From Great Neck North High School

Senator Jack M. Martins visited Great Neck North High School recently, where he met with three special students – Michelle Hackman, Harry Chiang and David Kaufman. All three took part in the Intel Science Talent Search with Harry and David being named semi-finalists and Michelle reaching the finals, where she captured second place.

May 27, 2011
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Senator Martins Presents Leslyn Stewart With Senate Woman of Distinction Award

The New York State Senate held its annual “Women of Distinction” ceremony at the State Capitol this past Tuesday where women were honored for their achievements and impact to their home communities. Senator Jack M. Martins honored Elmont’s own Leslyn Stewart as his choice for the 7th Senate District. The ceremony was presided over by State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and all Senators throughout New York State.

“Leslyn is an incredible woman who has taken a tragedy and works to help those involved in law enforcement understand the ultimate sacrifice. She is a trailblazer in health care as a registered nurse at Winthrop Hospital and continues to give of herself locally at the Dutch Broadway PTA and community groups,” said Senator Martins.

May 27, 2011
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Senator Martins Meets 'Town Hall-Style' With Sewanhaka High School Students

Senator Jack M. Martins was hosted by over 100 hundred students in a "Town Hall"-style listen session at Sewanhaka High School. The forum was an outgrowth of a social studies assignment in the class of Diane Ondris where students wrote hundreds of letters to the Senator on issues of the day. Senator Martins replied to the questions and mailed each student a letter with a response.

In recognition of the school’s outstanding work, Senator Martins came to Sewanhaka High School, where Elmont, Stewart Manor, South Floral Park and Floral Park students got to ask questions to their State Senator.

May 26, 2011
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Senator Martins Fights to Restore Grant to Solve Flooding Issue in Mineola and Carle Place

For years, some of the residents on the east end of the Village of Mineola as well Carle Place have had to deal with flooding on their streets during rain storms. When he served as Mayor of Mineola, Jack M. Martins set out to solve the problem, which had been plaguing those streets for years.

Martins called together a meeting with Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman and County Executive Ed Mangano. In order to solve the problem, the Village of Mineola agreed to reconfigure a catch basin to handle more storm water flow. The county agreed to build a bypass for water going south on Sheridan Boulevard toward the catch basin to reduce the amount of storm water that goes to Bruce Terrace, one of the streets suffering from the flooding, and the surrounding areas.

May 25, 2011
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Senator Martins Serves as Keynote Speaker at Armed Forces Day Ceremony in South Floral Park

The 21st annual South Floral Park “Armed Forces Day” was celebrated this past Saturday under sunny skies and a large crowd in front of South Floral Park Village Hall. The day is dedicated to the brave men and women who so proudly serve in our Armed Forces in the United States. Mayor Geoffrey Prime and Village Trustee George Ingram welcomed State Senator Jack M. Martins, who was tapped by village officials to serve as keynote speaker for event.

May 23, 2011
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Senator Martins Celebrates International Culture at Elmont Memorial High School

Hundreds of students and community members jammed Elmont Memorial High School’s gymnasium this past Friday evening to celebrate “International Night!“ The evening is a celebration of community, diversity and culture. From the shores of Jamaica and Haiti to India, Dominican Republic, Nigeria, Barbados, Mexico and everywhere in between, food, fun and fashion ruled the evening. Senator Jack M. Martins was invited to the celebration and was welcomed to the evening of culture by Principal John Capozzi and students led by Kyle Johnson, Candice Chatterpaul, Ben Odugbesan, Elijah Ross and organizers.

May 23, 2011
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Senator Martins Congratulates Eagle Scout Antonio Pereira

Senator Jack M. Martins honored Elmont Eagle Scout Antonio Pereira during an Eagle Court of Honor at the American Legion. Senator Martins was joined by Valley Stream Mayor Ed Fare, Elmont VFW member Richard Gales, Justice Robert Bogle, Assistant Commissioner of the Theodore Roosevelt Boy Scouts Donna Jean Serra of Elmont, Assemblyman Ra, Robert Becker of Boy Scouts, Cheryl Tansey, Committee Chair of Crew 116 and Boy Scouts from throughout the Elmont, North Valley Stream and South Floral Park communities.

May 23, 2011
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Senator Martins Presides as Judge in Manorhaven School Mock Trial

A classroom in the Manorhaven School in Port Washington served as a court room on Friday, May 20 as the fifth grade Manorhaven Mock Trial Team conducted a civil trial complete with witnesses, exhibits and complete New York State Civil Procedure.

The case involved a woman, Jo Moncrieff, who was denied a position as a news field producer for a television station. The Plaintiff Team argued that the woman was the best qualified candidate but was denied the position because she is in a wheel-chair and was thus discriminated against. The Defense Team argued that the woman was not the best qualified candidate since the position of in-field news producer required the candidate to be able to get around quickly.

May 23, 2011
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Senator Martins Holds 'Office Hours' and Community Listen Session in Floral Park

Senator Jack M. Martins was back in Floral Park as part of his community listening tour. The Floral Park Library was the scene for the latest installment of Martins’ community-based listening sessions where residents can discuss issues, concerns and ideas in a free-flowing discussion. The Floral Park session saw a steady stream of community members drop by to talk to the Senator. “I was very pleased with the turn-out and happy with the thoughtfulness of the questions and discussion surrounding the issues,” said Senator Martins.

May 23, 2011
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Senator Martins Addresses Great Neck Chamber of Commerce

Senator Jack M. Martins was welcomed by the Great Neck Chamber of Commerce at recent Thursday morning breakfast meeting at the Inn of Great Neck, where he answered numerous questions from chamber members.

Having taken office as Senator of the Seventh Senate District this past January, Martins is making his way around the district on days he isn’t in Albany to discuss both local and state issues with the residents, elected officials and businesses owners of the community.

Senator Martins was introduced by Great Neck Chamber of Commerce President Valerie Link of Anton Community Newspapers. He kept his initial comments brief, speaking about the importance of local governments such as villages, so that chamber members would have the opportunity to ask questions.

May 23, 2011
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Senator Martins Earth Day Competition Poster Contest

I would like to thank the students in the Seventh Senate District for participating in our Earth Day Poster Competition. In keeping with the theme of our Earth Day Celebration of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.”We will celebrate and honor Earth Day this year  by displaying your work on my website. Also, each participant will receive a certificate acknowledging their participation in the competition. Thank you and don’t forget to “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!”Please click the participating school to view contest submissions:St.

May 23, 2011
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Senator Martins: We Need Tax Relief Now

Urges Assembly to Pass the Tax Cap

Senator Jack M. Martins and his Senate colleagues from Long Island made a push to get the Assembly to pass a 2 percent tax cap as a means to bring property tax relief to Long Island families at a press conference on Thursday. Governor Andrew Cuomo has been a proponent of the cap, which was already passed by the Senate. The bill just needs approval from the Assembly to become law.

May 20, 2011
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Senator Martins Visits Barry Tech in Westbury

Senator Jack M. Martins visited Barry Tech in Westbury recently to learn about the programs offered to the students. The Joseph M. Barry Career and Technical Center allows students to learn skills to enhance their high school experience. The school, which is a part of Nassau BOCES, prepares juniors and seniors for college and for the workforce by providing them with specialized training in a vast array of fields.

Senator Martins toured the school, visiting the cosmetology, graphic design, television, cooking, veterinary science, welding, piloting and forensic science classes.

May 18, 2011
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Senator Martins Co-Sponsors Brittany's Law

Act Would Create Registry for Violent Felons

The New York State Senate today passed with wide bi-partisan support Brittany’s Law (S.3645B), a bill that would establish a statewide violent felony offender registry by requiring offenders to register with the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services upon release from prison. The law is intended to increase the safety of all New Yorkers by providing access to the list of convicted violent offenders.

May 18, 2011
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

In just a few months in Albany, we have made considerable progress in getting New York State back on track. When the Assembly, Senate and Governor have worked together toward a common goal, we have seen that we are capable of making significant improvements in our State. This was the case in March when the Senate worked with the Governor on a state budget. Not only was this highly complex and contentious process completed on time, but more significantly, it represented a change from past practices that have repeatedly failed the residents of New York. We were able to successfully balance the State budget and close a $10 billion deficit while not raising any taxes or fees.

May 17, 2011
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Senator Martins Votes to Create New Panel to Support Aging Veterans

The New York State Senate approved legislation to help older veterans by creating an advisory committee that specifically assists state officials in addressing important veterans issues. New York has the second highest veteran population in the United States and bill S.3337, supported by Senator Jack M. Martins, focuses on improving the care and state support available to aging veterans by creating a panel of gerontology and veterans’ issue experts.

“Our veterans have done so much to ensure our freedom. We need to make certain they receive the best care and support programs. I was proud to have supported this legislation,” said Senator Martins. “It’s an opportunity to show our veterans we will never forget the sacrifices they made for us.”

May 16, 2011
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Senator Martins Congratulates Intel Semifinalists From North Shore Hebrew Academy

Senator Jack M. Martins visited the North Shore Hebrew Academy in Great Neck to congratulate Jonathan Michael Nachman and Sarah Jamie Toledano for being named semi-finalists in the Intel Science Talent Search.

Jonathan’s project, “Green Micropatterning: Stamping Candida antarctica Lipase-B onto Poly(e-caprolactone),” focused on a green way to make a circuit board, using less dangerous chemicals.

Sarah’s project, “Strychnine Distinguishes between Two Populations of a1 Glyince Receptors in HEK Cells,” focused on distinguishing drugs based on their properties.

May 12, 2011
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Senator Martins Congratulates Troop 45's Newest Eagle Scouts

On Friday evening, May 6, Senator Jack M. Martins attended an Eagle Court of Honor for the newest Eagle Scouts from Mineola Boy Scout Troop 45.

In its 90-year history, Troop 45 has a rich tradition of producing Eagle Scouts, which is the highest honor a scout can achieve. It takes years of dedication and commitment to reach the rank of Eagle Scout. Vincent Buonincontro, Nicholas Fiori, Glenn Peters, Nickolas D’Annunzio, Perry Llanes and Zachary Rachell joined the apex of scouting, making 122 Eagle Scout for Troop 45 including Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss, who earned the rank in 1981.

May 12, 2011
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Senator Martins Attends Wild West Benefit For the Friends of the Sands Point Preserve

On May 7, Senator Jack M. Martins attended the Sands Point Preserve Wild West fundraiser at the Hempstead House to benefit the Friends of the Sands Point Preserve. The honorees included Helen Keller National Center Executive Director Joseph McNulty as well as George "Butch" Starkie, mayor of the Village of Farmingdale and owner of Starkie Brothers Garden Center.

The mission of the Friends of the Sands Point Preserve is the preservation and protection of the magnificent structures and grounds of the Sands Point Preserve, to promote the Guggenheim Estate as a living museum focused on the preserve's rich history, natural habitats and the architectural features that enhance educational and cultural experiences for all who visit.

May 11, 2011
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