Jack M. Martins' Press releases

Bill Making It Easier to Claim STAR Exemptions Passes Senate

Legislation (S.3576) passed by the Senate will help make it easier for property owners to claim STAR benefits if they missed the March 1 filing deadlines. This is particularly important to senior citizens who must remember to file for the enhanced STAR exemption each year. Missing the deadline and, therefore, the exemption could result in a homeowner facing an unexpected and significantly increased tax bill. This bill instead authorizes municipalities to accept STAR applications after the locality’s taxable status date and before January 10 of the following year.

May 4, 2011
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Senate Passes Bill Cracking Down on Texting While Driving

The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.998B) that will make it easier for law enforcement to crack down on texting-while-driving offenses and prevent tragic accidents caused by drivers distracted by texting.

The bill would make text messaging while driving a primary violation rather than a secondary violation. Under the current law, a driver can only be cited for texting-while-driving if another violation, such as speeding, is also being cited.

A bipartisan group of State Legislators was joined at by representatives of the American Automobile Association (AAA) New York to discuss the Senate’s action and to urge the Assembly to vote on the bill as soon as possible. Federal data shows 16,000 deaths nationwide due to texting while driving.

May 3, 2011
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Senator Martins' Bill Amending Consolidation Law Protects Villages

A bill (S.1824) introduced by Senator Jack M. Martins that clarifies and amends the Citizen’s Empowerment Act has passed the Senate today.

In 2009, Governor David Paterson signed into law a measure that would allow people to dissolve local governments. The legislation was lobbied for by then-Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.

However, there were several problems with the law. For one, residents of a municipality would be voting via a referendum on whether to dissolve that municipality, whether it be a village or special district, without knowing what the alternative plan would be to provide services for those residents.

May 3, 2011
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

It’s has been an historic past few months in New York State with the passing of this state budget. We kept our commitment to balancing the state’s budget without raising taxes or fees and have taken a significant step toward genuine, long-term fiscal health. However, our work is far from done. We must continue to explore options to ease the tax burden on our residents and business owners.

May 3, 2011
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Senator Martins Attends Fundraiser For Firefighter Max Devane

On February 4, the New Hyde Park Fire Department was called to a fire on 6th Avenue. Among those firefighters who responded was Max Devane of Estates Engine Company #3. Devane was seriously injured while battling the basement fire, requiring five weeks of hospitalization and rehabilitation to recover from his injuries. He even had to withdraw from classes at SUNY Maritime, where he was going to school.

On Friday, April 29, a benefit was held for Max Devane at the Protection Quarters. Senator Jack M. Martins attended to show his support. "I had to come out and show my support for Max. He is one of New Hyde Park's bravest and deserves the support of the community. When the community needed him, Max answered the call," said Senator Martins.

May 2, 2011
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Senator Martins Participates in Helen's Walk

On Sunday morning, May 1, under beautiful skies, hundreds participated in Helen's Walk, a stroll through Sands Point Preserve to benefit the Helen Keller National Center, which offers invaluable services to the blind and deaf.

Senator Jack M. Martins, whose Senate District encompasses Port Washington and Sands Point, participated in the walk. The Senator walked with two of his four daughters, Kaitlin and Vanessa, as well as Nassau County Legislator Wayne Wink. "It was my honor to walk for the Helen Keller National Center. The center does incredible things and I was proud to support it. It was beautiful weather and a great turnout," he said.

For more information on the Helen Keller National Center, visit www.hknc.org.

May 2, 2011
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Senator Martins Congratulates Great Neck South High School Intel Semifinalists

Senator Jack M. Martins had the honor of visiting Great Neck South High School on Thursday, April 28 to congratulate seniors Samantha Phillips and Brian Miranda for being named semifinalists in the Intel Science Competition. Senator Martins presented them with copies of a Resolution that was passed on the floor of the Senate recognizing the Intel semifinalists from the Seventh Senate District.

April 29, 2011
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Senator Martins Wishes Chabad of Port Washington a Happy 20th Anniversary

On Thursday, April 28, Senator Jack M. Martins visited the Chabad of Port Washington where he met with Rabbi Shalom Paltiel and Sara Paltiel and congratulated them on the Chabad’s 20 years in Port Washington.

Rabbi Paltiel welcomed Senator Martins as they discussed the ongoing projects in the Chabad as well as the issues important to the Jewish community. Rabbi Paltiel showed Senator Martins the Synagogue and then took the Senator to the Florence Brownstein Pre-School.

April 29, 2011
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Senator Martins Lends Support to Iraqi Boy Here For Medical Treatment

Senator Jack M. Martins attended a special birthday celebration on Wednesday, April 27 at the offices of Long Island Plastic Surgical Group in Garden City. Zeenabdeen Hadi was turning 4-years-old, but he is no ordinary young man. Zeenabdeen’s perseverance and the commitment of his uncle has brought him from Iraq to the Long Island, where he will undergo medical treatment for serious injuries he sustained back home when he was just under a year old.

A few weeks before his first birthday, Zeenabdeen had been seriously injured when a car bomb exploded outside his home in Iraq. An electrical wire was dislodged and made contact with Zeenabdeen’s face causing serious bone loss and leaving his face disfigured.

April 27, 2011
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Senator Martins Cuts Ribbon For Mineola Diner Grand Opening

On Friday, April 22, New York State Senator Jack M. Martins helped cut the ribbon, signifying the opening of the historic Mineola Diner, which was built in 1948. Senator Martins joined with owners Michael Alpert and Shane Fritsche as he wished them success in making the diner an important part of the community.

Senator Martins stated that "Diners have played an important part in Americana and since 1948, the Mineola Diner has been a integral part of this community. We are thankful to its new owners Michael Alpert and Shane Fritsche for investing in this historical diner and helping keep this community in-touch with its past."

The diner is located at 138 Jericho Turnpike on the corner of Willis Avenue.

April 27, 2011
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Senator Martins and Senator Fuschillo Settle Friendly Wager

A friendly wager between two State Senators was settled at Elmont Memorial High School with fanfare and good food last Friday. Senator Jack Martins’ and Senator Chuck Fuschillo’s bet over the Nassau County Championship Basketball title was settled in full at the Elmont Memorial High School cafeteria in front of a standing room only crowd.

The bet between the two Senators was over bragging rights over who would bring home the Nassau County Basketball Championship title. Senator Martins stood with Elmont Memorial’s Spartans and Senator Fuschillo rooted on his Baldwin Bruins. The results are now history with the Spartans winning the game and bringing home the crown by beating the Bruins at the David S. Mack Arena at Hofstra University.  

April 26, 2011
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Senator Martins, Village of Westbury Get Commitment on Ellison Avenue Bridge

Village of Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro, State Senator Jack M. Martins, the chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Local Government, and State Senator Charles Fuschillo, the chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Transportation, met yesterday with Long Island Railroad President Helena Williams and representatives from the New York State Department of Transportation to address the Ellison Avenue Bridge in Westbury, which is badly in need of renovation and rehabilitation.

April 26, 2011
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Senator Martins Addresses Residents of The Amsterdam at Harborside

On Friday, April 22, Senator Jack M. Martins visited the senior living community, The Amsterdam at Harborside in Port Washington. The Amsterdam at Harborside is dedicated to providing comfort and happiness to its residents.

Senator Martins was welcomed by Executive Director Margaret Minchini. He then had an opportunity to speak with the residents and then answered numerous questions about state government.

April 25, 2011
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Senator Martins Visits Helen Keller National Center, Will Participate in Helen's Walk

On Friday, April 22, Senator Jack M. Martins visited the Helen Keller National Center in Sands Point to learn about the programs the center offers for deaf-blind youths and adults. Senator Martins came away extremely impressed with the work the center does and the abilities the students possess.

The mission of the Helen Keller National Center is to enable each person who is deaf-blind to live and work in the community of their choice. The center teaches skills that empower individuals to live independent lives.

Senator Martins met with Executive Director Joseph J. McNulty, Director of Marketing and Development Suzanne V. Ressa and Director of Direct Services Susan Ruzenski.

April 25, 2011
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Elmont's Star Pitcher Danny Aguilo Honored by Senator Martins

In Pitching a No-Hitter, Aguilo Records Every Out By Strikeout

A sophomore from Elmont Memorial High School made Long Island baseball history this past week. Daniel “Danny” Aguilo, a pitcher on the Elmont Memorial High school baseball team, did something every little leaguer dreams of, pitching a no-hitter. Aguilo just didn’t pitch a no-hitter in 7 innings, he recorded his name in the history books with 21 strikeouts.

“The night before, I told my dad that I was going to pitch a no-hitter,” said the Elmont pitcher.

April 25, 2011
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Senator Martins Honors Manhasset-Lakeville Firefighters For 25 Years of Service

Senator Jack M. Martins recently honored George Katramados and Joseph Bacik for 25 years of service in the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department. Senator Martins also congratulated Ex-Chief Kyle Dugger for his leadership in his years as chief.

“The men and women who make up the volunteer fire services are special people. They sacrifice their time for the good of others. I want to recognize George Katramados and Joseph Bacik for their years of service as well as Ex-Chief Kyle Dugger for his leadership,” said Senator Martins. “They have served their community with dedication and distinction.”

Senator Martins presented each of the honorees with Senate Resolutions that were read on the floor of the Senate to recognize their accomplishments.

April 20, 2011
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Senator Martins Attends Westbury Amateur Baseball Association Opening Day Ceremonies

Senator Jack M. Martins recently attended the opening day festivities for the Westbury Amateur Baseball Association. Senator Martins even had the opportunity to throw out the first ball along with Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro and Town Councilman Robert Troiano.

"You know spring is here when it's time to play baseball. I wish all of the players, parents and coaches and great year. Be safe and show good sportsmanship," said Senator Martins.

April 19, 2011
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Senator Martins Attends Ribbon Cutting Ceremony For Westbury Boxing Club

On Saturday, April 9, Senator Jack M. Martins joined with Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro for a ribbon cutting ceremony at M. Phipps Sport Center, 348 Post Avenue, for the Westbury Boxing Club.

Former Nassau County District Attorney Denis Dillon funded the community boxing program through the PBA. It is continuing in his memory through the Dillon Cornerman Foundation, established with the help of former State Senator Michael Balboni.

“The boxing club has served the community for years. Those who have participated in it as well as the staff, trainers and board members have all done a great job in making this program one that builds self-esteem and a strong work ethic,” Senator Martins said.

April 19, 2011
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Mineola Fire Department Makes Senator Martins an Honorary Chief

For eight years, Senator Jack M. Martins served as the Mayor of Mineola during which time he saw first-hand the commitment and dedication the men and women of the Mineola Fire Department gave to the community.

In times of emergency when residents and business owners are in need, the Mineola Fire Department is always answering the call. Whether it’s a raging fire, power outage or snow storm, the brave men and women of the department are ready and willing to help.

Recently, the Mineola Fire Department, led by Chief Rob Connolly, 1st Assistant Chief Joe Pratt and 2nd Assistant Chief Jeff Clark, bestowed upon Senator Martins the title of “Honorary Chief” and presented him with a fire helmet from the department.

April 19, 2011
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Senator Martins Visits Long Island Conservatory

Senator Jack M. Martins visited the Long Island Conservatory in Albertson where he met with President Min Sum Kim and Executive Director Patricia Schust.

The conservatory offers music programs as well as other programs such as an Intel science research program. The conservatory's mission is to "create a music-based-program of education and performance that will empower our community learners in an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust. Every student will be motivated and challenged to take part, learn, grow, and accomplish academic, social, and vocational goals."

While Senator Martins visited the conservatory, he met 19-year-old gifted pianist Vessilin Ninov, who began playing when he was 4 and has been a student at the conservatory.

April 18, 2011
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