Jack M. Martins' Press releases

SENATE APPROVES SENATOR MARTINS’ LEGISLATION TO ENSURE SCHOOLS CONTINUE TO SAVE ON THEIR TRANSPORTATION COSTS

Legislation Would Make School Bus Mandate Relief Act Permanent

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate passed legislation he sponsored to ensure school districts continue receiving mandate relief on their transportation costs. The legislation (S3141) would make the savings provided by the school bus mandate relief act permanent.

May 20, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS’ LEGISLATION TO CREATE “BILLY JOEL BOULEVARD” IN HICKSVILLE APPROVED BY TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that legislation he sponsored to create “Billy Joel Boulevard” in Hicksville has been approved by the Senate’s Transportation Committee.  The legislation (S6603) would rename Route 107 between Old Country Road and East John Street in downtown Hicksville, which is Billy Joel’s hometown, “Billy Joel Boulevard.”  Senator Martins is sponsoring the legislation with Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R-15th Assembly District). 

May 20, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS INVITES RESIDENTS TO “DISCOVER LONG ISLAND” TOURISM PROGRAM IN MANHASSET ON JUNE 5TH

     With summer approaching, Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) is sponsoring a free “Discover Long Island” Tourism Program to inform residents about the many “staycation” attractions on Long Island. The program will take place on Thursday June 5th from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Manhasset Public Library (30 Onderdonk Avenue, Manhasset). 

May 20, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS CONGRATULATES ROSLYN STUDENT FOR EARNING FIRST PLACE IN SENATE’S EARTH DAY POSTER CONTEST

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently visited East Hills Elementary School in Roslyn to congratulate 2nd grade student Emma Pnini on being chosen as a first place winner in the Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest.

     Emma’s entry focused on the importance of “reducing, reusing, and recycling” in order to protect the environment. As a first place winner, Emma’s poster was displayed in the State Legislative Office Building in Albany along with those of the other winners from across the state.

May 19, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS SPEAKS TO GREAT NECK VETERANS

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently visited with members of the Great Neck Veterans Social Club at the Great Neck Senior Center. Senator Martins gave an update on some of the veterans related issues in the legislature, including a recently signed law which will help bring more opportunities to service-disabled veterans. 

     Senator Martins is pictured speaking to members of the Great Neck Veterans Social Club.

 

May 16, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS ANNOUNCES NEW LAW TO BENEFIT DISABLED VETERANS

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced a new law which will facilitate the awarding of state contracts to disabled veterans. Senator Martins was a sponsor of the legislation, which was recently signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

     The “Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act” will create a 6% state contract set aside for service-connected disabled veteran owned small businesses. The set aside is very similar to the highly successful 3% preference that the federal government offers.

May 16, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION TO CREATE A REGISTRY OF VIOLENT OFFENDERS

“Brittany’s Law” Would Provide More Information About Potentially Dangerous Felons

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate passed “Brittany’s Law,” to increase the safety and awareness of communities by creating a public registry of convicted violent felons. The legislation (S1850B), of which Senator Martins is a sponsor, would establish a statewide violent felony offender registry by requiring certain convicted felons to register with the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) upon release from prison.

May 15, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS & HERRICKS TEACHERS ASSOCIATION INVITE RESIDENTS TO GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE AT JUNE 2ND BLOOD DRIVE

 Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) and the Herricks Teachers Association are inviting residents to give the gift of life by participating in a blood drive they are sponsoring on Monday, June 2nd. The blood drive will take place from 2:45 pm to 7:15 pm at the Herricks Community Center (999 Herricks Road, New Hyde Park). 

May 15, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS’ LEGISLATION ALLOWING SCHOOL DISTRICTS & LOCAL GOVERNMENTS CONTINUED USE OF LEVER-STYLE VOTING MACHINES PASSED BY SENATE

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate passed legislation he sponsored which would allow school districts, local governments, and special districts to continue using lever-style voting machines in their local elections and budget votes. 

May 14, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS NAMES LEGISLATOR ROSE MARIE WALKER A NEW YORK STATE SENATE WOMAN OF DISTINCTION

Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently named Nassau County Legislator Rose Marie Walker of Hicksville a New York State Senate Woman of Distinction. 

May 14, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS HONORS FLORAL PARK BOY SCOUTS FOR EARNING SCOUTING’S HIGHEST AWARD

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislative resolutions he sponsored honoring four members of Boy Scout Troop 678 in Floral Park for attaining the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout. 

     The legislative resolutions honored Christopher Bonomo, Matthew Dooley, Daniel May, and Benjamin Rispoli on earning Scouting’s highest honor. With passage of the resolutions, Christopher, Matthew, Daniel, and Benjamin’s achievements will forever be part of the official record of the New York State Senate.

     Senator Martins attended the Court of Honor held for the four scouts to personally congratulate them.

May 14, 2014
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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 allows unlicensed drivers to face lesser penalties than those who drive with a suspended license. 

May 13, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS: STRONGER PENALTIES FOR HIT & RUN DRIVERS PASSED BY SENATE

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation to raise penalties for drivers who leave the scene of an accident which causes injury or death. Senator Martins is a sponsor of the legislation. 

May 13, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS TO APPEAR ON CABLEVISION’S “MEET THE LEADERS”

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) was recently a guest on Cablevision’s “Meet the Leaders, ” a local program which explores the people, policies, and issues which are responsible for directing the future course of Long Island. 

     On the show, Senator Martins and host Pat Halpin discuss the recently approved New York State budget; recently enacted reforms to address the State Education Department’s failed Common Core rollout; how building the Cosmos Soccer Stadium in Elmont would promote economic development; and the impact the MTA’s decision to change LIRR Presidents will have on Long Island.

May 12, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS & COUNTY EXECUTIVE MANGANO SPONSOR FREE KIDPIX PHOTO ID PROGRAM IN PORT WASHINGTON

     Senator Jack Martins (R-7th Senate District) and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano recently sponsored a free KidPix photo ID program in Port Washington. 

     Families who participated in the program received a free, wallet sized kidpix card with their child’s name, physical description, contact information, fingerprint, and photograph. In the event that a child goes missing, parents can give the KidPix card to law enforcement as a helpful tool to help return the child home more quickly.

     Senator Martins is pictured with the Iorio family as two year old Mason gets his picture taken for his free child ID card.

May 8, 2014
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

“Not an Anchor but a Mast”

My calendar is jam-packed. There are countless hours wading through paperwork and policy and long days turned to night spent in legislative session at the State House in Albany. When I’m home here on the Island, I’m tending to dozens of constituent problems and a typical day includes at least six or seven functions or meetings in our various communities. Weekends hold even more (no exaggeration) but the community work is what I love most – minus all the driving.

May 7, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS & LEGISLATOR NICOLELLO TO SPONSOR BREAST CANCER SCREENING PROGRAM IN NEW HYDE PARK

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) and Legislator Richard Nicolello (R-New Hyde Park) are sponsoring a breast cancer screening program on Thursday, June 5th from 8:30 am to 1 pm at the Herricks Community Center (999 Herricks Road, New Hyde Park).

     Appointments are necessary and will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. On site nurses and technicians will provide a mammography, a clinical breast examination and instructions for self examination. Patients and their physicians will be notified of the exam results.

     NuHealth’s guidelines for the program are as follows:

May 7, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS: SENATE PASSES BILL SIMPLIFYING APPLICATION FOR SENIOR CITIZENS RENEWING ENHANCED STAR TAX EXEMPTION

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate recently passed legislation that would create a shorter, simplified renewal application for senior citizens who already receive an Enhanced STAR tax exemption. Senator Martins cosponsored the legislation (S2937) with Senator Kemp Hannon (R-6th Senate District). 

     “Enhanced STAR provides valuable property tax savings to eligible senior citizens. Creating a simplified renewal application form will make it easier for seniors to take advantage of property tax savings to which they are entitled,” said Senator Martins.

May 6, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS JOINS WITH FLORAL PARK HISTORICAL SOCIETY IN UNVEILING NEW VANDERBILT CUP HISTORICAL MARKER

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently joined with the Floral Park Historical Society and community members in unveiling a new historical marker commemorating the running of the Vanderbilt Cup Race through the Village of Floral Park. The marker is located at the corner of Jericho Turnpike and Emerson Avenue. 

     The Vanderbilt Cup Race was the first major international auto race in the United States which was run on a public road. It ran thru Floral Park on October 8, 1904.

     Senator Martins is pictured speaking at the Floral Park Historical Society’s unveiling of the new historical marker.

May 5, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS: MORE SENIORS ELIGIBLE FOR PRESCRIPTION DRUG SAVINGS UNDER NEW EPIC INCOME LIMITS

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that New York State has expanded the income thresholds for its Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) program to allow more seniors to qualify for prescription drug savings. 

     EPIC’s income eligibility thresholds have been raised from $35,000 to $75,000 for single seniors and from $50,000 to $100,000 for married seniors. Senator Martins supported the program expansion as part of this year’s state budget. 

May 5, 2014
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