Jack M. Martins' Press releases

FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

Are we Making the Grade?

The new school year is well underway now.

I admit that I personally dread the week it begins. Maybe because I remember that sinking feeling as the days of summer would wind down and we prepared for homework, books, and bedtimes. Nowadays, it’s the never-ending lists of school supplies and the coordination of jam-packed calendars that puts a damper on things.

September 17, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS TO HOST FREE SEMINAR FOR PARENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN SEPTEMBER 24

Senator Martins will be hosting a free seminar on the legal and financial preparations parents of special needs children can make to safeguard their assets while securing benefits and services for their children.

The event will take place on Tuesday, September 24, 2013, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Mineola Village Hall, 155 Washington Avenue, Mineola, NY 11501.

Seats can be reserved by calling my district office at 516-746-5924; or by visiting Senator Martins’ website: www.jackmartins.com.

Disabilities experts, attorney Andrew Cohen and financial advisor Mitch Weisbrot will speak on the legal and financial protections parents should have especially as their special needs children age.

Topics to be discussed include:

September 16, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS: STATE TAKES ACTION AGAINST DANGEROUS BATH SALTS, BILL SIGNED INTO LAW

A new law is on the books aimed at stopping the sale and use of deadly “bath salts,” a type of illicit drug recently connected to the deaths of young party-goers in New York City, as well as other deaths around the country. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, use of bath salts in the United States has increased significantly since 2010.

Bath salts--man-made drugs similar to methamphetamines--can cause heart attacks, seizures, permanent brain damage and severe hallucinations. An individual's behavior on bath salts often turns violent, leading them to harm themselves and/or others.

September 16, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS: WE WILL NEVER FORGET 9/11

On September 11, we paid tribute to those who lost their lives 12 years ago, on September 11, 2001. We remember their lives and the devotions they had to their families and friends. We will never forget.

On this 12th anniversary of 9/11 and in all years to come, it’s important that we share the lessons of that fateful day to our children. This morning, I attended a ceremony at an elementary school in the Seventh Senate District. Every student at the ceremony was either not yet born or just born when 9/11 took place. Yet, they should know the stories of bravery, heroism and sacrifice. They should know the stories of those who lost their lives and the resiliency of their families. They should know the lessons of tolerance and the ramification of hate.

September 12, 2013
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BASIC STAR REGISTRATION - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

New state legislation requires all homeowners receiving a Basic STAR exemption to register with the New York Tax Department in order to receive the exemption in 2014 and subsequent years.

I already receive Basic STAR, why do I need to register? This is part of a new initiative to protect New Yorkers against inappropriate or fraudulent STAR exemptions.

 

Do I have to register every year? No, this is a one-time registration. You do not have to register every year.

 

Who must register? Only those who receive the Basic STAR Property Tax Exemption.

 

August 29, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS TO ASSIST GREAT NECK STUDENTS IN SPREADING MESSAGE AGAINST BULLYING

Senator Jack M. Martins recently met with two young filmmakers who are spreading the word about the dangers of bullying and the harm that can come to others. Lelina and Melora Chang are in the best possible position to help since, not only are they both students at Great Neck South High School, but also happen to be the associate producers of a short film entitled, “Strain,” that sends a powerful message about the consequences of bullying.

Lelina and Melora both became involved in the project after their older sister, Yin, an actress who has had a recurring role in the show “Gossip Girl” wanted to write and direct her own film about bullying. “Strain” depicts how two best friends were separated by a school clique and the devastating consequences.

August 29, 2013
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

A Step Up

It seems part of the human condition to become so focused on that which needs correction that we often fail to appreciate our progress. It’s true in our personal lives, our work lives, and certainly when it comes to how we view government. In 11 years of public service I have yet to meet anyone whose first observation about government is how great it works.

August 29, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS COMMEMORATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. SPEECH

On August 28, 1963, Dr. Martins Luther King, Jr. helped changed the course of our nation. This year, we commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's, "I have a dream" speech, which was delivered on August 28, 1963. To pay hommage to this momentous moment in American history, here is the speech:

"I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

August 28, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS TO HOLD STATEWIDE HEARING IN NASSAU COUNTY

WHO: State Senator Jack M. Martins.

WHAT: Public hearing to review state laws and state imposed municipal finance oversight boards in the context of fiscally distressed municipalities and hear testimony as to new initiatives that provide relief and assistance to fiscally distressed municipalities

WHERE: Nassau County Theodore Roosevelt Executive & Legislative Building, 1550 Franklin Avenue in Mineola.

WHEN: Tuesday, August 27, 2013, 10 am to 4:00 pm

August 26, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS: REBUILDING LONG ISLAND STARTS NOW

There’s a lot of excitement here in Nassau County. Last week’s announcement regarding the redevelopment of Nassau Coliseum has also shined the spotlight once again on what I believe is the single, greatest economic development opportunity Long Island has seen in many years.

That opportunity is Belmont Park.

As you are probably well aware, I have been at the forefront of the redevelopment process at Belmont and I am thrilled with the mixed-use proposal submitted to the state by the New York Cosmos. This breathtaking plan calls for a world-class soccer stadium for the Cosmos team but also includes a hotel, shopping venues, seven restaurants, new community parks, and even a new Long Island Railroad Station.

August 21, 2013
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

How to Keep Your STAR Property Tax Rebate

If you receive a STAR rebate check for your property taxes, please, please, read this column! It’s vital news to Long Island homeowners.

New legislation requires that ALL homeowners receiving a Basic STAR exemption re-apply with the New York State Tax Department in order to continue receiving the exemption in 2014 and beyond. This is part of an enormous effort to root out fraud in the $1.9 billion system and it was enacted to protect honest New Yorkers against those who are falsely obtaining the exemption. In the end, they are stealing from you – the taxpayer.

August 21, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS CHAIRS HEARING IN SYRACUSE ON FISCALLY DISTRESSED MUNICIPALITIES

Recognizing the fiscal crisis and recent filing for bankruptcy by the City of Detroit, Senator Jack M. Martins (R-C-I, Mineola), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Governments, is holding series of statewide public hearings with municipal leaders in communities with varying levels of distress to review state laws and state imposed municipal finance oversight boards in the context of fiscally distressed municipalities and hear testimony as to new initiatives that provide relief and assistance to fiscally distressed municipalities.

August 21, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS THANKS UJA-FEDERATION OF NY FOR SUPPLIES FOR SUCCESS PROGRAM

Senator Jack M. Martins congratulates the UJA-Federation of NY for their efforts in collecting and distributing school supplies for those in need.  The program, Supplies of Success, is just another example of the wonderful work that the UJA-Federation of NY does.

More than 300 volunteers will be working from August 20th to August 22th to fill more than 4,500 backpacks with school supplies for children from needy families across Long Island, through UJA-Federation’s Supplies for Success program. A year-long initiative to collect supplies and cash donations culminate in this three-day volunteer effort.

August 15, 2013
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION CONCERNING THE STAR EXEMPTION

New legislation requires all homeowners receiving a Basic STAR exemption to register with the New York State Tax Department in order to receive the exemption in 2014 and subsequent years. 

Please see below a pfd fact sheet you can download with all the information. More information can also be found on the Tax Department's website at www.tax.ny.gov

August 14, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS JOINS GOVERNOR CUOMO FOR SIGNING OF UTILITY RESTRUCTURING LEGISLATION

Senator Jack M. Martins joined with his colleagues and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo as the Governor signed legislation that dramatically revamps the electric utility on Long Island. The legislation privatizes utility operations on Long Island, improves customer service, including stabilizing rates and enhancing emergency response and preparation; reduces the cost of Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) debt; and implements tough state oversight for the new utility company. It also achieves savings to allow the new utility to seek a rate freeze for 2013, 2014 and 2015.

August 13, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS, ASSEMBLYWOMAN SCHIMEL ANNOUNCE VETERANS BILL SIGNED INTO LAW

Measure Will Enhance Veterans' Access to Benefits and Care

State Senator Jack M. Martins and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel were joined today by members of local veterans’ organizations to announce that veterans legislation they sponsored (S.5825/A.6221-C) was recently signed into law. In an effort to improve the benefit claims process for New York’s veterans, the law requires that directors of city and county veterans service agencies become accredited as veterans’ service organization (VSO) representatives.

August 12, 2013
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GOOD NEWS FOR ANIMAL LOVERS

New Law Gives Pet Owners More Rights; Another Takes Aim at Unscrupulous Pet Dealers

Senator Martins explains his support for two new laws that will help protect animals:

As an animal lover, I know first-hand that there’s something truly special about the bond between a family and their pets.

But too many times, New Yorkers have brought a new pet home to become part of the family, only to discover that the animal has a serious medical condition.  That is why I was pleased to support the expanded “Pet Lemon Law.”

August 8, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS REMINDS RESIDENTS ABOUT CELLINI LODGE FESTIVAL AUGUST 14-18

Senator Jack M. Martins reminds residents that Cellini Lodge #2206 Order Sons of Italy will be sponsoring the 2013 Italian Festival. It will take place from Wednesday, August 14 to Sunday, August 18 at Michael J. Tully Park in New Hyde Park. The hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 6-11 p.m.; Saturday from 3-11 p.m., and Sunday from 3-10 p.m. This is a great event that features great vendors and food, rides and community appreciation.

The Italian Festival has become a summer tradition. You can download the flyer below for all the information.

August 8, 2013
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

Yesterday is Already Too Late

The selfishness we’re witnessing in Albany right now has to stop.

You know I’ve written in this column many times that New York State has made real progress these last three years. Things are far better than they used to be simply because Republicans and Democrats alike are finally working together. Despite the accompanying noise, there’s really no magic formula. Legislators with common sense have finally realized that you can’t always get everything you want and that most times, the reasonable middle ground also happens to advance the people’s agenda very nicely.

But I’m not “feeling the love” lately.

August 8, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS TO HOLD STATEWIDE HEARINGS ON STRATEGIES TO ADDRESS AND ALLEVIATE MUNICIPAL DISTRESS

Recognizing the fiscal crisis and recent filing for bankruptcy by the City of Detroit, Senator Jack M. Martins (R-C-I, Mineola), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Governments, today announced that he will hold a series of statewide public hearings with municipal leaders in communities with varying levels of distress to review state laws and state imposed municipal finance oversight boards in the context of fiscally distressed municipalities and hear testimony as to new initiatives that provide relief and assistance to fiscally distressed municipalities.

August 5, 2013
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