Jack M. Martins' Press releases

Happy Holidays From Senator Jack M. Martins

I received an e- mail from Afghanistan in late October – actually from one of our local guys from New Hyde Park who is currently stationed there.

He serves in what is uniquely known as one of the Navy’s “Force Reintegration Cells.” It’s not what you might think, though. His unit actually distributes small grants and community funding for local projects, most of the time using the former insurgent fighters as laborers on the projects. Each leaves the fight “honorably” and each represents one less fighter or suicide bomber for the Taliban. As he notes in his message,

“As a native New Yorker, I was very skeptical at first, but I have to admit, that the program is working. We’ve peacefully removed 5,000 insurgent fighters from the battle space…”

December 21, 2012
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Senator Martins Honors Winners of 2012 Thanksgiving Essay Contest

For the second straight year, sixth grade students throughout the Seventh Senate District were asked to write an essay for Senator Jack M. Martins Thanksgiving Essay Contest on what they are most thankful for. A winner was selected from each school and recognized at a reception at the Hillside Library.

December 21, 2012
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Senator Martins Announces Regional Economic Development Awards for Seventh Senate District

Awards Going to Winthrop Hospital and Town of Hempstead For Belmont Area Revitalization

Senator Jack M. Martins announced that projects in the Seventh Senate District that will create jobs will receive critically important state funds through the second round of Regional Economic Development Council awards.

December 20, 2012
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Resolute

I am angry. I am sad. I am resolute. The tragedy of Newtown is the tragedy of each and every community in every corner of our country. It could have happened anywhere. It is not a partisan issue, or a regional issue, and knows no ideology.

Everyone’s asking, “What’s happening to this country of ours?” But answers require a good, hard look in the mirror and won’t be found in Washington DC, or state capitals. Instead, they reside directly in us, and unfortunately that makes people uncomfortable. That’s too bad. We’re going to have to get past this discomfort, or we condemn ourselves to a future of burying the innocent.

December 19, 2012
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Senator Martins Wishes Beatrice Hubbard a Happy 106th Birthday!

Senator Jack M. Martins, Village of Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss and “Mr. Mineola” John Davanzo recently visited a special Mineola resident. On Friday, December 14. Senator Martins, Mayor Strauss and Mr. Davanzo went to an apartment in a complex on Mineola Boulevard to wish resident Beatrice Hubbard a happy 106th birthday. That right – 106!

Beatrice was born on December 14, 1906, the same year the Village of Mineola was incorporated. In 2006, as part of the village’s centennial celebration, Senator Martins, who was then-Mayor of Mineola, named Ms. Hubbard the Grand Marshal for the village’s 100th anniversary parade.

December 18, 2012
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Environmental Assessment of Colonial Road Bridge Available For Public Comment

A project to rebuild the Colonial Road Bridge in the Village of Thomaston is nearing reality thanks to the efforts of Senator Jack M. Martins and Thomaston Village Mayor Robert Stern, who worked together with Long Island Railroad President Helena Williams in appropriately addressing community concerns over the project.

Upon taking office in 2011, Senator Martins, the chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Local Government, facilitated discussions with Mayor Stern and the LIRR so that the bridge could be rebuilt without negatively impacting the residential community.

December 13, 2012
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Senator Martins Honors Elmont Spartan Soccer Stars

State Senator Jack Martins honored the Elmont Memorial Varsity Boys Soccer team this week in a ceremony commemorating their perfect 13-0 season. Principal John Capozzi and former Elmont Soccer star Justin Okoro joined Senator Martins and coach Pat Corvetti in the presentation. The awards ceremony came on the heels of three members of the team being named All-County athlete designations.

"This team not only won games on the soccer field, they show leadership each and every day in their community. I have the privilege to know many of these young men personally and am very impressed with their achievement and commitment," said Senator Martins adding, "they make Elmont and their families proud."

December 13, 2012
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Then the Lights Came Back On

It was just a few short weeks ago that Superstorm Sandy was causing us nothing but panic and grief. It was one problem right after another making those few days feel like an eternity, but I think we can agree that it gave us new appreciation for simple pleasures like brewing a cup of coffee or taking a hot shower. As often happens in times of sacrifice, we grew in solidarity with our neighbors, pulling through with a sense that we were “all in this together.”

December 13, 2012
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Deadline For FEMA Assistance Extended Until January 28, 2013

The FEMA application deadline for disaster assistance has been extended until January 28th, 2013 for affected areas including Nassau County. The federal disaster assistance for families and individuals can help resolve many disaster-related problems which are not covered under insurance. Applicants can either sign up online at http://www.disasterassistance.gov/ or by telephone at 1-800-621-3362.

December 11, 2012
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FEMA Application Deadline Extended Until January 28, 2013

The FEMA application deadline for disaster assistance has been extended until January 28th, 2013 for affected areas including Nassau County. The federal disaster assistance for families and individuals can help resolve many disaster-related problems which are not covered under insurance. Applicants can either sign up online at http://www.disasterassistance.gov/ or by telephone at 1-800-621-3362.

December 11, 2012
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FEMA Application Deadline Extended Until January 28, 2013

The FEMA application deadline for disaster assistance has been extended until January 28th, 2013 for affected areas including Nassau County. The federal disaster assistance for families and individuals can help resolve many disaster-related problems which are not covered under insurance. Applicants can either sign up online at http://www.disasterassistance.gov/ or by telephone at 1-800-621-3362.

December 11, 2012
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Senator Martins Appointed to Senate Bi-Partisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy Recovery

Senator Jack M. Martins was among 10 Senators appointed to the New York State Senate Bi-Partisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy Recovery. The task force was announced during a press conference held on December 10 at a warming center in Rockaway Beach after the Senators toured a neighborhood ravaged by the hurricane, which hit the region late October.

December 11, 2012
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

A New Balancing Act

Writing this weekly column is one of my favorite things to do as your state senator. While it allows me to reflect on issues directly with you, it’s also been great for encouraging feedback that has been incredibly helpful to me as a freshman senator. From its inception, I wanted to avoid the typical government laundry list of events and notices that you might expect from legislators. Instead, I wanted this column to be something readers look for, a more honest and readable “inside” look at the workings of state government, warts and all.

With that in mind, I’d like to share with you what I perceive as one of the more pressing issues facing our state and particularly Long Island.

December 5, 2012
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Senator Martins Congratulates New Hyde Park Business

Senator Jack M. Martins congratulated Jamaica Bearings, located at 1700 Jericho Turnpike in New Hyde Park, for the Defense Logistics Vendor of Excellence award.

Jamaica Bearings is a family-owned business that was started 78 years ago by Frank Negri. Now, Jamaica Bearings stands as the preeminent supplier of bearings and related products to the aerospace, military and a host of major industries around the world.

Under the leadership Peter Negri, the company continues to pride itself on being a family-owned business that provides quality and reliability.

November 28, 2012
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Works of Fiction

I was advised not to write this column. I was told it wasn’t politically expedient, that it would most certainly ruffle some feathers. But I’ve always maintained that I would shoot straight with my constituents, and I think I my recent re-election means that most of you appreciate that effort.

November 27, 2012
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

The Truth about LIPA 

LIPA failed us miserably – from pre-storm preparations right through communicating when power would be restored after the storm. No arguments.

Naturally, as public servants, our job is to take public authorities like LIPA to task and take a good, hard look at why it failed us after Superstorm Sandy.  But I participated in this dog and pony show last year after Hurricane Irene and frankly, it accomplished very little except some convenient transfer of blame and lots of finger pointing. One positive:  it’s given me a few months to better see the bigger picture and zero in on where the real problems lie. 

November 19, 2012
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The Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

It’s been over two weeks since Superstorm Sandy hit our region, causing heavy damage to many of our communities. While this storm came and went during the course of a day, it’s ramifications still continue to this day. Whether you sustained damage to your property or damage to your livelihood, just about everyone has been affected by this storm.

Each day, we move closer to recovery. In order to progress, there are governmental and volunteer organizations that are providing assistance. I put together this update that I hope will be helpful.

FEMA

November 16, 2012
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Senator Martins' Toy and Book Drive Underway

Once again this year, Senator Jack M. Martins will be holding a holiday toy and book drive as donations are now being accepted at his district office, located at 151 Herricks Road, Suite 202 (on the second floor) in Garden City Park (north of Old Country Road and south of Jericho Turnpike, around the block from Mineola High School).

Senator Martins’ District Office is open business hours to receive toy and book donations. Toys collected will be given to The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. Books donated will go to the Reach Out and Read Program, which will distribute the books to Winthrop Pediatric Associates in Mineola and The Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of NY in New Hyde Park.

November 16, 2012
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Long Island Senate Delegation Calls on President For More Aggressive Federal Response to Sandy

Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos and the members of the Long Island State Senate delegation today called on President Obama to initiate a swift and aggressive federal disaster response to assist those who have been severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy, saying Long Island residents are facing a “Katrina-style” disaster, a potential outbreak of crime and additional deaths.

Nearly two weeks after the storm brought destruction to New York, and particularly Long Island, hundreds of thousands of people still remain without power, and countless others will need to be housed and fed before they freeze to death in their own homes. The situation was made worse by a recent Nor’easter and local residents need immediate help in meeting their basic, everyday needs.

November 13, 2012
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Disaster Assistance Guide Available

To help make sure you have the right information to assist you as we recover from the effects of Hurricane Sandy, Senator Jack M. Martins has made the Disaster Assistance Guide available. Please click on the pdf of the guide for helpful information.

November 5, 2012
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