Jack M. Martins' Press releases

SENATOR MARTINS' BILLS TO ASSIST VETERANS PASS SENATE

MARTINS BILL TO BOOST VETERAN-OWNED BUSINESSES PASSES SENATE

Senator Jack M. Martins (R-C-I, Mineola) today announced that Legislation (S.2597) he sponsors to assist veterans who own a small business has passed the Senate.

The legislation establishes that three percent of all contracts awarded by the State of New York or any state agency or authority must begranted to veteran-owned businesses.

June 27, 2013
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SUMMARY OF 2013 SENATE LEGISLATIVE ACTION

2013-2014 NEW YORK STATE BUDGET

The New York State Senate approved the 2013-14 state budget that delivers on priorities outlined by the Senate Republican Conference to provide much-needed tax relief for middle-class families, help businesses create jobs, and, for the third consecutive year, the budget keeps spending growth below two percent, which is consistent with the local spending cap that applies to school districts and local governments. It was also the third consecutive budget approved prior to the April 1 deadline.

June 25, 2013
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SENATE APPROVES HISTORIC WOMEN’S EQUALITY AGENDA

Senator Martins Co-Sponsors All Nine Measures

The New York State Senate passed an historic package of bills that would ensure equal pay for women, strengthen laws against human trafficking, provide greater support and protection for victims of domestic violence, further deter sexual harassment, and end discrimination of women in the workplace related to gender, pregnancy, and family status. 

June 25, 2013
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SENATE GIVES FINAL PASSAGE TO BILL TO PROTECT OPWDD FROM FUNDING CUTS

The New York State Senate gave final passage to legislation (S4777D), co-sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins, to protect providers of services for the developmentally disabled from state funding cuts.

The legislation would appropriate up to $90 million, or as much as is needed, to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) to protect providers from funding reductions if recommended savings measures falls short of projections.

June 19, 2013
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Martins Classic Announces “Alexander Skills Challenge,” DJ Monumental Shot, Boxing Ring, Jousting Arena and Combine Fitness Tests at 10th Anniversary of 3on3!

The Martins Classic 3on3 announced today that it has teamed up with Elmont activist Christopher “Queek” Alexander, BET’s DJ Monumental, local Superstar Boxers: Herve “Haitian Sensation” Duroseau, Tyrone “Pretty Boy” James, Titus “God Gifted” Williams, as well as the Elmont Dance Team, PAGE31 Magazine, AB-Solute Fusion and Valencia Gym in a series of basketball, fitness, boxing and healthy lifestyle challenges at the Senator Jack Martins Classic 3on3 Tournament. Highlighting the Fitness and Skills Challenges The 10th anniversary of the tournament is being played on Saturday, July 13th at the Dutch Broadway School.

June 19, 2013
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK MARTINS

Dad’s Lesson on Resilience

On Father’s Day this past weekend I sat at the breakfast table with my four daughters, facing the whirlwind of their seemingly unconnected conversations, with my occasional attempts to join in gently dismissed at least a half-dozen times by sweet smiles and quiet chuckles. It reminded me of Mark Twain who wrote, “When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.” I guess that’s nature’s way – it takes time to truly appreciate parents, especially dads and their wisdom.

June 18, 2013
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SENATE PASSES COMPREHENSIVE HURRICANE SANDY LEGISLATION

Bills Offer Relief to Businesses, Homeowners, Local Governments, and School Districts; Increase Disaster Preparedness; and Remove Obstacles to Recovery

The New York State Senate today passed a comprehensive legislative package that provides relief to people and communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy, aids rebuilding efforts, and increases disaster preparedness. The 22 bills will be integral to providing needed financial assistance to homeowners, businesses, local governments, school districts, and others still recovering from the storm, and give those responsible for disaster response the tools they need to be more effective and efficient.

June 18, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS DELIVERS GRANT TO SHELTER ROCK LIBRARY

State Senator Jack M. Martins, a strong advocate of community libraries, secured a grant for the Shelter Rock Public Library, located on Searingtown Road in Albertson.

Noting that that libraries serve the public as community, cultural and arts and information centers, Senator Martins was able to deliver $100,000 for capital improvements at the library.

“Libraries are vital to our communities here in the Seventh Senate District. They benefit the entire community by providing programs, materials and other invaluable services directly to our residents. Shelter Rock, as a wonderful library and community center, does just that,” Senator Martins said.

June 14, 2013
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A SALUTE TO THE FLAG

June 14, 2013 marks the 236th birthday of the United States flag, a day that honors the U.S. Flag and more specifically, what it means to us. 

History

June 14, 2013
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SENATE PASSES MARTINS BILL TO GET UNLICENSED DRIVERS OFF OUR ROADS

Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola) today announced the State Senate has passed legislation (S.4786-A) he sponsored that will significantly increase the penalties for anyone caught driving without a legal driver’s license.

June 12, 2013
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MARTINS BILL RESOLVING CONFLICT OF LOCAL BUDGET HEARINGS WITH ROSH HASHANA PASSES SENATE

Proceedings Fall on Same Day As High Holy Day This Year

Senator Jack M. Martins (R-C-I, Mineola) today announced that legislation (S.5609) he sponsors to resolve the conflict of Rosh Hashana falling on the same day that local special district commissioners are required to hold their public budget hearings this year has passed the Senate.

By law, a special district’s annual public budget hearing must be held the first Thursday after the first Tuesday in September each year. It just so happens that this year, that date is September 5th, the same day as Rosh Hashana. The legislation sponsored by Senator Martins will allow these hearings to be held one week later on September 12th.

June 12, 2013
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK MARTINS

Slow and Steady

In Aesop’s fable, the Tortoise and the Hare we learn, “slow and steady wins the race.” Truthfully, many of us probably learned this first from an overconfident Bugs Bunny who challenged Cecil Turtle to a footrace. Who can forget his look-alike cousins who help the slow-talking tortoise outwit Bugs to win the race?

There’s something to be said about enlisting the help of others to steadily accomplish goals and this is true of my effort to protect Long Island’s drinking water. That’s why I’ve introduced legislation to create the Long Island Aquifer Commission.

June 11, 2013
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SENATE APPROVES BILLS TO CUT RED TAPE THAT HURTS JOB CREATION

Berger Commission-Style Panel To Make Binding Recommendations

The New York State Senate passed 14 regulatory reform bills today as the first part of a major initiative, that includes statewide public forums, to identify and eliminate thousands of costly and unnecessary government regulations that inhibit job creation and drive up local property taxes.

June 11, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS SPONSORS BILL TO RESOLVE CONFLICT OF LOCAL BUDGET HEARINGS WITH ROSH HASHANA

Proceedings Fall on Same Day As High Holy Day This Year

Recognizing that the High Holy Day of Rosh Hashana falls on the same day that local special district commissioners are required to hold their public budget hearings, Senator Jack M. Martins (R-C-I, Mineola) introduced legislation (S.5609) in the State Senate that will change the date of the 2013 hearings and resolve this conflict.

June 11, 2013
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SENATE ADVANCES MARTINS BILL TO REQUIRE ARBITRATION IN MUNICIPAL WATER RATE DISPUTES

The Senate Local Government Committee moved legislation (S.5018) out of committee that is sponsored by Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola) which will require municipalities to use arbitration when disputes over water rates occur between those municipalities.

The bill states that arbitration must be included in the contracts between two or more municipalities that share a common water supply when they cannot come to an agreement on the water rates one municipality is charging the other.

June 6, 2013
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MARTINS BILL PUNISHING UNLICENSED DRIVERS MOVES OUT OF COMMITTEE

At the request of Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola), the Senate Transportation Committee has today moved legislation (S.4786-A) sponsored by Senator Martins that will significantly increase the penalties for anyone caught driving without a legal driver’s license.

June 6, 2013
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Martins Called to Serve on Education, Housing and Transportation Committees

Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola) has been newly appointed to serve as a member of the Senate Education, Housing, Construction & Community Development and Transportation Committees.

June 4, 2013
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

The Wee Small Hours of the Morning

This past week, my office received a phone call at 1:23 a.m. from an organizer at MoveOn.org who threatened to oust me from office unless I embrace a bill calling for taxpayer funding of political campaigns. The call came as no surprise as people who call empty offices in the dead of night have no real intention of entering into meaningful discussion.

So I’ll share my position here. To be clear, I consider taxpayer financed political campaigns to be one of the most blatant exploitations of hard-working New Yorkers I have come across. Proponents claim it cleans up elections by taking money out of the game. It doesn’t. It merely substitutes your tax dollars for private donations.

June 4, 2013
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Senator Martins Congratulates West Hempstead-Franklin Square Association of Girl Scouts

State Senator Jack M. Martins attended the West Hempstead-Franklin Square Association of Girl Scouts Awards Ceremony to congratulate the honorees. Senator Martins presented proclamations to each of the honorees for their accomplishments in scouting. 

The following Girls Scouts from the Seventh Senate District were honored:

2013 Gold Award Honorees

Troop 1442 

Faith Fishkin - New Hyde Park
Melissa Voellm - Franklin Square

 

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Sara Stiklickas - Franklin Square

 

Volunteer of Excellence

June 3, 2013
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Martins, NY Cosmos, Elmont Soccer and Villanova Team Up with 3on3 for 1st Annual Soccer Cup

Excitement is building for the 10th anniversary of the Martins Classic 3on3 Basketball Tournament being played on July 13th at the Dutch Broadway School. This past week, tournament organizers announced that Senator Jack Martins, the New York Cosmos, Elmont Soccer Club and Villanova University have teamed up with the 3on3 in sponsoring a Soccer Cup challenge to be played in memory of Karen Rodgers-Dennis who served as a volunteer at the tournament.

May 30, 2013
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