Jack M. Martins' Press releases

Important Information on Seasonal Flu

We are in the midst of the winter months and many people are experiencing flu-like symtoms even though some may have had the flu shot. Here is some information you may find helpful if you are either experiencing symptoms or to help avoid the flu:

http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/influenza/seasonal/

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm

January 10, 2013
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Intern for Senator Martins Raises Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness

Mineola High School Senior Eric Timlin, an intern at the District Office of State Senator Jack M. Martins, wanted his senior project to be something that would benefit his classmates and the community as a whole. Timlin decided to organize an assembly at Mineola High School about a problem that has come to light in recent years – the prescription drug abuse epidemic.

Recently, the New York State Senate added a powerful tool to combat the epidemic through a new law, entitled I-STOP, that was co-sponsored by Senator Martins. The legislation, which was signed into law by Governor Cuomo, creates an online database accessible to doctors and pharmacists who will be able to identify who is getting excessive prescriptions of narcotics.

January 7, 2013
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Groundbreaking in Mineola-Carle Place on Project to Alleviate Flooding

Senator Martins Secures Funding to Put an End to Longstanding Problem

Ground has been broken on a project to alleviate flooding in the Bruce Terrace/Fairfield areas of Mineola and Carle Place. The flooding has been a decades-old problem plaguing some of the residents of those areas who experienced flooding in their homes as a result of heavy rains. However, the end of the problem is now within sight. Senator Jack M. Martins was able to secure a grant, which he distributed to the Village of Mineola, Town of North Hempstead and Nassau County , bringing the three governmental entities together to put an end to the longstanding problem.

January 4, 2013
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State Bipartisan Task Force For Hurricane Sandy Recovery Meets on Long Island

The New York State Senate’s Bipartisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy Recovery today visited communities on Long Island to tour storm damage and speak with local officials, business leaders, and individuals about the progress and challenges of the ongoing recovery efforts.

Today’s meeting focused on Hurricane Sandy’s impacts in Nassau and Suffolk counties and included tours of Freeport, Island Park, and Oceanside to view the extensive storm damage and recovery efforts. This was the second meeting of the Bipartisan Senate Task Force for Hurricane Sandy Recovery, which first met on December 10, 2012, in the Rockaways in Queens.

January 3, 2013
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Statement on House of Representatives Adjourning Without Approving Sandy Aid

STATEMENT ON HOUSE ADJOURNING WITHOUT APPROVING AID FOR SANDY RECOVERY

"There are people living without heat, running water and electricity during the coldest days of the winter and the House of Representatives adjourns without approving the aid for Hurricane Sandy recovery. Shame on them. There are people struggling from the effects of a devastating storm. To just go home without even a vote is inexcusable."

January 2, 2013
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New Year Brings New Laws in New York State

The following is from Senator Jack M. Martins:

I hope that you had a happy and safe holiday. As we approach the new year, I wanted to remind you of the new laws that will be taking effect on January 1, 2013. These new laws include greater protections for domestic violence victims, a new tax exemption to encourage use of solar energy and a measure to allow eligible colleges and universities in New York State to self-insure their students for health insurance.

The new laws taking effect include:

January 2, 2013
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Senator Martins' Job Resource Center

For those who may be seeking employment, every tool could be important. That's we set up this resource center. Hopefully, you will find the following information helpful.

Job Banks/Civil Service Exams:

Search for jobs, learn job searching techniques, and find out about upcoming state, local, and federal civil service exams.

* Nassau County Department of Civil Service

December 26, 2012
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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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