Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) is joining with Long Island Cares in sponsoring a pet food drive to help animals in need.
“Anyone who has a dog or cat knows that they are not just animals; they become part of the family. When a family falls on hard times, having to give up their pet and place it in a shelter can be devastating for both them and the animal. This program will help support Long Island Cares’ efforts to help ensure that pets can stay in their homes, with their families, where they belong,” said Senator Martins.
Can you hear it? Listen closely and you’ll recognize the harmony of thousands of voices woefully singing, “It’s the Same Old Song” by the Four Tops. They’re parents from Buffalo to Montauk singing because the New York City-led state assembly voted to return three of the four Board of Regents members to their positions this past week. And the fourth one was only replaced because he resigned. That just about locks him in as the smartest member as far as I’m concerned, because he realized he was in over his head.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) announced that he has been named Chairman of the Senate’s Commerce, Economic Development, and Small Business Committee.
“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy; they create jobs, generate revenue, and provide important services to the community. Helping them grow and thrive is critically important. We’ve made significant progress over the last several years towards lowering the cost of doing business in New York State, but there is still much more which must be done. I am very excited to serve in this new role and look forward to getting to work,” said Senator Martins.
Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) is informing residents how they can find out if they are entitled to any of the $12 billion in New York State unclaimed funds.
Unclaimed funds are monies such as un-cashed checks, old bank accounts, wages, utility deposits, and stocks and dividends that people have left dormant or forgotten about. State law requires banks, utilities, and many other businesses and companies to turn over these inactive accounts to the State Comptroller’s Office, which holds the funds in trust until they can be reclaimed by their rightful owner.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) recently partnered with the New York Cosmos to sponsor a free children’s soccer camp in Floral Park. Senator Martins sponsored the event along with Senator Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), County Executive Ed Mangano, Legislator Vincent Muscarella, and Councilman Ed Ambrosino.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislative resolutions he sponsored honoring three Port Washington residents for attaining the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout.
The legislative resolutions honored Matthew Canigiani, Carl Finkbeiner, and Arjuna Lal on earning Scouting’s highest honor. Matthew, Carl, and Arjuna are all members of Boy Scout Troop 241 in Port Washington. With passage of the resolutions, Matthew, Carl, and Arjuna’s achievements will forever be part of the official record of the New York State Senate.
Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) has been appointed to a new legislative task force which will examine ways to combat the growing heroin crisis on Long Island and throughout New York State.
“Children are the number one target of the exploding heroin epidemic. Far too many young lives have been destroyed by this dangerous and deadly drug. We need to do more to stop heroin and opioids from poisoning our children. As a member of this task force, I look forward to developing new ways to protect our communities and stop this growing epidemic,” said Senator Martins.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) announced that the recently approved 2014-15 Senate budget resolution would balance the budget without raising taxes or fees, deliver tax relief to families and businesses, and increase state education aid to local school districts. The resolution includes several measures aimed at delivering permanent mandate relief to schools, local governments, and special districts.
Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel (D-Great Neck) have urged Governor Andrew Cuomo to intervene on behalf of Port Washington residents with regard to PSEG-Long Island’s Port Washington utility pole project.
PSEG-Long Island has opted to harden and enhance electric transmission capacity in Port Washington by using large-diameter poles, which are up to 80 feet in height. Local residents, businesses, and civic organizations, including Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington, have expressed concerns about the project’s impact on their quality of life and the character of the community.
Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) recently welcomed Westbury School District Superintendent Dr. Mary Lagnado and members of the Westbury School District Board of Education to the State Capitol in Albany.
Senator Martins discussed a variety of issues with the officials, including the need to deliver additional state education aid to the district so that it can serve its rapidly growing student population.
Senator Martins (center) is pictured as he meets with Dr. Lagnado (second left) and Board of Education members (l-r) Karin Campbell, Leslie Davis, and Pless Dickerson in the Senate Chambers in Albany.
“Earlier today, I voted 'no' to reappointing all the incumbent members of the Board of Regents who were seeking another term. I did so because of their involvement in the State Education Department’s horrific rollout and implementation of Common Core, as well as decisions they made regarding our children’s privacy, specifically, inBloom.
I've heard from thousands of parents about the Common Core rollout over the last several months. Not one has said that it was positive. They're angry, frustrated, and disgusted with the way the Regents and the State Education Department has handled this process and the effect it has had on their children. I totally agree with them. They want a change, and so do I.
“The New York State Legislature is soon expected to consider the reappointment of four incumbent members of the New York State Board of Regents. I will be voting “no” to all four.
The Board of Regents’ rollout and implementation of Common Core has been an unmitigated disaster. Thousands of concerned parents have contacted me to express their total frustration about the nightmarish common core implementation and the damage it has caused their children. Not a day goes by without hearing from one. I completely agree with all of them; a change is desperately needed.
Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) today announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation he sponsors to strengthen penalties for criminals who deal drugs to children.
“Drugs destroy lives, and the victims of drug abuse are getting younger and younger. Drug use among children, especially heroin, is a growing epidemic on Long Island. Criminals who target young children and poison them with heroin and other controlled substances deserve tougher penalties. This legislation will give law enforcement another tool to keep these drug dealers off the streets and behind bars where they belong,” said Senator Martins.
Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola, pictured left), along with Town of North Hempstead Councilman Angelo Ferrara (pictured left center) and Williston Park Mayor Paul Ehrbar (pictured second left), recently welcomed TD Bank to its new location in Williston Park.
Additional Funding Needed to Address Growing Infrastructure Needs & Increased Road Damage from Harsh Winter Weather
With the harsher than normal winter weather causing significant damage to roadways, Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) is calling for a $50 million increase in highway funding to local governments as part of the 2014-15 state budget.
Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) announced that he is sponsoring legislation to require carbon monoxide detectors in commercial buildings.
“Carbon monoxide is called the ‘silent killer’ because it is practically undetectable to the human senses; it has no smell, taste, or color. Just recently, someone was tragically killed and dozens of people were sickened because of a carbon monoxide leak in a restaurant which did not have a carbon monoxide detector. Making these life saving devices mandatory in commercial buildings which are filled with people will help save lives and prevent future tragedies,” said Senator Martins.