Jack M. Martins' Press releases

From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Stupid is as Stupid Does

Hands down, one of my favorite movies of all time is Forrest Gump and it popularized what I believe to be one of the most concise nuggets of wisdom ever: “Stupid is as stupid does.” It basically means that people’s actions are a pretty good measure of their intelligence. Even when there are those widely considered to be intelligent, if they regularly do stupid things, it’s better than even money that they’re not that bright.

April 17, 2013
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Senator Martins Supports Strengthening of Leandra's Law

Bill would increase the use of ignition interlocks

The New York State Senate passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. and supported by Senator Jack M. Martins, to strengthen Leandra’s Law. The bill (S.1941) would ensure that offenders comply with the provision of the law requiring them to use ignition interlocks.

April 17, 2013
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Senator Martins' Bill to Protect Childen Left Unattended in Motor Vehicle Passes Unanimously

The New York State Senate passed a bill that would require children under 8 years old not be left alone in a car without supervision of someone twelve or older when the conditions present a significant risk to the health and safety of a child. The legislation, (S.306) sponsored by Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola), is intended to keep young children safe when conditions, such as hot and cold weather, present a risk to safety of the child.

"Leaving a helpless child behind, alone, in a vehicle for any length of time is dangerous, period,” said Senator Martins. “We owe it to our children to hold irresponsible parents accountable. This bill does that."

April 17, 2013
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3-on-3 Tournament Committee Organizes for 10th Anniversary Extravaganza!

Over 300 volunteers gathered at the Family Life Worship Center in Elmont to start the planning for the 10th anniversary of the Martins classic 3-on-3 being held this July 13th at the Dutch Broadway School in Elmont.  Executive committee members were announced at the meeting and planning has gone into overdrive for the biggest Summer event in the greater Elmont, Franklin Square, South Floral Park, Floral Park and North Valley Stream communities.  Last year, some 6,000 children, young people and adults came to the event which featured 3-on-3 basketball, soccer, football, lacrosse

April 15, 2013
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

And Now This

So here we are again. You may recall that when I ran for the Senate nearly three years ago, I, like many of you, was angry at our government in Albany. As a local mayor for eight years, I knew with frustrating clarity just how out-of-touch Albany had become to the plight of everyday people. And I wasn’t alone. Republicans and Democrats alike, young and old, were demanding change and I wanted to be a part of it. We’d had enough of bad decisions impacting our communities, of back-room deals, of legislators spending more time in the courthouse than the statehouse. We were done watching Nero fiddle while Rome burned.

April 11, 2013
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Work Begins on Jericho Turnpike Project

Work has begun on the Jericho Turnpike road resurfacing project, which encompasses a stretch of roadway from Glen Cove Road to the city line. This segment of the project that has begun includes the area of the roadway from Beebe Road in Mineola to Glen Cove Road in Old Westbury.

April 9, 2013
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Senator Martins Meets with School Superintendents

Senator Jack M. Martins recently met with school superintendents and assistant superintendents from around the Seventh Senate District to go over how the newly enacted state budget and how it will affect school district budgets that will be going out for a vote next month.

Senator Martins and the school superintendents discussed state aid for education being increased as well as the cost drivers that school districts are facing and the challenges of continuing to provide excellent educational programs during challenging economic times. Senator Martins and the school officials will be working together to benefit the communities throughout the Seventh Senate District.

April 5, 2013
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Questions and Answers About the 2013 Senator Jack Martins 3-on-3 Basketball Classic and Events Taking Place on July 13th

Question:  When does my tournament form have to be in?

Answer:  A half hour before your division time tips-off on July 13th.

April 5, 2013
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Senate Passes 2013-14 Budget That Delivers Tax Relief for Families and Businesses

Budget Includes Senate Republican Proposals For Tax Relief To Create Jobs & To Help Middle Class Families; Keeps State Spending Growth Below 2 Percent Again

The New York State Senate concluded its passage of 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.

March 27, 2013
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Senator Martins Delivers Increased CHIPS Funding for Seventh Senate District

Investment in Infrastructure Seen as a Key For Job Creation

The villages in the Seventh Senate District as well as the Town of Hempstead and Town of North Hempstead will see a significant increase in funding from the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) as a result of Senator Jack M. Martins working with his colleagues and Governor Andrew Cuomo to make investments in infrastructure a priority in the state budget.

March 26, 2013
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Building the Ark

There’s an old joke about God commanding a modern-day Noah to build an ark, warning him that the earth would be flooded in a year. Twelve months later, all Noah had was a pile of logs. He said, “God, forgive me but there were big problems. “Like what?” God asked.

March 26, 2013
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Senator Martins Passes Bill to Increase Penalties for Drug Dealers

Dealers Who Sell Drugs to Minors Under 14 to Face Stiffer Penalties

The New York State Senate passed legislation. sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins, toughening the penalties for drug dealers who sell to children.

The bill (S.988) makes the sale of drugs by an adult to a child under the age of 14 a class A-II felony.

“We need a no-nonsense policy when it comes to drug pushers who prey on our children,” said Senator Martins. “There is no excuse for anyone selling drugs to children 14 and younger. This bill holds them accountable. And makes sure they are taken off the streets.”

The bill will be sent to the Assembly.

March 21, 2013
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

The Smaller Picture

I wish I could remind all the folks in Washington D.C. and Albany that if they look beyond the special interest agendas that consume them, they would find most of us still waiting on what counts: the economy.

For all the media hoopla that highlights and exploits our disagreements, most people want exactly the same things: they want to work and make a decent living at a job that’s secure; they want to raise their families in peace; they want a good education for their kids and maybe a few of the finer things in life like a vacation or a new car once in a while. I don’t think that’s too much to ask. At one time all of these were taken as a given.

March 20, 2013
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Senator Martins Honors Community Hero

Scout from New Hyde Park Saved His Sister's Life

Within the New York State Senate chamber in the Capitol in Albany on a busy Thursday afternoon, the focus of all members of the Senate are on an 11-year-old resident of New Hyde Park. As Senator Jack M. Martins announces what brought Sean Nidermaier, a fifth grade student at the Notre Dame School, to the center of state government, he done so with a sense of pride.

“There are great things in store for this young man and his family,” Senator Martins said about Sean, who was accompanied in Albany by his proud parents Scott and Katie as well as his sisters Emma, Cailin and Braidy Grace, his scout leader Elizabeth Castelli and Sean’s good friend Michael Castelli

March 20, 2013
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Senator Martins Congratulates Mineola School District on Competitive Education Grant

The Mineola School District will received a Competitive Education Grant from New York State for implementing cost-savings measures while maintaining management efficiency. According to New York State Senator Jack M. Martins, the grant amounts to $639,387 over three years.

For Mineola, the grant is well deserved. The district’s cost-savings measures, instituted by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Nagler and the Mineola Board of Education as well as the entire school community including staff and community-based organizations, included:

- consolidating central office administrative responsibilities and positions;

March 13, 2013
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Senate Passes 2013-14 Budget Resolution

Budget Proposal Would Create New Jobs and Ensure Fiscal Responsibility

The New York State Senate approved a 2013-14 budget resolution, proposed by the Senate Majority Coalition, that focuses on helping businesses create new jobs, investing additional funds in education and transportation, providing mandate relief to local governments, and restoring proposed cuts to women’s health programs as well programs for the developmentally disabled.  The budget also includes a proposal for a permanent two-percent state spending cap.

March 12, 2013
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Senator Martins Announces Blueprint for Jobs - ReThink. ReVitalilze. ReBuild

Fiscally-Responsible Approach to Job Creation

Members of the Senate Republican conference announced a bold and sweeping job creation plan to improve New York’s business climate so it not only keeps up with other states, but surpasses them. Among other things, the “Senate Republican Blueprint for Jobs: ReThink. ReVitalize. ReBuild.” would cut taxes for one million small businesses and reduce energy costs for every business and residential ratepayer in New York, saving them $2.5 billion.

“Creating jobs remains a top priority. Improving our business climate is essential to our economic growth as a state,” said Senator Jack M. Martins. “This approach will spur job creation and will further our economic recovery as a state."

March 8, 2013
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Senator Martins, FASNY Seek Ban on Novelty Lighters

Dangerous Lighters Resemble Childrens' Toys

Senator Jack Martins, FASNY 1st Vice President Bob McConville, along with firefighter organizations, including the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY), and the Office of Fire Prevention and Control (OFPC) teamed up with consumer advocates at the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) to urge a on ban novelty lighters, flame-producing lighters that resemble kids’ toys, to prevent tragic fires started by children playing with objects that look identical to their playthings.

March 7, 2013
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Senator Martins Welcomes Secretary of State from Portugal to Mineola

New York State Senator Jack M. Martins, along with the Daughters of Portugal, hosted a brunch at the Jericho Terrace in Mineola on Saturday, March 2, to welcome Secretary of State from Portugal, Dr. Teresa Morais, to New York. Dr. Morais was accompanied by Maria Joao Avila, a member of the Portuguese Parliament for Portuguese Citizens Residing Abroad.

Since there is such a tight-knit Portuguese community in Mineola, it was appropriate that Dr. Morais received such a warm welcome in the village before she was scheduled to participate in a conference at the United Nations on women’s rights.

March 5, 2013
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Senator Martins Joins With Colleagues to Unveil Family Tax Relief Act

Proposal Would Cut Taxes By $2 Billion

New York State Senator Jack M. Martins and his Republican colleagues in the Senate joined together to announce a package of tax relief and reform measures to give an economic boost to New York taxpayers. The current proposal is in line with Senator Martins’ previous efforts to provide his constituents with meaningful relief during these difficult economic times.

Having already been successful in lowering the State’s income tax rates and repealing the MTA Payroll Tax, Senator Martins and his colleagues went to work on a plan to provide taxpayers with more tax relief by increasing tax breaks and restoring the STAR rebate check program.

March 5, 2013
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