Jack M. Martins' Press releases

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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Update on Gas Situation

I have some good news about the frustrating gas lines we’re experiencing. I spoke with the Governor’s office of Emergency Management Saturday and fuel is finally making its way on tankers to terminal ports throughout the region.

Many don’t realize that the problem is not solely that gas stations don’t have electricity. That’s part of it, but we’ve made it abundantly clear to LIPA that powering up these stations is vital to the well-being and safety of Long Islanders.

November 5, 2012
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Fuel Making Its Way to Our Region

I have some good news about the frustrating gas lines we’re experiencing. I spoke with the Governor’s office of Emergency Management Saturday and fuel is finally making its way on tankers to terminal ports throughout the region.

Many don’t realize that the problem is not solely that gas stations don’t have electricity. That’s part of it, but we’ve made it abundantly clear to LIPA that powering up these stations is vital to the well-being and safety of Long Islanders.

November 5, 2012
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HURRICANE SANDY: EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND RELIEF INFORMATION

Hurricane Sandy has obviously taken a devastating toll on the Empire State, impacting literally millions of New Yorkers.

But New Yorkers have a long and proud history of pulling together during times of crisis, and a tremendous emergency response and relief effort is now underway in all impacted communities.

As emergency responders, public works, and utilty personnel continue to move forward with their important work, we encourage all New Yorkers to stay safe and keep informed.

November 5, 2012
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As Hurricane Sandy Approaches...

Follow these tips from New York State as the hurricane/coastal storm approaches:

 

October 29, 2012
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Be Prepared For Hurricane Sandy

Last year it was Irene, now it looks like Hurricane Sandy could be paying us a visit. While Irene caused an incredible $4 billion dollars worth of damage, the National Weather Service says Sandy is actually more powerful and potentially more destructive. Sadly, as of this writing, she’s already claimed 44 lives.

I stress this because I’ve heard some say, “it can’t happen here.” That’s simply not true. Long Island has been hit by several category three hurricanes and nothing could be more dangerous than ignoring that fact. So I am including some tips below to help you prepare and stay safe. Also, if you have a vulnerable neighbor – a senior or someone with a disability – please be sure to check on them before and after the storm.

October 28, 2012
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IMPORTANT NEWS REGARDING HURRICANE SANDY

As New Yorkers closely monitor the path of Hurricane Sandy, it is important that we prepare for the storm’s potential impacts.

October 27, 2012
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State's Domestic Violence Laws Strengthened

Legislation supported by Senator Jack M. Martins to strengthen domestic violence laws and enhance protections so victims can sever ties with their abusers has been signed into law by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.

The legislation holds serial offenders more accountable for their behavior with the creation of a new crime and new considerations when determining bail, and creates a state-level Fatality Review Team to find new ways to prevent intimate partner homicides.

October 27, 2012
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The Senator Jack Martins Thanksgiving Essay Contest

It's hard to believe that the holidays are quickly approaching and it's time once again for the Senator Jack Martins Thanksgiving Essay Contest. The contest is open to all sixth grade students who are asked to write an essay, "What Are You Most Thankful For?"

Senator Martins started the contest last year and it was a big success as the sixth grade students who participated did an incredible job of putting Thanksgiving into perspective.

October 23, 2012
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Tax Cap Confusion

I am sure you can imagine the phone calls and emails my office took this week as homeowners received their school tax statements. As a pretty seasoned public servant, I can tell you that as sure as the moon raises the tides, taxes raise blood pressures.

This time was no different, except people were asking me, “What happened to the tax cap?” In these cases, they knew their school district had voted to keep the budget at the cap, so they were understandably shocked when they received tax increases of much larger rates.

October 17, 2012
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Senator Martins, Mayor Cavallaro Tour Westbury Theater Renovation Site

Senator Jack M. Martins and Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro recently toured the site of the Westbury Theater to see the progress being made on the renovation project. Accompanying Senator Martins and Mayor Cavallaro were Andrea Lohneiss of the Empire State Development Corp., former Assemblyman Jerry Kremer and property owner Cyrus Hakakian.

The Westbury Theater is an historically significantly project in Westbury. In was built in the 1920s and was a main attraction in the village for several decades until it was closed in July 2001. It is currently being renovated to include a two-screen art cinema, a multi-purpose event space, a casual theme restaurant and artist studio lofts.

October 17, 2012
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