Jack M. Martins' Press releases

October 1, 2012
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Senator Martins Supports Shoes For All

Williston Park Doctor Starts Non-Profit to Collect and Distribute Footwear

Senator Jack M. Martins recently congratulated Dr. Mary Carlson for her work for Shoes For All, a non-profit organization Dr. Carlson founded to collect and distribute shoes to those less fortunate and in desperate need of footwear.

Dr. Carlson, podiatrist with an office located in Williston Park, ran her first shoe drive at a local street fair in September 2010. The tremendous community support encouraged her to continue her outreach service. The result was Shoes For All, which is making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate by providing shoes, which will ultimately prevent foot health problems.

September 28, 2012
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Senator Martins Reaches Out to Read

Participates in Program That Encourages Medical Professionals to Promote Reading

Senator Jack M. Martins was the guest reader at Winthrop Pediatric Associates on a recent morning as part of the Reach Out and Read Program. The program encourages medical professionals to promote reading to children. The program is utilized at four locations in the Seventh Senate District – Winthrop, Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center of NY in Lake Success, The Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of NY in New Hyde Park and Port Pediatrics in Port Washington.

September 18, 2012
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Senator Martins Honored by Nassau County Village Officials Association

Senator Jack M. Martins along with his colleague, Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, was recently honored for his support of village government by the Nassau County Village Officials Association. Senator Martins, a former village mayor, believes strongly that village government is the most efficient government there is in terms of being accessible to residents and providing services in the most cost effective manner.

Senator Martins is currently the chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Local Government and has passed legislation during his first term in the Senate. He is planning on introducing legislation that will flatten pension rate contributions of local governments, giving them stability when it comes to budgeting for employee pensions.

September 18, 2012
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Senator Martins: Lessons of 9/11

So it’s the 11th anniversary of 9/11 and I couldn’t help but reflect on how different things are. After that horrible day, we couldn’t have been prouder to be Americans. Not only did everyday people from every background come together, but even our political parties seemed unified in purpose. Of course, different ideologies still existed, but adversity made one thing clear: we were Americans first. I’d go so far as to say that from terrible tragedy came a genuine appreciation for each other.

September 10, 2012
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Senator Martins Hosts Mobile Office Hours at Hillside Library

In an effort to make it more convenient for constituents to discuss issues and concerns, Senator Jack M. Martins held mobile office hours on Thursday, September 6 at the Hillside Library in New Hyde Park.

Senator Martins has scheduled other mobile office hours throughout the district through September and October. As always, constituents are welcome to call his District Office for assistance at 746-5924. Mobile office hours are as follows:

Port Washington - Saturday September 22nd, 2pm-4pm at the Port Washington Library 1 Library Drive, Port Washington

Hicksville - Saturday, September 22, 5 p.m. at India Pentecostal Assembly, 343 Jerusalem Avenue, Hicksville

September 7, 2012
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Senator Martins Honors Eastern Region Champs from NHP with Pizza Party

Senator Jack M. Martins congratulated the New Hyde Park All-Stars girls softball team, the first ever to reach the Little League World Series, with a pizza party at Gino in New Hyde Park. The girls became the Eastern Region champions and then went on to Portland, Oregon to compete against the best teams in the world. After a 2-0 start with impressive wins over Asia Pacific and Canada, New Hyde Park finished fifth out of 10 teams.

September 4, 2012
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

The All-You-Can-Eat Buffet

Congratulations taxpayers. I have good news. The New York State Supreme Court ruled the MTA Payroll Tax that drained $1.4 billion from New York’s downstate economy is unconstitutional. Unfortunately, NYC-based interests are already working to overturn the ruling so I want to share some facts before waters are muddied.

August 28, 2012
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Senator Martins Applauds Court Decision Declaring MTA Payroll Tax Unconstitutional

Senator Jack M. Martins joined with his colleagues in state government as well as Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano last week in applauding the State Supreme Court’s decision declaring the MTA Payroll Tax unconstitutional.

The tax, which was imposed in 2009 by the former Senate majority and former Governor, proved to hurt Long Island’s economy at a time when the region was reeling from a national recession by requiring every employer to pay .34 percent of their total payroll to help fund the MTA. The tax was imposed on all schools, businesses, municipalities, hospitals and not-for-profits in seven counties including Nassau and Suffolk within the MTA region. The court concluded that to impose a tax on certain regions in the state was unconstitutional.

August 27, 2012
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Senator Martins Receives High Mark From Business Council of the State of New York

The Business Council of the State of New York released its 2012 Voter’s Guide, which measures the commitment of State Legislators to promoting fiscal reform and improving the state’s economic climate. Each legislator was scored based on his or her votes taken during the 2012 legislative session on legislative items that foster job creation.

Senator Jack M. Martins was among the legislators that scored a 90 percent, tops among Senators, for his support of legislation that would reduce state and local pension costs; control state spending while avoiding new taxes; reform labor laws that impose unnecessary costs and restrictions on employers; and promote new jobs and investments in a range of strategically important business sectors.

August 22, 2012
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Simple solution for a not-so-simple problem

I was actually just putting the finishing touches on this week’s column when a friend e-mailed me a newspaper editorial regarding public pensions. As soon as I read it, I knew I had to lay my column aside and seize the opportunity to share what I’ve long considered a game-changing idea.

August 20, 2012
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Senator Martins' Bill to Elminate Inactive Agencies Signed Into Law

Senator Jack M. Martins’ bill to eliminate public authorizes and urban renewal agencies that are inactive or are no longer needed was signed into law by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.

The bill (S. 5227-B) repeals the statutory authorization for approximately 95 urban renewal and industrial agencies and 28 local public authorities that are either defunct, were never ultimately established by local law, or are no longer needed to carry out the public function for which they were formed.

August 17, 2012
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Senator Martins to Hold Mobile Office Hours

In order to continue to listen to the concerns of the community, State Senator Jack M. Martins has scheduled mobile office hours over the next two months across the Seventh Senate District.

“I want to thank our libraries for hosting my Mobile Office hours. My office is always available as a community resource and the mobile office hours allow us to bring the office right into our communities,” Senator Martins said.

All residents are invited to attend and bring any questions or concerns you may have directly to the Senator.

As always, please feel free to reach out to Senator Martins' district office at 516-746-5924 should you have any questions.

Mobile Office hours are scheduled as follows:

August 16, 2012
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Senator Martins Joins With MHS Officials to Announce Pilot Portuguese Language Program

Senator Jack M. Martins joined with Mineola High School history teacher Paul Pereira, Mineola High School Principal Ed Escobar and foreign language teacher Elsa Coelho to announce that efforts to incorporate the Portuguese language into the foreign language curriculum have come to fruition. Beginning this September, the high school will be offering a section of approximately 25 students to the eighth grade in addition to the Spanish, French, Italian and Latin.

August 14, 2012
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

What was gained and what was lost

I went to a wake in Woodside the other night. A good friend of mine lost his grandmother a few months shy of her 106th birthday. As soon as I stepped into the funeral home, I could tell this family matriarch was revered and was going to be sorely missed, but there was a celebratory air about the place, a proverbial “Irish wake” with joy and laughter for a life well lived.

August 14, 2012
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Senator Martins Congratulates Mineola American Legion's First Female Member

The Mineola American Legion Post #349 was honored to welcome its first ever female member during its last meeting at Mineola Village Hall. Commander Carl Marchese and Manny Grilo, who is the commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Private Adolph Block Post #1305, as well as Senator Jack M. Martins congratulated Mineola resident Yuri Karasz on her membership to the post.

“Yuri Karasz is an outstanding member of the community who accomplished so much. She served our country and now is helping others pursue their dreams of becoming medical professionals. The Mineola American Legion is an outstanding veterans organization and has only been further enriched by having her as a member,” said Senator Martins.

August 9, 2012
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Getting Heads out of the Sand

I guess some might call me old-fashioned, but I still enjoy listening to talk radio. Even with the rise of online media, there is still something very personal about radio that I like. You get news and opinions of course, but it’s the sound and inflection of people’s voices that give you insight into the personalities and emotions surrounding a subject. Whether it be a long-suffering, fellow Mets fan or an author discussing his or her latest book, I admit that I often drive around the block or take a longer route to listen a little longer.

August 7, 2012
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Senator Martins, John Starks Presented with DJ Monumental Clothing Line Shirt for Service to Young People

Senator Jack Martins and NY Knick Legend John Starks were presented by BET's 106 and Park television show's DJ Monumental with his signature "Hometown Hero Shirts" for their service and promoting positive outlets for young people. The shirts were designed DJ Monumental and presented to Senator Martins and Knick John Starks during the "Martins Classic 3-on-3" held at Dutch Broadway School. DJ Monumental is the in-house DJ for the widely successful and acclaimed BET television show "106 and Park" broadcast daily from NYC. Pictured with Senator Jack Martins are NY Knick legend John Starks, Marcel Hostin, Nachbi Lacossiere, Scott Cushing and DJ Monumental.

August 6, 2012
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Senator Martins Thanks "Sanctuary Volunteers" for Community Day

Senator Jack Martins was back in Elmont this past Saturday attending "The Sanctuary's" Block Party Community Day. The block party community day was a great success with a vibrant turnout. Children were very busy going on rides and climbing aboard the Elmont Fire Department Engine #1 to their great delight. Senator Martins was welcomed to the party by Sanctuary Pastor Jolly's wife Lisa, who introduced him to church members, and volunteers. During Senator Martins' visit, he thanked the volunteers for their hard work and received community input on issues impacting Elmont's neighborhoods. "Community events like this are what make Elmont such a special place. People work together and help one another in a positive way.

August 6, 2012
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Senator Martins Addresses South Floral Park Civic and Fire Department

Senator Jack Martins was back in South Floral Park this past week speaking to members of the South Floral Park Civic Association and members of the South Floral Park Fire Department. The listen sessions are a continuing effort of Senator Martins to meet community members and have a frank exchange of views on issues and topics impacting New York State and local communities. In attendance at both sessions was South Floral Park Village Mayor Geoffrey Prime. South Floral Park Civic Association President Anthony Barbieri chaired the 1st session with Civic members and students from Floral Park and Sewanhaka High Schools. "I want to thank the South Floral Park Civic Association and the Fire Department for their gracious invitation to speak to them.

August 6, 2012
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