Jack M. Martins' Press releases

SENATOR MARTINS' BILL TO BETTER ASSIST VETERANS SIGNED INTO LAW

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the signing of a new law that will require local Veterans Service Agencies (VSA) to be accredited by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (US DVA), enabling New York's veterans and their families to prepare and file federal benefits claims at offices in their local communities.

August 5, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS RESIDENTS FOR A MORE BEAUTIFUL PORT WASHINGTON DISCUSSION ON LIRR PROJECT

State Senate Jack M. Martins attended a discussion held by Residents For a More Beautiful Port Washington concerning a project to expand the tracks on the Port Washington train station. Work proopsed at the Port Washington yard calls for an extension of the existing tracks on the Haven Avenue side as well as on the S. Bayles Avenue side. 

According to the LIRR, the benefits include up to nine more trains between Port Washington and Manhattan. The discussion, hosted by Residents For a More Beautiful Port Washington, enabled community leaders and elected officials to voice concerns and discuss the potential impact of the project. The community stakeholders vowed to work together to make sure the best interests of Port Washington are protected. 

July 31, 2013
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

If you mess up, fess up

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard about the city of Detroit filing for bankruptcy. It’s frightening to think that what was once one of the nation’s primary economic engines cannot pay its day-to-day bills. Despite sensationalist commentary from both sides of the political spectrum, I can assure you there’s really no single reason this happened. There are many causes and even more opinions, but one thing is for sure: Detroit borrowed and spent extravagantly for many years and dug itself right into a hole. Sadly, no one on the state level in Michigan intervened to get them back on track.

July 30, 2013
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GOVERNOR SIGNS SENATOR MARTINS-SUPPORTED BILL STRENGTHENING LEANDRA'S LAW

The Governor signed a bill introduced by Senator Charles Fuschillo and supported by Senator Jack M. Martins that strengthens Leandra’s Law and provides new safeguards to keep drunken drivers off New York’s roads.

July 29, 2013
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

Weeding our Political Garden

Admittedly, I do not have a green thumb. If our home is verdant it’s entirely by my wife’s efforts but I do recall once reading some gardening advice that seemed useful: you can’t get rid of weeds by simply pulling them out. You must plant something in their place to prevent their return.

July 29, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS' BILL TO AID DOWNTOWNS AWAITS GOVERNOR'S SIGNATURE

With New York State and Long Island emerging slowly from a struggling economy, many regions hit a roadblock in the form of a hurricane. When Superstorm Sandy hit, many businesses and downtown areas that are such a vital part of a community’s economic engine were devastated.

July 22, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS LEADS LONG ISLAND DELEGATION IN BILLS PASSED

For the second year in a row, Senator Jack Martins has had more two-house bills pass the State Legislature than any Long Island State Legislator, Senate or Assembly.

In the 2013 Legislative Session, Senator Martins sponsored 40 pieces of legislation that were passed by the State Senate. More than two-thirds of these (27) were approved by both Houses of the Legislature, which ranks him an impressive fourth overall among his 62 Senate colleagues in successfully passing two-house bills. According to the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), Senator Martins is also the fourth highest overall in the entire 213-member Legislature in getting bills passed.

July 18, 2013
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

Peace and Quiet

During these summer months, as we spend so much time outdoors with family and friends, it’s easy to see why airplane noise has been such a big concern for many of us. Not that we don't hear the planes when we're in our homes. We do, but being outside brings the problem into focus. I guess that’s the nature of living next to three major airports. But it was never this bad, never this loud.

July 17, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS AND COUNTY EXECUTIVE MANGANO TO SPONSOR FREE SENIOR ID CARD PROGRAM AUG. 6

Senator Jack M. Martins and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano will be sponsoring a free Senior I.D. Card Program on Tuesday, August 6 from 12 pm to 3 pm at the Williston Park Library, located at 494 Willis Avenue in Williston Park. Nassau County residents ages 60 and over are eligible to participate and receive a free senior I.D. card.

The wallet-sized senior I.D. card includes a photo and the holder's personal data, physician's contact information, and emergency contact phone numbers which could be useful to paramedics in a medical emergency. Allergies and other vital information can also be printed on the card. There is no fee for the card.

Residents who would like more information can call Senator Martins' office at 746-5924.

July 17, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS MEETS WITH CANCER PATIENTS TO DISCUSS HOW BEST TO SERVE

Senator Jack M. Martins along with other elected officials including Town of North Hempstead Clerk Leslie Gross, Town of North Hempstead Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio and Councilman Angelo Ferrara met a home of June Bleich in Manhasset Hills to discuss how best to serve cancer patients. 

July 16, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS CONGRATULATES NEW ST. MARY'S ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PRESIDENT

Reverend Monsignor John. J. McCann, pastor of the Church of Saint Mary has announced that effective immediately, Mrs. Grace M. Cavallo has accepted the appointment of president for Saint Mary’s Elementary School in addition to her role as president of Saint Mary’s High School, thus creating The Schools of Saint Mary.

“Three years ago, I approved a new leadership model for Saint Mary’s High School with the appointment of a president and principal at its helm. I have witnessed how this model addressed the ever-increasing complexity of administering to a quality Catholic school by sharing the responsibilities of leadership between two highly qualified administrative Catholic educators dedicated to the mission of Catholic education”, said Msgr. McCann.

July 12, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS TO HOST 10TH ANNUAL 3-ON-3 TOURNAMENT THIS SATURDAY, JULY 13

This Saturday, July 13, State Senator Jack M. Martins and over 340 local volunteers will be hosting the 2013 Senator Jack Martins Classic at the Dutch Broadway School, 1880 Dutch Broadway in Elmont. The fun-filled day will include a 3-on-3 Basketball tournament, Slam Dunk contest, 3-Point Shoot-Out, Half-Court Shot Challenge, Wheelchair Basketball, 7-on-7 Football, Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse, Soccer Exhibition and Tournament, Soccer Shoot-Out, Boxing Demonstration, a Fitness Challenge and much more. The event is free for any participant and any spectator.

The day begins at 10 am sharp (Rain date: Sunday. July 14, 2013, 10 am sharp).

July 11, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS HONORS ROSLYN HEIGHTS RESIDENT AS WOMAN OF DISTINCTION

Senator Jack M. Martins recently congratulated Palmira Cataliotti of Roslyn Heights as the Seventh Senate District Woman of Distinction for 2013. Palmira is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, a position she worked her way up to after joining Winthrop in 1997 as an account manager.

Senator Martins remarked on Palmira’s accomplishments as well as the contributions that women have made in making our communities better. “During a time when the Senate passed an historic women's equality act, Palmira is a shining example that women everywhere can and do reach the pinnacle of their professions,” he said.

July 2, 2013
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Martins Classic Announces Alumni Games and “Battle for Exit 13” at the 3on3 Tourney

The Martins Classic 3on3 announced today that 2 special games for volunteers and volunteer graduates of the tournament will take place the evening before the Martins Classic. The games have been entitled: “The Battle for Exit 13” and “Everyday a Star is Born.” The games will pit volunteers over the past decade of the tournament in a fun exhibition as part of the 10th anniversary celebration of the Senator Martins Classic. The sponsor of the “Battle for Exit 13” is Herve’ Duroseau and Captains of the Alden-Dutch teams are Jeffrey Cadet and Tristan Brown. The “Everyday a Star is Born” game was founded by Dillon Williams.

July 2, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS AND GOVERNOR CUOMO TOUT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Senator Jack M. Martins and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo were at SUNY Old Westbury to detail the major accomplishments that passed the State Legislature in the last days of the legislative session. The Governor and lawmakers were on hand for a bill signing ceremony for the Start-UP NY program.

Senator Martins, who introduced the Governor, spoke about a new era in Albany that has transformed New York State . The last three legislative sessions have proven that lawmakers can work together with each other and the Governor to move the state forward. This legislative year was certainly no exception as progress was made once again through common sense measures and reforms.

June 28, 2013
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

Our Year in Review

We just ended this year’s legislative session in Albany, and to be sure it produced real results for every New Yorker concerned about the economy. We passed our third, on-time, responsible state budget which closed multi-billion dollar gaps and we adhered to our self-imposed two-percent cap for a third consecutive year. This prevented $18.3 billion in new spending or to make it more tangible we avoided $3,268 in higher taxes on New Yorkers like you. No new state taxes, no new state fees – none.

This approach is crucial because state finances are like personal finances. If one’s budget is a mess then progress on other fronts is difficult. So with this sound budget we:

June 27, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS' BILLS TO ASSIST VETERANS PASS SENATE

MARTINS BILL TO BOOST VETERAN-OWNED BUSINESSES PASSES SENATE

Senator Jack M. Martins (R-C-I, Mineola) today announced that Legislation (S.2597) he sponsors to assist veterans who own a small business has passed the Senate.

The legislation establishes that three percent of all contracts awarded by the State of New York or any state agency or authority must begranted to veteran-owned businesses.

June 27, 2013
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SUMMARY OF 2013 SENATE LEGISLATIVE ACTION

2013-2014 NEW YORK STATE BUDGET

The New York State Senate approved 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. It was also the third consecutive budget approved prior to the April 1 deadline.

June 25, 2013
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SENATE APPROVES HISTORIC WOMEN’S EQUALITY AGENDA

Senator Martins Co-Sponsors All Nine Measures

The New York State Senate passed an historic package of bills that would ensure equal pay for women, strengthen laws against human trafficking, provide greater support and protection for victims of domestic violence, further deter sexual harassment, and end discrimination of women in the workplace related to gender, pregnancy, and family status. 

June 25, 2013
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SENATE GIVES FINAL PASSAGE TO BILL TO PROTECT OPWDD FROM FUNDING CUTS

The New York State Senate gave final passage to legislation (S4777D), co-sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins, to protect providers of services for the developmentally disabled from state funding cuts.

The legislation would appropriate up to $90 million, or as much as is needed, to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) to protect providers from funding reductions if recommended savings measures falls short of projections.

June 19, 2013
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