Senator Jack Martins welcomed yet another new business to Elmont's "Hempstead Turnpike Corridor" this past week. Ricki's Matos opened his "Dominican Style" Barbershop across from the old Argo Theatre to rave reviews. Matos has worked in the Elmont, Franklin Square and Mineola communities for years. He recently branched out on his own to open his small business on Hempstead Turnpike. Senator Martins dropped by Ricki's Barbershop to wish him luck! "Riki has many friends in Mineola and when I heard he was opening his own barbershop in Elmont, I wanted to drop by and wish him well! Small business is the backbone of our communities and I'm really proud that Riki is investing right here in the Elmont, South Floral Park and Franklin Square communities," said Senator Martins
Senator Jack M. Martins joined with Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola in announcing that it is the Nassau County site of the Stony Brook University Medical Center’s World Trade Center Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program (WTCMMTP).
The program provides excellent clinical care for the thousands of people who were exposed to toxic chemicals and who continue to suffer from upper and lower respiratory tract distress, mental health symptoms, and other conditions related to the environment at ground zero.
It never ceases to amaze me how much suffering can stem from things that were actually intended to be helpful. Case in point would be the latest drug epidemic that has seized our country, and more so our state. Surprisingly, it doesn’t involve heroin, crystal meth or any of the many other illicit, designer drugs out there, although each certainly brings plenty of heartache and loss. Rather, the crisis that now challenges us involves the abuse of prescription painkillers. What many of us have had in our medicine cabinets at one time or another is now responsible for tearing apart the lives of thousands of individuals and families.
Senator Jack M. Martins extends his congratulations to the Intel-Semfinalists. Long Island had 61 semi-finalists, 16 of which are from the Seventh Senate District.
The semi-finalists from Seventh Senate District are: Anjali Agarwalla and Sarah Chapin from Herricks High School, Emily Bai, Jeong Yun Yang, and Patrick Yang from Great Neck South High School, Hannah Blumberg, Rachel Cohen, Arjan Saraon from Paul D. Schreiber High School, Kristine Chen, Claire Leibowicz and Susan Wu from Great Neck North High School, Caroline Hsiao from Manhasset High School, Daniel Pollack, Evan Schneider, Daniel Sikavi and Alexander Wu from Roslyn High School.
When I first heard about hydro-fracking a few years back, I thought it was going to be played on my children’s X-box and cost me at least $100. While I happily discovered it wasn’t another video game, what I did learn gave me cause for concern.
The New York State Senate today final legislative passage to the Iran Divestment Act, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and co-sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins. The bill would prohibit companies that provide goods, services or credit worth $20 million or more to Iran's energy industry from entering into or renewing state and local government contracts.
As is custom, Governor Cuomo gave his State of the State speech last week in which New York governors traditionally outline where we stand and where they hope to take us. The news outlets naturally put their own spin on things so although there’s not enough room here to touch on all aspects of the speech, I thought it would be good to review a few major ones together.
A packed gymnasium at the Polk Street School was the scene this past Friday, where State Senator Jack Martins held a “Town Hall Style” meeting with the entire 5th grade on how a bill becomes a law. The session had students asking Senator Martins about his work as a State Senator that represents Franklin Square as well as sharing their ideas on the Franklin Square community. The meeting, according to Senator Martins, was “a great way to hear what’s on young people’s minds and listen to their hopes and dreams for the future.”
Senator Jack M. Martins recently presented Bellerose firefighter Rob Syverson with the New York State Gift of Life medal for a selfless act of generosity that captured the spirit of giving during the holiday season.
Having been on the bone marrow registry for the past 16 years, Syverson was contacted a few months as a match for a 43-year-old woman who was suffering from leukemia. Although Syverson didn’t know the woman, he decided to undergo the painful procedure of having bone marrow extracted from his pelvis to be donated to the patient. On November 30, two quarters of bone marrow were extracted while Syverson was under general anesthesia.
I love the holiday season but like many of you, there are some time-consuming, tedious aspects that I can do without. Shopping is definitely not my bag but, more than anything else, the jumble of lights that patiently waits for me in the attic, tangled beyond recognition, is what annually unsettles me. Regardless, I have been officially designated the master de-tangler of all twisted strands in our household, and it's a title I hold proudly.
State Senator Jack Martins congratulated Metros boxing champion Titus Williams on his sensational Boxing Victory this past week. Williams fought his bout in Franklin Square’s Plattdeutsche Hall in front of a packed hometown crowd from Franklin Square, Elmont and South Floral Park. Senator Jack Martins congratulated Titus on his victory and wished him continued success as he continues to climb the ladder of boxing success throughout New York State and the tri-state area. “Titus is a great young man who makes Elmont, South Floral Park and Franklin Square proud. His win was truly extraordinary. He shows everyone what commitment and hard work can achieve,” said Senator Martins.
An assembly at the Clara H. Carlson School in Elmont was the scene for a discussion on a very important issue that is dominating nationwide headlines- the subject matter was bullying. The gathering of students was an effort to educate young people on the very real and emotional testimony from Jamie Isaacs who was a victim of bullying and national advocate. Isaacs has electrified audiences and educated thousands on the issue and gives heartfelt perspective about the issue from her own personal experience.
Senator Jack M. Martins is reminding residents that lower state income tax rates take effect on January 1st.
"This was an important step in providing some relief to our taxpayers," Senator Martins said. “Enacting the new tax code was a fitting way to end a very productive 2011 during which we closed a $10 billion budget deficit without raising taxes, cut government spending, approved new job creation and economic development measures, and enacted a property tax cap. We must continue to build upon these achievements in the coming year.”
The past month, Senator Jack M. Martins sponsored a toy drive to benefit The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. With every passing day during the holiday season, toys kept on piling up in Senator Martins’ District Office, located at 151 Herricks Road in Garden City Park. On Thursday, December 22, thanks to the generosity of the residents of the Seventh Senate District, The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island received the biggest donation of toys it has ever received in its 25 year history.
Senator Jack M. Martins took part in the Menorah lighting at the Port Washington train station on December 20, the beginning of the Festival of Lights. The ceremony was led by Rabbi Paltiel of the Port Washington Chabad. Happy Chanukah and may the lights of Chanukah shine bright and provide warmth during this holiday season.
Senator Jack M. Martins is sponsoring a toy drive to benefit The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. Recently, the Harbor Hills School gave a generous donation to the cause. The toys will be distributed by The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island to a local children's hospital. "The generosity of the students, parents and staff of the Harbor Hills School is overwhelming. This is for a great cause and I can't thank the school enough for their work in making the holidays brighter for other children. Thank you and happy holidays," Senator Martins said
Middle class tax cuts that will reduce tax rates for millions of hardworking taxpayers and the two-percent property tax cap highlight new state laws that will go into effect on January 1, 2012.
The recently enacted tax cuts will reduce tax rates on middle class taxpayers to their lowest levels in more than 50 years (Chapter 55, L.2011). About 4.4 million middle class taxpayers will receive a total of $690 million in personal income tax relief.
A tax relief measure for manufacturers that will help them expand and create new jobs will also take effect next year, beginning January 1, 2012, as will provisions for flood relief and recovery, and the implementation of inflation adjustments to reduce personal income taxes.
The Elmont Spartan Football team was honored by State Senator Jack Martins on their outstanding season which took them all the way to the Hofstra finals. Throughout the season, Senator Martins was on the sidelines during several games in the sunshine and in the snow with team members and Principal John Capozzi during the regular season. This past week, Senator Martins visited with team members and congratulated them for not only making All-County, but also their outstaning season. Joining Senator Martins in the presentation was Coach Jay Hegi, Principal John Capozzi, Athletic Director Pete Gaffney and Captains Jeffery Brenya, Ben Odugbesan, Kyle Johnson and Nikai Carter.
Senator Martins is sponsoring a program for all 4th and 5th grade students in the Seventh Senate District to submit an idea for legislation. The program is designed to encouraged students to learn about government by being active participants.
Submissions will be accepted from January 2 through February 2. Ideas will be reviewed as Senator Martins heads to the State Capitol for the 2012 Legislative Session!