Jack M. Martins' Press releases

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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Senator Martins Honored by Family Life Worship Center and Bishop Cox

The Family Life Worship Cathedral honored and thanked Senator Jack Martins for his help and assistance to the Elmont community and the Church. Martins was welcomed and thanked by the congregation for his work on local community issues this past Sunday at their services. Bishop Christopher Cox II, Pastor Zulmina Cox and Church leaders led by Reginald King welcomed Martins where they honored him for his work. During the service, Senator Martins had the opportunity to meet members and discuss community affairs. "The Family Life Worship Cathedral and Bishop Cox and his wife Pastor Zulmina Cox are very people who help others and are inspirational spiritual leaders in the greater community."

August 6, 2012
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Senator Martins' Bill Increasing Penalties for Fraudulent Sale of Kosher Food Signed by Governor

A bill (S4494) sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins that would increase penalties for the fraudulent packaging, sale or certification of Kosher food has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The legislation came about in response to the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Kosher food inspection unit being cut as part of the 2010-11 fiscal year state budget. With a lack of food inspectors, increasing fines will deter some companies that may be inclined to fraudulently market Kosher food products.

August 6, 2012
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Senator Martins, LIRR President Helena Williams Outline Major Improvements at Hicksville Station

Senator Jack M. Martins and Long Island Rail Road President Helena E. Williams were at the Hicksville LIRR station on Tuesday, July 31, reviewing plans for the improvement of the station that the railroad believes will significantly improve service and customer satisfaction for Long Island commuters.

Senator Martins and Ms. Williams both indicated how important the Hicksville LIRR station is to commuters as the busiest station in Nassau County where both the Huntington/Port Jefferson Branch and the Ronkonkoma Branch converge into the Main Line.

August 3, 2012
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Expansion of DNA Databank Goes Into Effect

Legislation Supported by Senator Martins Aids Crime Solving and Prevention

As of August 1, New York State got tougher on crime. That’s because legislation that expanded the DNA Databank went into effect. The All-Crimes DNA Law will add approximately 46,000 individual DNA samples a year to the databank, providing law enforcement with additional tools it needs to solve crime and potentially prevent some future crimes from occurring.

August 2, 2012
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Seniors Put the Fun in Funday Monday

On Monday, July 30, Senator Jack M. Martins spent a pleasant summer day at North Hempstead Beach Park for Funday Monday. Each Monday, seniors from the communities that comprise the Town of North Hempstead gather at the beach for a day of music, dancing, card games and good company.

On July 30, Funday Monday included a health fair with numerous tables set up where residents can get information. Senator Martins provided a cool refreshment as he brought an ice cream truck, courtesy of Phil Fortuna and Long Island Checker Cab, to give free ice cream. Senator Martins greeted many friends and was honored to have spent the day with the seniors.

July 31, 2012
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Slowly but Surely

Back in February of 2011, I met Susan, a resident of New Hyde Park, who shared with me yet another of those Long Island Railroad stories that can drive sane people mad.

Just a few weeks before, Susan had decided to avoid the snow-covered roads and purchased two one-way tickets at the New Hyde Park railroad station. She didn’t use the return fare since she was able to get a ride home. When she tried to refund the ticket, she was shocked to learn MTA policy called for a $10 processing fee regardless of the ticket’s price. That was more than her $7.25 ticket. Imagine a refund fee more costly than the actual product itself!

July 30, 2012
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Senator Martins Supports 1 in 9 Breast Cancer Hockey Fundraiser

Averill Park in Elmont was the place to be on a recent Saturday as organizers for an annual Deck Hockey competition fundraiser raised funds for education and research for Breast Cancer through 1 in 9 the Breast Cancer Education Coalition. Teams from around the area participated in the fundraiser in the deck hockey competition that had a record crowd.

State Senator Jack Martins, 1 in 9 Director Geri Barash, Supervisor Kate Murray, Town Clerk Mark Bonilla and Nassau  County Legislator Vincent Muscarella supported the effort.

July 27, 2012
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Senator Martins Leads Fights to Change LIRR Ticket Policy

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced that it will be extending the validity period for one-way and round-trip Long Island Railroad tickets from two weeks to two months as well as the refund period for those tickets from one month to two months in an effort to improve customer service.

July 27, 2012
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Senator Martins Announces New Law to Increase Early Detection of Breast Cancer

Senator Jack M. Martins announced that legislation he supported to improve early breast cancer detection has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The new law (S6769B) will increase women’s awareness of the presence of dense breast tissue found during a mammography exam. Dense breast tissue can make it more difficult to detect tumors.

July 27, 2012
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Beyond The Horseradish

“To a worm in horseradish, the world is horseradish.”

Yiddish Proverb

 

That’s one of my favorite expressions. If you’ve never heard it, it simply means that we’re mostly concerned with the world we actually live in, the everyday circumstances of our existence. We do, of course, devote some attention to greater matters, but we are generally shaped by our own daily realities.

July 26, 2012
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Happy 100th Birthday to Michael Villani!

Senator Jack M. Martins recently visited the Bristal at North Hills to wish Michael Villani a happy 100th birthday! Senator Martins brought birthday cake to share with the residenst in celebrating Michael’s birthday.Michael is known among the residents as one of the most friendly and loving people you will ever meet.

Born on July 10, 1912 and raised in Port Washington, Michael was the oldest of six children. When he was 9-years-old, his father came to him and said, “It is time for you to be the man of the house.” That night his father passed away and Michael did what he could to help raise the family.

July 18, 2012
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

In the Line of Duty

I’d like to share with you the story of Paul Brady, a Malverne firefighter who was killed in his firehouse in 2006. Brady, who was 42 at the time, had been working on top of one of the trucks in the firehouse when another firefighter mistakenly drove it out, not realizing he was up there. Paul was consequently crushed between a beam in the ceiling and the truck.

July 18, 2012
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3-on-3 Tournament Another Big Success, Senator Martins Thanks Community

From Senator Jack M. Martins:

A Midsummer Classic

On Saturday, July 14, the Senator Jack M. Martins Classic 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament took place at the Dutch Broadway School in Elmont. Once again, the tournament was an overwhelming success as our young people displayed their athletic ability, sportsmanship and teamwork. This event exemplifies the togetherness of the community and what can be achieved when community members come together.

July 16, 2012
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