Jack M. Martins' Press releases

From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Another Step Forward

After the final 24 hours of our legislative session, I felt like I had been shot out of a cannon. On Thursday, June 21, my colleagues and I in the State Senate had a jam-packed day that officially finished up our work for the 2012 session. We adjourned just after 10 p.m., at which time I picked up my bags at the hotel to start home, making the nearly three hour drive from Albany to Mineola. It's great to be home.

June 26, 2012
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Senator Martins Honors Officer Brennan For Brave Service

Wounded Police Officer Recovers From Shooting

Senator Jack M. Martins recently honored New York City Police Officer Kevin Brennan, who has made an incredible recover after being shot in the back of the head earlier this year while in the line of duty.

On January 31, 2012, Officer Brennan responded to a report of a shooting in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The Garden City Park resident was shot in the base of his skull. The suspect was later arrested. For Brennan, the recovery process was slow, but focusing on his family has served as motivation for a full recovery.

Brennan’s wife Janet has been a constant source of support and his daughter, Maeve, who was six-weeks-old at the time of the shooting, has been his inspiration.

June 25, 2012
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New York State Senate 2012 Session Highlights

2012-2013 NEW YORK STATE BUDGET

For the second consecutive year, the New York State Senate completed an early passage of the state budget. The 2012-13 state budget achieved the Senate Republicans’ goals of reducing state spending, not raising taxes and creating new private sector jobs.

Highlights include:

STATE SPENDING GROWTH HELD UNDER TWO PERCENT

> The $133.4 billion spending plan reduced all-funds spending for the second year in a row. In addition, the budget limited growth in state operations spending to 1.9 percent, which is less than the two percent spending cap passed last year by Senate Republicans and enacted for local government and school district budgets.

June 22, 2012
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Martins-Schimel Voting Mandate Relief Measure Passes Both Houses

Just as they did two years ago, Senator Jack M. Martins and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel stood up to fight for villages, school districts and special districts by passing legislation that ensures the democratic process will go on in local communities without a costly mandate that would ultimately have to be borne by taxpayers.

June 22, 2012
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Legislation Introduced by Senator Martins to Aid Villages Signed Into Law

Law makes it legal for villages to use the state appraisal services that are already available to counties, cities and towns

Senator Jack M. Martins announced that legislation he sponsored (S.6307A) to allow villages to acquire the same state appraisal services as counties, cities and towns when making assessments of highly complex properties and public utilities was signed into law by Governor Cuomo.

June 19, 2012
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Senate Passes Bill to Prevent Cyberbullying

The New York Senate passed legislation, supported by Senator Jack M. Martins, giving students wide-range of protections from bullying and cyberbullying. The legislation (S.7740) clarifies and expands the Dignity for All Students Act, an anti-bullying law enacted in 2010, which created guidelines for local school districts to develop policies and procedures to address the problem.

“Under this legislation, school districts can act on cyberbullying, thereby creating a suitable learning environment for all students and faculty,” Senator Martins said  

June 19, 2012
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DJ Monumental of “106 and Park” BET Show to Host Senator Martins Classic Slam Dunk Competition!

The Senator Jack Martins Classic 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament Committee announced today that they will be joined by BET In-House DJ of “106 and Park” Hometown Hero “DJ Monumental” at the July 14th 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament being held at Dutch Broadway School.  “It’s a huge honor to have DJ Monumental at the 3-on-3,” said  Tournament Vice-Chairman Marvin Lee noting, “he went to Dutch Broadway School, Elmont Memorial and he’s coming home to host the Slam Dunk Contest!”

June 19, 2012
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Elmont Spartan Team Names Dutch Broadway Principal Walter Aksionoff as Honorary Coach

The Elmont Spartan Basketball team facing off against the Henry G. Viscardi School Wheelchair Basketball squad has named Dutch Broadway School Principal Walter Aksionoff as their honorary head coach. The special game is part of the Senator Jack Martins Classic 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament being held on July 14th at Dutch Broadway School.  The game is a wheelchair basketball exposition between both teams. This is the second installment game.

June 19, 2012
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3-on-3 Tournament Hosts Elmont Soccer Clinic with Special Guests

The Martins Classic 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament announced today that they were teaming up with the Elmont Soccer Club for a youth and high school Soccer Clinic during the July 14th tournament being held at Dutch Broadway School.  The clinic will run all day and is being Chaired by Elmont Soccer Club President Richard “Kiki” DeBrosse and former Stonybrook Soccer Goalie Darian Bryan.

June 19, 2012
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Martins Classic 3-on-3 Coming July 14th!

The Martins Classic 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament committee had another packed meeting this past weekend in preparation for the annual community day on July 14th. Tournament organizers hosted over 320 volunteers and community members at the Dutch Broadway School cafeteria. Last year, over 4,500 community residents came through the tournament which featured basketball, soccer, football and specialty events for all ages. The tournament will be played at Dutch Broadway School on July 14th.

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

The Triple-Crown of Tax Relief

There certainly must have been a lot of disappointment in the days leading up to the Belmont Stakes as thoroughbred racehorse and Triple-Crown favorite, “I’ll Have Another,” showed signs of tendonitis and was scratched. I imagine it must have wreaked a fair amount of havoc on the sport, but I think most notable was the widespread, collective let-down that people experienced. Maybe we fall victim to so much press hype but I think it has something more to do with human nature. People love a winner, especially one that overcomes the odds, indisputably, three times over.

June 18, 2012
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Senate Passes Bill to Improve Health and Safety of Dogs and Cats Sold By Pet Dealers

The New York State Senate gave final legislative passage to a bill (S7268A), sponsored by that will ensure improved health and safety of pets sold in stores. The Senate took up the bill on New York State Animal Advocacy Day at the Capitol, where legislators and animal advocates network, share ideas, and lobby for stronger anti-cruelty laws.

“Those who purchase cats and dogs though breeding mills or pet dealers should be assured that they are cares for. This legislation helps to protect the health and welfare of animals and their owners,” said Senator Martins.

Dogs and cats that are sold by some pet stores receive inadequate exercise, veterinary care, and protection from the spread of disease.

June 14, 2012
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Senate Passes Domestic Violence Legislation

The New York State Senate passed legislation that will protect victims of domestic violence and establish stronger criminal penalties to punish individuals who commit acts of domestic violence.

The bill (S7638) represents a three-way agreement among the Senate, Governor Cuomo and the Assembly.  It includes several important provisions included in bills that have already passed the Senate this year, such as bail reforms and increased penalties for domestic violence crimes.

June 14, 2012
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Senate Passes Bill to Honor Fallen Firefighters

Legislation Also Passed that Allows Volunteer Firefighters to be Absent from Work During States of Emergency

The Senate apassed a bill (S.6368A) that would allow members of volunteer fire departments and volunteer ambulance squads to take an authorized absence from work when they respond to a state of emergency.

Senator Jack M. Martins strongly supported the bill. “Our firefighters and emergency personnel are always to respond it times of emergency. They should have the security to know that their jobs will be protected when they are serving to protect their communities in times when there is a state of emergency,” he said.

June 13, 2012
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Senate Passes 'I-STOP' Legislation to Combat Prescription Drug Abuse

In response to the escalating problem of prescription drug abuse, the state Senate passed legislation that would make significant changes to the way prescription drugs are distributed and monitored in New York State.  

The bill (S7637), sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza (R-I, Staten Island) and Senator Kemp Hannon (R, Nassau), Chairman of the Senate Health Committee, and co-sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins, Chairman of the Senate Local Government Committee, includes “real time” prescription tracking to provide more information to doctors and pharmacists, in an effort to prevent deaths from abuse and overdoses of prescription drugs, particularly painkillers.

June 11, 2012
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Senate Votes to Restore STAR Rebate Checks

Senator Martins Co-Sponsors Bill

Senator Jack M. Martins co-sponsored a bill (S.7447) to restore the STAR property tax rebate check program. The bill would provide $202 million in property tax relief to senior citizens in the 2012-13 school year and $1.2 billion in property tax relief to middle class families starting in 2013-14.

June 8, 2012
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Senator Martins Congratulates Port Washington's Newest Eagle Scout

Andrew Diffley reached the highest rank a Scout can achieve when he became Port Washington Troop 241’s newest Eagle Scout during an Eagle Court of Honor held on his behalf on Saturday, June 2 at the Flower Hill Hose Company.

Among the elected officials to attend the ceremony were Senator Jack M. Martins and North Hempstead Town Clerk Leslie Gross.

June 6, 2012
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Senator Martins Visits Belmont as the Community Gears Up For the Belmont Stakes

State Senator Jack M. Martins (R - Mineola), a supporter of New York's horsemen and of economic investment and revitalization at Belmont Park, made a visit to the racetrack Saturday. Senator Martins was on hand to watch the Belmont Stakes contenders as they trained over the main track, then took a tour of the backstretch. The tour featured programs funded by the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, including Anna House, the backstretch childcare facility; the offices of the Backstretch Employee Service Team and the Racetrack Chaplaincy of America; and the Rafferty Memorial Library, home of the language lab and communication center for the backstretch workers.

June 6, 2012
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Senate Majority Passes Bill to Eliminate MTA Payroll Tax for All Libraries

Senate Continues Assault on Onerous Tax to Help Taxpayers

Senator Jack M. Martins and the members of the Senate scored another victory for taxpayers by passing a bill to eliminate the MTA Payroll Tax for all libraries in New York State.

Senator Martins vowed to fight to eliminate the MTA Payroll Tax, which was passed in 2009 by the former Senate Majority and former Governor, and has been successful in working with his colleagues and Governor Cuomo in getting the tax eliminated for all small businesses with payrolls of less than $1.25 million and schools, both public and private.

Senator Martins’ bill (S-6079A), which passed the Senate on Monday, June 5, eliminates the tax for all libraries. 

June 5, 2012
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Making Memorial Day Count

Another Memorial Day weekend has passed us by, and I was fortunate enough to be included at some of the many parades and ceremonies that paid tribute to the men and women who died serving in our armed forces. Thankfully, I think most of us agree that honoring those who served, living and deceased, is a good and necessary thing. But I also recognize that there are those for whom the meaning of the day has been lost; who see it more as the start of summer than anything else.

May 31, 2012
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