Senator Jack M. Martins once again announced his Summer Reading Program for this summer. Senator Martins invites students to "Dig Into Reading." All you have to do is visit www.nyread.com and create a profile, start reading and record all of your books. Senator Martins wishes you a wonderful summer and keep reading! At the end of the summer, readers will receive a Certificate of Recognition, but most importantly, will have gone on the wonderful journeys that only reading can provide.
Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, and while it affords us a wonderful opportunity to gather with family and friends, let’s take some time to reflect on what this holiday is really about -- remembering and honoring those who sacrificed their lives for this great country.
On May 23, 2013, the New York State Senate, on a resolution co-sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins, proclaimed the day "Haitian Unity Day" in the State of New York. Here is the resolution:
LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 23, 2013, as Haitian Unity Day in the State of New York
WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body, in keeping with its time-honored traditions, to recognize and pay tribute to those organizations which foster ethnic pride and enhance the profile of cultural diversity which strengthens the fabric of the communities of New York State; and
Harneet Gulati Touts Hicksville Boys & Girls Club For Encouragement
New York State Senator Jack M. Martins congratulated the New York State Youth of the Year Harneet Gulati for her work in the community and for her positive impact on its young people.
“Harneet is a shining example of the leadership our young people show in giving of their time and talents to improve the lives of others. Her perseverance and the encourage of the Hicksville Boys and Girls Club says a lot of our community. Congratulations to Harneet and thank you to the Hicksville Boys and Girls Club,” Senator Martins said.
Harneet penned an essay about how she got involved with the Hicksville Boys and Girls Club and her volunteer work. It is published below:
The newest member of the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame is well-known in the Mineola community as someone many have come to admire not only his service to the community, but his knowledge and wisdom. But before Walter Hobbs was known as a pillar of the Mineola community, he served in World War II, as a lieutenant in the Naval Air Corps.
On Tuesday, May 21, New York State Senator Jack M. Martins honored Mr. Hobbs by inducting him into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame, joining a prestigious group of men and women who have served bravely in defending our nation’s freedom.
One bill (S4682) names the Jericho Turnpike bridge overpass that crosses over the Cross Island Parkway in Bellerose as the "Police Officer Arthur Lopez Memorial Bridge."
Officer Lopez had served with the Nassau County Police Department for eight years and was assigned to the Emergency Services Unit, one of the department's most elite units after only five years of service. During his time on the force, Officer Lopez earned six meritorious service awards, three excellent police duty awards and several other command recognitions.
This year, May 12th is not only Mother's Day -- it also marks the beginning of National Women's Health Week.
Senator Jack M. Martins is pleased to report that he voted to approve two critically important bills that are designed to improve women's health care throughout our state. These measures include the following:
The Seventh Senate District is blessed to have an active senior population that has not only built the communities into what they but also still make invaluable contributions to improving the lives of others. To recognize such contributions, Senator Martins honored two residents from the Seventh Senate District during New York State Senior Citizens Day. The honorees were Fred Harber of Great Neck and Walter Wientge, Jr. of New Hyde Park.
"Fred and Walter exemplify the spirit of volunteerism. They are constantly thinking of others as they demonstrate that we can all make a difference," Senator Martins said. "They are both an inspiration to all generations."
State Senator Jack M. Martins, chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Local Government, passed a bill in the Senate to allow villages, school districts and special district to continue to use lever-style voting machines for their local elections and votes.
Lever-style voting machines are widely preferred by villages, school districts and special districts because of their ease and availability as opposed to alternatives, which have been found to be prohibitive both in terms of costs and practicality.
Most of us know that nothing is perfect. This includes government and more specifically, the laws it creates. Every elected official comes to this realization sooner or later, even if they don’t have the guts to tell you so. You could take any law on any given issue and there will always be pros and cons. What may be perfectly fair and just to some, may leave others feeling nothing but the negative impacts.
Yet there are plenty of people who believe that some form of utopian government can be achieved in which all of our most complex problems can be resolved through legislation and unfortunately, there are plenty of politicians who see no advantage in disagreeing.
Students from area high schools had an up close and personal look at a day in the life of a New York State Senator when the students shadowed Senator Jack M. Martins for a day in Albany.
As part of a program, Students Inside Albany, run by the League of Women Voters, students head up to Albany to shadow a member of the State Legislature in order to immerse themselves in the study of government, enhancing their academic experiences they learned at home. The students get a first-hand look at helped public policy is proposed and enacted in New York State.
SENATORS FUSCHILLO & MARTINS: NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION NEEDS TO ACT MORE URGENTLY TO PREVENT COMMERCIAL VEHICLES FROM STRIKING PARKWAY BRIDGES
Following yet another commercial vehicle striking a parkway bridge overpass and causing traffic delays on Long Island, Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, and Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) are calling on the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) to act more urgently and increase its efforts to prevent commercial trucks from illegally entering parkways.
Senator Jack M. Martins recently attended a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Nassau BOCES new Customer Care Center. It allows the Nassau County Police to respond to emergencies in our school districts more efficiently as it provides them access to security cameras and the building layouts of the schools
The center - a central hub for district support - was created in partnership with our school districts in order to provide them with the best possible service.
Senator Jack M. Martins was touched to receive recognition for his work toward a cause he believes strongly in – the protection of animals. The Senator was recently honored by the Humane Society of the United States for his support of animal rights.
“The protection of animals is something dear to my heart. We have an obligation to protect those who are unable to protect themselves. When it comes to animals, we are doing God’s work,” the Senator said. “I want to thank the Humane Society for all they do. It has been my pleasure to support them and I will continue to support animal rights and protection in the future.”
I am convinced that somewhere there exists a dingy, grey room, tucked away in the bowels of a huge Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) office building, hidden from any sunlight, deprived of any fresh air, pipes incessantly dripping and smelling of mold and mildew, with the words “Dept. of Bad Ideas” carefully stenciled onto its glass door. There, the excuse-ridden agency hatches the illogical follies that are to be foisted upon sensible taxpayers and hapless commuters. Among the classics that have sprung from the brain trust located there:
State Senator Jack M. Martins and Laurent Luke, founder of Soulfood Society, collaborated this this past Friday on a Poetry, Music and Spoken Word night entitled “The Birth of Royalty Series.” The evening highlighted Poetry, Music and Spoken Word performances from local artists. It showcased artists from the Elmont, North Valley Stream, New Hyde Park, Franklin Square and South Floral Park communities. The program was developed by Senator Martins and was co-chaired by and Arts Committee led by Laurent Luke and Scott Cushing.
Hands down, one of my favorite movies of all time is Forrest Gump and it popularized what I believe to be one of the most concise nuggets of wisdom ever: “Stupid is as stupid does.” It basically means that people’s actions are a pretty good measure of their intelligence. Even when there are those widely considered to be intelligent, if they regularly do stupid things, it’s better than even money that they’re not that bright.