Senator Jack M. Martins and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed measures to makes the roads safer, sending a loud and clear message that New York State must have zero tolerance when it comes to drunk, impaired or reckless driving.
In a strong showing of bi-partisan cooperation, the Senate approved four separate measures designed to save lives, punish offenders and keep dangerous drivers off the streets.
- The first bill, which seeks to combat wrong way and reckless drivers, would establish a new class E felony crime of aggravated reckless driving. The new crime would be punishable by a sentence of up to 4 years in prison.
The New York State Mandate Relief Council, which was created as part of the tax cap legislation that went into law this year, met for the first time on Wednesday, January 25. Senator Jack M. Martins, the lone member from Long Island to sit on the 11-member council, said he is looking forward to working with his fellow council members to bring relief to local governments and school districts.
The council will be charged with reviewing mandates that are passed on to local governments and school districts. The elimination or modification of some of the regulations will result in costs savings for local governments and school district, which can then pass on the savings to taxpayers.
Senator Jack M. Martins visited the Wheatley School to congratulate the members of the boy’s soccer team who captured the Long Island Class B championship, the school’s first since 2004.
The Wildcats defeated Cold Spring Harbor 1-0 to become Long Island champions. Senior Jonathan Kowalczyk scored the winning goal after teammate, junior Daniel Solomon, attempted a shot with 47 seconds left in the second overtime. Junior goaltender Eric Orologio made five saves in the shutout win.
Senator Martins awarded each of the student-athletes with a Certificate of Merit and congratulated the team as well as head coach Steve Cadet and assistant coach Marco DaFonte on an outstanding season. The team then presented Senator Martins with a plaque with a team photo and roster on it.
I flipped through hundreds of pages until I found it. I was scanning the proposed budget released by Governor Cuomo last week, looking to see how our district fared with state aid, in particular the amounts for our school districts. I guess to say I was disappointed by what I saw is an understatement – the governor had proposed increasing state aid to education by 4%, yet time and again our districts were shortchanged.
The Parent Resource Center, which has been in existence since 1980, has developed a reputation as a treasure in the Port Washington community. Located in the Landmark building, the Parent Resource Center succeeds in its mission to provide a safe and healthy environment for parents and children to learn, have fun, and make friends.
This was no more evident than at holiday time when the PRC held a holiday party for parents and children who take advantage of the wide variety of programs the center offers. In attendance were State Senator Jack M. Martins and Nassau County Legislator Wayne Wink to lend their support of the this parent-run cooperative.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., Senator Jack Martins and Senator Lee Zeldin today stated that the recent proposed executive budget which calls for a 4% increase in state aid to education does not provide Long Island schools with their fair share.
In the recently announced executive budget, Nassau and Suffolk Counties receive a disproportionate share of state education aid. Long Island is home to approximately 17 percent of the state’s students. However, out of the over $19.7 billion in state education aid appropriated for school districts statewide under the executive budget, aid to Long Island falls short.
Senator Jack M. Martins is currently sponsoring a “How a Bill Becomes a Law” Program with schools in the Seventh Senate District. Recently, Senator Martins visited the E.M. Baker School in Great Neck to discuss with the students how a bill becomes a law in New York State.
Senator Martins explained to the students that a bill often originates in the local communities an elected official represents. It may come from a local government or a concerned resident. A Senator can then introduce the bill in the New York State Senate.
A multi-prong approach is needed to combat an epidemic that has reached a critical point in New York State. Senator Jack M. Martins has proposed a law in New York State that would encourage the use of medications that are tamper resistant in an effort to decrease prescription drug abuse on Long Island and in New York State.
According to a report by the New York State Attorney General, the number of prescription painkillers has increased from 16.6 million in 2007 to 22.5 million in 2010, an increase of almost 36 percent in New York. During that time, Oxycodone prescriptions have increased by 82 percent. According to the report, painkiller overdoses led to nearly 15,000 deaths in 2008.
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.