Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Middle Class Tax Cut and Job Creation Plan at the Cornwell Avenue School in West Hempstead, The bill, that as passed by the New York Senate last week, reduces the state tax burden for millions of New Yorkers to their lowest levels in more than fifty years. The far-ranging plan also strengthens our economy and creates jobs by eliminating the MTA payroll tax for more than 78 percent of employers that currently pay it, provides funds for state infrastructure projects and tax credits for youth employment. The plan provides a total $3.3 billion in tax relief to individuals and businesses.
I couldn’t wait to sit down and pen this column, and to be frank, I wasn’t sure the day would ever come. The subject is a tax cut for the middle class, an issue discussed relentlessly by politicians, but one that has proven to be a rare and elusive animal in the world of real policy. Now, after over fifty years of increased New York State income taxes, it became a reality this past week in Albany.
State Senator Jack Martins attended the Gregg Petrocelli Classic Basketball Tournament at Elmont Memorial High School this past weekend. The tournament is held in memory of Petrocelli, a coach and well respected guidance counselor at Elmont Memorial High School. The tournament hosts basketball games all day and celebrates the memory of Petrocelli who was know to a man where "everything he touched, he changed" positively for people. Senator Martins attended both classic basketball games featuring the Elmont Spartans, H. Frank Carey Seahawks and the Freeport Red Devils. "The Petrocelli Classic is a day where we remember a great educator, coach, father figure and man who inspired many young people in Elmont.
State Senator Jack Martins participated in the St. Vincent DePaul Boy Scout Advancement Ceremony for Boy Scouts this past week. The members of the troop are from the Elmont and Franklin Square communities. Troop Leader Anthony Maffea invited Senator Martins to participate in the ceremony and participate in the "Board of Review." "I want to congratulate Anthony Maffea Jr, Wade Goldblum, Nicholas Bentivenga and Vincent Gatto on advancing to 1st Class Boy Scouts! It was an honor to serve on the Board of Review and participate in this very special ceremony," said Senator Martins.
Extensive Bill Signed by Senate, Assembly and Governor Will Amend Tax Code, Cut MTA Payroll Tax
Along with Governor Cuomo and the Assembly, the New York Senate today passed an historic Middle Class Tax Cut and Job Creation Plan that reduces the state tax burden for millions of New Yorkers to their lowest levels in more than fifty years. The far-ranging plan also strengthens our economy and creates jobs by eliminating the MTA payroll tax for more than 78 percent of employers that currently pay it, provides funds for state infrastructure projects and tax credits for youth employment. The plan provides a total $3.3 billion in tax relief to individuals and businesses.
State Senator Jack Martins was back in Elmont at the invitation of the Elmont Soccer Club on the occasion of their annual Soccer breakfast held at Applebees Restaurant. The fundraiser for the Soccer Club was sold out with hundreds of Elmont Soccer stars and community residents gathered to celebrate the success of the club. Senator Martins called the breakfast “an outstanding show of community support for Elmont’s young people.”
Senator Jack M. Martins invited his colleagues, Senator Dean Skelos and Senator Carl Marcellino, for a visit to the Henry Viscardi School in Albertson. The purpose of the visit was for the Senators see the great work that the school does in providing a top-notch education with students who have a disability.
The Henry Viscardi School is one of the true treasures of education. The staff creates a learning and caring environment for all students. I share the school's belief in educational opportunities for all. Students do not let any disabillity stop them from reaching their goals and being successful in their academics and extra-curricular activities. They are a source of inspiration and I am proud to represent them in the New York State Senate."
For over a decade, Village of Thomaston Mayor Robert Stern has been trying to have the century-old Colonial Road Bridge rebuilt. It seems Mayor Stern’s diligence has paid off. In a meeting at the District Office of State Senator Jack M. Martins between Mayor Stern, Long Island Railroad (LIRR) President Helena Williams, and Senator Martins, the railroad unveiled plans for a bridge that will replace the existing one that is over 100 years old.
The project entails extending an existing pocket track in Thomaston and rebuilding the bridge as the railroad and Mayor Stern came to an agreement over the design of the bridge. The mayor had expressed concerns over the potential impact to the community over extending the pocket tracks.
Senator Jack M. Martins visited the Nicholas Center for Autism and Spectrum Designs Foundation in Port Washington and met with co-founder Stella Spanakos and director of development Nicole Sugrue to congratulate them on the opening of the center, which offers educational workshops and vocational training.
“I applaud the efforts of the Spectrum Designs Foundation and Nicholas Center for Autism. There are many families that are affected by Autism and dedicated educators ensure that those who fall within the spectrum receive the quality attention they deserve,” Senator Martins said.
Senator Jack M. Martins recently visited the Vincent Smith School in Port Washington to spend some time with the sixth grade students. The Vincent Smith School is a premier private school that serves the needs of various communities with its commitment to providing outstanding education with a supportive and nurturing setting.
“The Vincent Smith School does an outstanding job in providing a well-rounded education,” said Senator Martins. “The school also provides a nurturing environment in which the students can succeed.”
State Senator Jack Martins visited the Elmont Autism Academy at the Clara H. Carlson to honor Barbara Schwarz, the founder of the program at the Elmont Union Free School District this past week. The surprise presentation was put together by students, teachers, Mr. Harper and Senator Martins. "When Mr. Harper mentioned to me that he wanted to recognize Barbara for her work with the Academy, I thought it was a perfect opportunity to thank her for developing the program into such a wonderful place of learning," said Senator Martins.
Senator Jack M. Martins was at Winthrop University Hospital to join the hospital in announcing that Stony Brook University School of Medicine has designated the hospital as a clinical campus. The affiliation will expand educational opportunities available to Stony Brook medical students and further Stony Brook's sharing of its teaching faculty expertise at Winthrop. Having students in patient care settings enhances the academic nature of the enterprise and may add to the medical services provided to Long Island patients.
"This partnership provides opportunities for medical students and will further enhance medical education here on Long Island," Senator Martins said.
State Senator Jack Martins dropped by Dutch Broadway School in Elmont to swear-in the new Student President Nolan Alexandre-Baker. Nolan won the student election held at the school the previous week during a special Assembly where candidates gave speeches and students voted. Senator Martins congratulated the candidates and took the opportunity to swear-in Nolan for his term in front of sixth graders in Mr. Verde's class.
State Senator Jack M.Martins, State Assemblyman Tom McKevitt and Nassau County Legislator Richard Nicolello met with representatives of the Long Island Railroad recently to discuss a problem that has been facing some residents of Carle Place.
Those residents have asked elected officials for help in getting the railroad reduce the volume of announcements being made aboard trains at the Carle Place train station. Some residents in the area say the announcements are so loud, they can clearly hear them from their homes during off hours.
Senator Jack M. Martins met with the Carle Place Seniors Citizens in Charles Fuschillo Park for a question and answer session. Senator Martins has been visiting with senior groups across the Seventh Senate District to answer questions and to speak about his priorities in the next legislative session, which begins in January.
“It’s always a please to meet with our residents. It’s important to know their priorities, which I can bring to Albany with me,” said Senator Martins. “We are blessed in the Seventh Senate District to have vibrant seniors groups and Carle Place in no exception. I want to thank them for having me.”
The Carle Place Senior Citizens meet each Tuesday at 1 p.m.
Senator Jack M. Martins is hoping to bring some cheer to families who are coping with the illness of a child by hosting a holiday toy drive. All toys donated will be given to the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island to be distributed to children who are being treated for illness and their families.
Toys can be dropped off at Senator Martins District Office at 151 Herricks Road, Suite 202, in Garden City Park.
Senator Jack M. Martins congratulated the Willets Road School for being named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. The Willets Road School, which is part of the East Williston School District, was recognized for the honor for working towards ensuring that every child attains success. The Willets Road School is a model of excellence and student achievement.
An incredible food drive effort by families and concerned members of the Elmont community, spearheaded by the Elmont Dad's Club, has resulted in hundreds of pounds of food being donated to needy families through Island Harvest. The food drive effort, this past Saturday, was a tremendous success and celebrated by community members and students gathered in the gymnasium of the Gotham Avenue School. State Senator Jack Martins contributed to the effort and packed food boxes with students from Covert Avenue, Clara Carlson, Gotham Avenue, Dutch Broadway, Stewart Manor and Alden Terrace Schools.
Senator Jack Martins stopped by the Elmont clothing and toy drive this past Saturday and thanked students for working with the community and collecting needed clothing and toys for families in need during the holiday season. Senator Martins dropped off toys and contributed to the effort put together by Elmont students in the Class of 2012. Class President Candice Chatterpaul welcomed Senator Martins to the one-day drive and thanked him for his support of the effort. This is the second consecutive drive Senator Martins supported put on by the class. "The generosity of spirit that the young men and women of Elmont show us each and every day is truly inspirational.