Jack M. Martins' Press releases

Senator Martins Congratulates the Willets Road School on Being Named a Blue Ribbon School

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.

November 22, 2011
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Senator Martins Joins Elmont Dad's Club for Thanksgiving Food Drive

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.

November 22, 2011
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Senator Martins Supports Elmont Clothing and Toy Drive

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.

November 22, 2011
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Senator Martins Speaks With Members of the South Floral Park Civic Association

State Senator Jack Martins spoke to the South Floral Park Civic Association this past week where he discussed State and local issues on the minds of Village residents. The meeting was held at Village Hall where President Anthony Barbieri and Executive Board Members gave reports on Village Civic Matters.

Senator Martins called the gathering, “a great way to listen to what’s on the minds of community members. It's also a great opportunity to partner together and work for the greater community.” The well attended gathering had a question and answer format with local residents having the opportunity to ask Senator Martins questions and enter into a discussion with him.

November 22, 2011
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Senator Martins Lights Up Elmont Fashion Show as Celebrity Guest

A night of glamour, glitz, music and art were showcased at Elmont Memorial High School this past week where the Elmont Music Department Fashion Show lit the night and raised funds for the music productions. Hundreds attended the gala event where casual wear, formal attire and music were showcased. State Senator Jack Martins was the celebrity guest and walked the fashion stage with Elmont Music Department Chair Eileen Kramer. Parents also got into the act and wore fashions as well and were led by Mrs. Byer, Mrs. Andrews and Mrs King. The designers and clothing were provided Adjmi Apparel and Selena Gomez!

November 22, 2011
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Senators Martins and Skelos Talk Job Creation and Economic Development with President Obama's Economic Advisor

State Senator Jack Martins and State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos recently met with Citigroup Chairman and former AOL Time Warner Chair Dick Parsons to talk job creation and economic development. The luncheon took the form of a question and answer forum that discussed a wide range of economic issues that impact small business, downtowns and emerging local markets for communities throughout New York State and Long Island. Senator Martins also took the opportunity to bring three Elmont youth leaders to the luncheon gathering. Local residents Marvin Lee, Franklin Thomas and Tyrone St. Louis attended the luncheon where a question and answer period took place centering on the economy, job creation and emerging markets for New York and Long Island.

November 22, 2011
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Senator Martins Honors Candidates at Gotham Avenue School Elections

State Senator Jack Martins visited the Gotham Avenue School today to participate in the annual student council elections. Officers from the 4th, 5th and 6th grades ran for election to serve their fellow classmates for the school year. Senator Martins was invited to the election assembly to talk with students about voting, participating in democracy and supporting their fellow classmates.

“In today’s Gotham Avenue School election, everyone on this stage is a winner. Each of these candidates is a shining example of the talent we have in our community. I am proud of you, your family is proud of you and all of Elmont is proud of your running for office,” said Senator Martins.

November 22, 2011
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It's Pizza and Politics With the Manhasset High School Student Senate

Senator Jack M. Martins was at Manhasset High School recently for “Pizza and Politics” with the Student Senate. Pizza and Politics is an event Senator Martins started with student governments from high schools around the Seventh Senate District. Senator Martins and the students discuss various issues in government over a couple of slices of pizza, courtesy of the Senator.

“The students can ask me anything on their minds. Hopefully, I can provide some insight for them. But also, their questions help me in my job since it gives me the opportunity to discuss what is important to our young people who are our future leaders” said Senator Martins. “I want to thank Manhasset High School and the Student Senate for having me.”

November 16, 2011
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Upsetting the Apple Cart

There are weeks I feel like I should wear a football helmet to the office. That’s because whenever powerful, special interest groups feel I’ve somehow threatened their status quo, they launch attacks. This past week a number of local teachers’ unions targeted me as the “deciding vote” in favor of the tax cap and, in that vote, as having participated in an attack on our children’s education.

November 16, 2011
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Senator Martins Receives Business Council's Highest Grade in 2011 Voters' Guide Report

The Business Council of New York State released its 2011 Voters’ Guide, which measures New York State legislators’ commitment to improving the state’s economic climate and performance by scoring their support for key business legislation during the 2011 session.

Senator Jack M. Martins received the council’s highest score.

“In this last legislative session, we had a priority to work with the Governor to make our state more friendly to business. We sent a clear message that New York State is open for business. The goals continue to be to encourage economic growth and create jobs. I want to thank the Business Council for recognizing our efforts,” Senator Martins said.

November 15, 2011
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Congratulations to Floral Park-Bellerose School Student Council

The Floral Park-Bellerose School Student Council held their election and Senator Martins dropped by to congratulate all the participants. Senator Martins also spoke to the students, offering words of encouragement.

“Congratulations to all the students who took part in the Democratic process in the Floral Park-Bellerose School. It’s great that they have an interest in service to their school. I also want to once again thank the student council for its generous candy donation to the Sweets for Soldiers campaign. The students raised 600 pounds of candy. There are great things happening at the Floral Park-Bellerose School,” Senator Martins said.

Floral Park-Bellerose School Student Council

President-Diana

Vice President- Sarah

November 14, 2011
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Senator Martins Thanks Rushmore Avenue School for Sweet Donation

Senator Jack M. Martins sponsored a Sweets for Soldiers campaign to collect Halloween candy for our service men and women. Senator Martins’ office received donations thanks to the generosity of the schools in the Seventh Senate District. One of those schools that made a generous donation was the Rushmore Avenue School in Carle Place.

Dropping off the donation were Jen Sussman and Laurie Papa from the Rushmore Avenue School. “I can’t thank the Rushmore School enough for their generous donation. The students parted with their Halloween candy, showing their appreciation for our soldiers. They should be commended,” said Senator Martins. “The response from the community has been outstanding, from the teachers, students and parents. Thank you.”

November 14, 2011
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Honoring Our Veterans on Veterans Day

Veterans Day is a day to honor all veterans for their service to our country. It is observed on Nocember 11, the aniversary of the Armistince that signified the end of World War I, which formally ended at the 11th hour of the11th day of the 11th month in 1918.

Im 1938, Congress passed an act that made the 11th day of each year a legal holiday, known as Armistice Day." On October 8, 1938, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first Veterans Day Proclamation, stating, "In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans' organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose."

November 10, 2011
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE UNITED STATES MARINES CORPS

Senator Jack M. Martins extends birthday wishes to the United States Marines Corps, which is celebrating its 236th birthday on November 10. The Marines stopped by Senator Martins' District Office to pick up candy and toothbrushes that were generously donated by some of the schools in the Seventh Senate District. Some of the students also wrote touching letter to the soldiers, which were also given to the Marines.

November 10, 2011
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Senator Martins Visits Government Class at Holy Trinity Diocesan High School

Senator Jack M. Martins spent an afternoon at Holy Trinity Diocesan High School in Hicksville, speaking with Ms. Picatagi’s government class. The students asked Senator Martins questions about his job as a Senator. They also asked questions about current issues such as healthcare and the state budget.

Senator Martins visited Holy Trinity after receiving an invitation to visit the school from student Danielle Beaudette.

Just as the students got going with their questions, the bell rung. But, Senator Martins said he would love to go back and continue the discussion. “I want to thank the students of Holy Trinity for having me. We had an engaging discussion about government. I enjoyed it and look forward to going back,” he said.

November 7, 2011
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Floral Park-Bellerose School Sends Candy Coated Message to the Troops

Student Council Raises 600 Pounds of Candy for Senator Martins' Candy Drive

In the days following Halloween, the students at the Floral Park-Bellerose School had no problem parting with the candy they received trick-or-treating, especially since they knew it was going to a great cause.

The Floral Park-Bellerose School Student Council collected 600 pounds of candy, which will go to the troops serving in the Armed Forces through a candy drive sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins in partnership with Dr. Edward Gottlieb of Mid-Island Dental Group, located at 182 Hillside Avenue in Williston Park, entitled, “Sweets For Soldiers.”

November 7, 2011
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Senator Martins Visits Port Washington Senior Center

Senator Jack M. Martins recently visited the Port Washington Senior Center to spend some time with the group. Senator Martins received a tour of the center and had the opportunity to see the various activities members are engaged such as art, quilting and Bingo.

Senator Martins was extremely impressed with the center and with the work the seniors do. “This is a wonderful organization that means so much to the community. It was my pleasure to visit. I hope to be back soon,” he said. “Visits like this give me the opportunity to hear what is on the mind of the residents and I can bring their concerns with me to Albany.”

November 7, 2011
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Senator Martins Teams With CVS For Successful Flu Shot Program at Port Washington Library

Heading into the Winter season, it’s important to get vaccinated against the flu. In order to provide a convenient way for residents to receive their flu shots, Senator Jack M. Martins sponsored a flu shot program at the Port Washington Library.

Senator Martins partnered with CVS Pharmacy, which provided the vaccine at no cost out-of-pocket costs to the residents. A total of 70 flu shots were given out.

“I want to thank the Port Washington Library for allowing us to hold our flu shot program. I also want to thank CVS for providing the vaccine and the volunteers for giving up their time to administer the shots. I hope everyone has a healthy and safe Fall and Winter season,” Senator Martins said.

November 7, 2011
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Senator Martins Collects Food in Manhasset to Benefit Island Harvest

Senator Jack M. Martins was in front of King Kullen in Manhasset on a recent Saturday for a food drive to benefit Island Harvest. After visiting Island Harvest earlier in the yearand meeting with President and CEO Randi Dresner, Senator Martins promise to hep replenish the food bank, especially as the holidays are approaching and the demand for food increases.

A total of 110 pounds of food was donated. “I want to thank King Kullen for allowing us to use the outside of the store and to all those who stopped by to generously donate a food item. It will go a long way towards helping Island Harvest provide the support they have been providing for so many years,” Senator Martins said.

November 7, 2011
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Fuschillo-Martins Autism Bill Signed Into Law

A bill authored by Senator Charles Fuschillo, Jr. and co-sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins that enables individuals with autism spectrum disorders to receive insurance coverage for screening, diagnosis and treatment has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The new law will save families with autism tens of thousands of dollars a year in out of pocket costs for autism treatment and therapies which many insurance companies refuse to cover.

November 2, 2011
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