A bill introduced by Senator Jack M. Martins that increases the penalty for criminal sale of a controlled substance to minors under the age of 14 has passed the Senate with wide bi-partisan support.
In Nassau County, Heroin use has been on the increase in recent years so much so that it has been called an epidemic. Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice have announced a war against the drug with a priority on raising awareness to the problem.
As we head into the summer, we are still hard at work in Albany. We must continue to build on the momentum we’ve established since March when the Senate, Governor and Assembly worked together to pass an historic budget that closed a $10 billion budget gap without raising any taxes or fees. It represented a major change from how Albany has conducted business in recent years when the state routinely outspent its revenues and then relied on taxpayers to close the deficits with tax increases. This represents a new era in state government – one of fiscal responsibility.
Senator Jack M. Martins welcomed "The Shop" Barbershop to Elmont this past week! Lifelong local residents Carl Achille and Paul Graziuso opened their new "family friendly" shop on Hempstead Turnpike near Valencia Gym and King Umberto Restaurant. Joining Senator Martins in welcoming the new store was Elmont Chamber of Commerce member Muzzio Talini.
Achille and Graziuso are lifelong residents of Elmont and graduates of Gotham Avenue, Dutch Broadway and Elmont Memorial High School. Achille also served in the armed forces overseas and is an active member of the VFW.
Senator Jack M. Martins participated in a hearing that addressed the MTA’s finances on Thursday, May 5. The hearing was held at SUNY Old Westbury. It was sponsored by the Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations, chaired by Senator Carl Marcellino.
The hearing explored the MTA’s annual operating deficits in an effort to stop the continuing cycle of increased fares and decreased services at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).
“When it comes to the MTA, it doesn’t ever appear that revenues catch up with expenses. I am concerned with the MTA’s budget, especially when it comes to the impact on it of the debt service,” said Senator Martins.
Senator Jack M. Martins answered questions and discussed economic development issues regarding Belmont Racetrack, Hempstead Turnpike and the Elmont-Franklin Square business corridor this past Thursday in a roundtable discussion sponsored by the Elmont Chamber of Commerce. Calling the forum, “an excellent opportunity to explore economic development and create jobs,” Senator Martins saluted the efforts of the Elmont Coalition for Sustainable Development, the Elmont Chamber of Commerce and forum chair Muzzio Talini for being a driving force to revitalize the greater community.
DC37 Union representative and Elmont resident Magaly Polo visited with Senator Jack M. Martins this past week to discuss state budget issues, labor matters and creating jobs for working men and women in Albany. Senator Martins welcomed Magaly to the State Capitol, visited with her, and took her on a tour of the New York State Senate chamber before legislative session.
He has been called Elmont’s “Haitian Sensation,” “The Hit Man” and “Vicious Vey,” but the most important name that Elmont resident Herve Duroseau cherishes is the name “Dad.”
Herve “Haitian Sensation” Duroseau was honored by State Senator Jack M. Martins for capturing the NY Daily News Golden Gloves boxing match in Madison Square Garden this past April. Duroseau was invited to the State Capitol where he was honored on the floor of the New York State Senate with a legislative resolution sponsored by Senator Martins and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.
Senator Jack M. Martins visited the Port Washington Education Foundation Educational Support Center at the Port Washington Public Library on Tuesday, April 26. He spoke with the third grade students gathered there for the weekly after-school program.
Senator Martins stated that the one of the best jobs of his job as a Senator was visiting with students. The children sang a song for the Senator about Port Washington, accompanied on the guitar by Doreen Gamel, who also wrote the lyrics.
Senator Martins explained why it is important to recognize those who work to make the community a better place and then proudly recognized PWEF Educational Support Center founder Ellen Bernstein Fox with a Senate Proclamation.
A bill sponsored by Senate Jack M. Martins authorizing the Town of North Hempstead to convey parkland from to the Carle Place Water District has passed the Senate.
The parkland begins on the western line of Carle Road going north along the western line of Carle Road from its intersection with the northern line of Winnie Court and includes about 1,627 square feet.
Legislation (S.3576) passed by the Senate will help make it easier for property owners to claim STAR benefits if they missed the March 1 filing deadlines. This is particularly important to senior citizens who must remember to file for the enhanced STAR exemption each year. Missing the deadline and, therefore, the exemption could result in a homeowner facing an unexpected and significantly increased tax bill. This bill instead authorizes municipalities to accept STAR applications after the locality’s taxable status date and before January 10 of the following year.
The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.998B) that will make it easier for law enforcement to crack down on texting-while-driving offenses and prevent tragic accidents caused by drivers distracted by texting.
The bill would make text messaging while driving a primary violation rather than a secondary violation. Under the current law, a driver can only be cited for texting-while-driving if another violation, such as speeding, is also being cited.
A bipartisan group of State Legislators was joined at by representatives of the American Automobile Association (AAA) New York to discuss the Senate’s action and to urge the Assembly to vote on the bill as soon as possible. Federal data shows 16,000 deaths nationwide due to texting while driving.
A bill (S.1824) introduced by Senator Jack M. Martins that clarifies and amends the Citizen’s Empowerment Act has passed the Senate today.
In 2009, Governor David Paterson signed into law a measure that would allow people to dissolve local governments. The legislation was lobbied for by then-Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.
However, there were several problems with the law. For one, residents of a municipality would be voting via a referendum on whether to dissolve that municipality, whether it be a village or special district, without knowing what the alternative plan would be to provide services for those residents.
It’s has been an historic past few months in New York State with the passing of this state budget. We kept our commitment to balancing the state’s budget without raising taxes or fees and have taken a significant step toward genuine, long-term fiscal health. However, our work is far from done. We must continue to explore options to ease the tax burden on our residents and business owners.
On February 4, the New Hyde Park Fire Department was called to a fire on 6th Avenue. Among those firefighters who responded was Max Devane of Estates Engine Company #3. Devane was seriously injured while battling the basement fire, requiring five weeks of hospitalization and rehabilitation to recover from his injuries. He even had to withdraw from classes at SUNY Maritime, where he was going to school.
On Friday, April 29, a benefit was held for Max Devane at the Protection Quarters. Senator Jack M. Martins attended to show his support. "I had to come out and show my support for Max. He is one of New Hyde Park's bravest and deserves the support of the community. When the community needed him, Max answered the call," said Senator Martins.
On Sunday morning, May 1, under beautiful skies, hundreds participated in Helen's Walk, a stroll through Sands Point Preserve to benefit the Helen Keller National Center, which offers invaluable services to the blind and deaf.
Senator Jack M. Martins, whose Senate District encompasses Port Washington and Sands Point, participated in the walk. The Senator walked with two of his four daughters, Kaitlin and Vanessa, as well as Nassau County Legislator Wayne Wink. "It was my honor to walk for the Helen Keller National Center. The center does incredible things and I was proud to support it. It was beautiful weather and a great turnout," he said.
For more information on the Helen Keller National Center, visit www.hknc.org.
Senator Jack M. Martins had the honor of visiting Great Neck South High School on Thursday, April 28 to congratulate seniors Samantha Phillips and Brian Miranda for being named semifinalists in the Intel Science Competition. Senator Martins presented them with copies of a Resolution that was passed on the floor of the Senate recognizing the Intel semifinalists from the Seventh Senate District.
On Thursday, April 28, Senator Jack M. Martins visited the Chabad of Port Washington where he met with Rabbi Shalom Paltiel and Sara Paltiel and congratulated them on the Chabad’s 20 years in Port Washington.
Rabbi Paltiel welcomed Senator Martins as they discussed the ongoing projects in the Chabad as well as the issues important to the Jewish community. Rabbi Paltiel showed Senator Martins the Synagogue and then took the Senator to the Florence Brownstein Pre-School.
Senator Jack M. Martins attended a special birthday celebration on Wednesday, April 27 at the offices of Long Island Plastic Surgical Group in Garden City. Zeenabdeen Hadi was turning 4-years-old, but he is no ordinary young man. Zeenabdeen’s perseverance and the commitment of his uncle has brought him from Iraq to the Long Island, where he will undergo medical treatment for serious injuries he sustained back home when he was just under a year old.
A few weeks before his first birthday, Zeenabdeen had been seriously injured when a car bomb exploded outside his home in Iraq. An electrical wire was dislodged and made contact with Zeenabdeen’s face causing serious bone loss and leaving his face disfigured.
On Friday, April 22, New York State Senator Jack M. Martins helped cut the ribbon, signifying the opening of the historic Mineola Diner, which was built in 1948. Senator Martins joined with owners Michael Alpert and Shane Fritsche as he wished them success in making the diner an important part of the community.
Senator Martins stated that "Diners have played an important part in Americana and since 1948, the Mineola Diner has been a integral part of this community. We are thankful to its new owners Michael Alpert and Shane Fritsche for investing in this historical diner and helping keep this community in-touch with its past."
The diner is located at 138 Jericho Turnpike on the corner of Willis Avenue.
A friendly wager between two State Senators was settled at Elmont Memorial High School with fanfare and good food last Friday. Senator Jack Martins’ and Senator Chuck Fuschillo’s bet over the Nassau County Championship Basketball title was settled in full at the Elmont Memorial High School cafeteria in front of a standing room only crowd.
The bet between the two Senators was over bragging rights over who would bring home the Nassau County Basketball Championship title. Senator Martins stood with Elmont Memorial’s Spartans and Senator Fuschillo rooted on his Baldwin Bruins. The results are now history with the Spartans winning the game and bringing home the crown by beating the Bruins at the David S. Mack Arena at Hofstra University.