Jack M. Martins' Press releases

Senate Passes Measure to Reduce Medicaid Fraud

The New York State Senate passed a bill that implements a recommendation of the Senate Republican Task Force on Medicaid Fraud and increases the prosecution of Medicaid waste and abuse while also bringing significant savings to the state and counties. Medicaid fraud is a significant cost to the state and this legislation (S.594), sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R, Merrick), helps increase cost recoveries by allowing the state’s Office of Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) to assist local district attorneys in prosecutions of Medicaid provider fraud.

June 6, 2011
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Elminating the MTA Payroll Tax

My first Senate session in Albany will be ending on June 20 and looking back on it, I believe our state has made significant progress toward fiscal health. The most visible highlight of the past six months has been our passage of an on-time state budget that cut spending by $10 billion. Our goal was simple: to get spending in line with revenue. In years past, the state would routinely spend more than it brought in and then turn to taxpayers to make up the difference. This practice has proved disastrous for our economy and worse for our citizens. But I am proud to say that we have put an end to it.

June 6, 2011
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Clara H. Carlson School Welcomes Senator Martins

Senator Jack M. Martins visited with students at the Clara Carlson school and participated in a class lesson! The visit by Senator Martins was part of his 7th Senate district tour of schools, programs and services that impact communities. "The students at Clara Carlson School, Principal Ken Rosner and Supt Al Harper made me feel right at home in the Elmont community. I was really impressed by all the hard work our young people put into their lessons and class projects. I also want to thank the Clara Carlson School "family" for the invitation and inviting me to the school, I had alot of fun," said Senator Martins.

June 6, 2011
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Clara H. Carlson School Welcomes Senator Martins

Senator Jack M. Martins visited with students at the Clara Carlson school and participated in a class lesson! The visit by Senator Martins was part of his 7th Senate District tour of schools, programs and services that impact communities. "The students at Clara Carlson School, Principal Ken Rosner and Supt Al Harper made me feel right at home in the Elmont community. I was really impressed by all the hard work our young people put into their lessons and class projects. I also want to thank the Clara Carlson School "family" for the invitation and inviting me to the school, I had alot of fun," said Senator Martins.

June 6, 2011
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Senator Martins Takes Tour of Floral Park Memorial High School, Holds Listening Session

Senator Jack M. Martins continued his listening tour throughout the 7th Senate District and visited Floral Park Memorial High School. Senator Martins was greeted by Floral Park Memorial High School Principal Kathy Sottile and School Trustees Dave Fowler and Laura Ferone for the tour and listen session. The Floral Park Memorial High School tour comes on the heels of Senator Martins’ community office hours and “Town Hall Style Discussion” at the Floral Park Library just a few weeks ago.

June 6, 2011
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Elmont Shines at Belmont Parade

The annual Belmont “Elmont” Day Parade attracted hundreds up and down Hempstead Turnpike this past Saturday as the official kick-off to Summer and Belmont Race Track! Bands, Schools, Veterans, athletic teams, civic associations and community leaders marched from the Elmont Memorial Public Library to Belmont Race Track in what local officials have called the largest parade in local memory. The Grand Marshalls of the parade were the Homecoming Kings and Queens of Elmont Memorial and Sewanhaka High Schools.

June 6, 2011
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Senator Martins Introduces Legislation to Eliminate MTA Payroll Tax

Long Island’s two freshman Senators – Senator Jack M. Martins and Senator Lee M. Zeldin – have introduced legislation to eliminate the MTA Payroll Tax, which has been burden to Long Island businesses, school districts, local governments, hospitals and even not-for-profits ever since it was enacted in 2009.

The Martins-Zeldin plan calls for the MTA Payroll Tax to be phased out each year until 2014, when it will be completely eliminated.

June 6, 2011
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Great Neck North Middle School Students Are 'Internet Smart'

The Internet can be an extremely effective tool for obtaining information on just about any subject. It can also be used as a way to keep in touch with old friends. However, there can be a downside to children using the Internet as issues of privacy and cyber-bullying have crept up.

Students in Great Neck North Middle School are taking a vow to be safe while on the Internet. The eighth grade students participated in a program, Internet Smarts, which is designed to educate students about online activities and encourage safe and appropriate use of the Internet.

June 3, 2011
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Senate Passes Bill Requiring Criminal Background Checks for Bus Drivers

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Charles Fuschillo (R, Merrick), that would help ensure bus safety and crack down on so-called “terror” bus drivers. The bill requires bus drivers to submit to a criminal history check. The legislation aims to improve safety for bus passengers following a string of bus crashes caused by dangerous bus drivers with a history of criminal driving convictions.

June 2, 2011
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Senator Martins Visits Mineola Leisure Club

On the Tuesday after Memorial Day, Senator Jack M. Martins was back in Mineola as he stopped by the Mineola Village Hall Community Center to spend some time with the Mineola Leisure Club, which was meeting at the time.

Senator Martins was asked to say a few words about his time in Albany. Remarked active senior and Golden Age Club President Lillian Barnola, "Now, we have to share him!"

Lillian was referring to the last eight years during which Senator Martins served as Mayor of the Village of Mineola. Now, serving his first term in the State Senate, he is the chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Local Governments.

June 2, 2011
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Senate Passes Anti-Bullying Legislation

In recent years, incidents of teen suicide have brought attention to the issue of bullying. Take the case of Ryan Patrick Halligan. On October 7, 2003, John and Kelly Halligan of Vermont would realize the horror that their son Ryan Patrick committed suicide. It was later revealed that Ryan was bullied and humiliated at school and on-line.

Unfortunately, there are other cases like Ryan’s. In some cases, bullying can lead to depression and a loss of self-esteemed during those critical adolescent years. In order to put an end to bullying in schools across New York State, the Senate voted to eradicate bullying on school grounds.

June 2, 2011
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Senator Martins Congratulates Herricks Girl Scouts

On Tuesday, May 31, the Herricks Association of Girl Scouts held a Recognition and Bridging Ceremony at the Herricks Community Center. The ceremony was held to recognize the Girls Scouts who earned their Bronze and Gold Awards.

Gold Award recipients are: Jessica Bikales, Victoria Flemm and Melanie Pavlidis.

June 1, 2011
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Get Ready For the Mid-Summer Classic - 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament Coming July 16 - Register Now

Senator Jack M. Martins and the 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament committee announced that the 7th Annual 3-on-3 Tournament will be played on Saturday, July 16 at Dutch Broadway School in Elmont at the Assemblyman Tom Alfano Basketball Courts, located in the rear of the school. A raindate has been scheduled for July 17. The tournament is free and there is no cost to participate.

June 1, 2011
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Senator Martins Marches in Mineola Memorial Day Parade

On Monday, May 30, the Mineola community commemorated Memorial Day with a parade that began at Wilson Park and ended in Mineola Memorial Park. The parade was led by American Legion Post #349 Commander Sal Cataldo and member of the Legion as well as Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1305 Commander Manny Grilo and members of the VFW.

It was a day in which residents and organizations braved near 90 degree heat to say thank you to the veterans who have fought to preserve our freedom. Among the residents that marched in the parade were Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss, Deputy Mayor Paul Pereira and State Senator Jack M. Martins.

June 1, 2011
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Williston Park American Legion Holds Everlasting Services on Memorial Day

Senator Martins Serves as Guest Speaker

Due to rain showers and dark skies early on Memorial Day morning, the Williston Park American Legion Post #144 did not hold its Memorial Day parade, but did have a stirring tribute to the veterans inside the post. The 55th Annual Post Everlasting Services paid tribute to all those who served, departed members and those who went off to service and sadly did not return.

Post commander Frank Oliveiri conducted the services. Reverend Christine van Liew of the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection gave the invocation and then former Town of North Hempstead Supervisor John Kiernan introduced guest speaker, Senator Jack M. Martins.

May 31, 2011
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Senator Martins Honors Intel Semifinalists From Great Neck North High School

Senator Jack M. Martins visited Great Neck North High School recently, where he met with three special students – Michelle Hackman, Harry Chiang and David Kaufman. All three took part in the Intel Science Talent Search with Harry and David being named semi-finalists and Michelle reaching the finals, where she captured second place.

May 27, 2011
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Senator Martins Presents Leslyn Stewart With Senate Woman of Distinction Award

The New York State Senate held its annual “Women of Distinction” ceremony at the State Capitol this past Tuesday where women were honored for their achievements and impact to their home communities. Senator Jack M. Martins honored Elmont’s own Leslyn Stewart as his choice for the 7th Senate District. The ceremony was presided over by State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and all Senators throughout New York State.

“Leslyn is an incredible woman who has taken a tragedy and works to help those involved in law enforcement understand the ultimate sacrifice. She is a trailblazer in health care as a registered nurse at Winthrop Hospital and continues to give of herself locally at the Dutch Broadway PTA and community groups,” said Senator Martins.

May 27, 2011
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Senator Martins Meets 'Town Hall-Style' With Sewanhaka High School Students

Senator Jack M. Martins was hosted by over 100 hundred students in a "Town Hall"-style listen session at Sewanhaka High School. The forum was an outgrowth of a social studies assignment in the class of Diane Ondris where students wrote hundreds of letters to the Senator on issues of the day. Senator Martins replied to the questions and mailed each student a letter with a response.

In recognition of the school’s outstanding work, Senator Martins came to Sewanhaka High School, where Elmont, Stewart Manor, South Floral Park and Floral Park students got to ask questions to their State Senator.

May 26, 2011
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Senator Martins Fights to Restore Grant to Solve Flooding Issue in Mineola and Carle Place

For years, some of the residents on the east end of the Village of Mineola as well Carle Place have had to deal with flooding on their streets during rain storms. When he served as Mayor of Mineola, Jack M. Martins set out to solve the problem, which had been plaguing those streets for years.

Martins called together a meeting with Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman and County Executive Ed Mangano. In order to solve the problem, the Village of Mineola agreed to reconfigure a catch basin to handle more storm water flow. The county agreed to build a bypass for water going south on Sheridan Boulevard toward the catch basin to reduce the amount of storm water that goes to Bruce Terrace, one of the streets suffering from the flooding, and the surrounding areas.

May 25, 2011
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Senator Martins Serves as Keynote Speaker at Armed Forces Day Ceremony in South Floral Park

The 21st annual South Floral Park “Armed Forces Day” was celebrated this past Saturday under sunny skies and a large crowd in front of South Floral Park Village Hall. The day is dedicated to the brave men and women who so proudly serve in our Armed Forces in the United States. Mayor Geoffrey Prime and Village Trustee George Ingram welcomed State Senator Jack M. Martins, who was tapped by village officials to serve as keynote speaker for event.

May 23, 2011
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