Jack M. Martins' Press releases

Senator Martins Visits Saturday School in Elmont

Senator Jack M. Martins visited the Clara H. Carlson School on a recent Saturday to tour the Elmont School District's Saturday ELA preparation academy. Principal Ken Rosner and Elmont School Superintendent Al Harper joined Senator Martins in the tour.

Students were reviewing lessons and getting extra help from teachers in preparation of the English and Math ELA exams being administered this year. The Saturday program is a unique one started in the district a few years ago through an initiative begun by Superintendent Harper. Senator Martins visited four classes and spoke to the Saturday school students about their lessons.

April 13, 2011
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Senator Martins' Bill Protects Children From Abuse

The New York State Senate today passed a measure requiring camp directors to report suspected child abuse regardless of the location where abuse may have occurred. With many parents now beginning to think about summer camps, the bill (S.3777A), sponsored by Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola) would protect children and facilitate the detection of abuse by camp staff.

“It only makes sense that when it comes to our children's safety that we take the guess work out of required reports of suspected child abuse cases,” Senator Martins said. “We already require so many different professionals to report and it is clear that camp counselors in their position of supervision of our children should be added to that list of mandate reporters.”

April 11, 2011
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Senator Martins Congratulates Elmont Memorial High School Model UN Team

The annual Lee Markus SIDMUN Model UN competition at Sewanhaka High School was the scene this past weekend where hundreds of high school students from Elmont, Floral Park, Carey, New Hyde Park and Sewanhaka High Schools debated the issues and represented their adopted home country’s interest in Model UN. Students represented countries from the United Kingdom to Azerbaijan in the conference taking up their respective interests and debating the issues passionately from 8:15 a.m. until sunset.

April 11, 2011
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Elmont Memorial High School FBLA Succeeds at Annual Conference in Rochester

Senator Jack M. Martins congratulated FBLA member Funlola Otukoya, who is the President of the Model United Nations, on Elmont Memorial High School's outstanding wins at the annual FBLA conference held in Rochester this past weekend. Elmont Memorial's team won 25 team awards in the competition. "What a great win for Elmont Memorial's FBLA team. Elmont, Carey and all our local high school teams did an outstanding job. The dedication, work and entrepreneurial spirit the team brought to the competition was truly inspiring. It's competitions like these where our future business leaders gather to develop their skills and opportunities. They made our entire community proud," said Senator Martins.

April 11, 2011
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Senator Martins Congratulates Intel Semifinalists From Roslyn High School

Senator Jack M. Martins visited Roslyn High School on Thursday, April 7 to present the students who were name semifinalists in the Intel Science Talent Search with Senate Resolutions.

Senator Martins congratulated Roslyn High School seniors Brian Chen, Sarah Pak and Caroline Trezza and discussed their projects with them.

Brian’s project was entitled, “Does Ethnicity Matter: The Effect of Student Ethnicity on Teacher Perceptions and Grades.”

Sarah’s project was entitled, “To Log or Not to Log: The Effect of Mandatory Reading on Children’s Intrinsic Motivation to Read.”

Caroline’s project was entitled, “The Relationship Between Academic Procrastination and Beliefs About Effort and Capability in High School Students.”

April 8, 2011
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Senator Martins Holds Mobile Office Hours at the Hillside Public Library

On Thursday, April 7, Senator Martins held mobile office hours at the Hillside Public Library in New Hyde Park. The purpose of mobile office hours is to make constituent services accessible to the communities in the 7th Senate District. Residents had the opportunity to come to the library and make Senator Martins and his staff aware of any concerns they may have. Senator Martins also answered questions about state issues.

“It’s important to make our office accessible to the public. Our staff is always available in our District Office, but, through mobile office hours, we are able to make ourselves available to help our constituents in their own communities. It’s what we’re here for. I want to thank the Hillside Library for having us,” Senator Martins said.

April 8, 2011
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Village of Mineola Honors Senator Martins

After a busy Monday in Albany, Senator Jack M. Martins travelled home to the Village of Mineola to see his good friend Scott Strauss sworn in as the new Mayor of the village. Senator Martins served as Mayor of the Village of Mineola from 2003 to 2011. He stepped down when he was elected to the New York State Senate.

April 6, 2011
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Senator Martins Announces State Sales Tax Exemption on Clothing, Footwear

Senator Jack M. Martins has announced that a state sales tax exemption has been reinstated from April 1, 2011 until March 31, 2012. The state sales tax rate is 4 percent. The exemption applies to sales of clothing and footwear costing less than $55 per item or pair.

The exemption will be extended to purchases of less than $110 for those items next year.

“This will be an enormous boost for our local retailers,” said Senator Martins. “It will hopefully spur economic growth. At the same time, it gives our consumers a break when they go shopping for clothing or shoes. Every little bit helps.”

April 6, 2011
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Senate Passes Anti-Crime Package

Bills Strengthen Penalties for Sex Offenders, Bank Robberies and Home Invasions

The New York State Senate passed several anti-crime bills to strengthen penalties and create new charges for offenses relating to sexual abuse, bank robberies, home invasions and driving irresponsibly. The measures will help deter criminals, hold violators accountable and create safer communities throughout the state.

“It is crucial that we regularly evaluate and enhance the laws that protect our public safety,” Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos said. “These bills address important issues and concerns that affect our homes, businesses and families. I encourage the Assembly to act so that we can help make our communities safer.”

April 6, 2011
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Senate Passes Bill to Toughen Laws for Drinking Under the Influence

The New York State Senate passed a bill (S.164C) to create new penalties for individuals supervising another driver while also under the influence of alcohol or drugs, Abbagail’s Law, sponsored by Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane), is named after an eight-year-old girl who died in a car accident caused by an inexperienced driver who was supervised by a parent under the influence of alcohol.

April 5, 2011
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Senate Passes Bill to Provide More Oversight of LIPA Rate Hikes

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.2581) to increase accountability and reduce unregulated rate increases by the Long Island Power Authority. The bill, sponsored by Senator Kenneth P. LaValle and co-sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins addresses costly rate hikes of more than 30 percent since 2001 by requiring state Public Service Commission notification and review of certain rate increases of more than 2.5 percent.

“LIPA has raised its rates seven times since 2001. If LIPA wants to raise its rates more than 2.5 percent within a year’s time, they should have to explain the reason. The end result will be a greater oversight, which will benefit our residents and business owners,” said Senator Martins.

April 4, 2011
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Senate Completes Early Passage of State Budget

011-12 State Budget Reduces Spending, Does Not Raise Taxes and Creates Jobs

The New York State Senate has completed passage of the 2011-12 state budget one day prior to the April 1st budget deadline. The budget achieves the Senate Republicans’ goals of reducing state spending, not raising taxes and creating new private sector jobs.

“With this budget we have begun to restore hope to millions of New Yorkers who want state government to spend less, tax less and do more to encourage job creation,” Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos said. “The budget achieved all of these goals by reducing overall state spending by getting rid of some of the devastating tax and fee increases enacted by

April 4, 2011
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Times are indeed changing in Albany and for the better. Not only do we have an on-time budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year, but we went through the process with both sides of the aisle working together. The budget passed with overwhelming support in the legislature. Most importantly, we passed a fiscally-responsible budget that closed a $10 billion deficit without raising any taxes or fees. It is quite a change from years past when our state government found a way to overspend and overtax in the middle of a financial crisis. Quite frankly, we couldn’t suffer another year of those past practices and so we made a commitment – we would balance the budget, not on the backs of our taxpayers, but by cutting spending.

April 4, 2011
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Senator Martins Welcomes Students to Annual Somos Conference

Senator Jack M. Martins attended and opened the New York State Session for the annual Somos El Futuro conference. Martins joined with Senator Gustavo Rivera, Senator Jose Peralta, Assemblyman Marcos Crespo, Assemblywoman Vanessa Gibson for the session.

April 4, 2011
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Senator Martins Attends Patriot Flag Ceremony in Floral Park

On Saturday, April 2, Senator Jack M. Martins joined the Floral Park Fire Department for the Flag and Memorial Wall ceremony. The 9-11 Patriot Flag is making a tour of all 50 states and flew over Floral Park. The flag is 30X55.5 feet and weighs 75 pounds. It was raised by two aerial ladder fire trucks at the Reliance Firehouse parking field on Jericho Turnpike and Holland Avenue.

The ceremony was extremely emotional since it paid tribute to Keith Fairben and Ronald Kloepfer, who died on 9-11 while coming to the rescue of others.

April 4, 2011
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MTA, Nassau County, State Legislature Announce Agreement to Save Long Island Bus Service

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), Nassau County and State Senate Republicans, lead by Senator Charles Fuschillo (R, Merrick) and Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola), today announced an agreement to stave off proposed cuts to Long Island Bus that would have affected more than half of the bus routes in Nassau County.

April 1, 2011
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Keeping the Commitment - Information on the 2011-12 State Budget

The New York State Senate has completed passage of the 2011-12 state budget one day prior to the April 1st budget deadline.  The budget, which has now received final approval by the Assembly, achieves the critically important goals of reducing state spending, not raising taxes and creating new private sector jobs.

To learn more about the State's new fiscally responsible budget plan, I encourage you to review the documents below. 

April 1, 2011
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Senator Martins Congratulates Students Bound For Harvard

Mineola High School not only has one student accepted to Harvard University, but two.

Senator Jack M. Martins congratulated Mineola High School seniors Sean Cha and Luke Escobar for being accepted to Harvard University.

"Sean and Luke are a testament to the education taking place in Mineola. They made the entire community proud. I wish them the best of luck but I know it is hard work that will make them successful," Senator Martins said.

April 1, 2011
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Senator Martins Meets With AP Government Students at Mineola High School

Senator Jack M. Martins came home from a busy week in Albany during which the Senate passed a budget for New York State and met with students in Mark Bomser’s Advanced Placement Government class.

Senator Martins spoke about the budget that was just passed in Albany. He told the students that it was a difficult process because the Legislature had to work with the Governor to close a $10 billion deficit. Since people are in need of tax relief, the Senate and the Governor decided that the way to close the budget deficit without increasing the burden on taxpayers was to cut spending.

April 1, 2011
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Senate Acts to Protect Children and Families From Abuse

The New York State Senate passed a legislative package that would strengthen penalties and provide additional protections for children and families who are victims of domestic or sexual abuse. The proposals build upon the Senate’s commitment to supporting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, preventing abuse from continuing, and ensuring appropriate penalties for criminals who prey upon the state’s most vulnerable populations.

March 31, 2011
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