Jack M. Martins' Press releases

Senator Martins Votes to Create New Panel to Support Aging Veterans

The New York State Senate approved legislation to help older veterans by creating an advisory committee that specifically assists state officials in addressing important veterans issues. New York has the second highest veteran population in the United States and bill S.3337, supported by Senator Jack M. Martins, focuses on improving the care and state support available to aging veterans by creating a panel of gerontology and veterans’ issue experts.

“Our veterans have done so much to ensure our freedom. We need to make certain they receive the best care and support programs. I was proud to have supported this legislation,” said Senator Martins. “It’s an opportunity to show our veterans we will never forget the sacrifices they made for us.”

May 16, 2011
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Senator Martins Congratulates Intel Semifinalists From North Shore Hebrew Academy

Senator Jack M. Martins visited the North Shore Hebrew Academy in Great Neck to congratulate Jonathan Michael Nachman and Sarah Jamie Toledano for being named semi-finalists in the Intel Science Talent Search.

Jonathan’s project, “Green Micropatterning: Stamping Candida antarctica Lipase-B onto Poly(e-caprolactone),” focused on a green way to make a circuit board, using less dangerous chemicals.

Sarah’s project, “Strychnine Distinguishes between Two Populations of a1 Glyince Receptors in HEK Cells,” focused on distinguishing drugs based on their properties.

May 12, 2011
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Senator Martins Congratulates Troop 45's Newest Eagle Scouts

On Friday evening, May 6, Senator Jack M. Martins attended an Eagle Court of Honor for the newest Eagle Scouts from Mineola Boy Scout Troop 45.

In its 90-year history, Troop 45 has a rich tradition of producing Eagle Scouts, which is the highest honor a scout can achieve. It takes years of dedication and commitment to reach the rank of Eagle Scout. Vincent Buonincontro, Nicholas Fiori, Glenn Peters, Nickolas D’Annunzio, Perry Llanes and Zachary Rachell joined the apex of scouting, making 122 Eagle Scout for Troop 45 including Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss, who earned the rank in 1981.

May 12, 2011
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Senator Martins Attends Wild West Benefit For the Friends of the Sands Point Preserve

On May 7, Senator Jack M. Martins attended the Sands Point Preserve Wild West fundraiser at the Hempstead House to benefit the Friends of the Sands Point Preserve. The honorees included Helen Keller National Center Executive Director Joseph McNulty as well as George "Butch" Starkie, mayor of the Village of Farmingdale and owner of Starkie Brothers Garden Center.

The mission of the Friends of the Sands Point Preserve is the preservation and protection of the magnificent structures and grounds of the Sands Point Preserve, to promote the Guggenheim Estate as a living museum focused on the preserve's rich history, natural habitats and the architectural features that enhance educational and cultural experiences for all who visit.

May 11, 2011
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Senator Martins Visits Apex Housing Complex in New Cassel

Senator Jack M. Martins recently visited the Apex housing complex in New Cassel. The complex consists of Apex I and Apex II, two buildings that were built in recent years by the Kimmel Housing Foundation to provide housing for senior citizens, workforce families and the physically challenged.

Senator Martins met with Kimmel Housing Foundation Chairman Howard B. Kimmel, President Roberta Treacy and Patricia Bourne, EVP, Planning. Among the topics discussed were opportunities for housing in downtown areas and the proposed Apex III for New Cassel.

Residents from the complex were then invited to ask Senator Martins questions. Representatives from the Kimmel Housing Foundation thanked Senator Martins for visiting and for speaking to the residents of the housing complex.

May 11, 2011
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Henry Viscardi School Thanks Senator Martins

Senator Jack M. Martins visited the Henry Viscardi School in Albertson and, after taking a tour of the school, was surprised at a welcome assembly during which the students presented Senator Martins with a thank you card with their names and messages on it. One message stated, “Thank you for all your help. My future means a lot to me.”

During the state budget negotiations, there was a proposal that was part of the Governor’s Executive Budget to shift costs for 4201 schools, which include the Henry Viscardi School, onto local school districts, thereby practically eliminating funding for those schools. However, Senator Martins was able to work with his colleagues to restore the funding to 4201 schools.

May 10, 2011
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Senator Martins Visits Elmont Soccer Club

Senator Jack M. Martins was back in the Elmont community again continuing his listening tour this past Saturday. This time, Senator Martins visited with parents and leaders of the Elmont Soccer Club. Elmont Soccer President Richard "Kiki" DeBrosse greeted Senator Martins and led him on a tour of the games Elmont children were playing. Games for children ages 4 and up were being played at the Dutch Broadway School athletic fields. Five games were in action during Senator Martins visit.

Parents spoke with the Senator about the Elmont community and their hopes for revitalization, tax relief and positive athletic programs like Elmont Soccer being accessible to Elmont's young people.

May 10, 2011
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Senator Martins' Bill Protecting Children From Drug Dealers Passes Senate

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.

May 10, 2011
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

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.

May 10, 2011
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Senator Martins Welcomes 'The Shop' to Elmont

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.

May 10, 2011
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Senator Martins Participates in Senate Hearing on MTA Finances

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.

May 9, 2011
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Senator Martins Participates in Chamber Economic Development Forum

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.

May 9, 2011
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Senator Martins Meets with Elmont Community Leader

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.

May 9, 2011
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Senator Martins Congratulates Elmont's 'Haitian Sensation' For Winning Golden Gloves

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.

May 9, 2011
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Senator Martins Meets With Members of the Port Washington Education Foundation

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.

May 5, 2011
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Senator Martins' Bill Allows Town of North Hempstead to Convey Parkland for Water Well

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.

May 4, 2011
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Bill Making It Easier to Claim STAR Exemptions Passes Senate

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.

May 4, 2011
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Senate Passes Bill Cracking Down on Texting While Driving

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.

May 3, 2011
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Senator Martins' Bill Amending Consolidation Law Protects Villages

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.

May 3, 2011
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

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.

May 3, 2011
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