Jack M. Martins' Press releases

Senator Martins Encourages Donors to Participate in Blood Drive for Sarah Grace Foundation

Senator Jack M. Martins is encouraging residents to support a blood drive being held benefit a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of children with cancer while at the same time offering comfort and support to their families.

The Hicksville-based Sarah Grace Foundation For Children With Cancer will hold its 3rd Annual Sarah Grace Weippert Memorial Blood Drive on Saturday, March 26 at the William P. Bennett Community Center, 28 West Carle Street in Hicksville, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

March 15, 2011
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Senators Martins and Zeldin Fight For Sanctity of Military Funerals

Senate Passes Legislation to Limit Protests at Military Funerals

A bill, sponsored by Senator Lee Zeldin and co-sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins, to limit protests at military funerals has passed the New York State Senate. The legislation (S.3901), The Specialist Thomas Wilwerth Military Dignity Act, is named for an Iraq War veterans who lost his life in combat in 2006.

March 15, 2011
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

I often say that many elected officials in Albany look at the state from 30,000 feet. They see the quilt pattern of the various terrains, they see communities, but they don't see people. Much the same way, many of these same elected officials oftentimes make decisions without having an understanding as to how the decisions will impact people directly. I don't believe that there is any sinsiter motive, just a lack of perspective and understanding.

March 15, 2011
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Help Victims of Earthquake and Tsunami Through American Red Cross

Senator Jack M. Martins wants to remind residents that those wishing to help the victims of the Earthquake and Tsuami in Japan can do so through the American Red Cross.

The American Red Cross is taking monetary donations that will go to assisting those who have been affecting by the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan. Those who want to help can go to www.redcross.org and donate to Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami. People can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. The Red Cross can also be reached at 1-800-redcross to make a donation.

March 14, 2011
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Senator Martins Meets With Haitian Community in Town Hall Meeting

Senator Jack M. Martinswas hosted by hundreds of Haitian community members from Westbury, New Cassel, Elmont, North Valley Stream and South Floral Park in a "Town Hall" style meeting. The forum was an introduction for Senator Martins to the Haitian community as their new Senator of the 7th Senate District. Residents asked questions to Senator Martins in a free flowing discussion moderated by community members associated with the Salvation Army. The forum was moderated by Captain Joseph Lubin of Elmont. Joseph's son, Junior Lubin, escorted the Senator during the visit and introduced him to community members.

March 14, 2011
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Senator Martins Gets Visit From St. Brigid's School Students

Students from St. Brigid's School in Westbury visited with Senator Jack M. Martins at the State Capitol to talk about schools, Catholic education and current events. The students were hosted by Senator Martins during the annual Catholic Conference day in Albany. Senator Martins welcomed the students and sat with them in the New York State Senate conference room to hear what was on their minds. A great discussion took place on issues important to the conference and greater Long Island community. During the meeting, students had the opportunity to give their opinions and a little advice to Senator Martins on issues being debated at the State Capitol. "You learn a lot when you listen to young people like the students at St. Brigid's.

March 14, 2011
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Senator Martins Meets With Catholic School Students During Catholic Conference Day

Senator Jack M. Martins met with Catholic school students from throughout the 7th Senate District. Students from Floral Park, Westbury, Manhasset, Mineola, New Hyde Park, Franklin Square, Elmont and East Williston discussed education issues with the Senator during "Catholic Conference Day" in Albany. Thousands of students from throughout Long Island, and New York State, met with Senators and Assemblymembers during the annual conference. "It was an honor to sit with our next generation of leaders and share ideas on education and leadership during these very challenging economic times," said Senator Martins. "I salute all of these young women for getting involved, caring and making a difference.

March 14, 2011
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Senator Martins Congratulates Students Who Performed in NYSSMA Concert

Senator Jack M. Martins attended the annual New York State School Music Association Concert at the State Capitol. During the concert, Senator Martins had the opportunity to congratulate local musical performers Christina Ames, Nicholas Olynciw and Nikhl Thomas. All three students attend local schools in the 7th Senate District. Ames attends Wheatley High School; Olynciw attends Floral Park Memorial High School and Thomas attends Clarke High School in Westbury. The concert featured outstanding musicians from throughout the state.

March 14, 2011
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Senator Martins Attends Great Neck PTA Education Forum

Senator Jack M. Martins and New York State Board of Regents member Roger Tilles were guests of the Great Neck PTA Thursday night for a forum on the future of education in New York State. The forum took place at Great Neck South High School and was moderated by Great Neck School Superintendent Dr. Tom Dolan. The forum was well attended by community members, PTA and educators from throughout the community.

“The education forum sponsored by the PTA was an outstanding format that allowed for a serious discussion on education, our State budget and issues that impact our schools,” said Senator Martins. “I want to thank the Great Neck PTA for hosting the forum and their kind invitation.”

March 11, 2011
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Senator Martins Congratulates Rev. Gomide on Anniversary at Corpus Christi Parish

Senator Jack M. Martins congratulated Rev. Tomaz Gomide, Associate Pastor of the Corpus Christi Church in Mineola, for 40 years in the Priesthood, 35 of which have come at Corpus Christi.

“The Corpus Christi Church has been a staple of the Mineola community. Rev. Gomide has had a positive effect on so many of the parishioners and the community over his time in Corpus Christi. I congratulate him on his anniversary and wish him many more years in Mineola. I also want to congratulate Corpus Christi on its 110th anniversary,” said Senator Martins.

March 10, 2011
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Senator Martins Meets With Italian Consul General Talo'

Elimination of Foreign Language Regents Concerns Senator

Senator Jack M. Martins met with Italian Consul General Francesco M. Talo’, Italian Educational Director Minister Antonio Benetti, Undersecretary for Italians Abroad Silvana Mangione and former Elmont Union Free School District Superintendent Dr. Maria Palandra regarding educational issues and foreign language exams. Students who are taking Italian in schools will not be given the opportunity to take a regents exam in future due to a Regents vote that canceled the administering of the exam.

March 10, 2011
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Senate Passes Bill To Create "Recharge NY" Power Program

Bill Would Establish New, Permanent Low-Cost Power Program to Create & Retain Jobs

The New York State Senate passed legislation (S.3164), sponsored by Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane), to create a new, permanent program called “Recharge NY,” that would provide low-cost power to help businesses create and retain jobs.

March 9, 2011
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Senator Martins Congratulates Elmont Memorial High School's Cast of Footloose

Senator Jack M. Martins congratulated the cast and crew of Elmont Memorial High School's musical production of "Footloose" on their outstanding performance on March 4 and 5. The reviews on the musical were unanimous- it was sensational. Cast leads Joshua Johnson, Phylisha Mitchell, Brandon Cleveland, Cassandra Cesar, Kelsey Baffour and Joseph Smith, along with the entire cast, earned standing ovations at each of the performances this past weekend. "Everybody said the same exact thing about this performance- it was better than Broadway," said Senator Martins. "Congratulations are in order for the cast, crew, pit orchestra and all the parents and community members who were a part of the production. You made Elmont proud."

March 8, 2011
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Senator Martins Welcomes Orthodox Union Yeshiva to Albany

Senator Jack M. Martins welcomed the Orthodox Union Yeshiva to Albany, where he invited them to watch the proceedings of the Senate in the ornate Senate gallery. After the session, Senator Martins had a sit down discussion about the legislative process and decision making as a member of the State Legislature. The discussion centered around making good decisions and standing up for things you believe in. "What we discussed simply came down to character, leadership, responsibility and listening. Sometimes you need to make tough decisions and do what is right for communities. Soemtimes the right thing isn't always most the popular thing. The students from the Yeshiva talked with me about the way leaders make decisions and how we work with others during times of crisis.

March 8, 2011
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Senator Martins Presents LI Alzheimers Association Award to Karen Henley

Senator Jack M. Martins was given a very high honor by the Long Island Alzheimers Association by being asked to present the Advocate of the Year Award at the State Capitol. Senator Martins presented the honor to Karen Henley of Nassau County. Henley is a resident of the 7th Senate District and was chosen by advocates for her steadfast support and advocacy for the Long Island Alzheimers Association. The Association has awarded nearly $160 million to researchers seeking new methods of prevention, better treatments, and eventually a cure for Alzheimers.

March 7, 2011
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Senator Martins Meets With Library Officials

Senator Jack M. Martins met with library advocates from Franklin Square, Mineola, Port Washington, New Hyde Park, Elmont, Hicksville, Manhasset and Floral Park at the State Capitol this past week to discuss the State budget and library funding. Senator Martins met with the group to discuss strategies to help libraries and build support for these vital community institutions.

"Libraries are much more than books today," said Senator Martins. "People use the Internet, look for a job, attend workshops, participate in community forums and do research as well as attend events. Libraries are the lifeblood of communities and we have to insure they are given the resources and tools they need to do provide services for the greater community."

March 7, 2011
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Senate Passes Bill to Strenthen Voting Process for Military Voters

Measure has Governor’s backing and is set to become law

The New York State Senate gave final legislative approval to legislation (S.3500) sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), Chairman of the Senate Elections Committee, to ensure that special elections in New York State provide more time for military absentee ballots to be mailed and counted.

“It’s the right time to make this change, and it’s a sound piece of legislation. It ensures that New York’s servicemen and servicewomen are given every reasonable opportunity to have their voices heard and their votes counted in special elections,” said O’Mara, who noted that the new law is expected to be in effect for an upcoming special election in western New York’s 26th Congressional District.

March 7, 2011
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Elmont Captures Nassau Basketball Title as Senator Martins Wins Wager

Basketball games are terrific battles that pit athletic talent and desire to the test. In one of the greatest come-from-behind victories that had fans chanting, cheering and watching in amazement, the Elmont Memorial High School Spartans brought home the Nassau County Class AA Championship this past Saturday.

Students, community members, Sewanhaka Central High School District Superintendent Warren Meierdiercks, Elmont School Superintendent Al Harper, Board of Education Member Dave Fowler, Elmont Memorial High School Principal John Capozzi and State Senator Jack M. Martins were all in attendance at the Hofstra University David S. Mach Center to cheer on the Spartans.

March 7, 2011
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Senator Martins: We Need Immediate Mandate Relief

It has been a busy week in Albany. We continue the process of examining the state budget. These are difficult financial times but working together, we will ultimately succeed in cutting expenses and providing a framework for real long-term relief. In order for us to improve our state's fiscal health, we need to provide residents with property tax relief, create jobs and control spending.

March 7, 2011
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Senator Martins Honors Guinness Record Holder, Philanthropist

On Friday, March 4, Senator Jack M. Martins honored a Mineola resident who has kicked his way to notoriety. But what it even more impressive than Craig Pinto’s knack for kicking field goals is his desire to help others.

Pinto, 33, was diagnosed with Celiac’s Disease, a digestive condition that is triggered by the ingestion of gluten, which can damage the small intestines. After Pinto was diagnosed, he decided he would try to help others who have the same disease.

On October 10, 2010, Pinto participated in a charity event in Bethpage for the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University. He would kick 717 field goals from 40-yards out within a 12-hour period, earning him a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.

March 4, 2011
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