Jack M. Martins' Press releases

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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Senator Martins First Bill a Victory for Villages

State Senator Jack M. Martins and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel were joined today by village elected officials to announce that their legislation, which is critical to the upcoming village elections, was recently signed into law. The Democratic process can now go forward on March 15 and in June when residents head to the polls to vote in their village elections.

The legislation (A.3093b/S.3216) sponsored by Senator Martins and Assemblywoman Schimel allows village governments to continue using lever voting machines as they have in the past until December 31st, 2012.

March 4, 2011
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Senator Martins Backs Elmont In Nassau County Championship Game, Lunch On the Line

Senator Jack M. Martins challenged his Nassau County Senate colleagues, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Senator Chuck Fuschillo, this morning to a lunch bet that will be settled by which Nassau County School wins the Nassau County Boy’s Varsity Class AA Basketball Championship this Saturday at Hofstra University’s Mack Center. The bet centers around which team takes home the Nassau County Championship Crown- the Elmont Spartans or the Baldwin Bruins.

The contest has all three Senators cheering on their teams from their respective districts. Senator Martins represents the Elmont Spartan team while Senator Fuschillo represents the Baldwin Bruins. Senator Dean Skelos, who represents both communities in the Senate, wants for both teams to “play hard and play to win.”

March 4, 2011
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Senator Jack Martins 2011 Legislative Questionnaire

As your new State Senator, your views are important to me.

The following legislative questionnaires are your opportunity to let your voice be heard. Please keep in mind that these questions do not necessarily reflect my views. This is your chance to express your opinion. I want to know your position on the important issues facing our community so that I may best represent you.

March 1, 2011
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Senate Majority Says Additional Revenues Should Go Towards Tax Relief

Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos and members of the Senate Majority Conference today released a revenue forecast by the Senate Finance Committee that estimates additional General Fund revenues, above the Executive’s projection, of $438 million in 2011-12, offset by $23 million less than the Executive’s estimate for state fiscal year 2010-11.

The revenue projection, based on an economic forecast by the Senate’s nationally recognized fiscal consultants, IHS Global Insight, shows that the total two-year General Fund revenue surplus is $415 million.

February 28, 2011
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Perhaps the most important part of our Democratic process is our citizens’ ability to vote and elect those who will make the crucial decisions for our local governments. On the local level, villages provide our residents with basic services, from emergency services, water and garbage collection to snow removal. As the former mayor for a village for eight years, I am fully aware of the effectiveness of our local villages.

This March and June, residents will be going to the polls to elect fellow residents to serve on the various village boards. Our citizens must be able to vote in a system that is accurate and effective so that the Democratic process continues. It is critical for our system of government.

February 28, 2011
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Senator Martins Seeks Governor's Signature on Voting Machine Bill

The first bill sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins, chairman of the Senate’s Standing Committee on Local Governments, passed in the New York State Senate and is one that hits close to home. Senator Martins, who served as a village mayor for eight years, worked on an emergency bill that allows villages to continue to use lever machines in time for their upcoming elections. That bill passed both houses of the Legislature and now Senator Martins is calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign it.

"We sent him a bill that makes sense, saves taxpayers money and makes sure we preserve the integrity of our voting system while the county boards of election continue the transition to the new machines," Senator Martins said.

February 25, 2011
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Free Tax Filing for Eligible Taxpayers

Citizens who earned $58,000 or less in 2010 or served on active military duty may be eligible for free tax preparation services. The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance is urging eligible taxpayers to use FreeFile, a program providing user friendly software that makes it easy to claim all the credits and deductions to which you are entitled. In addition, your taxes will be E-Filed, meaning quicker and more accurate processing and faster returns. Go to the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance’s website at www.tax.ny.gov and click on FreeFile for more information.

February 23, 2011
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Senator Martins and Senator Flanagan Co-Chair Hearing on Tax Cap and Mandate Relief

To gather expert testimony on the most effective way for New York State to proceed in its efforts to provide tax relief to its residents while protecting valuable services, Senator Jack M. Martins, Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Local Government, and Senator John Flanagan, Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Education, hosted a joint hearing entitled “The True Path to Reducing New York’s Real Property Tax Burden: Mandate Relief and Tax Caps”.

February 22, 2011
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

As I complete my second month serving the people of the 7th Senate District, I am continuously reminded that these are interesting times in New York State. There are discussions going on in Albany about subjects that are now getting the serious attention they deserve. Mandate relief, for example, is something we need to discuss in the coming months, especially in light of the likelihood that a 2 percent tax cap will be implemented.

February 21, 2011
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Senator Martins Meets With Leaders From Nassau BOCES

Senator Jack Martins welcomed a group of Nassau BOCES students and staff at the State Capitol to discuss education and program funding for BOCES classes and initiatives. Principal James Clark led the delegation made up of Steve Witt, Sue Bergstrom, Shirlene Blake-Neil, Ryan Llanos, Joshua DaSilva and Cynthia Cruz-Melgran. "Programs like Nassau BOCES help all of our students reach as far and wide as they dream. Not only does BOCES offer non-traditional programs and services, but they offer critical skills for students in our community's schools. I was really glad to sit down and talk with all of them," Senator Martins said.

February 18, 2011
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Senator Martins Supports Anti-Crime Bills

Senator Jack M. Martins voted in the New York State Senate today to pass a package of bills that would strengthen laws and toughen criminal penalties for certain sex offenses related to rape and child pornography. In addition, bills were passed to expand information on criminal background checks for individuals applying for employment in law enforcement and increasing penalties for the crime of criminally negligent homicide.

Legislation (S.1826), sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and supported by Senator Martins, would require consecutive prison sentences for each separate act of rape when an individual is convicted of multiple counts.

February 18, 2011
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Senator Martins' Legislation Critical to Upcoming Village Elections

Due to the efforts of State Senator Jack M. Martins , the Democratic process can go forward on March 15 when residents of villages head to the polls to vote in village elections. The New York State Senate recently passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Martins that allows village governments to continue to use lever voting machines for elections until December 31, 2012.

February 18, 2011
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Senator Martins Honors Intel Semi-Finalist From Manhasset

Senator Jack M. Martins recently honored Jun Kit “Timothy” He when the Senator visited Manhasset High School. Tim was one of the semi-finalists in the 70th Intel Science Talent Search competition.

Tim’s project, “Gene Expression Profiling and EKG: The Development of a Novel Prognostic Mechanism for Cardiac Allograft Rejection,” addressed heart transplant recipients. His project used gene expression levels in white blood cells and EKG variables to create an equation that can predict rejection without the biopsy.

February 18, 2011
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Senator Martins Visits Manhasset High School

Senator Jack M. Martins continued his tour of schools around the 7th Senate District at Manhasset High School where he met with Manhasset School Superintendent Charles Cardillo, Manhasset Board of Education President Cindy Cardinal and board members Patricia Aitken, Regina Rule and Craig Anderson.

Senator Martins discussed with Superintendent Cardillo and the board members such issues that will affect school districts such as the Governor’s budget and the proposed cuts in state aid to Long Island schools as well as the tax cap.

February 18, 2011
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