You may recall that I recently called for the resignation of New York State Education Commissioner, Dr. John King. The initiatives he has undertaken in his brief tenure as Commissioner of the State Education Department, including his roll-out of the Common Core curriculum, testing, teacher evaluations, and gathering of student data, are shaping up to be among the most controversial issues I’ve ever dealt with as a public servant. It’s easy to see why. These changes have created confusion among parents, anxiety for our children, and put life-long educators at odds with the department of education in Albany. This was only exacerbated when he cancelled town hall meetings on the issue.
State Taxes Need To Be Reformed, Simplified and Reduced; Recommendations Would Create Jobs, Reduce Taxes on Businesses, Families & Seniors
State Senate Republicans issued a comprehensive report on state taxes that calls for personal income taxes, business taxes, estate taxes and local property taxes to be reformed, simplified and reduced. The report makes sweeping recommendations for reducing the tax burden on all New Yorkers. The plan recommends enacting a permanent two-percent state spending cap and dedicating surplus revenues to tax reductions.
Representatives From The 7th Senate District’s Fifteen Area School Districts Seek Answers From State Education Commissioner
New York State Education Commissioner, Dr. John King, held a three-hour forum on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at Mineola High School to field questions on the roll out of the controversial Common Core curriculum from the residents of the Seventh Senate District.
Senator Jack M. Martins will once again be holding a Holiday Toy Drive. Toys can be brought to Senator Martins' District Office at 151 Herricks Road, Suite 202, Garden City Park during normal business hours. The toys will benefit the Child Life, Education & Creative Arts Therapy Department at Cohen Children's Medical Center. Toys will be collected through Wednesday, December 11 and then brough over to Cohen Children's Medical Center.
Senator Martins has held very successful toy drives in the past thanks to the generosity of the residents, school, libraries, businesses and villages throughout the Seventh Senate District.
If you’re a person who values common sense then prepare yourself to be disgusted and angry. I’m about to tell you about a sensible piece of legislation that’s long overdue, but is being blocked by the New York State Assembly,which is shamelessly pandering to its constituents with your tax money. In fact, you may be shocked to learn that we even need this legislation at all, let alone that it’s being systematically stymied by some in Albany.
Could you imagine if tomorrow school districts across New York State had to absorb more than 400,000 new students? Or picture your local school enrolling hundreds of new students and the effect it would have on class sizes, let alone our ability to provide books and materials, desks and lockers. Our current facilities could in no way withstand that kind of blow. In each district, new schools would have to be immediately built and hundreds of teachers, aides, and support staff would have to be hired. With the average cost to educate a student in New York at over $20,000 annually, you could bet our already sky-high school taxes would zoom to astronomical levels.
I am asking for your help in our continuing fight against deafening airplane noise in our community.
The Port Authority is looking to expand and reconfigure runways at JFK airport which will result in increased air traffic and aircraft noise over our neighborhoods. Now is the time for us to raise our voices before they are drowned out by the roar of aircraft engines overhead.
Sponsors bill to eliminate DMV fee for Veteran Distinction on NYS Driver’s Licenses
Calling a Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) fee for a “Veteran” distinction on a driver’s license unfair to military service men and women who served our country bravely, Senator Jack M. Martins is sponsoring a bill to eliminate the fee imposed on veterans.
Make no bones about it. I have been consumed with nonstop questions and concerns regarding the state education department’s rollout of the Common Core curriculum. I’m approached by constituents with questions at almost every event I attend in our district. But more than answer questions, I’ve been trying to listen because it’s abundantly clear to me that people are truly upset. There’s something wrong and they want something to be done.
It's time once again for the Senator Jack Martins Thanksgiving Essay Contest, open to all sixth grade students who reside in the 7th Senate District. Now in its third year, The Senator Martins Thanksgiving Essay Contest has received numerous submission over the first two years with students writing about what they are most thankful for.
As has been the tradition, students are being asked to write an essay, "What Are You Most Thankful For?"
Last year, many of the essays focused on students' being thankful that their families were safe after Hurricane Sandy. Each year presents another opportunity for a student to express what he or she is thankful for whether it be their family, friends, school, their country, or whatever it is you want to write about.
Senator Jack M. Martins has been tapped by Governor Andrew Cuomo to serve on the state’s new Financial Restructuring Board (FRB) for Local Governments, which is tasked with creating restructuring strategies and long-term solutions for municipalities under fiscal stress.
One of six individuals appointed to the board from across the state, Senator Martins, as Chairman of the Senate Local Government Committee and as the former Mayor of the Village of Mineola, will lend his expertise to help develop individualized plans for distressed municipalities that wish to better manage their finances and operate more efficiently.
The New York State Senate has been successful in recent years in passing legislation that was signed into law to help in the fight against breast cancer.
In 2012, the Senate with the support of Senator Jack M. Martins passed legislation to improve early breast cancer detections. The law (S6769B-2012) increases women’s awareness of the presence of dense breast tissue found during a mammography exam. Dense breast tissue can make it more difficult to detect tumors.
Earlier this year. Senator Jack M. Martins stood with his Senate colleagues to block $120 million in cuts to programs that serve developmentally disabled New Yorkers. While our efforts during the 2013-1014 budget negotiations restored some of the funding, programs throughout our state were still in danger due to a $90 million budget shortfall --- threatening to diminish access to important services for thousands of developmentally disabled citizens across the state.
Few issues this year have generated more input from concerned constituents. That's why Senator Martins is pleased to announce that support for these vital programs will now be protected under legislation that Governor Andrew Cuomo just signed into law.
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month by celebrating the rich histories, cultures and contributions of our nation's Hispanic American citizens. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15th and ending on October 15th.
I admit that I personally dread the week it begins. Maybe because I remember that sinking feeling as the days of summer would wind down and we prepared for homework, books, and bedtimes. Nowadays, it’s the never-ending lists of school supplies and the coordination of jam-packed calendars that puts a damper on things.
Senator Martins will be hosting a free seminar on the legal and financial preparations parents of special needs children can make to safeguard their assets while securing benefits and services for their children.
The event will take place on Tuesday, September 24, 2013, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Mineola Village Hall, 155 Washington Avenue, Mineola, NY 11501.
Seats can be reserved by calling my district office at 516-746-5924; or by visiting Senator Martins’ website: www.jackmartins.com.
Disabilities experts, attorney Andrew Cohen and financial advisor Mitch Weisbrot will speak on the legal and financial protections parents should have especially as their special needs children age.
A new law is on the books aimed at stopping the sale and use of deadly “bath salts,” a type of illicit drug recently connected to the deaths of young party-goers in New York City, as well as other deaths around the country. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, use of bath salts in the United States has increased significantly since 2010.
Bath salts--man-made drugs similar to methamphetamines--can cause heart attacks, seizures, permanent brain damage and severe hallucinations. An individual's behavior on bath salts often turns violent, leading them to harm themselves and/or others.
On September 11, we paid tribute to those who lost their lives 12 years ago, on September 11, 2001. We remember their lives and the devotions they had to their families and friends. We will never forget.
On this 12th anniversary of 9/11 and in all years to come, it’s important that we share the lessons of that fateful day to our children. This morning, I attended a ceremony at an elementary school in the Seventh Senate District. Every student at the ceremony was either not yet born or just born when 9/11 took place. Yet, they should know the stories of bravery, heroism and sacrifice. They should know the stories of those who lost their lives and the resiliency of their families. They should know the lessons of tolerance and the ramification of hate.