Jack M. Martins' Press releases

FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

Above All, We Celebrate Hope

It may not be one of the more noble holiday traditions but I guiltily admit that one of my favorite things to do at this time of year is to settle down on the couch next to the fireplace with a bag of cookies and my dog to watch the endless stream of Christmas movies on TV. My wife and kids usually shun the endeavor and remind me that we’ve watched them, literally, dozens of times before. Yet this annual ritual gives me comfort, so I continue.

December 18, 2013
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

Above All, We Celbrate Hope

It may not be one of the more noble holiday traditions but I guiltily admit that one of my favorite things to do at this time of year is to settle down on the couch next to the fireplace with a bag of cookies and my dog to watch the endless stream of Christmas movies on TV. My wife and kids usually shun the endeavor and remind me that we’ve watched them, literally, dozens of times before. Yet this annual ritual gives me comfort, so I continue.

December 18, 2013
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

We Deserve Better

I’m going to get straight to the point. Superstorm Sandy slammed into the south shore of Long Island on October 29, 2012. On that date, more than 400 days ago, millions were left without power, and tens of thousands were displaced.

December 12, 2013
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

The Mayor, Sebastian and the Holidays

Things happen for a reason and if you look closely enough you may find signs that, no doubt, the universe is progressing as it should. There is a synergy to it, a cycle. I was reminded of this just recently by two seemingly unconnected events.

I’ll begin with Leonard Wurzel, the long-time (22-years, to be exact) mayor of Sands Point who recently passed away at 95. He supposedly retired from his office in 2011 but anyone who knew Mayor Wurzel also knew that was impossible for him. He loved his village and the people in it too much to simply walk away, even if it was much-deserved. I know that his passion and joy were wrapped up in his public service.

November 26, 2013
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BRIDGE OVERPASS DEDICATED TO BRAVE POLICE OFFICER

New York State Senator Jack M. Martins announced that the bridge overpass on New Hyde Park Road, which crosses over the Long Island Expressway, in New Hyde Park has been officially renamed the "Police Officer Joseph P. Olivieri Jr. Memorial Bridge" in honor of a brave officer who have his life while in the line of duties.

A former NYPD officer and a 15-year-veteran of the Nassau County Police Department, Officer Olivieri, as a member of the Nassau County Police Department's Highway Patrol, was investigating a traffic accident last October near exit 35 on the LIE, involving an intoxicated driver, when he was tragically struck and killed by another motorist.

November 25, 2013
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

Where Is the Students’ Lobbyist?

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.

November 21, 2013
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SENATE REPUBLICANS ISSUE REPORT ON TAX REFORM

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.

November 21, 2013
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NEARLY 900 TURN OUT FOR FORUM ON COMMON CORE CURRICULUM AT MINEOLA HIGH SCHOOL

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.

November 15, 2013
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New York Airports to Get Noise Study

Senator Martins, the bill sponsor, thanks residents for their diligence on airplane noise issue

Residents of Nassau County have long been outspoken about noise generated from low-flying airplanes and now it appears that their voices have risen above the airplane noise. 

November 15, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS 2013 HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE TO BENEFIT COHEN CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL

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. 

 

 

 

 

November 12, 2013
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

Stupidity Should Have Its Limits

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.

November 7, 2013
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

An Education No-Brainer

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.

October 29, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS TO HOST IMPORTANT AIRPLANE NOISE HEARING ON OCTOBER 28

From Senator Jack M. Martins:

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.

October 22, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS SAYS 'NO' TO DRIVER'S LICENSE FEE FOR OUR NATION'S HEROES

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.

October 16, 2013
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

Common Core But No Common Sense

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.

October 15, 2013
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ATTENTION SIXTH GRADE STUDENTS: IT'S TIME FOR SENATOR MARTINS' THANKSGIVING ESSAY CONTEST

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.

October 9, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS NAMED TO STATEWIDE FINANCIAL RESTRUCTURING BOARD

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. 

October 8, 2013
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SENATE SUCCESSFUL IN PASSING MEASURES TO FIGHT BREAST CANCER

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.

October 1, 2013
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SENATE MEASURE TO RESTORE FUNDING CUTS TO OPWDD BECOMES OFFICIAL

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.

September 30, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS TO PARTICIPATE IN UNDIDAD LATINA CONFERENCE

Hispanic Heritage Month / Unidad Latina

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.

September 27, 2013
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