Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that legislation he sponsored to create “Billy Joel Boulevard” in Hicksville has been approved by the Senate’s Transportation Committee. The legislation (S6603) would rename Route 107 between Old Country Road and East John Street in downtown Hicksville, which is Billy Joel’s hometown, “Billy Joel Boulevard.” Senator Martins is sponsoring the legislation with Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R-15th Assembly District).
With summer approaching, Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) is sponsoring a free “Discover Long Island” Tourism Program to inform residents about the many “staycation” attractions on Long Island. The program will take place on Thursday June 5th from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Manhasset Public Library (30 Onderdonk Avenue, Manhasset).
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently visited East Hills Elementary School in Roslyn to congratulate 2nd grade student Emma Pnini on being chosen as a first place winner in the Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest.
Emma’s entry focused on the importance of “reducing, reusing, and recycling” in order to protect the environment. As a first place winner, Emma’s poster was displayed in the State Legislative Office Building in Albany along with those of the other winners from across the state.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently visited with members of the Great Neck Veterans Social Club at the Great Neck Senior Center. Senator Martins gave an update on some of the veterans related issues in the legislature, including a recently signed law which will help bring more opportunities to service-disabled veterans.
Senator Martins is pictured speaking to members of the Great Neck Veterans Social Club.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced a new law which will facilitate the awarding of state contracts to disabled veterans. Senator Martins was a sponsor of the legislation, which was recently signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
The “Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act” will create a 6% state contract set aside for service-connected disabled veteran owned small businesses. The set aside is very similar to the highly successful 3% preference that the federal government offers.
“Brittany’s Law” Would Provide More Information About Potentially Dangerous Felons
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate passed “Brittany’s Law,” to increase the safety and awareness of communities by creating a public registry of convicted violent felons. The legislation (S1850B), of which Senator Martins is a sponsor, would establish a statewide violent felony offender registry by requiring certain convicted felons to register with the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) upon release from prison.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) and the Herricks Teachers Association are inviting residents to give the gift of life by participating in a blood drive they are sponsoring on Monday, June 2nd. The blood drive will take place from 2:45 pm to 7:15 pm at the Herricks Community Center (999 Herricks Road, New Hyde Park).
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate passed legislation he sponsored which would allow school districts, local governments, and special districts to continue using lever-style voting machines in their local elections and budget votes.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislative resolutions he sponsored honoring four members of Boy Scout Troop 678 in Floral Park for attaining the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout.
The legislative resolutions honored Christopher Bonomo, Matthew Dooley, Daniel May, and Benjamin Rispoli on earning Scouting’s highest honor. With passage of the resolutions, Christopher, Matthew, Daniel, and Benjamin’s achievements will forever be part of the official record of the New York State Senate.
Senator Martins attended the Court of Honor held for the four scouts to personally congratulate them.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate passed legislation he sponsored to increase penalties for drivers who operate a vehicle without a driver’s license. The legislation would address an inequity in current law which allows unlicensed drivers to face lesser penalties than those who drive with a suspended license.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation to raise penalties for drivers who leave the scene of an accident which causes injury or death. Senator Martins is a sponsor of the legislation.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) was recently a guest on Cablevision’s “Meet the Leaders, ” a local program which explores the people, policies, and issues which are responsible for directing the future course of Long Island.
On the show, Senator Martins and host Pat Halpin discuss the recently approved New York State budget; recently enacted reforms to address the State Education Department’s failed Common Core rollout; how building the Cosmos Soccer Stadium in Elmont would promote economic development; and the impact the MTA’s decision to change LIRR Presidents will have on Long Island.
Senator Jack Martins (R-7th Senate District) and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano recently sponsored a free KidPix photo ID program in Port Washington.
Families who participated in the program received a free, wallet sized kidpix card with their child’s name, physical description, contact information, fingerprint, and photograph. In the event that a child goes missing, parents can give the KidPix card to law enforcement as a helpful tool to help return the child home more quickly.
Senator Martins is pictured with the Iorio family as two year old Mason gets his picture taken for his free child ID card.
My calendar is jam-packed. There are countless hours wading through paperwork and policy and long days turned to night spent in legislative session at the State House in Albany. When I’m home here on the Island, I’m tending to dozens of constituent problems and a typical day includes at least six or seven functions or meetings in our various communities. Weekends hold even more (no exaggeration) but the community work is what I love most – minus all the driving.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) and Legislator Richard Nicolello (R-New Hyde Park) are sponsoring a breast cancer screening program on Thursday, June 5th from 8:30 am to 1 pm at the Herricks Community Center (999 Herricks Road, New Hyde Park).
Appointments are necessary and will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. On site nurses and technicians will provide a mammography, a clinical breast examination and instructions for self examination. Patients and their physicians will be notified of the exam results.
NuHealth’s guidelines for the program are as follows:
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate recently passed legislation that would create a shorter, simplified renewal application for senior citizens who already receive an Enhanced STAR tax exemption. Senator Martins cosponsored the legislation (S2937) with Senator Kemp Hannon (R-6th Senate District).
“Enhanced STAR provides valuable property tax savings to eligible senior citizens. Creating a simplified renewal application form will make it easier for seniors to take advantage of property tax savings to which they are entitled,” said Senator Martins.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently joined with the Floral Park Historical Society and community members in unveiling a new historical marker commemorating the running of the Vanderbilt Cup Race through the Village of Floral Park. The marker is located at the corner of Jericho Turnpike and Emerson Avenue.
The Vanderbilt Cup Race was the first major international auto race in the United States which was run on a public road. It ran thru Floral Park on October 8, 1904.
Senator Martins is pictured speaking at the Floral Park Historical Society’s unveiling of the new historical marker.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that New York State has expanded the income thresholds for its Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) program to allow more seniors to qualify for prescription drug savings.
EPIC’s income eligibility thresholds have been raised from $35,000 to $75,000 for single seniors and from $50,000 to $100,000 for married seniors. Senator Martins supported the program expansion as part of this year’s state budget.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) recently honored Carle Place resident John DiFrisco for attaining the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout. John is a member of Boy Scout Troop 305. Senator Martins attended the Court of Honor to personally congratulate him on earning scouting’s highest honor.
“John worked extremely hard for many years, serving his community and rising through scouting’s ranks, in pursuit of a goal which only a select few ever achieve; the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout. The entire community is very proud of John, and we congratulate him on attaining this incredible honor,” said Senator Martins.