On this week's edition of "Your Voice," Senator Martins discusses the new legislative session and the priorities for the upcoming year, including job creation, additional tax relief, controlling spending, and investing in infrastructure. He also talked about a new law he authored to help homeless veterans and the toy drive he sponsored to benefit children in Winthrop-University Hospital. Click the video above to watch.
Senator Martins discusses the need to pass women's equality legislation; Senate passage of legislation he sponsored to help small businesses create jobs; Great Neck resident Walter Blum's induction into the New York State Senate's Veterans Hall of Fame; and legislative approval of his bill to create a new fund to help homeless veterans on this week's edition of "Your Voice."
Senator Martins welcomes Hallie Liman, a sophmore at Great Neck South High School to Albany. Senator Martins talked with Hallie about the public service announcement she created to reinforce the dangers of distracted driving. Senator Martins and Hallie are joined by Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel.
Senator Martins discusses how the replacement of the Ellison Avenue Bridge will benefit the Village of Westbury; the impact of the LIRR's leadership change on local communities; his selection of Legislator Rose Marie Walker as a New York State Senate Woman of Distinction; legislation he sponsored to deliver relief to school districts and local governments; and an education forum he held with members of the Great Neck School District. Watch the show by clicking above
Senator Martins discusses efforts to combat the growing heroin epidemic on Long Island and throughout New York State, small business development, and child safety programs on this week's edition of "Your Voice."
In the latest edition of "Your Voice" from Albany, Senator Jack M. Martins discussed the new state budget that was passed recently. The 2014-15 budget marks the fourth straight year of an on-time state budget which controls spending and provides tax relief to families and businesses. Senator Martins discussed two key components of the budget - delivering tax relief and investing in education.
On this week's edition of "Your Voice," Senator Martins discusses his opposition to the reappointment of the incumbent members of the Board of Regents who were responsible for the failed rollout of Common Core; his recent visit with Elmont High School's Model UN team after winning an award at an international competition in China; his opposition to Governor Cuomo's proposal to provide free college education to prison inmates; his meeting with the Nassau Library Council; and the recent Kids Soccer Clinic he sponsored with the New York Cosmos in Floral Park.
On the latest edition of "Your Voice" from Albany, Senator Jack M. Martins discussed the Cosmos proposal for a soccer stadium at Belmont Park, the soccer camp with the Cosmos I am sponsoring at Floral Park Memorial High School, the newly-formed NYS Caucus of Environmental Legislators. being recognized by the Long Island Water Conference, and having the opportunity to address the New York Conference of Mayors (NYCOM).
Discussed the Governor's proposal for a circuit breaker, New York City's plan to fund its universal pre-k program at the expense of the taxpayers and education during latest edition of "Your Voice" from Albany.
Senator Jack M. Martins recently held his Fourth Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards ceremony at Elmont Memorial High School during which he honored community leaders by presenting them with the award named after the civil rights leader who fought for positive change for our country. The ceremony was once again a big success as it not only celebrates Dr. King's life but also the entire community.
Senator Jack M. Martins appeared on the cable tv show, "Your Voice" from Albany during which he discussed the recent hearings on the Regents reform agenda, Common Core and his concerns regarding InBloom. He also discussed the Governor's State of the State address.
At a meeting of the New York State Senate Standing Committee on Education, chaired by Senator John Flanagan, Senator Jack M. Martins expressed the concerns of many constituents about the Common Core and about student privacy to State Education Commissioner Dr. John King. He then urged Commissioner King to act. His comments can be seen here.
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 (R-C-I, Mineola), who coordinated the forum along with the superintendents from each of the fifteen school districts in the Seventh Senate District, moderated the discussion in order to give parents, students, and educators the opportunity to directly question the Commissioner and express their concerns about the New York State Education Department’s roll out of the Common Core curriculum, teacher evaluations, testing and student privacy.
During Senate Standing Committee on Education hearing about the Regent's Reform Agenda, much of the discussion revolved around standardized testing. Senator Jack M. Martins, one of the members of the committee, spoke about the aims of student testing. The Senator questioned whether, in evaluating students by giving them a score from 1-4, the state education department is losing sight of what is most important, which is the self-esteem of a child.
Children with high self-esteem will be more apt to learn and take part in extra-curricular activities, where they can let their creativity shine.
Senator Jack M. Martins stood up for schools in the Seventh Senate District during a Senate Education Committee hearing on the Regents Reform Agenda. Senator Martins questioned representatives from the New York State Department of Education on a statistic that says 50 percent of students aren't college-ready.
Senator Martins frequently visits schools throughout the Seventh Senate District and stated that students are achieving high and going on to college, where they are achieve there as well, as he questioned the validity of the statistic. Senator Martins comments can be seen here.
Senator Jack M. Martins spoke in favor of enacted a legislative package for women's equality, saying that as a father of four daugters, equality for women is an issue that is near and dear to him.
The legislative package ensures equal pay for women, strengthens laws against human trafficking, provides greater support and protection for victims of domestic violence, further deters sexual harassment, and ends discrimination of women in the workplace related to gender, pregnancy, and family status.
Legislation passed by the Senate includes bills that:
During the Senate Standing Committee on Transportation meeting regarding the nomination of Tom Prendergast as new head of the MTA, Senator Jack M. Martins expressed the concerns of many of the commuters who take the LIRR into the city for work. Among the Senator's points were the frequently at which fare increases are sought and that Penn Station remains at its current capacity to service LIRR riders. Senator Martins had addressed this concern in his column, "From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins," which can be read by CLICKING HERE.
On the most recent edition of "Your Voice" from Albany, Senator Jack M. Martins discussed a Boy Scout from the Seventh Senate District who saved his sister's life, the induction of Walter Hobbs of Mineola into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame, the successful passage of the school bus mandate relief act and the upcoming Senator Jack Martins 3-on-3 Classic basketball tournament in Elmont.