On the Internet show, "Your Voice," Senator Jack M. Martins spoke about the state budget, which again doesn't raise any taxes or fees. In additon, the Senator spoke about the legislation that was recently passed in the Senate to crack down on auto insurance fraud, efforts to rename the Roslyn Viaduct in honor of William Cullen Bryant, supporting local businesses and his participation in the Somos Spring Conference Mock Legislative Session.
Senator Jack M. Martins appeared on "Your Voice" in Albany, where he discussed the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Mineola, his bill to protect Long Islands' drinking water from hydrofracking waste, honoring two extraordinary students from Great Neck South and Commack High Schools for their groundbreaking research, his "How a Bill Becomes a Law" program, his bill to allow villages and school districts to continue using lever voting machines and efforts to pass a fiscally sound state budget.
On the floor of the New York State Senate, Senator Jack M. Martins entered into the record a resolution honoring Great Neck South High School student John Yang and Commack High School student Kayla Neville for their extraordinary work in studying experimental nanoparticles.
Neville and Yang spent last summer working together, under the supervision of biomedical engineering professor Balaji Sitharaman, at Stony Brook University in a project that was jointly sponsored by the Great Neck Breast Cancer Coalition and the Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition. In the study, the two young scientists injected the experimental nanoparticle into human cells and discovered that the human body could tolerate the material.
Senator Jack M. Martins appeared on the show from Albany, "New York State Senate Your Voice." He discussed the ongoing budget discussions, pension reform, mandate relief and the Iran Divestment Act as well as important issues in the Seventh Senate District.
Senator Jack M. Martins and Senator Lee M. Zeldin held a press conference in Nassau County to announce legislation to repeal the MTA Payroll Tax for all villages, towns and counties. Joining the Senators were numerous elected officials included Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. The legislation result in relief for taxpayers.
Senator Jack M. Martins hosted his Dr. Martin Luther King Awards for Elmont youth in a standing room only ceremony at the First Church of God in Elmont. The awards presentation highlighted area youth from Elmont and North Valley Stream for their leadership, commitment to social justice, volunteerism, scholarship and community service. The awards presentation hosted nearly two hundred members of the community made up of family and friends of the honorees.
Senator Jack M. Martins spoke in support of the Iran Divestmen Act, which was passed by the Senate. It prohibits entities that invest in Iran energy from contracting with the state. The bill was subsequently signed by the Governor.
Senator Jack Martins hosted a day of fun and exercise at the Dutch Broadway School. The annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament was open to students from 5th grade through college. This year there was also a soccer clinic. And high school and college kids were able to participate in 7-on-7 football games.
When the last legislative session began, Governor Cuomo and the Senate decided to enact an important measure to reign in out-of-control property tax increases. With bi-partisan support in the Senate and the Assembly, a 2 percent property tax cap was passed to slow the growth of taxes being imposed on families and businesses throughout the state and especially here on Long Island.
Governor Cuomo recently explained the need for a tax cap:
Senator Jack M. Martins moderated a roundtable discussion entitled, "Our Future Depends on It: Increasing Latino College Success," at the Unidad Latina Legislative Conference in New York City.
Now more than ever, we must invest in increasing Latino college graduation rates as a means of stimulating long-term and sustainable community wealth and development. The panel discussed some of the challenges our youth face on their way to college, and identify programs and strategies that support and accelerate Latino college persistence and completion.
The panelists were:
Frank Sánchez, Ph.D. Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, City University of New York
Senator Jack M. Martins appeared on Fox News for a story about teaching 9/11 in schools. Senator Martins is sponsoring a bill that requires schools in New York State to teach lessons about 9/11. The bill would make 9/11 part of the state curriculum for education.
The Summer extravaganza “Martins Classic 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament” sponsored by State Senator Jack Martins is a featured highlight on Cablevision’s “Neighborhood Journal” on Channel 118 throughout the month of August! The show features the 3-on-3 tournament along with interviews and highlights of the Henry Viscardi Cougars versus the Elmont Memorial Spartan’s basketball exhibition!
During the segment, you will see exciting basketball action, commentary and story behind the largest community event in Elmont outside the Belmont Stakes! Over 4,500 people participated in the tournament this year which was highlighted by the New York Knicks and a special guest appearance by John Starks!