In his latest legislative report from Albany, Senator Jack M. Martins discusses a recent hearing on the MTA finances as well as a visit to the Henry Viscardi School and his participation in an economic development forum in Elmont.
Senator Jack M. Martins recently attended at Senate hearing, held on the campus of SUNY Old Westbury, that examined the finances of the MTA. Senator Martins expressed his concern over the amount of the debt the MTA has incurred and the debt service in the MTA's budget. Senator Martins and his colleagues are looking for ways to repeal the MTA payroll tax.
During the state budget process, Senator Jack M. Martins and his colleagues in the Senator worked together with the Governor to pass a budget that closes a $10 billion deficit while holding the line on taxes. Since taking office in January, Senator Martins has been working toward providing tax relief for Long Island families and businesses.
Senator Jack M. Martins passed a resolution on the floor of the Senate recognizing Elmont pitching stars Danny Aguilo and Enrique Sanchez. Aguilo made pitching history when he pitched a no-hitter, striking out 21 batters. Sanchez also threw a no-hitter for the Elmont Memorial High School Spartans. Senator Martins also recognized team captain Tommy Caraballo and wished him a happy birthday while on the floor of the Senate. Senator Martins remarked that these young men are a credit to their school and the entire Elmont community.
Senator Jack M. Martins honored Elmont resident Herve Duroseau on his winning the Daily News Golden Gloves Boxing Title in Madison Square Garden in Albany this past Monday. Senator Martins welcomed Herve and his wife Nathalie to the State Capitol where he was honored on the floor of the New York State Senate with a legislative resolution sponsored by Senator Martins and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. This video piece was taken after the resolution passed on the floor of the New York State.
Four-year-old Zeenabdeen Hadi was given a special birthday gift as doctors of the Long Island Plastic Surgical Group in Garden City will be performing surgeries to repair injuries he suffered after a bomb exploded near his home in Iraq. Bringing this corageous young man here to Long Island represents the care and compassion of Dr. Kaveh Alizadeh, Mission: Restore, the Global Medical Relief Fund and the Ronald McDonald House. Senator Jack M. Martins lent his support and congratulated those who made this miracle happen.
Back in March, the Elmont Spartans and Baldwin Bruins boys basketball teams played at Hofstra for the Nassau County Class AA championship. Senator Jack M. Martins, who represents Elmont, challenged his colleague, Senator Charles Fuschillo, who represents Baldwin, to a bet. The loser of the bet would have to have lunch in the winning school's cafeteria. Senator Martins believed strongly that the talented young men that make up the Elmont Memorial High School basketball team would emerge victorious.
Elmont came away with a thrilling victory and on Friday, April 15, Senator Martins greeted Senator Fuschillo at Elmont Memorial High School. The two Senators had lunch with the Spartans, congratulating them on their championship season.
Senator Jack M. Martins along with colleagues, Senator Charles Fuschillo and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, saved severe cuts to Long Island Bus by allocating funding from the Senate's MTA capital reserve fund. Riders who depend on Long Island Bus for transportation can continue to use the service. Watch News 12's coverage.
In his latest legislative update from Albany, Senator Jack M. Martins speaks about the state budget, restoring funding for schools, libraries and the EPIC program. He also spoke about event tht have taken place in Albany and the 7th Senate District.
Senator Jack M. Martins is backing an effort to ensure that abused children in protective custody are truly being protected. In a press conference in Albany, Senator Martins and Senator Martin Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) announced they are introducing legislation to require child protective caseworkers to take a photograph when they make a visit to a child in the child protective services (CPS) system for abuse and neglect.
“This proposed bill saves lives, period. This will bring accountability. It’s our responsibility to protect those who are least able to protect themselves. Let’s protect our children first,” Senator Martins said.
Senator Jack M. Martins had the distinction of being the last Senator to speak on the budget. The budget, he said, addresses a balance between services that are necessary while providing relief for the residents of New York State who have been taxed to the breaking point.
Senator Jack M. Marting fought for the schools in the 7th Senate District and was able to restore significant cuts in aid that were proposed. He spoke about the importance of restoring cuts to the Elmont and Sewanhaka Central High School Districts.