Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., Senator Jack Martins and Senator Lee Zeldin today stated that the recent proposed executive budget which calls for a 4% increase in state aid to education does not provide Long Island schools with their fair share.
In the recently announced executive budget, Nassau and Suffolk Counties receive a disproportionate share of state education aid. Long Island is home to approximately 17 percent of the state’s students. However, out of the over $19.7 billion in state education aid appropriated for school districts statewide under the executive budget, aid to Long Island falls short.
The Parent Resource Center, which has been in existence since 1980, has developed a reputation as a treasure in the Port Washington community. Located in the Landmark building, the Parent Resource Center succeeds in its mission to provide a safe and healthy environment for parents and children to learn, have fun, and make friends.
This was no more evident than at holiday time when the PRC held a holiday party for parents and children who take advantage of the wide variety of programs the center offers. In attendance were State Senator Jack M. Martins and Nassau County Legislator Wayne Wink to lend their support of the this parent-run cooperative.
I flipped through hundreds of pages until I found it. I was scanning the proposed budget released by Governor Cuomo last week, looking to see how our district fared with state aid, in particular the amounts for our school districts. I guess to say I was disappointed by what I saw is an understatement – the governor had proposed increasing state aid to education by 4%, yet time and again our districts were shortchanged.
Senator Jack M. Martins visited the Wheatley School to congratulate the members of the boy’s soccer team who captured the Long Island Class B championship, the school’s first since 2004.
The Wildcats defeated Cold Spring Harbor 1-0 to become Long Island champions. Senior Jonathan Kowalczyk scored the winning goal after teammate, junior Daniel Solomon, attempted a shot with 47 seconds left in the second overtime. Junior goaltender Eric Orologio made five saves in the shutout win.
Senator Martins awarded each of the student-athletes with a Certificate of Merit and congratulated the team as well as head coach Steve Cadet and assistant coach Marco DaFonte on an outstanding season. The team then presented Senator Martins with a plaque with a team photo and roster on it.
Senator Jack M. Martins visited the Manorhaven School, where he received a warm welcome as a community reader. Senator Martins then read “Alphabet Adventure” by Audrey Wood and Bruce Wood with Susan Cominski’s class.
Senator Martins spoke to the children about the importance of reading and listening to your parents. The students all enjoyed the book about the lower case letters of the alphabet on their way to the first day of school and being held up being the “i” losing its dot!
When Senator Martins is home from Albany, he enjoys visited the schools throughout the Seventh Senate District to meet students. He also currently is running the “How a Bill Becomes a Law” program for fourth and fifth grade students.
Senator Jack M. Martins was among the guest readers at the Munsey Park School in Manhasset. Although it was a rainy Friday morning, it was bright and cheery within the confines of the Munsey Park School in Manhasset. Senator Martins and other elected officials such as Nassau County Legislature Judi Bosworth and North Hempstead Town Clerk Leslie Gross had the opportunity to read with the students.
The program allows students to share books with leaders from the community who encourage the students to continue to read.
Senator Jack M. Martins is currently sponsoring a “How a Bill Becomes a Law” Program with schools in the Seventh Senate District. Recently, Senator Martins visited Our Lady of Victory School in Floral Park in to discuss with the students how a bill becomes a law in New York State. The purpose of the program is to engage students in the civic and governmental issues.
Senator Martins explained to the students that a bill often originates in the local communities an elected official represents. It may come from a local government or a concerned resident. A Senator can then introduce the bill in the New York State Senate.
Senator Jack M. Martins along with colleagues, Senator Dean Skelos and Senator John Flanagan, met with school superintendents in Albany to discuss important issues affecting school districts. The school leaders that made the trip to Albany included Mineola School Superintendent Dr. Michael Nagler, Great Neck School Superintendent Dr. Tom Dolan and Franklin Square School Superintendent Patrick Manley.
Senator Jack M. Martins presented the ‘How a Bill Becomes a Law’ program to an assembly at the Floral Park-Bellerose School. Senator Martins discussed the process of how a bill starts with an idea and then how it progresses until it makes it onto the Governor’s desk in Albany.
During the assembly, Senator Martins told the students bills begin with an idea that originates in the community. It is then introduced in the State Senate. From there, it is discussed in a committee made up of lawmakers and then, if it passes the committee, it is voted on by the entire Senate. If it passes, the bill goes to the State Assembly. If the Assembly passes it, it will then arrive on the desk of the Governor, who can either sign it or veto it.
Senator Jack M. Martins brought his “Pizza and Politics” program to Westbury High School, where he met with members of the student council to discuss issues that affect the student body as well as current issues that are important in New York State.
The “Pizza and Politics” program was started by Senator Martins as a way to make government accessible to the students. The students council members are able to discuss political issues with the Senator over pizza, supplied by Senator Martins.