The New York State Senate passed a bill that would ban certain criminal offenders from working on school buses (S.6157A). The bill prohibits people who are convicted of offenses, such as sex and drug crimes, from being school bus monitors.
The bill also bans anyone convicted under Leandra’s Law from being a school bus driver for five years after conviction. Leandra’s Law makes it a felony to drive drunk with others in the car who are under 16 years old.
“This is another measure we can take to make sure our children are safer on their way to school and on their way home. Anyone who would jeopardize a child’s safety should not be on a school bus,” said Senator Jack M. Martins, who supported the bill.
State Senator Jack Martins met with the cast and crew of Elmont Memorial High School's Musical "Beauty and the Beast.". The musical will be shown on March 2nd and 3rd at Elmont Memorial at 7:30pm. Senator Martins watched a preview of the musical at the annual Black History Month Celebration where the performance received thunderous applauds. "The preparation, hard work and focus the students have put into this production is truly incredible," said Senator Martins adding, "I'm very proud of the entire cast, crew and orchestra." Pictured with Senator Martins are the cast of Beauty and the Beast and Sewanhaka Central High School District Music Coordinator Eileen Kramer.
Senator Jack M. Martins has been visiting schools throughout the Seventh Senate District to present “How a Bill Becomes a Law,” a program his office started to engage elementary schools in the process of state government.
Senator Martins speaks to the students about how a bill becomes a law in New York State. It all starts with an idea and then involves building consensus through the legislature, which includes the New York State Senate and New York State Assembly. If the bill passes both houses, it is sent to the Governor, who can sign the bill into law or veto it.
Senator Martins ends the discussion by asking students for their ideas for bills. The program has been embraced by schools as an educational tool to get students thinking about public service.
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.
Senators John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and Jack Martins (7th Senate District) joined together to recognize Commack High School junior Kayla Neville and Great Neck South High School senior John Yang for their efforts to study experimental nanoparticles in an effort to better treat and diagnose cancer in human. The two students were honored by the full Senate and presented with New York State Senate Resolutions for recently being recognized nationally for their joint project and for their dedication in the fight against cancer.
Senator Jack M. Martins welcomed the members of the Port Washington Children’s Center to the floor of the New York State Senate. The center has been serving the community for the past 35 years, providing nurturing programs that allow children to develop learning and social skills with the help of experienced teachers and staff.
State Senator Jack Martins joined with over 350 Elmont Memorial High School students this past weekend for their annual "World Language Festival." The evening celebrated foreign languages, food and culture in the Elmont Memorial High School gymnasium. Senator Martins was welcomed by Foreign Language teachers, students and community members in the very popular celebration. The evening features a great assortment of foods from around the world as well as music, entertainment and a fashion show. "I've come to the World Language Festival two years in a row and it never ceases to amaze me the great support and excitement it brings. The talent our young people have along with the deep appreciation of our diverse cultures makes this night so special.
Senator Jack M. Martins welcomed the Stewart Manor School String Ensemble to Albany. The Ensemble is comprised of the best young musicians the school has to offer and is part of the Elmont School District Music Program. Also pictured is Assemblyman Ed Ra.
State Senator Jack Martins attended the Elmont Union Free School District Chamber Orchestra performance as part of "Music in Our Schools Month" at the State Capitol this past week. The group, led by Elmont resident and Music Teacher Xavier Rodriguez, performed at the Empire State Plaza. After the concert, Senator Martins invited the group to come to the Senate chamber and visit the Senate before session. Senator Martins also surprised the students when Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos dropped by to speak to the group.
Senator Jack M. Martins has been visiting schools throughout the Seventh Senate District to present “How a Bill Becomes a Law,” a program his office started to engage elementary schools in the process of state government. Most recently, he visited the St. Mary's School in Manhasset to speak to fifth grade students about how a bill becomes a law.
Senator Martins told the students that it all starts with an idea and then involves building consensus through the legislature, which includes the New York State Senate and New York State Assembly. If the bill passes both houses, it is sent to the Governor, who can sign the bill into law or veto it.