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Join Senator Martins in Promoting Literacy with the New York State Senate Summer Reading Program

Join Senator Jack M. Martins this summer in promoting literacy and indulging in the wonderful world of books.

There's still time to take part in the New York State Senate Summer Reading Program. Just log on to www.nyread.com and create a profile and record your reading progress.

Those who complete the program will earn a certificate from Senator Martins.

"The more you read, the more things you will know. The more places that your learn, the more places you'll go." - Dr. Seuss



Cyberbullying Legislation Signed Into Law

The internet, text messages, and social media sites have provided convenience and an ease of communication. However, there is a negative side to electronic communications as it has been used by bullies to harass fellow students.

Recognizing the seriousness of the problem of “cyberbullying,” the New York State Senate passed legislation (S.7740) that clarifies and expands the 2010 Dignity for All Students Act, an anti-bullying law that first created guidelines for local school districts to develop policies and procedures to address the problem of bullying.


Senator Martins Joins With MHS Officials to Announce Pilot Portuguese Language Program

Senator Jack M. Martins joined with Mineola High School history teacher Paul Pereira, Mineola High School Principal Ed Escobar and foreign language teacher Elsa Coelho to announce that efforts to incorporate the Portuguese language into the foreign language curriculum have come to fruition. Beginning this September, the high school will be offering a section of approximately 25 students to the eighth grade in addition to the Spanish, French, Italian and Latin.


Senator Martins Marches in Mineola Homecoming Parade

Senator Jack M. Martins marched in the annual Mineola Homecoming Parade. It was a beautiful early fall day and the Mustang spirit was running high. Mineola Superintendent Dr. Michael Nagler, Mineola Principal Ed Escobar, school board members and local elected officials marched with students to the Hampton Street Stadium, where they rooted the Mustangs on to a victory over Locust Valley. Go Mineola!

Senator Martins Participates in Unidad Latina Conference

For the second straight year, Senator Jack M. Martins was an active participant in the New York State Senate Unidad Latina Conference, which brings together hundreds of individuals who represent a cross section of our region’s Hispanic community, including community, business and policy leaders.

Presented by members of the New York State Senate, the conference featured booth exhibits, legislative workshops, networking receptions, a luncheon, roundtable discussions and other activities. A principal goal of this two-day gathering will be to highlight and address issues of concern for Hispanic New Yorkers.


Senator Martins Brings State Ed Commissioner to Great Neck for Forum with School Superintendents

Senator Jack M. Martins and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel co-hosted a forum with five School Superintendents from Nassau County including Elmont Superintendent of Schools Al Harper, Great Neck School Superintendent Dr. Tom Dolan, Herricks School Superintendent Dr. Jack Bierwirth, Mineola School Superintendent Dr. Michael Nagler and Roslyn School Superintendent Dr. Dan Brenner as well as John B. King Jr., Commissioner of Education for the State of New York.

The panel discussed issues important to education on Long Island as the superintendents challenged the Commissioner to take a closer look at Long Island school districts in terms of student achievement. The entire discussion can be seen at http://youtu.be/k36l4oYYoko.

Senator Martins' Grant Funds Reading Program in Elmont

Jack M. Martins was back in Elmont visiting the Clara H. Carlson School to participate in a special "Reading 180" program that has been established in the Covert Avenue, Clara Carlson, Dutch Broadway, Stewart Manor, Gotham Avenue and Alden Terrace Schools. The program is funded through grant funding Senator Martins was able to channel to the Elmont School District. Superintendent Al Harper, Clara Carlson School Principal Ken Rosner and Assistant Supt. Barbara Schwarz briefed Senator Martins on the program that is an aggressive reading program developed by Scholastic. "The Reading 180 program is very impressive and is working in the Elmont School District.

The Senator Jack Martins Thanksgiving Essay Contest

It's hard to believe that the holidays are quickly approaching and it's time once again for the Senator Jack Martins Thanksgiving Essay Contest. The contest is open to all sixth grade students who are asked to write an essay, "What Are You Most Thankful For?"

Senator Martins started the contest last year and it was a big success as the sixth grade students who participated did an incredible job of putting Thanksgiving into perspective.


Senator Martins Swears In Dutch Broadway Student Council

State Senator Jack Martins was back in Elmont to swear-in the new student government at Dutch Broadway School. Senator Martins spoke to the council and listened to their ideas on how to improve Dutch Broadway School in a town-hall style format. At the end of the discussion, new student President Lea Stewart, Vice President Marvia Pressoir and Secretary-Treasurer Hannah Meikle took the oath of office from Senator Martins as council members looked on.

Senator Martins Honors Elmont's 'Mayor' at Retirement Celebration

Senator Jack Martins saluted Elmont School District Community Affairs Coordinator Norma DeBartolo for her work and dedication at her retirement dinner at the Sandcastle in Franklin Square. Mrs. Debartolo, who is affectionately referred to as the “Mayor of Elmont,” is retiring at the end of this year after decades of service to the children in the Elmont Union Free School District. “Norma is a treasure and friend who gives of herself each and every day. From her days in the Pre-K program to working at every community event possible, Norma is an inspiration to everyone. I wish her all the best as she retires and spends time with her grandchildren and family. Elmont's Mayor is going to be sorely missed,” said Senator Martins.