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Score One for Common Sense

I say I have an “enthusiasm for efficiency.” My wife says I just love saving money. Either way, this desire to find savings in government spending can sometimes be stifling.

That’s because, as we work to improve policies that may be harmful or burdensome to our taxpayers and constituents, we often encounter entrenched interests determined to make it difficult every step of the way. Yet, every once in a while, common sense makes a comeback and those moments are what make my service to you very satisfying.


It's Pizza and Politics With The Wheatley School Student Government

It was an afternoon of pizza and politics at The Wheatley School as Senator Jack M. Martins visited the high school to have pizza and discuss politics with the student government. The students and Senator Martins had a discussion on a multitude of issues from healthcare to the environment to the state budget.

Some students were concerned about negative impacts to the environment as Senator Martins discussed hydro fracking, a process that is being considered to extract natural gas from shale upstate. Although proponents bring up the potential economic benefits of the process, Senator Martins shares the concerns of many community members who are worried about a potential negative impact to the drinking water.


Senator Martins Congratulates Henry Viscardi School Basketball Team

Senator Jack M. Martins visited the Henry Viscardi School for the Disabled in Albertson recently for a special assembly during which he congratulated the basketball team on a well-earned win this summer against the Nassau County champion Elmont Spartans.

Prior to the assembly, Senator Martins met with the Henry Viscardi School board to discuss funding. During last year’s budget session, the executive’s budget proposal called for cuts to 4201 schools. Senator Martins, along with his colleagues in the Senate, fought to restore those cuts. Senator Martins told the board that he expects to have the same fight this next budget year.


Senator Martins Roots Elmont Spartans on to Victory Over Mepham

State Senator Jack Martins was on the sidelines with Elmont Principal John Capozzi cheering on the Elmont Memorial High School Spartan Football team this past Saturday as they took on Mepham. Senator Martins was invited to the game by players on the Varsity Football team who have interned in his office. Before the game started, Senator Martins was greeted by Elmont Spartan Star wide receiver Ben Odugbesan who scored two touchdowns in the contest to lift Elmont over Mepham 28-23. One of those touchdowns was as a result of Spartan QB Will Faison throwing a 40 yard touchdown to Odugbesan for a sensational Elmont score. Elmont running back Qusarn Caldwell also scored for the Spartan squad and receiver Kyle Johnson had a 99 yard kickoff return TD.


Senator Martins Moderates Roundtable Dicussion on Education at Unidad Latina Legislative Conference

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

Lillian Rodríguez López, President, Hispanic Federation

Senator Martins Welcomed to Elmont Varsity Game by Spartan Cheerleaders

Senator Jack Martins was welcomed to the Elmont Memorial Spartan Football game this past weekend by the Elmont Spartan Cheerleading squad. Squad captains Dyani Dawes and Beatrice Pierre welcomed Senator Martins to the sidelines of the game as the Spartans won their game 28-23 against Mepham. "The cheerleading squad was terrific. Their routines were phenominal and had the crowd dancing and cheering with them. They made me feel right at home at Elmont," said Senator Martins.


Senator Martins Tours Elmont's Clara H. Carlson School Autism Academy

State Senator Jack Martins visited the Clara H. Carlson School Autism Academy today as part of his district listening tour throughout the 7th Senate district. The academy is one of the most comprehensive Autism learning programs in New York State. Senator Martins was joined in the tour and session by Clara Carlson School Principal Ken Rosner, School Board President Michael Jaime and Supt. Al Harper.

Ken Rosner, Principal of Clara Carlson school, led the tour showing Senator Martins the different classrooms, program modules and programming the school provides. “This program looks at each student individually. We develop a specific set of goals for each student,” Rosner remarked to Martins in the tour.


Senator Martins Holds Listening Session With Elmont Memorial Students

Senator Jack Martins took his listening tour to Elmont Memorial High School today where he met with students in an AP Government class about issues that impact the greater Elmont community. The session was a question and answer period that focused on the State budget, health care, education and taxes. Martins was greeted at Elmont Memorial by students Jeffrey Cadet, Elijah Ross, Ben Odugbesan and Daniel Alexander.


Senator Martins Congratulates National Merit Semi-Finalists From the Wheatley School

Senator Jack M. Martins congratulated each of the students from The Wheatley School who were named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists and presented them with proclamations in recognition of their achievement. The students are: Liting Chiang, Ariel Fieldman, Remy Haber, Timothy Lee, William Schiela, Zohaib Shaikh, David Vakili and Tom Wang.

“This is a tremendous accomplishment that is indicative of the excellent education the students are receiving at The Wheatley School. I commend these outstanding young men and women for setting a great example for their classmates and community,” Senator Martins said.

Senator Martins Joins with Lakeville School For Pink Lemonade Fundraiser to Fight Breast Cancer

When someone hands you a lemon, make lemonade! That’s what the students at the Lakeville School in Great Neck did recently when they set up a pink lemonade stand. The students set up the lemonade stand to raise money to be donated for breast cancer research.