Senator Jack M. Martins was given a very high honor by the Long Island Alzheimers Association by being asked to present the Advocate of the Year Award at the State Capitol. Senator Martins presented the honor to Karen Henley of Nassau County. Henley is a resident of the 7th Senate District and was chosen by advocates for her steadfast support and advocacy for the Long Island Alzheimers Association. The Association has awarded nearly $160 million to researchers seeking new methods of prevention, better treatments, and eventually a cure for Alzheimers.
In honor of National Donate Life Month, the New York State Senate was joined by 11-year-old heart transplant survivor Lauren Shields and passed life-saving legislation to significantly increase organ and tissue donation. Lauren’s Law (S.3885), sponsored by Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange), would increase the number of eligible and willing organ donors by requiring driver’s license applicants to specifically indicate their donation decision.
"The bottom line is that organ donation saves lives. We all have seen it in our own communities. The ability to give life to another is extremely powerful. We need to bring attention to this issue. It is that important," said Senator Jack M. Martins.
On Sunday morning, May 1, under beautiful skies, hundreds participated in Helen's Walk, a stroll through Sands Point Preserve to benefit the Helen Keller National Center, which offers invaluable services to the blind and deaf.
Senator Jack M. Martins, whose Senate District encompasses Port Washington and Sands Point, participated in the walk. The Senator walked with two of his four daughters, Kaitlin and Vanessa, as well as Nassau County Legislator Wayne Wink. "It was my honor to walk for the Helen Keller National Center. The center does incredible things and I was proud to support it. It was beautiful weather and a great turnout," he said.
For more information on the Helen Keller National Center, visit www.hknc.org.
The New York State Senate gave final legislative passage to a bill that would help reduce the potential for fatalities caused by drug overdoses. The bill (S.4454B), sponsored by Senator John DeFrancisco (R-C-I, Syracuse), is known as a “good Samaritan” measure because it limits the use of evidence of illicit activity when an individual seeks treatment for someone experiencing an accidental drug overdose.
"This legislation will reduce the potental for fatalities from drug overdoses. It is important that we encourage people to call for help for someone who may have overdosed. The number one priority is saving a life," said Senator Jack M. Martins, who supported the bill.
In response to the need for blood donations during the summer months, Senator Jack M. Martins is sponsoring a blood drive along with the New York Blood Center that will take place on Wednesday, August 24 from 2:30-7 p.m. The Long Island Blood Services van will be at the Herricks Community Center, 999 Herricks Road in New Hyde Park.
Blood donations will be taken by Long Island Blood Services, a division of the New York Blood Center. According to the New York Blood Center, blood donations tend to drop significantly during the summer months when people go on vacation. Still, the need for blood never takes a vacation.
Senator Jack M. Martins and New York Blood Center joined forces on Wednesday, August 24 to hold a successful blood drive. A total of 20 pints of blood was collected in the New York Blood Center bus that was located at the Herricks Community Center.
Senator Martins held the blood drive in response to the need for blood during the summer months when not as much blood is collected. New York Blood Center (NYBC), serving more than 20 million people in New York City, Long Island, the Hudson Valley, and New Jersey alone, requires more than 2,000 volunteer blood donations each day to meet the transfusion needs of patients in its 200 partner New York and New Jersey hospitals. In fact, blood donations are even more needed during the summer months as many people go on vacation.
The Manhasset Women’s Coalition Against Breast Cancer, in cooperation with the Manhasset-Lakeville and Plandome Fire Departments, presented a wellness fair on Monday, September 19 to promote health and wellness in the community. The fair was successful in its mission of providing the community with information to promote healthy living.
In order to kickoff the fair, the Pink Heals pink fire truck arrived all the way from Arizona. Pink Heals is a non-profit organizations that travels across the country the empower citizens in the right against breast cancer.
Senator Jack Martins “Athletic Health and Fitness Day” was a huge success this past Saturday where hundreds of members of the Elmont, Franklin Square, South Floral Park and Floral Park communities came out to learn about health and wellness issues at Elmont’s Valencia Gym. The program was developed by Martins and Elmont’s Valencia Gym, located on Hempstead Turnpike, to promote healthy lifestyles and fitness for people of all ages.
“The turnout was sensational and a lot of fun was had by all,” said Senator Martins adding, “the specialized classes were filled and many people took the time to talk the outstanding staff of fitness experts at Valencia Gym about health issues. I‘m really glad I was able to partner with Valencia on this annual event.”
Senator Jack M. Martins met with representatives from the National Psoriasis Foundation to discuss World Psoriasis Day, which takes place on October 29. There are 7.5 million Americans affected by psoriasis. The National Psoriasis Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness about psoriasis and assisting those who are living with the disease.
Psoriasis is a chronic, autoimmune disease that appears on the skin. It occurs when the immune system sends out faulty signals that speed up the growth cycle of skin cells. Psoriasis is not contagious.
Few things in life are more frightening, confusing or devastating than a diagnosis of cancer. The word alone is enough to send shivers down the spine of most people, especially when it strikes close to home, either in yourself or a loved one. Yet the outlook for people with cancer is often better than ever before.
The Senate is committed to providing important information about breast cancer, along with pertinent web sites and phone numbers where you can gather additional reference material as well.