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Senator Martins Congratulates Students Bound For Harvard

Mineola High School not only has one student accepted to Harvard University, but two.

Senator Jack M. Martins congratulated Mineola High School seniors Sean Cha and Luke Escobar for being accepted to Harvard University.

"Sean and Luke are a testament to the education taking place in Mineola. They made the entire community proud. I wish them the best of luck but I know it is hard work that will make them successful," Senator Martins said.

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A Day Spent in the Senate

From the Albany Times Union

By Tim O'Brien

ALBANY -- Latin American college students from across the state got a chance to sit in the seat of a state senator Saturday.

About 70 students from city and state university campuses participated in the Somos Legislative Conference. For 15 years, students have been assigned to represent a Senate district, study a specific piece of legislation and then take to the Senate floor to debate.

While the students use their own names, they are supposed to represent the district and political party of the real senator. This year, they debated an actual bill that called for a five-member independent commission to redraw legislative district boundaries.

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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Honesty Still Matters

When I was elected Senator, I would have never guessed that I’d participate in a hearing regarding high school cheating. Yet this past week, there I was with the Senate Higher Education Committee, examining the actions of several high school students who allegedly paid a former student to take the SAT college entrance exam for them.

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Senate Majority Proposes College Affordability Plan

Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos and members of the Senate Majority Conference outlined a plan to help middle-class families and students afford the rapidly increasing cost of a college education. The Senate’s 2012 College Affordability Plan would help parents save for higher education for their children and give students and families access to low interest student loans, as well as clear information about the size of the loan debt they are taking on.

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Senator Martins Discusses College Choices With Sewanhaka PTSA Reps

State Senator Jack Martins discussed college choices with parents at the annual Sewanhaka Central High Council of PTSA's holiday party this past Friday. Sewanhaka delegate Belinda Amell and Past SCC Council President Jill Bamberger sat with with Senator Martins where they discussed college financial aid issues, grants and college educational programs. "Listening to parents who are on the front lines of going through the college maze of financial aid, choices and programs gives me great perspective as State Senator. We are constantly looking at ways in the Senate to help parents, our young people and non-traditional students who are working harder than ever to pay the tuition and get the program choices in colleges.

Senator Martins Tours New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Senator Jack M. Martins met with New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine President Yemeng Chen as he toured the college, which is regarded as one of the top schools in the nation for acupuncture.

NYCTCM has a fully-accredited three-year Masters Program in acupuncture. It is located on First Street in Mineola.

FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

Say No! to Attica University

If you’re a Seinfeld fan like me, you’ll probably remember the episode “Bizarro Jerry,” in which the gang’s world seems strangely inversed. The writers were apparently inspired by the Bizarro World found in the old D.C. comic books where good and sensible things were shunned and stupidity and recklessness were embraced.

Sometimes, I think I work Bizarro Albany, especially after I hear plans like Governor Cuomo’s recent proposal to give convicted felons free college educations on our taxpayer dime. You read that correctly. Our Governor has actually proposed providing prison inmates with free Associates and Bachelors degrees and he’s serious. His public relations machine is already out there making the argument.

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SENATOR MARTINS TO PRESENT COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID AND APPLICATION SEMINAR FOR FAMILIES

“Navigating Your Way Through the College Application and Financial Aid Process” Program to be held at Manhasset Library on September 4th

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) will be sponsoring a program to help parents and students learn about the college application process and the different types of financial aid which may be available to them. The “Navigating Your Way Through the College Application and Financial Aid Process” program will take place on Thursday, September 4th at the Manhasset Library (30 Onderdonk Avenue, Manhasset) beginning at 7 pm.

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SENATOR MARTINS HOLDS COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID AND APPLICATION SEMINAR FOR FAMILIES

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) recently held a college financial aid and application seminar to help parents and students learn about the college application process and the different types of financial aid which may be available to them.  The program was held at the Manhasset Library.

     Representatives from the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC), State University of New York (SUNY), SUNY Old Westbury, Farmingdale State College, Adelphi University, and Nassau Community College provided families tips about applying for college admission, how to apply for financial aid, and the different types of college financial aid and scholarships which are available. 

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