State Senator Jack Martins offered comments and program insight at a dedication program at the Nassau County Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center this past Sunday, Feb. 6. The program, “These are My People,” discussed the selfless acts of Aristedes de Sousa Mendes during World War II. Mendes spearheaded a visa operation which resulted in the saving of 30,000 refugees from Nazi oppression during the invasion of France during World War II.
The event featured Senator Martins, Portugese Ambassador Jao Maria Cabral, Congressman Steve Israel, Rabbi Jeffrey Clopper, Yad Vashem Director of the Righteous Dr. Mordechai Paldiel and Luis Pires of Luso-Americano Newspaper.
Senator Jack M. Martins made a resolution on the Senate Floor recognizing Aristedes de Sousa Mendes, who is credited with saving an estimated 30,000 lives in 1940 from Nazi atrocities, as well as the Nassau County Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center.
On May 7, Senator Jack M. Martins attended the Sands Point Preserve Wild West fundraiser at the Hempstead House to benefit the Friends of the Sands Point Preserve. The honorees included Helen Keller National Center Executive Director Joseph McNulty as well as George "Butch" Starkie, mayor of the Village of Farmingdale and owner of Starkie Brothers Garden Center.
The mission of the Friends of the Sands Point Preserve is the preservation and protection of the magnificent structures and grounds of the Sands Point Preserve, to promote the Guggenheim Estate as a living museum focused on the preserve's rich history, natural habitats and the architectural features that enhance educational and cultural experiences for all who visit.
Senator Jack M. Martins attended the grand opening of Stannards Brook Park in Port Washington. The main entrance is on Carlton Avenue at Charles Street. The park was renovated with funding, in part, from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund. The renovation included newly paved paths, newly constructed bridges as well as a bubbling stream, Council Circle and Amphitheater.