Senator Jack M. Martins was a guest reader at the Floral Park Library on a recent morning as he read to the children a book about Thanksgiving. With the holiday fast appoaching, spending some time with the children in the library was the perfect way to get in the holiday spirit.
State Taxes Need To Be Reformed, Simplified and Reduced; Recommendations Would Create Jobs, Reduce Taxes on Businesses, Families & Seniors
State Senate Republicans issued a comprehensive report on state taxes that calls for personal income taxes, business taxes, estate taxes and local property taxes to be reformed, simplified and reduced. The report makes sweeping recommendations for reducing the tax burden on all New Yorkers. The plan recommends enacting a permanent two-percent state spending cap and dedicating surplus revenues to tax reductions.
You may recall that I recently called for the resignation of New York State Education Commissioner, Dr. John King. The initiatives he has undertaken in his brief tenure as Commissioner of the State Education Department, including his roll-out of the Common Core curriculum, testing, teacher evaluations, and gathering of student data, are shaping up to be among the most controversial issues I’ve ever dealt with as a public servant. It’s easy to see why. These changes have created confusion among parents, anxiety for our children, and put life-long educators at odds with the department of education in Albany. This was only exacerbated when he cancelled town hall meetings on the issue.
New York State Senator Jack M. Martins announced that the bridge overpass on New Hyde Park Road, which crosses over the Long Island Expressway, in New Hyde Park has been officially renamed the "Police Officer Joseph P. Olivieri Jr. Memorial Bridge" in honor of a brave officer who have his life while in the line of duties.
A former NYPD officer and a 15-year-veteran of the Nassau County Police Department, Officer Olivieri, as a member of the Nassau County Police Department's Highway Patrol, was investigating a traffic accident last October near exit 35 on the LIE, involving an intoxicated driver, when he was tragically struck and killed by another motorist.
Senator Jack M. Martins attended a discussion on important issues related to education at Great Neck South High School. The Great Neck United Parent Teacher Council organized this important discussion, which featured Regent Roger Tilles, who addressed parents, teachers and administrators about concerns such as testing and the Common Core.
Things happen for a reason and if you look closely enough you may find signs that, no doubt, the universe is progressing as it should. There is a synergy to it, a cycle. I was reminded of this just recently by two seemingly unconnected events.
I’ll begin with Leonard Wurzel, the long-time (22-years, to be exact) mayor of Sands Point who recently passed away at 95. He supposedly retired from his office in 2011 but anyone who knew Mayor Wurzel also knew that was impossible for him. He loved his village and the people in it too much to simply walk away, even if it was much-deserved. I know that his passion and joy were wrapped up in his public service.
Senator Jack M. Martins was recently featured in a Cablevision editorial on student privacy concerns regarding the inBloom system of storing student information. The editorial stated, "Educators believe that by using this cloud technology, third party vendors can develop computer apps to individualize instruction and diagnose learning problems. Sounds promising, but not to State Senator Jack Martins who worries about privacy. His sensible legislation would require state educators to gain parental consent before sharing sensitive student data with inBloom and third parties."
Senator Jack M. Martins was recognized as the Legislator of the Year by the Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at the chamber's 25th Annual Gala of the Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Senator Martins was honored to be recognized among the other honorees for their accomplishments and to be bestowed with the Legislator of the Year honor by such a prestigious organization as the Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
I’m going to get straight to the point. Superstorm Sandy slammed into the south shore of Long Island on October 29, 2012. On that date, more than 400 days ago, millions were left without power, and tens of thousands were displaced.
Senator Jack M. Martins recently attended the Mineola Golden Age Club Christmas Luncheon at the Chateau Briand, where he greeted many dear friends, wishing them a very merry Christmas. The Mineola Golden Age Club is one of the jewels of the Mineola community. This year, it celebrated its 45th anniversary. Senator Martins is an honorary member.