Jack M. Martins's posts related to Seniors

HEAP May Help You Pay For Electricity, Propane, Natural Gas, Wood, Oil, Kerosene, Coal and Other Heating Fuels

HEAP is a federally funded program that issues heating benefits to supplement a household’s annual energy cost. HEAP also offers an emergency benefit for households in a heat or heat related energy emergency. Additionally, HEAP offers a furnace repair and/or replacement benefit for households with inoperable heating equipment. The regular benefit component of the 2010-2011 HEAP season is open, effective November 1, 2010.

How to Apply for HEAP:

Seniors (age 60 and over) and persons who are permanently disabled may apply by mail to:

Nassau County Department of Senior Citizen Affairs

60 Charles Lindbergh Blvd

2nd Floor North Entrance

Uniondale, NY 11553

Phone 516-227-7386


Senator Martins Visits Atria Cutter Mill Senior Living

Senator Jack M. Martins recently visited the Atria Cutter Mill senior living in Great Neck to address the residents. The seniors asked numerous questions of Senator Martins including questions about taxes, rent control and securing the safety of our water supply.

Senator Martins spoke about the recent state budget passed in Albany. He told the residents that during tough economic times, he felt it was important to cut spending. State lawmakers worked with Governor Cuomo to cut state spending by $10 billion. The budget didn’t include any new taxes or fees.


Senator Martins Visits Mineola Leisure Club

On the Tuesday after Memorial Day, Senator Jack M. Martins was back in Mineola as he stopped by the Mineola Village Hall Community Center to spend some time with the Mineola Leisure Club, which was meeting at the time.

Senator Martins was asked to say a few words about his time in Albany. Remarked active senior and Golden Age Club President Lillian Barnola, "Now, we have to share him!"

Lillian was referring to the last eight years during which Senator Martins served as Mayor of the Village of Mineola. Now, serving his first term in the State Senate, he is the chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Local Governments.


Senate Passes Legislation to Establish Fixed School Tax Rate for Seniors

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would establish a fixed real property school tax rate for seniors who are eligible for the enhanced STAR exemption, providing much needed tax relief to hundreds of thousands of seniors throughout New York State.

“The goal of this legislative session was to bring tax relief to our residents. This bill will bring some relief to our seniors who have built our communities. It is important that we ensure that our seniors remain in our communities. This measure makes it a little easier during these difficult economic time. This will help to stabilize taxes for those 70 and older,” said Senator Jack M. Martins, who supported the bill.


Senator Martins Spends Afternoon With Gloria Dei Independent Seniors of New Hyde Park

On Tuesday afternoon, July 12, Senator Jack M. Martins spent the afternoon with the Gloria Dei Independent Seniors of New Hyde Park at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.

The group meets every Tuesday for a luncheon and to discuss issues that are important to seniors and the community. Senator Martins was happy to visit and to discuss this past Legislative session Albany.


From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

What was gained and what was lost

I went to a wake in Woodside the other night. A good friend of mine lost his grandmother a few months shy of her 106th birthday. As soon as I stepped into the funeral home, I could tell this family matriarch was revered and was going to be sorely missed, but there was a celebratory air about the place, a proverbial “Irish wake” with joy and laughter for a life well lived.


Senator Martins Attends Project Independence

Senator Jack M. Martins recently attended Project Independence at Christopher Morley Park. Project Independence, sponsored by the Town of North Hemsptead Department of Services For the Aging, assists seniors. Senator Martins has close connections to the senior community and also has made his office available for anyone seeking assistance in state issues.

Senator Martins Celebrates Holidays with Mineola Golden Age Club

Senator Jack M. Martins attended the Mineola Golden Age Holiday Party at the Chateau Briand in Carle Place, where he met with many friends. Senator Martins was honored to have been invited to the party, where he wished all the members a happy holiday. The Mineola Golden Age Club members danced, sang and had a delicious lunch as they reveled in the holiday spirit. Senator Martins was honored to be a part of the day. Also attending was Mineola's oustanding Mayor, Scott Strauss, who sat and spoke with the members to wish them all the best this holiday season.

Senator Martins Attends Westbury Senior Holiday Party

Senator Jack M. Martins had the pleasure of attending the Westbury Senior Holiday Party, where he joined in the holiday celebration. Among the other elected officials in attendance were Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro, Deputy Mayor Joan Boes, Assemblyman Tom McKevitt and Assemblyman Michael Montesano.

Senator Martins greeted many friends and wished them a very happy holiday season.

Senator Martins Presents Senior Citizen Awards to Local Residents for Volunteerism

The Seventh Senate District is blessed to have an active senior population that has not only built the communities into what they but also still make invaluable contributions to improving the lives of others. To recognize such contributions, Senator Martins honored two residents from the Seventh Senate District during New York State Senior Citizens Day. The honorees were Fred Harber of Great Neck and Walter Wientge, Jr. of New Hyde Park.

"Fred and Walter exemplify the spirit of volunteerism. They are constantly thinking of others as they demonstrate that we can all make a difference," Senator Martins said. "They are both an inspiration to all generations."