I often marvel at the resiliency of the human spirit. More often than not it’s reflected in a person’s grace in dealing with adversity, accepting that which cannot be changed, and persevering despite the challenge. This resiliency is vibrantly displayed in those who, through a condition at birth or misfortune later in life, rely on prosthetics to go about what we would otherwise consider routine. For them, access to a prosthetic limb is their link to the pursuit of a normal, everyday life and modern healthcare has come a long way in that regard. That’s why what I’m about to share is so implausible, so unreasonable, that you’ll undoubtedly be as offended as I was to hear it.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District), in partnership with the Nassau County Police Department and the Manhasset Community Coalition Against Substance Abuse (CASA) are sponsoring a “Shed the Meds” program to help residents safely dispose of unused or expired medications.
The “Shed the Meds” program will be held on Saturday, April 18th from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at Shelter Rock Elementary School (27A Shelter Rock Road, Manhasset).
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently joined with Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington at their annual gala. Senator Martins joined with the organization in honoring The Peter & Jeri Dejana Family Foundation, Susan Goldman, and Lisa Grossman for their many efforts to improve the quality of life in the Port Washington community.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate passed legislation he sponsored to increase penalties for drivers who operate a vehicle without a driver’s license. The legislation would address an inequity in current law which people who drive with a suspended license face a far stronger penalty than someone who drives with no license at all. Right now, driving with a suspended license is a crime – a misdemeanor – while driving without ever having had a license is a traffic infraction.
Task Force Will Help Identify Ways to Improve Employee Training and Readiness to Promote Private Sector Growth
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) has been appointed Co-Chairman of a new Senate Task Force on Workforce Development. The Task Force will review the state’s existing programs designed to train both job seekers and existing employees for current and prospective employment opportunities, as well as help develop new initiatives to improve employee readiness, meet the needs of private sector employers, and create well-paying jobs to grow New York’s economy.
Joint – Senate Standing Committee on Labor
Chair: Senator Jack M. Martins and Senate Standing Committee on Social Services Chair: Senator David Carlucci Public Hearing: To Address Issues Affecting Families in the Workforce Place: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New York Time: 11:00 A.M. Contact: Peter Faherty (518) 455-3265; Evan Sullivan (518) 455-2991 Media Contact: Chris Schneider (516) 746-5924; Krista Gobins (518) 455-2970; Candice Giove (347) 866-6742 ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently took part in the third annual Leadership U at Floral Park Memorial High School.
Leadership U (short for Leadership University) is a program where students get to interact with community leaders and role models to learn leadership skills. The program is sponsored by The Leadership Foundation of Floral Park-Bellerose.
“I really enjoyed participating in this program, and once again the Foundation did a fantastic job. It was great meeting the kids, talking with them, and learning about all the wonderful things they're doing in school and the community,” said Senator Martins.
“I am pleased that my colleagues in the Assembly have finally joined the Senate in acting on legislation to protect people from human trafficking.
As I have long said, reforms like tougher penalties for human trafficking, measures to ensure pay equity for women, and stronger protections for victims of domestic violence and discrimination should not be tied together. Each of the measures should be considered individually, on their own merits, not held hostage for political purposes. I am hopeful that the Assembly’s action today means that they are joining us in finally putting women first.
I used to chuckle when an old friend of mine would say someone had “just one oar in the water.” She was usually describing somebody who was pursuing this or that bad idea and who just didn’t see things clearly. That’s why it’s the perfect title for this week’s message.
Bills Would Prevent Use of Parks or Playgrounds for Drug Activity and Strengthen Penalties for Meth-Related Crimes
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation to stop drug dealers from preying on children at playgrounds and parks, as well as combat the spread of methamphetamine (“meth”) use in New York. Senator Martins supported both measures in the Senate.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently met with administrators, principals, teachers, and Board of Education members from the Manhasset School District to discuss a variety of education issues.
Senator Martins discussed his efforts to increase state education aid to Manhasset and the rest of Long Island’s, end the harmful Gap Elimination Adjustment to bring additional funding to the district, and continue to address issues with Common Core.
Creates New Property Tax Rebate for Middle-Class Homeowners, Extends Historic Opportunities to Students, Invests in NY’s Infrastructure to Create Good-Paying Jobs
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that the Senate approved its “Brighter Future” budget plan that creates a new property tax rebate program for middle-class homeowners, extends historic opportunities to students and makes significant investments in New York’s infrastructure to create good-paying jobs.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently voted to reappoint Great Neck resident Roger Tilles to the New York State Board of Regents. This will be Regent Tilles’ third term on the Board.
Legislation Would Improve Efficiency by Streamlining Reporting Requirement for Localities
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation he sponsored to help ease the burden on local governments. The legislation would improve efficiency by streamlining financial reporting requirements for localities.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently attended the Mineola Junior Fire Department’s community pasta dinner. Senator Martins joined the hundreds of community members who participated in the annual event in support of the Mineola Junior Fire Department. Parents, firefighters, and volunteers from Chaminade High School were there to serve food to the community and lend a helping hand.
Senator Martins (right center) is pictured with (l-r) Mineola Fire Department Chief Jeff Clark, Deputy Mayor Paul Pereira, and Mayor Scott Strauss at the Mineola Junior Fire Department’s community pasta dinner.
Senator Jack Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that he will be sponsoring a program in Hicksville to provide free legal services to those in need.
Senator Martins has arranged to bring the Mobile Legal Help Center to the Hicksville Library (169 Jerusalem Avenue, Hicksville) on Tuesday, March 31st from 10 am to 3 pm. The Mobile Legal Help Center, which is a partnership between the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) and the New York State Office of Court Administration, brings free, civil legal services directly into communities.
NYLAG staff will be available to provide free legal assistance to local residents on issues related to:
A college education today is expensive … ridiculously expensive.
Most families with dreams of sending a child to college need any and all the help they can get. From scholarships to tuition assistance, every dollar can be the difference between one school or another, between open doors and closed ones, between opportunity and, well …you get the idea.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently congratulated Manhasset Hills resident Andrew Bandini, a member of Boy Scout Troop 568, for attaining the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout.
Senator Martins presented Andrew with a legislative resolution he sponsored, which was passed by the Senate, honoring Andrew for achieving Scouting’s highest rank. With passage of the resolution, Andrew’s accomplishments will forever be part of the official record of the New York State Senate.