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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

Averting Tragedy

     These days we hear the word “tragedy” thrown about frequently in the press. Every natural disaster, calamity or heartbreaking accident gets immediately tagged in headlines as being tragic. While there’s certainly enough bad news to go around, I can’t help but think back to what I learned in high school literature class: that a “tragedy” in its truest sense was some downfall or ruin caused by the character himself, that the person was somehow responsible for his or her own undoing.

July 17, 2015
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Join the Fight to Ban Gun Grip Cell Phone Cases

Please join Senator Martins in fighting to ban cell phone cases which are shaped like handguns.

Recent media reports noted that the “gun grip” cases can be easily purchased for as little as $10. They are shaped like pistols and revolvers, complete with triggers, and come in colors including black or silver, making them very hard to distinguish from a real gun. Sometimes the devices even come with apps that allow the user to play simulated games of Russian Roulette. The New York City Police Department (NYPD) and Nassau County Police Department recently warned about the dangers these “gun grip” cases pose to both residents and police officers.

July 16, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS HONORS MANHASSET-LAKEVILLE FIREFIGHTERS FOR THEIR DEVOTED COMMUNITY SERVICE

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently honored members of the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department for their devoted service to the community. 

     Senator Martins sponsored legislative resolutions, which were passed by the New York State Senate, honoring the following Department members for their many years of volunteer service.

     • 60 year member: Ex-Chief Joseph Morris

     • 50 year member: Ex-Captain Preston Hicks, Sr.

     • 25 year member: Chief of Department Scott Garrigan

     • 25 year member: Ex-Chief Kyle Duggar

July 16, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS SECURES STATE FUNDING FOR FLORAL PARK POLICE DEPARTMENT

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that he secured state funding for the Floral Park Police Department to enhance safety on Village roadways. 

     The Department will use the $10,000 in state funding to support its traffic enforcement program. The Department will be purchasing new equipment, including a license plate reader unit and LIDAR speed gun, that will be used to prevent crime, track down stolen vehicles, remove unlicensed drivers from the road, and control speeding.

July 16, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS: NEW HYDE PARK EAGLE SCOUTS HONORED BY STATE SENATE

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate recently passed legislative resolutions he sponsored honoring two New Hyde Park residents for attaining the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout.

     The legislative resolutions honored Giovanni Castelli and Nicolas Castelli of Troop 544 for earning Scouting’s highest honor. With passage of the legislative resolutions, Giovanni and Nicolas’ achievements will forever be part of the official record of the New York State Senate.

July 13, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS ANNOUNCES STATE FUNDING FOR PORT WASHINGTON PARK IMPROVEMENTS

$250,000 in State Funding Will Allow Nassau County To Further Enhance Stannards Brook Park

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that he has secured state funding for Nassau County to continue renovating Stannards Brook Park in Port Washington.

     “Stannards Brook Park is a jewel of the Port Washington community. It’s been transformed from a run-down eyesore to a place where people of all ages go to relax, take a walk, learn about nature, or just enjoy the outdoors. Using this new funding, Nassau County can further enhance the park for the benefit of all residents,” said Senator Martins.

July 13, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS CONGRATULATES MANHASSET STUDENT ON BEING RECOGNIZED FOR ATHLETIC & ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently visited Manhasset High School to congratulate Danielle Nicosia for being chosen as the Sue Link Memorial Award recipient. Danielle was a co-captain on Manhasset’s Championship Girls Soccer Team.

     The Sue Link Memorial Award is given annually by the Nassau County Girls Soccer Coaches Association to the player who best embodies the behavior expected of student athletes both on the field and in the classroom.

July 13, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS NAMED HONORARY CHIEF OF STEWART MANOR FIRE DEPARTMENT

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) was recently honored by the Chiefs, Officers, and members of the Stewart Manor Fire Department.

     The Department named Senator Martins an Honorary Chief in recognition of his “many years of outstanding support, dedication, and devoted service.”

     Senator Martins (right center) is pictured receiving his award from Chief Tom Skinner (right), Assistant Chief Ronald Sopp (left center), and Firefighter Peter Williams (left), who is also an Honorary Department Chief.

July 10, 2015
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

Ye Ol’ Grindstone

     At this time of year I think back to the last few weeks of school as they wound down to just days and those days finally turned into minutes. We’d watch that clock on the wall as it ticked off the moments until summer and truth be told, it seemed impossible to concentrate on getting any work done. As kids, we were absolutely certain this time was meant to be like a landing strip, with schoolwork gently tapering off to ease us gracefully into the joys summer…And if you had teachers like mine, you were rudely awakened.

July 9, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS STATEMENT ON EDUCATION DEPARTMENT NOT RENEWING PEARSON TESTING CONTRACT

     “By not renewing the state’s contract with Pearson and committing to an inclusive policy of active teacher participation in test preparation, the State Education Department has taken a positive step forward for the benefit of students, parents and educators throughout New York. 

     The failures of the Common Core rollout are well documented; students forced to take tests which are way above their grade level, teachers excluded from the development process, and exams being used to data mine rather than as an effective educational tool. 

July 9, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS SECURES STATE FUNDING FOR LAKE SUCCESS POLICE DEPARTMENT

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that he secured state funding for the Village of Lake Success Police Department to enhance its crime control and prevention programs. 

     The Department will use the $10,000 in state funding to purchase new technology, which would include revamping computers in their patrol cars and their license plate readers. Both devices will help aid in the detection of stolen vehicles, unlicensed drivers, and drivers who have warrants out for their arrest. 

July 9, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS SECURES FUNDING FOR MANHASSET WOMEN’S COALITION AGAINST BREAST CANCER

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that he has secured state funding for the Manhasset Women’s Coalition Against Breast Cancer to continue its efforts in the fight against breast cancer. 

July 9, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS ANNOUNCES PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION TO HELP PROTECT FAMILIES FROM TRAGEDIES

Legislation Aims to Reduce House Fire Related Deaths by Requiring Smoke Detectors with a Non-Removable Battery

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate and Assembly recently passed legislation to help protect families from fire-related tragedies in their homes.

     The legislation (S2696A), of which Senator Martins is a sponsor, aims to reduce house fire related deaths by requiring battery operated smoke alarms sold in New York State have batteries that are non-replaceable, non-removable and will power the device for a minimum of ten years.

July 8, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS STEWART MANOR’S FOURTH OF JULY PARADE

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently joined with the Stewart Manor community in celebrating Independence Day.

     Senator Martins took part in the Village’s annual Fourth of July Parade. Now in its 17th year, the parade is annual community tradition.

     Senator Martins (front row, third left) is pictured with members of the Stewart Manor Fire Department at the Village’s Fourth of July Parade. He is joined by Assemblyman Ed Ra, Nassau County Legislator Vincent Muscarella, Town of Hempstead Councilman Ed Ambrosino, and Village of Stewart Manor Mayor Gerard Tangredi.

July 6, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS INVITES FAMILIES TO PARTICIPATE IN HIS SUMMER READING PROGRAM

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) is inviting local families to participate in his annual summer reading program. The program helps promote literacy and encourages children to continue reading during the summer months.

     “This program helps children continue to build their reading skills during the summer months in a fun and enjoyable way. When children get excited about reading and using their imaginations, they’ll develop a love for it that will benefit them throughout their lives. I invite all families to participate,” said Senator Martins.

July 6, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION BANNING HANDGUN-SHAPED CELL PHONE CASES

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that he will be introducing legislation to ban cell phone cases which are shaped like handguns. 

July 2, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS CONGRATULATES SEWANHAKA HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently participated in Sewanhaka High School’s graduation ceremony. Senator Martins spoke at the graduation to wish the class of 2015 the very best for success and personally congratulated each student as they received their high school diploma.

     Senator Martins (fourth left) is pictured as he congratulates members of Sewanhaka High School’s Class of 2015. He is joined by Village of South Floral Park Trustee George Ingram.

July 2, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS CONGRATULATES ELMONT HIGH SCHOOL’S CLASS OF 2015

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) recently attended the graduation ceremony for Elmont Memorial High School’s Class of 2015. Senator Martins spoke at the graduation to offer his best wishes for continued success and personally congratulated each student on receiving their high school diploma.

     Senator Martins is pictured as he congratulates Jermaine Carroll on earning his high school diploma.

July 1, 2015
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

Thoughts for Recent Graduates

     It’s graduation season once again but this year holds special meaning for my family as we celebrate that milestone in our own lives. My oldest daughter just graduated from high school and like other parents, my wife and I had mixed emotions; pride as she received her diploma, anxiety about her being on her own, sadness that she won’t be living at home anymore, and just plain old amazement that we’re old enough to have a high school graduate!

July 1, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS CONGRATULATES FLORAL PARK HIGH SCHOOL’S CLASS OF 2015

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently attended the graduation ceremony for Floral Park High School’s Class of 2015. Senator Martins spoke at the graduation to offer his best wishes for continued success and personally congratulated each student on receiving their high school diploma.

     Senator Martins (left) is pictured as he congratulates Krista Longobardi on receiving her diploma.

June 30, 2015
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