If you’re a person who values common sense then prepare yourself to be disgusted and angry. I’m about to tell you about a sensible piece of legislation that’s long overdue, but is being blocked by the New York State Assembly,which is shamelessly pandering to its constituents with your tax money. In fact, you may be shocked to learn that we even need this legislation at all, let alone that it’s being systematically stymied by some in Albany.
Yes Senator, I agree with you that public assistance should not be used to purchase items such as alcohol, lottery tickets and cigarettes, and by signing this petition I encourage the State Assembly to pass the Public Assistance Integrity Act.
Senator Jack M. Martins brought the successful Kid Pix program to the Westbury Library in coordinattion with Nassau County. The program allows parents to bring their children to receive a free identification card. The program has been extremely popular among parents and the kids are always happy to receive their i.d.'s.
Senator Martins thanks the Westbury Library for hosting.
The Senate Standing Committee on Education, under the leadership of Chairman, Senator John Flanagan, held another hearing in its series on the Regents Reform Agenda, this time in New York City.
Much of the testimony concerning the hearing focused on the Common Core standards that were implemented and rolled out by the Commission of Education. As a member of the education committee, Senator Martins attended the hearing. Senator Martins has been listening to constituents and has expressed his as well as their concerns over the implementation of the Common Core.
Elmont's own Titus "God Gifted" Williams and Tyrone "Pretty Boy" James have scored a second pair of wins back to back and will advance to the Metro Boxing Championships. Senator Martins caught up with the two boxing sensations at the Magnet Sports Lounge for the Elmont West Club birthday celebration party where the two fighters were congratulated by County Executive Ed Mangano, Councilman Ed Ambrosino, County Legislator Vin Muscarella and Golden Gloves Champion Herve' Duroseau.
Senator Jack Martins joined with Elmont Memorial High School Principal John Capozzi in congratulating Elmont's David Louis on his recent drafting into the Canadian Pro-Basketball League. Louis was signed by the Saint John Millrats. The 6 foot 5 basketball star was a sensation at Elmont Memorial High School. Martins honored Louis for his leadership, being a community role model for young people and his achievement. "David is a great young man with a very bright future. He makes our entire community proud and is a leader who will make his mark in the CBL without a doubt," said Martins.
State Senator Jack Martins attended the annual Sewanhaka Homecoming parade and greeted members of the varsity football team this past week. The Sewanhaka Indians beat their homecoming opponents in exciting action at the Anthony Dwyer fields. Before the game, Senator Martins spoke to the team and wished them well in their game.
State Senator Jack Martins joined County Executive Ed Mangano and the members of the Elmont West Club Alumni Football players in sponsoring a breakfast for the team at homecoming. Coach Jay Hegi, Principal John Capozzi, Assisant Coaches Kru Patel and Dave Kinsley joined with Martins and the entire football team for breakfast and inspirational speeches from Ian Holder, Herve' Duroseau and Lancelot Theobald.
Could you imagine if tomorrow school districts across New York State had to absorb more than 400,000 new students? Or picture your local school enrolling hundreds of new students and the effect it would have on class sizes, let alone our ability to provide books and materials, desks and lockers. Our current facilities could in no way withstand that kind of blow. In each district, new schools would have to be immediately built and hundreds of teachers, aides, and support staff would have to be hired. With the average cost to educate a student in New York at over $20,000 annually, you could bet our already sky-high school taxes would zoom to astronomical levels.
Senator Jack M. Martins frequently visits the schools around the Seventh Senate District. One of his favorite things to do is read book with the students. He had an opportunity to do just that when he participated in the Manorhaven Elementary School Community Read Aloud.
Senator Martins read "Zen Shorts" with the students. It is a story is about three siblings and their new neighbor, a panda, and invites children to consider the world and their perceptions from different angles.
The Manorhaven Elementary School is in the Port Washington School District.
Senator Jack M. Martins sponsored a Kid Pix program in cooperation with Nassau County at the Bryant Library in Roslyn. The program enables kids to get free identification cards that are include valuable information on them for the safety of kids. The Senator greeted many of the parents as they came with their children to receive the i.d. cards.
Senator Martins thanks the Bryant Library for co-hosting this program.
Senator Jack M. Martins was honored to have attended the 2013 International Gold Coast Film Festival opening night gala at The Space at Westbury, the newly oepened theater in downtown Westbury. The honorees were Susie Essman, Paul Sorvino and The Mindel Family as well as Samar Hospitality.
The Gold Coast International Film Festival was founded with the purpose of establishing a home on Long Island to showcase the work of exceptional filmmakers and provide the public with an insider’s view of the film industry. Festival events include screenings, workshops, conversations with prominent members of the film community, parties and a gala.
Senator Jack M. Martins was honored to have attended the SAPAC third annual fall lunch to discuss important issues affecting the South Asian American community with civic, community and business leaders. The event was a tremendous success.
Senator Jack M. Martins recently received the Legislator of the Year Award from the Long Island Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. AIA Long Island, a Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, has over 600 members, including architects, associates, and professional affiliates. Its mission is to advance the profession of architecture and to promote its value to society.
I am asking for your help in our continuing fight against deafening airplane noise in our community.
The Port Authority is looking to expand and reconfigure runways at JFK airport which will result in increased air traffic and aircraft noise over our neighborhoods. Now is the time for us to raise our voices before they are drowned out by the roar of aircraft engines overhead.
Senator Jack M. Martins recently participated in a forum on the Affordability of Faith-Based Schools at the Solomon Schechter School in Williston Park. The forum was co-sponsored by the Catholic, Jewish, Luterhan and Islamic communities of northern Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
Senator Jack M. Martins was honored to have attended the Floral Park Woman's Club 115th Year Anniversary and Luncheon Program. Senator Martins wished the Floral Park Woman's Club many more years of success!
Sponsors bill to eliminate DMV fee for Veteran Distinction on NYS Driver’s Licenses
Calling a Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) fee for a “Veteran” distinction on a driver’s license unfair to military service men and women who served our country bravely, Senator Jack M. Martins is sponsoring a bill to eliminate the fee imposed on veterans.
Make no bones about it. I have been consumed with nonstop questions and concerns regarding the state education department’s rollout of the Common Core curriculum. I’m approached by constituents with questions at almost every event I attend in our district. But more than answer questions, I’ve been trying to listen because it’s abundantly clear to me that people are truly upset. There’s something wrong and they want something to be done.