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Committee Meeting: Local Government Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Local Government  Senator Jack M. Martins, Chair  1:00 PM, Tuesday, March 4, 2014  Room 123 CAP

March 4, 1:00 PM - 1:17 PM
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

Say No! to Attica University

If you’re a Seinfeld fan like me, you’ll probably remember the episode “Bizarro Jerry,” in which the gang’s world seems strangely inversed. The writers were apparently inspired by the Bizarro World found in the old D.C. comic books where good and sensible things were shunned and stupidity and recklessness were embraced.

Sometimes, I think I work Bizarro Albany, especially after I hear plans like Governor Cuomo’s recent proposal to give convicted felons free college educations on our taxpayer dime. You read that correctly. Our Governor has actually proposed providing prison inmates with free Associates and Bachelors degrees and he’s serious. His public relations machine is already out there making the argument.

February 25, 2014
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Say ‘NO’ To Taxpayer Funded College For Inmates

Governor Cuomo recently announced his plan to give taxpayer-subsidized college classes to inmates at 10 state prisons in New York.  You read that correctly.  Our Governor has actually proposed providing prison inmates with free Associates and Bachelors degrees and he’s serious.  

I can think of countless better ways to invest in higher education, but in all of them the taxpayer would take priority.  Let's not educate felons at the expense of our own children.  Say "No" to Attica University!

February 25, 2014
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

Counting Things That Count

“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.”

This simple observation made by Albert Einstein captures our concerns with the State’s rollout of Common Core. It’s what caused parents and educators from across the political landscape and from across this great state to come together in opposition to artificial metrics of whether our children are “college and career ready”. It’s why hundreds of you joined me at a forum this Fall at Mineola High School to demand that the Common Core rollout be rolled back. It’s why we worked so hard to ensure that our childrens’ privacy is protected. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to get it.

February 20, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS DISCUSSES BUDGET PROPOSALS, EDUCATION ON 'YOUR VOICE'

Discussed the Governor's proposal for a circuit breaker, New York City's plan to fund its universal pre-k program at the expense of the taxpayers and education during latest edition of "Your Voice" from Albany.

February 12, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS ADDRESSES NEW YORK CONFERENCE OF MAYORS

Senator Jack M. Martins, who chairs the Senate Standing Committee on Local Government, addressed the New York Conference of Mayors (NYCOM) in Albany on the Governor's proposed budget and how it would impact local governments. As a former mayor, Senator Martins was able to discuss with the mayors from villages throughout the state the issues that are affecting local governments and how some of the Governor's proposals may affect local budgets. 

February 12, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS JOINS BI-PARTISAN ENVIRONMENTAL CAUCUS

NYS Caucus of Environmental Legislators to focus on issues concerning environment

Senator Jack M. Martins has joined the New York State Caucus of Environmental Legislators, a bi-partisan group comprised of Senators and Assembly members that will examine issues that are important to the environment.

The legislators formed NYSCEL as a forum to consider various legislative and policy issues related to preserving and protecting the environment and public health. The caucus expects to hold periodic meetings among members, host speakers, and convene other events to educate elected officials and the public and to focus attention on the need for action on environmental and energy issues.

February 11, 2014
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

Beware of Mayors Seeking Tax Hikes

I guess I rained on the parade and I have to admit, it felt pretty good.

February 10, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS SAPAC'S ANNUAL BREAKFAST

Senator Jack M. Martins was honored to have attended the annual breakfast of SAPAC, an organization of professionals, doctors, lawyers, business, civic and community leaders that help comprise the South Asian-American community. Senator Martins thanked founder and chairman of SAPAC, Zahid Syed, for the invitation to attend this event that brought together many invidiuals who have been active in Long Island communities for years. 

February 7, 2014
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GIRL SCOUT TROOP 1501 PET ADOPTION EVENT SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16

Give a Pet a Second Chance at Finding a Home

Girl Scout Troop 1501 will be holding a Pet Adoption Event on Sunday, February 16 from noon to 3 pm at Petco, 1010 Willis Avenue in Albertson.

Go find that lovable dog or cat as there will be many on hand ready to bring joy. They make great companions and anyone who has had pets knows the love that they bring.

Also, if you are interested in adopting a Greyhound, visit www.gratefulgreys.com to complete an application. This will speed up the adoption process.

February 7, 2014
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DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. AWARDS HONOR COMMUNITY LEADERS

Senator Jack M. Martins recently held his Fourth Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards ceremony at Elmont Memorial High School during which he honored community leaders by presenting them with the award named after the civil rights leader who fought for positive change for our country. The ceremony was once again a big success as it not only celebrates Dr. King's life but also the entire community. 

February 7, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS TO BOARD OF REGENTS: DELAY COMMON CORE

Senator Jack M. Martins joined with his colleagues on both sides of the aisle, calling on the Board of Regents to delay implementation of the Common Core education curriculum. The call comes after months of listening to concerns from parents, educators and students that the Common Core simply wasn’t being implemented to the best interests of educating students.

February 5, 2014
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO PREVENT WELFARE FRAUD

Buying Tobacco, Alcohol and Being Used at Liquor Stores, Casinos and Strip Clubs with Benefits Prohibited

The New York Senate passed the “Public Assistance Integrity Act” that prohibit welfare benefits from being used to purchase alcohol and tobacco, or to be used at liquor stores, casinos and strip clubs in New York.

When people sign up for welfare, they are issued an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card, which works like a cash card at any ATM or like a debit card at a store. The card accesses two separate accounts: Food Stamps and Cash Assistance. Food stamps are tightly regulated – but Cash Assistance is not.

February 5, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS SHARES IN JOY OF READING WITH MUNSEY PARK SCHOOL STUDENTS

Senator Jack M. Martins recently spend a Friday morning sharing a book with the students at the Munsey Park Elementary School as part of the school's "Guess Who's Coming to Read" program, which encourages reading. It's a fun way to learn and reinforces how reading can be a fun adventure with every book. 

January 31, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS CONGRATULATES THANKSGIVING ESSAY WINNERS

Senator Jack M. Martins congratulated the winners of the 2013 Seventh Senate District Thanksgiving Essay Contest that asked six grade students to write an essay about what they are most thankful for. A student from each school who captured the spirit of the holidays was invited to a special reception at the Hillside Library, where the students read their essays aloud. The students exhibited creativity and a sense of humility in discussing what they are most thanful for. Many wrote about their famlies, friends and children. Senator Martins thanked the students for their participation and congratulated them on an outstanding job.

There are:

Fiona Kurian - Covert Avenue School

Peter Karagiorgis - New Hyde Park Road School

Nicholas Moundros - Manor Oaks School

January 30, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Local Government Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Local Government Senator Jack M. Martins, Chair 1:00 PM, Tuesday, February 4, 2014 Room 945 LOB

February 4, 1:00 PM - 1:12 PM
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SENATOR MARTINS PARTICIPATES IN EAST STREET SCHOOL AMAZING READING RACE

Senator Jack M. Martins was a guest reader in the Amazing Reading Race Through Space Read-In at the East Street School in Hicksville. Senator Martins and the students read a book and then discussed it. The program encourages reading by stressing that reading takes students on an amazing journey. 

January 30, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS INDIAN NATIONAL FLAG HOISTING CEREMONY

Senatror Jack M. Martins recented attended the Indian National Flag Hoisiting Ceremony at the Vaishnav Temple Darshan Khand in New Hyde Park on the solemn occasion of the 65th Republic Day of India. The program was sponsored by Vaishnav Temple of New York and Indo-American Senior Citizen Center of New York. Senator Martins was honored and privileged to have taken part in such a proud ceremony. 

January 30, 2014
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SENATORS TO KING: DELAY COMMON CORE OR WE WILL

From Newsday

By Michael Gormley

New York's Senate Thursday threatened to take legislative action to delay the implementation of a Common Core curriculum in schools that has stressed students, angered parents and anguished teachers.

"Do not force this body . . . to come up with a legislative solution," Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola) warned Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. at Thursday's education committee meeting.

"Hit the delay button!" said Sen. George Latimer (D-Port Chester), slamming the table as he sat next to King. "Hit it!"

January 28, 2014
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will. – Vince Lombardi

Earlier this week I was asked by one of the local newspapers to predict an outcome for the upcoming Super Bowl XLVIII matchup between the number one offense, Denver Broncos and the number one defense, Seattle Seahawks. The paper collects the opinions of various people and then does a side by side comparison to see who comes closest. It sounded like good fun and although I love watching football, I can’t imagine why they’d ask me. If I had any luck prognosticating that sort of thing, election years would be a whole lot easier.

January 28, 2014
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