With New York State and Long Island emerging slowly from a struggling economy, many regions hit a roadblock in the form of a hurricane. When Superstorm Sandy hit, many businesses and downtown areas that are such a vital part of a community’s economic engine were devastated.
State Senator Jack M. Martins met with Boy Scouts Christopher Kalliagas and Nikolaos Ziozis in his district office to discuss local issues as part of the scouts’ pursuit of their merit badges. Senator Martins was impressed by both scouts as they pursue their goal of becoming an Eagle Scout, the highest level a Boy Scout can achieve. Nikolaos is a resident of Albertson.
For the second year in a row, Senator Jack Martins has had more two-house bills pass the State Legislature than any Long Island State Legislator, Senate or Assembly.
In the 2013 Legislative Session, Senator Martins sponsored 40 pieces of legislation that were passed by the State Senate. More than two-thirds of these (27) were approved by both Houses of the Legislature, which ranks him an impressive fourth overall among his 62 Senate colleagues in successfully passing two-house bills. According to the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), Senator Martins is also the fourth highest overall in the entire 213-member Legislature in getting bills passed.
As part of the Senator Jack Martins 3-on-3 Classic, a basketball tournament that just completed its 10th year, a bench press competetion was included as part of the the activities, which also included football and lacrosse among others. Senator Martins congratulated Marlon Fearon of Elmont as the bench press champion. Marlon is from Elmont and is a radio talk show host. Congratulations to him and all the other participants for making the day such a big success.
During these summer months, as we spend so much time outdoors with family and friends, it’s easy to see why airplane noise has been such a big concern for many of us. Not that we don't hear the planes when we're in our homes. We do, but being outside brings the problem into focus. I guess that’s the nature of living next to three major airports. But it was never this bad, never this loud.
Senator Jack M. Martins and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano will be sponsoring a free Senior I.D. Card Program on Tuesday, August 6 from 12 pm to 3 pm at the Williston Park Library, located at 494 Willis Avenue in Williston Park. Nassau County residents ages 60 and over are eligible to participate and receive a free senior I.D. card.
The wallet-sized senior I.D. card includes a photo and the holder's personal data, physician's contact information, and emergency contact phone numbers which could be useful to paramedics in a medical emergency. Allergies and other vital information can also be printed on the card. There is no fee for the card.
Residents who would like more information can call Senator Martins' office at 746-5924.
Senator Jack M. Martins along with other elected officials including Town of North Hempstead Clerk Leslie Gross, Town of North Hempstead Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio and Councilman Angelo Ferrara met a home of June Bleich in Manhasset Hills to discuss how best to serve cancer patients.
Reverend Monsignor John. J. McCann, pastor of the Church of Saint Mary has announced that effective immediately, Mrs. Grace M. Cavallo has accepted the appointment of president for Saint Mary’s Elementary School in addition to her role as president of Saint Mary’s High School, thus creating The Schools of Saint Mary.
“Three years ago, I approved a new leadership model for Saint Mary’s High School with the appointment of a president and principal at its helm. I have witnessed how this model addressed the ever-increasing complexity of administering to a quality Catholic school by sharing the responsibilities of leadership between two highly qualified administrative Catholic educators dedicated to the mission of Catholic education”, said Msgr. McCann.
On July 1, interest rates on federally guaranteed student loans soared from 3.4% to nearly 7%, costing the average college graduate more than $4,000.Join Senator Martins in urging Washington to roll back the rates, and help make college more affordable for New York students and their families. Sign the petition below to send a message to Washington.
This Saturday, July 13, State Senator Jack M. Martins and over 340 local volunteers will be hosting the 2013 Senator Jack Martins Classic at the Dutch Broadway School, 1880 Dutch Broadway in Elmont. The fun-filled day will include a 3-on-3 Basketball tournament, Slam Dunk contest, 3-Point Shoot-Out, Half-Court Shot Challenge, Wheelchair Basketball, 7-on-7 Football, Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse, Soccer Exhibition and Tournament, Soccer Shoot-Out, Boxing Demonstration, a Fitness Challenge and much more. The event is free for any participant and any spectator.
The day begins at 10 am sharp (Rain date: Sunday. July 14, 2013, 10 am sharp).
Senator Jack M. Martins congratulated a local business, NuBest Salon in Manhasset, on the occasion of its 40th anniversary. Senator Martins presented the NuBest team of Michael Mazzei, Jamie Mazzei, Vincent Mazzei and Christian Fleres with a proclamation, honoring them for their success. NuBest is located at 1482 Northern Boulevard.
Senator Jack M. Martins recently congratulated Palmira Cataliotti of Roslyn Heights as the Seventh Senate District Woman of Distinction for 2013. Palmira is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, a position she worked her way up to after joining Winthrop in 1997 as an account manager.
Senator Martins remarked on Palmira’s accomplishments as well as the contributions that women have made in making our communities better. “During a time when the Senate passed an historic women's equality act, Palmira is a shining example that women everywhere can and do reach the pinnacle of their professions,” he said.
Jordan Dangerfield, a newly minted Buffalo Bill, will come back home to Elmont at the Senator Jack Martins Classic 3on3 on July 13th. The former All-American Towson Tiger and Hofstra football player will take part in the 10th annual tournament. The 7on7 football element of the tournament is being played in memory of Dangerfield's father, David, a NYC firefighter and 9-11 hero. "Elmont is very excited to welcome home a Dutch Broadway graduate and Elmont favorite son-Jordan Dangerfield," said Senator Jack Martins adding, "we are very proud of him and his entire family."
The Martins Classic 3on3 announced today that the Old Skool-New Skool Lacrosse challenge will be played for a round 2 game at Dutch Broadway School on July 13th! The game is being played in memory of Marie Rose Saintil and Chinyere Kalu. In addition to the traditional game, a lacrosse mini-clinic will be run by Lacrosse Stars Mustapha Allanah, Cindy Moreno, Gabby Rayan, Wedly Saintil, Jonathan Peck, Qusarn Caldwell, Iffy Kalu, Kevin Johnson, Ben Odugbesan, Isaiah Jackson, Brandon Brown, Seth Johnson and Patrick LaRoque.
Three superstar boxers who have captured titles and inspire the greater community with their leadership will be united for a special boxing challenge at the Senator Jack Martins Classic 3on3 on July 13th! Herve' Duroseau, Tyrone James and Titus Williams will be dispensing advice and helping our next generation of community leaders in a special boxing arena at the Tournament. "The boxing challenge will be a lot of fun and will allow all of us to help our young people and encourage them to strive for their dreams," said Herve' Duroseau a lifelong community activist and sponsor of the boxing challenge who added, "my brothers in the ring- Tyrone and Titus are geared up for a great day with Senator Jack Martins!"
The Martins Classic 3on3 announced today that 2 special games for volunteers and volunteer graduates of the tournament will take place the evening before the Martins Classic. The games have been entitled: “The Battle for Exit 13” and “Everyday a Star is Born.” The games will pit volunteers over the past decade of the tournament in a fun exhibition as part of the 10th anniversary celebration of the Senator Martins Classic. The sponsor of the “Battle for Exit 13” is Herve’ Duroseau and Captains of the Alden-Dutch teams are Jeffrey Cadet and Tristan Brown. The “Everyday a Star is Born” game was founded by Dillon Williams.
Senator Jack M. Martins and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo were at SUNY Old Westbury to detail the major accomplishments that passed the State Legislature in the last days of the legislative session. The Governor and lawmakers were on hand for a bill signing ceremony for the Start-UP NY program.
Senator Martins, who introduced the Governor, spoke about a new era in Albany that has transformed New York State . The last three legislative sessions have proven that lawmakers can work together with each other and the Governor to move the state forward. This legislative year was certainly no exception as progress was made once again through common sense measures and reforms.
We just ended this year’s legislative session in Albany, and to be sure it produced real results for every New Yorker concerned about the economy. We passed our third, on-time, responsible state budget which closed multi-billion dollar gaps and we adhered to our self-imposed two-percent cap for a third consecutive year. This prevented $18.3 billion in new spending or to make it more tangible we avoided $3,268 in higher taxes on New Yorkers like you. No new state taxes, no new state fees – none.
This approach is crucial because state finances are like personal finances. If one’s budget is a mess then progress on other fronts is difficult. So with this sound budget we:
Senator Jack M. Martins recently visited the Gzuenter group for their lunch meeting at the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center in East Hills. Senator Martins discussed this past legislative session and then took question from members. The Senator was honored to have visited with the members and thanked them.