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BRIDGE OVERPASS DEDICATED TO BRAVE POLICE OFFICER

New York State Senator Jack M. Martins announced that the bridge overpass on New Hyde Park Road, which crosses over the Long Island Expressway, in New Hyde Park has been officially renamed the "Police Officer Joseph P. Olivieri Jr. Memorial Bridge" in honor of a brave officer who have his life while in the line of duties.

A former NYPD officer and a 15-year-veteran of the Nassau County Police Department, Officer Olivieri, as a member of the Nassau County Police Department's Highway Patrol, was investigating a traffic accident last October near exit 35 on the LIE, involving an intoxicated driver, when he was tragically struck and killed by another motorist.

November 25, 2013
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

Where Is the Students’ Lobbyist?

You may recall that I recently called for the resignation of New York State Education Commissioner, Dr. John King. The initiatives he has undertaken in his brief tenure as Commissioner of the State Education Department, including his roll-out of the Common Core curriculum, testing, teacher evaluations, and gathering of student data, are shaping up to be among the most controversial issues I’ve ever dealt with as a public servant. It’s easy to see why. These changes have created confusion among parents, anxiety for our children, and put life-long educators at odds with the department of education in Albany. This was only exacerbated when he cancelled town hall meetings on the issue.

November 21, 2013
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SENATE REPUBLICANS ISSUE REPORT ON TAX REFORM

State Taxes Need To Be Reformed, Simplified and Reduced; Recommendations Would Create Jobs, Reduce Taxes on Businesses, Families & Seniors

State Senate Republicans issued a comprehensive report on state taxes that calls for personal income taxes, business taxes, estate taxes and local property taxes to be reformed, simplified and reduced. The report makes sweeping recommendations for reducing the tax burden on all New Yorkers. The plan recommends enacting a permanent two-percent state spending cap and dedicating surplus revenues to tax reductions.

November 21, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS GUEST READS AT FLORAL PARK LIBRARY THANKSGIVING STORY TIME

Senator Jack M. Martins was a guest reader at the Floral Park Library on a recent morning as he read to the children a book about Thanksgiving. With the holiday fast appoaching, spending some time with the children in the library was the perfect way to get in the holiday spirit.

 

 

November 18, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS MODERATES FORUM ON COMMON CORE

New York State Education Commissioner, Dr. John King, held a three-hour forum on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at Mineola High School to field questions on the roll out of the controversial Common Core curriculum from the residents of the Seventh Senate District.

Senator Jack M. Martins (R-C-I, Mineola), who coordinated the forum along with the superintendents from each of the fifteen school districts in the Seventh Senate District, moderated the discussion in order to give parents, students, and educators the opportunity to directly question the Commissioner and express their concerns about the New York State Education Department’s roll out of the Common Core curriculum, teacher evaluations, testing and student privacy.

November 18, 2013
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NEARLY 900 TURN OUT FOR FORUM ON COMMON CORE CURRICULUM AT MINEOLA HIGH SCHOOL

Representatives From The 7th Senate District’s Fifteen Area School Districts Seek Answers From State Education Commissioner

New York State Education Commissioner, Dr. John King, held a three-hour forum on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at Mineola High School to field questions on the roll out of the controversial Common Core curriculum from the residents of the Seventh Senate District.

November 15, 2013
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New York Airports to Get Noise Study

Senator Martins, the bill sponsor, thanks residents for their diligence on airplane noise issue

Residents of Nassau County have long been outspoken about noise generated from low-flying airplanes and now it appears that their voices have risen above the airplane noise. 

November 15, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS HEARING ON ALCOHOL AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE

Senator Jack M. Martins attended a hearing held by the Senate Standing Committee on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, chaired by Senator Phil Boyle, that included testimony from various experts in the field of addiction treatment and prevention. Among those who testified were New York State Officer of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner Arlene Gonzales-Sanchez and Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, Executive Director of the Long Island Coalition of Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. 

The hearing examined the problem and drug and alcohol addiction and abuse. The problem is a serious one in our region that will take a community effort to combat.

Also attending was New York State Assemblyman Joseph Saladino. 

November 14, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS 2013 HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE TO BENEFIT COHEN CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL

Senator Jack M. Martins will once again be holding a Holiday Toy Drive. Toys can be brought to Senator Martins' District Office at 151 Herricks Road, Suite 202, Garden City Park during normal business hours. The toys will benefit the Child Life, Education & Creative Arts Therapy Department at Cohen Children's Medical Center. Toys will be collected through Wednesday, December 11 and then brough over to Cohen Children's Medical Center. 

Senator Martins has held very successful toy drives in the past thanks to the generosity of the residents, school, libraries, businesses and villages throughout the Seventh Senate District. 

 

 

 

 

November 12, 2013
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Forum/Town Hall: Common Core Discussion With New York State Commissioner Dr. John King

New York State Education Commissioner Dr. John King will hold a forum on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 from 4 PM to 6:30 PM at Mineola High School, 155 Armstrong Road in Garden City Park for the residents of the Seventh Senate District.

Senator Jack M. Martins, who coordinated the forum along with the superintendents from each of the 15 school districts in the Seventh Senate District, will moderate the discussion in order to give parents, students, and educators the opportunity to ask question and express their concerns about the New York State Education Department’s roll out of the Common Core, teacher evaluations, testing and student privacy.

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November 13, 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS VETERANS DAY CEREMONY IN MINEOLA

Senator Jack M. Martins joined with the Mineola American Legion Post #349 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Adolph Block Post #1305 in paying tribute to the veterans on Veterans Day during a ceremony at Mineola Memorial Park. 

November 12, 2013
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

Stupidity Should Have Its Limits

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.

November 7, 2013
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Join Senator Martins' efforts to protect your tax dollars!

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.

November 6, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS HOLDS KID PIX PROGRAM AT WESTBURY LIBRARY

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. 

October 31, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS HEARING ON REGENTS REFORM AGENDA

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.

October 30, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS CONGRATULATES BOXING GREATS TITUS WILLIAMS AND TYRONE JAMES ON VICTORIES

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.

October 30, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS HONORS AND CONGRATULATES DAVID LOUIS ON DRAFT INTO THE CBL

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.

October 30, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS JOINS SEWANHAKA FOOTBALL TEAM AT HOMECOMING

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.

October 29, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS BOOSTS ELMONT SPARTANS DURING HOMECOMING BREAKFAST

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.

October 29, 2013
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JOIN THE EQUAL PAY FOR WOMEN CAMPAIGN

It’s hard to believe, but it is true. More than fifty years after the 1963 Equal Pay Act was signed into law, pay discrimination in the workplace still exists in America.

October 29, 2013
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