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Join the Fight: Stop the Doubling of Student Interest Loan Rates!

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.

July 11, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS TO HOST 10TH ANNUAL 3-ON-3 TOURNAMENT THIS SATURDAY, JULY 13

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).

July 11, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS CONGRATULATES NuBEST SALON IN MANHASSET

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. 

 

 

July 3, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS HONORS ROSLYN HEIGHTS RESIDENT AS WOMAN OF DISTINCTION

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.

July 2, 2013
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Dangerfield Comes Home to Elmont a "Buffalo Bill" for the Martins Classic 3on3!

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." 

July 2, 2013
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Lacrosse Challenge and Clinic in Memory of Saintil and Kalu!

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.

July 2, 2013
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Golden Gloves United for 3-on-3!

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!"

July 2, 2013
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Martins Classic Announces Alumni Games and “Battle for Exit 13” at the 3on3 Tourney

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.

July 2, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS AND GOVERNOR CUOMO TOUT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

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.

June 28, 2013
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

Our Year in Review

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:

June 27, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS ADDRESSES GZUENTER MEMBERS

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. 

 

 

June 27, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS' BILLS TO ASSIST VETERANS PASS SENATE

MARTINS BILL TO BOOST VETERAN-OWNED BUSINESSES PASSES SENATE

Senator Jack M. Martins (R-C-I, Mineola) today announced that Legislation (S.2597) he sponsors to assist veterans who own a small business has passed the Senate.

The legislation establishes that three percent of all contracts awarded by the State of New York or any state agency or authority must begranted to veteran-owned businesses.

June 27, 2013
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SUMMARY OF 2013 SENATE LEGISLATIVE ACTION

2013-2014 NEW YORK STATE BUDGET

The New York State Senate approved the 2013-14 state budget that delivers on priorities outlined by the Senate Republican Conference to provide much-needed tax relief for middle-class families, help businesses create jobs, and, for the third consecutive year, the budget keeps spending growth below two percent, which is consistent with the local spending cap that applies to school districts and local governments. It was also the third consecutive budget approved prior to the April 1 deadline.

June 25, 2013
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SENATE APPROVES HISTORIC WOMEN’S EQUALITY AGENDA

Senator Martins Co-Sponsors All Nine Measures

The New York State Senate passed an historic package of bills that would ensure equal pay for women, strengthen laws against human trafficking, provide greater support and protection for victims of domestic violence, further deter sexual harassment, and end discrimination of women in the workplace related to gender, pregnancy, and family status. 

June 25, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS ST. ALOYSIUS 100TH ANNIVERSARY MASS

Senator Jack M. Martins attended the 100th anniverary mass at St. Aloysius Church in Great Neck. Ground was broken at St. Aloysius in 1913. The senator was honored to have spent some time with Bishop Murphy while at the mass. Congratulations to the St. Aloysius Church family.

June 24, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS ON PASSING EQUAL PAY FOR WOMEN

Senator Jack M. Martins spoke in favor of enacted a legislative package for women's equality, saying that as a father of four daugters, equality for women is an issue that is near and dear to him.

The legislative package ensures equal pay for women, strengthens laws against human trafficking, provides greater support and protection for victims of domestic violence, further deters sexual harassment, and ends discrimination of women in the workplace related to gender, pregnancy, and family status.

Legislation passed by the Senate includes bills that:

June 24, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS EXPRESSES CONCERNS OF LONG ISLAND COMMUTERS

During the Senate Standing Committee on Transportation meeting regarding the nomination of Tom Prendergast as new head of the MTA, Senator Jack M. Martins expressed the concerns of many of the commuters who take the LIRR into the city for work. Among the Senator's points were the frequently at which fare increases are sought and that Penn Station remains at its current capacity to service LIRR riders. Senator Martins had addressed this concern in his column, "From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins," which can be read by CLICKING HERE

June 21, 2013
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Get Your Tournament Forms!!

Pictured with Williams center court left to right are: Jeffrey Cadet, Matthew Luciano, Timothy Lewis, Marc Campbell, Anthony Elechi, Williams, Menelik Nyabingi, Tyler Dechalus, Daniel Alexander, Akeile Barrett and Tristan Brown.

June 20, 2013
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SENATE GIVES FINAL PASSAGE TO BILL TO PROTECT OPWDD FROM FUNDING CUTS

The New York State Senate gave final passage to legislation (S4777D), co-sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins, to protect providers of services for the developmentally disabled from state funding cuts.

The legislation would appropriate up to $90 million, or as much as is needed, to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) to protect providers from funding reductions if recommended savings measures falls short of projections.

June 19, 2013
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Martins Classic Announces “Alexander Skills Challenge,” DJ Monumental Shot, Boxing Ring, Jousting Arena and Combine Fitness Tests at 10th Anniversary of 3on3!

The Martins Classic 3on3 announced today that it has teamed up with Elmont activist Christopher “Queek” Alexander, BET’s DJ Monumental, local Superstar Boxers: Herve “Haitian Sensation” Duroseau, Tyrone “Pretty Boy” James, Titus “God Gifted” Williams, as well as the Elmont Dance Team, PAGE31 Magazine, AB-Solute Fusion and Valencia Gym in a series of basketball, fitness, boxing and healthy lifestyle challenges at the Senator Jack Martins Classic 3on3 Tournament. Highlighting the Fitness and Skills Challenges The 10th anniversary of the tournament is being played on Saturday, July 13th at the Dutch Broadway School.

June 19, 2013
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