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SENATOR MARTINS VOTES “NO” TO REAPPOINTING INCUMBENT REGENTS RESPONSIBLE FOR FAILED COMMON CORE POLICIES

     “Earlier today, I voted 'no' to reappointing all the incumbent members of the Board of Regents who were seeking another term. I did so because of their involvement in the State Education Department’s horrific rollout and implementation of Common Core, as well as decisions they made regarding our children’s privacy, specifically, inBloom.

     I've heard from thousands of parents about the Common Core rollout over the last several months. Not one has said that it was positive. They're angry, frustrated, and disgusted with the way the Regents and the State Education Department has handled this process and the effect it has had on their children. I totally agree with them. They want a change, and so do I.

March 11, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS MEETS WITH SEWANHAKA & FRANKLIN SQUARE SCHOOL DISTRICT OFFICIALS IN ALBANY

     Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) recently welcomed officials from the Sewanhaka and Franklin Square School Districts to the State Capitol in Albany. 

March 10, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS CONGRATULATES MINEOLA BUSINESS ON 100TH ANNIVERSARY

     Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) recently congratulated Interboro Insurance Company, a Mineola business, on the occasion of its 100th anniversary. 

     Senator Martins visited the business to congratulate the staff and present a copy of a legislative resolution he sponsored in the Senate commemorating Interboro’s centennial anniversary.

     Senator Martins (left) is pictured presenting a copy of the legislative resolution he sponsored to Interboro Insurance Company CEO David Nichols (right).

March 10, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS STATEMENT ON REGENTS REAPPOINTMENT VOTE

     “The New York State Legislature is soon expected to consider the reappointment of four incumbent members of the New York State Board of Regents. I will be voting “no” to all four. 

     The Board of Regents’ rollout and implementation of Common Core has been an unmitigated disaster. Thousands of concerned parents have contacted me to express their total frustration about the nightmarish common core implementation and the damage it has caused their children. Not a day goes by without hearing from one. I completely agree with all of them; a change is desperately needed.

March 6, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS MEETS WITH LOCAL OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS WATER REMEDIATION EFFORTS IN ROSLYN ESTATES

     Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) recently met with state and local officials to discuss the ongoing water remediation efforts in the Village. 

March 5, 2014
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SENATE PASSES SENATOR MARTINS’ LEGISLATION STRENGTHENING PENALTIES FOR DEALING DRUGS TO CHILDREN

     Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) today announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation he sponsors to strengthen penalties for criminals who deal drugs to children.

     “Drugs destroy lives, and the victims of drug abuse are getting younger and younger. Drug use among children, especially heroin, is a growing epidemic on Long Island. Criminals who target young children and poison them with heroin and other controlled substances deserve tougher penalties. This legislation will give law enforcement another tool to keep these drug dealers off the streets and behind bars where they belong,” said Senator Martins.

March 5, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS WELCOMES TD BANK TO WILLISTON PARK

     Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola, pictured left), along with Town of North Hempstead Councilman Angelo Ferrara (pictured left center) and Williston Park Mayor Paul Ehrbar (pictured second left), recently welcomed TD Bank to its new location in Williston Park.

March 5, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS: LOCAL GOVERNMENTS NEED HIGHWAY AID INCREASE AS PART OF THIS YEAR’S STATE BUDGET

Additional Funding Needed to Address Growing Infrastructure Needs & Increased Road Damage from Harsh Winter Weather

     With the harsher than normal winter weather causing significant damage to roadways, Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) is calling for a $50 million increase in highway funding to local governments as part of the 2014-15 state budget. 

March 5, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS SPONSORS LEGISLATION TO REQUIRE CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS IN COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS

     Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) announced that he is sponsoring legislation to require carbon monoxide detectors in commercial buildings. 

     “Carbon monoxide is called the ‘silent killer’ because it is practically undetectable to the human senses; it has no smell, taste, or color. Just recently, someone was tragically killed and dozens of people were sickened because of a carbon monoxide leak in a restaurant which did not have a carbon monoxide detector. Making these life saving devices mandatory in commercial buildings which are filled with people will help save lives and prevent future tragedies,” said Senator Martins.

March 4, 2014
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ADELPHI NY STATEWIDE BREAST CANCER HOTLINE & SUPPORT PROGRAM EVENT

Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program to Hold 'Living with Lymphedema' on April 3

March 3, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS DISCUSSES ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND THE ENVIRONMENT ON 'YOUR VOICE'

On the latest edition of "Your Voice" from Albany, Senator Jack M. Martins discussed the Cosmos proposal for a soccer stadium at Belmont Park, the soccer camp with the Cosmos I am sponsoring at Floral Park Memorial High School, the newly-formed NYS Caucus of Environmental Legislators. being recognized by the Long Island Water Conference, and having the opportunity to address the New York Conference of Mayors (NYCOM). 

February 28, 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, 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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