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Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently congratulated Manhasset Hills resident Andrew Bandini, a member of Boy Scout Troop 568, for attaining the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout.
Senator Martins presented Andrew with a legislative resolution he sponsored, which was passed by the Senate, honoring Andrew for achieving Scouting’s highest rank. With passage of the resolution, Andrew’s accomplishments will forever be part of the official record of the New York State Senate.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently served as a guest reader to students at Jackson Avenue School in Mineola. Senator Martins visited the school as part of its Parents As Reading Partners program.
Senator Martins is pictured reading “Chloe and the Lion” by Mac Barnett to students in Ms. Goodwin’s fourth grade class at Jackson Avenue School.
Bills Focus on Enforcing Stricter Penalties and Create Cyber Security Measures To Protect New York From Future Threats
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate recently passed legislation to crack down on cyber terrorism and its rapidly expanding threat to the state’s security and finances. The legislation, which Senator Martins cosponsored, would enact tougher penalties for cyber-related crimes, create cyber security programs to identify potential risks and threats, and require the state to perform a comprehensive review of all its cyber security measures every five years.
Photo caption: Senator Martins (standing right) leads the New York State Senate in honoring Viscardi School President & CEO John Kemp (seated third left) on earning the 2014 Dole Leadership Prize. Viscardi School leaders and students, along with Mr. Kemp’s wife, Sameta, joined Senator Martins and Mr. Kemp on the Senate floor during the tribute.
Mobile Legal Help Center Will Offer Free Legal Assistance to Residents in Need
Senator Jack Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that he will be sponsoring a program in Hicksville to provide free legal services to those in need.
Senator Martins has arranged to bring the Mobile Legal Help Center to the Hicksville Library (169 Jerusalem Avenue, Hicksville) on Tuesday, March 31st from 10 am to 3 pm. The Mobile Legal Help Center, which is a partnership between the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) and the New York State Office of Court Administration, brings free, civil legal services directly into communities.
Senator Martins and the New York State Senate today honored John Kemp, President & CEO of the Henry Viscardi School in Albertson, on being chosen as the 2014 Dole Leadership Prize winner.
The Dole Leadership Prize is a national award given annually to an individual or group whose public service leadership inspires others. Past honorees include Nelson Mandela, President George H.W. Bush, and Rudolph Giuliani. John Kemp is the first disability leader to receive the distinction and personally selected by former Senator Robert Dole.
Legislation Will Eliminate Gaps in Laws Created by a Recent State Court Ruling and Help Make Communities Safer
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate has passed a package of legislation to close dangerous loopholes in the laws protecting children and communities from sexual predators.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) and Nassau County Legislator Richard Nicolello announced that they have obtained a total of $130,000 in state and county grant funding for Nassau County to undertake a streetscape improvement project in Albertson.
The community streetscape project includes a new Albertson Clock Tower, two “Welcome to Albertson” signs near the southern and northern entrances to the hamlet and a new community kiosk. New benches, decorative banners, and trash receptacles will also be installed along Willis Avenue from the Albertson town line to the Northern State Parkway.
$120 Million State Investment Includes Modernization of Station & Track Enhancements for Better Service
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that New York State has publicly released the final design for the rehabilitation of the Hicksville LIRR Station. The project is a $120 million investment to revitalize the region’s busiest transit hub and kick-start residential and commercial development that could revitalize Hicksville's downtown.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently served as a guest reader to students at Shelter Rock Elementary School in Manhasset.
Senator Martins took part in the school’s “Guess Who’s Coming to Read” program, an annual event where community members read to children in grades K-3. As per tradition, children do not know who their class’ guest reader will be until he or she walks into the classroom, helping to get them even more excited about the event.
Senator Jack Martins (R-7th Senate District) is informing residents how they can find out if they are entitled to any of the $13 billion in New York State unclaimed funds.
Unclaimed funds are monies such as un-cashed checks, old bank accounts, wages, utility deposits, and stocks and dividends that people have left dormant or forgotten about. State law requires banks, utilities, and many other businesses and companies to turn over these inactive accounts to the State Comptroller’s Office, which holds the funds in trust until they can be reclaimed by their rightful owner.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently honored Kevin Klimas of New Hyde Park for attaining the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout. Senator Martins, along with Town of North Hempstead Councilman Angelo Ferrara, attended the Court of Honor to personally congratulate Kevin, a member of Boy Scout Troop 298, on earning scouting’s highest honor.
“Only a select few become Eagle Scouts because it requires years of dedication, commitment, and service. Through countless hours of serving the community, developing his skills, and sheer hard work, Kevin has earned a place among Scouting’s elite. The entire community is very proud of Kevin and we congratulate him on earning this prestigious honor,” said Senator Martins.
Senator Jack Martins (R-7th Senate District) is reminding residents that they can sign up to receive email and text messages from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) alerting them that their driver’s licenses, non-driver ID cards, registrations or inspections are due to expire.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) and his colleagues in the Senate Majority are calling for the complete abolishment of the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) in this year’s state budget.
The GEA was first imposed on New York schools in 2010, before Senator Martins was a member of the Senate, by former Governor David Paterson and the New York City Democrats who controlled the Senate and Assembly at the time. Senator Martins has continually opposed the GEA because it created severe cuts to the bottom lines for public schools.
Join Senator Martins in fighting to restore aid to our schools which was cut by the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA).
The GEA was created in 2010 by the New York City Democrats who controlled all of state government at the time. It was a multi-billion dollar education aid cut which hurt students and schools, as well as raised the burden on already overtaxed residents.
Since taking office in 2011, Senator Martins has made eliminating the GEA a priority. Progress has been made in repealing it, but now we need to get rid of it once and for all.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that he secured state funding for community parent education programs at the Manhasset Public Library.
The $5,000 in state funding will help Manhasset Community Coalition Against Substance Abuse (CASA), in partnership with the Manhasset Public Library, present its “Power of Parenting” series. The workshops, which will take place at the Manhasset Public Library, provide parents and caregivers with the skills, insight and knowledge they need to raise healthy youth in today’s world.
The “Power of Parenting” series includes the following programs: