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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
On Father’s Day this past weekend I sat at the breakfast table with my four daughters, facing the whirlwind of their seemingly unconnected conversations, with my occasional attempts to join in gently dismissed at least a half-dozen times by sweet smiles and quiet chuckles. It reminded me of Mark Twain who wrote, “When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.” I guess that’s nature’s way – it takes time to truly appreciate parents, especially dads and their wisdom.
Bills Offer Relief to Businesses, Homeowners, Local Governments, and School Districts; Increase Disaster Preparedness; and Remove Obstacles to Recovery
The New York State Senate today passed a comprehensive legislative package that provides relief to people and communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy, aids rebuilding efforts, and increases disaster preparedness. The 22 bills will be integral to providing needed financial assistance to homeowners, businesses, local governments, school districts, and others still recovering from the storm, and give those responsible for disaster response the tools they need to be more effective and efficient.
On the most recent edition of "Your Voice" from Albany, Senator Jack M. Martins discussed a Boy Scout from the Seventh Senate District who saved his sister's life, the induction of Walter Hobbs of Mineola into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame, the successful passage of the school bus mandate relief act and the upcoming Senator Jack Martins 3-on-3 Classic basketball tournament in Elmont.
State Senator Jack M. Martins, a strong advocate of community libraries, secured a grant for the Shelter Rock Public Library, located on Searingtown Road in Albertson.
Noting that that libraries serve the public as community, cultural and arts and information centers, Senator Martins was able to deliver $100,000 for capital improvements at the library.
“Libraries are vital to our communities here in the Seventh Senate District. They benefit the entire community by providing programs, materials and other invaluable services directly to our residents. Shelter Rock, as a wonderful library and community center, does just that,” Senator Martins said.
State Senator Jack Martins was welcomed to Armed Forces Day by the members of the Sewanhaka High School Band. The band plays a collection of military favorites and patriotic themes throughout the ceremony to highlight all armed services and community members who are serving. As part of the ceremony, Senator Martins thanked all Veterans and the families of those who are serving in the United States military. During his comments, Senator Martins highlighted some special reflections shared with him by those who are currently serving overseas. Pictured with Senator Martins is Sewanhaka High School Senior Robert Dowling.
Senator Jack Martins welcomed Mohawk Valley Community College basketball player, Dillon Williams (l) and State University of Albany high jumper, Alex Bowen (r) to the State Capitol when the Elmont athletes and outstanding scholars visited the Senator in Albany this week. They shadowed Senator Martins for the day attending several meetings and observing the legislative session. Senator Martins congratulated both young men for their academic and athletic success praising Dillon for his excellent college basketball achievements and Alex for being named an All-American high jumper as well as for his impressive 11th place finish at the 2013 NCAA Championships.
Students from Clara Carlson School welcomed Senator Martins to the annual Elmont Community Day held in conjunction with the Belmont Stakes Parade. Senator Martins participated in the ceremonies and activities associated with the Parade and Children's Community Day.
State Senator Jack Martins participated in South Floral Park's annual "Armed Forces Day" hosted by Mayor Geoffrey Prime and the Village Board. The ceremony is held to honor and thank those men and women in uniform who are currently serving our country in the armed forces. Senator Martins was welcomed to the ceremony by Herbie Mickens and Eric Spinner.
State Senator Jack Martins dropped by the Elmont Dad's Club annual Car Wash Fundraiser. Both Dutch Broadway and Covert Avenue hosts the car wash where hundreds of residents line up and are given service with a smile by members of the Dad's Club, students and members of the Elmont Memorial High School Key Club. Pictured with Senator Martins are Elmont School Trustee Anthony Maffea and his Car Wash Team!
State Senator Jack Martins and County Executive Ed Mangano congratulated Claudine Hall, President of the Jamaica Square Improvement League, on being selected as the Grand Marshall of the Belmont Stakes Parade. In addition to her civic and community activities, Claudine was the founder of the Elmont Chapter of the NAACP and a recipient of Senator Martins' Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award in 2012.
State Senator Jack M. Martins marched in the Belmont Day Parade in Elmont this past week. The annual parade marches down Hempstead Turnpike and celebrates the Belmont Stakes Parade. Marching with Senator Martins were Supervisor Kate Murray, Principal John Capozzi of Elmont Memorial High School, Supt. Ralph Ferrie and residents of the Elmont community.
During the 45th anniversary celebration of the Mineola Golden Age Club, held at Chateau Briand in Carle Place, Senator Jack M. Martins was honored to have been made an honorary member of the club by club president Lillian Barnola. Senator Martins attended many of the club's meeting when he served as Mayor of the Village of Mineola. Now, as Senator, he is an honorary member, which is no small recognition, considering the Mineola Golden Age Club is comprised of the esteemed seniors of the community who helped build the village into the wonderful community it is today. The club has a rich tradition and stays active through its meetings, activities, classes and trips. Senator Martins thanks club president Barnola and all the members for this prestigious honor.