Senator Jack Martins dropped by the Jamaica Square Iprovement League Block Party this past Saturday where residents from Jamaica Square and South Floral Park packed the street and enjoyed great food and fun. Pictured with Senator Martins are South Floral Park Civic Association President Anthony Barbieri, Jamaica Square Improvement League President Claudine Hall, Elmont Coalition Chair Sandra Smith, former Elmont Library Board President Tania Lawes and block party goers. "The block party was truly a family affair with everyone having a great time and enjoying the games, food and camaraderie. My thanks go to Claudine Hall and all the volunteers who made this day such a great success," said Senator Martins.
In an effort to make it more convenient for constituents to discuss issues and concerns, Senator Jack M. Martins held mobile office hours on Thursday, September 6 at the Hillside Library in New Hyde Park.
Senator Martins has scheduled other mobile office hours throughout the district through September and October. As always, constituents are welcome to call his District Office for assistance at 746-5924. Mobile office hours are as follows:
Port Washington - Saturday September 22nd, 2pm-4pm at the Port Washington Library 1 Library Drive, Port Washington
Hicksville - Saturday, September 22, 5 p.m. at India Pentecostal Assembly, 343 Jerusalem Avenue, Hicksville
State Senator Jack M. Martins, chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Local Government, held a roundtable discussion with some of the esteemed mayors villages within the Seventh Senate District to discuss important issues facing local governments. The panelists included Village of Great Neck Mayor Ralph Kreitzman, who is also the President of the Nassau County Village Officials Association, Village of Kensington Mayor Susan Lopatkin, who is also the President of the Great Neck Village Officials Association, Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro and Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss as well as New York Conference of Mayors Deputy Director Barbara Van Epps.
Senator Jack M. Martins congratulated the New Hyde Park All-Stars girls softball team, the first ever to reach the Little League World Series, with a pizza party at Gino in New Hyde Park. The girls became the Eastern Region champions and then went on to Portland, Oregon to compete against the best teams in the world. After a 2-0 start with impressive wins over Asia Pacific and Canada, New Hyde Park finished fifth out of 10 teams.
Congratulations taxpayers. I have good news. The New York State Supreme Court ruled the MTA Payroll Tax that drained $1.4 billion from New York’s downstate economy is unconstitutional. Unfortunately, NYC-based interests are already working to overturn the ruling so I want to share some facts before waters are muddied.
Senator Jack M. Martins joined with his colleagues in state government as well as Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano last week in applauding the State Supreme Court’s decision declaring the MTA Payroll Tax unconstitutional.
The tax, which was imposed in 2009 by the former Senate majority and former Governor, proved to hurt Long Island’s economy at a time when the region was reeling from a national recession by requiring every employer to pay .34 percent of their total payroll to help fund the MTA. The tax was imposed on all schools, businesses, municipalities, hospitals and not-for-profits in seven counties including Nassau and Suffolk within the MTA region. The court concluded that to impose a tax on certain regions in the state was unconstitutional.
On a recent summer afternoon, Senator Jack M. Martins received a tour of the beautiful facility that comprise the Great Neck Park District. Commissioners Ruth Tamarin and Robert Lincoln met Senator Martins in the Great Neck House before going to visit the children's playground, pool, ice skating rink (which is set up for basketball in the summer) and the marina.
"Thank you to Commissioners Tamarin and Lincoln for the tour. The facilities are beautiful. I commend the board and staff on their efforts to provide the community with such valuable services," Senator Martins said.
The Business Council of the State of New York released its 2012 Voter’s Guide, which measures the commitment of State Legislators to promoting fiscal reform and improving the state’s economic climate. Each legislator was scored based on his or her votes taken during the 2012 legislative session on legislative items that foster job creation.
Senator Jack M. Martins was among the legislators that scored a 90 percent, tops among Senators, for his support of legislation that would reduce state and local pension costs; control state spending while avoiding new taxes; reform labor laws that impose unnecessary costs and restrictions on employers; and promote new jobs and investments in a range of strategically important business sectors.
The Maria SS. Dell’Assunta Society of Westbury held its 102nd annual Feast of the Assumption from August 15 to 19. Senator Jack M. Martins attended the feast, which featured music, entertainment, rides, games, vendors and a wide variety of delicious food. While at the feast, Senator Martins met up with his good friend, former Westbury Village Mayor Ernie Strada, who served as mayor for 28 years.
“The Dell’Assunta Society once again did an outstanding job. The Feast of the Assumption was a big success. It was great to see Mayor Strada. Westbury is blessed to have had an outstanding mayor in Ernie and now Mayor Peter Cavallaro, who is doing an exceptional job and is a tremendous advocate for his community,” said Senator Martins.
I was actually just putting the finishing touches on this week’s column when a friend e-mailed me a newspaper editorial regarding public pensions. As soon as I read it, I knew I had to lay my column aside and seize the opportunity to share what I’ve long considered a game-changing idea.
Coming into the final four months of his current term as senator of the 7th Senate District, Jack Martins sat down with Anton Community Newspapers editors on Wednesday, July 25. He will seek re-election in November, facing off against Manhasset Democrat Daniel Ross.
Martins “tipped his hat” to Governor Andrew Cuomo concerning initiatives including the new 2 percent tax cap, a timely budget process, the states dealings concerning the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) and state school district issues, most notably unfunded mandates.
New York State passed its second consecutive on-time budget. Before 2011, the state hadn’t produced an on-time budget in 15 years. The current budget represents the fourth on-time budget in 29 years.
Senator Jack M. Martins’ bill to eliminate public authorizes and urban renewal agencies that are inactive or are no longer needed was signed into law by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.
The bill (S. 5227-B) repeals the statutory authorization for approximately 95 urban renewal and industrial agencies and 28 local public authorities that are either defunct, were never ultimately established by local law, or are no longer needed to carry out the public function for which they were formed.
In order to continue to listen to the concerns of the community, State Senator Jack M. Martins has scheduled mobile office hours over the next two months across the Seventh Senate District.
“I want to thank our libraries for hosting my Mobile Office hours. My office is always available as a community resource and the mobile office hours allow us to bring the office right into our communities,” Senator Martins said.
All residents are invited to attend and bring any questions or concerns you may have directly to the Senator.
As always, please feel free to reach out to Senator Martins' district office at 516-746-5924 should you have any questions.
Senator Jack M. Martins was honored to take part in Long Island's first ever Indian Day Parade on a recent Sunday in Hickville. The parade marked a celebration of India's independence as well as the Indian culture, which has enriched many communities here on Long Island and in the Seventh Senate District.
"It was an honor to be a part of this historic day. The Indian as well as many of the cultures that have strenghened our communities is about rememberance and pride," said Senator Martins.
Senator Jack M. Martins joined with Mineola High School history teacher Paul Pereira, Mineola High School Principal Ed Escobar and foreign language teacher Elsa Coelho to announce that efforts to incorporate the Portuguese language into the foreign language curriculum have come to fruition. Beginning this September, the high school will be offering a section of approximately 25 students to the eighth grade in addition to the Spanish, French, Italian and Latin.
I went to a wake in Woodside the other night. A good friend of mine lost his grandmother a few months shy of her 106th birthday. As soon as I stepped into the funeral home, I could tell this family matriarch was revered and was going to be sorely missed, but there was a celebratory air about the place, a proverbial “Irish wake” with joy and laughter for a life well lived.
Senator Jack M. Martins and Village of Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss were on Jericho Turnpike recently to receive an update on the progress being made on the Jericho Turnpike project.
The project involves the repaving of Jericho Turnpike from the city line through to Glen Cove Road as well as safety improvements. Originally, the project was supposed to end before the Village of Mineola. However, Senator Martins and Mayor Strauss were able to get the project extended through to Glen Cove Road so that it will encompass Jericho Turnpike in Mineola.
Currently, there is sidewalk preparation work underway It is estimated the project will be completed by the end of next year.
The Mineola American Legion Post #349 was honored to welcome its first ever female member during its last meeting at Mineola Village Hall. Commander Carl Marchese and Manny Grilo, who is the commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Private Adolph Block Post #1305, as well as Senator Jack M. Martins congratulated Mineola resident Yuri Karasz on her membership to the post.
“Yuri Karasz is an outstanding member of the community who accomplished so much. She served our country and now is helping others pursue their dreams of becoming medical professionals. The Mineola American Legion is an outstanding veterans organization and has only been further enriched by having her as a member,” said Senator Martins.
I guess some might call me old-fashioned, but I still enjoy listening to talk radio. Even with the rise of online media, there is still something very personal about radio that I like. You get news and opinions of course, but it’s the sound and inflection of people’s voices that give you insight into the personalities and emotions surrounding a subject. Whether it be a long-suffering, fellow Mets fan or an author discussing his or her latest book, I admit that I often drive around the block or take a longer route to listen a little longer.
Senator Jack Martins and NY Knick Legend John Starks were presented by BET's 106 and Park television show's DJ Monumental with his signature "Hometown Hero Shirts" for their service and promoting positive outlets for young people. The shirts were designed DJ Monumental and presented to Senator Martins and Knick John Starks during the "Martins Classic 3-on-3" held at Dutch Broadway School. DJ Monumental is the in-house DJ for the widely successful and acclaimed BET television show "106 and Park" broadcast daily from NYC. Pictured with Senator Jack Martins are NY Knick legend John Starks, Marcel Hostin, Nachbi Lacossiere, Scott Cushing and DJ Monumental.