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New Year Brings New Laws in New York State

The following is from Senator Jack M. Martins:

I hope that you had a happy and safe holiday. As we approach the new year, I wanted to remind you of the new laws that will be taking effect on January 1, 2013. These new laws include greater protections for domestic violence victims, a new tax exemption to encourage use of solar energy and a measure to allow eligible colleges and universities in New York State to self-insure their students for health insurance.

The new laws taking effect include:

January 2, 2013
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Senator Martins' Job Resource Center

For those who may be seeking employment, every tool could be important. That's we set up this resource center. Hopefully, you will find the following information helpful.

Job Banks/Civil Service Exams:

Search for jobs, learn job searching techniques, and find out about upcoming state, local, and federal civil service exams.

* Nassau County Department of Civil Service

December 26, 2012
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Happy Holidays From Senator Jack M. Martins

I received an e- mail from Afghanistan in late October – actually from one of our local guys from New Hyde Park who is currently stationed there.

He serves in what is uniquely known as one of the Navy’s “Force Reintegration Cells.” It’s not what you might think, though. His unit actually distributes small grants and community funding for local projects, most of the time using the former insurgent fighters as laborers on the projects. Each leaves the fight “honorably” and each represents one less fighter or suicide bomber for the Taliban. As he notes in his message,

“As a native New Yorker, I was very skeptical at first, but I have to admit, that the program is working. We’ve peacefully removed 5,000 insurgent fighters from the battle space…”

December 21, 2012
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Senator Martins Honors Winners of 2012 Thanksgiving Essay Contest

For the second straight year, sixth grade students throughout the Seventh Senate District were asked to write an essay for Senator Jack M. Martins Thanksgiving Essay Contest on what they are most thankful for. A winner was selected from each school and recognized at a reception at the Hillside Library.

December 21, 2012
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Senator Martins Announces Regional Economic Development Awards for Seventh Senate District

Awards Going to Winthrop Hospital and Town of Hempstead For Belmont Area Revitalization

Senator Jack M. Martins announced that projects in the Seventh Senate District that will create jobs will receive critically important state funds through the second round of Regional Economic Development Council awards.

December 20, 2012
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Resolute

I am angry. I am sad. I am resolute. The tragedy of Newtown is the tragedy of each and every community in every corner of our country. It could have happened anywhere. It is not a partisan issue, or a regional issue, and knows no ideology.

Everyone’s asking, “What’s happening to this country of ours?” But answers require a good, hard look in the mirror and won’t be found in Washington DC, or state capitals. Instead, they reside directly in us, and unfortunately that makes people uncomfortable. That’s too bad. We’re going to have to get past this discomfort, or we condemn ourselves to a future of burying the innocent.

December 19, 2012
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Senator Martins Wishes Beatrice Hubbard a Happy 106th Birthday!

Senator Jack M. Martins, Village of Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss and “Mr. Mineola” John Davanzo recently visited a special Mineola resident. On Friday, December 14. Senator Martins, Mayor Strauss and Mr. Davanzo went to an apartment in a complex on Mineola Boulevard to wish resident Beatrice Hubbard a happy 106th birthday. That right – 106!

Beatrice was born on December 14, 1906, the same year the Village of Mineola was incorporated. In 2006, as part of the village’s centennial celebration, Senator Martins, who was then-Mayor of Mineola, named Ms. Hubbard the Grand Marshal for the village’s 100th anniversary parade.

December 18, 2012
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Thanksgiving Essays and Contributions

Dear Participant,

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration. We received outstanding poems, essays, and artwork that exemplify the creativity of New York State’s young people.

The submissions received are remarkable in what they represent – showing gratitude and respect for family, friends, our troops fighting overseas, and many other important subjects and activities. I am humbled and honored to see such inspiring contributions in response to what is a deceptively difficult question: “What are you thankful for?”

December 14, 2012
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Press Conference: Bipartisan Task Force For Hurricane Sandy Recovery Announced

In a warming center in Rockaway Beach, an area devastating by Hurricane Sandy, Senator Dean Skelos announced the creation of the New York State Senate's Bipartisan Task Force For Hurricane Sandy Recovery.

December 14, 2012
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Senator Martins Attends Hanukkah Celebration at the Lake Success Jewish Center

Senator Jack M. Martins attended the Lake Success Jewish Center for a Hanukkah celebration. Senator Martins was honored to have shared in the celebration of the Festival of Lights with Rabbi Klayman and Nassau County Legislator Judi Bosworth.

 

December 13, 2012
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Senator Martins Attends Northwest Civic Association of Hicksville Holiday Party

Senator Jack M. Martins attended the Northwest Civic Association of Hickville Holiday Party, where he took part in the installation of officers. Senart Martins cnogratulates Joel Berse (President), Mary Garone (1st Vice President), Jeff Negron (2nd Vice President), Terri Carson (Recording Secretary), Barbara Berse (Corresponding Secretary), Subodh Batra (Treasurer), Jo-ann Broska (Sergeant at Arms), Prabha Batra (Trustee), Joey Pizzo (Trustee) and Len Ober (Trustee) for all of their work in helping Hicksville to remain a wonderful community.

December 13, 2012
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Senator Martins Attends Westbury Senior Holiday Party

Senator Jack M. Martins had the pleasure of attending the Westbury Senior Holiday Party, where he joined in the holiday celebration. Among the other elected officials in attendance were Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro, Deputy Mayor Joan Boes, Assemblyman Tom McKevitt and Assemblyman Michael Montesano.

Senator Martins greeted many friends and wished them a very happy holiday season.

December 13, 2012
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Environmental Assessment of Colonial Road Bridge Available For Public Comment

A project to rebuild the Colonial Road Bridge in the Village of Thomaston is nearing reality thanks to the efforts of Senator Jack M. Martins and Thomaston Village Mayor Robert Stern, who worked together with Long Island Railroad President Helena Williams in appropriately addressing community concerns over the project.

Upon taking office in 2011, Senator Martins, the chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Local Government, facilitated discussions with Mayor Stern and the LIRR so that the bridge could be rebuilt without negatively impacting the residential community.

December 13, 2012
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Senator Martins Honors Elmont Spartan Soccer Stars

State Senator Jack Martins honored the Elmont Memorial Varsity Boys Soccer team this week in a ceremony commemorating their perfect 13-0 season. Principal John Capozzi and former Elmont Soccer star Justin Okoro joined Senator Martins and coach Pat Corvetti in the presentation. The awards ceremony came on the heels of three members of the team being named All-County athlete designations.

"This team not only won games on the soccer field, they show leadership each and every day in their community. I have the privilege to know many of these young men personally and am very impressed with their achievement and commitment," said Senator Martins adding, "they make Elmont and their families proud."

December 13, 2012
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Then the Lights Came Back On

It was just a few short weeks ago that Superstorm Sandy was causing us nothing but panic and grief. It was one problem right after another making those few days feel like an eternity, but I think we can agree that it gave us new appreciation for simple pleasures like brewing a cup of coffee or taking a hot shower. As often happens in times of sacrifice, we grew in solidarity with our neighbors, pulling through with a sense that we were “all in this together.”

December 13, 2012
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Deadline For FEMA Assistance Extended Until January 28, 2013

The FEMA application deadline for disaster assistance has been extended until January 28th, 2013 for affected areas including Nassau County. The federal disaster assistance for families and individuals can help resolve many disaster-related problems which are not covered under insurance. Applicants can either sign up online at http://www.disasterassistance.gov/ or by telephone at 1-800-621-3362.

December 11, 2012
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FEMA Application Deadline Extended Until January 28, 2013

The FEMA application deadline for disaster assistance has been extended until January 28th, 2013 for affected areas including Nassau County. The federal disaster assistance for families and individuals can help resolve many disaster-related problems which are not covered under insurance. Applicants can either sign up online at http://www.disasterassistance.gov/ or by telephone at 1-800-621-3362.

December 11, 2012
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FEMA Application Deadline Extended Until January 28, 2013

The FEMA application deadline for disaster assistance has been extended until January 28th, 2013 for affected areas including Nassau County. The federal disaster assistance for families and individuals can help resolve many disaster-related problems which are not covered under insurance. Applicants can either sign up online at http://www.disasterassistance.gov/ or by telephone at 1-800-621-3362.

December 11, 2012
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Senator Martins Helps Girl Scouts Receive Government Badge

At the Center Street School in the Herricks School District, Senator Jack M. Martins spoke to the members of the Girl Scout Troop 1501 as part of their requirement for their government badge. Senator Martins hosted a lively an interactive discussion during which the girls gave their ideas for new laws. The girls also asked Senator Martins questions about his job and about how he became a Senator.

"It was an honor to speak to the troop. They were a great group that is part of a great organization. I commend their parents and troop leaders," Senator Martins said.

December 11, 2012
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Senator Martins Appointed to Senate Bi-Partisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy Recovery

Senator Jack M. Martins was among 10 Senators appointed to the New York State Senate Bi-Partisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy Recovery. The task force was announced during a press conference held on December 10 at a warming center in Rockaway Beach after the Senators toured a neighborhood ravaged by the hurricane, which hit the region late October.

December 11, 2012
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