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SENATOR MARTINS SPONSORS BILL TO RESOLVE CONFLICT OF LOCAL BUDGET HEARINGS WITH ROSH HASHANA

Proceedings Fall on Same Day As High Holy Day This Year

Recognizing that the High Holy Day of Rosh Hashana falls on the same day that local special district commissioners are required to hold their public budget hearings, Senator Jack M. Martins (R-C-I, Mineola) introduced legislation (S.5609) in the State Senate that will change the date of the 2013 hearings and resolve this conflict.

June 11, 2013
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SENATE ADVANCES MARTINS BILL TO REQUIRE ARBITRATION IN MUNICIPAL WATER RATE DISPUTES

The Senate Local Government Committee moved legislation (S.5018) out of committee that is sponsored by Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola) which will require municipalities to use arbitration when disputes over water rates occur between those municipalities.

The bill states that arbitration must be included in the contracts between two or more municipalities that share a common water supply when they cannot come to an agreement on the water rates one municipality is charging the other.

June 6, 2013
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MARTINS BILL PUNISHING UNLICENSED DRIVERS MOVES OUT OF COMMITTEE

At the request of Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola), the Senate Transportation Committee has today moved legislation (S.4786-A) sponsored by Senator Martins that will significantly increase the penalties for anyone caught driving without a legal driver’s license.

June 6, 2013
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Senator Martins Participates in Legislature's Annual Animal Advocacy Day

On June 4, 2013, Senator Jack Martins was proud to participate in the Legislature’s Annual Animal Advocacy Day. Pictured with Fritz, a miniature pony from Chatham, NY, Senator Martins joined animal advocates from around the state in support of efforts to protect our pets and strengthen New York’s animal cruelty laws.

June 5, 2013
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Martins Called to Serve on Education, Housing and Transportation Committees

Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola) has been newly appointed to serve as a member of the Senate Education, Housing, Construction & Community Development and Transportation Committees.

June 4, 2013
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

The Wee Small Hours of the Morning

This past week, my office received a phone call at 1:23 a.m. from an organizer at MoveOn.org who threatened to oust me from office unless I embrace a bill calling for taxpayer funding of political campaigns. The call came as no surprise as people who call empty offices in the dead of night have no real intention of entering into meaningful discussion.

So I’ll share my position here. To be clear, I consider taxpayer financed political campaigns to be one of the most blatant exploitations of hard-working New Yorkers I have come across. Proponents claim it cleans up elections by taking money out of the game. It doesn’t. It merely substitutes your tax dollars for private donations.

June 4, 2013
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Senator Martins Congratulates West Hempstead-Franklin Square Association of Girl Scouts

State Senator Jack M. Martins attended the West Hempstead-Franklin Square Association of Girl Scouts Awards Ceremony to congratulate the honorees. Senator Martins presented proclamations to each of the honorees for their accomplishments in scouting. 

The following Girls Scouts from the Seventh Senate District were honored:

2013 Gold Award Honorees

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Faith Fishkin - New Hyde Park
Melissa Voellm - Franklin Square

 

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Sara Stiklickas - Franklin Square

 

Volunteer of Excellence

June 3, 2013
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Senate Passes Martins Bill to Save School's Busing Costs

The State Senate today passed legislation (S.3141) sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins (R-C-I, Mineola) that would relieve school districts of the state mandate which would require them to provide bus transportation for every eligible student whether they ride the bus or not, beginning in 2014.

The bill makes permanent school districts’ ability to coordinate student transportation based upon patterns of actual ridership rather than on the number students who are eligible to take the bus. It also allows school districts to realize additional savings through the coordination of transportation services on a regional basis, in cooperation with neighboring districts.

May 31, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Local Government Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Local Government Senator Jack M. Martins, Chair 1:00 PM, Tuesday, June 4, 2013 Room 945 LOB

June 4, 1:00 PM - 1:27 PM
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Martins, NY Cosmos, Elmont Soccer and Villanova Team Up with 3on3 for 1st Annual Soccer Cup

Excitement is building for the 10th anniversary of the Martins Classic 3on3 Basketball Tournament being played on July 13th at the Dutch Broadway School. This past week, tournament organizers announced that Senator Jack Martins, the New York Cosmos, Elmont Soccer Club and Villanova University have teamed up with the 3on3 in sponsoring a Soccer Cup challenge to be played in memory of Karen Rodgers-Dennis who served as a volunteer at the tournament.

May 30, 2013
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Elevator Constructors Recruiting Apprentices

The International Union of Elevator Constructors JATC Local #1 will conduct a recruitment from June 3, 2013 through June 14, 2013 for 50 Elevator-Escalator Constructor and Modernizer apprentices, State Labor Commissioner Peter M. Rivera announced today.

Applications must be obtained and submitted in person at the Local #1 Union Hall, 47-24 27th St., Long Island City, NY, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Monday through Friday during the recruitment period. All applicants must provide a photo I.D. and high school diploma (or GED) to receive an application. Only original applications, completed in person, will be accepted. Applications that are incomplete or illegible will not be considered.

May 30, 2013
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Senator Martins Announces Summer Reading Program

Senator Jack M. Martins once again announced his Summer Reading Program for this summer. Senator Martins invites students to "Dig Into Reading."  All you have to do is visit www.nyread.com and create a profile, start reading and record all of your books. Senator Martins wishes you a wonderful summer and keep reading! At the end of the summer, readers will receive a Certificate of Recognition, but most importantly, will have gone on the wonderful journeys that only reading can provide.

For more information, download the flyer below.

May 24, 2013
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

You Can Pay a Beautiful Tribute This Memorial Day

Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, and while it affords us a wonderful opportunity to gather with family and friends, let’s take some time to reflect on what this holiday is really about -- remembering and honoring those who sacrificed their lives for this great country.

May 24, 2013
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Haitian Unity Day in the State of New York - May 23, 2013

On May 23, 2013, the New York State Senate, on a resolution co-sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins, proclaimed the day "Haitian Unity Day" in the State of New York. Here is the resolution:

LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 23, 2013, as Haitian Unity Day in the State of New York

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body, in keeping with its time-honored traditions, to recognize and pay tribute to those organizations which foster ethnic pride and enhance the profile of cultural diversity which strengthens the fabric of the communities of New York State; and

May 23, 2013
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Senator Martins Honors NYS Youth of the Year From Hicksville

Harneet Gulati Touts Hicksville Boys & Girls Club For Encouragement

New York State Senator Jack M. Martins congratulated the New York State Youth of the Year Harneet Gulati for her work in the community and for her positive impact on its young people.

“Harneet is a shining example of the leadership our young people show in giving of their time and talents to improve the lives of others. Her perseverance and the encourage of the Hicksville Boys and Girls Club says a lot of our community. Congratulations to Harneet and thank you to the Hicksville Boys and Girls Club,” Senator Martins said.

Harneet penned an essay about how she got involved with the Hicksville Boys and Girls Club and her volunteer work. It is published below:

May 23, 2013
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Senator Martins Inducts Mineola's Walter Hobbs Into NYS Senate Veterans Hall of Fame

The newest member of the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame is well-known in the Mineola community as someone many have come to admire not only his service to the community, but his knowledge and wisdom. But before Walter Hobbs was known as a pillar of the Mineola community, he served in World War II, as a lieutenant in the Naval Air Corps.

On Tuesday, May 21, New York State Senator Jack M. Martins honored Mr. Hobbs by inducting him into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame, joining a prestigious group of men and women who have served bravely in defending our nation’s freedom.

May 22, 2013
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Walter Hobbs

Lieutenant Walter Hobbs served in the United States Naval Air Corps. When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Walter Hobbs was away at college, attending Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Upon coming home for vacation to Manhasset, where his father worked taking care of the famed Whitney Estate, Walter enlisted in the United States Naval Air Corps. 

After completing basic training in North Carolina, Walter started flight training in Florida. After spending some time in Oklahoma, Walter was assigned to the Pacific Theater, flying PBY amphibian planes for search and rescue missions. Walter helped patrol the waters surrounding the Pacific islands, where some of the fi ercest battles of the war in the Pacific took place.

May 20, 2013
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Senator Martins Tours New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Senator Jack M. Martins met with New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine President Yemeng Chen as he toured the college, which is regarded as one of the top schools in the nation for acupuncture.

NYCTCM has a fully-accredited three-year Masters Program in acupuncture. It is located on First Street in Mineola.

May 17, 2013
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