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Senator Martins Supports Elmont Memorial PTSA Art Show Fundraiser

State Senator Jack Martins was back in Elmont this past Friday evening supporting the Elmont Memorial High School PTSA Art Show Fundraiser. The art show showcased different styles and genres of art along with some special pieces from painted by students. Elmont residents bid on the pieces as an auctioneer called out bids throughout the evening. Senator Martins was successful in his bid for a 9-11 American Flag piece as well as a commemorative photo of Yankee Great Phil Rizzuto and singer Frank Sinatra. Pictured with Senator Martins diplaying the 9-11 American Flag piece are: Dutch Broadway School PTA President Marie Saintvil, Sharon Woitko, Petula Howell, Elmont Memorial PTSA President Barbara Reynolds, Theodora Ridley, Clara Camal, Sheila Shell, Charlie Shell and Tanya Bonner.

May 9, 2012
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Senator Martins Discusses Local Happenings on 'Your Voice'

In the latest edition of 'Your Voice' from Albany, Senator Jack M. Martins discussed his tour of the progress being made on the East Side Access Project, the Sewanhaka Central High School District Model UN, a visit from Sergeant Frame of Albertson during West Point Day in the Senate Chamber as well as a bill to help catering halls.

May 9, 2012
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Signs of Progress

Hold on to your hats. I’m going to do something I rarely do and for which I may not have another opportunity for a long time: compliment the MTA, and in particular thank the Long Island Railroad. Usually when I write about them, it’s to bring to light some egregiously wasteful practice or poor decision that further burdens taxpayers or riders. To be sure, there’s still plenty of that devil-may-care attitude there to fuel columns well into the next decade but by the same token, it’s only fair that I point out when the MTA makes progress.

May 9, 2012
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Senator Martins Attends Groundbreaking for New Fire Station

Senator Jack M. Martins was honored to attend the groundbreaking for the new fire station or the Roslyn Highlands Fire Department in East Hills.

“The Roslyn Highlands Fire Department has a rich history of providing valuable fire services for the communities it serves. This will enhance the volunteers’ ability to provide service when they respond to calls from residents. I want to commend Chief Robert Duchnowski, 1st Deputy Chief Adam Boll and 2nd Deputy Chief Michael Gannon and all the members of the department for their service,” Senator Martins said.

May 3, 2012
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Senate Passes Sex Abuse Prevention Bills

Measures Increase Penalties, Enhance Community Notification and Protection

The New York State Senate passed a package of eight bills to prevent sexual predators from obtaining access to potential victims and help law enforcement and communities keep track of their whereabouts. The bills will help increase the amount of information available about convicted sex offenders and seeks to prevent them from obtaining access to vulnerable individuals.

May 2, 2012
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Senator Martins Supports Helen's Walk

On Sunday, April 29, Senator Jack M. Martins participated in Helen's Walk to benefit the Helen Keller National Center. The walk takes place in scenic Sands Point, ending at the Helen Keller National Center. "I was glad to participate in Helen's Walk once again. It's a fantastic event for an organization that does amazing work," he said.

May 2, 2012
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

More Than Just a Tax Cap

I think people in neighboring states could hear New Yorkers breathe a collective sigh of relief this past week as we finally began to see the effects of our new tax cap. More than anything else, property taxes have been the overriding issue in New York for many years, especially since they’ve grown on average more than 6 percent a year for ten years, double the rate of inflation. So, after leading the nation in runaway increases for so long, we finally hit the brakes in 2011 with a tax cap that had bi-partisan support in both houses of the legislature. With limited exceptions, it holds increases in school and local property taxes to two percent a year, or the rate of inflation, whichever is less.

May 1, 2012
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Senator Martins Honors Army Sergeant First Class on Floor of Senate

During West Point Day in Albany on April 26, Senator Jack M. Martins recognized a special guest, Sergeant First Class Robert W. Frame of Albertson. Sergeant Frame, a 1998 graduate of Mineola High School, enlisted in the Army in 1998. His proud parents are Walter and Kathleen. Public service runs in the family as Walter is active in the Albertson Fire Department and involved with the Fireman's Association of the State of New York (FASNY).

“Sergeant Frame represents something larger than himself. Those who serve like Sergeant Frame serve on so many different levels. It is that multi-generational commitment to serving others that is the backbone of our communities. It’s an honor to recognize Sergeant Frame and his family,” Senator Martins said on the floor of the Senate.

April 30, 2012
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Senator Martins on 'Your Voice' to Discuss Important Issues in the Community

Appearing on 'Your Voice' in Albany, Senator Jack M. Martins discussed the restoration of train service on the Port Washington line, important crime prevention legislation, the success of the Mineola Junior Fire Department and a visit to Albany from a group from Temple Sinai of Roslyn.

April 27, 2012
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Senator Martins Visits Westbury Library for 'Meet Your Elected Officials'

Senator Jack M. Martins recently visited the Westbury Library for its “Meet Your Elected Officials” program. Residents were able to ask Senator Martins questions and relay their concerns. He also gave the community an update on the current legislative session.

“I want to thank library director Cathleen Towey, board of trustees president Eric Dobrin and the rest fo the board for inviting me,” said Senator Martins. “This provides me the opportunity to listen to the concerns of the residents as well as update them on our efforts in Albany.”

April 27, 2012
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Senator Martins Honors Sergeant Robert W. Frame From Albertson

On April 26, the New York State Senate held West Point Day, which provided an opportunity for the Legislature to meet distinguished cadets and officers from the Military Academy and show appreciation for their service. The Senate also welcomed to the Senate Chamber other guests who have served in the military or are on active duty.

April 26, 2012
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Track Your Income Tax Refund

Taxpayers whose state and/or federal income tax returns indicate they will receive a tax refund this year can use the Internet to find out when their refund will arrive.

Both the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) allow taxpayers to track the status of tax refunds online through their respective websites. Taxpayers can utilize both refund tracking services approximately 72 hours after they file their tax returns electronically or four weeks after they mail a paper return.

April 26, 2012
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Senator Martins Participates in Sewanhaka Central High School District SIDMUN Model UN

Senator Jack M. Martins participated in the Sewanhaka Central High School District Model UN Conference. Approximately students from five high schools (Sewanhaka, Elmont Memorial, New Hyde Park Memorial, Floral Park Memorial and H. Frank Carey) competed in the SIDMUN Model UN Conference. The students debated crucial world issues as well as important events in history. Students represented different countries and debated various issues, making for an invaluable learning experience.

Senator Martins is pictured with the Model UN Conference delegation from his family's home country of Portugal - Chukwudi Kanu, Sean Charles, Michael Braun, Saul Ellison and Akan Brown.

April 24, 2012
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Senator Martins Visits With Manhasset High School FBLA

Senator Jack M. Martins spent a recent morning visiting with the Manhasset High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). The goal of FBLA is to prepare students to be active participants in the dynamic, ever-changing business arena. The students discussed with Senator Martins the issues affecting New York State. Senator Martins explained that a major initiative of the Senate and the Governor is creating a more business-friendly environment to boost the economy and create jobs.

April 24, 2012
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Senator Martins Attends Mineola Junior FD Installation Dinner

Senator Jack M. Martins attended the Mineola Junior Fire Department 10th Annual Installation Dinner on April 21. The officers installed included Captain Christopher Strauss, Lieutenant Matthew Barroca and Lieutenant Daniel Dempsey. Ex-captain Mike Fernandes was named the Junior Firefighter of the Year.

The Mineola Junior Fire Department has been highly successful in producing future firfighters in large part to the guidance provided by advisors Bill Gresalfi, Gary Mazur, Scott Strauss, Rob Connolly, Lou Santosus, Jack Fernandes, Joseph Tartaglia, Rich Ueland, Atnhony Natale, Michael Stack, Bryan Strauss, Jack Wolf and Tyler Wolf. Other members of the department who provide crucial support are Chief Joe Pratt and Steven "Chief" Stolarik.

 

April 23, 2012
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

The Signs of Spring

As sure as the swallows return to Capistrano, you know it must be spring in New York City when the mayoral candidates declare war on the suburbs. No sooner did we repeal the onerous MTA payroll tax than candidate, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, trotted out his plan for a new and improved commuter tax. I know, I know, it’s not really new. Multiple candidates in every mayoral race suggest it, but Mr. Stringer gets the prize for being the first this year. It’s a sharp political move for them when you think about it: advocate for a tax on those who can’t vote for (or against) you anyway.

April 23, 2012
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Senator Martins Hosts NYU Dental Van in Port Washington

On Saturday, April 21, Senator Jack M. Martins hosted the New York University College of Dentistry "Smiling Faces, Going Places" Mobile Dental Care Program to provide free oral health screenings to children and adults in the Seventh Senate District from 11 am to 3 pm at the Roberta Nixon Housing, 72 Harbor Homes, Port Washington, New York 11050.

The dental team provided oral screenings, which include a general inspection of the mouth. At the conclusion of the screening, each patient received a "goodie bag" filled with a new toothbrush, toothpaste and oral healthcare information.

April 23, 2012
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Senator Martins Honors Diana Merenda for Her Years of Service to Village of Plandome Heights

Senator Jack M. Martins, chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Local Government, recently presented a Senate Resolution in honor of Diana Merenda for her years of service as Mayor of the Village of Plandome Heights.

Diana faithfully served the village, first as a member of the Planning Board, then as a village trustee and, since 2008, as Mayor. She decided to retire this year.

Senator Martins presented Diana with a copy of the resolution, which was adopted by the New York State Senate on March 20, in front of her family at a meeting of the Nassau County Legislature. During that meeting, Legislator Judi Bosworth also presented Diana with a Legislative Citation.

April 20, 2012
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Senator Martins on 'Your Voice' From Albany

In the latest edition of "Your Voice," Senator Jack M. Martins discusses his bill to help veteran-owned businesses compete for state contracts, the ucpoming Helen's Walk to benefit the Helen Keller National Center on April 29, the visit to Albany by the young musicians from the Elmont School District, opening day of the Little League season, the Boy Scouts and the great work done by the Great Neck Breast Cancer Coalition.

April 19, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Local Government Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Local Government Senator Jack M. Martins, Chair 9:00 AM, Wednesday, May 2, 2012 Room 945 LOB

May 2, 9:04 AM - 9:21 AM
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